It's time to break out the sweaters and apple cider because FALL IS FINALLY HERE, people! As you may have gathered I'm a little excited. To me, there's just something so magical about this time of year. In the spirit of dropping temperatures and changing leaves, here is my ultimate guide to making the most of fall here in Atlanta, Georgia.


01. Cocktails at the Aquarium // October 16, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and tapas at Sips Under the Sea, which features a murder mystery.

02. Hot Air Balloon Festival // October 23-24, 2015

Owl-O-Ween features balloon rides, balloon glows, trick-or-treating, food, beer tents, vendors, and entertainers at Kennesaw State University.

03. Apple Festival // October 10-11 & 17-18, 2015

See 300 vendors of food and handmade items, plus craft demonstrations, a parade, and an antique car show at Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, GA.

04. Sip of the South // October 30, 2015 @ 7 p.m.

Sip of the South is a barbecue with open bar and dancing to music at historic Bulloch Hall in Roswell.

05. Halloween Cemetery Tour // October 23-25 & 29-31, 2015

Buy tickets in advance for one-hour Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours to hear stories about the Oakland Cemetery’s famous residents and see candlelit mausoleums.

06. Country Living Fair // October 23-25, 2015

The Country Living Fair has 200 booths of antiques, crafts, and gourmet foods, plus demonstrations of cooking, painting & pottery at Stone Mountain Park.

07. Wine Festival // November 7, 2015 (12:30 to 4:30 p.m.)

Taste wines, vote for your favorites, and enjoy live music & restaurant food at the Decatur Wine Festival.

08. Holiday Lights @ Callaway Gardens // November 13 - January 2, 2016

Fantasy In Lights is a spectacular holiday light and sound show, with eight million lights, 15 displays, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens.

09. A Classic Christmas Play // November 19 - December 24, 2015

Alliance Theatre performs Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol about the miraculous transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge at Woodruff Arts Center.

10. Alpharetta Tree Lighting // December 5, 2015

Alpharetta Christmas Tree Lighting fills the downtown streets with musical performances, Santa, snow, food trucks, roasting marshmallows, a farmer’s market and more. Best part? It's fo free!

*Cough cough: For my guy readers, I may be biased, but these are some seriously great date ideas - I'm willing to bet your gal would love to partake in at least one of these!



Photography by Garrett Lobaugh