Atlanta. Home of Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, OutKast, TLC, and The Walking Dead, this southern hub has so much to offer among its vibrant neighborhoods and endless trees, with a longstanding presence in music, cinema, sport, commerce, and transport represented by over six million. Whether you’re exploring travel plans as a visitor, returning home to visit friends and family and are searching for something to do, or a local curious about what’s near home, Atlanta has something for everyone. Read on for some of our favorite autumn festivals here in the city in a forest.
Dragon Con is Atlanta’s largest and longest-standing event dedicated to fan culture of various interests, from film, games, and comic books to music, television, and costume design. Every Labour Day weekend, fans from Atlanta and across the region come to Dragon Con to indulge and enjoy the pop culture community. Over the years, the scope of Dragon Con and the caliber of its guests have only grown, including famous faces such as Karl Urban, Zachary Levi, George Takei, David Tennant, Rose McIver, and William Shatner. Visitors can meet the artists and authors of their favorite stories, novels, and comics, participate in Q&As to snap a picture and ask their favorite actor a burning question, enjoy the wide variety of professional and amateur cosplayers and compete in a series of gaming tournaments for various platforms. Whether you have an interest in a specific franchise or medium of pop culture, or just want to enjoy indulging your ‘inner nerd’, Dragon Con is a great opportunity to explore these and so much more.
Music Midtown is one of Atlanta’s premier events for music, amassing millions of attendees and truly formidable rosters in its 27-year reign over the city. The latest iteration of Music Midtown has taken place in historic Piedmont Park, just north of Downtown. Some of the famous names that have performed at Music Midtown over the years include Travis Scott, Vampire Weekend, Borns, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Dua Lipa, Drake, John Mayer, Journey, Def Leppard, Ciara, and Earth Wind & Fire. Aside from the major acts, Music Midtown also offers VIP experiences, private lounges, a Ferris wheel to overlook the festival and the Atlanta skyline, and plenty of local culinary delights, with options for foodies of every cuisine and visitors of all dietary restrictions.
Atlanta Pride is one of the nation’s largest celebrations of love and the LGBTQIA+ community, seeing millions of attendees over forty years. This cultural Mecca of the South serves as a historical hub for LGBTQIA+ and Black Americans, and these two histories are remembered and acknowledged during this October weekend, complete with a variety of activities. These include electric marches, float shows, costumes, live music, open-air markets, food vendors, dance parties, film festivals, and art exhibitions. Whether you are a member of these communities or just in Atlanta wanting to experience one of its proudest and most memorable traditions, Atlanta Pride is a great addition to any autumn plans.
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