Atlanta events for October 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and Halloween haunted houses in Atlanta, Georgia.

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October 2017
October 2017

Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

Music festival

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 30)

1 mile SE

Sweet Auburn Music Fest [sound] is an R&B, hip-hop, and gospel music festival on Auburn Avenue at Jackson.

Victorian festival

October 1, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

2 miles SE

Sunday in the Park is a Victorian street festival that offers food trucks, live music, a Victorian costume contest, artists’ market, history demonstrations, and tours at the historic Oakland Cemetery.

Candler Park festival

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 30)

3 miles east

Fall Fest has live bands, 150 art booths, gourmet food trucks, a kids’ area, 5K, 1K, and Sunday home tour.

Greek festival

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 28)

9 miles NE

Enjoy the music, dance, foods, and traditions of Greece at the Atlanta Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The drive-through window is also open on Thursday.

Anime convention

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 28)

11 miles north

Anime Weekend Atlanta has panels and workshops, games and videos, costume play, a dealer’s room, an art show, and a red-carpet ball at Cobb Galleria Centre.

Book fair

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 25)

14 miles north

Atlanta AAUW Bookfair is a used-book sale at Perimeter Mall, which is free except the first evening.

Field day

October 1, 2017

14 miles north

Family-friendly Food & Field Fest includes team competitions (relay races, tug-o-war, and games), food trucks, DJ music, an art market, and bounce houses to support charity in Sandy Springs. Children under 10 are free.

Pets in the park

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 29)

16 miles NW

Woofstock features dogs that dive and perform tricks, pet adoptions, food trucks, a beer garden, inflatables for kids, and arts & crafts at Smyrna Market Village, 2840 Atlanta Road, Smyrna. Free.

State fair - north

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 21)

22 miles NW

North Georgia State Fair has rides, fair food, animals, and country/Christian concerts in Marietta. Expect lines.

Duluth Fall Festival

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 30)

25 miles NE

Duluth Fall Festival features 250 booths of art, crafts and food, plus entertainment, a carnival, a parade 10 a.m. Sat., and a road race Sun. at Duluth Town Green.

Goldfish & koi sale

October 1, 2017 (begins Sept. 30)

32 miles NE

See a variety of fish and shop from vendors at the Koi and Goldfish Show at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. Free.

Film festival

October 1 - 5, 2017 (begins Sept. 28)

2 miles NE

Out On Film shows 80 gay films and videos at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

State Fair - south

October 1 - 8, 2017 (begins Sept. 29)

30 miles south

Georgia State Fair offers rides, shows, music, and vendors at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton.

Six Flags Halloween

October 1 - 29, 2017 (begins Sept. 23)

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 in Austell. See schedule.

Pumpkin Festival

October 1 - 29, 2017 (begins Sept. 29)

19 miles east

Pumpkin Festival features a costume party, family shows, storytelling, kids’ activities, and a pie-eating contest at Stone Mountain Park. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Stockbridge haunts

October 1 - 31, 2017 (begins Sept. 29)

26 miles SE

Fear the Woods includes a haunted house, a haunted trail, and haunted combat at Yule Forest on Hwy 155. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Halloween.

Norcross haunted house

Oct. 1 - Nov. 5, 2017 (begins Sept. 22)

15 miles NE

Netherworld thrills and terrifies with stunt actors in intense makeup, movie-quality special effects, and detailed sets at a large house in Norcross. See dates.

Black theater festival

October 4 - 7, 2017

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 3181 Rainbow Drive in Decatur. The Children’s PlayFest is Sept. 30.

Georgia National Fair

October 5 - 15, 2017

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.

Stimulate your mind

October 6, 2017

0.2 miles south

A dozen brilliant speakers illuminate topics like design, medicine, cartoons, architecture, and space exploration at TEDxPeachtree at Rialto Center for the Arts.

Hip-hop festival

October 6 - 8, 2017

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.

Grilled Cheese Festival

October 7, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

1.8 miles NE

Taste restaurant samples and vote for your favorite at Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival with “brews, live local music, and all kinds of contests and activities” at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark for age 21+.

Weird fun run

October 7, 2017

2.2 miles NE

Can’t fly to Spain for the running of the bulls? Wear white with something red tied around your waist to be chased a mile by Rollergirls at Atlanta Rolling of the Bulls Fun Run at Piedmont Park with an after party.

Macaroni & cheese festival

October 7, 2017

3.5 miles SE

A ticket to Atlanta Mac and Cheese Festival includes five samples of mac & cheese from local restaurants, with music by local bands at Walker Park. No pets.

Soapbox derby

October 7, 2017

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.

Chili cook off

October 7, 2017 (1 p.m., VIP noon)

10 miles NE

Buy a wristband to taste chili (spicy, mild, chicken, beef, vegetarian) and vote for your favorite at Atlanta Chili Cook Off, with live music at Brookhaven Park.

Taste of Chamblee

October 7, 2017 (3 to 7 p.m.)

13 miles NE

Taste of Chamblee features food from 20 restaurants, live music, kids’ activities, and a car show. Free.

Free gospel concert

October 7, 2017

15.5 miles south

Gospel on the Green promises performances from national and local gospel artists in the Amphitheater at Riverdale Town Center. Free, with food for sale.

Art fair

October 7 - 8, 2017

19 miles NE

Norcross Art Splash features entertainers, food vendors, and 140 artists selling folk art, ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, and jewelry. Free.

Taste of Suwanee

October 7, 2017 (noon to 5 p.m.)

32 miles NE

Buy food samples from 30 restaurants, shop for arts & crafts, hear live music, and visit the kids’ zone at Taste of Suwanee at Suwanee Town Center Park. Free.

Warplanes

October 7 - 8, 2017

11 miles NE

See World War II era aircraft, meet veterans, watch reenactments, and buy a ride at Atlanta Warbird Weekend at DeKalb Peachtree Airport. Free entry.

Small-town festival

October 7 - 8, 2017

12 miles NE

LakeFest offers local music, arts and crafts, a sand sculpting contest, food vendors, a closing parade of boats, and a sandy beach in friendly Pine Lake. Free.

Cotton Pickin’ Fair

October 7 - 8, 2017

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 9, 2017

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.

Pride festival and parade

October 13 - 15, 2017

2 miles NE

The highlight of the Atlanta Pride Festival for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender persons is the Pride Parade on Sunday at noon up Peachtree Street to Piedmont Park.

Fall festival

October 13 - 21, 2017

112 miles north

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival features arts & crafts, live music, and demonstrations of archery, fly-fishing, and lumberjacking in Hiawassee.

Tour cool lofts

October 14, 2017

0.9 miles SW

See historic buildings converted into beautiful residential lofts on the Castleberry Hill Loft Tour, with local food trucks available.

Cemetery run

October 14, 2017

2 miles SE

Run Like Hell is a 5K race with a costume contest and a children’s 1K at historic Oakland Cemetery.

Neighborhood music festival

October 14, 2017 (12 to 6 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.

Destination East Point

October 14, 2017

8 miles SE

Destination East Point features live entertainment, acrobats, artists, and food vendors in downtown East Point. Free.

Family Festival

October 14, 2017

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.

Beer festival

October 14, 2017

18 miles NW

Taste 100 beers at the Marietta Craft Beer Festival, part of the weekend Chalktoberfest listed separately.

Fall Farm Day

October 14, 2017

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 and tours, at Archibald Smith Plantation in Roswell.

Art fair in Lilburn

October 14, 2017

23 miles NE

Lilburn Daze has 200 arts and crafts vendors, food booths, and a kids’ zone at Lilburn City Park. Free.

Afropunk festival

October 14 - 15, 2017

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.

Festival on Ponce

October 14 - 15, 2017

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.

Chalk art festival

October 14 - 15, 2017

18 miles NW

Watch professional chalk artists compete, enter the amateur contest, see kids draw on the street, attend a craft beer festival, and visit the art museum free during Chalktoberfest in Marietta.

Apple festival

October 14 - 15 and 21 - 22, 2017

77 miles north

See 300 vendors of food and handmade items, plus craft demonstrations, an antique car show Oct. 14, and a parade Oct. 21 at Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay. No pets.

French cultural festival

October 12 - Nov. 3, 2017

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 19, 2017 (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.

Halloween at the history center

October 20, 2017 (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.

Taste of Atlanta

October 20 - 22, 2017

1.5 miles north

Try samples from 90 of Atlanta’s best restaurants, taste beer and wine, and watch celebrity-chef demos at Taste of Atlanta at Technology Square in Midtown.

Horror-film festival

October 20 - 22, 2017

3 miles NE

See horror, sci-fi, gore, zombie, creepy, mystery, and dark comedy films at Atlanta Horror Film Festival at the Plaza Theatre.

Scottish festival

October 20 - 22, 2017

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.

Air show

October 20 - 22, 2017

71 miles NW

Wings Over North Georgia has aerobatic performers, the Thunderbird squadron, aircraft on display, and BBQ vendors in Rome.

Halloween cemetery tour

October 20 - 22 & 26 - 28, 2017

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.

Family Halloween hike

October 20 - 21 and 27 - 28, 2017

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 at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.

Dawsonville haunted trail

October 20 - Nov. 5, 2017

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 Oct. 20 - 22, 27 - 29, and Nov. 3 - 5.

Decatur beer festival

October 21, 2017

6 miles east

Decatur Craft Beer Festival features 100 craft beers, live music, and food for sale in downtown Decatur for age 21+.

Beer festival - north

October 21, 2017 (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.

Health & wellness fair

October 21, 2017

32 miles NE

Alive! Festival features natural products, art, health & wellness vendors, live music, food trucks, and a kids’ area at a park in Suwanee. Free.

Art festival

October 21 - 22, 2017

9 miles north

Brookhaven Arts Festival includes more than 100 juried artists, live music, a kids’ corner, and food vendors. Free.

Art fair

October 21 - 22, 2017

24 miles NE

Visit 130 artists’ booths at Johns Creek Arts Festival across from Atlanta Athletic Club. Free.

Boo at the Zoo

October 21 - 22 and 28 - 29, 2017

4 miles NW

Boo at the Zoo is a Halloween festival with costume contests, treats, magical paths, decorations, music, and kid crafts at Zoo Atlanta.

Maker fair

October 22, 2017

0.9 miles south

See exhibits about science, creativity, innovation, and art, and meet the people of all ages who made them at the Maker Faire at Georgia Freight Depot. Free.

Atlanta race

October 22, 2017

3 miles north

The Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K begin and end at Atlantic Station.

Game festival

October 26 - 29, 2017

27 miles north

Play board games for four days at the Atlanta Game Fest at Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta. Repeats in May.

Cocktails at the aquarium

October 27, 2017

0.5 miles NW

Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and appetizers at Sips Under the Sea. Visit the website to buy tickets and see the theme.

Halloween at Callanwolde

October 27, 2017

4 miles NE

Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain includes trick or treating, a family-friendly costume contest, a concert band playing spooky music, and food trucks.

Halloween bar crawls

October 27 - 28, 2017

Atlanta locations

Your ticket includes a costume contest, food and drink specials, and admission to multiple bars.

Hot-air-balloon festival

October 27 - 28, 2017

23 miles NW

Owl-O-Ween features balloon glows, tethered rides, trick-or-treating, food, beer tents, vendors, and entertainers at Kennesaw State University.

Zombie, horror, sci-fi event

October 27 - 29, 2017

0.5 miles west

Walker Stalker Con has panels, celebrities, vendors, and a party at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Discount tickets $9.50 at Goldstar.

Country Living Fair

October 27 - 29, 2017

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 28, 2017

2 miles north

Nightmare on 13th Street has three DJs, costume prizes, drink specials, and a food truck at CosmoLava.

Kite flying

October 28, 2017

2.2 miles NE

Bring a kite or buy one at the family-friendly Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo at Piedmont Park. Free.

Halloween beer party

October 28, 2017 (8 p.m.)

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 28, 2017 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

4 miles NE

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat features treats for kids in costume, games, entertainment, and music at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Halloween house party

October 28, 2017

6 miles east

You must sign into Facebook to see Scarendipity Halloween Bash, a “legendary” costume party in a private home, with DJs, live music, aerial artists, fire performers, beer, cocktails, and a food truck at 229 Howard Street NE for age 21+.

Halloween in Chamblee

October 28, 2017

13 miles NW

Halloween Spooktacular includes an all-ages costume contest, hayrides, games, a spooky fun house, a 5K in costume, and food vendors at Keswick Park. Free.

Halloween party in Dunwoody

October 28, 2017

14 miles north

Monster Bash [sound] has live music and DJs, bars, and a costume contest at Eclipse di Luna in Dunwoody.

Smyrna festival

October 28 - 29, 2017

15 miles NW

Fall Jonquil Festival has 175 handmade arts & crafts booths, acoustic music, festival food, puppet shows, and children’s activities at the Village Green in Smyrna. Free. Repeats in April.

Celebrate ancestors

October 29, 2017 (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.

Art downtown

October 2017 (undated)

0 miles

Elevate Atlanta offers music & dance performances, public art installations, gallery exhibits, and street art in downtown Atlanta involving 100 artists. Free.

Party for a cause

October 2017 (undated)

Location uncertain

A ticket to Eats & Beats gets you unlimited restaurant food, open bars, live entertainment, a wine wall, and a silent auction for charity.

Beer festival

October 2017 (undated)

2 miles south

Sample 150 beers, cider, and wine at the giant Great Atlanta Beer Fest, which includes live music, football on big TVs, and food for sale at Turner Field.

Inman Park Restaurant Week

October 2017 (undated)

2 miles east

Get a special deal on a three-course fixed-price meal at 14 restaurants during Inman Park Restaurant Week in Inman Park. Repeats in March.

Masquerade party

October 2017 (undated)

2 miles north

The Masquerade is a charity ball by Atlanta Social Club with a DJ, two bars, and a dress code at Opera Nightclub for age 21+.

Funny women

October 2017 (undated)

2.6 miles NW

Find out when two dozen talented women perform in Women of Improv Comedy Show at Relapse Theatre.

Beer fundraiser

October 2017 (undated)

3.4 miles NW

Eat, drink, and hear live music to help the homeless at Cheers for Change at Monday Night Brewing.

Doggie birthday bash

October 2017 (undated)

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.

Spooky show

October 2017 (undated)

7.6 miles NE

The Witching Hour is “a night of witches, ghosts, music, laughter, and chainsaws” as local actors and singers perform songs and scenes celebrating the spooky fall season at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.

Ghost stories on a plantation

October 2017 (undated)

16 miles NE

Hear ghost stories of the South on a lantern-lit walk at Antebellum Plantation during A Tour of Southern Ghosts at Stone Mountain Park.

Hip yard sale in Decatur

October 2017 (undated)

16.7 miles SE

Shop from 60 vendors of books, clothing, art, food, and more, with live music at the Hipster Yard Sale ATL at Chapel Hill Park, rain or shine. Free.

Arts festival

October 2017 (undated)

19 miles SW

UC Music & Arts Fest features vendors and live music at 5047 Union Street in Union City. Free.

Dog-friendly music festival

October 2017 (undated)

20 miles NW

Boxerstock promises a variety of music, food trucks, dog supply vendors, and a kids’ village in Marietta.

Songwriters’ festival

October 2017 (undated)

25 miles north

Hear songwriters perform their songs in the street and onstage at Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival, with food trucks, beer, and wine in Alpharetta. Free.

Horror show

October 2017 (undated)

30 miles NE

Creatures dance and perform acts of horror onstage and around you to music at 30-minute Dracula: The Awakening in Lawrenceville.

Zombie run

October 2017 (undated)

64 miles north

Dodge zombies trying to grab your flag at the Running Dead 5K in Dahlonega, and make it to the finish line for a medal and fun activities.

Douglasville haunted house

October 2017 (undated)

22 miles west

Zombies riot at Nightmare’s Gate in Douglasville. Open Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun., and Halloween.

Newnan haunted house

October 2017 (undated)

41 miles SW

13 Stories Haunted House has 6 terrifying attractions and a Hollywood level of detail. See schedule.

Carrollton haunted camp

October 2017 (undated)

56 miles SW

Camp Blood offers four haunts, including a zombie paintball shoot.

Rome haunted house

October 2017 (undated)

71 miles NW

Gates of Misery is filled with torture, torment, zombies, and cannibals.

Halloween party

October 2017 (undated)

0.1 miles south

Nightmare on Peachtree Street promises five top Atlanta DJs, multiple rooms of music, and a costume contest at 200 Peachtree Street.

Halloween at the aquarium

October 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles NW

Children wearing costumes get free admission (two kids age 12 or under per paid adult), treats, and prizes at Georgia A-Scary-Um at Georgia Aquarium. See hours.

Family Halloween music

October 2017 (undated)

2 miles north

The Phantoms of the Orchestra features thrilling and chilling music (Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor) played by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Costumes are welcome.

Halloween bash

October 2017 (undated)

2.5 miles NE

Saints & Sinners Ball features live bands, themed drink specials, and a costume contest outside Park Tavern for age 21+.

Halloween party

October 2017 (undated)

2.5 miles NW

Monster’s Ball [sound] offers a costume contest, entertainment, food, and a cash bar at Westside Cultural Arts Center.

Halloween festival & parade

October 2017 (undated)

3 miles NE

Enjoy food and drink, live entertainment, pumpkin carving, street vendors, and a 4 p.m. costume parade at Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade. Free.

Halloween party - Grant Park

October 2017 (undated)

3.3 miles SE

A ticket to Halloween Haunted House Warming Party gets you $10 credit at the bars and food trucks, plus live music, a “Tour of Bones” haunted house, and a costume contest at 1039 Grant Street SE for age 21+.

Halloween martini & movie

October 2017 (undated)

4 miles NE

Enjoy DJ music, drinks, a costume contest, and a movie at Martinis & IMAX Fright Night for adults at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Halloween parade

October 2017 (undated)

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.

Make a glass pumpkin

October 2017 (undated)

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 require a parent.

Outrageous Halloween party

October 2017 (undated)

8.4 miles north

Enjoy DJ music, 1980s bands, a costume contest, laser lights, and alcohol at A Social Mess Halloween Party for age 21+ at Buckhead Theater.
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