Celebrate the end of summer with an awesome September in Atlanta!
With fall starting at the end of this new month, it’s time to get excited for cooler days, falling leaves, and pumpkin spice! There’s so much going on in Atlanta this September, so keep scrolling for our monthly round-up of unmissable things to do in the city.
1. Banksy Exhibit kicks off at Underground Atlanta
“The Art of Banksy” is a new exhibition opening in Atlanta on Friday, September 3. The exhibit will boast more than 140 pieces, and be on display at Underground Atlanta! 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.
2. Unforgettable immersive safari at Illuminarium
If you haven’t visited the BeltLine’s hottest new attraction, then what are you waiting for? Come face-to-face with some of the world’s most exotic animals, as you roam their natural habitat in WILD – Illuminarium’s incredible safari experience.
Unleash your creativity working on your own candle masterpieces, as you sip on alcoholic beverages and enjoy some snacks! Our favorite ATL workshop is back, so it’s time to get creative! Make your very own 8-oz or 9-oz candle using a vegan candle wax. Get those creative juices flowing with a little help from a nice glass of wine or unbeatable Krayol Sangria! – ⭐ Sponsored ⭐
The incredible Beer, Bourbon & BBQ festival will be back in Atlanta this fall! Get a true taste of the South with this unmissable day of BBQ in Atlantic Station. There will be plenty to see and do, with not only an unbeatable selection of eateries and bars offering tempting bites and booze from across the South, but a vast array of entertainment.
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.
5. The breathtaking Candlelight concert series
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. Here’s what’s on offer this month:
- Candlelight Open Air: Songs from Magical Movie Soundtracks
- Candlelight Open Air: From Bach to The Beatles
- Candlelight Open Air: Jazz and the Black Experience
- Candlelight Piano Quintet: Tribute to Vivaldi and Queen
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.
7-9. Take a hike!
Atlanta is home to so many gorgeous hiking trails. With trails for every ability and the weather brightening up, there’s no excuse for you to stay indoors with all that Georgian nature on offer. We’ve even found a hike 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.
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.
The Atlanta Jazz Festival is regarded as one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country. It annually celebrates jazz music, legends, as well as up-and-coming artists! The festival usually takes over venues throughout Metropolitan Atlanta during the entire month of May, but due to the pandemic, the festival will now take place this Labor Day weekend!
12-15. 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!
16. Atlanta Black Pride
Atlanta Pride may have cancelled this year’s festivities, but Black Pride is all systems go! The annual festival celebrating African-American LGBT pride, with music, shows, and more will be taking place from September 1-7, with their unmissable Pure Heat Community Festival taking place on September 5 in Piedmont Park.
Loud and Proud: 9 Amazing Alternatives For Atlanta Pride
17-20. Support LGBTQIA+ 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.
21-22. Mystery Picnic
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
23-27. Food Halls in the ATL!
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.
28-29. 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!
Hamilton is returning to Atlanta as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway’s 40th Anniversary Season at the Fox Theatre. The company brings the best of Broadway to cities across the country. They announced in a recent statement that Broadway performances are scheduled to recommence at the Fox Theatre in August 2021, featuring the anticipated return of Hamilton.
31-36. Happenings at the HIGH
There’s always something incredible going on at the HIGH Museum of Art. Check out some of our recommendations for September:
- Outside the Lines – The High’s newest outdoor installation, providing an immersive, and sensory experience for all of its visitors.
- Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting – This stunning exhibition emphasizes lighting’s role in propelling innovation in design and art.
- Calder and Picasso Exhibit – Your last chance to check out this touring exhibition of works by Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso.
- Self Taught Artists: Nellie Mae Rowe – The HIGH have been highlighting several Southern self-taught artists including Minnie Evans, Howard Finster, Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett and Nellie Mae Rowe.
- Jazz Night at the HIGH – On the third Friday of every month, you can enjoy music, drinks, and art at an Atlantan icon. The HIGH hosts the monthly event, featuring a different style jazz each time.
Nothing beats a Coca-Cola on a hot summer’s day! Check out Coca-Cola’s intimate experience in the birthplace of America’s most iconic beverage. The history, the marketing, everything you’d want to know about the legendary drink.
38. Georgia Aquarium
For guaranteed fun for all the family, head to Georgia Aquarium! Being the biggest aquarium in the western hemisphere, it has exhibits featuring Beluga Whales, penguins, sharks, and so much more!
39-42. Essential ATL bookstores!
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.
If you’re working from home or have an essay to cram, find some extra motivation by checking out some of these incredible places to work & study in Atlanta. From unbeatable libraries to the cutest coffee shops, Atlanta has it all, and Secret Atlanta has got you covered!
- Ponce City Market – 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
- East Pole Coffee Co. – 255 Ottley Dr NE #105
- The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library – 111 James P Brawley Dr SW
- Chrome Yellow Trading Co. – 501 Edgewood Ave SE
47. Dragon Con 2021
The “largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe” is back! And it’s set to take over Atlanta for Labor Day weekend! Dragon Con has become an institutional part of the ATL events calendar.
48-50. Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta Botanical Gardens has become one of the city’s must-see attractions. With spectacular exhibitions and things to do, here’s some things happening this month:
- SUPERnatural exhibits: Beautifully combining art and nature, there’s a duo of art exhibitions at Atlanta Botanical Garden that are not to be missed.
- Cocktails in the Garden: Cocktails in the Garden blooms six nights a week, every Tuesday to Sunday. Mix and mingle on Atlanta Botanical Garden’s gorgeous grounds, and experience one of the hottest cocktail parties in the city!
- Scarecrows in the Garden: Kick off fall the correct way, with Atlanta Botanical Garden’s spooky art installation created by locals!
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!
53-57. Have a drink on one of Atlanta’s gorgeous patios
Have a drink, relax, and unwind at one of these enchanting patios in Atlanta that we recommend you check out as summer concludes:
- Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall – Inman Park
- Buena Vida Tapas + Sol – Old Fourth Ward (Beltline)
- Anis Cafe & Bistro – Buckhead
- Brick Store Pub – Decatur
- South City Kitchen – Multiple locations
58-61. Atlanta’s hottest cocktail bars!
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
When your neighbor is Florida, theme parks can certainly get overlooked. But ditch saving your dollar for that vacation in Orlando, and soak up the thrilling offerings right here in Georgia!
- Six Flags Over Georgia – Cobb County of Austell
- Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park – Lakeview, Georgia
- Wild Adventures Theme Park – Clyattville, Georgia
65-69. Brunch in the ATL!
Whether you’re looking for a bottomless brunch, or awesome outdoor dining to enjoy your eggs in that Georgian sun, Atlanta has so many awesome brunch spots. Here’s a few we suggest:
- Canoe: Brunch with an awesome view, this Georgia gem is nestled next to the Chattahoochee River.
- Kaleidoscope: Perfect if you’re looking for bottomless mimosas!
- Char Korean Bar and Grill: One of our favorite brunch spots in the ATL!
- Red Pepper Taqueria: The bottomless mimosa’s go down a treat with the delicious offerings at this taco safe-haven!
Mimosas please: 10 Best Bottomless Brunches In Atlanta
70-73. Glamping getaway in Georgia
We may be biased, but there’s no better place to go glamping than in Georgia. Atlanta’s known as a city within a forest. So we thought we’d roundup a few glamping experiences if you’re looking for that perfect staycation, immersed in Georgia’s gorgeous nature!
- Atlanta’s Llama Yoga Treehouse Retreat: The Alpaca Treehouse was the first of three accommodations available to rent at this adorable alpaca and llama rescue farm in the city. With two cottages also available, the bamboo forest is the perfect unique getaway to escape the bustle of Atlanta.
- Luxury ATL Treehouse: When you think of treehouses, luxurious isn’t usually the first adjective that springs to mind. But that’s all about to change, because one Airbnb in Atlanta is the perfect romantic getaway, and it’s an actual treehouse.
- Adventure Treehouse: This truly unique three floor tree house has some incredible features, making it a worthy location for that perfect staycation in Georgia. There’s even a unique escape room-style game included!
74-76. Free things to do in Atlanta
There are some incredible free things to do in Atlanta. There’s insanely beautiful parks, public art, and so much more. Granted, you may have to pay for your way there, but it’s a lot better than breaking the bank! Click here for more information on the free access to these stellar ATL attractions:
- A day at the park: Piedmont Park, Lullwater Park, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park? Atlanta has it all!
- Oakland Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta’s oldest public park and the final resting place of many of the city’s most noted citizens. 48 acres of beautiful gardens, unbeatable history, sculptures, and architecture!
- Center of Puppetry Arts: If you have a Georgia Library Card check out the “Passport to Puppetry” at any participating public library. Receive free entry to their exhibits
77. River Tubing on the Chattahoochee
Chattahoochee River Tubing specialize in putting people on the river for their incredibly relaxing 4-hour float. Jump on one of their floating tubes and leave all your troubles on the bank of the river, for the ultimate way to experience the Chattahoochee. The perfect way to soak up the final days of summer sunshine!