PSLs are back, which means it’s time to work on your fall bucket list. Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Hoist a mug at Oktoberfest
The annual festival features live music all weekend, keg tapping, mug lifting, keg rolling, and bratwurst and pretzel tossing.
Details: General admission includes admission and a 22-ounce souvenir mug as well as your first beer. single day passes are $25-$35 or get a weekend pass for $60-$85.
- VIP Wristbands include a 25-ounce mug and your first beer, plus four drink tickets; a souvenir t-shirt and sunglasses; restoration; and a VIP area with private bathrooms. VIP day passes start at $85. Weekend passes are $250.
- Festival hours are 4-10 p.m. on September 30; 11am-11pm Oct 1; and noon-6 p.m. on October 2.
2. Encourage Dirty Birds
Save the date for these fall home games:
- October 2 vs. Cleveland Browns
- October 16 against the San Francisco 49ers
- Oct. 30 vs. Carolina Panthers
- Nov. 6 vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Nov. 20 vs. Chicago Bears
If you are going to: Here’s where to park, tailgate and more.
3. Spend the day at a farm and pick a pumpkin
Beautiful Southern Farm: This farm has lots of pumpkins to pick, as well as a corn cannon, corn maze, pig races, giant slide, and a market with apple cider donuts.
- Opening hours: Closed Monday to Tuesday; 9am-5pm Wednesday to Friday; 10am-7pm Saturday; and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
- Address: 1658 Turner Church Road, McDonough
- Find tickets here.
Sleepy Hollow Farm: To find your perfect pumpkin, then stay for wagon rides, a corn maze, farm animals and other kid-friendly activities.
- Opening hours: Closed Monday to Tuesday; 10am-6pm Wednesday to Friday; 10am-7pm Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. You must arrive one hour before closing.
- Address: 628 Sleepy Hollow Road, Powder Springs
- Find tickets here.
Always Family Farm: Instead of a corn maze, Still Family Farm has a magical five-acre zinnia maze. They also have hay rides, concessions, and activities for kids.
- Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (dusk) Saturday to Sunday
- Address: 5524 Macland Road, Powder Springs
- Find tickets here.
4. Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community at Atlanta Pride
Flo Rida, Big Freedia and Betty Who headline this year’s Piedmont Park celebrations, taking place October 8-9. Other key Pride events include:
- Star cabaretwhere 25 to 30 of the best dragsters will take the stage.
- Three marches will take place on Saturday October 8 for the trans, bi and pan and lesbian communities. Find the schedule here.
5. Get a Caramel Apple at Georgia Apple Festival
This beloved annual event runs October 8-9 and October 15-16 and features apples galore, over 300 vendors selling crafts and handmade goods, a parade, vintage car show and other family activities.
6. Go take a look at the leaves
Lower temperatures and changing leaves make fall the perfect time to get outdoors. If you don’t mind driving, consider hiking in Amicalola Falls State Park, about an hour and a half from Atlanta.
7. Do something scary
You can’t get through a scary season without raising the scare factor. Underworld haunted house, Containment haunted house, Nightmare Gate or a “The Shining” themed stay at the Clermont Hotel might do the trick.
8. Participate in a Halloween tradition
One of the biggest Halloween parties, The Little 5 Point Halloween Festival and Parade October 22-23. The parade will take place on Moreland Avenue and vendors will be set up on Euclid.
- And don’t forget to stop by Barry Wisebram haunted yard on Flat Shoals Avenue to see what terrifying creations he came up with this year.
9. Go to Native American Festival and Pow-Wow at Stone Mountain
This year’s event includes inter-tribal dancing and drumming competitions, craft demonstrations, cooking traditions, storytelling and wildlife presentations. There will also be hands-on experiences, like exploring a teepee.
- The celebrations take place from November 3 to 6.
10. Eat chilli with Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp
Prepare your tasting spoons; the chili contest is back for another year on November 5th. Also expect plenty of beer and bluegrass music.
- The one-day event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., through the Krog Street Tunnel.