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Atlanta events September 2020

Charity cocktail party

September 3, 2020
3 miles NE
Party for Piedmont Park promises “live music, an incredible silent auction, signature cocktails, and delectable cuisine from Atlanta’s premier restaurants” at Piedmont Park Greystone.

Dragon Con

September 3 - 7, 2020
Downtown Atlanta
Dragon Con is a giant popular-culture convention for science fiction, fantasy, gaming, art, comics, music, and film, with panels, contests, vendors, and videos in downtown hotels. A free Dragon Con Party in Woodruff Park is Friday (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Dragon Con Parade on Peachtree Street is Saturday (10 a.m.).

Black wine

September 4, 2020
0.6 miles south
The wine at vinoTOSA is actually red and white, but it’s created at “the most prestigious Black-owned vineyards” and served amid artwork and music at 86 Pryor Street.

Art party

September 4, 2020
1.4 miles west
See contemporary art, meet artists, drink cocktails, and hear DJ performances during Artosa Beyond as part of Taste of Soul Atlanta at 86 Pryor Street.

Decatur Book Festival

September 4 - 6, 2020
6 miles east
Decatur Book Festival has a book fair, author readings, signings, panel discussions, children’s parades & activities, live music, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and food trucks in Decatur.

Soul food & music festival

September 4 - 7, 2020
1.2 mile SW
Taste of Soul Festival has southern food for sale and a kids’ zone at 10 Northside Drive. Optional brunch (Sunday 12 to 3 p.m.). Bring folding chairs for the free R&B and soul concert (4 to 9 p.m.).

Art in the Park

September 5 - 7, 2020
18.6 miles NW
Marietta Art in the Park features fine art, chalk art, food trucks, singer/songwriters, and a children’s “interactive art area” in Marietta Square. Free admission.

Fireworks at the mountain

September 5 - 7, 2020
19 miles east
Labor Day Weekend celebrates everyday working heroes. It includes a daytime stunt-dogs show plus a 9:30 p.m laser show with fireworks at Stone Mountain Park.

Free dance music

September 6, 2020
2.2 miles SE
Dance to DJ house music at the north end of Grant Park during House in the Park, which includes vendors and a bar. No pets. Children age 10 and younger get free tickets.

Blues barbecue

September 7, 2020
2.5 miles NE
A ticket to Labor Day Blues BBQ gets you in the door of Park Tavern to hear five performers and buy food & drink. Music begins at 1 p.m. This event supports WRFG radio.

Labor Day run

September 7, 2020
12 miles NE
Big Peach Sizzler is a “super fast” 10K that starts in Chamblee plus a 5K that starts in Brookhaven, both ending in Buckhead with a party.

Horror-film festival

September 10 - 12, 2020
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.

Yellow Daisy Festival

September 10 - 13, 2020
19 miles east
The Yellow Daisy Festival has 400 vendors of arts & crafts, food, live music, a children’s corner, and a flower show (Fri. to Sun.) along the paths at Stone Mountain Park. Free except parking. No pets, glass, or alcohol.

Home show

September 11 - 13, 2020
11 miles NW
Find inspiration for home-improvement ideas at the Fall Atlanta Home Show at Cobb Galleria Centre. Repeats in March.

Jazz on the Lawn

September 11 & 25, 2020
4 miles NE
Hear classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth, and blues with a ticket to Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde. Cash bar and BBQ food for sale. You are welcome to bring a blanket and a picnic. This event is held in August, September, and October.

Car show & trunk sale

September 12, 2020
19 miles NE
See hundreds of classic British cars and motorcycles, and shop from people selling used goods from their trunks, at Atlanta British Car Fayre in downtown Norcross. Free.

Pizza & beer

September 12, 2020
31.4 miles NW
Pizza, Pints & Pigskins promises pizzerias, a beer garden, a kids’ zone, and music at Logan Farm Park in Acworth. Free.

Chocolate in the garden

September 12 - 13, 2020
(10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
2.5 miles NE
Chocolate-Covered Weekend offers cooking demonstrations, chocolate samples, family activities, and information about the chocolate-making process at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Vegan festival

September 12 - 14, 2020
8.5 miles SW
“Discover diverse vegan and plant-based cuisine while shopping with local artisans” at the Indie Green Festival, which also has guest speakers, vendors, and a kids’ zone in East Point. Free.

Free concerts in Sandy Springs

September 13, 2020
(begins June 14)
14.5 miles north
Concerts by the Springs are held on the second Sunday each month at Heritage Green, 6110 Blue Stone Road. Bring food and drinks, or buy them onsite. Beach chairs and blankets are welcome. No smoking or pets. Free.

Kids’ triathlon

September 13, 2020
25 miles north
Children from 6 to 15 can swim, bike, and run in two dozen events at Alpharetta Ironkids Triathlon in Wills Park.

Monthly family festival

September 17, 2020
(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 shuttle (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.

Belly dance festival

September 17 - 20, 2020
14.8 miles NW
Essence of Belly Dance includes workshops, vendors, and shows at Smyrna Community Center.

Wine walk

September 18, 2020
4.3 miles east
A ticket to Kirkwood Wine Stroll includes wine poured in 40 shops and galleries plus live music on three stages, with beer and food for sale. Age 21+. No dogs.

Hapeville festival

September 18 - 19, 2020
9 miles south
Bring chairs to Happy Days Weekend on Friday for live music and food vendors 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday features a 10:30 a.m. pet parade, an artists’ market, a kids’ zone, food trucks, craft beer, and live music in Hapeville. Free.

Augusta art festival

September 18 - 20, 2020
149 miles east
Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival has fine arts and crafts, street entertainers, music and dance on five stages, a children’s area, international food, and a beer garden in Augusta. Children age 10 and younger are free.

Lantern parade

September 19, 2020
(uncertain)
1.5 miles east
Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade is a glowing procession of light, music, and color that goes from 660 Irwin Street to Piedmont Park. Gather at 7 p.m. and walk at 8 p.m. No pets. Free.

Vegetarian food fair

September 19, 2020
(12 to 6 p.m.)
4 miles SW
Buy $3 samples or full meals at The Veggie Taste at Kipp Strive Academy. Free admision.

Party for pet rescue

September 19, 2020
5 miles NE
Party for the Paws includes cocktails, catered food, adoptable dogs, and a silent auction at Mason Fine Art.

Taste of Smyrna

September 19, 2020
15 miles NW
Buy $1 to $4 restaurant samples, hear acoustic music, and visit the kids’ zone at the Taste of Smyrna. Free.

Food festival

September 19, 2020
15.5 miles south
The Seafood & BBQ Festival features live music (funk, Motown, R & B, hip hop), food, beer, craft vendors, and a carnival at Riverdale Town Center. Free admission.

Wine tasting

September 19, 2020
17.2 miles NE
A ticket to Dunwoody Wine Stroll includes samples of wine, beer, and coffee plus appetizers, live music, and food truck vendors at Pernoshal Park for age 21+.

Marietta street fair

September 19 - 20, 2020
19 miles NW
Shop for arts and crafts, browse antiques, hear grassroots music, see classic cars on Saturday, visit the kids’ area, and shop at the farmer’s market at Marietta Streetfest at Marietta Square. Free.

Suwanee festival

September 19 - 20, 2020
32 miles NE
Watch a small-town parade (Saturday 9 a.m.), hear live music, see performances, visit the “family fun zone,” and shop from 200 art and food vendors at Suwanee Fest at Town Center Park in Suwanee. Free.

Indian festival

September 19 - 20, 2020
87 miles SE
Ocmulgee Indian Celebration includes music, dancing, singing, storytelling, crafts vendors, educational exhibits, and native foods at Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon.

Pumpkin Festival

September 19 - Nov. 4, 2020
19 miles east
The Pumpkin Festival includes family shows, games, storytelling, kids’ activities, a pie-eating contest, and “thousands of carved jack-o-lanterns” at Stone Mountain Park. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Farm fair

September 20, 2020
(12 to 4 p.m.)
22.5 miles north
Meet live farm animals, explore an urban farm, hear live bluegrass & pops music, check out the kids’ crafts and games. see natural art, and buy snacks at Back to your Roots Farm Fair at Chattahoochee Nature Center.

Interior design event

September 22 - 24, 2020
6 miles north
Register to hear free talks by “interior designers, cultural icons, artists, visionaries, architects, and more” and attend book signings, product launches, pop-up shops, sip and strolls, and lunches during Discover ADAC at Atlanta Decorative Arts Center.

Sketch comedy festival

September 24 - 26, 2020
1.2 miles SE
Watch nine groups perform short comedy acts (three groups per night), separated by short comedy films, during ATL SketchFest at the Village Theatre.

Animation festival

September 24 - 26, 2020
(uncertain)
2 miles north
SCAD AnimationFest holds panel discussions about animation and screens films. On Saturday, watch cartoons in the morning, a student showcase in the afternoon, and “the best in animated short films” in the evening.

State fair in Marietta

September 24 - Oct. 4, 2020
22 miles NW
North Georgia State Fair has rides, fair food, a petting zoo, racing pigs, jumping dogs, a BMX stunt show, and country music concerts in Marietta. Expect lines. Children age 10 and younger are free.

Greek festival

September 25 - 27, 2020
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 open on some dates. Festival map.

Dessert convention

September 25 - 27, 2020
11 miles NW
The Ultimate Sugar Show has a weekend vendor expo in Cobb Galleria Centre, which is free for children younger than age 12. To pay for classes, click the “classes & demos” link on the top of their web page.

East Atlanta Strut

September 26, 2020
5 miles SE
East Atlanta Strut includes two stages of live music, a wacky parade at 2 p.m., an artists’ market, a kids’ village, and food vendors at Glenwood Ave. SE & Flat Shoals Ave. SE. No pets except in the parade. Free.

Free gospel music

September 26, 2020
(2 to 6 p.m.)
22.3 miles SW
Gospel Under the Stars promises dancers, drummers, gospel singers, food booths, and kids’ activities at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Free admission.

Alpharetta street party

September 26, 2020
25 miles north
Alpharetta Brew Moon Fall Fest features beer, wine, local restaurant food, and music after dark in the historic downtown.

Music festival

September 26 - 27, 2020
0.8 miles east
Sweet Auburn Music Fest [website has sound] is an R&B, hip-hop, and gospel music festival with food trucks and vendors at 320 Irwin Street NE. Free.

Duluth Fall Festival

September 26 - 27, 2020
25 miles NE
Duluth Fall Festival features a carnival (Thurs. to Sun.), 250 arts and crafts vendors plus entertainment (Sat. & Sun.), a parade (Sat. 10 a.m.), and a 5K race (Sun 8 a.m.) at Duluth Town Green. The free concert (Sat. 6:30 p.m.) is at Duluth Festival Center.

Festival in the cemetery

September 27, 2020
2 miles SE
Sunday in the Park is a Victorian street festival with food trucks, live music, a historical costume contest, an artists’ market, a children’s zone, history demonstrations, and tours at historic Oakland Cemetery. Do not bring food or drinks. No pets. Free.

Black theater festival

September 30 - Oct. 3, 2020
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.

Car-free streets

September 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
You can walk, run, or bike down the middle of the road during Atlanta Streets Alive, which also offers free entertainment and activities.

Film festival

September 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
Out On Film screens 50 LGBT films and videos, plus short films at three different theaters.

Free movies - parks

September 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
See free films outdoors at Georgia Movies in the Park in Canton, Cumming, and Dawsonville.

Music festival

September 2020
(undated)
0.3 miles west
One Musicfest [sound] offers a full schedule of music (hip hop, EDM, reggae, funk, trap, house, classics, alternative rock, and soul) from national and local acts on three stages at Centennial Olympic Park. What you can bring.

Craft market

September 2020
(undated)
1.5 miles NE
Indie Craft Experience: Fall Market features 60 curated vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor, home goods, and food at Yaarab Temple. Children age 12 and younger are free. Held in March, June, Sept., Nov.

Wine walk

September 2020
(undated)
1.6 miles east
Stroll along East Side Beltline Trail, stopping for wine and snacks at dozens of sponsors during BeltLine Wine Stroll, beginning at The Ice Box for age 21+.

African tasting event

September 2020
(undated)
1.8 miles NW
Taste African, African-American, and Caribbean cuisine made by “Atlanta’s premiere black chefs, caterers, and bartenders” during Nosh Culinary Showcase at 595 North Event Center. Optional cocktail tasting.

Inman Park Restaurant Week

September 2020
(undated)
2 miles east
Get a special deal on a fixed-price meal at a dozen restaurants during Inman Park Restaurant Week in Inman Park. Repeats in March.

Maker fair

September 2020
(undated)
2 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 State Stadium. Free.

Midtown music festival

September 2020
(undated)
2 miles NE
Music Midtown attracts big crowds for a great lineup on four stages at Piedmont Park, with food vendors. See the list of prohibited items.

Mimosa party

September 2020
(undated)
2 miles NE
Atlanta Mimosa Festival promises mimosas in many flavors, plus wine, beer, mixed drinks, live music, college football, and a DJ at Fourth Ward Skatepark for age 21+.

Pink wine tasting

September 2020
(undated)
2 miles east
A ticket to Atlanta Rosé Festival includes wine and craft beer tasting (75 varieties), live and DJ music, and food for sale at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark for age 21+.

Japanese sake tasting

September 2020
(undated)
2.4 miles NW
A ticket to Chirori Sake Brewery & Importers Evening includes unlimited samples of sake and small complimentary bites for age 21+. Brewers will be present to answer your questions.

Garden party for adults

September 2020
(undated)
2.5 miles NE
Cocktails in the Garden invites you to explore the garden each week as you stroll with a cocktail, hear live music, and play games at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Admission fee, cash bar.

Hank Williams night

September 2020
(undated)
2.8 miles NE
Hear nine bands play songs by the country-music legend during Hank Williams Tribute at The Star Community Bar for $10.

Wine tasting at the zoo

September 2020
(undated)
4 miles NW
Enjoy wine sampling, appetizers, animal viewing, live music, and live painting during Sippin’ Safari at Zoo Atlanta for age 21+.

Family bicycle festival

September 2020
(undated)
5 miles SE
Brownwood Bike Rally is about cycling, fitness, and health, for kids and adults. It includes street-bike races, a bike safety rodeo for kids, a health fair, a food court and a festival area featuring family-friendly activities at Brownwood Park. Free except adult races.

Taste of Buckhead

September 2020
(undated)
5.4 miles north
Enjoy unlimited tastes from 20 Buckhead chefs, sample beverages (wine, beer, and spirits), and visit vendors at Taste of Buckhead at American Spirit Works for age 21+.

Bicycle racing party

September 2020
(undated)
8.9 miles SW
Watch cyclists race around the track, dance to DJ music, play games, and shop from food trucks at the Season Finals at Dick Lane Velodrome in East Point. Free.

Arab festival

September 2020
(undated)
13 miles NE
Enjoy Arabic art, music, dancing, singing, and food at the Atlanta Arab Festival at the Alif Institute.

Free plays

September 2020
(undated)
13.4 miles NE
Students at Georgia State University Perimeter College have only 24 hours to write, direct, rehearse, and perform new theater at Plays in a Day Festival. You get to watch them and give your feedback. Free.

Book sale

September 2020
(undated)
14 miles north
Atlanta AAUW Bookfair is a used-book sale at Perimeter Mall. Free admission, except Monday evening costs $10.

Wine tasting

September 2020
(undated)
14.5 miles north
A ticket to the Sandy Springs Wine Festival includes samples of 75 varieties of wine and beer, DJ and live acoustic music, and food for sale at Heritage Sandy Springs for age 21+.

Free concerts in Sandy Springs

September 2020
(undated)
14.6 miles north
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, food and drinks (except alcohol, which is sold onsite), and money for food trucks to City Green Live for free concerts on select Fridays. Food trucks arrive at 6:30, and the band plays at 7:30 p.m.

Pet party in the park

September 2020
(undated)
15 miles NW
Woofstock features dogs that dive and perform tricks, pet adoptions, food trucks, kids’ inflatables, and arts & crafts at Smyrna Market Village. Held in May and September. You can bring pets on a leash. Free.

Sandy Springs Festival

September 2020
(undated)
15 miles north
Sandy Springs Festival offers arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and children’s activities. Saturday adds a pet parade and contest (10 a.m.) and a 5K/10K race in downtown Sandy Springs.

Stockbridge arts festival

September 2020
(undated)
23.1 miles SE
Bridgefest begins Friday with gospel music (6 to 9 p.m.). Saturday includes live music, food vendors, arts & crafts, a children’s area, and a car show (1 to 6 p.m.) near city hall. Free.

Douglasville festival

September 2020
(undated)
24 miles west
September Saturdays Festival has a carnival, vendors, choirs, a children’s area, and a food court at Douglas County Courthouse. The first Saturday includes Heroes Day & Touch-a-Truck, and the second Saturday includes Family Day and Fun & Games Festival. Free.

Concerts in Alpharetta parks

September 2020
(undated)
24.9 miles north
Bring a blanket and a picnic to hear “family-friendly performances by different Alpharetta based entertainment groups” at Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series. Free.

Fashion show in Alpharetta

September 2020
(undated)
26 miles north
A $50 ticket to Noon to Night at Avalon includes cocktails, beer, wine, restaurant tastes, and a fashion show for charity on Avalon Boulevard.

Japanese festival

September 2020
(undated)
27 miles NE
JapanFest features Japanese drumming, dance, martial arts, kimonos, bonsai, kids’ games, vendors, food, beer, sake, and tea at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Children age 6 and younger are free.

Monster trucks

September 2020
(undated)
27 miles NE
Big trucks with big wheels make big noise and excitement at Monster Jam at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth.

Music festival

September 2020
(undated)
28.6 miles south
Imagine Music Festival features multiple stages of dance music at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with camping available nearby.

State Fair in Hampton

September 2020
(undated)
30 miles south
Georgia State Fair offers carnival rides, shows, music, animals, and vendors at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. Children age 4 and younger are free.

BBQ festival

September 2020
(undated)
30.7 miles NE
Rock’n Ribville promises “some of the best BBQ in the South” with live music, a kids’ area, and a car show (until 5 p.m.) in Lawrenceville.

Bluegrass music

September 2020
(undated)
30.7 miles NE
Enjoy an evening of bluegrass music at the Foot Stompin’ Festival, with local craft and food vendors, games, face painting, and tours of historic Lawrenceville Female Seminary. Free.

Family picnic

September 2020
(undated)
31 miles NE
Old Fashioned Picnic has food vendors, arts & crafts, live music, a kids’ zone, and a corn hole tournament at Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Free.

Pet fish sale

September 2020
(undated)
32 miles NE
See fish and shop from vendors of pond supplies and equipment at the Atlanta Koi and Goldfish Show at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. Free including parking.

Interactive Sleepy Hollow

September 2020
(undated)
34 miles SW
Beware of the headless horseman in 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. See driving directions.

Music festival on a farm

September 2020
(undated)
79.2 miles east
Wildwood Revival has music (country, blues, early jazz, gospel, soul, metal, rock n’ roll, hip hop), an artisan market, food vendors, and camping on Cloverleaf Farm near Athens. No pets.

Flashback music festival

September 2020
(undated)
16 miles NW
Flashback Festival is billed as Atlanta’s biggest R&B concert and features legendary artists at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre.

Caribbean food festival

September 2020
(undated)
18.9 miles east
Enjoy exotic flavors and rhythms at the Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival. Jerkfest has jerk cuisine, a cook off, vendors, games, and dancing to live music at Southeast Athletic Complex in Lithonia. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Jewish festival

September 2020
(undated)
19.4 miles north
Enjoy Jewish food, entertainment, kids’ games, and temple tours at Noshfest at Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta. Free.

Balloon festival

September 2020
(undated)
82 miles SE
The Hot Air Balloon Festival offers live music at 7 p.m., a balloon glow Fri. & Sun. at dusk, fireworks Sat. 9:15 p.m., tethered rides weekend mornings & evenings, and a classic car show Saturday at Callaway Gardens.

Haunted house - Lithia Springs

September 2020
(undated)
15 miles west
Containment is a walk-through haunted house “filled with movie like sets, live actors, animatronics, and cutting edge special effects” that you tour in groups of 6 to 8, in Lithia Springs for age 13+. See schedule.

Haunted house - Stone Mountain

September 2020
(undated)
20 miles NE
Netherworld thrills and terrifies with stunt actors in intense makeup, movie-quality special effects, and detailed sets in Stone Mountain.

Haunted house - Douglasville

September 2020
(undated)
22 miles west
Explore the halls of a nightmarish hospital at Nightmare’s Gate at 3931 Longview Drive in Douglasville. See schedule.

Haunted house - Stockbridge

September 2020
(undated)
26 miles SE
Attractions at Fear the Woods include a haunted house, a combat experience, and a haunted trail with terror transport. Recommended for age 13+. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Haunted house - Newnan

September 2020
(undated)
41 miles SW
13 Stories Haunted House [sound] is “designed to be very intense from start to finish” as you walk through it in groups of 6 to 8 people. Apocalypse Zombie Kill Experience is optional. Bring this waiver signed by a parent if you are under age 18. See schedule.

Haunted house - Carrollton

September 2020
(undated)
56 miles SW
A ticket to Camp Blood includes both a walk on the haunted trail plus a visit to the Nightmare Inn. See schedule. Weather closures. Recommended for age 12+.

Haunted house - Rome

September 2020
(undated)
71 miles NW
Gates of Misery delivers torture, torment, zombies, and cannibals on Fridays and Saturdays. Children younger than age 12 require an adult.

Six Flags Halloween

September 2020
(undated)
13 miles west
Enjoy afternoon trick-or-treating & pumpkin painting (Sat. & Sun.), but beware of scary ghosts, ghouls, and zombies after dark (see schedule) during Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia in Austell. No costumes.

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