September is going out with a bang! With a pedestrian takeover from Downtown to Midtown and fall festivals galore, you’ll find plenty of places to punctuate an action-packed month. Keep reading to find out where to get in on the action.

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Downtown to Midtown

Atlanta Streets Alive Pedestrian Takeover
Ever imagine the streets of Atlanta, without the gridlock? This Sunday, be part of the pedestrian takeover downtown during Streets Alive, as a 3.1-mile stretch of street from Downtown to Midtown is opened to people on foot and bike, and closed to motorized traffic (except for intersections where cars will be free to cross). Sun. Event details.

Grant Park

Sunday in the Park at Oakland Cemetery
Sunday in the Park at Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s oldest city park, is a Victorian-inspired event featuring living history theatre performances, tours, an artists’ market, food trucks, live music, storytelling, crafts for kids, and a historical costume contest. Explore how the Cemetery, surrounding neighborhoods, and the city have changed over time and celebrate the local communities that make Oakland what it is today. Sun. Event details.

Old Fourth Ward

Atlanta Cheese Fest
With unlimited artisan cheese samples, a meltdown showdown, live music, and fun, this might be the cheesiest day ever. Don’t miss it. Fri. & Sat. Event details


Greek Fest
Opa! Head to the Atlanta Greek Festival for traditional food, dancing, and of course, a kids zone! In a hurry but still have a hankering for Greek food? This year, you can order ahead and pick up your dinner in the drive-through! Fri.-Sun. Event details

Candler Park

Fall Festival in Candler Park
In its 18th year, the Fall Festival in Candler Park offers fun for kids of all ages with an artist market, food trucks, huge kids’ play area, live music, and a Ferris wheel! A Saturday morning 5K and Sunday morning yoga session help add to a healthy and fun weekend in one of Atlanta’s favorite neighborhoods. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 


Bring your kids and your pets to the biggest pet party in the park (and adoption event in the South), complete with live music, pet demonstrations, activities for the kids, arts and crafts, and food trucks. Pets of all kinds are welcome but all animals MUST be on a leash. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


North Georgia State Fair
Meet live farm animals and real farmers, learn about local food, explore harvesting, and more. Be sure to join the Unity Garden Guided Hike to see herbs, veggies, and greens growing during the harvest season. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Saturday Painting Classes
Do something different this Saturday!  Leave the instruction to graduates of Savannah College of Art & Design while they lead your child through step-by-step instruction of a one-hour art lesson. Sat. Event details.


Duluth Fall Festival
With a parade, a road race, a carnival, and hundreds of arts and crafts booths, the Duluth Fall Festival is a treat for the entire family. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Pumpkin Festival
Head to Stone Mountain Park for the annual Pumpkin Festival, complete with pumpkin-themed entertainment, a pumpkin patch, access to the rides, treetop SkyHike®,  and see beautiful fall views from the train or top of Stone Mountain. Don’t miss the new carnival each afternoon with hosted games, inflatables, candy, traditional boardwalk games, and more. This year, go at night for a not-so-spooky experience featuring massive pumpkin displays, glow-in-the-dark fun, flashlight tours and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey