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.

6 THINGS TO DO IN ATLANTA (MAY 25 - JUNE 03)

The Lights Fest Atlanta

The Lights Fest Atlanta

late May / early June, 2021 • event

Launch your light together with thousands of families

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Atlanta Jazz Festival

May 29–30, 2021 • event

Free jazz on the backdrop of the historic Piedmont Park

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

May 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

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Georgia Renaissance Festival

April 24–June 6, 2021 • event

One of top 20 most popular events in the Southeast

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

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Atlanta Pride

Atlanta Pride

October 09–11, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The largest Pride festival of the Southeast United States

Atlanta International Auto Show

Atlanta International Auto Show

March 17–21, 2021 • event

A showcase of the latest models in the car industry

Atlanta Carribean Carnival

Atlanta Carribean Carnival

May 22, 2021 • event

A vibrant celebration of Caribbean music and culture

Atlanta International Fashion Week

Atlanta International Fashion Week

September 29–October 4, 2020 • event

A global fashion experience in downtown Atlanta

North Georgia State Fair

North Georgia State Fair

September 23–October 3, 2021 • event

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

Children's Christmas Parade

Children's Christmas Parade

December 5, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The largest and most popular holiday parade in the South

Atlanta Air Show

Atlanta Air Show

May 22–23, 2021 • event

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

Georgia State Fair

Georgia State Fair

October 2–11, 2020 • event

One of the longest running fairs in the United States

Blade Show

Blade Show

June 4–6, 2021 • event

The planet's biggest knife show with a thousand exhibitors

Atlanta Greek Festival

Atlanta Greek Festival

September 24–26, 2021 • event

A great celebration of Greek culture in the middle of Atlanta

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade

March 13, 2021 • event

Atlanta's longest-running event celebrates all things Irish

The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

late September, 2021 • event

Light up the BeltLine with thousands of colorful lanterns

Decatur Wine Festival

Decatur Wine Festival

November 7, 2020 • event

The largest outdoor wine festival in Atlanta

4th of July

4th of July

July 4 • event

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

Christmas Lights in Atlanta

Christmas Lights in Atlanta

late November–mid-January • event

Enjoy a variety of cheerful light displays

Atlanta Science Festival

Atlanta Science Festival

March 13–27, 2021 • event

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

Atlanta Veg Fest

Atlanta Veg Fest

November 13, 2021 • event

A must-visit event for foodies and vegans

Atlanta Labor Day Weekend

Atlanta Labor Day Weekend

September 6, 2021  • event

What an adorable time to spend with your friends and family

Fall Colors in Atlanta

Fall Colors in Atlanta

October–early November • nature

Indulge your leaf peeping whimsy in Atlanta and beyond

Shaky Knees Music Festival

Shaky Knees Music Festival

April 30–May 2, 2021 • event

One of the largest music festivals of the Southeast

Great American Motorcycle Show

Great American Motorcycle Show

January 23–24, 2021 • event

The only motorcycle show in Atlanta with plenty of entertainment

ONE Musicfest

ONE Musicfest

September 2021 • event

The prominent progressive urban music fest in the Southeast

Luzes de Navidad en Atlanta

Luzes de Navidad en Atlanta

late November–mid-January • event

Disfrute de una variedad de exhibiciones de luz alegre

SweetWater 420 Fest

SweetWater 420 Fest

April 23–25, 2021 • event

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

Candler Park Fall Fest

Candler Park Fall Fest

early October 2021 • event

The most popular comunity festival in Atlanta

Atlanta Film Festival

Atlanta Film Festival

April 30–May 10, 2020 • event

The largest and longest running film festival in the South

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

April 9–11, 2021 • event

One of the greatest spring traditions in Atlanta

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

mid-July 2021 • event

Cool youself off with America's favourite dessert

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival

September 30–October 3, 2020 • event

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

Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens

Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens

early September 2021 • event

Dozens of balloons in one scenic spot during Labor Day Weekend

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

September 10–19, 2020 • event

All the best foods of the South in one place

Imagine Music Festival

Imagine Music Festival

September 17–19, 2021 • event

A bustling EDM event at Atlanta Motor Speedway

JapanFest Atlanta

JapanFest Atlanta

late September 2021 • event

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

Atlanta Marathon

Atlanta Marathon

February 27–28, 2021 • event

See all the Olympic sites during one long run

Halloween

Halloween

late September–early November • event

Great food, family fun, and haunted tours

Atlanta Christkindl Market

Atlanta Christkindl Market

November 20–December 27, 2020 • event

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

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

February 12–13, 2021 • event

Check out celebrations filled with traditional lions dances and tasty dumplings

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

February 17–28, 2021 (virtual event) • event

One of the largest cinema events in Georgia

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

June 2021  • event

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

Atlanta Cycling Festival

Atlanta Cycling Festival

May 11–17, 2019 • event

A whole week of bike rides, parties and seminars

Music Midtown

Music Midtown

September 18–19, 2021 • event

A premiere music event in Atlanta's Piedmont Park

Atlanta BBQ Festival

Atlanta BBQ Festival

May 5–6, 2018 • event

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

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival

March 12–15, 2020 • event

The largest Jewish music festival in the South

Magical Nights of Lights in Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

Magical Nights of Lights in Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

November 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

March 19–28, 2021 • event

A massive celebration in the cherry tree capital of America

New Year's Eve in Atlanta

New Year's Eve in Atlanta

December 31  • event

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

Mercado de Atlanta Christkindl

Mercado de Atlanta Christkindl

November 20–December 27, 2020 • event

El primer y más grande festival de vacaciones de invierno en Atlanta presentado por la Fundación Cultural Alemana Americana

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