If you’re looking for things to do in September in Atlanta, this is the right place! We’re highlighting a few activities and events this month, hoping to give you some entertainment ideas. The list may continue to grow after September 1st, so please check back!
Our readers have asked us for content like this, that allows them to see events farther in advance so they can save the date. We’re listening, and trying to give you what you need.
After the spotlighted events, you can scroll down for a day-by-day listing of September events that are FREE, cheap, or substantially discounted.
Please remember to verify every event before you head out! That’s why we provide so many links. We try to keep up with cancellations, but there are a whole lot of them right now.
And remember, just because something is happening doesn’t mean you have to go.
As always, stay home if you feel unwell, or if you’ve been exposed to someone who was (or became) sick. Use your best judgment and weigh the risks. Take a face mask and hand sanitizer with you.
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September in Atlanta: top events and things to do this month
Below the spotlighted events, you’ll find a day-by-day listing of September events, in chronological order.
Visit with alpacas and celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days
Every weekend in September
(The actual Farm Days fall on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27)
On one designated weekend in September, alpaca farms and ranches across the country invite the public in to meet the alpacas, shop for alpaca fleece products, and learn more about these charming animals.
Find out where to visit with alpacas near Atlanta.
Check out our local fall festivals
September festivals include:
- Atlanta Greek Festival
- Oakland Cemetery’s Sunday in the Park
- The North Georgia State Fair
- East Atlanta Strut
- Callaway Gardens Butterfly Festival
- Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade
- Decatur Book Festival
- Dragon Con
Wander through a corn maze
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in Sept. (and beyond)
The Buford Corn Maze was named one of the top 25 corn mazes in America by Country Living. This popular attraction is now in its 11th year. The Corn Maze and Haunted Forest have different hours, so you’ll have to plan your trip accordingly. And, of course, social distancing guidelines are in effect. Beginning September 25th, there will also be a Haunted Forest attraction onsite.
Get more details.
Enjoy the Atlanta Film Festival as a drive-in event
Nightly, from September 17th to 27th
The 44th annual Atlanta Film Festival was originally scheduled to take place in the spring, but was postponed like everything else. Now it’s back for September, in a new format that includes both virtual and drive-in movies.
Get the details
Attend a FREE outdoor concert at Park Tavern
Every Sunday in September
Head to Park Tavern in midtown Atlanta any Sunday evening in September for a free Sunset Sessions concert, featuring alternative music. It happens rain or shine, under a canopy on the tavern’s patio.
Get the details.
Indulge yourself during Atlanta Burger Week
September 21 – 27
Originally scheduled for April, this annual event has made it on the calendar for a fall appearance.
More details here.
Celebrate silly food holidays
Restaurateurs and retailers really roll out the freebies and deals on these made-up holidays!
There are two big ones in September:
Head to the North Georgia State Fair
The fair is taking place only as a drive-through food event in 2020. But it’s usually several days of rides, live entertainment, food, and more.
Get the details here
Go apple picking in Ellijay
Weekends and some weekdays in September
Many of the North Georgia orchards open for apple-picking and fun farm days in September — and continue into October.
Take a look at our handy guide to apple festivals and u-pick orchards.
Visit a pumpkin patch
Most weekends in September
Check out our handy guide to pumpkin patches! Pick out your own pumpkin and spend a fun day on a farm.
Take advantage of a FREE museum day
Select dates in September
Two popular FREE admission programs are going on this month! The major difference is that you now must reserve a timed ticket in advance, instead of just showing up. In some cases, just selecting the date and time gets the fee waived, while others require a promo code at checkout.
Take advantage of the following, by reserving a spot now:
- September 5 & 6 — Free admission for Bank of America cardholders at Atlanta History Center, High Museum, and Tellus Science Museum (through the Museums on Us program)
- August 13th — Free Second Sundays admission at the High Museum of Art
Explore the Murmuration interactive art installation
September 1 to 30, and beyond
A new, interactive art installation is now open on the grounds of the Woodruff Arts Campus, on the plaza outside the High Museum. As with all outdoor exhibits, it is FREE for the public to explore.
Murmuration consists of a 2,350-square-foot mesh canopy that evokes the environment of neighboring trees. This sculptural pavilion, complete with feeding stations and perches, also reflects upon the loss of billions of birds in recent decades. Visitors are invited to “perch and nest” alongside the birds in this outdoor mesh canopy. The photo below depicts the installation process!
More details on Murmuration
See Alice’s Wonderland Re-imagined, at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
September 1 to 30, and beyond
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is open again, with safety measures in place, and a new system of ticketing with specific entry times. Check out the special exhibit, complete with topiary-like statues of Alice, the White Rabbit, a giant chess board, and more. You can also take advantage of Cocktails in the Garden, an evening event that features specialty cocktails available for purchase.
Details on visiting ABG
Participate in Free Comic Book Month
September 1 – 9
This annual event usually lasts just one day — but in 2020, it’s been extended to space out the crowds. There are a total of 45 comic titles being given away this year. Don’t miss out!
Get the details on where to find FREE comic books
Enjoy a drive-in movie
Most weekends in September
Some communities have replaced their traditional movies-on-the-lawn or movies-under-the-stars series with a new drive-in movie experience. Other establishments, like the Plaza Theatre, are operating pop-up drive-ins around town. These lists have been UPDATED recently, so check them out! And don’t forget that both Regal Cinemas and AMC Theatres have re-opened, with movie tickets as low as $3 to $5.
Details on drive-in movie theaters
Complete list of outdoor summer movies
Visit an autumn farmers market
September 1 to 30, and beyond
There is a farmers market happening somewhere on every day of the week in September. Check out our full schedule of markets, organized by day of the week and location. We also let you know which markets double EBT dollars.
Find a farmers market near you
Ride the Marietta Beer Bus
August 5 and 19
2 to 8:30 p.m.
The popular ride service lets you drink without driving! On 1st and 3rd Saturdays, you can hop on the Marietta Beer Bus and enjoy a FREE shuttle ride to 6 craft alcohol establishments.
Details on the Beer Bus
Join in the Atlanta From the Ashes history tour
Thursday, September 3rd
Saturday, September 19th
We’ve gone on this tour, which starts at the ATL playground at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta. Wouldn’t you love to be able to point out a building to your friends and tell them the secret formula for Coca Cola was kept there, in a basement vault, for many decades?
History tour details
Visit Zoo Atlanta — with a Groupon deal
September 1 to 30, and beyond
Zoo Atlanta is once again open for visitors! There are safety measures in place, and certain indoor attractions and rides remain closed. Plus, there’s a limited-time Groupon deal running, so you might save a few bucks.
The good news is, if you’d like to visit, prices have dropped a bit to reflect a slightly more limited experience. And you will likely enjoy a less crowded experience, because Zoo Atlanta is now selling timed tickets — essentially, you make a reservation for the time you enter the zoo. Details on visiting Zoo Atlanta
Walk the nature trail at Murphey Candler Park
Murphey Candler Park is a popular neighborhood green space — and a hidden treasure for those who don’t know about it yet. The nature trail and boardwalk over marshland are the highlight of the park. Why not plan a walk in shady woods today?
Details on the nature trail
Take a scenic drive
Get away from the bustle of the city without going far from home. The South Fulton Scenic Byway has been called the loneliest road in metro Atlanta — and it is so gorgeous, you won’t believe you’re still in Fulton County. Remember to make a plan for safe and hygienic bathroom breaks!
Get the route details
Stream Hamilton, with the original Broadway cast
If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for? The Hamilfilm was set to be released in theaters this fall, but given our need to avoid crowds, it went straight to streaming. This is one of the best bargains ever! Find out how to stream Hamilton at home.
Details on streaming Hamilton
Celebrate Labor Day and a long holiday weekend
September 5 – 7
This year is slim pickings, without many special activities. But we’ve managed to put a list together that includes some fun outdoor events like a free car show, free outdoor concert, and more. Browse our Labor Day weekend list here.
Participate in Dragon Con
Labor Day weekend
This is Atlanta’s premiere Labor Day weekend event. In normal years, you can head downtown for the costume parade and unparalleled people watching, even if you don’t register for any of the Dragon Con activities. In 2020, however, Dragon Con exists only in the virtual realm. Get the scoop here.
Celebrate your inner bookworm at the Decatur Book Festival
September 1 – 13
Again, this is normally a Labor Day weekend event, spread out over downtown Decatur. This year, the festival has gone virtual and is spread out for nearly two weeks. You can Zoom in on a variety of author talks and other events. The schedule is here.
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The day-by-day September calendar:
Please double-check everything! There have been so many canceled and postponed events — and we’re sure some of them are still on the calendar erroneously. We’re working on it!
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