Atlanta events October 2018. Things to do in Atlanta.

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Atlanta events October 2018

Film festival

October 1 - 7, 2018
(begins Sept. 27)
multiple locations
Out On Film [website has sound] shows 130 gay films and videos at three different theaters.

State Fair in Hampton

October 1 - 7, 2018
(begins Sept. 28)
30 miles south
Georgia State Fair offers rides, shows, music, animals, and vendors at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. Children age 4 and younger are free.

Ticket deal 2 adults $15

Ghost Tours

October 1 - 31, 2018
32 miles NE
Ghost Tours feature “Lawrenceville’s most interesting places and the stories behind its most bizarre events, hauntingly told with the charm and personality of a real Southern storyteller.” This 90-minute walking tour goes one mile and departs from Aurora Theatre.

Party for a cause

October 3, 2018
(7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
4.1 miles NW
A ticket to Eats & Beats gets you unlimited restaurant food, open bars, live entertainment, and a silent auction for charity at The Fairmont.

Black theater festival

October 3 - 6, 2018
11 miles SE
Atlanta Black Theatre Festival delivers 40 plays in 4 days, including single acts, solos, youth theater, and full-length plays mostly at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in Decatur.

Hip hop - Georgia Freight Depot

October 3 - 7, 2018
Atlanta locations
A3C Festival has two stages, food trucks, and games at Georgia Freight Depot, plus an optional conference.

Interactive Sleepy Hollow

October 3 - Nov. 4, 2018
(begins Sept. 26)
34 miles SW
Beware of the headless horseman on a new version of The Sleepy Hollow Experience, as roving minstrel storytellers lead you through the haunted grounds of the meadow at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills.

Ticket deal $20

Newnan haunted house

October 3 - Nov. 11, 2018
(Sept. 21+)
41 miles SW
13 Stories Haunted House [sound] has six terrifying attractions and “detail that Hollywood would be proud of” viewed in groups of 6 to 8 people. See schedule.

Georgia National Fair

October 4 - 14, 2018
108 miles south
The Georgia National Fair offers livestock and horse shows, agricultural exhibits, fair food, midway rides and games, vendors, family entertainment, music concerts, and nightly fireworks in Perry.

Carrollton haunted camp

October 4 - 31, 2018
(starts Sept. 13)
56 miles SW
Camp Blood has a trail plus Nightmare Inn on the same ticket. The Nightmare Hayride requires a separate ticket. See schedule.

Make a glass pumpkin

October 4 - Nov. 17, 2018
(also Sept.)
7 miles NE
The Pumpkin Class at Decatur Glassblowing includes safety instructions, a demonstration, and assistance making a pumpkin ornament to take home after it cools for 24 hours. Children 10 to 17 OK with a parent.

Music of Aretha Franklin

October 5 - 6, 2018
(8 p.m.)
18.6 miles NW
Hear CeCe Teneal pay tribute to Aretha Franklin by singing her hits “Respect,” “Natural Woman,” and more during Portrait of a Queen at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square.

Ticket deal $20

International night market

October 5 - 7, 2018
23.9 miles north
Shop from 150 vendors of art, food, and drink at the Atlanta International Night Market, which has a kids’ zone, a food village (including vegan), a bar, and cultural performances outdoors at North Point Mall in Alpharetta. Kids 12 and younger free. Video (2 min.).

Pumpkin Festival

October 5 - 28, 2018
(begins Sept. 22)
19 miles east
The Pumpkin Festival includes family shows, games, storytelling, kids’ activities, and a pie-eating contest at Stone Mountain Park. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Six Flags Halloween

October 5 - 31, 2018
(starts Sept. 22)
13 miles west
Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of scary ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia [website has sound] in Austell. See schedule.

Douglasville haunted house

October 5 - 31, 2018
(starts Sept. 28)
22 miles west
Explore the halls of a nightmarish hospital at Nightmare’s Gate at Southern Lanes in Douglasville.

Stockbridge haunts

October 5 - 31, 2018
(begins Sept. 28)
26 miles SE
Fear the Woods includes a haunted house, a haunted trail, and haunted combat. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Halloween.

Rome haunted house

October 5 - Nov. 3, 2018
(begins Sept. 28)
71 miles NW
Gates of Misery has two attractions filled with torture, torment, zombies, and cannibals. See schedule.

Stone Mountain haunted house

October 5 - Nov. 4, 2018
20 miles NE
Netherworld thrills and terrifies with stunt actors in intense makeup, movie-quality special effects, and detailed sets in Stone Mountain.

Soapbox derby

October 6, 2018
5.9 miles east
Bring a chair to watch 100 drivers compete in the Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby, with food vendors, a bake sale, a beer tent, and live music. Cars are judged at noon, and races are 1 to 4 p.m. on Madison Avenue at Johnston Place in Decatur. Schedule. Free.

Destination East Point

October 6, 2018
8 miles SE
Destination East Point features live entertainment, acrobats, artists, and food vendors in downtown East Point. Free.

Family Festival

October 6, 2018
13 miles NE
Atlanta Parent’s Family Festival offers family activities, a petting zoo, pony rides, games, entertainment, food & craft booths, and music at Mercer University in Atlanta.

Taste of Chamblee

October 6, 2018
(4 to 8 p.m.)
13 miles NE
Taste of Chamblee features food from 17 restaurants, live music, kids’ activities, and a car show. Free.

Taste of Tucker

October 6, 2018
(1 to 6 p.m.)
13.7 miles NE
Buy tastes of food from 25 restaurants at the Taste of Tucker, with live music, a kids’ zone, and arts & crafts on car-free Main Street. Free admission and parking.

Hip hop - Woodruff Park

October 6 - 7, 2018
0.3 miles south
Atlanta Hip Hop Day Festival features Atlanta artists, b-boy and b-girl exhibits, emcee battles, turntablism, and graffiti artists at Woodruff Park. Free.

Music festival

October 6 - 7, 2018
0.8 miles east
Sweet Auburn Music Fest [sound] is an R&B, hip-hop, and gospel music festival with food trucks and vendors at 320 Irwin Street NE. Free.

Small-town festival

October 6 - 7, 2018
12 miles NE
LakeFest offers local music, arts and crafts, a sand sculpting contest on a sandy beach, food vendors, a parade of non-motorized boats (Saturday 3:30 p.m.), and a pet parade (Sunday 1:15 p.m.) in friendly Pine Lake. Free.

Art fair

October 6 - 7, 2018
19 miles NE
Norcross Art Splash features entertainers, food vendors, and 140 artists selling folk art, ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, and jewelry. Free.

Cotton Pickin’ Fair

October 6 - 7, 2018
51 miles south
Enjoy art, antiques, crafts demonstrations, music, and kids’ shows near a 1910 farmhouse, cotton gin, and cotton warehouse at Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay. Repeats in May.

Children’s Halloween party

October 8, 2018
(10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
8 miles north
Kids 18 months to 5: Wear costumes, join a parade, make crafts, and trick or treat when Magic Monday: Historic Halloween comes to Atlanta History Center.

French classical music

October 11 & 13, 2018
(8 p.m.)
2.3 miles north
Immerse yourself in the sounds of France when the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs works by Berlioz, Ravel, and Vieuxtemps, including a violin concerto at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Ticket deal $18 to $28

Ghost stories on a plantation

October 11 - 27, 2018
17 miles NE
Hear ghost stories of the South on a 45-minute lantern-lit walk at Antebellum Plantation during A Tour of Southern Ghosts in Stone Mountain.

Ticket deal $8.50

Songwriters’ festival

October 12 - 13, 2018
25 miles north
Hear songwriters perform on indoor and outdoor stages at Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival, with food trucks, beer, and wine in Alpharetta. Free on Friday and for children 12 and younger. You can bring chairs.


October 12 - 14, 2018
1.8 miles NE
Oktoberfest Atlanta features beer, German food, live music, and games at Historic Fourth Ward Park. Children age 1-15 are free, 16-20 need “designated driver” ticket.

Ticket deal 2 for $29

Pride festival and parade

October 12 - 14, 2018
2 miles NE
The highlight of Atlanta Pride Festival for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender persons is the Pride Parade beginning Sunday at noon on Peachtree Street (from Ralph McGill Blvd NE to Piedmont Park).

Fall festival

October 12 - 20, 2018
112 miles north
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival features arts & crafts, live music including fiddling, a flower show, and demonstrations of cider pressing and blacksmithing in Hiawassee. No pets.

Loft tour

October 13, 2018
1.1 miles SW
See historic buildings that have been converted into beautiful residential lofts on the Castleberry Hill Loft Tour, which begins at 333 Nelson Street SW.

Beer festival

October 13, 2018
(1 to 5 p.m.)
2 miles south
Sample beer, cider, and wine at the giant Great Atlanta Beer Fest, which includes live music, football on big TVs, and food for sale at Georgia State University Stadium.

Cemetery run

October 13, 2018
2 miles SE
Run Like Hell is a 5K race with a costume contest at historic Oakland Cemetery.

Neighborhood music festival

October 13, 2018
(12 to 7 p.m.)
7 miles east
Walk around a Decatur neighborhood to hear diverse music on porches and in yards during Oakhurst Porchfest, a grassroots music festival. It’s followed by more music at nearby Harmony Park. Free. Video.

Chili cook off

October 13, 2018
(1 p.m., VIP noon)
10 miles NE
Buy a wristband to taste chili (spicy, mild, chicken, beef, vegetarian) and stew from 75 teams, and then vote for your favorite at Atlanta Chili Cook Off [formerly Brookhaven Chili Cook Off], with live music and beer & wine for sale at Brookhaven Park.

Beer festival

October 13, 2018
18 miles NW
Taste 100 beers at the Marietta Craft Beer Festival, part of the weekend Chalktoberfest listed separately.

Fall Farm Day

October 13, 2018
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
20 miles north
Fall Farm Day features 19th-century farm activities like blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, spinning, and weaving. Children play games, pet farm animals, and take wagon rides. Free except gold panning, food, and tours at Archibald Smith Plantation in Roswell.

Art fair in Lilburn

October 13, 2018
23 miles NE
Lilburn Daze has 150 arts and crafts vendors, food booths, and a kids’ zone at Lilburn City Park. Free.

Taste of Acworth

October 13, 2018
28.6 miles north
Join the crowds buying samples from 25 restaurants and 100 food booths at Taste of Acworth, with a dog show, entertainment, and children’s activities. Free.

Mini train ride

October 13, 2018
(1 to 4:30 p.m.)
32.2 miles east
Take a $2 ride onboard a miniature train at North Georgia Live Steamers in Conyers if older than 18 months.

Afropunk festival

October 13 - 14, 2018
2 miles south
Afro Punk Fest is a multicultural weekend of live music with an art and craft market, and food trucks at 787 Windsor Street SW.

Chalk art festival

October 13 - 14, 2018
18 miles NW
Watch professional chalk artists compete, enter the amateur contest, see kids draw on the street, hear live music, attend a craft beer festival, and visit the art museum free during Chalktoberfest in Marietta.

International festival

October 13 - 14, 2018
27.6 miles north
International Fall Festival has jewelry and art vendors, live music, children’s activities, Russian and American food, and tours of St Mary of Egypt Orthodox Church in Roswell. Free for children 12 and younger.

Air show

October 13 - 14, 2018
28 miles south
Atlanta Air Show promises “some of the nation’s top military and civilian air show performers” at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Free parking.

Apple festival

October 13 - 14 and 20 - 21, 2018
77 miles north
See 300 vendors of food and handmade items, plus craft demonstrations, an antique car show, a 5K race, and a parade at Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay. No pets.

Taste of California

October 14, 2018
(3 to 5 p.m.)
14.6 miles north
A ticket to Discover Napa Valley includes unlimited tastes of wine from Napa Valley plus gourmet food during a walk-around style event at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.

French cultural festival

October 15 - 24, 2018
multiple locations
France-Atlanta offers innovative films, performances, talks, exhibitions, and workshops that connect France and the Southeast. Most events are free.

Monthly family festival

October 18, 2018
(5 to 9 p.m.)
22 miles north
Alive in Roswell has live bands, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, and socializing in three locations connected by a free trolley (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.

Tasting event

October 18, 2018
27 miles NE
Taste samples from 10 local restaurants on small plates, and and watch cooking demonstrations at Good Taste Gwinnett [formerly Good Taste Atlanta] at Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth.

Halloween cemetery tour

October 18 - 28, 2018
2 miles SE
Buy tickets in advance for one-hour Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours to hear stories about the Oakland Cemetery’s famous residents told by actors in costume and see candlelit mausoleums.

Halloween at the history center

October 19, 2018
(6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
6.3 miles north
Haunted Halloween features a haunted mansion, spooky trails, games, a carnival, food vendors, and a cash bar at the Atlanta History Center.

Hot-air-balloon festival

October 19 - 20, 2018
23 miles NW
Owl-O-Ween features balloon glows, tethered rides, trick-or-treating at the balloons, a food court, art vendors, beer and vodka, and entertainment on multiple stages at Kennesaw State University.

Ticket deal 2 for $27 (family $37)

Taste of Atlanta

October 19 - 21, 2018
1.8 miles NE
Try samples from 100 of Atlanta’s best restaurants, taste beer and wine, and watch celebrity-chef demos at Taste of Atlanta at Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Scottish festival

October 19 - 21, 2018
19 miles east
Hear Scottish pipes and drums, eat Scottish food, watch athletic games, browse artisan booths, and see tartan-clad dancers at the Stone Mountain Highland Games at Stone Mountain Park.

Family Halloween hike

October 19 - 20 and 26 - 27, 2018
22 miles north
A guide leads you on a well-lit trail to meet costumed creatures of the woods at the non-scary Halloween Hikes, with drumming, dancing, and a campfire at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Bring cash.

Gothic horror show

October 19 -20 & 26 - 27, 2018
30 miles NE
Creatures dance and perform onstage and around you, with music, strobe lights, and special effects at Dracula’s Nutcracker at Southern Ballet Theatre in Lawrenceville.

Disney musical

October 19 - Nov. 4, 2018
17.3 miles NW
Newsboys take on a ruthless newspaper tycoon to fight for what’s right in the high-energy Broadway hit Newsies at Cobb Civic Center in Marietta.

Ticket deal $20 to $27

Dawsonville haunted trail

October 19 - Nov. 4, 2018
52 miles NE
Hell’s Gates is an outdoor trail that leads you through nine shocking scenes with live actors and special effects in Dawsonville. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Decatur beer festival

October 20, 2018
6 miles east
Decatur Craft Beer Festival features 80 breweries, live music, and food for sale in downtown Decatur for age 21+.

Beer festival - north

October 20, 2018
(2 to 6 p.m.)
30 miles NE
Grayson Blues & Brews is a craft beer festival with live music in Grayson City Park, south of Lawrenceville, for age 21+. You’re welcome to bring a lawn chair.

Health & wellness fair

October 20, 2018
32 miles NE
Alive! Festival features natural products, art, health & wellness vendors, live music, food for sale, and a kids’ area at a park in Suwanee. Free admission & parking.

Festival on Ponce

October 20 - 21, 2018
5 miles NE
Fall Festival on Ponce features fine arts and crafts, folk art, a children’s area, food trucks, and acoustic music in historic Olmsted Linear Park at N Ponce De Leon Ave NE. Repeats in April. Free.

Art festival

October 20 - 21, 2018
9 miles north
Brookhaven Arts Festival includes more than 140 juried artists, live music, a kids’ corner, and food vendors. Free.

Art fair

October 20 - 21, 2018
24 miles NE
Visit 130 artists’ booths at Johns Creek Arts Festival across from Atlanta Athletic Club. Free.

Boo at the Zoo

October 20 - 21 and 27 - 28, 2018
4 miles NW
Boo at the Zoo is a Halloween festival with costume contests, treats, magical paths, decorations, a DJ dance party, and kid crafts at Zoo Atlanta.

Atlanta race

October 21, 2018
3 miles north
The Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K begin and end at Atlantic Station.

Birthday bash for dogs

October 21, 2018
(2 to 4 p.m.)
4 miles north
Bring your dog to Bosley’s Birthday Bash to support rescue dogs and enjoy music, BBQ, drinks, games, prizes, and birthday cake for both people and pets at the dog park on Loring Drive NW.

Horror-film festival

October 25 - 27, 2018
2.6 miles north
See horror, sci-fi, gore, zombie, creepy, mystery, and dark comedy films at Atlanta Horror Film Festival at the Synchronicity Theatre.

Game festival

October 25 - 28, 2018
27 miles north
Play board games for four days at the Atlanta Game Fest at Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta. Repeats in May.

Halloween party at the aquarium

October 26, 2018
(7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
0.5 miles NW
Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, with beer and tailgate food for sale at Sips Under the Sea for age 21+. Buy tickets online because none will be sold at the door.

Adult party at the museum

October 26, 2018
(7 p.m.)
4 miles NE
Fright Night is a Halloween party featuring a DJ and a costume contest, with craft beer and cocktails for sale, plus free carnival food at Fernbank Museum of Natural History for age 21+.

Halloween at Callanwolde

October 26, 2018
(6 p.m.)
4 miles NE
Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain includes trick or treating, a family-friendly costume contest, an all-ages dance party, and food trucks.

Irish festival

October 26 - 27, 2018
14.7 miles north
IrishFest Atlanta has traditional evening concerts both days. Saturday includes workshops, performances, children’s activities, tastings, and a dance at DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody.

Latino Film Festival

October 26 - 28, 2018
Atlanta locations
The Georgia Latino Film Festival shows films that are directed, produced, acted, and written by Latinos.

Steampunk convention

October 26 - 28, 2018
12.3 miles NW
Combine mad science with the Victorian era and you have Atlanta Steampunk Exposition, with panel discussions, craft classes, vendors, a Friday party, and a Sunday costume ball at Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria.

Country Living Fair

October 26 - 28, 2018
19 miles east
The Country Living Fair has 200 booths of antiques, crafts, and gourmet foods, plus demonstrations of cooking, painting & pottery at Stone Mountain Park.

Halloween costume party

October 27, 2018
(9 p.m.)
2.2 miles north
Nightmare on 13th Street has three DJs, costume contests, and drink specials at Lava Lounge.

Halloween bash

October 27, 2018
(7 to 11 p.m.)
2.5 miles NE
Saints & Sinners Ball features live bands, themed drink specials, and a costume contest outside Park Tavern for age 21+.

Halloween beer party

October 27, 2018
2.5 miles north
Boos and Brews is a Halloween party with beer, live music, and a costume contest at Center Stage Theater.

Halloween for kids

October 27, 2018
(10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
4 miles NE
Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat features treats for kids in costume, games, entertainment, and music at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Halloween party

October 27, 2018
(9 p.m.)
4.3 miles NW
Nightmare in Atlanta promises two top Atlanta DJs, two rooms of music, a costume contest, and an open bar at 1611 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard NW.

Halloween house party

October 27, 2018
6 miles east
Scarendipity Halloween Bash is a “legendary” costume party in a private home with DJs, live music, burlesque and sideshow acts, beer, cocktails, a food truck, and a bonfire at 229 Howard Street NE for age 21+.

Halloween parade

October 27, 2018
6 miles east
Watch floats, decorated hearses, classic cars, and marching bands in the Haints and Saints Halloween Parade, followed by a musical jam in Decatur. Free.

Halloween party in Dunwoody

October 27, 2018
14 miles north
Monster Bash has Latin DJ music, bars, and a costume contest at Eclipse di Luna in Dunwoody.

Maker fair

October 27 - 28, 2018
0.9 miles south
See exhibits about science, creativity, innovation, and art, and meet the people of all ages who made them at Maker Faire Atlanta at Georgia Freight Depot. Free.

Smyrna festival

October 27 - 28, 2018
15 miles NW
Fall Jonquil Festival has 175 arts & crafts booths, live music, festival food, puppet shows, and children’s activities at the Village Green in Smyrna. Free. Repeats in April.

Family Halloween music

October 28, 2018
(1:30 and 3 p.m.)
2 miles north
Halloween at Hogwarts features macabre music played by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a costume contest.

Family garden party

October 28, 2018
Atlanta & Gainesville
Children can show off their costumes on the Goblin Runway, make fall-themed crafts, hear a storyteller, and ride a pony or a train at Goblins in the Garden, with scarecrows in the garden and a cash bar for adults at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Also held in Gainesville.

Celebrate ancestors

October 28, 2018
(12 to 5 p.m.)
6.3 miles north
Day of the Dead is an outdoor festival with Mexican food, entertainment, storytelling, altars honoring the departed, and free entry to Atlanta History Center.

Book festival

October 30 - Nov. 18, 2018
18 miles NE
Billed as the South’s premier literary event, Book Festival of the MJCCA includes author book readings, signings, panel discussions, family events, and book sales in Dunwoody.

Halloween at the aquarium

October 31, 2018
0.5 miles NW
Children wearing costumes get free admission (two kids age 12 or younger per paid adult) and treats at Georgia A-Scary-Um at Georgia Aquarium.

Doggy party

October 2018
7.6 miles NE
A ticket to the family-friendly Pups N’ Treats Pawty gets your leashed dog a treat plus fun activities like a costume parade and a pie eating contest, and you get to taste beer at Wild Heaven Beer in Decatur.

Outrageous Halloween party

October 2018
8.4 miles north
Enjoy DJ music, a live band, costume contests, laser lights, and alcohol at A Social Mess Halloween Party for age 21+ at Buckhead Theater.