The days are getting shorter, the leaves are starting to change, and the barista is asking you ‘hot or iced’… and that can only mean one thing: fall is finally here! From all the ooky-spooky Halloween activities, to fall favorites for the whole family, there’s plenty to do in Atlanta this fall.
Without further ado, here’s our ultimate Atlanta fall bucket list!
1. Authentic Flamenco is finally in Atlanta!
Another amazing experience in Atlanta for a limited time only is Authentic Flamenco! Internationally renowned flamenco dancer, Yolanda Osuna, will be performing an extremely passionate flamenco show brought to you by the Royal Opera of Madrid & Fever. Bring a loved one and lean into the romance of the season with this incredible show.
For more information and to get tickets, check out the website here!
2. Celebrate Hip-Hop with The Atlanta 50 Years of Hip-Hop Experience
For 50 years, Atlanta has been one of the shining stars of hip hop. Celebrate Atlanta’s vibrant and thriving hip hop scene with this stunning hip hop exhibition, curated by Jermaine Dupri and Dallas Austin. The event will feature exhibits and artist memorabilia, special events, DJs, live music and so much more.
Get your tickets on the Fever website!
3-6. Plan the perfect Halloween this spooky season
Fall is also the perfect time to start celebrating Halloween! There’s so much to do to celebrate Halloween in Atlanta, from the iconic Little Five Points Halloween Festival & Parade to the scariest haunted houses in the Southeast. Check out some recommendations below!
- Little Five Points Halloween Parade, L5P
- Trick or Drink Atlanta Halloween Bar Crawl, throughout ATL
- Candlelight Concerts: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics
- Capturing the Spirit of Oakland: Halloween tours, Oakland Cemetery
The best way to get into the Halloween spirit is by carving a pumpkin of course! Atlanta has tons of great pumpkin patches around, where you can find the perfect jack-o-lantern for you! Here are some of our recommendations:
- Burt’s Farm, Dawsonville
- Jaemor Farms, Alto
- Southern Belle Farms, McDonough
- Pettit Creek Farms, Cartersville
11. Get loud and proud at Atlanta’s free Pride Festival
Atlanta Pride is a huge celebration of queerness, and you don’t want to miss out! Wear your best pride merch, grab your rainbows (and your iced honey lavender oatmilk lattes… I know) and celebrate being exactly who you are! For more infotmaion, check out Atlanta Pride’s website. And here’s the list of marches (everyone–LGBTQ+ people and allies alike–are welcome at all marches)!
Everything is better by candle light! Check out these amazingly beautiful Candlelight Concerts just in time for fall, perfect for a romantic date, a beautiful experience with friends, or an awe-inspiring solo adventure!
- Candlelight: The Best of Frank Sinatra & Nat King Cole
- Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift
- Candlelight: Legends of R&B feat. Songs by D’Angelo, Jill Scott, and More
- Candlelight: A Tribute to Whitney Houston
As Atlantans, we’re so lucky to have so much green space in our city. And that means, as the seasons transition into fall, we get to watch the leaves turn to beautiful shades of brown and orange. Get your camera set, and get ready for fall in A-Town by checking out our favorite spots for fall foliage.
- Sweetwater Creek, Lithia Springs
- Piedmont Park, Midtown
- Fernbank Museum, Druid Hills
- Roswell Mill, Fulton County
20. Get outside with Atlanta Streets Alive
This Atlanta favorite event is a great way to enjoy the city on foot, which is a rarity for most Atlantans. This event means that for four hours on certain Sunday afternoons this fall, the three miles from Mitchell Street in downtown to 15th street in Midtown on Peachtree Street will be completely closed to cars and open to people to walk, bike, play and enjoy!
This Atlanta Streets Alive event will also have lots of fun activities and treats along the route, all produced by community organizations, local businesses, and Streets Alive sponsors! This event is also 100% free! Just don’t forget your ID if you want to sip a delicious cocktail on your stroll!
For more information and the exact date and time, check out the Atlanta Streets Alive website!
21-24. Get spooked at these terrifying haunted houses in and around Atlanta
Get into the spooky season spirit by checking out some of these terrifying haunted houses. And grab your friends… you don’t want to go alone! Our recommendations are below!
- Netherworld Haunted House, Stone Mountain
- Nightmare’s Gate, Douglasville
- Fright Nights at Six Flags, Austell
- Haunted Forest, Buford
25. Take a Bartending Class
Grab your pals and sign up for The Still on The Square’s amazing bartending class! Learn from Marietta’s famous bartenders how to make three signature craft cocktails, all while sipping your delicious concoction and munching on a sampler platter from Mojito’s Cuban American Bistro!
For more information, check out their website here!
Things are getting cooler, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of Atlanta’s favorite outdoor dining hotspots! From campfire vibes, to some of the ATL’s finest eateries, keep enjoying your meals outside this fall. Check out some recommendations below or click here for the full round-up.
- Ladybird Grove & Mess, Old Fourth Ward
- Ecco, Midtown & Buckhead
- The White Bull, Decatur
- Gypsy Kitchen, Buckhead
- Bar.bacoa, Virginia Highland
31-34. Get completely lost at one of our corn mazes!
Perhaps you’ve noticed a couple of iconic corn mazes already make an appearance on this list. As one of Atlanta’s favorite (and everyone’s, let’s be honest) family-friendly Halloween traditions, going to one of the corn mazes in and around the Metropolitan area is a great option for celebrating this creepy time of year. Check out our recommendations below.
- Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze, Dawsonville
- Buford Corn Maze, Buford
- Mitcham Farm, Oxford
- Southern Belle Farm, McDonough
35. See a hilarious show at Dad’s Garage
Dad’s Garage is Atlanta’s top choice for improv and comedic theatre events! This fall, get ready for Wicket: A Parody Musical. Fall out of your seat laughing at this outrageous tale. The Dad’s Garage website describes the show as “The classic Star Wars tale, as told from the Ewoks’ perspective. Prepare for the cutest, cuddliest, deadliest creatures as they sing and dance to share their story of what was really going on in the galaxy far, far away.”
For more information, check out their website!
36. Visit the absolutely iconic Georgia Aquarium in Downtown ATL
Encounter dolphins, tropical fish, sharks, beluga whales, and so much more at Georgia Aquarium. The GA Aquarium in the heart of downtown is the largest aquarium in the United States, with two adult whale sharks.
On October 27th this year, the Aquarium will be hosting a 21+ Halloween Party! Wear your costume and get ready for sips under the sea!
Prepare to dive into the deep at this must-see ATL attraction. For more information, check out their website.
37-40. Celebrate Oktoberfest at one of our favorite breweries or venues
From our awesome craft breweries to Oktoberfest events, check out some of our fall recommendations below to honor and celebrate the beloved German holiday.
- Wild Heaven’s Oktoberfest and 13th Anniversary Bash, September 23rd, 11am-5pm
- Wild Leap, September 30th 3pm-9pm
- Elsewhere Brewing (Grant Park), September 17th 12pm-7pm
- Fire Maker, September 30th 1pm-6pm
- Brunch Xperience, Westside
- Hard Rock Cafe, Downtown Atlanta
- The Painted Duck, Westside
- The Garden Room, Buckhead
Zoo Atlanta is one of the many awesome attractions in Atlanta. Located in Grant Park, witness cuddly giant pandas, sleepy sloths, slithering snakes, a rare white rhino named Mumbles, and more. Click here to get your tickets!
46. Check out the weekly live action Rocky Horror at The Plaza
One of Atlanta’s absolute gems, the Plaza Theatre, as a running tradition you don’t want to miss out on. Every Friday at 11pm during the spooky season (up until Halloween), The Plaza plays Rocky Horror Picture Show with LDOD, a group of artists who perform “screen accurate productions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show… as an alternative entertainment source for the metro Atlanta area.”
Get ready for full audience interaction and a hilarious and fun filled evening where you never know quite what to expect!
For more information, check out their website!
Yes, it’s Halloween-time which means it’s the anticipated return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The Starbucks staple has come a long way since its foundations, but ditch the ‘bucks for one of these local hotspots for a PSL fix in Atlanta this fall. Check out our recommendations below!
- Hodgepodge Coffeehouse, Ormewood
- Waller’s Coffee Shop, Decatur
- Dancing Goats Coffee, Buckhead, Midtown, Decatur, and more!
- Drip Coffee, Glenwood Park