Top things to do in and around Atlanta this month

Top things to do in and around Atlanta this month
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In any other year, this month would be full of concerts, live events, festivals and thousands of other fun things to do.

Unfortunately, with COVID-19 hanging around, the number of local events has been drastically reduced.

But that doesn’t mean everything has been canceled. Here are some things to do around Atlanta. But with things changing so quickly, please confirm the event is still happening before attending.

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Now - Oct 18

Check out attractions, shows, live music, popular fair food, carnival rides and more at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Exciting Attractions & Shows. Live Music. All Your Favorite Fair Food. Spectacular Carnival Rides & Kiddie Rides. Safe, Clean Family Fun.

Starting Oct. 12

Since fans can’t be there in person, the games are all in Houston, the Braves will host watch parties at Truist Park for all their games. Fans will need to adhere to all safety protocols including wearing a face mask when not drinking or eating and staying six feet or more apart to social distance. Familiar in-between inning classics like the Napa Cap Shuffle, Home Depot’s Tool Race and RaceTrac’s Beat the Freeze will keep guests entertained throughout the game with Braves emcee Mark Owens leading the way.

Nashville Comes To Dillard

Sat. Oct. 17

The magical night will include some of Nashville’s top writers, a night under the stars, a bonfire, cold brews and more. The historic Dillard House will host the big event.

Head to Battle & Brew in Sandy Springs for an evening celebrating masks and art. The event will feature some of the best artists from around Atlanta and their creations. The Ball will take place in the outdoor drinking area at Battle & Brew. You can dress up for the big night, too.

Wear your costume, and sample all kinds of treats throughout the Zoo! You’ll take in sights and adventures of Zoo Boo Town - with more than 1,00 animals from around the world. Its a rain or shine event, and timed tickets must be purchased online. Social distancing guidelines will be practiced.

The market will feature bites and drinks incorporating the fall fruit from restaurant kiosks in The Courtyard. Enjoy some football on a big screen, as well as other fun fall apple activities – like fishing for apples, a caramel apple station and more.

The 9-piece band consistently surprises audiences with a broad range of sounds ranging anywhere from funky pop to borderline rock and roll. Rae explores and pushes the boundaries of normalized Top 40 pop music and comes up with new sounds all her own.

Sunday, Oct. 18

Head to Terminus Wake Park to check out the last competition of 2020. The event includes six minute jam sessions with weighted sections on the lake. The final two riders will compete head-to-head. Free admission. The event includes a pumpkin painting contest.

Enjoy a three-course meal with guests in your city and around the country from the comfort of your home! Your Taste America meal kit will be prepared by chef Deborah VanTrece and includes dough wine, along with access to cooking demos and our national broadcast featuring a lineup of James Beard Foundation friends, chefs, and special guests.

Bridging the gulf between rock n' roll and classical music, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs The Music of Led Zeppelin at the tailgate zone in Lot A of Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. Amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singer Randy Jackson’s screaming vocals, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the ensemble as they capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power,” riff for riff while churning out new musical colors.

Featuring the cast of Elm Street’s future production of Dogfight The Musical, enjoy an evening of musical theatre and more under the stars!

Oct. 22-Oct. 31

Take a hike through Dahlonega’s Montaluce Winery, and learn about its colorful haunted history - from the legend of William Gilmore Simms' gold mining bandit, Guy Rivers, to James Mooney’s accounts of the mysterious disappearance of Yahula, a prosperous Cherokee stock trader.

Oct. 23-25

The City’s first-of-its-kind event will feature: Moon Taxi and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, on Friday, Marcus King Trio and Futurebirds, on Saturday, and Big Boi & Friends, featuring KP the Great on Sunday. Introducing the new norm for live events, fans will be able to get outside and dance within their private pod, which will be available for parties of four or six. A six-foot walkway will be between each pod to provide further distance.

Oct, 23, 24 & 30

A unique Halloween adventure that will take your child on a well-lit hike through the forest to meet woodland creatures and hear about how they live, Halloween Hikes lets guests experience the mystery of a guided night hike.

Saturday, Oct. 24

Eventide’s Oktoberfest will include 10 varieties of German beer on draft, including its flagship Kolsch-style ale, Citrus Grove Hefeweizen and Old Omens Dunkelweizen. Guests can also sample the brewery’s limited edition German weizenbock that’s been aged in rye whiskey barrels for eight months.

Craft beer tasting will be available from breweries in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama. There will also be delicious food, arts and crafts, and a ton of great music! Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online here. Admission is $40 per person.

Thursday, Oct. 29

The concert takes place with a reduced venue capacity in order to adhere to social distancing measures. The main floor of the venue will feature seated tables and there will be additional reserved seating available on the balcony. The Allman Betts Band live show features new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band.

Oct. 31

For HALLOWEEN events, CLICK HERE.

The concert is a “drive-in” style music festival held in the Steeple Chase Field at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. The event features Marc Broussard and Dalta Rae. It’s a ticketed, all ages event designed for the entertainment’s “New Normal” by requiring face masks be worn outside of the ticket holders designated pod, touchless/contactless point of sales system at all vendors and regular Covid-safe sanitation of all games/amusements.

Nov. 13 & 14

The Sautee Nacoochee Center presents, Swirl, Sip, Savor – A Blind Wine Tasting Soiree. This gala evening of wine tasting, dinner, camaraderie, entertainment features the chance to win eight bottles of wine. Tables of four are available for $160. Each couple will also bring three identical bottles of their favorite wine.

Ongoing

Now - October 31st

Head to Ellijay and pick some apples while enjoying fall activities. Apple picking is open daily, while Fall fun activities like hay rides and apple cannons are operating on Saturdays and Sundays only. Orchard hours are every day , 9 a.m. - 5p.m. Check out what kinds of apples are available here.


Now - Nov. 1st

Head to Stone Mountain for the annual Pumpkin Festival. This year’s festival is packed with more glow, more pumpkins, and more fun! Enjoy mini golf, live entertainment and some spooky fun for the whole family, including a Dino-glow experience. Social distancing guidelines will be in place. The Festival runs now through November 1st.

Throughout October, both the Atlanta and Gainesville gardens will be stuffed with dozens of scarecrows created by artists, designers, schools, businesses and families. Participants will compete for prizes in the categories of Amateur, Professional and Business. Masks and purchase of timed tickets are required!

Now - Nov 8

Come face-to-face with dozens of ghostly visitors lurking among the trails outside in the wildwoods and Fernbank forest. The spooky exhibit is on view through November 8th.

Now-Nov. 10

Pumpkin season is hear! Come on out to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville, Ga. for some Fall fun for the entire family. Stock up on pumpkins, take a hayride, shop for delicious baked goods, produce, and specialty items at the country store. This is an outside venue, social distancing will be practiced.

Now through Nov. 14

There will be new COVID-19 precautions taken, with proper social distancing being enforced. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time. Also, guests must wear protective masks, and sanitizing stations will be available throughout the property.

Now through Nov. 15

Pick out pumpkins, enjoy a hayride, animal viewing, and jump on the huge popcorn jumping pillow! For those ages 10 and up, check out the SPOOKY Haunted Forest, where creatures come alive!

Beginning October 1st

Power up and pedal! On October 1st, Georgia Commute Options presents Bikteober - The Atlanta Bike Challenge! Hop on your bike and ride wherever you want...whenever you want! Just be sure to log your miles, and you can win all kinds of prizes. Register here.

Weekly

Mondays-Thursdays

Love is in the air at Avalon this October! Every Monday through Thursday from Oct. 5 to Oct. 29, twosomes are invited to enjoy a romantic evening along the Boulevard, complete with a three-course dinner at one of Avalon’s participating restaurants, reserved seating at a movie of your choice and complimentary valet. Tickets for the date night experience are priced at $60 per couple.

Thursdays

Vinings Jubilee is launching a weekly farmers market on Thursdays from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. with several local vendors, from produce to organic bath products.

Fridays & Saturdays

Looking for an Oktoberfest party in Atlanta. Head downtown to enjoy Oktoberfest specials and events every weekend during the month of October—celebrate with pig roasts, keg taps, live music, food & drink specials, free souvenir glass Fridays, a virtual run and so much more.