October has arrived and although Atlanta’s temperatures are still summery hot, our fall festivals are back for another fun year.
Check out 10 festivals you don’t want to miss this month:
Fall Festival in Candler Park
11 a.m. until late Oct. 5-6, Candler Park, Candler Park Dr. and McLendon Ave. NE, Atlanta, fallfest.candlerpark.org.
One of Atlanta’s favorite fall festivals is back for two fun-filled days in beloved Candler Park. The festival features live music, over 200 artists and vendors, a 5K and Fun Run, Kidlandia and much more. The Fall Festival in Candler Park is free and produced by the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization.
Atlanta Ramen Fest
3-7 p.m. Oct. 6, Wild Heaven West End, 1020 White St. SW, Atlanta, freshtix.com/events/atlramenfest2019.
This noodle soup party is celebrating its sixth year, this time at Wild Heaven Brewing’s new location in West End. General admission is $45 and covers unlimited ramen tastings from Momonoki, White Bull, Twain’s and many others. And if you really love ramen, the $75 VIP ticket also includes early access to the event, time to speak with the chefs, a limited edition collectible Ramen Fest T-Shirt and one Wild Heaven Beer of your choice. Whatever ticket you decide to go with, a $5,000 donation from sales of tickets will go to benefit Giving Kitchen.
Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival
4-10 p.m. Oct. 11-12, Downtown Alpharetta, 20 S. Main St., Alpharetta, wireandwoodalpharetta.com.
If you love Americana and cracking open cold ones, the Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival is for you. The festival will showcase nationally and locally recognized musicians performing original music across several indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Alpharetta. Admission is free. Feel free to bring the little ones — just no outside food, beverages or pets.
5-11p.m. Oct. 11, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 12, Historic Fourth Ward Park, 680 Dallas St. NE, Atlanta, www.oktoberfestatl.com.
You don’t have to travel to Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest. Just go to Historic Fourth Ward Park. The event will feature two days of delicious German food, an abundance of beer, live music and a variety of games and Oktoberfest-themed activities (Brawt Toss anyone?). A single day pass is only $21 and includes a souvenir beer stein and your first beer at entry. For true beer lovers, go ahead and get the Bier Lover Pass for $60, which includes a commemorative glass beer stein, first beer at entry plus three additional beer tickets and some cool Oktoberfest shades.
49th Annual Pride Festival
Times vary, Oct. 11-13, Piedmont Park, 400 Park Dr. NE, Atlanta, www.atlantapride.org.
There will be tons of entertainment, but the weekend-long event is perhaps most famous for the Atlanta Pride Parade, scheduled to step off this year beginning at noon sharp on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Civic Center MARTA Station.
Georgia Apple Festival
Times vary, Oct. 12-13, Oct. 19-20, Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main St., Ellijay, georgiaapplefestival.org.
Over two cool and crisp weekends in October, the Georgia Apple Festival brings hundreds of vendors offering food, art, crafts and more to Georgia’s Apple Capital, Ellijay. In addition to apple picking, there will be handcrafted items as well as on-site demonstrations of how selected crafts are made. You’ll also get to enjoy the Apple Festival Parade and a classic car show. If you’re feeling ambitious, participate in the Apple Festival 5K.
Taste of Atlanta
Times vary, Oct. 18-20, Historic Fourth Ward Park, 680 Dallas St. NE, Atlanta, tasteofatlanta.com.
Save your appetite, because Taste of Atlanta has it all. Over 90 Atlanta restaurants will be taking over Historic Fourth Ward Park, and you’ll be able to drink all the beer, wine, and cocktails you want. There’s also an opening night party, a Saturday night concert featuring funky tunes from Yacht Rock Revue and tons of cooking classes and demos.
Decatur Craft Beer Festival
Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 19, Downtown Decatur, 101 E. Court Square, Decatur, decaturbeerfestival.com.
Day drinkers rejoice! The Decatur Craft Beer Festival is taking over the square in downtown Decatur. Each general admission ticket includes unlimited sips from more than 80 breweries, a special tasting glass and access to stellar bands. Unlock even more, like a VIP entrance and special beers, with the VIP ticket
Little Five Points Halloween Festival
Noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 19, Little 5 Points, Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta, l5phalloween.com.
Hosted each year in the heart of one of Atlanta’s most eccentric and eclectic neighborhood, the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade and Festival is one of the top 10 Halloween parades in the country. Thousands of people visit Little 5 to enjoy food and drinks, live music and crafts from local artists. The event is free to attend, and the parade starts at 4 p.m.
Halloween in the Highlands
6 p.m. Oct. 26, Virginia Highland, 841 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, atlantabartours.com.
If you like celebrating Halloween without the spookiness, Halloween in the Highlands is where to be. Ticket package includes admission to all of the participating bars, clubs, and restaurants, complimentary shots, awesome deals on food, a costume contest where you have a chance to win a thousand dollars and fun DJ’s and live music.
By Avery Newmark