Autumn is the perfect time to get outside and celebrate community with local festivals. With cool breezes and colorful foliage, Atlanta begs to be enjoyed with friends and family. So, ignore the chores for a day and prepare yourself for fried goodness and fall fun. Here’s a list of the best fall festivals in Atlanta.
Cumming Country Fair and Festival
With chainsaw carving, live entertainment, fireworks and delicious concessions, this event at the Cumming Fairgrounds runs from October 5 – 15.
Fall Festival on Ponce
This two-day event, running from October 21 – 22, takes place at Olmstead Linear Park. With food and beverage trucks, live music and a children’s play area, you’d never believe admission is free.
Atlanta Chili Cookoff
Held on October 13th at Brookhaven Park, this event lets you celebrate the art of southern chili with a little friendly competition.
Brookhaven Arts Festival
Also held at Brookhaven Park, this festival runs from October 20 – 21 and features a car show, kids’ activities, local food and beverage vendors, and an art market. Don’t miss this free event.
Taste of Atlanta
Happening October 19 – 21 at Atlanta’s Historic Fourth Ward Park, this event recognizes the area’s eclectic food scene. Start Friday with the kickoff party and stay for the cocktail competition, focusing this year on bourbon.
Maker Faire Atlanta
Be there for this fest’s first year, set October 27 – 28 in downtown’s Georgia Railroad Freight Depot. An arts and crafts extravaganza, artists, scientists, crafters and engineers will showcase their finest projects.
Decatur Craft Beer Festival
Head out to Decatur Square October 20th and taste all the craft beer Atlanta breweries have to offer. For a nice pairing, enjoy the venue’s three live bands who take the stage in the afternoon.
Little Five Points Halloween Parade
Get all ghouled up and join the biggest party of the year on October 20th. With thousands of attendees, this is one of Atlanta’s most popular festivals, offering an array of fine food and drink, an artist market, and plenty of fiendish fun.
Dazzling residents and visitors from October 14 – 21, this massive cultural event honors the Atlanta art scene through performances and visual art.
Whether you’re a local or a visitor, autumn in Atlanta is worth celebrating. With enough food, drink and live entertainment, these festivals let you take in all the sights of the season while supporting the area’s rich culture.
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