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Fall Festivals in Atlanta

Check out the Fall Festivals in Atlanta for September, October, and November your guide to Halloween, DragonCon, Music Midtown, A3C, Pride and Taste of Atlanta.

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Music Midtown

With a fresh chill in the air, the Fall Festivals present Atlantans with a final chance to be outdoors and catch some of the biggest events of the year. Music Midtown has historically been the highlight of the season but has played to mixed reviews in the past couple of years as they have sought a younger audience. DragonCon, A3C, Pride, Taste of Atlanta and a great Halloween festivals including the Little Five Points parade are must see events. Here's a list of the festivals and fairs that happen all year round. If you are looking for things to do this weekend, today or tomorrow. See our handy guide to the 5 things to do in Atlanta today. We've got critics and reader recommendations for live music, food and wine events, sports, free or those for the family. For a list of neighborhood centric-events or our page of Things to Do in ATL.

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SEPTEMBER

WRFG's Labor Day Blues and BBQ

Typically hosted at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park, this annual fundraiser for local community radio station WRFG is a celebration of the Blues in Atlanta.

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Monday September 6, 2021 01:00 pm EDT
WRFG 89.3 Community Radio's Annual Blues/BBQ Celebration | more...

Music Midtown

Music Midtown once reigned supreme as the festival in the ATL — period. After a brief hiatus in the early 2000s, Music Midtown has made a slow and steady comeback, and still gets the good folks of the city excited even though the production has been scaled back to less acts and one day shorter than the three-day extravaganza it once was. You could travel over to Tennessee for Bonnaroo or seriously dent the bank account heading out to Coachella, but you'll find lineups offering the same music diversity right here in the city.

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Saturday September 18, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
Browse the Music Midtown schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event.



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Mom Rock, Morgan Vinson, Salek... | more...

Imagine Music Festival

The Imagine Music Festival started in 2014 as a modest music festival in Historic Fourth Ward Park and has become one of the nation’s most anticipated EDM gatherings. These days, Imagine calls the Atlanta Motor Speedway near rural Hampton, Georgia its home. Over the years, the festival has more than doubled in attendance and scope, while remaining independent, which founders Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand say “allows for the creative freedom to build that vision of the Aquatic Fairytale each year.”

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Friday September 17, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
The Imagine Music Festival has been canceled. I was due to take place September 17-19, 2021 in Chattahoochee Hills, GA.  | more...

Viva Tequila Festival

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Saturday September 25, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
DAY-LONG FESTIVAL - 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 5 hours of sipping, savory pairing and fun! Enjoy tasting tequilas and signature dishes from local restaurants (All-Inclusive) Live Music... | more...



OCTOBER

Pride Parade/Festival

The annual Atlanta Pride Festival, the largest Pride event in the Southeast and the largest event in the country to coincide with National Coming Out Day, celebrates all things LGBT. The festival weekend is jam-packed with a kickoff party and the annual Pride Parade, as well as arts, vendors, parties, and other festivities.

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Taste of Atlanta

Foodies and chefs alike gather in Historic Fourth Ward Park to experience the cuisine and drinks of the city for one delicious weekend. Taste of Atlanta features over 80 local restaurants and three live cooking stages, offering samples for the average consumer and educational workshops for professionals.

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Friday October 22, 2021 12:00 am EDT
Browse the schedule Taste of Atlanta as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...

Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade

The Little Five Points Halloween Festival is a typically a day-long celebration of all things Hallo-weird but the 2020 event is a scaled down virtual event.

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Saturday October 16, 2021 04:00 pm EDT
The L5P Halloween Festival will be back in person October 16-17, 2021. | more...

A3C Hip-Hop Festival

An acronym for All Three Coasts, the A3C Hip-Hop Festival features arguably the largest collection (500-plus performances) of hip-hop acts in the country. Expanding exponentially every year since its 2005 inception, A3C is a fusion of good music, education, art, film, style, and industry panels. If every hipster music lover travels to Austin for SXSW, hitting up ATL for A3C is a hip-hop head's obligation.

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Friday October 22, 2021 11:00 am EDT
Browse the many panels and speakers at A3C Festival and Conference, as well as the musical acts that are a part of the event. CL's critics & readers weigh in on festival activities... | more...

Netherworld Haunted House

Regarded as one of Atlanta’s top haunted houses, Netherworld transforms a warehouse-like building just outside the Perimeter into a den of horrors that continues to scare metro Atlantans year after year with elaborately costumed ghouls, special effects, and a labyrinthine layout.

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Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:03 am EDT
Mysterious and spooky three decades on.  | more...



NOVEMBER

Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-Off Festival

Every fall, a chili-hungry crowd descends on Cabbagetown Park for the annual Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-Off Festival, featuring the Romp and Stomp 5K race, live music, artists market, games, and, of course, copious amounts of chili. There's always tons of the stuff, but this is a popular festival so be sure to get there early before they run out. If you miss out on the chili, food vendors will be on site to make sure no one goes hungry.

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Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular

The annual market features crafters, artists, and small businesses that produce handmade and indie goods. Everything from seasoned gourmet salts to silk-screened T-shirts and handmade jewelry to original works of art will be for sale. Also catch music, a photo booth, food and drinks, and a swag bag designed by a local artist.

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Saturday November 20, 2021 05:18 pm EST
Browse Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...

 

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Thursday September 2, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
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Friday September 3, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
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Saturday September 4, 2021 10:00 am EDT
Art in the Park is a fun and interactive way to experience a wide variety of artists working in many media. This year, the festival will feature more than 150 artists from 17 states with offerings in watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, woodworking, glass, photography, textiles and jewelry in fine meta... | more...

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Saturday September 4, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
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Saturday September 4, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
The annual Atlanta Design Festival is an open platform, ideal for fostering international dialogue on the economic and social impact of design. It provides connection, the free exchange of knowledge, design thinking and community building. Each year the Festival brings together independent designers... | more...

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Saturday September 4, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
TASTE OF SOUL (6th Annual)

Labor Day Weekend: Sept 4-5th

Taste of Soul Atlanta (TOSA) is a two-day, citywide food, music, and cultural festival anchored in West Downtown Atlanta across from the Mercedes Benz Stadium. TOSA is the largest Soul + R&B music concert in America with 100+ music per... | more...

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Sunday September 5, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
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Sunday September 5, 2021 01:00 pm EDT
The 2021 Atlanta Jazz Festival, one of the country’s largest and free jazz festivals, will be held at Piedmont Park over Labor Day weekend, Sunday, September 5 - Monday, September 6. The 43rd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will showcase many of the best performers and jazz acts in the country, includi... | more...

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Sunday September 5, 2021 01:30 pm EDT
Oak Hill Stage


AJF: One of the most strikingly unique artists of his generation, Pasquale Grasso has undoubtedly changed the way the world views jazz guitar. Born in Ariano Irpino, Pasquale began playing guitar at a very young age. By the summer of 1997, his parents, who recognized the depth of th... | more...

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Sunday September 5, 2021 02:00 pm EDT
TASTE OF SOUL - Soul in the City Concert Taste of Soul Atlanta (TOSA) is a two-day, citywide food, music, and cultural festival anchored in West Downtown Atlanta across from the Mercedes Benz Stadium. TOSA is the largest Soul + R&B music concert in America with 100+ music performances over t... | more...

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Sunday September 5, 2021 03:00 pm EDT
Meadow Stage



AJF:A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan Kilgore has been playing the soulful sounds of the saxophone since age 10. Being a fourth-generation sax player is just one of the many milestones Ryan has come to accomplish over his musical career.

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Sunday September 5, 2021 03:30 pm EDT
Oak Hill Stage



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Sunday September 5, 2021 05:00 pm EDT
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AJF: In the two years since Jazzmeia Horn bowed with her first album, the GRAMMY Award

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Sunday September 5, 2021 05:30 pm EDT
Oak Hill Stage


AJF: At the zealous age of 16 years old, the expressive Cuban-born percussionist, composer, and bandleader, Alexey Marti, began formal percussion studies under the passionate guidance of Maestro Oscar Valdes, percussionist and singer for the famous Cuban group, Irakere. The mentorsh... | more...

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Sunday September 5, 2021 07:00 pm EDT
Meadow Stage


AJF: Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz history, with more than 2,200 albums to his credit, an accomplishment honored in the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records. He has recorded with greats including: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne... | more...

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Sunday September 5, 2021 07:30 pm EDT
Oak Hill Stage



AJF: Multiple GRAMMY Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zen

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Sunday September 5, 2021 09:00 pm EDT
Meadow Stage



AJF: A professional since the age of five, Patti Austin was a prot

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Monday September 6, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
It's only the biggest, nerdiest, and most exciting weekend of the year. No big deal. Right? | more...

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Monday September 6, 2021 01:00 pm EDT
The 2021 Atlanta Jazz Festival, one of the country’s largest and free jazz festivals, will be held at Piedmont Park over Labor Day weekend, Sunday, September 5 - Monday, September 6. The 43rd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will showcase many of the best performers and jazz acts in the country, includi... | more...

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Monday September 6, 2021 01:00 pm EDT
The annual Blues Festival at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park featuring Sandra Hall & The Shadows, Wasted Potential Brass Band, The Garrett Collins Project and Skyler Saufley.


WRFG asks that all guests be aware of and comply with the City of Atlanta Mayor's 8/16/2021 Executive Order, which requires al... | more...

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Monday September 6, 2021 01:00 pm EDT
Meadow Stage


AJF: A native Chicagoan, guitarist Isaiah Sharkey spent his early years living in Cabrini Green. Perhaps as a precursor to his future career, he lived with his parents in a row house on a street that is now named for Curtis Mayfield.Coming from a musical household, Sharkey was introdu... | more...

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Monday September 6, 2021 01:30 pm EDT
Oak Hill Stage



AJF: Vocalist and songwriter Brenda Nicole Moorer is southern bred, raised in a family with musical roots stretching back to the 60

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Monday September 6, 2021 03:00 pm EDT
Meadow Stage


AJF: Naturally gifted, yet well studied, Laurin Talese has been captivating audiences with her voice since childhood. A Cleveland, Ohio native, she attended the Cleveland School of the Arts. After completing high school, Talese relocated to Philadelphia where she attended the Universi... | more...

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Monday September 6, 2021 03:30 pm EDT
Oak Hill Stage


AJF: Known for his adventurous, genre-bending jazz, Logan Richardson is an American-born, Paris-based alto saxophonist. He has been a professional musician since he was 16 and came to wider recognition after moving to New York and issuing his 2007 debut, the post-bop-influenced Cere... | more...

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Monday September 6, 2021 05:00 pm EDT
Meadow Stage


AJF: Trumpeter Theo Croker is an adventurous jazz musician known for his cosmically minded, spiritually enlightened take on post-bop, funk, and electronic-tinged fusion. The grandson of famed trumpeter Doc Cheatham, Croker first garnered attention in the 2000s playing straight-ahead j... | more...