The fall season of crunchy leaves, cozy sweaters, and warm memories is almost here! To celebrate, discover 25+ fun fall activities in Atlanta and beyond. Make this an autumn to remember with apple picking, Oktoberfest events, fall festivals, foliage, and more.
We’ve created this list of mostly outdoor activities with COVID-conscious practices in mind. Because details can change quickly, be sure to check each event’s webpage for up-to-date information including hours, pricing, and safety precautions.
In this guide, you’ll find:
- cozy fall date ideas
- family-friendly activities that kids will love
- pumpkin and apple picking: Georgia orchards and farms
- where to see fall foliage
- Atlanta fall activities, festivals, and fairs
Festivals & Fairs
1. Atlanta British Car Fayre: Sept 11
Happening in Norcross, this “fayre” features more than 300 distinctive British automobiles and motorcycles. There’s also a “boot sale” (like a yard sale, selling items from the trunk or “boot” of people’s cars). Proceeds from this event support a different charitable initiative each year.
2. Gwinnett County Fair: Sept 16-26
Held at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, this fair includes exciting rides, a petting zoo, concerts, and refreshments. Plus, there’s a home garden exhibit and classes, a jaw-dropping Ninja Experience show, and more.
3. Taste of Smyrna: Sept 18
Head to Smyrna’s Village Green for a family-friendly festival. You’ll find more than 30 restaurants, live music, kids’ activities, and ongoing entertainment throughout the day.
4. Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain: Sept 9-12
Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival includes not-so-spooky experiences and plenty of family fun! Participate in the pie eating contest, watch a glow-in-the-dark parade, and more. You can even catch a train ride around the base of the mountain in a full-size locomotive.
5. Atlanta Greek Festival (Drive Through): Sept 24-26
Love delicious festival food but hate the crowds? This festival is for you! “A Road Trip Through Greece” is the drive-through version of the Atlanta Greek Festival. For one weekend, you can get a taste of Greece the easy way!
The menu includes favorites like Greek potatoes, tzatsiki, spanakopita (spinach pie), and of course, gyros. Vegetarians can enjoy a special vegetarian plate in addition to other options. Frozen family meals and meal kits are also available. Don’t forget the baklava!
6. AJC Decatur Book Festival: Oct 2
Held at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, this book festival will offer both in-person and live-streaming participation. The theme is “Diverse Voices Building Community.” You can participate in literary panels on topics ranging from children’s picture books to literary fiction to race and the second amendment.
While you’re there, be sure to also check out the Amplify Decatur Music Festival Presented by Lenz (October 1-2), The Decatur Craft Beer Festival (October 2), and the Decatur Arts Festival (October 2-3).
7. Fall Festival on Ponce: Oct 9-10
Set in scenic Olmstead Linear Park, this fall festival includes a fine arts and crafts alongside folk art and “outsider art.” A children’s area will keep the kiddos busy, and there will be plenty of food and drinks available for purchase. Best of all, admission to this event is free!
8. Dog Festival & Party at Piedmont Park: Oct 16
This paw-some festival includes an interactive dog art project, a dog-and-human photo booth, a Howl-oween dog costume contest, and more! A beer and food garden will keep pup parents happy, while pet vendors will sling plenty of pup treats. All dogs and their humans are welcome!
9. L5P Halloween Monsterfest: Oct 16-17 – One of Our Favorite Fall Activities in Atlanta
This year, L5P is switching up its popular Halloween festival and parade with an interactive scavenger hunt! Grab a map and search Little Five Points for monsters created by artists. Snap selfies along the way to track your progress.
There will also be a costume contest, Monster Ball, and Haunted Artist Market. 2021 parade details are coming soon!
Apple Picking, Hayrides, Pumpkins, & Other Outdoor Fun
Located an hour north of Atlanta, Gibbs Gardens encompasses more than 300 acres of gardens. During a fall visit, you can expect to see colorful leaf foliage, a rainbow of wildflowers, azaleas, and 3,000 bright red Japanese Maples.
11. Pick Pumpkins at Sleepy Hollow Farm: Begins Sept 24
Located in Powder Springs, this farm offers a pumpkin patch, corn maze, wagon rides, and more. Find the perfect jack-o-lantern or baking pumpkin. They also offer kids’ games and a farm playground, with farm animals on-site. Pick up some treats at the country store, or book an additional Escape Woods adventure game.
Another popular pumpkin-picking option is Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville.
While we haven’t found a metro Atlanta spot for apple picking, there are plenty of u-pick orchards in North Georgia! A few of our favorites include Mercier Farms, B.J. Reece Orchards, and R&A Orchards.
Apple picking is a great date activity as well as a chance to have some family fun. Be sure to pick up some apple cider, fried pies, and spiced donuts during your trip!
Atlanta is just an hour or two away from beautiful rolling landscapes and mountains. Linked above, you’ll find a list top fall foliage hikes in North Georgia. We also recommend checking out Georgia State Parks to see some fall color. Some spots, like Black Rock Mountain State Park, offer drive-up views with no hiking required!
14. Hike Arabia Mountain – One of Our Favorite Fall Activities in Atlanta
Each fall, Arabia Mountain explodes with with vibrant yellow daisies, making the mountain’s already-otherworldly surface look even more magical. September is the perfect time to visit this spot to catch the area in full bloom.
Plus, the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area offers tours of the AWARE Wildlife Center, homeschool days, and classes on topics like archery and tree-climbing.
15. Take Selfies in a Sunflower Field: Starting Sept 3
Just south of Burt’s pumpkin Farm (mentioned in idea #10 above), Fausett Farms is home to a field of 900,000+ sunflowers over 30+ acres. It’s the perfect backdrop for selfies, family portrait sessions, and “cottagecore” TikTok videos alike.
16. Halfway Crooks Oktoberfest: Sept 9-Oct 3
In Atlanta’s downtown Summerhill neighborhood, Halfway Crooks will be celebrating Oktoberfest for several weeks. Stop by for special beer releases, authentic German cuisine, live music, a biergarten, and more.
17. Helen Oktoberfest: Sept 9-Nov 7
Around 1.5 hours northeast of Atlanta, Helen, GA is a small town that’s home to an incredibly popular Oktoberfest celebration. This mountain town festival offers lively entertainment, dancing, and plenty of flowing beer. Plus, Helen’s charming architecture makes you feel like you’re in a rustic alpine village. Afterward, escape the hustle and bustle with a hike at Anna Ruby Falls or Unicoi State Park.
18. New Realm Brewing Oktoberfest 5k: Sept 18 – One of Our Favorite Fall Activities in Atlanta
Join this 3.11-mile race that starts and ends at New Realm Brewing on the East Side Beltline Trail. For participating in the race, each runner will receive a race shirt and a beer from New Realm! Plus, the race benefits local nonprofit Camp Twin Lakes.
19. Tucktoberfest: Sept 18-Oct 3
This fall bierfest at Tucker Brewing Company is inspired by Munich’s Oktoberfest. You can expect to find festive decorations, games, and live music (including polka bands!). Plus, order from a special German menu with Oktoberfest favorites.
The brewery’s beer garden is over 8,500 square feet – the largest of its kind in Georgia! With enough room to spread out and an event spanning several weeks, there should be plenty of space for everyone’s comfort level.
20. Oktoberfest Week at Battle & Brew: Sept 21-26
This “geek and gaming restaurant” in Sandy Springs is the first-ever established gaming restaurant and venue in the US. Here, you’ll find the latest PC, console, VR, and tabletop gaming.
From Sept. 21-26, Battle & Brew is offering German beer and food specials in celebration of Oktoberfest.
Other Favorite Fall Activities in Atlanta
21. Take a Walking Food Tour – One of Our Favorite Fall Activities in Atlanta
Fall is the perfect time to take a walking tour of Atlanta. Stroll through Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods while taking in the crisp fall air and foliage.
On our Grant Park Past & Future Food Walk, you’ll taste 8 dishes at 3 food stops with an expert guide. And, the tour includes a walk through Historic Oakland Cemetery – perfect for spooky season!
22. See Scarecrows at the Atlanta Botanical Garden: Sept 28-Oct 31
Each fall, the Atlanta Botanical Garden experiences an invasion of scarecrows! These works of art are crafted by local businesses, families, schools, and individuals. The display of scarecrows is scattered throughout the gardens in Midtown and Gainesville for visitors to explore.
The garden will also host other fall activities, including Goblins in the Garden (Oct 24), The Great Pumpkin Carving Contest (Oct 28), and Fest-of-Ale events throughout October.
Have you ever visited a labyrinth? Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has a clear path leading through it. As a result, walking a labyrinth can be meditative and peaceful. This one is around an hour and twenty minutes northwest of Atlanta, and it’s free to visit.
This site was originally built as an erosion control pond. However, in the 60s and 70s, folk artists began using the area as a place for reading poetry and playing music. The late Ed Baker worked with local government to create a maze here using more than 5,000 bricks.
Around a half-hour southwest of Atlanta, Serenbe offers a tranquil, upscale farm experience for visitors and residents. To start your farm day, park near the Serenbe Inn and explore the grounds. You can visit the animals nearby- including pigs, goats, sheep, and chickens.
Then, drive to downtown Serenbe to check out the shops and restaurants. The Serenbe community also offers goat yoga, farm tours, a Saturday morning farmers market, wine tastings, and more.
25. Get Spooky at Six Flags: Sept 18-Oct 31 – One of Our Favorite Fall Activities in Atlanta
Fright Fest is back at Six Flags Over Georgia this year. You’ll find family-friendly shows and attractions during the day. When night falls, thrilling rides and scary haunted houses will delight more adventurous thrill-seekers.
Eager to jump ahead to the holidays? Explore our blog post, Christmas Events in Atlanta: 2021 Guide.