October is here, which means it's time for fall festivities. There are more than enough things to do in Atlanta, from festivals to pumpkin patches to Halloween events. If you are looking for entertainment this month, keep reading to hear about all the Atlanta October events.
Georgia State Fair
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Visit the Georgia State Fair until October 9 for the perfect fall day. There are exciting attractions, shows, live music, carnival rides, and all your favorite fair foods. The fair opens at 4p on weekdays and 11a on weekends.
Festival on Ponce
Located in the historic Olmsted Linear Park, the Festival on Ponce is an arts and crafts festival with over 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk art, a children's area, and local food and beverages. October 8-9, from 10a-5p.
Stone Mountain Park's Pumpkin Festival
Stone Mountain Park's Pumpkin Festival is back, now until October 30. Spend the day enjoying family-friendly park attractions and extraordinary fall entertainment. Stick around for Glow by Night, with a nighttime parade, the world's largest pumpkin light show, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf and more.
Atlanta Botanical Garden Events
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Visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden and enjoy its fall events. From October 1 to 30, you can check out the Fest-of-Ale and Scarecrows in the Garden. While you walk around and check out the handcrafted scarecrows from various Atlanta businesses and organizations, you can enjoy live music and a variety of specialty ales. Check out one of the Fall Family Fun days to bowl with pumpkins, play with pumpkin spice play-dough, and search for leaves hiding around the Children's Garden.
One-time events include Goblins in the Garden on October 23 from 10a-4p and the Great Pumpkin-Carving Festival on October 27 from 5-9p.
Movies on the Square
Enjoy a fall classic, Halloween Town, at The Plaza at Colony Square. Bring chairs and blankets to cozy up, and visit the Serena Pastificio pop-up bar for wine and cocktails. If you're hungry, stop by one of the on-site restaurants for some delicious food. Happening on October 6 at 7p, don't miss Movies On The Square for a fun night.
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On October 8 and 9, Oakland Cemetery will celebrate their third annual Pumpkin Patch at the North Public Grounds from 11a-3p. Pick a pumpkin and enjoy various fall activities, like seasonally decorated photo-ops, scavenger hunts, pop-up shops and live scarecrows.
If you're looking for something slightly spookier, check out one of their Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours, from October 20-30, starting at 5:30p. The tour will include stories of some of the cemetery's notable residents and allow visitors to experience the Oakland Cemetery after dark. There will also be musical performances, beer and cocktails and an Oakland gift shop. Go in costume and get in the spirit of Halloween.
Atlanta Horror Film Festival
The Atlanta Horror Film Festival is back on October 7 until October 16. There will be outdoor and indoor screenings of nearly 200 films, carefully selected by a selection committee, from sci-fi to gore and everything in between.
Grand Tasting by Taste of Atlanta
For one night, experience tasting delicious bites from Atlanta's best restaurants. Located at the Epicurean Atlanta hotel's sought-after roof-top location, you can sample delicious cocktails, wines and beers, discover new restaurants, meet the chefs and enjoy the live entertainment. The Grand Tasting is a 21 and up event and starts at 6p on October 20.
Ruby Bonds Candy Charcuterie Workshop
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Elizabeth Schmitt, the founder of Ruby Bonds, will host a Candy Charcuterie Workshop at Buckhead Village on October 20. She will teach you food styling skills while you design your candy board from the wide selection of delicious candies.
Little 5 Points Halloween Events
October is the busiest time of year for Little 5 Points, with many events to enjoy. There will be a Photo Walk, a L5P BOOzy walk, a Freak Show at the L5P Community Center, a Monster Hunt, ghost tours and the famous Halloween Parade. The parade will occur on October 23 at 2p, with the other events sprinkled throughout October. Visit this site to learn more.
There are so many great artists coming to Atlanta this month. Check out the following list to see if any of your favorite bands or singers will be making their way to Atlanta in October: Death Cab for Cutie (October 4), Panic! At the Disco (October 7), Father John Misty (October 7), The Smashing Pumpkins, Jane's Addiction and Poppy (October 11), Stevie Nicks (October 12), Pusha T (October 14), The Flaming Lips (October 15), Jack Harlow (October 16), Post Malone (October 18), Gorillaz (October 19), Lizzo (October 22), Fall Music Festival 2022 (October 22) and Young the Giant (October 29).
Sips Under the Sea: Halloween
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The Georgia Aquarium is hosting a Halloween themed Sips Under the Sea on October 28 at 7p. If you're 21+, you can explore the aquarium in a private, nighttime setting, grab a drink or enjoy a dance. There will be popular cocktails, dining options, a live DJ and access to all of the main galleries.
Midtown Halloween Block Party
The Midtown Halloween Block Party will be on October 28 and starts at 7p. Register at the Politan Row at Colony Square and enjoy entry to 30+ establishments, complimentary shots, exclusive food and drink specials, food trucks, DJs and live music.