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Fall To-Do List: Atlanta

Fall To-Do List: Atlanta

Atlanta: Fall Activities You Can’t Miss

As July comes to an end, we finally have the cooler months in our sights. Fall is a welcome change in temperature for Atlantans. You’ve survived the summer heat, the kids are back in school and traffic… (well, we can’t have it all). This is a wonderful season to get outside and explore! We’ve put together a list of our our top 5 fall activities in and around the city, so put on your favorite pinterest-inspired outfit, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy autumn to your heart’s content!


“Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile”

William Cullen Bryant 


Click on the image for our favorite fall fashions.

1 : Fall Apple Picking

Apple picking is a great activity for the whole family! There are quite a few orchards around, but our favorite is Mercier’s in Blue Ridge. They are a family owned and operated apple orchard, market and winery. Every weekend they offer U-Pick, which allows you to pick your own apples from the farm. The variety changes seasonally, so check for your favorites before you make your plans (we love the Ambrosia apples).

Make sure to visit the market while you are there. Make sure to try the fried pies!


2 : Lantern Parade on the Beltline

A fabulous display of handmade lanterns parade down the Eastside Beltline trail every fall. It is the official kickoff party for the Art on the Atlanta Beltline temporary art exhibition. This year’s parade will take place on September 10th, 2016. It starts at 660 Irwin St NE at 7:30 PM. Admission is free so grab a group of friends and check out the extraordinary light parade created by the talented folk of Atlanta. If you’d like to make your own lantern check out the lantern workshops beginning in early August here. 

Every fall Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons host the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade.

3: Craft Your Beer Palette

There is something magical about drinking a delicious craft beer on a crisp Autumn evening. There is also something magical about supporting your local craft beer breweries. Check out 7 Reasons Why You Should Support Your Local Brewery . There are a lot of great breweries in and around Atlanta as well as beer festivals year round. We love the new tasting rooms at Second Self Beer Company and Abbey of the Holy Goats.

Second Self Beer Company was created by college friends, Jason Santamaria and Chris Doyle, in 2010. They recently opened a new tasting room which is open to the public Monday, Thursday and Friday from 6-8 PM and Saturday/Sunday from 1-4 PM. The Thai Wheat is delicious so make sure you try it!


Abbey of the Holy Goats is a brewery in Roswell owned by Kathy Davis, an almost-nun, almost-goat-farmer, turned brewer extraordinaire. People are raving about their taproom and delicious beer. This is also the ONLY all-female owned brewery in Georgia.

4 : Fall Farmer’s Market 

Fall is affectionately referred to as “decorative gourd season”, but those gourds are more than decorative, they can make a delicious meal. Want to know what is in season for fall? Check out this awesome Seasonal Food Guide. Then, hit up your local farmer’s market and check out the amazing offers our farmers and local artisans have to offer.


Banner Butter is an Atlanta based creamery that handcrafts small-batch butter from hormon-free, grass-fed cows with no added flavoring. Click on the picture to see the amazing recipes on their blog.


5 : Fall Dinner Party 

The changing leaves are a sign that we should slow down and reconnect with friends and family. Why not have an outdoor dinner party? Check out some of our favorite tips for hosting a fall get-together.

Don’t feel like going shopping? Let someone else do it for you! Garnish and Gather will deliver all of the ingredients you need for a fabulous meal. We love their pre-portioned, prepped meals, because they are not only quick and easy to make, they are delicious and easy to clean up! All you need is olive oil, salt and pepper, they provide the rest.



Garnish and Gather prepares ready to cook meals with locally sourced food, so you can enjoy the art of cooking and save time. Simply pick out your meal and they do all of the prep! They also deliver groceries from local farmers and artisans, so you can get everything you need delivered to your door. Think of how impressed your friends will be when you invite them over for a five star meal!


Click photo for Pinterest Dinner Party Ideas!


Keyla McClure joined the SBS team in 2016. She manages front desk operations and is responsible for appointments, website maintenance, client on-boarding and processing client tax documents. Keyla specializes in organizational systems, event planning, and customer service. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa. She is an avid fan of all things Fall. 


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