Fall is around the corner and September is the perfect month to spend some much-needed time out and about without melting under the Georgia sun. From music festivals to football games and free events dedicated solely to cheese, we’ve got activities for everyone in Atlanta. Here are the best events, festivals, and fun things to do in Atlanta during September 2018:
Hot Air Balloon Festival
Labor Day weekend (ticket prices vary). One of the best ways to say farewell to Summer is by attending the 20th Hot Air Balloon Festival. Watch as the night sky is filled with glowing balloons during the Friday Night Balloon Glow, and enjoy live music, beach activities, a Classic Car Show, and maybe even a hike or walk around the Gardens that surround Robin Lake Beach.
Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
September 1st (ticket prices vary). You can’t miss the start of SEC football in Atlanta at the classic Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games. The Washington Huskies will be playing the Auburn Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on the fun if you didn’t get a chance to get tickets to the game. Hang out and cheer along with other fans at The Home Depot’s Tailgate Town or Coca- Cola’s Fan Zone. Visit the main event site for more information.
Decatur Book Festival
August 31st- September 2nd (free). For all the book-lovers out there, Emory University has a special treat for you. The event is free (except for keynote talks) and open to the public. Featuring lectures and signings from more than 600 authors, including award-winners and best-sellers, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Find out more here!
Indie Craft Fall Market
September 9th (free). Looking for a fun thing to do on a Sunday? Indie Craft Experience will be holding their 2018 Craft & Vintage Market at the Yaarab Temple from 11am- 6pm. The event features 60+ craft & vintage vendors, local food vendors, and live music by DJ Zano. It’s only $5 at the door and if you’re one of the first 100 attendees you get a free swag bag!
September 15th and 16th (ticket prices vary). The Music Midtown Festival has been meeting the demands of music lovers in Atlanta since 1994. With a diverse lineup of over 30 artists across 4 stages, you’ll find everything from rock and roll, to hip hop, pop, electronic and more. The festival takes place at Piedmont Park and will be featuring artists like Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Janelle Monáe and more. Check out the full lineup here.
September 22nd (free). The Atlanta BeltLine, now a planned 33-mile loop of multi-use trails and 2,000 acres of parks, will shine brighter than the stars in the Georgia sky. More than 70,000 people attended the spectacle of lights and sound last year. The parade begins on the Eastside Trail and goes from 660 Irwin St. to Piedmont Park. You must arrive at 7:15 p.m., to begin walking at 8:15 p.m. All you need is a lantern or glowing object (see Game Book here) to be a part of the parade!
Imagine Music Festival
September 21-23rd (ticket prices vary). Are you an electronic music fan? Did you always want to do yoga at a silent disco? Are you dreaming of floating in a giant Splash Pool? Then you can’t miss the Imagine Festival 2018 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Armin Van Buuren, Bassnectar, Kaskade, and Alesso, to name a few, will be on stage to make this three-day event an unforgettable experience. Check out this article to learn about all the awesome things IMF has in store this year!
The Cheese Fest
September 28th (starting at $35). Also known as dreamland for cheese-lovers, The Cheese Fest 2018 offers unlimited samples of artisan cheese and products made by some of the best cheesemakers in the U.S. Arrive at the Historic 4th Ward Park at 5:00pm to enjoy some live music, drinks (if you’re over 21) and the best grilled cheese and mac-and-cheese you’ll ever try! Learn more about the event here.
September 30th (free). A 3.1 mile stretch of street, from Midtown to Downtown, will be closed off to cars for 4 hours. Walk, run or bike down historic Peach Street, while enjoying free activities and entertainment. The event is part of an initiative of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to bring a healthy, sustainable, and vibrant street experience to the people of Atlanta. Visit their Facebook page for info!