Top 12 October Activities in and Around Atlanta

Updated for 2016!

Fall is almost here! Well, sort of. It’s still in the 90s and I’m starting to lose it. But this time last year we were dealing with a broken AC, so it could be worse.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the holiday season to begin, starting with Halloween. Since October is right around the corner, here are some of my top choices of things to do next month.

North Georgia State Fair (Sep. 22- Oct. 2, hours vary)

IMG_2187 Jim R. Miller Park

2245 Callaway Road

Marietta, GA 30008


Atlanta Challenge: Urban Scavenger Hunt (Oct. 2)

Teams of two or more will dash around the city, racing against other Challengers for immortal glory (and cash prizes!) as they solve tricky clues, strategize the best route, and explore undiscovered corners of the city.

TBD Downtown Atlanta start location

Early registration price deals end soon–More info

Sunday in the Park at Historic Oakland Cemetery (Oct. 2, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

IMG_2402On Oct. 2, Sunday in the Park, returns for a 37th year with a Victorian street festival offering a little something for everyone! Enjoy an afternoon of live musical entertainment, living history demonstrations, kid’s activities and much more.

$7 adults
Children under 3 are free
All proceeds from Sunday in the Park benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s efforts to preserve, restore, enhance and share historic Oakland Cemetery.

More info

Brookhaven Chili Cook Off (Oct. 8, 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

Music, kids’ activities, food trucks, football on big screens. And of course, lots of chili.

More info

Marietta Chalktoberfest (Oct. 8-9)

IMG_6447The Chalkfest is joining forces with the Craft Beer Festival (to participate in the beer portion of the festival, tickets must be purchased for $35-45)

Enjoy your afternoon sampling craft beers, live music from local artists, watching professional Chalk Artists chalk the streets and eating great food at the beautiful downtown square of Marietta.

More info

Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade (Oct. 15)


More info

Decatur Beer Festival (Oct. 15)

Unlimited sips from 80 breweries.

Tickets go on sale Sep. 15. More info.

Kennesaw Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival (Oct. 21-22)

Hot air balloons, extreme pumpkin carvers, costumes, food, beer, live entertainment, artist alley, etc. A heads up: the 2015 festival had issues with Groupons being oversold for Friday, creating parking and crowding issues. Hopefully, this year will be better prepared for crowds, but I feel it’s only fair to warn people that overcrowding has been a complaint more than one year.

More info

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World Kite Festival and Expo (Oct. 22, 1 – 6 p.m.)

Kite flying, food, face painting, demonstrations and live performances.

Piedmont Park in the Meadow

More info

Taste of Atlanta  (Oct. 21-23)

90+ restaurants and 4 cooking stages.

Midtown at Tech Square

More info

Halloween Bar Crawls (Oct. 28-29)

Ticket includes admission into bars, some hosted Halloween themed drink/shots, deeply discounted drinks, great food & drink specials &  costume contests.

More info on Midtown crawl

More info on Highlands crawl

Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches (Sep. – Nov., hours, dates vary)

So many to choose from! Here are a few:

Buford Corn Maze

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Dawsonville

Burt’s Farm, Dawsonville

Kinsey Family Farm, Gainesville

Washington Farms, Loganville and Watkinsville

So what are your favorite October activities? I’d love to hear from you…

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