Hang up your warm weather clothes and pull out your fall attire — fall festival season is here and better than ever! Clear your calendars for some of the most highly anticipated festivals in town. Don’t waste another minute searching for weekend plans … fill up your calendar with some of these fall festivals in Atlanta!

Fall Festivals in Atlanta

Glow by Night Pumpkin Festival — September 22 through October 28, 2018

1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Hours: Friday through Sunday, dusk to 9 p.m.

Enjoy your love for all things pumpkin with a new glow-in-the-dark experience! Stone Mountain Park has entertained families and children alike through their day-time pumpkin festival experience for a few seasons now. But daytime wasn’t enough for Stone Mountain to showcase all their festivity ideas, so they have created a magical nighttime experience for the 2018 season! Glow-By-Night features massive glowing pumpkins, costume contests, fairytale meet & greets, a glow in the dark party parade, flashlight tours of Dinosaur Explore, glow in the dark mini golf and enchanted glow-in-the-dark scenes. Tickets are $34.95 and include a free meal. Children under the age of 3 get in free. Parking is $15. Bring your cameras and best costumes for a memorable experience!

Fall Festivals in Atlanta

Enjoy the glow and get in the Halloween spirit at Glow By Night! Image: Stone Mountain Park

ATL Cluckfest — October 6, 2018

Candler Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Yes, a festival completely dedicated to fried chicken is a real thing! The city has decided to create an event that celebrates one of the most famous Southern foods out there and gather fried chicken dishes from restaurants all over the South. Become the ultimate taste tester and judge 25 restaurants battling it out for the best fried chicken dish in the region. Tickets are $20 at the door and include three free samples. VIP tickets are also available for $35 and include six free samples, a private bar and a private DJ. Candler Park will be covered in delicious smells of fried chicken, so bring your appetite!

Autumn Fest — October 6, 2018

College Park, GA 30337
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Get into the autumn spirit for free as over 80 arts and crafts vendors, live dancing and vocal entertainment, food trucks and kids’ games and activities line Barrett Park. Holly Springs’ Autumn Fest keeps visitors coming back every year. Vendors will host their handmade soaps, lotions, skin care products, jewelry, door hangers and wreaths, home decor and clothing, allowing guests to get a head start on their Christmas shopping. The kids’ zone is filled with rock climbing, face painting and so many more free activities to keep the young ones entertained. Kick back and listen to the bands and watch the dances on the entertainment stage. Parking is limited at Barrett Park, so there is additional parking at Holly Springs Elementary. The park will be decorated with fall decor, making for a perfect way to start out the season!

Oktoberfest — October 12-14, 2018

680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Hours: Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Get ready for beer steins filled to the top and endless German-themed fun, Atlanta’s Oktoberfest is an event you won’t want to miss! Taste the flavors of German beers, craft beers from Bell’s Brewing and German-themed foods at various tents throughout the event. The fun doesn’t stop with the flavors, as the festival also offers live music and an abundance of Oktoberfest themed games and activities. Single day general admission is $21 and three-day admission is $38. Experience three full days of adult activities like Keg Roll Racing, a Bratt Toss, a Stein Hoisting Contest and more at one of Atlanta’s most highly anticipated festivals!

Chalktoberfest Fest 2018 — October 13 & 14, 2018

E Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060
Hours: Chalktoberfest: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Beer Fest: Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Ever dreamed of combining a childhood activity with an adult one? Chalktoberfest has combined with Marietta Beer Festival to form a Chalk, Beer and Wine festival where artists will be creating chalk art all over the streets, while guests sip on adult beverages! This interesting combo makes for a fun event filled with craft beers and wines, live music, local artists and great food. People of all ages can participate in the chalk contest and draw their best art to compete with other artists. Tickets for Craft Beer and Wine are $40. Guests can sip on the flavors of over 125 beers and 25 varieties of wine while walking through colorful streets of Marietta Square!

Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival — October 19 & 20, 2018

3200 George Busbee Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Hours: Friday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

Hot air balloons and a costume party? Not many things sound more interesting than that! This two-day, family-friendly event will wow you in every way. The event features amazing balloon glows, trick-or-treating at the balloons, tethered balloon rides, a costume party, live music, vendor marketplace, a sports bar, artists market and incredible food vendors spread throughout. Kennesaw State University Sports and Entertainment Park will be covered with more vibrantly colored and creatively made hot air balloons than you could ever imagine. Bring your best costume and participate in one of Atlanta’s largest costume parties. Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for children. Enjoy the dream-like experience of Owl-O-Ween this October, and you’ll be bound to make it an annual tradition!

Fall Festivals in Atlanta

Have one of the most unforgettable experiences at Owl-O-Ween. Image: DV Photography

Taste of Atlanta — October 19-21, 2018

680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Hours: Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Food, food and more food! Atlanta’s population of culinary talents is recognized as more than 80 restaurants showcase their best dishes at a three-day event completely dedicated to food. Food lovers will get to taste delicious creations from local and national celebrity chefs while sipping on a variety of cocktails, beer and wine. The area’s top chefs will be doing cooking demonstrations on four different stages throughout the venue. General admission is $25 and provides a wristband with 10 Taste Points. VIP tickets are also available for $75 and include 20 Taste Points and access to an exclusive lounge area with tastings from 10 select restaurants and pours from Georgia craft beer, wine and cocktail makers. Sample mouth-watering foods from some of the most talented chefs in Atlanta and mingle with other food lovers at Taste of Atlanta!

Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade — October 20, 2018

Little Five Points, Atlanta, GA 30307
Hours: starting at 4 p.m. 

Get wacky in one of the funkiest neighborhoods in the country, Little Five Points! Join or watch the parade of creative costumes, incredible floats and a Halloween themed marching band. Enjoy food and drink as Little Five Points restaurants set up tents all day for guests’ convenience. Music coming from various live bands will fill the streets as guests are able to shop local artists and vendors pieces. Admission is free. Get into the Halloween spirit at Little Five Points this season!

Indian Festival and Pow-Wow At Stone Mountain Park — November 1-4, 2018

1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Hours: Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Native American culture is known for its high energy and colorful celebration of life. Gather your loved ones for Georgia’s largest Native American gatherings and celebrate the culture through dance, music, craft demonstrations, cooking traditions, storytellings and wildlife entertainment! The four-day event will present to visitors some of the most important skills of the Native American culture: bow making, fire starting, open fire cooking and pottery. Admission is $15 and free for children under the age of 3. Parking is $15. Interact with your family through a unique cultural experience at Stone Mountain Park!

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