Annual Events in Atlanta
Part bluegrass concert and part chili cook-off, Chomp and Stomp is a daylong celebration in Atlanta's Cabbagetown neighborhood. Honoring the area's past life as a mill town, the popular-but-relaxed affair attempts to bring a little bit of the hood's rural past into its city present.
The largest independent book festival in the county, this rewarding event brings 300+ authors to venues around Decatur's downtown square for signings, readings, panels, and much more. Past authors include Sherman Alexie, Natasha Trethewey, and Robert Olen Butler.
Held over Labor Day weekend at a cluster of downtown hotels, Dragon Con is the world's largest fantasy/sci-fi convention. If you don't feel like shelling out $100 for a ticket, catch the Saturday morning parade for optimal viewing of thousands upon thousands of cosplayers.
Always free and always in Castleberry Hill, Flux Night is a public art event that takes place every October. For one night only, the streets and empty spaces of the neighborhood are filled with projections, performances, music, installations and parades.
When the weather's nice, odds are there's a beer event somewhere in the metro region, but HOToberFest, held in Old Fourth Ward Park, is the best for a couple reasons. First, it's the country's largest consumer-judged competition for craft beers. Second, all of the event's proceeds benefit nonprofits like Trees Atlanta.
The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is the largest film festival in Georgia. The MailChimp-sponsored event is held across 3 weeks from late January into early February at several film and arts venues across the city.
Each summer, dozens of metro area restaurants take over the White and Westside Provisions District, serving attendees a medley of appetizers, entrees, desserts and cocktails all of which contain—you guessed it—tomatoes.
Organized by the Atlanta Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, the Lantern Parade serves as the kickoff event for the ongoing, MailChimp-sponsored Art on the BeltLine Series. In 2013, more than 10,000 people swarmed the BeltLine with homemade lanterns and all sorts of other glowing wearables.
Held every 4th of July, this Atlanta institution is the largest 10k in the country. It starts in Buckhead, winds its way down Peachtree St, and finishes at Piedmont Park. Not a runner? No worries. Many of the race's 60,000 participants walk the 6.2 mile course.
With approximately 250,000 people in attendance each year, Atlanta Pride Festival is the largest Pride event in the southeast. The week-long party is held in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day. It culminates with a weekend parade through Piedmont Park.
Atlanta's newest music festival zeroes in on the indie rock and Americana genres, featuring bands like The National, Band of Horses, and Modest Mouse. The fest settled into its new home at Atlantic Station in 2014.
Organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition several times a year, Atlanta Streets Alive closes down busy city streets to cars and opens them to the public. Previous events have incorporated Peachtree Street, Highland Avenue, Boulevard, and the BeltLine.