Octoberfest, scarecrows, glowing pumpkins, haunted houses, and a harvest festival await you this weekend in Atlanta. From ITP to OTP, you have seasonal celebrations galore to choose from. Keep reading for the scoop on everything fun for families this weekend, below.
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Old Fourth Ward
Put on your lederhosen and enjoy a full weekend of German-themed fun at Oktoberfest Atlanta, with a variety of deliciously cold German beers and food, live music, and an abundance of games and Oktoberfest-themed activities. Kids 15 and under are free with a paid adult. Fri. & Sat. Event details.
Porchfest, the ultimate grassroots music festival, is 100% resident-owned and operated, and has more than 130 performances in four hours. It’s been called “very likely the most diverse lineup of any festival” in the state by Georgia’s music tourism bureau. So go to Oakhurst. Wander from porch to porch, meet some locals, and spread the word. Sat. Event details.
Community Pop-Up Art Show at The High
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to have your artwork on display in an art museum? Well, now is your chance! The High Museum of Art will host a Community Pop-Up Show for students in pre-k through grade 12. This will be a 4-week show from October 5 through 27. Click here to learn how to submit artwork! Sat. Event details.
Fall Family Fun at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Enjoy Scarecrows in the Garden and activities for the whole family in the Children’s Garden. Sensory and art activities focus on the fabulous fall season and provide children with the opportunity to learn about pumpkins, gourds and more! This activity is free with Garden admission. Sat. Event details.
Play by day as you enjoy family-friendly park attractions and special fall entertainment featuring some classic storybook characters, then, watch the pumpkins begin to glow at dusk for the brilliantly decorated and seasonally sensational Pumpkin Festival. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia
After the sun goes down, what’s spooky during the day at Six Flags turns legit scary, and might be best suited for middle school-aged children and up. However, if you’ve got a group of ghouls looking for some thrills, head to Fright Fest, where zombies and ghouls take over the park, and you can enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the day. Come back at night for a truly frightening evening after the sun goes down, including several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Hansel and Gretel at Roswell Cultural Arts Center
To celebrate its 40th year on the road, the 2019-2020 Atlanta Opera debuts a new adaptation of Humperdinck’s enchanting fairytale “Hansel & Gretel,” where students are invited to take center stage alongside Atlanta Opera artists. Suitable for all ages, this version of the timeless classic teaches very valuable lessons about being polite, making friends, and not judging a witch by her wardrobe. Fri. Event details.
Fall Farm Days at Smith Plantation
Fun for the whole family can be found at this event, featuring artisan exhibits & demonstrations of life on a 19th Century Farm. Free activities are provided by Roswell Garden Club, including handmade birdfeeders, crafts, scavenger hunt, floral arranging, petting zoo with farm animals, wagon rides and more. Hotdogs & hamburger lunches, as well as baked goods, are available for purchase. Admission is free. Open house tours are $5 per person (children under 12 are free). Sat. Event details.
Harvest on the ‘Hooch
The Chattahoochee Nature Center welcomes guests of all ages to an annual outdoor food and craft beer festival, to raise funds for the nature center’s Unity Garden, which supplies nearly five tons of fresh produce annually to North Fulton Community Charities food pantry. Guests will enjoy food tastings, live bluegrass music, meet and milk goats from a local farm, garden games, face painting, samples from local craft breweries, tours of the Unity Garden, meet and learn about baby chicks and alpacas, prizes, and a scavenger hunt. Sun. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Chattahoochee Hills
The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Serenbe
As autumn cools the steaming earth and leaves begin to turn, Serenbe’s bringing back our favorite fall fright fest: The Sleepy Hollow Experience. This nighttime immersive Halloween experience is sure to have heads rolling. But, if you (or the kiddos) afraid of the dark, plan on going to The Sleepy Hollow Family Experience. Bring the whole family to Tarrytown and experience the retelling of this classic American ghost story in the comfort of daylight, on select days. Join the cast at a Fall Festival pre-show and during intermission. Sat. & Sun. Event details.