Atlanta events September 2018. Things to do in Atlanta.

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Atlanta events September 2018

Labor Day race

September 1, 2018
(7:30 a.m.)
1 mile SW
Run through the historic heart of Atlanta in the 5K Soul Rise Classic, which includes a post-race T-shirt.

Ticket deal $15

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.

Ticket deal for Sunday brunch $25

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.
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Hot-air balloon festival

September 1 - 2, 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.


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.

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.

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.

Jewish festival

September 2, 2018
(11 a.m.)
19.4 miles north
Enjoy Jewish food, entertainment, kids’ games, and tours at Noshfest at Temple Kol Emeth in East Cobb.

Caribbean fun

September 2, 2018
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.

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.

Wine tasting

September 7 - 8, 2018
4.1 miles NW
Taste 100 wines from around the world during Wine Riot at The Fairmont for age 21+.

Free movies - Candler Park

September 8, 2018
(also Aug.)
3 miles NE
Family friendly Flick-Nic begins with “picnic festivities and music” an hour before dusk in Candler Park.
  • September 8 - Coco

Harley party

September 8, 2018
7.1 miles west
Harley-Davidson of Atlanta promises “all day free concerts,” food trucks, a beer garden, vendors, and family fun at the Anniversary Party. 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.

Mini train ride

September 8, 2018
32.2 miles east
Ride onboard a miniature train at North Georgia Live Steamers in Conyers for $2 cash.

ONE music festival

September 8 - 9, 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.

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.

Fashion show in Alpharetta

September 13, 2018
(6 to 10 p.m.)
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.

Beer party

September 14 - 15, 2018
2.5 miles SW
Beer Mansion promises “a beer-fueled bonanza of music, games, oddities, and absurdities” in Mechanicsville for age 21+.

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.

Free movies - parks

September 15, 2018
(begins in May)
multiple locations
See free films outdoors at Georgia Movies in the Park.
  • Sept. 15 - The Greatest Showman (Woodstock)

Family bike rally

September 15, 2018
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 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.

Music of Prince

September 15, 2018
(8 p.m.)
23 miles north
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs hits like Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, Little Red Corvette, and Kiss with “a spectacular video presentation featuring never-before-seen footage courtesy of Prince’s estate” at Verizon Amphitheatre in Apharetta.

Ticket deal $55

Midtown music festival

September 15 - 16, 2018
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.

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.

Kids’ triathlon

September 15 - 16, 2018
25 miles north
Children from 6 to 15 can swim, bike, and run in two dozen events at IronKids Alpharetta in Wills Park.

Japanese festival

September 15 - 16, 2018
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.

Ticket deal $8

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.

Taste of Buckhead

September 20, 2018
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.

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.

Belly dance festival

September 20 - 23, 2018
14.8 miles NW
Essence of Belly Dance includes workshops, vendors, and shows at Smyrna Community Center.

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+.

Summer jazz

September 21, 2018
(8 p.m.)
3.9 miles SW
Hear great jazz once a month from June to September during Jazz Matters at The Wren’s Nest.

Ticket deal $10

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.

Latino Film Festival

September 21 - 23, 2018
Atlanta locations
The Georgia Latino Film Festival shows films that are directed, produced, acted, and written by Latinos.

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.

Free museum day

September 22, 2018
Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 37 Georgia museums on Museum Day Live.

Lantern parade

September 22, 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.

Wine tasting at the zoo

September 22, 2018
(6 p.m., VIP 5 p.m.)
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 22, 2018
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 22, 2018
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.

Car show

September 22, 2018
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.

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.

Douglasville festival

September 22 & 29, 2018
24 miles west
September Saturdays Festival has a carnival, vendors, choirs, and a food court at Douglas County Courthouse. The Sept. 22 events include Family Day & School Expo. The Sept. 29 events include Heroes Day & Touch-a-Truck. Free.

Pumpkin Festival

September 22 - 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.

Get painted as you run

September 23, 2018
11.9 miles west
Wear the white shirt provided, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch as you run the 5K Color Run at Six Flags Over Georgia.

Book sale

September 24 - 30, 2018
14 miles north
Atlanta AAUW Bookfair is a used-book sale at Perimeter Mall. Free admission, except the first evening costs $10.

Interior design event

September 25 - 27, 2018
6 miles north
Register to hear free talks by “interior designers, cultural icons, artists, visionaries, architects, and more” and attend book signings, product launches, cocktail sip and strolls, and pop-up shops 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.

Film festival

September 27 - Oct. 7, 2018
multiple locations
Out On Film [website has sound] shows 130 gay films and videos at three different theaters.

Atlanta Cheese Festival

September 28, 2018
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.

Greek festival

September 28 - 30, 2018
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.

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.

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.

Alpharetta street party

September 29, 2018
(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.

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.

Candler Park festival

September 29 - 30, 2018
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.

Pets in the park

September 29 - 30, 2018
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. Free.

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.

Victorian festival

September 30, 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.

Zine festival

September 2018
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.

Inman Park Restaurant Week

September 2018
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.

Wine walk

September 2018
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
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.

Art show in Duluth

September 2018
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.

Barbecue festival

September 2018
75.8 miles north
Smokin’ Up The Mountains promises “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.