At The Champion Firm, autumn is one of our favorite seasons. The weather is beautiful, the foliage is incredibly colorful, and there’s a fall festival just about every weekend. No matter what your interests are or where you live, there’s a little something for everybody. Here’s a look at some of the festivals, fairs, and other annual events coming up in the Atlanta area over the next few months:
Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival: Now Through October 30, 2022
Stone Mountain’s annual Pumpkin Festival returns for an even bigger, better, and brighter event! Every weekend in October, the Pumpkin Festival offers fun and entertainment for the whole family: costume contests, trick-or-treat scavenger hunts, pie-eating contests, storytelling, puppet parades, a pumpkin light show, and more. Guests can enjoy the family-friend park attractions by day and the special fall entertainment at night. For more information and to purchase tickets: www.stonemountainpark.com/Activities/Events/Pumpkin-Festival.
Helen Oktoberfest: September 29 – October 30, 2022
For more than 50 years, the alpine city of Helen, Georgia has been celebrating Oktoberfest. Held in the city’s Festhalle, the festival includes several weeks of dancing, food, and lots of German beer! Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite lederhosen and dirndls as they enjoy some Oktoberfest-themed treats and dance the polka. Helen’s Oktoberfest runs daily, September 29th through October 30th. www.helenchamber.com/oktoberfest-menu/oktoberfest-info.html
Candler Park Fall Fest: October 1-2, 2022
Celebrated every year in the beautiful Candler Park neighborhood, the Fall Fest features 100+ of Atlanta’s best artists, plus live music and a variety of food vendors. Guests can participate in the 5K race, enjoy the properties included on this year’s Tour of Homes, or join their family in the Kids Zone. There’s also a Fall Ball on September 30th for Candler Park and Lake Claire residents. For more information, including the latest music lineup, visit fallfest.candlerpark.org.
Georgia National Fair in Perry: October 6-16
For 11 days this October, The Georgia National Fair brings agricultural exhibits and competitions, horse shows, water shows, arts and crafts, carnival rides, live concerts, and lots of local food vendors to the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Georgia. Bring your whole family and be sure to stay for the nightly fireworks. For tickets and more information: www.georgianationalfair.com/. Travel Tip: Don’t want to make the trek to Perry? Check out the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta (September 22-October 2) www.northgeorgiastatefair.com or the Georgia State Fair in Hampton (September 30-October 9) www.georgiastatefair.org.
Georgia Apple Festival: October 8-9; October 15-16, 2022
Hundreds of people drive up to North Georgia every October to enjoy the Georgia Apple Festival. Taking place over two weekends at the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, the festival features hand-made crafts, tasty treats, on-site demonstrations, and all the apples and apple-based products that your stomach can handle! There’s also a parade and antique car show. This event is sponsored by the Cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, the Ellijay Lions Club, Gilmer County, and the Gilmer Chamber of Commerce. www.georgiaapplefestival.org
Conyers’ Olde Town Fall Festival: October 15, 2022
Pack some snacks and bring your lawn chairs to the Olde Town Fall Festival, an all-day event taking place October 15th in Olde Town Conyers (901 Railroad Street). Started by the Rockdale County Historical Society more than 40 years ago, the Old Town Festival features arts and crafts, food, kids activities, a costume contest, and two stages of live entertainment. This event is free to attend and is rain or shine.
Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade: October 22-23
Ready to take a walk on the wild side? The Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade is one of Atlanta’s most unique fall events, showcasing its dynamic and creative community. This family-friendly festival includes pumpkin decorating, street vendors, counterculture costumes, live performances, a Monster Hunt, ghost tours, and more. Best of all, it’s free. Be sure to catch the L5P Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 23rd, at 2:00 PM. www.l5phalloween.com
Cabbagetown’s Chomp and Stomp Festival: November 5, 2022
Nothing says fall like cool weather, college football… and chili! The City of Cabbagetown is hosting its annual Chomp and Stomp festival and Chili Cook-Off on November 5th. From 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, the streets of Cabbagetown will be flooded with samples of chili from local restaurants, lots of beer, and live bluegrass performances. Be sure to visit the artist market and cast your vote for your favorite chili. All proceeds from Chomp and Stomp benefit the Friends of Cabbagetown Conservancy. chompandstomp.com
Atlanta Air Show: November 5-6, 2022
This November, the US Navy’s Blue Angels will be flying down to the Atlanta Regional Airport (Falcon Field in Peachtree City) for the Annual Atlanta Air Show. The event takes place November 5-6 (weather dependent). Guests will enjoy aircraft displays and flight performances from some of the country’s top military and civilian pilots. For tickets, visit airshowatlanta.com/tickets-on-sale/. Travel Tip: If you’re willing to drive outside the Atlanta Metro area, be sure to check out the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show. That program takes place in Rome, Georgia on October 15-16. www.wingsovernorthgeorgia.com.
Oakland Cemetery’s Day of the Dead Festival: November 6, 2022
Come to Atlanta’s oldest public park on November 6th, for the Dia De Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival. Guests of Historic Oakland Cemetery will enjoy traditional dancing, crafts, authentic Mexican cuisine, and live entertainment. There will also be a display of altars honoring lost family and friends. This event is a partnership between the Historic Oakland Foundation, the Consulate General of Mexico, and the Oficina de Enlace GTO-Georgia. Admission is free.