The Atlanta area is full of rich culture and history, with plenty of things to do no matter what the season. We’re proud to call it home and proud to be locally owned, Georgia grown for nearly 30 years.

As the weather cools down, you can bet we’ll be spending some time exploring the beautiful local scenery and events with our families. Here are a few of our favorite upcoming family-friendly events near Atlanta that we’re looking forward to this fall:

Stone Mountain is host to three fun family events this fall: Yellow Daisy Festival, Stone Mountain Highland Games and the Indian Festival and Pow-Wow. (Photo courtesy Mike Hipp)

Stone Mountain is host to three fun family events this fall: Yellow Daisy Festival, Stone Mountain Highland Games and the Indian Festival and Pow-Wow. (Photo courtesy Mike Hipp)

Yellow Daisy Festival

WHEN: September 8-11, 2016
WHERE: Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, Georgia

Now in its 48th year, the Yellow Daisy Festival is recognized by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of the top three arts & crafts shows in the country. The family-friendly event draws more than 400 artists and crafters from 33 states and two countries to show off and sell their work.

The festival offers live entertainment, craft demonstrations, great food and a Children’s Corner with activities for the little ones. The event is free with paid parking admission. A one-day parking permit is $15 or $40 for an annual permit.

Fall Folklife Festival

WHEN: September 17, 2016
WHERE: Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, Georgia

Take a trip back to simpler times and celebrate all things Southern at the Fall Folklife Festival, which features hands-on demonstrations of Southern crafts. You’ll get a first-hand look at the traditional arts of basket weaving, woodworking, pottery, food preservation, and candle dipping. The event also offers music by Georgia folk musicians and chef demonstrations and discussions about Southern food traditions like biscuits and smokehouse bacon.

Japanfest

WHEN: September 17-18, 2016
WHERE: Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia

The largest Japanese festival in the Southeast celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with the theme of “Cooler Japan.” This year’s Japanfest theme merges the traditional culture of Japan with newer popular culture topics like fashion, music, technology and anime.

The festival features an Anime Village, a Kimono Fashion Show, martial arts demonstrations and music, dance and kabuki performances. There will be plenty of Japanese street food to eat, a children’s area, plus a Pokémon Go meetup. Purchasing tickets in advance to skip the lines is highly recommended. Tickets are $10. Children age 6 or younger are free.

Experience Hellenic culture at Atlanta Greek Festival, September 23-25, 2016. (Photo courtesy Pawel Loj)

Experience Hellenic culture at Atlanta Greek Festival, September 23-25, 2016. (Photo courtesy Pawel Loj)

Atlanta Greek Festival

WHEN: September 23-25, 2016
WHERE: Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2500 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia

Explore the rich history of Hellenic culture at the Atlanta Greek Festival this September. The event features plenty of delicious Greek food like moussaka, souvlaki, lamb and gyro sandwiches.

Enjoy live Greek music entertainment by the local band Alpha-Omega Sound and watch the Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s very own award-winning dance group demonstrate traditional and contemporary Greek dances. The festival also features shopping, a children’s tent and an eating contest.

Sunday in the Park

WHEN: October 2, 2016
WHERE: Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, Georgia

Take a trip back in time at this Victorian inspired street festival, now in its 37th year. Enjoy live music by local bands and watch the Victorian costume contest and living history demonstrations. Activities for children will include face painting, storytelling, clowns, crafts and more. There will also be an artist market with creations by local artists as well as food trucks. Sunday in the Park admission is $7 for adults, $3 for kids aged 4-12, and free for kids 3 and under.

Paulding Fine Arts Association 14th Annual Fall Fest

WHEN: October 8, 2016
WHERE: Main Street, Dallas, Georgia

Right in our backyard of Dallas, the Paulding Fine Arts Association hosts their 14th annual Fall Fest, which features favorite local artists as well as new emerging artists and craft makers. An eclectic live entertainment schedule features local dance troupes, a Dixieland/Gospel band, a Christian Celtic acoustic band and more. Admission is free.

Stone Mountain Highland Games

WHEN: October 15-16, 2016
WHERE: Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, Georgia

For the past 44 years, the Stone Mountain Highland Games has brought together thousands of Scottish descendants from across the northern Georgia area during the third weekend of October.

This year’s celebration features Highland athletic events as well as the traditional music of Scottish bagpipes, fiddles, harps and drums. There will also be Highland dancing, Scottish-themed shops, and the Parade of Tartans to Atlanta. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the gate.

Halloween Hikes

WHEN: October 21-22 and 28-29, 2016
WHERE: Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, Georgia

Celebrate Halloween in a family-friendly way at the Halloween Hikes event offered by the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Talk a well-lit guided walk through the forest where your child will meet costumed woodland creatures and learn about their lives.

The event also features world music, a camp fire and other festival fun perfect for all ages. Ticket Sales begin at 6:30 pm each night and end at 8:30 pm for the General Public. (Advance tickets are not available.)

Boxerstock: A Dog-Friendly Music Festival

WHEN: October 23, 2016
WHERE: Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, Georgia

Truly an event for the whole family, Boxerstock features live music top local performers and nationally known artists as well as vendor booths, food trucks and a silent auction. Dog themed activities include a dog costume contest, obedience training demonstrations and Q&A sessions, pet portraits by Alex Neely, microchipping, pet adoptions and much more.

The Kids’ Village features its very own stage of entertainment plus inflatables, human hamster balls, carnival style games and more. All ticket proceeds will benefit Atlanta Boxer Rescue.

Just outside of Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park hosts the largest Native American gathering in Georgia November 3-6, 2016. (Photo courtesy Wesley Hetrick)

Just outside of Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park hosts the largest Native American gathering in Georgia November 3-6, 2016. (Photo courtesy Wesley Hetrick)

Indian Festival and Pow-Wow

WHEN: November 3-6, 2016
WHERE: Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, Georgia

The largest Native American gathering in Georgia, the four-day Indian Festival and Pow-Wow was named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

The whole family can experience Native American culture through intertribal dance and drum competitions, as well as craft and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and more. Indian Festival & Pow Wow only tickets are $15 plus tax and can be purchased at the park. (Children under the age of 3 are free).

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 As the weather cools down, you can bet we’ll be spending some time exploring the beautiful local scenery and events with our families. Here are a few of our favorite upcoming family-friendly events near Atlanta that we’re looking forward to this fall.