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15 Things You Shouldn't Miss In Atlanta This Fall

Atlanta is a city full of good music, good food, and good beer. Mixed with a little bit of gorgeous scenery and rich history, autumn in Atlanta is a thing of beauty that shouldn't be overlooked. **all events are in chronological order**

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1. Home By Dark Concert Series: Various Dates Fall 2016

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Home By Dark is a concert series that takes the country's best songwriters to local stages throughout north Atlanta, bringing with them their stories, their instruments, and their most authentic sound. This Songwriter's Round is "Nashville meets New York meets L.A. meets Atlanta, storytelling, romantic, pierce your heart, laugh til it hurts, reminds me of momma, dance in the aisle, that's my favorite song, evening you'll never forget." This is a series you don't want to miss:

2. Oktoberfest in Helen: September 8-11, 15-18, & September 22 - October 30, 2016

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This year marks the 46th Annual Oktoberfest in Helen, GA. While Helen is a bit of a drive from the city, this charming mountain town emulates Germany in every aspect, from architecture to charm. Head up for the weekend to enjoy the changing leaves, beautiful river, and beer overflowing. Hit the Festhalle for authentic German cuisine, beer, and music (and don't forget your lederhosen and dirndl)!

3. Music Midtown: September 17 & 18, 2016

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Music Midtown heads back to Piedmont Park this September with an incredible lineup: The Killers, Twenty-One Pilots, Beck, Deadmau5, The Lumineers, G-Easy, Alabama Shakes, Band of Horses, and Kesha (just to name a few). With incredible sponsors and food vendors, this music festival is definitely one you shouldn't miss! Tickets are still available at

4. Roswell Arts Festival: September 17 & 18, 2016

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The Roswell Arts Festival holds a spot near and dear to my heart - I've been going to this festival since I can remember, grabbing some good festival food and fun artwork with my family. This is a super family-friendly event held in the Historic Town Square in Downtown Roswell. As soon as you're done shopping for some fabulous art and taking in the local talent in the Gazebo, head down to Canton Street for something to eat and swing by some of the charming shops (like Go With The Flow and Gifted)!

5. Alpharetta Food Truck Alley: Every Thursday through October 27

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Held in Historic Downtown Alpharetta, the Food Truck Alley brings a rotating group of food trucks to Old Roswell Street, along with live music. Food trucks always have something inventive and delicious to share, so swing by on Thursdays to grab some fabulous food!

6. The Atlanta Cheese Festival: September 30, 2016

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I mean....what else is there to say. Cheese. Festival. Located in the Freight Depot building in Downtown Atlanta, the Atlanta Cheese Festival will provide you with a delightful day of live music, drink, and cheese in all forms. Head down and grab your ticket to cheesy paradise:

7. Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze: October 2016

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What could possibly be more autumnal than a corn maze? Probably nothing, except the fact that this maze happens to also be a pumpkin patch (bless) and once the sun goes down on Friday and Saturday nights, the maze becomes "The Dark Rows," a haunted maze where they assure you "you will not be alone" in the 12 acres of corn fields. After you make your way through the corn, head down for a hayride, bonfire, and roasted marshmallows. The 2016 season opens September 30th:

8. Fall Fest in Candler Park: October 1 & 2, 2016

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Fall Fest in Candler Park, dubbed "Atlanta's favorite fall festival," is in its 16th year. The features over 200 vendors and artists, a Tour of Homes, a 5K race, and live music all day long! The free event takes place the first weekend of October at Candler Park and Mclendon Ave NE.

9. Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival: October 7 & 8, 2016

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Alpharetta is a charming part of town just north of the city, full of great restaurants and bars. The City of Alpharetta has arranged a pretty excellent group of songwriters to grace the 5 stages of the festival, including John Oates (Hall & Oates), Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), Kristian Bush (Sugarland), Ken Block and Drew Copeland (Sister Hazel), Shawn Mullins, and more. October 7th shows are free, while October 8th shows are $35 for access to all five stages.

10. The Great Atlanta Beer Fest: October 8, 2016

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Everyone loves the Braves (chop, chop), so why wouldn't you want to go grab one last beer at Turner Field? Being that this is the last season at The Ted, we should all take the chance to enjoy the stadium one last time before it closes! There will be a great selection of beer, and some wine and cider, live music from Geek Band, and College Football on the big screens. Get tickets here:

11. Chalktoberfest: October 10 & 11, 2016

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Marietta's first Craft Beer Festival will be taking place in conjunction with Chalktoberfest, the city's annual sidewalk chalk festival. Drop by on October 10 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. for craft beer and live music, along with chalk art by 50 professional sponsored artists (to be drawn all weekend). As a fundraiser for the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, proceeds will go to support the arts.

12. Little Five Points Halloween Festival & Parade: October 15, 2016

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Little Five Points is probably one of the coolest neighborhoods in Atlanta, and when Halloween rolls around, you can be sure that it'll be something else. The festival starts at noon, the parade starts at 4 p.m., and everything will wrap up around 10 p.m. Head down for great beer, live music, and some of the most impressive costumes Atlanta has to offer!

13. Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival: October 21 & 22, 2016

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This will be the fourth year of Owl-O-Ween, a two-day festival in Kennesaw that features a "Costume Showdown," hot air balloon rides, craft beer, and shows for the whole family. There will be merchants, live stage performances, and plenty of food. Tickets are available here:

14. Taste of Atlanta: October 21, 22 & 23, 2016

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Taste of Atlanta, located in Midtown (Tech Square) is an annual festival that brings patrons food and drink from 90 of Atlanta's best restaurants and bars. With live chef demos, craft beer, wine and cocktails, how could you not make your way down?! Check out the Barcraft Competition, Family Food Zone, and of course, don't miss the Waffle House booth (a true Atlanta classic). You can get tickets at

15. Hike Amicalola Falls

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Amicalola Falls is one of my personal favorites on this list. You can hike up the trail, or take the stairs, but no matter which way you go the views will be gorgeous. As soon as the leaves start to turn, you have to take this hike. Word of advice: if you bring your pups, the stairs might freak them out. Stick to the trails.

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