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The start of fall means the start of some really great events happening in Atlanta! We’ve polled, researched and done our due diligence in finding some of the best events in September sure to please the whole family and your crew of ladies looking to have fun this month. FYI, this year, some of the best fall Atlanta events, like Dragon Con, AJC Decatur Book Festival and the Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens, kicked off in August which is why you should have read about them last month and won’t find them in this September article.

Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

The only thing better than a parade on the BeltLine is one that happens after dark. That also glows. Make sure to show up for the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade on September 22, 2018. Image: BeltLine

September 1-3, 2018: Marietta Art in the Park

Head to Marietta this Labor Day weekend for the 32nd Art in the Park event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The event showcases more than 175 artists and features the Chalk Spot, a children’s art area, an art gallery tour, food trucks and entertainment for the entire family. For the second year, Art in the Park includes the One Piece Project, a benefit for nonprofit organizations and a celebration of art and beauty. And the best part? The outdoor festival is free!

September 1, 2018: Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

SEC football gets its start in Atlanta at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games, located at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, featuring Washington Huskies vs. Auburn Tigers on Saturday, September 1 at 3:30 p.m. EST. If you missed your chance to get tickets, don’t worry – you still can be part of the action! Related fan events include Tailgate Town, built by The Home Depot, as well as Fan Zone, presented by Coca-Cola, where you can cheer on the teams, play interactive games and go crazy with fellow fans. See all the fun by visiting the official site!

September 2, 2018: Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival

Get ready for one of the largest Caribbean-themed food festivals in the country when you show up at the Grand Prix Stadium (a new and larger venue for this event) for the Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival from noon to 10 p.m. on September 2! Close your eyes and you’ll feel like you’re in the islands as you enjoy live reggae, calypso, gospel and jazz performances and, of course, eat jerk cuisine, roast fish, curry, roti and other Caribbean specialties. Pre-sale tickets are $25; $35 at the gate (children under 12 are free). Learn more about this cool event by visiting the site.

September 6-9, 2018: Yellow Daisy Festival

Bring the whole family out for the 50th Annual Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park! This arts and crafts festival is well known across the country, featuring more than 500 artists. This outdoor event is a great way to have fun, shop, enjoy live entertainment, good food and reconnect with your community. Check out the schedule online, as times vary by day.

September 7 & 8, 2018: Wine Riot

If you have a bad case of oenophilia, the only cure is Wine Riot. Wine Riot celebrates all things wine, with two-parts education and one-part revolution! For the first time, Wine Riot has expanded its list of cities to include Atlanta this year. This two-day event takes place at The Fairmont and costs $65, which includes tastings, fun classes, cool events and trivia (all about wine of course), a souvenir glass, a tattoo booth and much more. Cheers!

September 8 & 9, 2018: ONE Musicfest

Often called the hip-hop capital of the world, Atlanta hosts the star-studded event that is ONE Musicfest. This year’s lineup includes too many to name (see the full listing here) — all performing at Central Park. Besides classic and next-generation hip-hop, ticket holders will hear soulful R&B, alternative, rock and so much more at the Southeast’s largest annual urban progressive music festival. Get your tickets online (starting at $125) and check out the full list of scheduled performers.

September 9, 2018: Indie Craft Experience Fall Market

Get your craft on at another amazing seasonal market from Indie Craft Experience. The Fall Market will feature more than 60 craft and vintage vendors, as well as DJ Zano, food vendors and swag bags for the first 100 attendees. The fun happens at Yaarab Temple from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $5 to get in (children under 12 are free).

September 14 – October 7, 2018: Atlanta Home & Lifestyles and Serenbe Showhouse Tours

Tour the 5th annual Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Designer Showhouse on Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Designed by L. Mitchell Ginn and built by McKinney Builders, the Selborne Estate Home is a modern take on the classic farmhouse cottage. The showhouse features 13 of Atlanta’s best interior designers including Meredith McBrearty as the lead designer, Anna Wooten, Melissa Galt, Janie Hirsch, Anna-Louise Wolfe, Gretchen Edwards, Buffy Ferguson, Julie Holloway, Kate Light, Rebecca Cartwright, Robin Lamonte, Stefan Alexander and more whose talents will transform almost 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space! To grab your $20 ticket or find more info, visit

September 15, 2018: 2018 BeltLine Wine Stroll

Obviously, we’re not the only ones who love wine in this city, as the BeltLine Wine Stroll returns again, bridging the beauty of nature and the BeltLine with the tasty beauty of some delish wines. Attendees (who must be over 21) will taste wines and light bites from more than 20 participating venues during the mile-long walk, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

September 15 & 16, 2018: Music Midtown

Atlanta’s signature music event is back! Music Midtown is here to rock your face off and make sure your cheeks hurt from all the smiling and laughing you do at the best in-town music festival. See the full lineup HERE – it’s stacked with artists you’ll love. The two-day general admission ticket costs $145 (the price increases on September 1) and gives you admittance to both days. VIP packages are available as well.

September 15 & 16, 2018: 27th Annual Marietta StreetFest

Make sure to attend this year’s Marietta StreetFest, focusing on the family with many free activities including more than 75 arts and crafts booths, the Hubcaps and History Classic Car Show, a kid-friendly activity zone, the Toy Box Trot fun run and the Marietta Grassroots Music Festival. Founded in 1991, the festival now draws more than 25,000 each year and has been honored as a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event. Check out the event from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

September 16, 2018: 9th Annual Southern Chefs Potluck

The only thing better than eating food created by the best chefs in the South is eating with the best Southern chefs. Ticket holders to the 9th Annual Southern Chefs Potluck dine family style at Serenbe with the best Southern chefs. The event, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring great food, signature cocktails, a live auction and more, will benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia. Individual tickets start at $175 and increase based on VIP status and can be purchased online.

September 21-23, 2018: Imagine Music Festival

Make plans to attend this three-day music and camping festival, which takes place at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A lengthy roster of artists will perform at one of the most anticipated electronic dance music events in the country. Make sure to dress the part when you attend Imagine’s “immersive aquatic fairytale” world. View the complete roster, peruse ticketing packages and plan your trip at

September 22, 2018: Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

In one of the coolest events in Atlanta, the BeltLine Lantern Parade combines art, creative expression and city pride, all after sundown! The parade begins at 8:15 p.m. on the Eastside Trail (where it crosses Irwin Street/Lake Avenue), and there’s no cost to participate – just bring your own gorgeous lantern or other glowing object to light the way.

September 22, 2018: East Atlanta Strut

Strut in one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city at the East Atlanta Strut. This annual one-day festival features live music, artists market, an adult game area (featuring contests like Best Beard Growth) and, of course, the famous Strut parade. The Strut wristbands are your tickets ($5 each) and are the only way the 21-and-older crowd will be served alcoholic beverages.

September 22 & 23, 2018: Sandy Springs Festival

We always want to share the OTP love, and the Sandy Springs Festival is the perfect way to explore our lovely city beyond I-285. More than 20,000 attendees gather at Heritage Green to shop, eat, rock out and just explore the great people and talents in Sandy Springs. Activities include a 5K, 10K, pet parade, Chalk Walk Art Competition and more! Admission is free and you can find more information about parking instructions and hours on their website.

September 25, 2018:  Fall for Fashion Show from Atlanta Community Food Bank

If you love the fashionable side of philanthropy, make sure to attend the Fall For Fashion Show on Tuesday, September 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, benefiting Atlanta Community Food Bank. This amazing event brings Atlanta’s most stylish together to fight hunger in honor of Hunger Action Month. The action happens at Tootsies, with tickets starting at $75 that include food, fun and of course, fashion – all to support a great cause!

September 25-27, 2018: Discover ADAC

If you love interior design, always have HGTV playing in the background and collect paint sample cards as a hobby, you need to attend Discover ADAC. This three-day event features book signings, product launches, cocktail parties, salon-style talks and pop-up shops, with design at the core of everything. Register online as well as get the schedule for this year’s fantastic events.

September 27-30, 2018: Atlanta Greek Festival

It’s time to break a plate, do a shot of ouzo and scream “Opa!” as one of the liveliest festivals is back! Atlanta Greek Festival offers a weekend of the tastes and traditions of Greece right in our own backyard. The fun happens at Greek Orthodox Cathedral (in the LaVista neighborhood) and admission ticket packages vary in cost. If you don’t have time to stop by but still want to devour all that tasty Greek food, you can order from the drive-thru menu and enjoy traditional fare like moussaka, souvlaki and more.

September 28, 2018: The Cheese Fest

This ooey, gooey event celebrates all that is good and sacred in the dairy section. Ticket holders will show up at the Historic 4th Ward Park and be treated to unlimited samples of artisan cheese and products from the best cheesemakers in the country, as well as one drink ticket, live music and samples from the best-grilled cheese and mac and cheese Atlanta has to offer. Tickets start at $35 and VIP packages are available.

September 29 & 30, 2018: Fall Festival in Candler Park

The people of Candler Park are experts at throwing some of the best festivals in the city, and Fall Fest is no exception. Ring in fall with two days’ worth of music, art, a 5K, food trucks, a kids area and a fantastic tour of homes. This family-friendly event is free to make sure to stop by!

September 29 & 30, 2018: Woofstock

Everybody loves the start of fall, especially those four-legged creatures who obsess about chasing squirrels, finding the perfect fallen stick and discovering new leaves to sniff. We’re talking about dogs, of course! Celebrate your pooch at Woofstock, happening in Smyrna Market Village, on September 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and September 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This free pet-friendly event is one of the largest pet adoption events in the Southeast! Just make sure you don’t have any bacon in your pockets before heading out.

September 29 & 30, 2018: Decatur Tiny House Festival

Great things can come in small packages … tiny in fact! Make sure to attend the 3rd Annual Decatur Tiny House Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the last weekend in September in downtown Decatur. Attendees will see more than 20 real, working, tiny houses and structures, as well as tiny restaurants food trucks, interesting speakers and a kid’s corner for the tiniest of visitors. General admission tickets are $20 per day; $45 for each day’s VIP status; and $35 for a weekend pass. Get the details at

There are many awesome September events in Atlanta, so make sure you get out of your house and go exploring! Check out some more cool things happening in our great city by visiting our Local Happenings page often.

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