Annual Events in Atlanta
Each summer, dozens of metro area restaurants serve 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.
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 country, 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, Robert Olen Butler, and Roxane Gay.
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 1 night only, the streets and empty spaces of the neighborhood are filled with projections, performances, music, installations, and parades.
The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is the largest film festival in Georgia and made history in 2015 when it became the largest Jewish film festival in the world, attracting more than 38,600 moviegoers. The MailChimp-sponsored event is held across 3 weeks from late January into early February at several film and arts venues across the city.
Situated in Piedmont Park, Music Midtown music festival has been around since 1994 (though it took a 6-year hiatus in the mid-2000s). Previous acts have included Beck, Big Boi, Jack White, and Chvrches.
Held every 4th of July, this Atlanta institution is the largest 10k in the country. It starts in Buckhead, winds its way down Peachtree Street, 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 300,000 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 music festival zeroes in on the indie rock and Americana genres, featuring bands like Ryan Adams, the National, LCD Soundsystem, and Modest Mouse.
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.