Best time to visit Atlanta

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Best time of year to visit Atlanta

Due to pleasant weather and a variety of things to do and see, March through May is the best time to visit Atlanta. Spring boasts moderate prices, slow tourism, and a bunch of unforgettable events: from Atlanta Caribbean Carnival to Shaky Knees Music Festival. June through August, Atlanta turns into intolerably hot and humid Hotlanta. But the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival is right on cue to help you cool down. Though strong winds and rain might take place, summer is the peak season, so the earlier you book, the better. September through November is bliss to explore Atlanta. Despite common thunderstorms, the temps are mild enough for having fun at North Georgia State Fair or supporting Atlanta Pride. If you are looking for a bargain, traveling to Atlanta from December to February might be a jackpot as the prices are at their lowest. Just keep in mind that winters are harsh with possible ice storms, so dress in layers to enjoy Christmas lights around Atlanta.

7 THINGS TO DO IN ATLANTA (SEPTEMBER 22 - OCTOBER 01)

North Georgia State Fair

North Georgia State Fair

September 23–October 3, 2021 • event

One of the largest carnival midways in the U.S.

Atlanta Greek Festival

Atlanta Greek Festival

September 24–26, 2021 • event

A great celebration of Greek culture in the middle of Atlanta

Hummingbird Migration

Hummingbird Migration

early March–mid-October (migration) | mid-November–December (wintering) • nature

Some of the zippy little guys visit the Peach State between spring and fall, while others stay here over winter

Atlanta Fall Colors

Atlanta Fall Colors

October–early November • nature

Indulge your leaf-peeping whimsy in Atlanta and beyond

High Shoals Falls & Blue Hole Falls

High Shoals Falls & Blue Hole Falls

all year round • activity

A short hike to two stunning waterfalls in a green forest near Helen, Georgia

East Palisades Trail

East Palisades Trail

all year round • activity

A great hike along the eastern banks of the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta

Halloween

Halloween

late September–early November • event

Great food, family fun, and haunted tours

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Atlanta Jazz Festival

Atlanta Jazz Festival

out of rangeSeptember 5–6, 2021 • event

Free jazz on the backdrop of the historic Piedmont Park

The Lights Fest Atlanta

The Lights Fest Atlanta

on holdlate May/early June 2021 • event

Launch your light together with thousands of families

Atlanta International Auto Show

Atlanta International Auto Show

out of rangeApril 14–18, 2021 • event

A showcase of the latest models in the car industry

Atlanta Carribean Carnival

Atlanta Carribean Carnival

out of rangeApril 9, 2022 (children's Carnival) | May 28, 2022 (adult Carnival) • event

A vibrant celebration of Caribbean music and culture

Atlanta Pride

Atlanta Pride

out of rangeOctober 09–11, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The largest Pride festival of the Southeast United States

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

out of rangeApril 9–11, 2021 • event

One of the greatest spring traditions in Atlanta

The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

unconfirmedlate September, 2021 • event

Light up the BeltLine with thousands of colorful lanterns

Atlanta International Fashion Week

Atlanta International Fashion Week

out of rangeSeptember 29–October 4, 2020 • event

A global fashion experience in downtown Atlanta

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangeJuly 3–4 • event

The most patriotic day of the year is commemorated by the largest road race in the U.S.

Atlanta Air Show

Atlanta Air Show

out of rangeMay 22–23, 2021 • event

One of the best air shows in the country held at "Aerial Stadium"

Children's Christmas Parade

Children's Christmas Parade

out of rangeDecember 5, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The largest and most popular holiday parade in the South

SweetWater 420 Fest

SweetWater 420 Fest

out of rangeApril 23–25, 2021 • event

Much more than your typical beer festival with three core values—quality music, beer, and environment

Georgia State Fair

Georgia State Fair

out of rangeOctober 1–10, 2021 • event

One of the longest running fairs in the United States

Blade Show

Blade Show

out of rangeJune 4–6, 2021 • event

The planet's biggest knife show with a thousand exhibitors

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade

out of rangeMarch 13, 2021 (7th Annual St. Patrick's Parade Group Run/Walk with limited capacity of 200 participants | parade and 5k run are canceled) • event

Atlanta's longest-running event celebrates all things Irish

Decatur Wine Festival

Decatur Wine Festival

out of rangeNovember 7, 2020 • event

The largest outdoor wine festival in Atlanta

Atlanta Science Festival

Atlanta Science Festival

out of rangeMarch 13–27, 2021 • event

A massive annual science and technology fair, interesting for all ages

Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens

Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens

out of rangeSeptember 3–5, 2021 • event

Dozens of balloons in one scenic spot during Labor Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

out of rangeMay 29–31, 2021 • event

Honor ceremonies, one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, beer in the zoo, and plenty of other events await you in Atlanta

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

unconfirmedmid-July 2022 • event

Cool youself off with America's favourite dessert

Atlanta Veg Fest

Atlanta Veg Fest

out of rangeNovember 13, 2021 • event

A must-visit event for foodies and vegans

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Georgia Renaissance Festival

out of rangeApril 24–June 6, 2021 • event

One of top 20 most popular events in the Southeast

Great American Motorcycle Show

Great American Motorcycle Show

unconfirmedJanuary 23–24, 2021 • event

The only motorcycle show in Atlanta with plenty of entertainment

ONE Musicfest

ONE Musicfest

out of rangeOctober 9–10, 2021 • event

The prominent progressive urban music fest in the Southeast

Christmas Lights in Atlanta

Christmas Lights in Atlanta

out of rangelate November–mid-January • event

Enjoy a variety of cheerful light displays

Shaky Knees Music Festival

Shaky Knees Music Festival

unconfirmedApril 30–May 2, 2021 • event

One of the largest music festivals of the Southeast

Imagine Music Festival

Imagine Music Festival

out of rangeSeptember 17–19, 2021 • event

A bustling EDM event at Atlanta Motor Speedway

JapanFest Atlanta

JapanFest Atlanta

out of rangeSeptember 18–19, 2021 • event

One of the largest Japanese cultural events in the U.S.A.

Atlanta Labor Day Weekend

Atlanta Labor Day Weekend

unconfirmedSeptember 6, 2021  • event

What an adorable time to spend with your friends and family

Candler Park Fall Fest

Candler Park Fall Fest

out of rangeOctober 2–3, 2021 • event

The most popular comunity festival in Atlanta

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

out of rangeSeptember 10–19, 2020 • event

All the best foods of the South in one place

Music Midtown

Music Midtown

out of rangeSeptember 18–19, 2021 • event

A premiere music event in Atlanta's Piedmont Park

Atlanta Film Festival

Atlanta Film Festival

out of rangeApril 22–May 2, 2021 • event

The largest and longest running film festival in the South

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

out of rangeJune 12, 2021 • event

A large beer celebration offering over 200 varieties of your favourite drink

Atlanta BBQ Festival

Atlanta BBQ Festival

overMay 5–6, 2018 • event

Celebrate Southern BBQ at one of the favourite Atlanta's food festivals

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival

out of rangeSeptember 30–October 3, 2020 • event

A unique event of its kind and one of the top theatre​ festivals in Georgia

Atlanta Christkindl Market

Atlanta Christkindl Market

canceledNovember 20–December 27, 2020 • event

The first and largest winter holiday festival in Atlanta presented by the German American Cultural Foundation

Magical Nights of Lights in Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

Magical Nights of Lights in Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

out of rangeNovember 20, 2020–January 5, 2021  • event

Experience real winter fun and the magic of Christmas in Georgia

International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon

International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon

out of rangeMarch 19–28, 2021 • event

A massive celebration in the cherry tree capital of America

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

out of rangeFebruary 12–13, 2021 (some virtual events) • event

Check out celebrations filled with traditional lions dances and tasty dumplings

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

out of rangeFebruary 17–28, 2021 (virtual event) • event

One of the largest cinema events in Georgia

Neranenah (Atlanta Jewish Music Festival)

Neranenah (Atlanta Jewish Music Festival)

on holdmid-March 2021 • event

The largest Jewish culture and music festival in the South

Atlanta Marathon

Atlanta Marathon

out of rangeFebruary 27–28, 2021 • event

See all the Olympic sites during one long run

New Year's Eve in Atlanta

New Year's Eve in Atlanta

out of rangeDecember 31  • event

Atlanta features some of the best events, parties, and things to do

Atlanta Cycling Festival

Atlanta Cycling Festival

unconfirmedmid-May 2021 • event

A whole week of bike rides, parties and seminars

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