Atlanta events, festivals, things to do – September 2018

September 2018
best events in Atlanta

Soul food & music festival

September 1 - 2, 2018

1 mile SW

Enjoy ribs, fried chicken, grilled shrimp, peach cobbler, soul music, and R&B at Taste of Soul next to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Music begins at 5 p.m. Free admission but bring a folding chair.

Decatur Book Festival

September 1 - 2, 2018 (starts Aug. 31)

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, and writing workshops in Decatur.

DragonCon

September 1 - 3, 2018 (starts Aug. 30)

Atlanta locations

Dragon Con is a giant popular-culture convention for science fiction, fantasy, gaming, art, comics, music, and film, with panels, contests, vendors, a banquet, and a Dragon Con Parade down Peachtree Street on Saturday at 10 a.m.
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Art in the Park

September 1 - 3, 2018

18.6 miles NW

Marietta Art in the Park features fine art, chalk art, jazz, food trucks, and a children’s “interactive art area” in Marietta Square. Free admission.

Labor Day at the mountain

September 1 - 3, 2018

19 miles east

Labor Day Weekend celebrates everyday working heroes with a laser show and fireworks for three nights at Stone Mountain Park.

Hot-air balloon festival

September 1 - 3, 2018 (starts Aug. 31)

82 miles SE

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival offers live music every evening, a balloon glow every night, tethered rides weekend mornings, fireworks Saturday, and a classic car show Saturday at Callaway Gardens.

Free dance music

September 2, 2018

2.2 miles SE

Dance to DJ house music in two outdoor pavilions during House in the Park at Grant Park. You can claim a picnic spot as early as 8 a.m. Free.

Labor Day run

September 3, 2018

12 miles NE

Big Peach Sizzler is a 10K that begins in Chamblee and ends in Buckhead with a party.

Yellow Daisy Festival

September 6 - 9, 2018

19 miles east

The Yellow Daisy Festival features more than 400 vendors of arts & crafts and has live music, a children’s corner, and a flower show along the paths at Stone Mountain Park. Free except parking.

ONE music festival

September 7 - 8, 2018

5 miles south

ONE Musicfest offers a full day of soul, progressive hip-hop, alternative, and rock music from national and local acts at Lakewood Amphitheatre.

Lantern parade

September 8, 2018

1.5 miles east

The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade is a glowing procession of light, music, and color that goes from 660 Irwin Street to Piedmont Park. Gather at 7:15 p.m. and walk at 8:15 p.m. Free.

Car show & trunk sale

September 8, 2018

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.

Vintage sale

September 9, 2018

1.5 miles NE

Indie Craft Experience: Fall Market features 50 curated vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor, and home goods at Yaarab Temple. Repeats in April.

Hapeville festival

September 14 - 15, 2018

9 miles south

Bring chairs to Happy Days Festival 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 14 - 16, 2018

149 miles east

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival has fine arts and crafts, street entertainers, music and dance on four stages, ethnic food, and a children’s area in Augusta. Children age 10 and younger are free.

Taste of Smyrna

September 15, 2018

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 15, 2018

15.5 miles south

Riverdale Seafood & BBQ Street Festival features live music (jazz, R & B, country, and fusion), food, beer, craft vendors, and a carnival at Riverdale Town Center. Children age 10 and younger are free.

Marietta street fair

September 15 - 16, 2018

19 miles NW

Shop for arts and crafts, hear grassroots music, see classic cars on Saturday, visit the kids’ activity zone, and shop at the farmer’s market at Marietta Streetfest in Glover Park. Free.

Suwanee festival

September 15 - 16, 2018

32 miles NE

Watch a small-town parade (Saturday 9 a.m.), run a race (Saturday), hear live music, see performances, and shop from 75 artists and food vendors at Suwanee Fest at Town Center Park in Suwanee. Check out the free shuttle bus on the parking page.

Indian festival

September 15 - 16, 2018

87 miles SE

Ocmulgee Indian Celebration includes music, dancing, singing, storytelling, crafts vendors, educational exhibits, and native foods at Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon.

Monthly family festival

September 20, 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.

Anime convention

September 20 - 23, 2018

11 miles north

Anime Weekend Atlanta has panels and workshops, games and videos, costume play, a dealer’s room, an art show, and a formal dinner & ball (Friday) at Cobb Galleria Centre.

State fair in Marietta

September 20 - 30, 2018

22 miles NW

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

Wine tasting at the aquarium

September 21, 2018

0.5 miles NW

Sample 200 wines from around the world, taste local restaurant food, hear live music, and shop at a silent auction at Aqua Vino in the ballroom and galleries of the Georgia Aquarium for age 21+.

Wine walk

September 21, 2018

4.3 miles east

Browse shops and galleries, and hear live music at the Kirkwood Wine Stroll. Buy a ticket to sample beverages (beer and wine), or food, or both.

Family garden party

September 21 - 23, 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.

Music festival

September 21 - 23, 2018

28.6 miles south

Imagine Music Festival features multiple stages of dance music at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with camping available nearby.

Wine tasting at the zoo

September 22, 2018

4 miles NW

Enjoy wine sampling, animal viewing, live music, live painting, and appetizers during Sippin’ Safari in the Ford Pavilion at Zoo Atlanta for age 21+.

Sandy Springs Festival

September 22 - 23, 2018

15 miles north

Sandy Springs Festival offers arts & crafts, food, entertainment, a children’s park, and a petting zoo. Saturday adds a car show, a pet parade (10 a.m.), and a 5K/10K race in downtown Sandy Springs.

Pets in the park

September 22 - 23, 2018

16 miles NW

Woofstock [sound] features dogs that dive and perform tricks, pet adoptions, food trucks, kids’ inflatables, and arts & crafts at Smyrna Market Village, 2840 Atlanta Road, Smyrna. Free.

Interior design event

September 25 - 27, 2018

6 miles north

Register for free talks by interior design experts during Discover ADAC at Atlanta Decorative Arts Center.

Best of Atlanta

September 27, 2018

2.6 miles NW

Best of Atlanta Celebration promises “the best food, music, and art that Atlanta has to offer” with food trucks and a post-event dance party at Terminal West.

State Fair in Hampton

September 28 - Oct. 7, 2018

30 miles south

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

Pumpkin Festival

September 28 - Oct. 28, 2018

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.

Stockbridge haunts

September 28 - Oct. 31, 2018

26 miles SE

Fear the Woods includes a haunted house, a haunted trail, and haunted combat. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Halloween.

Newnan haunted house

September 28 - Nov. 3, 2018

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.

Music festival

September 29, 2018

16 miles NW

Georgia Blues & Roots Festival features a dozen artists at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton.

Stockbridge arts festival

September 29, 2018

23.1 miles SE

Bridgefest has live music, food vendors, arts & crafts, and folkloric dancers on the lawn near city hall. Free.

Taste of Clarkesville

September 29, 2018

83 miles NE

Enjoy fine food, wine tasting, a beer garden, and music at A Taste of Clarkesville. Free entry.

Duluth Fall Festival

September 29 - 30, 2018

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 5K race Sun. at Duluth Town Green.

Goldfish & koi sale

September 29 - 30, 2018

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.

Elegant car show

September 29 - 30, 2018

45 miles NE

The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance promises a “rare multi-million dollar collection of classic automobiles and vintage motorcycles displayed amidst the charm of the 3500-acre estate” at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton. Drink estate wine, visit nine food trucks, shop from vendors, and meet the car owners.

Car-free downtown

September 30, 2018

Downtown Atlanta

Walk, run, or bike downtown during Atlanta Streets Alive, with entertainment and activities for all ages on a 3.1-mile stretch of Peachtree Street from downtown to Midtown. Free.

Film festival

September 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

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

Free museum day

September 2018 (undated)

Statewide

Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 37 Georgia museums on Museum Day Live.

Latino Film Festival

September 2018 (undated)

Atlanta locations

The Georgia Latino Film Festival shows films that are directed, produced, acted, and written by Latinos.

Zine festival

September 2018 (undated)

0.7 miles SW

A zine is a cheap, self-published, underground publication. Atlanta Zine Fest has vendors, guest speakers, and workshops at Murmur. Free.

Atlanta Cheese Festival

September 2018 (undated)

1.8 miles NE

Taste samples from cheese and artisan food producers, taste grilled cheese entries, visit the cash bar, and hear live music at The Cheese Fest Atlanta at Historic Fourth Ward Park. Kids 12 and younger free.

Inman Park Restaurant Week

September 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.

Midtown music festival

September 2018 (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.

Wine walk

September 2018 (undated)

2 miles NE

Stroll along a one-mile stretch of East Side Beltline Trail and stop for wine and snacks from 20 sponsors at Wine Stroll on the BeltLine, beginning near Historic Fourth Ward Park for age 21+.

Dance against cancer

September 2018 (undated)

2.7 miles NW

Dancers Unite Against Cancer includes hors d’oeuvres, a dance performance, DJ, live music, dancing, and a children’s dance party at Blue Mark Studios.

Belly dance festival

September 2018 (undated)

2.8 miles NW

Essence of Belly Dance includes workshops, vendors, and shows at Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station.

Candler Park festival

September 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.

Free movies

September 2018 (undated)

3 miles NE

Family friendly Flick-Nic begins with “picnic festivities and music” an hour before dusk in Candler Park.

East Atlanta Strut

September 2018 (undated)

5 miles SE

East Atlanta Strut includes five stages of live music and comedy, a wacky parade at 2 p.m., an artists’ market, kids’ village, and food vendors at Glenwood Ave. SE & Flat Shoals Ave. SE. Free.

Family bike rally

September 2018 (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, cyclocross races for adults, a health fair, a food court, and family-friendly activities at Brownwood Park. Free except races.

Taste of Buckhead

September 2018 (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.

Folklife festival

September 2018 (undated)

8 miles north

Fall Folklife Festival has local artists demonstrating blacksmithing, beekeeping, woodworking, and cooking; local musicians playing folk and bluegrass music; and food with a cash bar at Atlanta History Center.

Greek festival

September 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.

Oktoberfest

September 2018 (undated)

10.1 miles north

Oktoberfest Atlanta features beer, German food, live music, and games at Brookhaven Park. Children age 1-15 are free, 16-20 need “designated driver” ticket.

Book sale

September 2018 (undated)

14 miles north

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

Hip yard sale in Decatur

September 2018 (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.

Beer & wine festival

September 2018 (undated)

23 miles NE

A ticket to Lilburn Beer & Wine Fest includes samples of 100 beers and ciders plus 25 wines, with live music and food vendors in Lilburn City Park for age 21+.

Car show

September 2018 (undated)

23 miles north

The Car & Bike Show promises “cool cars, hot bikes, live music, and great food” with kids’ activities at GM Georgia IT Innovation Center in Roswell. Free.

Douglasville festival

September 2018 (undated)

24 miles west

September Saturdays Festival has a carnival, vendors, choirs, and a food court at Douglas County Courthouse. Special dates for Family Day, School Expo, Heroes Day, and Touch-a-Truck. Free.

Alpharetta street party

September 2018 (undated)

25 miles north

Alpharetta Brew Moon Octoberfest features beer, wine, local restaurant food, and music after dark in the historic downtown.

Fashion show in Alpharetta

September 2018 (undated)

26 miles north

A $50 ticket to Noon to Night in Avalon includes cocktails, beer, wine, restaurant tastes, and a fashion show for charity on Avalon Boulevard.

Art show in Duluth

September 2018 (undated)

26.1 miles NE

Bourbon and Bacon Art Show promises “food, fun, bacon, bourbon, and art” in Parson’s Alley with food trucks nearby. Free, no ticket required.

Japanese festival

September 2018 (undated)

27 miles NE

JapanFest features Japanese drumming, dance, martial arts, kimonos, bonsai, kids’ games, vendors, food, beer, and tea at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

Chili cookoff

September 2018 (undated)

31.5 miles NE

Sample 30 kinds of chili with live music and a kids’ area at Peach State Chili Cookoff at Town Center Park in Suwanee.

Art party

September 2018 (undated)

1.1 miles SW

See contemporary art, meet artists, drink free cocktails and wine, and hear DJ performances during Artosa Beyond as part of Taste of Soul at Art Cafe.

Jewish festival

September 2018 (undated)

19.4 miles north

Enjoy Jewish food, entertainment, kids’ games, and tours at Noshfest at Temple Kol Emeth in East Cobb.

Caribbean fun

September 2018 (undated)

33 miles east

Enjoy exotic flavors and rhythms at Caribbean Jerk Festival and Family Fun Day. Jerkfest has jerk cuisine, a cook off, vendors, games, and dancing to Reggae, Dancehall, Calypso, and Soca at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

Barbecue festival

September 2018 (undated)

75.8 miles north

Smokin’ Up The Mountains is a new event promising “the best BBQ vendors in the state, great local craft beer, a free kids zone, and incredible music” in East Ellijay. Children under 12 are free, adults are $5.