Fall festivals are returning to Atlanta — from live music to artist markets, it’s time to get back out there and share community over the arts. No matter where in the city you are, there’s an event for you.
ELEVATE Atlanta Art Festival
September 5–October 31, 2021
This year’s ELEVATE Atlanta Art Festival, hosted annually by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, will activate communities throughout Atlanta with art and cultural events. This all-encompassing festival includes partnerships with art galleries, museums, theaters, performance venues, restaurants, bars, shops, colleges, parks, and libraries.
The festival kicks off Labor Day Weekend (September 5–6) with the return of the Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park, then continues every weekend through October with music, art, dance, and film events across Atlanta’s diverse array of neighborhoods.
For news and updates about ELEVATE 2021, visit ElevateAtlArt.com.
Candler Park Music Festival
September 10–11, 2021
Performers for this two-day festival, presented by Rival Entertainment, include Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph, Ripe, The Infamous Stringdusters, Spafford, The Vegabonds, Voodoo Visionary, The Dirty Guv’nahs, Marco Benevento, Hedonistas, Webster, Airwolf, and Moneyshot. Single-day tickets and weekend tickets are available for purchase starting at $30 and $40, respectively. Shows start at 4pm on September 10 and noon on September 11.
To buy tickets, visit CandlerParkMusicFestival.com.
September 18–19, 2021
Atlanta’s most popular music festival is back in Piedmont Park with headliners including Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, and Megan Thee Stallion. This year’s lineup includes some amazing LGBTQ performers, including Ashnikko and Girl in Red. Tickets start at $135 for the weekend.
For the full lineup and tickets, visit MusicMidtown.com.
Amplify Decatur Music Festival
October 1–2, 2021
It was recently announced that Indigo Girls would be headlining this year’s Amplify Decatur Music Festival, presented by Lenz and produced in partnership with Eddie’s Attic in the Decatur Square on October 2 from 4 to 11pm.
Other festival performers include Americana legends, Old 97’s; Grammy winners Blind Boys of Alabama; The Cactus Blossoms; and Michelle Malone. Tickets are $60 for general admission, $150 for VIP, and $250 for premium VIP.
If you’re looking for some free entertainment, Amplify Decatur will also feature a free outdoor concert on Friday, October 1. An artist lineup and more information are expected to be released soon. For both events, Amplify is working with the City of Decatur to develop a plan that will ensure public health and safety.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit AmplifyDecatur.org.
Candler Park Fall Fest
October 2–3, 2021
Atlanta’s favorite in-town festival is back! Head over to Candler Park (Candler Park Drive and McLendon Avenue) to enjoy excellent music, tasty treats, kid-friendly fun, art, and community — all for free!
For more information, visit
Fall Festival on Ponce
October 9–10, 2021
The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces is hosting this incredible free festival in the historic Olmsted Linear Park (1451 Ponce De Leon Ave NE). In addition to an abundance of unique local art, attendees will enjoy a children’s area, local gourmet food and beverages, and live acoustic performances.
For more information, visit FestivalOnPonce.com.
October 9–10, 2021
This incredible festival, held at Centennial Olympic Park (235 Andrew Young International Blvd NW), is perfect for fans of rap and hip-hop. Headliners include H.E.R., Lil Wayne, The Isley Brothers, Burna Boy, Ari Lennox, and Ty Dolla $ign. Tickets start at $169 for the weekend.
For the full lineup and tickets, visit OneMusicFest.com.
October 22–24, 2021
With more than 60 bands playing this three-day festival, Shaky Knees is the perfect festival choice for lovers of rock ‘n’ roll. Headliners Stevie Nicks, Run the Jewels, and The Strokes will each rock the stage at Central Park (400 Merritts Ave NE). One-day and three-day tickets are available starting at $99 and $219, respectively.
For the full line-up and tickets, visit ShakyKneesFestival.com.