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The Best Things to Do in Atlanta in September

By August 30, 2023September 12th, 2023No Comments
The Best Things to Do in Atlanta in September

Soak up the last of summer and celebrate the start of fall with the best things to do in Atlanta in September 2023!

This month brings comfortable temperatures as summer cools down – with long, golden days that spill into evening. Make the most of it with the best things to do in Atlanta!

From exciting sports matchups to concerts, food festivals, apple picking, IG and TikTok-worthy sunflower fields, and more – we’re sharing our favorite activities around the city. Your Atlanta September memories start here!

The Best Things to Do in Atlanta in September

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

  • Cheer on the home team at Atlanta Braves and Falcons games
  • Taste the best of Atlanta’s Soul Food and Southern favorites
  • See musical acts like Sam Hunt, Keke Palmer, Drake, and Chicago
  • Take a guided walking food tour to taste 8 delicious modern Southern dishes
  • Explore Fernbank Forest after dark

In this post, you’ll find:

  • Fall festivals: Atlanta and beyond
  • Ideas to enjoy Atlanta in September
  • Concerts, food events, and sports games in Atlanta September 2023
  • September family-friendly events in Atlanta 
  • Atlanta fall date ideas
  • Fun things to do during a business trip to Atlanta in September
  • FAQs about visiting Atlanta in September, including Atlanta September weather

Atlanta Events: September 2023

Experience the Best of Atlanta’s Food & History

Grant Park Walking Food Tour Atlanta

Try some of the best eats in Atlanta! The #1-rated Grant Park Past & Future Food Walk is a fun walking tour showcasing the best of Atlanta’s food and history. On this tour, you’ll taste eight modern and Southern foods from three outstanding locally owned food stops.

Along the way, delve into Atlanta’s history with an expert guide who will share fascinating stories of our city and answer questions. You’ll also explore the unique architecture of Atlanta’s historic Grant Park neighborhood. The 2.5 hour guided experience includes a jaunt through Historic Oakland Cemetery, where many noteworthy Atlantans have been laid to rest.

With more than 1,500 five-star TripAdvisor reviews, Unexpected Atlanta offers outstanding and unique walking tours for Atlanta locals and visitors!

Attend the Taste of Soul Festival: Sept. 2 & 3, 2023

Craving even more Soul food in the heart of America’s Soul Food capital? Head to the Taste of Soul Festival on Labor Day weekend! Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3 bring two days packed full of delicious Soul food and culture!

Taste of Soul will take place across from Mercedes-Benz Stadium near Downtown Atlanta. This free, family-friendly festival is open to all. However, those who wish to attend the “Soul in the City” concert as part of this event must purchase tickets.

The festival includes Soul and Southern food for purchase, live music, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, and a special cocktail and wine festival.

Take a Mini Trip to Paris at the High Museum of Art: Starting Sept. 1, 2023

Head to the High Museum of Art in Midtown Atlanta to see “In the City of Light: Paris, 1850-1920.” Opening September 1, 2023 and running through December 31, this exhibition “serves as an illustrated guide through the architecture, people, and culture of the dynamic, visionary French capital…” See works from Théophile Steinlen, Henri-Gabriel Ibels, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Honoré Daumier, and Édouard Vuillard.

Also opening in September at the High: “A Long Arc: Photography and the American South since 1845” (Sept. 15, 2023 – Jan. 14, 2024). Plus, get excited for a charmingly nostalgic exhibit on Beatrix Potter’s works, opening Oct. 14!

Cheer On the Home Teams at Falcons & Braves Games

Atlanta Braves Game Truist Park

September is a great month to be a sports fan! During September 2023, the Atlanta Braves baseball team will take on the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and Washington Nationals at Truist Park.

Additionally, the Falcons will take to the football field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to play the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers. Plus, don’t miss the Atlanta Dream women’s basketball team taking on Seattle Storm on Sept. 6, 2023 at Gateway Center Arena!

For college football games, check out Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, and – if you’re up for a day trip – UGA in Athens, GA!

Experience Fernbank Forest after Dark: Sept. 22, 2023

Join a Fernbank Forest Night Walk on Friday, September 22, 2023! This guided experience from Fernbank Museum of Natural History allows participants to stroll through Fernbank Forest as the sun sets, into the early evening.

This limited-capacity event is rain or shine, so come prepared for adventure! You’ll have the chance to spot wildlife during dusk and experience the forest in a unique and memorable way!

Try New Dishes at Grand Tasting: Alpharetta: Sept. 7, 2023

Presented by Taste of Atlanta, Grand Tasting: Alpharetta is a must-try experience for foodies north of the city! Head to the Hotel at Avalon for a one-night-only tasting experience.

All ticket buyers get complimentary food and beverage tastings, a dessert bar, live music, entertainment, and more! This event invites locals and tourists to “sip, savor, and celebrate” Atlanta’s vibrant culinary scene! VIP admission is also available.

Participating restaurants include Italian fare, gourmet sandwiches, Middle Eastern cuisine, Thai food, BBQ and brews, steak and seafood, Mexican food and tequila, Southern favorites, baked goods, pies, doughnuts, and more!

Music Midtown: Sept. 15-17, 2023

Music Midtown Atlanta

Music Midtown is an Atlanta tradition! This music festival takes place in Piedmont Park, in the heart of Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood. Each year, music lovers flock to this event to experience legendary acts, good vibes, inclusive food options, a ferris wheel overlooking the festival, and more!

At Music Midtown 2023, headliners include P!nk, Flume, Billie Eilish, The 1975, Guns n’ Roses, and Lil’ Baby. Other noteworthy acts include Pitbull, Niall Horan, Yung Gravy, Fletcher, Lizzy McAlpine, Incubus, and more.

This Friday – Sunday event offers 3-day, 2-day, and 1-day passes for sale. Additionally, VIP options are available for those seeking an extra-special experience.

Attend Concerts in Atlanta: September 2023

As the capital of the South, Atlanta is a hotspot for concert-goers of all genres. In September 2023, Atlanta will attract chart-topping talent, with concerts for all tastes. From country to pop, hip-hop to classic rock, alternative, and more – it’s all here in Atlanta!

Atlanta concerts in September 2023 – a few highlights:

  • Ray LaMontagne: September 6 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
  • Sam Hunt: Summer On the Outskirts Tour – September 8 at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
  • Arctic Monkeys: September 11 at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
  • Sting: My Songs 2023 – September 15 at Center Stage Theater
  • Matt and Kim: September 18 at Buckhead Theatre
  • Keke Palmer: September 19 at The Loft
  • Avenged Sevenfold with Falling in Reverse: September 20 at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
  • Owl City: September 20 at Buckhead Theatre
  • Yonder Mountain String Band: September 22 at The Eastern-GA
  • Neon Trees: The Favorite Daze Tour – September 23 at Buckhead Theatre
  • Drake: It’s All A Blur Tour – September 25 & 26 at State Farm Arena
  • Ringo Starr: September 27 at the Fox Theatre
  • Chicago: September 30 at Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Take a Day Trip to North Georgia: Apple-Picking & Sunflowers

Atlanta Sunflower Field Faucett Farms

Let’s face it – once back-to-school season rolls around, we’re ready for fall! While it’s not quite time for pumpkins, haunted houses, and endless screenings of Hocus Pocus just yet – there’s plenty of early fall fun to experience in North Georgia!

For apple-picking, we love Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, GA. For over 80 years, they’ve delighted guests with “U-Pick” experiences and tractor tours. Plus, visit their market to purchase delicious pies, ice cream, baked goods, fresh produce, and more! Mercier’s apple season is August-October.

In mid-late September, head to family-owned Faucett Farms to see endless rows of 900,000+ beautiful sunflowers. Be sure to check their website before visiting, as the exact season opening date is TBD based on weather! Located just south of Amicalola Falls and near Burt’s Pumpkin Farm, this day trip could also be a fun weekend trip! Head to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm starting September 1, 2023 for pumpkin picking, hayrides, a country store, and more.

Additional Atlanta Ideas for September

Looking for more Atlanta things to do during September? Other popular Atlanta activities in September include:

  • Learn about Dr. King’s life and legacy on Unexpected Atlanta’s top-rated Martin Luther King, Jr. Atlanta History Tour
  • Explore the walking and cycling paths of the Atlanta Beltline or the Silver Comet Trail
  • Visit one of Atlanta’s many local farmers markets
  • See late-summer flowers and the beginnings of fall at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Experience on-trend shopping, delicious cuisine, and a rooftop amusement park at Ponce City Market
  • Get wild at Zoo Atlanta or take a journey under the sea at Georgia Aquarium
  • Take a picnic break or toss a football at Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown Atlanta
  • Learn about the world’s most iconic soft drink at the World of Coca-Cola
  • Check out bustling Atlanta suburbs like Dunwoody, Roswell, and Chamblee

FAQs: Visiting Atlanta in September

Atlanta September Weather

Is September a good time of year to visit Atlanta?

Yes. In fact, September is one of the best times to visit Atlanta! In September, summer temperatures cool down, there’s still plenty of sunlight after the 9-5 workday, and back-to-school season means that the city’s popular destinations are likely to be less crowded.

Plus, September in Atlanta brings a wide variety of fun – from sporting events to concerts, festivals, foodie events, and more.

What is Atlanta September weather like?

September is a beautiful and generally comfortable time of year to visit Atlanta. September weather in Atlanta brings sunny days with mild temperatures. In fact, many people are comfortable visiting this time of year with a light sweater or jacket. 

According to the National Weather Service, September Atlanta temperatures range from lows around 66 F (19 C) to highs of 84 F (29 C), with occasional rain. During September, Atlanta typically sees 3.8 inches of rain, making this one of the least rainy months to visit. Depending when in September you’re visiting, average sunrise times in Atlanta in September range from 7:11-7:30 AM. Atlanta September sunsets range from 8:03-7:23 PM as the days get shorter.

To make the most of your time in Atlanta, experience the best of the city with expert guides! Unexpected Atlanta’s unique walking tours are a can’t-miss activity for anyone who loves good food and history. Join us and see why we have more than 1,500 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor!