What happens when the temperature drops two degrees at the end of the summer in Atlanta? We get a little more hitch in our giddyup and take to the streets. With a fall folklife festival in Buckhead, the O4W Fall Festival, the EAV Strut, and a festival in Sandy Springs, too, this weekend is legit. Add to it the North Georgia State Fair, plus some serious family performances, and you’ve got a serious memory-maker on your hands. Keep reading to get in on the action.

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Fall Folklife Festival at Atlanta History Center
What better way to celebrate Fall than with traditional crafts, live bluegrass and folk music, and local food truck fare at this annual family-friendly festival at the Atlanta History Center? Sat. Event details.

Buckhead Fine Arts Festival
TheBuckhead Fine Arts Festivalis a two-day fine arts outdoor festival, with approximately 100 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more. Check out artist demonstrations and live acoustic music. Sat. & Sun. Event details

Sandy Springs

Sandy Springs Festival
Kids will love the inflatables, arts & crafts, petting zoo, and face painting at this free annual Sandy Springs Festival. And did we mention the annual Pet Parade? Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Saturday Painting Lessons for Kids
Let your littles’ creative juices (and paint splatters) flow during this one-hour lesson with a Savannah College of Art & Design grad. Sat. Event details


North Georgia State Fair
Step right up and have a ball at the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta! From thrilling to sweet, there are rides for everyone, plenty of fair food, and entertainment daily. Don’t miss discounts and special events on Family Fun Days (September 22 and 23). Sat. Event details.


The Tortoise, the Hare, & Other Aesop’s Fables at Center for Puppetry Arts
Aesop’s circus is in town and the animals are ready to take the stage in this cheerful, interactive production designed especially for the very young. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Aladdin at The Fox
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and featuring all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast). Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Old Fourth Ward

O4W Fall Festival and Lantern Parade
Say hello to Fall with the OFW Fall Festival, a free 2-day event that includes a food truck rally, live music, pet zone, family zone, complimentary bike valet for those who pedal via the Beltline, yoga, live college football on t.v., and the legendary lantern parade. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

East Atlanta Village

East Atlanta Strut
With a parade, music, food and drink, a kids zone, and plenty of hipsters of all ages, the East Atlanta Strut is THE place to be for a good time at any age this weekend. Sat. Event details.


Hapeville Happy Days
Celebrate Hapeville’s 126th birthday ath the free, family-friendly 2018 Happy Days Weekend. Enjoy live music on Friday night, and games, food, arts and crafts, and a pet parade on Saturday. Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey