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The Best Things to Do in Atlanta in October

By September 25, 2023No Comments
The Best Things to Do in Atlanta in October

As Atlanta welcomes the crisp of autumn, there are endless fun things to do, see, and eat! Discover the best things to do in Atlanta in October with the ideas and activities ahead in this post.

From pumpkin patches and haunted houses to concerts and comedy shows, sports games, date ideas, family-friendly outings, an entire festival devoted to the Big Green Egg, and so much more – it’s all happening in Atlanta this fall!

Whether you’re a local looking for new adventures or a visitor eager to explore our city’s diverse offerings, Atlanta has plenty to do during the spooky-fun, enchanting month of October. Let Unexpected Atlanta be your guide to all the fun!

The Best Things to Do in Atlanta in October

Read on for additional details on these Atlanta October events and more ATL fun!

  • Cozy up with a fun biscuit-making experience
  • Cheer on the Atlanta Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Atlanta United, and more!
  • Go pumpkin picking north of Atlanta
  • Celebrate Atlanta Pride during October
  • See Scarecrows in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Make memories at concerts with Hozier, Run the Jewels, Maise Peters, and more

In this post, you’ll find:

  • Atlanta fall date ideas
  • Family activities and Atlanta events in October
  • Halloween and fall sports events in Atlanta
  • FAQs about visiting Atlanta in October, including Atlanta weather in October

Atlanta Events in October 2023

Atlanta food tour biscuits

Cozy Up with a Biscuit-Making & Food Tour Experience – One of our Favorite Atlanta October Events!

This Historic Market Food Tour + Biscuit Class is the perfect way to cozy up for fall! During your guided experience, you’ll try 11 delicious tastings from 5 local food vendors in Atlanta’s oldest market, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Learn fascinating Atlanta history and get a close look at Southern cooking and cuisine.

Then, learn how to make the perfect Southern biscuit in a cooking class! This experience is perfect for couples, families, coworkers, and friends to enjoy together. With your biscuit recipe on lock, you’ll be prepared for the chilly days ahead and homemade holiday gifting!

Celebrate the Big Green Egg at EGGtoberfest

On Saturday, October 7, Big Green Egg lovers will flock to Lawrenceville’s Coolray Field for EGGtoberfest. This event is dedicated to “celebrating the EGGhead community and innovative EGGhead chefs!”

Explore creative recipes, learn new skills and techniques from an “EGGspert,” and try foods created by experienced past EGGtoberfest participants and amateurs alike! A ticket to this event includes food samples, drink coupons, parking, cooking demos, a t-shirt, and a special gift. Serious about the Big Green Egg life? Buy a ticket for the Friday evening pre-party, too. EGGheads unite!

Sample the Best of Atlanta’s Food & History – One of our Favorite Atlanta October Events!

Grant Park Walking Food Tour Atlanta

Chillier mornings means we’re craving warm, cozy food! Try some of the best dishes in the city on the #1-rated Grant Park Food Walk. On this walking tour, you’ll try eight modern, Southern foods from three superb local food stops. Along the way, your guide will share fascinating stories of Atlanta’s history as you explore the history and architecture of the Grant Park neighborhood. The experience includes a stroll through Historic Oakland Cemetery (perfect for October!), where many noteworthy Atlantans have been laid to rest.

With over 1,500 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor alone, Unexpected Atlanta offers outstanding and unique experiences for Atlanta locals and visitors!

Watch Sports Games & Cheer on the Atlanta Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Atlanta United, & More!

From cooler temperatures to the start of football season – fall is one of our favorite seasons! Atlanta sports fans can rejoice in October 2023 because the Braves (baseball), Atlanta United (soccer), Falcons (football), and Hawks (basketball) are all playing home games this month! Check out the Atlanta’s October 2023 sports schedules here.

Additionally, if you’re a fan of college football, be sure to check out the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia State University Panthers in Downtown Atlanta, and the University of Georgia Bulldogs a short road trip away in Athens, GA!

Go Pumpkin Picking North of Atlanta

Pumpkin Picking Atlanta

A fall visit to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville is a cherished tradition for many Georgia families. Head here for pumpkin picking, hayrides, a country store with mouthwatering treats, and more!

Jaemor Farms in Gainesville is another popular spot, with an annual fall corn maze and pumpkin patch. Their year-round indoor market sells everything from hand pies to donuts, pimento cheese, fresh produce, candy, and more.

Or, head to Randy’s Pumpkin Patch in Lawrenceville. With an inflatable corn maze, inflatable extreme obstacle course, train ride, face painting, pony rides, and more, this spot will be a hit with the kids! They also sell a small menu of traditional carnival foods  – and of course, plenty of pumpkins!

Celebrate Atlanta Pride – One of our Favorite Atlanta October Events!

Join members of the LGTBQ+ community and allies for the Atlanta Pride Festival and Parade! Taking place in Midtown Atlanta’s Piedmont Park October 13-15, 2023, Atlanta Pride is always a good time. Moreover, it’s the largest gathering of LGBTQ+ people and allies in the Southeast!

Join the event for a two-day festival with merchandise, art, live music, food, a parade, and educational and social events. VIP passes are also available for those looking to add more fun and special perks!

Sample Delicious Dishes at Grand Tasting: Midtown

Grand Tasting Midtown Atlanta

Presented by Taste of Atlanta, Grand Tasting: Midtown will delight Atlanta foodies on Thursday, October 19, 2023! This one-night-only event will take place at the Epicurean Hotel Atlanta. Here, all ticket purchasers will get access to food and beverage tastings, a dessert bar, live music, entertainment, and more.

Celebrate Midtown Atlanta’s diverse dining scene with unique bites from 25 of the best restaurants! This one-of-a-kind event also includes cooking demonstrations and interactive experiences. VIP admission is also available, including a special swag bag!

See Scarecrows in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden – One of our Favorite Atlanta October Events!

From October 6-31, 2023 (closed Mondays), the Atlanta Botanical Garden will transform into a spook-tacular wonderland during Scarecrows in the Garden! Visit either the Midtown Atlanta or Gainesville, GA location to see a variety of scarecrows built and decorated by community members and local businesses, schools, and other groups. While official prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges, you can also hold a family vote to determine your favorite scarecrow!

Other special garden events in October include Fest-of-Ale, a fun evening event for ages 21+ including craft brews for purchase and live music. For little ones, check out Goblins in the Garden on Oct. 22, 2023. Participate in fall family fun, take a train or pony ride, and show off your Halloween costume!

Rock out at Concerts in Atlanta in October

Atlanta Concerts in October

In Atlanta, it feels like a chart-topping artist is touring here every weekend! Atlanta is a concert destination – and Atlanta concerts in October 2023 are no exception. From the hip-hop and rap Atlanta is known for to nostalgic alternative, modern pop, electro-funk, country, and so much more – it’s all here in Atlanta this fall!

Atlanta concerts in October 2023 – a few highlights:

  • Tegan and Sara – Crybaby 2023 Tour: October 2 at Tabernacle
  • Run the Jewels: October 2-5 at The Eastern-GA
  • Ty Dolla $ign – More Motion Less Emotion: October 3 at Tabernacle
  • Kim Petras – Feed The Beast World Tour: October 4 at Coca-Cola Roxy
  • Janelle Monae – Age of Pleasure Tour: October 6 at Fox Theatre
  • Hozier – UNreal Unearth Tour 2023: October 6 at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
  • Old Dominion – No Bad Vibes Tour: October 7 at State Farm Arena
  • Maise Peters: October 7 at Variety Playhouse
  • Del Water Gap: October 10 at Terminal West
  • Chromeo: October 10 at The Eastern-GA
  • Morrissey: October 12 at Fox Theatre
  • Macy Gray: October 13 at The Eastern-GA
  • Depeche Mode – Memento Mori Tour: October 15 at State Farm Arena
  • Gucci Mane & Friends: October 17 at Tabernacle
  • Mt. Joy: October 19 & 20 at Tabernacle – Atlanta
  • The Band CAMINO: October 20 at Coca-Cola Roxy
  • Kesha: October 21 at The Eastern-GA
  • Dragonforce: October 30 at The Masquerade – Heaven

Relive Your Favorite Sitcoms: See Ilana Glazer or Nick Offerman Live

Are you a fan of Broad City, Parks & Recreation, or both? If so, don’t miss the chance to see Ilana Glazer and Nick Offerman when they’re in town!

Catch Ilana Glazer at the Tabernacle on October 23, 2023. Best known for her role as Ilana Wexler in Broad City, Glazer’s live comedy has been called bold, delving into modern social and political issues with unapologetic, empowering, and satirical takes.

Plus, catch Nick Offerman at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Offerman is beloved for his role as Ron Swanson, the meat-loving, moustache-rocking, stoic individualist from Parks & Rec. Author and comedian Offerman’s website shares, “Join Nick for…an evening that compels listeners to chuckle while also causing them to honestly countenance the aspects of humanity about which we have to laugh so that we don’t attack one another with shovels.” Afterward, go for a late-night breakfast at the 24/7 Majestic Diner for bacon, eggs, and waffles.

More Atlanta Fall Fun in October

Looking for more Atlanta fun during October? Other popular October Atlanta activities include:

FAQs: Visiting Atlanta in October

Visiting Atlanta in October - Atlanta Weather in October

Is October a good time of year to visit Atlanta?

We can’t say “yes” fast enough! October in Atlanta brings yellow and orange-hued leaves, crisp mornings, pleasantly comfortable daytime temperatures, overlapping sports seasons, delicious fall foods, and plenty to do. In fact, we think fall in Atlanta is pretty unmatched!

What is Atlanta October weather like?

With average temperatures ranging from 54 F (12.2 C) to 72.7 F (22.6 C), you can expect chilly mornings and nights. Be sure to pack a sweater or jacket, and any other outerwear you’ll need to feel comfortable. That said, daytime temperatures can feel comfortable veering into warm, so layers are key!

According to The Weather Service‘s 30-year averages, October is the lowest rainfall month of the year in Atlanta, with an average of 3.28 inches during the month.

Discover more things to do in Atlanta! Browse our top-rated walking tours of Atlanta, and explore our blog for posts on Atlanta date ideas, family activities, team building activities, and more!