Top 13 Atlanta Happenings This Weekend: October 21st – 24th

Spooky season is in full effect, and we couldn’t be more excited for all the fun ahead! From the tasty to the terrifying, get the most Fall Fun all weekend ahead with our Top 13 Happenings Around Atlanta This Weekend: Thursday – Sunday, October 21st – October 24th, 2021.

Sip and sample your way through Inman Park and West Midtown for some grownup time without the kids, then take your youngest ghosts and goblins out for a weekend filled with events just for them! With parades, events at the Atlanta Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Halloween lovers of all ages are in for an exciting and fulfilling weekend ahead. 

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Your 2021 Guide to Halloween Happenings Around Atlanta

Now with even more festivities, we’ve updated our guide to help you get the most out of your spooky season!

It’s officially the season for spooking and bewitching! We couldn’t be more excited to get into the Halloween spirit with Your 2021 Guide to Halloween Happenings Around Atlanta.

This year may look a little different, but there are plenty of ways to get festive all month long. From family-friendly activities to virtual events and everything in between, we have you covered with all the highlights!

Check out our list below to ensure you get more treats than tricks all throughout the month:

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Fernbank After Dark: Potions and Poisons

Atlanta’s favorite adult science night is back, offering exclusive Museum access after dark with a variety of hands-on activities for adults! Don’t miss live music, science demonstrations, full bars, and more at October’s Fernbank After Dark: Potions and Poisons.

Event Details
Friday | October 8th, 2021
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Continues Second Friday of Every Month

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! Join along for a spooky night filled with potions, poisons, and murderous practitioners. As a special add-on, guests can add a Fernbank Forest Night Walk to each event ticket for only $7.

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L5P Halloween Festival & Parade Presents MONSTER FEST

We will miss the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade this year, but we can’t wait to search Little 5 for monsters at this year’s Monster Fest

Event Details
October 16th & 17th, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, enjoy special ghoul appearances around the neighborhood, participate in the costume contest, explore the Haunted Artist Market, and be sure to check out the Monster Ball. In the weeks leading up to the festival, keep an eye out for the L5P Cocktail Parade!

A $10 donation gets you a Monster Map, limited edition cup, and sticker. Use your Monster Map throughout the festival to find drinks at participating locations as you enjoy pop-up performances, art, face painting, and more!

Monster Hunt
Monster creations from local artists will be stationed all over Little Five Points. Hunt them down and take selfies to prove your mission! Once you complete the Hunt, you’ll receive a mini collectible art magazine and Jack Daniels gift bag.

So grab your costume and get to haunting – No parade, no problem!

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Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade | Postponed for 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade has been postponed for 2021.

Even while social distancing, you can help spread joy across the city in a unique way with the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade-in-Place! This year’s festivities are a great way to celebrate creativity and build community while keeping Atlanta safe

Map & Locations
Kicking off the week, the map will be published on Monday, September 21st. A digital map will contain live updates on where to see the best lantern light displays!  Walk, bike, or drive around town to get involved throughout the weekend. 

Be sure to check #BeltLineParadeInPlace for live map updates and to join the celebration!

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Atlanta Design Festival

Now in its 14th year, the Atlanta Design Festival (formerly Design is Human) devotes 9 days to the impact of design across economic, cultural, policy and social means — bringing the best ideas in international design to Atlanta.

Event Details
October 2nd – 10th, 2021

In addition to satellite architecture tours, activities will span the whole city of Atlanta to include a number of showroom presentations, talks, installations, culinary creations, and more!

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Top 6 Labor Day Happenings Around Atlanta | 2021

August is officially here, and Labor Day is quickly approaching! We have you covered with our list of Top 5 Labor Day Happenings Around Atlanta: September 2nd – 6th, 2021.

Fall is just around the corner! Before you pick up that pumpkin spice, be sure to check out the fun and festivities throughout the last weekend of Summer. 

From festivals to flavor, there is something for all ages and tastes this Labor Day Weekend – We have all the highlights!

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Food-O-Rama Food Truck Extravaganza at Grant Park

Food-O-Rama is back, and Atlanta’s original Food Truck Extravaganza is returning to where it all started at Atlanta’s Historical Grant Park!

Event Details
Saturday | August 28th, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Grant Park
90 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30308


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Summer Shorts Film Fest | Fernbank Museum

Back for one week only, Fernbank’s most popular giant screen movies return for an exciting lineup at the Summer Shorts Film Fest!

Event Details
May 31st – June 6th, 2021

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Kick off Summer with eight fan-favorite films and two newer films – all with a different lineup each day! Films run approximately 25 minutes and are presented in 2D.  Follow a majestic migration of monarch butterflies, spend a night in a museum, fly on the wings of prehistoric reptiles and more!

In addition to general admission, tickets are $5 per film for both members and non-members.

Movie Schedule

More information on Fernbank Museum’s Summer Shorts Film Fest.

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