Things to do in Atlanta this Fall

This year, just like every other year, the leaves will change, the temperatures will drop, Starbucks will serve pumpkin spice lattes, and freshly baked apple pie still tastes like heaven. So, keep your head up, pumpkin! Plenty is going on in Atlanta to help you celebrate the autumn season!

Go Pumpkin Picking

If you’re looking for the perfect fall day trip outside Atlanta, look no further than Southern Belle Farms in McDonough. This quintessential farm is less than an hour’s drive from downtown and is the perfect outing for families with kids or groups of friends looking to get into a more festive mood. Southern Belle Farms activities include a corn maze, hayride, cow train ride, corn cannon, racing pedal carts, giant tunnel slide, and so much more. The farm also provides the perfect backdrop for family photos!

Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival

Stone Mountain Park is one of Georgia’s most loved natural wonders. It’s also a popular place to visit around this time of year for the Pumpkin Festival. Pack up the kiddos and drive a quick 30-minutes to the family-friendly event of the season. Experience the new magic show performed by award-winning magician Aaron Radatz, hop aboard the full-size locomotive, enjoy an adventurous round of miniature golf, and explore all the Pumpkin Festival has to offer. After sunset, partake in the Glow By Night Experience. Take an outdoor journey through classic storybook tales that come to life, witness thousands of glowing lights, massive carved pumpkins, and plenty of not-so-spooky, glow-in-the-dark adventures.

Attend Taste of Atlanta

Not ALL events are canceled this season! The Taste of Atlanta event is still on, folks! Get your tickets today for $25, and partake in the city’s 19th annual food and drink festival showcasing the local restaurant scene. The event will occur at Historic Fourth Ward Park on October 16, 17 and 18, 2020. Support local businesses, discover new restaurants, and sample dozens of delectable bites and drinks.

Bike ride along the BeltLine

Atlanta’s BeltLine, when complete, will be 22 miles of continuous paved trails circling the city and connecting 45 neighborhoods. It’s the perfect way to get some exercise, enjoy the crisp weather, and maintain your distance. Explore the art along the way, take in the foliage, and make pit-stops at places like Ponce City Market along the way.

Visit Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Scarecrow Exhibit

We LOVE this unique and festive display at the botanical gardens. October 1 – November 1, you’ll see handcrafted scarecrows created by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations, scattered throughout the Garden. Goblins in the Garden is happening on October 28 and is the perfect way to show off your child’s Halloween costume and enjoy a few socially- distanced fall family activities.

Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Halloween Hikes

What’s better than hiking the beautiful Chattahoochee trails? Hiking the beautiful Chattahoochee trails in your Halloween costume! Experience the 35th annual Halloween Hike through the forest to meet woodland creatures and hear about how they live – it’s mysterious AND educational. This non-traditional event also offers music, crafts, campfire, and other festival fun. (Plus, you can feel safe only hiking with a group of 10 people – bring enough family and friends and you can hike in your own group!)

Atlanta is a beautiful city to live in, especially during autumn. The temperatures are comfortable, the foliage is stunning, and there’s so much to see and do!

You don’t need to attend a big, crowded event to have fun – just be responsible, wear your mask, and keep your distance. If you can, visit places on off-hours, this may mean going to the pumpkin patch on an afternoon or waking up early on the weekend to get on the bike trail. However you choose to spend this fall season, whether it’s cozying up inside by the fire, organizing outdoor community events, or hosting small get-togethers at home, we hope you’re staying well and having fun!

Anna Young

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