Atlanta events for September 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, free kids activities, street fairs, and Labor Day weekend events in Atlanta, Georgia.

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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.

Football party

September 1, 2017 (6 p.m.)

6.2 miles north

A Buckhead Kickoff Mania ticket includes admission to 10 bars, entertainment, and some free food and drinks.

Decatur Book Festival

September 1 - 3, 2017

6 miles east

Decatur Book Festival features a book fair, author readings, signings, panel discussions, a children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, and writing workshops in Decatur.

Hot-air balloon festival

September 1 - 3, 2017

82 miles SE

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival offers a balloon glow, balloon flights, tethered rides, skydivers, a 5K, classic car show, and live music at Callaway Gardens.


September 1 - 4, 2017

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 at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Soul food & music festival

September 2, 2017

1.6 miles west

Enjoy ribs, fried chicken, grilled shrimp, peach cobbler, soul music, and R&B at Taste of Soul next to Mercedes Benz Stadium. Free except reserved seats.

Barbecue festival

September 2, 2017 (12 to 8 p.m.)

75.8 miles north

Smokin’ Up The Mountains is a new event billed as a big BBQ and craft beer festival in East Ellijay.

Art in the Park

September 2 - 4, 2017

19 miles NW

Art in the Park features fine art, a chalk-art competition, and a children’s art alley with free art stations in Marietta. Free.

Labor Day at the mountain

September 2 - 4, 2017

19 miles east

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

Free dance music

September 3, 2017

2.2 miles SE

Dance to DJ house music in two outdoor pavilions during House in the Park at Grant Park. Free.

Caribbean fun

September 3, 2017

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.

Jewish festival

September 3 - 4, 2017

19.4 miles north

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

Labor Day run

September 4, 2017

12 miles NE

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

Yellow Daisy Festival

September 7 - 10, 2017

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 sports den along the paths at Stone Mountain Park.

Documentary film festival

September 8 - 10, 2017

2.8 miles north

Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival (DocuFest) shows independent documentary films at Sychronicity Theatre.

ONE music festival

September 8 - 9, 2017

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.

Home show

September 8 - 10, 2017

11 miles NW

Find inspiration for home-improvement ideas at the Fall Atlanta Home Show and Outdoor Living Expo at Cobb Galleria Centre. Repeats in March.

Concerts in the Garden

September 8 & 30, 2017 (begins June 10)

2.5 miles NE

See national acts at Concerts in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. The concerts on June 10 and Sept. 30 are in Gainesville.

Lantern parade

September 9, 2017

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. Free. Flyer.

Free movies

September 9, 2017 (dusk)

3 miles NE

Family friendly Flick-Nic is outdoors in Candler Park.
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Concert at Callanwolde

September 9, 2017

3.7 miles NW

Salute to America and the Arts is an all-star lineup of musicians in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, with food trucks, kids’ activities, and a VIP after party.

Smooth jazz concert

September 9, 2017

13 miles NW

Hear six music acts perform outdoors under the sun and stars at Atlanta Smooth Music Festival at Mable House Amphitheater.

Car show & trunk sale

September 9, 2017

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.

Film festival

September 9 - 10, 2017

18.5 miles NW

Marietta International Film Festival will be screening 72 films at Earl Smith Strand Theatre, including quite a few Chinese American films in 2017.

Hapeville festival

September 15 - 16, 2017

9 miles south

Happy Days Festival has a Friday night concert with food vendors, and then a Saturday artists’ market, kids’ corner, and live music in Hapeville. Free.

Augusta art festival

September 15 - 17, 2017

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.

Dance against cancer

September 16, 2017 (7 to 11 p.m.)

2.7 miles NW

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

Taste of Smyrna

September 16, 2017

15 miles NW

Buy $1 to $4 restaurant samples, hear acoustic music, and visit the kids’ zone at the Taste of Smyrna. Free.

Riverdale music festival

September 16, 2017

15.5 miles south

Riverdale Dream Fest features live music (R & B, jazz, country, and fusion), a food alley, craft vendors, and a carnival in the Amphitheater at Riverdale Town Center.

Midtown music festival

September 16 - 17, 2017

2 miles NE

Music Midtown attracts big crowds for a great lineup on three stages at Piedmont Park, with food vendors. No pets.

Marietta street fair

September 16 - 17, 2017

19 miles NW

Shop for arts and crafts, hear grassroots music, see classic cars, and visit the kids’ activity zone at Marietta StreetFest in Glover Park. Free.

Japanese festival

September 16 - 17, 2017

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.

Suwanee festival

September 16 - 17, 2017

32 miles NE

Watch a small-town parade, run a race, hear music, and shop from lots of artists and food vendors at Suwanee Fest at Town Center Park in Suwanee.

Indian festival

September 16 - 17, 2017

87 miles SE

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

Latino Film Festival

September 21 - 24, 2017

Atlanta locations

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

State fair - north

September 21 - Oct. 1, 2017

22 miles NW

North Georgia State Fair has rides, fair food, animals, and big-name singers in Marietta. Expect lines.

Cocktails at the aquarium

September 22, 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.

Wine walk

September 22, 2017

4.3 miles east

Browse shops and galleries, sample wine, and hear live music at the Kirkwood Wine Stroll.

Music festival

September 22 - 24, 2017

28.6 miles south

Imagine Music Festival [sound] features multiple stages of dance music at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Free museum day

September 23, 2017


Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 40 Georgia museums on Museum Day Live.

Atlanta Cheese Festival

September 23, 2017

1 mile south

Taste samples from cheese and artisan food producers, taste grilled cheese entries, and hear live music at Atlanta Cheese Festival at Old Fourth Ward Park.

Wine walk

September 23, 2017

2 miles NE

Stroll along a 1-mile stretch of East Side Beltline Trail and stop for wine and snacks from 20 sponsors at Wine Stroll on the BeltLine in Inman Park. Bring age 21 ID.

Wine tasting at the zoo

September 23, 2017

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+.

East Atlanta Strut

September 23, 2017

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.

Folklife festival

September 23, 2017

8 miles north

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

Sandy Springs Festival

September 23 - 24, 2017

15 miles north

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

Douglasville festival

September 23 & 30, 2017

24 miles west

September Saturdays Festival has a carnival, vendors, choirs, and a food court at Douglas County Courthouse. Family Day and School Expo are Sept. 23, and Heroes Day and Touch-a-Truck are Sept. 30. Free.

Six Flags Halloween

September 23 - Oct. 29, 2017

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.

Car-free downtown

September 24, 2017


Walk, run, or bike downtown during Atlanta Streets Alive, with free entertainment and activities for all ages. It happens on Peachtree Street (from 17th Street in the north to Decatur Street in the south).

Jazz legend concert

September 24, 2017 (7 p.m.)

26 miles north

John Coltrane Birthday Concert is an annual tribute to an early American jazz saxophonist and composer at the Velvet Note in Alpharetta.

Book fair

September 25 - Oct. 1, 2017

14 miles north

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

Best of Atlanta

September 28, 2017

0.9 miles south

Best of Atlanta Celebration promises “the best food, music, and art that Atlanta has to offer” and includes restaurant samples at Georgia Freight Depot.

Greek festival

September 28 - Oct. 1, 2017

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

September 28 - Oct. 1, 2017

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.

Film festival

September 28 - Oct. 5, 2017

2 miles NE

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

Pets in the park

September 29 - Oct. 1, 2017

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 - south

September 29 - Oct. 8, 2017

30 miles south

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

Pumpkin Festival

September 29 - Oct. 29, 2017

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.


September 30, 2017

14.5 miles north

Oktoberfest Atlanta features beer, German food, live music, and games at Heritage Sandy Springs.

Music festival

September 30, 2017

16 miles NW

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

Free park day

September 30, 2017

19 miles north

Entry is free at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area during Free Entrance Days in the National Parks.

Alpharetta street party

September 30, 2017 (6:30 to 11 p.m.)

25 miles north

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

Chili cookoff

September 30, 2017

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.

Taste of Clarkesville

September 30, 2017

83 miles NE

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

Music festival

September 30 - Oct. 1, 2017

1 mile SE

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

Duluth Fall Festival

September 30 - Oct. 1, 2017

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

September 30 - Oct. 1, 2017

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.

Latin party

September 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles NW

A ticket to Latin Rhythms gets you an open bar and DJ dance music (plus 6 p.m. dance lesson with a VIP ticket) at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Vintage sale

September 2017 (undated)

1.5 miles NE

Salvage features 50 curated vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor, and home goods at Yaarab Temple. Repeats in April.

French picnic and movie

September 2017 (undated)

2.9 miles north

A ticket to French Flick and Picnic Night includes a light French-style picnic at 6:30 p.m. and a silent French romantic comedy-drama (The Artist, PG-13, 2011) at 7:30 p.m. at Gate Museum, Atlantic Station.

Family bike rally

September 2017 (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. Mostly free.

Interior design event

September 2017 (undated)

6 miles north

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

History party

September 2017 (undated)

6.3 miles north

Dress up in a historical costume for Party in Good Taste, which features live music, games, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cocktail, and access to the “Fashion in Good Taste” exhibit at Atlanta History Center.

Fashion show at Lenox Square

September 2017 (undated)

8.3 miles north

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

Fashion show in Alpharetta

September 2017 (undated)

26 miles north

Noon to Night in Avalon is a $50 cocktail reception and fashion show for charity on Avalon Boulevard.

Bluegrass festival

September 2017 (undated)

31 miles NE

The Old Fashioned Picnic and Bluegrass Festival features four bands playing bluegrass music, kids’ activities, a cake walk, a pet parade, and craft and food vendors at Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Free.

Beer tasting

September 2017 (undated)

82 miles SE

A ticket to the Craft Beer Festival at Robin Lake Beach in Callaway Gardens gets you unlimited tastes of 100 craft beers from 25 brewers and a cash bar. Age 21+.
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