Let’s face it, fall is the best season – and there’s so much going on in Atlanta!
It’s time for cooler days, falling leaves, and pumpkin spice! Fall is finally here, and there’s so much going on in the ATL. From all the ooky-spooky happenings for Halloween, to fall favorites for all the family, we’re truly spoilt for choice this autumn.
We recently did the ultimate ATL bucket list, so we thought we’d start making it seasonal so you’re always up to date with what’s what, and what’s happening in Atlanta.
Without further or do, here’s our ultimate fall bucket list for Atlanta and its surrounding areas.
Everyone’s favorite fall activity is back. Transform your house into a pumpkin paradise for the season, by checking out one of these beloved pumpkin patches in and around the city. Check out our full list, here.
- Oakland Cemetery: Make pumpkin picking spookier at Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery. Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
- Jaemor Farms: Enchanting farm in Alto that hosts annual pumpkin patch throughout the season.
- Southern Belle Farm: Beloved farm in McDonough with exceptional u-pick activities throughout the year.
- Washington Farms: Gorgeous farm in Bogart with pumpkin patch.
Extra special: Host a pumpkin carving party to remember with this spooky virtual mixology class. Learn how to make a delicious cocktail or mocktail in a 1 hour interactive class, guaranteed to get you in the mood for Halloween.
5-6. Halloween Candlelight Concerts
You’ve probably heard of the magical Candlelight series, and you’re going to want to check out their newest event, especially if you’re a fan of all things spooky. A spectacular evening that gives classic Halloween tunes a brand new light, quite literally! Check out their creepy candlelit offerings below:
- Candlelight Halloween: A Haunted Evening of Classical Compositions
- Candlelight: Halloween Piano Special featuring Ravel
Although we’re the capital of the peach state, Georgia is home to so many incredible apple orchards and farms. Pick your own and stock up on crisp, juicy apples, perfect for your midday snack or a humble apple pie! Check out our full roundup, here.
- Hillcrest Orchard, Ellijay
- B.J. Reece Orchards, Ellijay
- Deep Roots Orchard, McCaysville
- Hillside Orchard, Lakemont
Conclude National Hispanic Heritage Month with a fiesta to remember! Arte Agave Atlanta is a unique celebration of fine agave spirits, arts and entertainment inspired by the richness of Latin culture. With with more than 100 varieties of agave spirits to sample, an inspired selection of tempting bites, and more!
12-14. Oktoberfest in and around the ATL
From our awesome craft breweries, to special events, check out some of our Oktoberfest recommendations below. Our annual festival may have been put on hold for now, but there’s still so much to do.
- Oktoberfest at Round Trip Brewing: Fun activities, live entertainment, great food, and more for 10 days from Friday September 24.
- Oktoberfest at Red’s Beer Garden: The beloved beer garden will be hosting an Oktoberfest extravaganza until October 3rd
- Helen’s Oktoberfest: Just under two hours from Atlanta, and it feels like you’ve transported to Germany. Helen’s annual Oktoberfest opens with a parade, German music, dancing, food and drinks! Open for weekends only (Thursday to Sunday) in September, and then open daily. Helen is an alpine village located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Illuminarium is the newest knock-out attraction on the BeltLine, magically transporting you from Atlanta to the heart of an African savannah. With family-fun all day, and Atlanta’s most unique bar experience at night, it’s the perfect outing for anyone and everyone!
A celebratory exhibition delving into the world of Banksy has opened at Underground Atlanta! As the historic shopping and entertainment district undergoes a vibrant transformation, The Art of Banksy: “Without Limits” is a spectacular way to kick off this exciting Downtown redevelopment.
Time to get creative at this Sip & Smell candle making experience! You will be guided through the process of making your very own 8-oz or 9-oz candle using a vegan candle wax and an assortment of fragrances such as floral scents, baking goods, or woodsy aromas.
Unleash your creativity at this candle making workshop! Get your tickets, here!
18-20. HIGH Museum of Art
There’s so much going on at the HIGH Museum of Art. Here’s a roundup of all the exciting exhibitions and experiences going on.
- Outside the Lines: Outdoor installation, providing an immersive, and sensory experience for all of its visitors.
- Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting: Exhibition emphasizing lighting’s role in propelling innovation in design and art.
- Jazz Night at the HIGH: Monthly event, featuring a different style jazz each time.
If you haven’t been to Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience yet, then what are you waiting for? Take an awe-inspiring journey into the incomparable universe of Van Gogh, one of the greatest artistic geniuses of the 19th century. Explore his life, his work, and his secrets as never before through cutting-edge 360 degree digital projections, a one-of-a-kind VR experience, and a uniquely atmospheric light and sound show.
23-25. Atlanta Pride Alternatives
Unfortunately, Atlanta Pride’s parade and fall festival has been cancelled. However, there’s still so much to do show your off your Pride, or show your solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community.
- Support our local LGBTQIA+ owned businesses
- Falcons Pride Night
- Head to a drag show, and support our ATL kings & queens!
Scarecrows in the Garden is Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual exhibit, bringing spooky local art to the enchanting garden. Dozens of creations by local artists, crafters, youth groups, and more will be nestled throughout and around the garden.
27-28. Corn mazes in and around Atlanta
Who doesn’t love a corn maze? Get lost at one of these incredible attractions this fall, for the perfect autumnal outing. From intricate designs to haunted mazes, you’re in for a trick and a treat!
29. Georgia Aquarium
Visit Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere! Whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, swim among manta rays, giant groupers and stingrays as you pass through the clear underwater tunnel in the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager exhibit.
Spooky season is just around the corner, and an awesome way to kick things off is Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival. Beginning on September 18, the festival will continue until it ends on the spookiest day of the year, Halloween!
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