Top things to do in and around Atlanta this month

In any other year, this month would be full of concerts, live events, festivals and thousands of other fun things to do.

Unfortunately, with COVID-19 hanging around, the number of local events has been drastically reduced.

But that doesn’t mean everything has been canceled. Here are some things to do around Atlanta. But with things changing so quickly, please confirm the event is still happening before attending.

Oct. 22-Oct. 31

Haunted Wine Walk

Take a hike through Dahlonega’s Montaluce Winery, and learn about its colorful haunted history - from the legend of William Gilmore Simms' gold mining bandit, Guy Rivers, to James Mooney’s accounts of the mysterious disappearance of Yahula, a prosperous Cherokee stock trader.

Oct. 23-25

Big Boi headlines socially distanced concert at Centennial Olympic Park

The City’s first-of-its-kind event will feature: Moon Taxi and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, on Friday, Marcus King Trio and Futurebirds, on Saturday, and Big Boi & Friends, featuring KP the Great on Sunday. Introducing the new norm for live events, fans will be able to get outside and dance within their private pod, which will be available for parties of four or six. A six-foot walkway will be between each pod to provide further distance.

Oct, 23, 24 & 30

Halloween Hikes

A unique Halloween adventure that will take your child on a well-lit hike through the forest to meet woodland creatures and hear about how they live, Halloween Hikes lets guests experience the mystery of a guided night hike.

Saturday, Oct. 24

Oktoberfest at Eventide Brewing

Eventide’s Oktoberfest will include 10 varieties of German beer on draft, including its flagship Kolsch-style ale, Citrus Grove Hefeweizen and Old Omens Dunkelweizen. Guests can also sample the brewery’s limited edition German weizenbock that’s been aged in rye whiskey barrels for eight months.

Appalachian Brew, Stew and Que Festival

Craft beer tasting will be available from breweries in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama. There will also be delicious food, arts and crafts, and a ton of great music! Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online here. Admission is $40 per person.

Thursday, Oct. 29

Allman Betts Band at the Coca-Cola Roxy

The concert takes place with a reduced venue capacity in order to adhere to social distancing measures. The main floor of the venue will feature seated tables and there will be additional reserved seating available on the balcony. The Allman Betts Band live show features new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band.

Friday, Oct. 30

Drive-in concert

Avalon will host its final drive-in concert of the season and it will be spook-tacular. Fan-favorite Bogey and the Viceroy will be performing! Tickets for the spooky soiree are $25 per car and parking spots will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis. All ticket proceeds will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.

Blue Martini Lounge grand opening

Partygoers are invited to celebrate the grand opening of Blue Martini Lounge, a contemporary upscale martini bar located in the heart of Buckhead. Attendees will be among the first to experience the newly opened destination, enjoy live music, sip on hand-crafted martinis, delectable shareable plates, and much more.

Oct. 31


Great American Tailgate Festival

The concert is a “drive-in” style music festival held in the Steeple Chase Field at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. The event features Marc Broussard and Dalta Rae. It’s a ticketed, all ages event designed for the entertainment’s “New Normal” by requiring face masks be worn outside of the ticket holders designated pod, touchless/contactless point of sales system at all vendors and regular Covid-safe sanitation of all games/amusements.

Nov. 13 & 14

Blind wine tasting & dinner

The Sautee Nacoochee Center presents, Swirl, Sip, Savor – A Blind Wine Tasting Soiree. This gala evening of wine tasting, dinner, camaraderie, entertainment features the chance to win eight bottles of wine. Tables of four are available for $160. Each couple will also bring three identical bottles of their favorite wine.


Now - October 31st

Apple Picking at B.J. Reece Orchards

Head to Ellijay and pick some apples while enjoying fall activities. Apple picking is open daily, while Fall fun activities like hay rides and apple cannons are operating on Saturdays and Sundays only. Orchard hours are every day , 9 a.m. - 5p.m. Check out what kinds of apples are available here.

Now - Nov. 1st

Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park

Head to Stone Mountain for the annual Pumpkin Festival. This year’s festival is packed with more glow, more pumpkins, and more fun! Enjoy mini golf, live entertainment and some spooky fun for the whole family, including a Dino-glow experience. Social distancing guidelines will be in place. The Festival runs now through November 1st.

Scarecrows in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Throughout October, both the Atlanta and Gainesville gardens will be stuffed with dozens of scarecrows created by artists, designers, schools, businesses and families. Participants will compete for prizes in the categories of Amateur, Professional and Business. Masks and purchase of timed tickets are required!

Now - Nov 8

Woodland Spirits Exhibit at Fernbank

Come face-to-face with dozens of ghostly visitors lurking among the trails outside in the wildwoods and Fernbank forest. The spooky exhibit is on view through November 8th.

Now-Nov. 10

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm

Pumpkin season is hear! Come on out to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville, Ga. for some Fall fun for the entire family. Stock up on pumpkins, take a hayride, shop for delicious baked goods, produce, and specialty items at the country store. This is an outside venue, social distancing will be practiced.

Now through Nov. 14

Netherworld Haunted House

There will be new COVID-19 precautions taken, with proper social distancing being enforced. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time. Also, guests must wear protective masks, and sanitizing stations will be available throughout the property.

Now through Nov. 15

The Buford Corn Maze

Pick out pumpkins, enjoy a hayride, animal viewing, and jump on the huge popcorn jumping pillow! For those ages 10 and up, check out the SPOOKY Haunted Forest, where creatures come alive!

Beginning October 1st

8th Annual Biketober

Power up and pedal! On October 1st, Georgia Commute Options presents Bikteober - The Atlanta Bike Challenge! Hop on your bike and ride wherever you want...whenever you want! Just be sure to log your miles, and you can win all kinds of prizes. Register here.

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