October is finally here and that means plenty of festive activities for Atlantans. From jazz on the lawn to a neighborhood chili cookoff, you’ll find something to go just perfect with that pumpkin spice latte. Read on for our favorite picks of the weekend.

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Atlanta Chilli Cookoff
Taste Chili & Brunswick Stew from over 75 restaurants and amateur competition teams while the kids enjoy the Kidzone and music. Kids under 12 are free and it’s pet-friendly, too! Sat. Event details.


Peppa Pig, Live! at The Fox
Peppa Pig Live! is here with the all new action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume character. Come join Peppa on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends. Sat. Event details.

Hey Willy, See the Pyramids at The Alliance Theatre
Indulge in a delicious weekend of chocolate samples and fun family activities. Visit the tree where chocolate begins and learn some fun information about the chocolate-making process. Stop by the Outdoor Kitchen where Atlanta pastry chefs conduct cooking demonstrations and share culinary tips for chocolaty treats. Free with garden admission or membership. Fri.-Sun. 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.

West End

Wren’s Nest Storytelling
Head to the home of author Joel Chandler Harris—one of the most popular writers in America at the turn of the 20th century—for storytelling by professional storytellers. Then, check out the house, which is Georgia’s oldest house museum and full of artifacts from the author’s life. Sat. Event details.


Marietta Square First Friday Art Walk 
Check out local art, live music, and other performances, then shop and dine your way around this self-guided walking tours of Historic Marietta Square. Fri. Event details.

Old Fourth Ward

King Historic District Tour 
This Atlanta History Tour of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr., with an in-depth look at the people and locations that inspired him. Tours walk through the King Historic Area, with forgotten spots that even locals don’t know, in 2.5 amazing hours. Sun. Event details.

Virginia Highland

Free All-Ages Yoga
Enjoy free yoga for all ages in North Highland Park (thanks, Virginia-Highland Civic Association and Highland Yoga) on the first Sunday of each month, confirmed through October. Be sure to bring a mat, some water, and wear sunscreen! Sat. Event details.

Druid Hills

Jazz on the Lawn
Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy a jazz concerts surrounded by the natural beauty of the Callanwolde Amphitheater. Fri. Event details.

Multiple Locations

Scary Story Time at Party City
Party City is hosting a Scary Story Time series for customers and kids in 25 stores across Georgia. Enjoy a theatrical reading of stories from the third edition Disney’s Scary Storybook Collection by a costumed reader, and on-theme treats. The event is free and recommended for kids ages 5-8. Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey