Atlanta events, festivals, things to do – October 2018

October 2018
best events in Atlanta

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.

Stockbridge haunts

October 1 - 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.

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.
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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.

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.

Pumpkin Festival

October 5 - 28, 2018 (begins Sept. 28)

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.

Newnan haunted house

October 5 - Nov. 3, 2018 (Sept. 28+)

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.

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.

Free gospel concert

October 6, 2018

15.5 miles south

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to Gospel on the Green to hear performances from national and local gospel artists in the Amphitheater at Riverdale Town Center. Free, with food for sale. Free.

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, food vendors, a parade of non-motorized boats (Sunday 12:15 p.m.), a pet parade (Sunday 4 p.m.), and a sandy beach 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.

Victorian festival

October 7, 2018 (noon 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.

Fall festival

October 12 - 21, 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.

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.

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.

Halloween train ride

October 13, 2018 (1 to 4:30 p.m.)

32.2 miles east

Ride onboard a miniature train past spooky Halloween decorations at North Georgia Live Steamers in Conyers for $2 cash. Kids can wear Halloween costumes.

Pride festival and parade

October 13 - 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).

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.

Air show

October 13 - 14, 2018

71 miles NW

Wings Over North Georgia has the Blue Angels jets, aerobatic performers, parachutists, aircraft on display, and food vendors in Rome.

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.

Pet walk

October 14, 2018

2.7 miles north

Take a 1 or 3 mile Walk for the Animals with your leashed pet around Atlantic Station. Free. Fundraising optional.

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 the $25 Good Taste Atlanta at Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth.

Halloween cemetery tour

October 18 - 21 & 25 - 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.

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.

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+.

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.

Muddy obstacle course

October 20 - 21, 2018

25 miles SW

To run this 10 to 12 mile obstacle course in mud, you’ve got to be one Tough Mudder. Spectators also require tickets, at Bouckaert Farm in Fairburn.

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.

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.

Cocktails 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, cocktails, and appetizers at Sips Under the Sea. Visit the website to buy tickets and see the theme.

Halloween at Callanwolde

October 26, 2018

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.

Zombie, horror, sci-fi event

October 26 - 28, 2018

0.5 miles west

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

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 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 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 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.

Film festival

October 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

Out On Film shows 130 gay films and videos at three different theaters.

French cultural festival

October 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

France-Atlanta offers innovative films, performances, talks, exhibitions, and workshops that connect France and the Southeast. Most events are free.

Hip hop - Georgia Freight Depot

October 2018 (undated)

Atlanta locations

A3C Festival has two stages, food trucks, and games at Georgia Freight Depot, plus an optional conference.

LGBT festival

October 2018 (undated)

Atlanta locations

Atlanta LGBT Film and Music Festival (ALFF) serves “LGBTQ film makers, music lovers, creatives, and those who support the culture” and has a workshop for actors and directors.

Stimulate your mind

October 2018 (undated)

0.2 miles south

A dozen brilliant speakers illuminate topics like medicine, humor, cybersecurity, dieting, music, and travel at TEDxPeachtree at Rialto Center for the Arts.

Seafood tasting

October 2018 (undated)

0.8 miles SW

A ticket to Seafood Showdown gets you two beer tickets, appetizers, and tastes of seafood created by chefs competing for your votes at Smoke Ring.

Loft tour

October 2018 (undated)

0.9 miles SW

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

Maker fair

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Grilled Cheese Festival

October 2018 (undated)

1.8 miles NE

Buy $1 to $3 samples from competing restaurants and vote for your favorites at Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival, with “food trucks, brews, live local music, and all kinds of contests and activities” at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark for age 21+. Held in April & October.

Taste of Atlanta

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Cocktail party

October 2018 (undated)

1.9 miles north

Your ticket to Cravin’ a Cocktail includes an open bar (beer, wine, and specialty cocktails), heavy hors d’oeuvres, a motivational speaker, and a silent auction to support breast cancer patients, at the Lava Lounge.

Afropunk festival

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Inman Park Restaurant Week

October 2018 (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.

Weird fun run

October 2018 (undated)

2.2 miles NE

Can’t fly to Spain for the running of the bulls? Wear white and tie something red around your waist to be chased a mile by Rollergirls wearing horns at Atlanta Running of the Bulls at Piedmont Park plus after-party.

Candler Park festival

October 2018 (undated)

3 miles east

Fall Fest has live bands, 150 art booths, gourmet food trucks, a kids’ area, Saturday races (5K and one mile), and Sunday home tours.

Macaroni & cheese festival

October 2018 (undated)

3.5 miles SE

A ticket to Edgewood Mac and Cheese Festival gets you unlimited samples of mac & cheese from local restaurants, with music by local bands at Walker Park. No pets.

Birthday bash for dogs

October 2018 (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.

Cocktail party

October 2018 (undated)

5.5 miles NE

Wear cocktail attire to the $100 Gala After Party: Time after Timeless for an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, live music, dancing, access to the Gladiators exhibit, and a silent auction to benefit Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Soapbox derby

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Celebrate ancestors

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Fashion show at Lenox Square

October 2018 (undated)

8.3 miles north

The $75 Fall for Fashion Show serves food, fun, and fashion to support charity at Bloomingdale’s Lenox Square.

Greek festival

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Chili cook off

October 2018 (undated)

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, with live music and beer & wine for sale at Brookhaven Park.

Beer festival

October 2018 (undated)

12.4 miles NW

Sample 20 beers, cider, and wine at the giant Great Atlanta Beer Fest, which includes live music, football on big TVs, and food for sale at SunTrust Park.

Family Festival

October 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

13 miles NE

Taste of Chamblee features food from 17 restaurants, live music, kids’ activities, and a car show. Free.

Taste of Tucker

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Book sale

October 2018 (undated)

14 miles north

Atlanta AAUW Bookfair is a used-book sale at Perimeter Mall. Free admission, except the first evening costs $10.

Smyrna festival

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Beer festival

October 2018 (undated)

18 miles NW

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

Chalk art festival

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Fall Farm Day

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Wine tasting in Roswell

October 2018 (undated)

20.4 miles north

Taste 100 wines from 30 wineries at Grandiose Grape Wine Festival, with appetizers and live music outdoors at The Mill Kitchen and Bar in Roswell.

Songwriters’ festival

October 2018 (undated)

25 miles north

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

Game festival

October 2018 (undated)

27 miles north

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

International festival

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Beer festival - north

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Gothic horror show

October 2018 (undated)

30 miles NE

Creatures dance and perform onstage and around you, with music and special effects at 30-minute Dracula: The Haunting in Lawrenceville.

Health & wellness fair

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Taste of Suwanee

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Tasting at Lake Lanier

October 2018 (undated)

44.5 miles NE

Sample 100 beers and ciders and 25 wines at Sunset Cove Beer & Wine Fest with live music and food for sale, overlooking the lake at Sunset Cove Beach Cafe and Club for age 21+.

Zombie run

October 2018 (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.

Ghost stories on a plantation

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Stone Mountain haunted house

October 2018 (undated)

20 miles NE

Netherworld thrills and terrifies with stunt actors in intense makeup, movie-quality special effects, and detailed sets in Stone Mountain.

Douglasville haunted house

October 2018 (undated)

22 miles west

Explore the halls of a nightmarish hospital at Nightmare’s Gate in Douglasville.

Dawsonville haunted trail

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Carrollton haunted camp

October 2018 (undated)

56 miles SW

Camp Blood has a trail plus Nightmare Inn on the same ticket. Zombie Paintball Shoot is separate.

Rome haunted house

October 2018 (undated)

71 miles NW

Gates of Misery has two attractions filled with torture, torment, zombies, and cannibals.

Halloween party

October 2018 (undated)

0.1 miles south

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

Halloween at the aquarium

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Halloween costume party

October 2018 (undated)

2.2 miles north

Nightmare on 13th Street has three DJs, costume contests, and drink specials at Lava Lounge.

Halloween bash

October 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles NE

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

Adult party at the museum

October 2018 (undated)

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 for kids

October 2018 (undated)

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 parade

October 2018 (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.

Halloween at the history center

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Make a glass pumpkin

October 2018 (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 OK with a parent.

Doggy party

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Halloween variety show

October 2018 (undated)

7.6 miles NE

Things that Go Bump is “a collection of spine-tingling short plays, monologues, and songs to tickle your funny bone and quicken your pulse” as local actors and singers perform songs and scenes celebrating the spooky fall season at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.

Children’s Halloween party

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Outrageous Halloween party

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Zombie party

October 2018 (undated)

11.9 miles NW

Zombie Ball is a dance party with DJ music, psychic readings, specialty cocktails, and a costume contest sponsored by Q100 (WWWQ-FM) at Coca-Cola Roxy.

Halloween in Chamblee

October 2018 (undated)

13 miles NW

Halloween Spooktacular includes an all-ages costume contest, bounce houses, face painting, a cupcake walk, and a 5K race in costume at Keswick Park. Free.

Six Flags Halloween

October 2018 (undated)

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.

Halloween comedy

October 2018 (undated)

17.5 miles NE

The Halloween Bash features comedians (J.J. Williamson & Wanda Smith), treats, and a costume contest at Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross with a two drink minimum, for age 21+.

Hot-air-balloon festival

October 2018 (undated)

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.