Get ready for falling leaves, cozy sweaters, and pumpkin spice!
Everyone’s favorite month is back! With spooky happenings and fall favorites taking over the ATL, there’s so much to do in the city this October. It’s time for all of the pumpkins, apples, hot ciders, and Halloween costumes you can get your hands on, so we thought we’d help you out with our monthly roundup of unmissable things to do in Atlanta.
Plus, thanks to Georgia’s neutral climate, some days it can still feel like summer! However, there’s always something to do come rain or shine!
It’s spooky season! Which means it’s time to celebrate your favorite scary holiday: Halloween! From live entertainment honoring horror classics, to the best costume party in the ATL. Check out some of the unmissable Halloween happenings in Atlanta this October, here.
Atlanta’s hottest new attraction on the BeltLine is not to be missed. By day, transport yourselves from the ATL to the heart of an African savannah. Roam with the lions, take selfies with zebras, and come face-to-face with animals from your wildest dreams. At night, the attraction turns into an unforgettable bar experience with African wines, and inspired cocktails – making it perfect for the whole family by day, and the perfect outing for adults at night!
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Everyone’s favorite fall activity is back! Transform your house into a pumpkin paradise for the entire 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.
Looking for the perfect way to celebrate Halloween? What about a Halloween inspired bar crawl across the city? You are in for a night of fun with tonnes of specials, giveaways and swag for you to enjoy. Your first drink will be included, and many of the bars will be selling lots of awesome drink and food specials!
Candlelight host several concerts performed by live musicians in some of the most iconic venues in Atlanta. The venues are both indoor and outdoor, but each one will be bathed in enchanting candlelight. With themed nights dedicated to different genres, there’s something for everybody’s music taste. There’s even ooky-spooky evenings of Halloween classics! Here’s what’s on offer this month:
- Candlelight Halloween: A Haunted Evening of Classical Compositions
- Candlelight Halloween Open Air: A Haunted Evening of Classical Compositions
- Candlelight: Halloween Piano Special featuring Ravel
- Candlelight: Best of Pop on Strings
“The Art of Banksy” is a new exhibition in Atlanta. The exhibit will boast more than 140 pieces, and is currently on display at Underground Atlanta for a limited time only! Banksy is the artist who everybody knows, but nobody knows, and this exhibit promises some awesome insight on the mind behind the iconic street art.
Take a journey to Downton Abbey at this incredible exhibit, providing an unforgettable experience unlike any other. If you’re a fan of the multi-award winning television show Downton Abbey, then you don’t want to miss out! Watch the characters and the iconic house come to life as your completely immersed in the fascinating social history, culture, and some of the most memorable moments from the show’s six-season run.
Upstairs and downstairs: Travel Back To Post-Edwardian England At Downton Abbey: The Exhibition
Although Oktoberfest is usually held on the last week of September in Germany, it’s now become a global phenomenon that stretches beyond its tradition. Check out some of our Oktoberfest recommendations below, or our full roundup here. It’s all things lederhosen, dirndls, and excellent beer. Cheers!
- Round Trip Brewing – 1279 Seaboard Industrial Blvd NW, 30318
- Elsewhere Brewing – 1039 Grant St SE Suite B34, 30315
- Helen’s Oktoberfest – Helen, Georgia (1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA 30545)
17. Hop on the Atlanta Beer Bus!
Speaking of beer, there’s no better way to experience a city than through it’s booze. Atlanta’s craft beer scene is thriving, and there’s no sign of it stopping. To make the most of this boom in beer, check out the Atlanta Beer Bus, an awesome Guided Tour of Atlanta through its craft breweries.
Following a successful run across the globe, this incredible exhibition finally made it’s U.S. debut in Atlanta earlier this year! We hope you’re one of the lucky ones who’s already been, but if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Artwork from the iconic post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh comes to life in a 360-degree digital spectacle that’s illuminating and transforming the historic Pullman Yards into a fully immersive exhibit.
19-23. Take a hike!
Atlanta is home to so many gorgeous hiking trails. With trails for every ability and the colors changing, it’s the perfect time to take a hike in Georgia! We’ve even found one that involves a wine tasting for those who need the extra motivation.
- Bartram Trail plus Wine Tasting: Explore Bartram Trail’s rolling elevation through a forest rich with wildflowers, mosses and ferns followed by wine tasting at local Wineries. The views are incredible, and there’s even a picnic included!
- Silver Comet Trail: Hike all the way to the Alabama border on this totally epic hike that starts right here in Atlanta!
- Amicalola Falls: Located in Northeast Georgia, Amicalola Falls will blow you away. There are short hikes or more advanced routes, all boasting beautiful waterfalls throughout.
- Atlanta BeltLine: Every ATL Alien’s favorite trail around the city, with several places to stop for food, drinks, art, and more!
- Island Ford Trail: Just thirty minutes north of Atlanta is the Chattahoochee River, and the Island Ford Trail is a great way to take in its beauty.
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!
Surprise your senses and test out your taste buds at this Dining in the Dark experience. Just choose from a veggie, seafood, or meat menu, and let your senses do the rest! Eminent psychologists have been advocating dining in the dark as the ultimate taste experience for many years, due to the studies that show 80 percent of people eat with their eyes.
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
30-35. Unique Eats in the ATL
From crafty cocktails to robot waiters, check out our roundup of the best crazy ideas that became a reality in Atlanta. Our city has a vast selection of restaurants, bars and experiences that prove anything is possible! And you’ll have a great time in the process. Here are a few we recommend:
- Dinner Detective: Dinner Detective is an experience unlike any other! An incredible murder mystery show that’s paired with a four-course plated dinner.
- Silverspot: Catch a movie with a meal at this new dine-in movie theatre.
- My Parent’s Basement: My Parents’ Basement is a place where fellow nerds gather to drink, read comics, grub on nostalgic bites, and empty their pocket change into old gaming machines.
- The Garden Room: This one-of-a-kind dining experience is blooming marvelous, with spectacular floral displays and an outstanding selection of food and cocktails!
- Imperial Fez: An elaborately decorated Moroccan restaurant that’ll probably make you forget that you’re in Georgia! If you’re interested in belly dancing, then this is the place for you!
- The Painted Duck: Upscale boutique bar with vintage games in the Stockyards Atlanta development on the Westside.
36-37. Mystery Picnics
Surprise your partner, or get your friends together, for these incredible mystery picnics in Atlanta. An all-inclusive mystery picnic date experience for two to eight people, with a stunning picnic spread from local artisan producers, including your traditional picnic foods. Check out the two options below:
- Mystery Picnic with Friends: Self Guided Foodie Adventure
- Mystery Picnic Date: Self Guided Foodie Adventure
A family favorite returns to Atlanta, beloved by kids and parents who are young at heart! The Pumpkin festival has taken over Stone Mountain Park for the entire month. By day, the grounds will feature show-stopping entertainment and bring story-book classics to life. By night, the grounds will be lit up as an array of lights, and glowing pumpkins luminate the whole park!
39-43. Atlanta’s food halls!
There’s always seems to be a new food hall in the works, here in Atlanta. With our wholesome roots with Ponce City Market, to the new “talent-driven” luxury experience, Politan Row, Atlanta has it all! Here’s what we recommend this month:
- Politan Row – Absolutely stunning food hall on Colony Square that’s more like a luxury experience
- Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market –Atlanta’s premier vegan food truck market!
- The Works – Awesome new food hall taking Atlanta by storm!
- Ponce City Market – Our top 10 favorite dishes you have to try at Ponce City Market.
- Star Provisions Market – Known for their gourmet foods, get your cheese, meat, seafood and more at Star Provisions.
44. Georgia Aquarium
Guaranteed fun for all the family, Georgia Aquarium is one of Atlanta’s most beloved attractions! Being the biggest aquarium in the western hemisphere, it has exhibits starring Beluga Whales, penguins, sharks, and so much more!
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.
Coming to the end of a good book? Need to find a last minute gift? There’s no need to worry, Atlanta. The ATL is home to some incredible book shops, and there’s never been a more important time to support local businesses & independent bookstores. Check out a few recommendations below:
- Lucian Books & Wine: Serveing up their thoughtful selection of wines and tasty bites, dine and wine surrounded by beautiful books!
- Charis Books & More: Specializing in diverse and unique books on feminism, tackling issues faced by women on the daily. There are children’s books, feminist, and cultural studies books, books on anti-racism, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer fiction/non-fiction!
- Atlanta Vintage Books: This old-school bookstore in Chamblee is perfect for book collectors or those craving something unique.
- Medu Bookstore: Medu Bookstore is one of the largest African-American owned businesses in Atlanta.
50-51. ATL escape rooms!
- Time to Escape: his unique escape experience in the ATL transports you to a Mars base in 2039. An unforgettable escape room and some guaranteed fun!
- Escape Woods: Multiple outdoor escape game adventures, including a Stranger Things themed spectacle!
If you’re looking for a real scare this Halloween, or perhaps you’re a fearless thrill-seeker. Regardless, this indoor skydiving experience in Atlanta is for you. Book your dive here, for an unforgettable ATL outing this Autumn.
53-54. Atlanta Botanical Garden
There’s so much going on at the Botanical Gardens this October. From crafty exhibitions for spooky season, to their beer festival. Find out more information below:
- Scarecrows in the Garden: Annual exhibit, bringing local art to the enchanting garden.
- Fest-Of-Ale: Explore the gardens at night during the garden’s beer festival.
Get in the Halloween spirit at one of these haunted houses or scare mazes in and around Atlanta. From major scares to haunted corn mazes, you’re guaranteed a spooky time!
- Fear The Woods, Stockbridge
- Buford Corn Maze, Buford
- Copper Creek Farm, Calhoun
There’s a 15-acre corn maze and pumpkin patch in Dawsonville, Georgia, and it’s home to tons of farm fun, tasty farm food, and unforgettable family memories! Uncle Shuck’s is the perfect place to spend the day this fall, with several attractions and activities on offer throughout the season, including spooky happenings for Halloween!
If you have kids, it’s worth checking out LEGOLAND’s Discovery Center, although it’s perfect for anyone with an imagination. Meet your favorite Lego stars, and ride family-friendly attractions like their mind-blowing 4D cinema. There’s even a replica of Atlanta made entirely of Lego!
Searching for your new cocktail safe haven in Atlanta? Look no further, as we’re about to break down some of the best cocktail bars in the city!
- Jojo’s Beloved Cocktail Lounge: Politan Row, Colony Square
- 9 Mile Station: Ponce City Market Roof
- 8ARM: Ponce/Virginia-Highland
- Bar Margor: Midtown
Best of the best: 10 Irresistible Cocktail Bars To Check Out In Atlanta
64-67. Support Atlanta’s queer-owned businesses
Considering that Atlanta Pride have cancelled their festival and parade this upcoming October, one awesome way to show your solidarity and support for the LGBTQ+ community is by supporting all the incredible queer owned businesses in Atlanta. Check out a few ATL favorites below, before heading to the full roundup of incredible LGBTQ+ owned businesses.
- Guac Y Margys – Mexican bites and unbeatable margaritas with two locations, one in Sweet Auburn and the other on the Beltline!
- Finca To Filter – Located at West End, this female and queer-owned coffeehouse has drag bingo, top-notch coffee, and delicious bites.
- Henry’s – Awesome pub grub and swanky cocktails in Midtown.
- Lost n’ Found Thrift Store – Lindridge thrift store with all proceeds going to their non-profit—a local organization that aids homeless LGBTQ youth.
Loud & Proud: 9 Amazing Atlanta Pride Alternatives
68-70. Don’t be a drag, be a queen!
Drag has become a global phenomenon, and the ATL is responsible for some fierce queens who are taking the world by storm. RuPaul once lived in Atlanta, but drag isn’t just a TV show, it’s a revolution! And there are so many local queens who are eager to put on a show for you, in some stellar ATL venues and LGBTQIA+ safe spaces. Here are a few of our favorites, or check out our roundup.
71-73. 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.
Check out Coca-Cola’s intimate experience in the birthplace of America’s legendary beverage. The history, the marketing, everything you’d want to know about the world’s most famous drink.
75-77. Jazz bars in the ATL
It doesn’t matter if your looking for some blues tunes, roots music, or show-stopping jazz bars. Atlanta has the spot for you, and Secret Atlanta’s got you covered. Check out our full list of recommendations here, or a few of them below.
- Blind Willie’s, Virginia-Highland
- St. James Live!, Southside
- Northside Tavern, Home Park
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