Top 22 Atlanta Happenings This Weekend

Say farewell to weather in the 70s, hello to that gorgeous Fall air, and welcome the season with a festive weekend ahead! Check out what happening around Atlanta with our Top 22 Happenings Around Atlanta This Weekend: Thursday – Sunday, October 18th – 21st, 2018.

Buckhead and Brookhaven are especially bustling with flavor and festival fun all weekend with events for all ages! Take a look through several ways to party with a purpose – or even lace up those tennis shoes for some great causes over the next few days. Looking for some haunting fun? We have a lineup that’s sure to bring a smile to the youngest and oldest goblins alike!

Get the most out of your weekend ahead with our unique lineup of 22 happenings all around the city!

  1. Fest-of-Ale
    Thursday, October 18th
    Atlanta Botanical Garden
    It’s the first weekend to kick of Fest-of-Ale! With live music and a selection of seasonal beers, you can experience the Atlanta Botanical Gardens after-hours unlike ever before! As you explore your way through the outdoor exhibits, sip on a seasonal pumpkin ale to perfectly match the displays and festivities at the gardens. While strolling through the gardens, guests will enjoy crisp Autumn evenings among walkways lined with romantically decorated trees adorned with white lights. Cornucopia displays of glass pumpkins will dazzle as attendees meander through trees dotted with glass apples.
  2. The Pink Agenda’s 6th Annual Atlanta Gala
    Thursday, October 18th
    City Winery – Ponce City Market
    Come enjoy an evening of fun, philanthropy, and celebration that includes great food, open bar, music, a fabulous silent auction, and more! The Party for a Purpose raises money for lifesaving breast cancer research.
  3. Atlanta History Center’s Haunted Halloween
    Friday, October 19th
    Atlanta History Center – Buckhead
    The Haunted Happenings each have a scare rating to help the spookiest – and the easily more frightened – decide where to go throughout the evening. Stroll through the foggy gardens and haunted historic gardens for fun kid-friendly activities and ghostly encounters!
  4. Cape Day – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
    Friday, October 19th
    Metro Atlanta
    While some superheroes are battling villains, the superheroes at Children’s fight something scarier each day – against illness and injury so many could never imagine. But nothing is impossible when they wear a cape! We all know someone in our community to wear a cape for, so get involved with the annual tradition in celebration of these superheroes.
  5. Monster Mash Rock Star Bash
    Friday, October 19th
    The rockin’ evening to benefits the Marcus Autism Center! In addition to the opportunity to win prizes for the best costumes, there will also be killer auction items, a makeup artist, photo booth, silent auction, DJ, food, and drinks.
  6. Friday Jazz
    Friday, October 19th
    High Museum of Art – Midtown
    Friday Jazz returns to the High Museum of Art for an evening with flautist Rasheeda Ali.  Relax with a cold cocktail, explore the museum’s permanent collections, and enjoy the incredible blend of African, Latin, and Eastern rhythms with jazz, funk, and classical music in Ali’s signature sound.
  7. Taste of Atlanta
    Friday – Sunday, October 19th – 21st
    Historic Fourth Ward Park
    Celebrating its 17th year, the unforgettable 3-day festival takes attendees on a culinary tour through Atlanta’s best restaurants! With Atlanta’s best restaurants, live cooking stages, and hundreds of tastings, Taste of Atlanta keeps the fall festival fresh each and every year. Guests will enjoy the best dishes from favorite local hot spots, watch top chefs show off their culinary moves across 4 live demo stages, and experience the dynamic energy unique only to Atlanta! 
  8. Hearts and Hands Gala
    Saturday, October 20th
    Flourish – Buckhead
    Entering its 10th year, the signature black-tie event features a seated dinner, silent and live auctions, dancing, and live entertainment. Presented by Coca-Cola, the wonderful celebration helps support the 2,000 families served by ARMHC each year! This year’s Gala features dancing and live entertainment from Bogey and The Viceroy. Last year’s Gala raised more than $550,000 for both Atlanta Houses.
  9. Brookhaven Fall Festival
    Saturday, October 20th
    Lynwood Park – Brookhaven
    Enjoy the crisp fall weather with fun for the whole family at the Brookhaven Fall Festival! The fall-themed get-together will have have food, a bounce house, and other kid-friendly activities!
  10. 5th Annual Brookhaven Duck Duck Goose 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
    Saturday, October 20th
    Murphey Candler Park – Brookhaven
    The lakeside trail and neighborhood course offers a scenic run through Brookhaven’s largest park. Over 600 registrations and two local run clubs participated in past races! Looking to fuel up for this year’s run? Join the Pre-Race Food Truck Event on Friday evening (October 19th) for delicious food, family fun, and entertainment form 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  11. Best Burger Battle
    Saturday, October 20th
    Lenox Square – Buckhead
    Featuring tastes from nearly two dozen burger joints, Atlanta’s premier burger cook-off will feature the best bourbon, blues, and brews the city has to offer! Guests will sample their way through the afternoon before the winning burgers are crowned for the People’s Choice and Best Burger Battle 2018 Champion awards.
  12. Decatur Craft Beer Festival
    Saturday, October 20th
    Downtown Decatur
    Come celebrate the Fall weather and enjoy an afternoon of craft beer tasting at the 20th Annual Decatur Craft Beer Festival! Each general admission ticket includes a special tasting glass and unlimited sips from more than 80 breweries. Guests will enjoy live music throughout the festival with a DJ between sets!
  13. 18th Annual Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade
    Saturday, October 20th
    Little Five Points
    Make plans for a festive day filled with shopping, eating, and fun in the Little 5 Points neighborhood! Highlights include one of the city’s favorite (and most festive!) parades, live entertainment, an artist market, delicious food, and so much more.

  14. Ansley Park Tour of Homes
    Saturday – Sunday, October 20th – 21st
    Ansley Park Neighborhood
    The 20th Annual Ansley Park Tour of Homes showcases the beautiful combination of innovation and history unique to Ansley Park. Spend a fall afternoon exploring one of Atlanta’s earliest in-town neighborhoods with a leisurely stroll – and of course, complimentary muffins and mimosas along the way!
  15. Brookhaven Arts Festival
    Saturday – Sunday, October 20th – 21st
    Mark your calendars for the 14th Annual Brookhaven Arts Festival! The two-day festival is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Fall in Atlanta with over 140 artists, musical performances, children’s activities, fantastic food, and more!
  16. Fall Festival on Ponce
    Saturday – Sunday, October 20th – 21st
    Olmstead Linear Park
    In addition to the fine arts, festival-goers will be treated to live entertainment, a children’s zone, and the very best local food! Over at the greenspace area, local performers will provide live acoustic music for a relaxing environment as guests browse through the festival’s markets.
  17. Boo at the Zoo
    Saturday – Sunday, October 20th – 21st
    Zoo Atlanta
    Wear your favorite costume, and come enjoy the sights, characters, and adventures of the whimsical Zoo Boo Town on four magical days with over 1,000 animals from around the world! Sample treats throughout the Zoo, hop along the Boo Train to help catch the Candy Thief, meet some of your favorite storybook characters, and enjoy an array of Halloween surprises.
  18. Celebrate Halloween
    Through October 31st
    It’s time to get into the Halloween spirit! From the not-so-scary to the frighteningly fun, we have you covered with the Top 20 Halloween Happenings all October long.
  19. Woodland Spirits
    Through November 11th
    Fernbank Museum of Natural History
    Evoke mystery and adventure this Halloween season as you encounter Fernbank’s new outdoor experience, Woodland Spirits. Ghostly visitors will be found throughout the shadows and trees in Fernbank Forest and WildWoods – some waiting in plain sight!
  20. Art on the Atlanta Beltline
    Atlanta BeltLine
    Enjoy this year’s new collaborations, special exhibits, and experiences of community engagement – all spanning seven miles of trail on the east and west sides of Atlanta! Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is the largest temporary, outdoor art project across the South and in the history of Atlanta. The spectacular exhibition brings more than 150 works of art to the Atlanta BeltLine corridor from visual artists, performers, and musicians.
  21. Blayne Macauley Solo Show
    Through October 27th
    Anne Irwin Fine Art – Buckhead
    Blayne’s exhibit features 10-12 large works in her first solo show, “Memory in An Unreliable Narrator.” Joining the gallery in 2017, Blayne has also participated in a number of the gallery’s group shows, including the Emerging Artists Show and Small Works Show.
  22. Center for Puppetry Arts Family Series
    Through October 28th
    Center for Puppetry Arts – Midtown
    Kids 4 and up are invited to fly away to Neverland with Peter Pan and the Darling children in this vibrant, colorful adaptation of the time-honored classic tale! Your all-inclusive ticket includes: the live performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ or To-Go Kit, and admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum.