It’s finally fall and there is no shortage of activities for the family to enjoy. Check out this Atlanta guide to fall fairs, festivals, and events.
Atlanta Fall and Halloween Festivals, Fairs, and Events
Dates: September 18 – October 31
Location: Stone Mountain Park
Description: Play by day as you enjoy family-friendly park attractions and special fall entertainment featuring some of your favorite classic storybook characters! Then, after the sun goes down, you’ll glow by night in a whole new light with the NEW Nighttime Parade and plenty of other NEW not-so-spooky glowing experiences!
Cost: Tickets are $34.95 (12+), $29.95 (3-11), and free for guests under 2. Tickets are good for all-day should be purchased in advance. Stone Mountain is limiting daily guest capacity.
Dates: October 23, 24, 30, and 31
Location: Zoo Atlanta
Description: Wear your costume to sample treats throughout the Zoo, enjoy the Monster Mash Disco, a kids’ craft, help catch the Candy Thief, and see all the fun zoo animals. Boo at the Zoo is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 23, 24, 30, and 31.
Cost: This event is free with any General Admission ticket to the Zoo. $26.99-$29.99 (12+); $20.99-$21.99 (3-11)
Dates: October 23 @ 11am – 3pm
Location: Southern Railway Museum, Duluth
Description: The family-friendly event features trick or treating at decorated stations around the museum. Attendees 12 years and younger are eligible to participate in a costume contest.
Cost: Included with Museum entry for day ($12-$18)
Dates: October 24 @ 10am – 4pm
Location: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Description: Show off the little ones’ Halloween costumes on the Goblin Runway and enjoy fun fall-themed games and activities.
Cost: Included in entry to garden for the day; $22.95 (13+); $19.95 (3-12)
Dates: October 1-10
Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway
Description: Carnival rides, live music, fair food, kiddie rides, petting zoo, pig races, Hollywood Circus, and more.
Cost: Admission to the park: $10 (13+), $5 (5-12) plus an unlimited ride wristbands for $25 (all ages). Check the website for special deals, such as Free Admission on Mondays with a coupon, and 2 for 1 Thursdays.
Date: October 5-November 1
Location: Brooke Street Park, Alpharetta, GA
Description: This is a time when the streets and green spaces of downtown Alpharetta come alive with colorful and creative life-size scarecrows. Residents and visitors of Alpharetta look forward to seeing the downtown streets decorated with these scarecrows made by local students and teachers, businesses and families, and organizations.
Dates: November 13, 2021; there are three timeslots to sign up for
Description: Apple Cider Days is a month-long celebration of the fall season featuring weekly family events that are both educational and fun. Events include a twilight cemetery tour, outdoor music festival, trick or treating, and more! All proceeds go towards educational programs and continuing the historic preservation of Dunwoody’s early buildings and cemeteries.
Cost: Check out their website for details.
Dates: October 16 & 17
Description: Gold Rush Days are always held the third full weekend in October. It is a time for thousands to come and see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 200 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event. It is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visits over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement!
The Gold Rush Days Festival has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Dates: October 9
Description: Come celebrate Roswell’s youngest residents at the Annual Frances McGahee Youth Day Celebration.
Youth Day has been a long-standing tradition in Roswell that began in 1950 when a group of parents decided to sponsor a parade and a day of activities to honor the youth of the city. In 1951, Mayor Ford Rucker proclaimed the second Saturday in October as “Roswell Youth Day,” and each year the tradition grows stronger within the community.
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Be sure to check out our other fall guides for more fall family fun!