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Fall festivals happening in Atlanta this October

Paige Minds The Gap

October is full of fall festival fun! Check out the best fall festivals happening in and around Atlanta this October.

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BLKTOBERFEST: Big Fall Energy Weekend

Event Dates: October 8, 2021 through October 9, 2021

This event for the whole family features a special beer collaboration with Hippin Hops Brewery, Georgia’s first African-American owned brewery, for a beer release and tasting, as well as a pumpkin patch tailgate with fun for the children.

Slingin’ Wings Festival

Event Date: October 9, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This delicious festival in Sandy Springs will feature a full day of wings from local restaurants from all around the city, local brews, live local music, and plenty of contests and activities.

Welcome to South Cobb Festival

Event Date: October 9, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

A new festival in Smyrna, the Welcome to South Cobb Festival will feature local and national musical performances, food trucks and vendors, custom-crafted beverages, games, and a giant screen for watching the Georgia/Auburn game while you enjoy he space along the Chattahoochee River.

One Musicfest

Event Dates: October 9, 2021 through October 10, 2021

This annual outdoor music festival features urban progressive music in Centennial Olympic Park. This year’s two-day festival features musical performances by H.E.R., Lil Wayne, The Isley Brothers, and more.

Fall Festival on Ponce

Event Dates: October 9, 2021 through October 10, 2021

The 10th annual Fall Festival on Ponce held in the historic Olmsted Linear Park will feature unique arts and crafts, a children’s area, local food, beverages, and acoustic musical performances.

Little 5 Points Halloween Monsterfest

Event Dates: October 15, 2021 through October 17, 2021

During this year’s Monsterfest, you can search Little 5 Points for monsters designed by local artists using a map from the L5P Business Association tent, collecting selfies to complete the hunt. There will also be special ghoul appearances throughout the neighborhood. In the weeks leading up to the festival, keep an eye out for the L5P Cocktail Parade, Ghost Tours, Halloween Photo Contest, and a Monster Ball.

ATL Thrill Shorts Film Festival

Event Date: October 16, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

ShedHouse Pictures and FilmFreeway present the first ever ATLA Thriller Shorts Film Festival at Movie Tavern Roswell. The theater will be streaming great thrill, horror, and suspense films with Q&A sessions with filmmakers after.

International Fall Festival

Event Dates: October 16, 2021 through October 17, 2021

The St. Mary of Egypt International Fall Festival in Roswell features Russian, Georgian, and American food; live music; a Russian tea room; church tours, and more.

A3C Festival & Conference

Event Dates: October 22, 2021 through October 24, 2021

This music, tech, film, and culture festival celebrates its 17th anniversary in Atlanta. The festival started as a local hip-hop showcase, and has grown into one of the most important cultural events of the year. This festival and conference focuses on connecting, educating, and inspiring the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs shaping the music, tech, and film industries.

Shaky Knees Music Festival

Event Dates: October 22, 2021 through October 24, 2021

This year’s Shaky Knees Music Festival in Central Park features over 60 bands with a diverse lineup ranging from world-renowned acts to up-and-coming artists. Headliners include Foo Fighters, Run The Jewels, The Strokes, St. Vincent, Mac Demarco, Alice Cooper, Portugal. The Man, Modest Mouse, and Pheobe Bridgers.

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival

Event Dates: October 28, 2021 through October 30, 2021

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this outdoor theatre festival celebrates Black theatre excellence. There will be staged readings, talkbacks, an Afro-futuristic Soiree, and a throw-back celebration of four decades of music and theatre.

Pumpkin Festival

Event Dates: now through October 31, 2021

Stone Mountain Park’s family-friendly Pumpkin Festival invites you to “Play By Day” and “Glow By Night”. During the day, you and your family can visit the park’s attractions and enjoy special fall entertainment featuring classic storybook characters. At night, the park is lit up with the new Nighttime Parade and not-so-spooky glowing experiences.

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I'm Paige, an Atlanta-based travel blogger at PaigeMindsTheGap.com. I'm passionate about events happening in Atlanta and traveling the South. Check out PaigeMindsTheGap.com for more local travel stories and tips.

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