It’s October! You know what that means? Pumpkins, s’mores, boots, football, mountains, PSLs, and scarves! Don’t even get me started on those new Toasted Graham Lattes. Take full advantage of fall in the south with this list of fun things to do in and around Atlanta!
[ FESTIVALS ]
Pumpkin Festival | Stone Mountain |October 4 – 25
Features a costume party, family shows, storytelling, kids’ activities, and a pie-eating contest at Stone Mountain Park.
Owl-O-Ween | Kennesaw | October 23 – 24
A hot air balloon festival featuring balloon rides, balloon glows, trick-or-treating, food, beer tents, vendors, and entertainers at Kennesaw State University.
Atlanta Cheese Festival | Atlanta Botanical Gardens | October 9
Taste samples from 100 cheese producers, see cooking demonstrations, and hear bluegrass music at the Botanical Gardens.
Georgia Apple Festival | Ellijay | October 10 – 11 and 17 – 18
See 300 vendors of food and handmade items, plus craft demonstrations, a parade, and an antique car show.
Boo at the Zoo | Zoo Atlanta | October 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31
A Halloween festival with costume contests, treats, magical paths, decorations, music, and kid crafts at the zoo.
Gold Rush | Dahlonega | October 17 – 18
Come and see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event.
[ FOOD & DRINKS ]
Brookhaven Chili Cook Off | Brookhaven | October 10
Buy a wristband to taste spicy, mild, chicken, beef, and vegetarian chili. It has live music, a kids’ zone, and arts & crafts.
Sips Under the Sea | Georgia Aquarium | October 16
Adults can wander the aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and tapas.
Decatur Craft Beer Festival | Decatur | October 17
features 100 craft beers, live music, and food for sale in downtown Decatur.
Martinis & IMAX | Fernbank | October 30
Enjoy live music, drinks, a costume contest, and a movie at Martinis & IMAX Fright Night for adults at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
[ HAUNTED HOUSES ]
You won’t find me here, btw. It’s not my thing but I know some of you live for this stuff, so here are the deets.
Netherworld | Norcross | October 4 – November 7
This haunted house thrills and terrifies with stunt actors in intense makeup, movie-quality special effects, and detailed sets.
13 Stories Haunted House | Newnan | October 4 – November 13
This haunted house has 6 terrifying attractions and Hollywood level of detail.
Zombie Escape | Tucker | October 8 – November 27
You and 11 others are trapped in a room with a zombie on a growing chain, with only 1 hour to solve clues and escape.
[ EXTRAS ]
Walker Stalker Con | GA World Congress Center | October 30 – Nov 1
Meet the casts of some of your favorite shows including The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries. Walker Stalker Con has panels, celebrities, vendors, and a party at the Georgia World Congress Center.
The Great Georgia Air Show | Peachtree City | October 31 – November 1
The Great Georgia Air Show has civilian and military aviation acts, plus live music, food vendors, and family activities at Falcon Field.
Jersey Boys | Fox Theatre | October 6 – 11
The rags-to-riches story of 20-somethings Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
Fright Fest | Six Flags over Georgia | October 4 – November 1
Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of the ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night!
BOO-seum Trick or Treat | Fernbank | October 24
Features treats for kids in costume, games, entertainment, and music at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
With a list like this, Netflix marathons can wait until winter. Happy fall!