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Autumn in Atlanta: The Sights and Celebrations of Fall

Looking for things to do in the fall? Atlanta has amazing parks and festivals that can make for a memorable autumn.

  1. Centennial Olympic Park
    Fall color peaks in late October to early November, making it a good time to visit Centennial Olympic Park. Admire the trees in all their autumnal glory, their leaves the color of burgundy, sienna, russet, and goldenrod. Go for a leisurely stroll, take photos, and check out the Fountain of Rings, the park’s centerpiece.

    Made up of jets and reflecting pools, it is the largest interactive fountain in the world. The Fountain of Rings show plays four times a day – viewing is free. Watch the fountain’s jets dance to the tune of classic songs. Grab a bite at Googie Burger, a popular hamburger stand right by the fountain.

  2. Piedmont Park
    Roll out a blanket and enjoy a lovely picnic at Piedmont Park. Widely regarded as the city’s premier park, the place commands views not just of gleaming ponds and autumnal trees, but of Atlanta’s skyline as well. Come here for a quiet and relaxing afternoon with friends and family.

    Amenities include walking and jogging paths, a playground, tennis courts, and a public pool. Piedmont Park is also home to a three-acre off-leash dog park.

  3. Burt’s Farm
    Admire the fall foliage at Burt’s Farm, about an hour away from the city. The drive is worth it – tucked away in the North Georgia Mountains, the farm is a popular fall destination for families. Check out their pumpkin patch, go on a hayride, and admire the beautiful scenery.

    Buy gourds, corn, and winter squash at the Country Store. You’ll also find everything you need to decorate your home for the fall – they sell cornstalks and hay bales that make for great outdoor décor.

  4. Little Five Points
    This eclectic neighborhood in Atlanta is filled with street art, vintage clothing shops, clothing bazaars, independent bookstores, eateries, and pubs. It even has its own indie radio station. It’s a wonderful place to visit year round, but it is best known for the Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade.

    The date is subject to change, but it always takes place in October. You can look forward to colorful costumes, over-the-top floats, and marching bands at the parade. The neighborhood’s bars and restaurants set up tents and sell food 5 and drinks all day long.

  5. Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival
    The amusement park’s annual Pumpkin Festival is a must-see for families with children. Fun-filled activities, shows, candy, inflatables, and boardwalk games are just some of the things in store for you. Watch the parade, join the pie-eating contest, and enjoy Stone Mountain Park’s rides and attractions during the festival.
  6. Taste of Atlanta
    This three-day food festival brings over 90 restaurants and the best local chefs together for a culinary experience you won’t forget. Held at various neighborhoods in the city, most recently Historic Fourth Ward Park, the festivities begin with a Friday night kick-off party. Participating restaurants show off their tastiest dishes, while chefs do cooking demonstrations on four different stages.
  7. Fright Fest
    One of the most highly anticipated Halloween events in Atlanta, Fright Fest takes place at the theme park Six Flags Over Georgia. Explore haunted houses, watch spooky shows, and brave the amusement park’s scare zones and heart-stopping rides. Daytime activities include handing out treats to tiny ghouls and goblins, while a nighttime pass lets you enjoy the park’s nail-biting attractions.

For more things to do in the fall, check out the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau’s calendar of events.

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