Atlanta offers plenty of fun for adults and kids alike year-round, but fall is a particularly exciting time for anyone looking for a weekend getaway or a fun destination for the whole family. From fall festivals, fall foliage, and Halloween fun to weekly sporting events, food festivals, and other events and entertainment, there’s something to explore every day in Atlanta.
If you’re a fan of fall, or Halloween, Atlanta offers plenty of family-friendly and adult-only activities that provide spooks, thrills, and chills. From real haunted houses to kid-friendly pumpkin festivals, there’s something fun for everyone to experience in Atlanta this fall.
Through November 4
Voted one of the Top 5 Halloween Productions in the country by American Theatre Magazine, The Sleepy Hollow Experience is a fun and frightful event like no other. Experience the thrill of Halloween and the retelling of this American classic for yourself. Have kids? Afraid of the dark? The Sleepy Hollow Family Experience offers an experience for the little ones and those who prefer more fun than fright.
Through October 31
Whether you’re an Edgar Allan Poe fan or looking for a fun Halloween experience, don’t miss the Edgar Allan Poe Experience featuring a live retelling of four of the author’s most well-known tales. The event takes place inside one of Atlanta’s oldest, and spookiest, historic homes, The Wrens Nest. Guests will dine with a mysterious host, meet Madeline and Roderick Usher, receive a visit from the Raven, and experience the harrowing story of The Tell Tale Heart firsthand.
Through October 28
Stone Mountain Park’s annual pumpkin festival is so much more than a pumpkin patch. With a daytime carnival featuring plenty of games, giant pumpkins, costumed characters, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, a dance party, live shows and storytellings, pie-eating contest, a night time pumpkin carving and jack-o-lantern lighting experience, and a Halloween parade, Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival offers a full day of fun and frights for children of all ages.
Through October 31 | Escape Rooms Open Year-Round
Known as one of the best haunted houses in the nation, Netherworld is one of Atlanta’s most popular fall attractions. This isn’t your grandma’s haunted house. Using Hollywood-worthy special effects, trained stunt actors, and real spooks, Netherworld offers a unique experience like no other.
If you haven’t explored Atlanta’s food scene, you’re missing out on some of the best cuisine this side of the Mississippi. From cookoffs and competitions to food festivals honoring and offering every type of cuisine imaginable, you’ll find an abundance of food festivals in Atlanta this fall.
The Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp Chili Cook-Off and Bluegrass Festival is a neighborhood-wide event featuring live music, a local artist market, and a cook-off with more than 70 teams competing for the prize. Proceeds benefit the charming Cabbagetown district and its parks, green spaces, and community center.
Get your guac fix at the Guaco Taco Festival at Atlantic Station on November 10. From guacamole and all things avocado to tacos and tequila, this is one food festival you won’t want to miss. The event is for guests 21 and older only, and alcohol will not be served after 4:45pm.
Atlanta is known as the city within a forest, or the “City of Trees,” thanks to its abundance of plant life. What’s more - Atlanta offers an abundance of various tree types native to Georgia not found in other parts of the world.. From beautiful Magnolia trees to majestic hickory trees, you’ll see dozens of species of trees throughout the city.
It’s estimated that more than 36% of the city is covered by trees which provide fall foliage lovers with the perfect opportunity to enjoy nature in all of its autumn glory. Approximately 40,000 acres within the city limits alone are covered by tree canopy. With more than 350 parks, there are plenty of public spaces to enjoy the changing leaves. Here are a few of the best places to check out fall foliage in Atlanta.
Atlanta’s gorgeous Cascade Springs Nature Preserve features plenty of hiking trails and a beautiful waterfall as well as a charming historic springhouse. The abundance of easily accessible trails provide Atlanta’s visitors and residents alike with a hidden gem of nature within a bustling city.
In addition to hiking trails and plenty of foliage, Morningside Nature Preserve’s swing bridge and sand beaches attract visitors and nature enthusiasts alike. Located just minutes from downtown Atlanta in an upscale neighborhood, the 34-acre nature preserve offers a safe sanctuary from the city to explore and enjoy nature in all of its autumn glory.
Fernbank Forest is a 65-acre nature preserve featuring some of the oldest trees in Atlanta. Featuring a variety of trees and dozens of types of native wildflowers, Fernbank offers some of the most photo-worthy foliage in the city. Don’t miss the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, where guests can explore the history of foliage in Atlanta and learn more about the city’s commitment to preserving nature areas.
Atlanta is a unique experience for sports fans who enjoy basketball, baseball, football, and soccer. The Atlanta Braves (Major League Baseball), Falcons (National Football League), Hawks (National Basketball Association), United FC (Major League Soccer), and Atlanta Dream (Women’s National Basketball Association) all draw fans from around the region. Fall in particular is a great time of year to plan your visit, since each weekend from October through December offers an opportunity to catch a live game.
While you’re in town, take the opportunity to visit the official Atlanta United and Atlanta Falcons team stores located in Atlantic Station, the city’s premier shopping center. Georgia Tech fans can also catch a free shuttle to home games during fall football season. Take the opportunity to shop, eat, and dine at Atlantic Station’s many unique vendors before and after the game.
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Rated as one of the 10 Best U.S. Cities for Recreation by WalletHub, Atlanta offers plenty of fun for amateur athletes and outdoor lovers as well. In addition to an abundance of professional sports teams, Atlanta also offers dozens of opportunities for active individuals to have fun during their visit. Tennis fans will enjoy the more than 100 public tennis courts within the city, and with more than 300 green spaces in and around the city, hikers as well as runners and bikers have a variety of places to explore.
One of the many reasons Atlanta is a great destination for families, couples, and girlfriends alike are the abundance of events taking place throughout the year. From sporting events to seasonal festivals, there’s always something fun happening in Atlanta.
Weekends in the Fall
The Atlanta Maker’s Market features a variety of unique, handcrafted art, jewelry, crafts, food and drink items, soaps, candles, and more. Located on District Avenue, this fun weekend event offers the chance to meet well-known local artists and trend makers while exploring one of the city’s most culturally diverse artistic districts.
Whiskey aficionados will enjoy the opportunity to try more than 200 types of scotch, bourbon, Irish whiskey, Canadian whiskey, and more. Learn more about how various types of whiskey are created, learn which foods and cigars pair well with which types of whiskey, and meet with industry experts and fellow enthusiasts.