7 Actually Fun Things to Do in Atlanta This Weekend

A wine stroll, a film festival, and more.

Just like the previous two weeks, this third weekend in September continues this month’s succession of huge, long-awaited events. Somehow, Atlanta is managing to host several two-day and three-day events between now and Sunday, so whether you’re a fan of music, film, or beer, you won’t have any trouble finding a worthwhile move this weekend. From the slew of festivals happening over the next few days to the one-off drinking and cultural events, here is everything that you can do in Atlanta this weekend—and everything you can do all fall-long.

Explore one of Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods at the Kirkwood Wine Stroll

Friday, September 17
Kirkwood
Kick your weekend into full gear by exploring one of Atlanta’s favorite historic neighborhoods at the Kirkwood Wine Stroll on Friday. From 7 pm to 10 pm, the Kirkwood Business Owners’ Association’s annual fundraiser will give you the opportunity to sample over 100 wines and enjoy light bites from some of Kirkwood’s best restaurants. Tickets include access to each of the Kirkwood Wine Stroll’s 52 pouring stations, and while you’re enjoying your samples of reds, whites, roses, and sparkling wines, you’ll also be treated to live music courtesy of Shades of Gray, Yard Zeppelin, Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective, and Super Deluxe. Grab your comfy walking shoes because it’s time to stroll.
Cost: $45 - $55

Imagine Festival
Imagine Festival

Check out the Imagine Music Festival at its brand new location

Friday, September 17 - Sunday, September 19
Chattahoochee Hills
If one of your favorite annual music events is Imagine Music Festival, then you’ve likely driven down to the Atlanta Motor Speedway more times than you can count. Now, after taking a hiatus last year, Imagine Music Festival is back, and in its mission to create an experience unlike any other, the beloved local festival has moved to a new location—Bouckaert Farm in the Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. So go outside of the perimeter this weekend and check out the new and improved festival for yourself. With performances from Excision, Griz, Illenium, and Kaskade as well as a gorgeous new surrounding, this year’s Imagine Music Festival will definitely be one for the books.
Cost: $129 - $999

Celebrate the 11th Anniversary of Wild Heaven Beer

Friday, September 17 - Sunday, September 19
West End/Avondale Estates
Last year marked the ten-year anniversary of renowned local brewery Wild Heaven Beer, but due to a certain ongoing pandemic, the party had to get pushed back a bit. Now, Wild Heaven is welcoming its longtime supporters to its 11th anniversary celebration, and whether you decide to hit up the Avondale Estates location or the one in the West End, special brews will be available at each taproom. In addition to the drinks, there will be live entertainment, plenty of bites, and 10th/11th anniversary commemorative merchandise available as well.
Cost: Free to attend

Music Midtown
Music Midtown

See the music industry’s biggest stars at Music Midtown

Saturday, September 18 & Sunday, September 19
Piedmont Park
Maroon 5. Miley Cyrus. Jonas Brothers. Marshmello. And Atlanta’s own 21 Savage. Those are five reasons why you should definitely be hitting up Music Midtown this weekend, but just in case you need some more convincing, other homegrown artists performing at this year’s star-studded music festival in Piedmont Park include Jack Harlow, Latto, Mariah The Scientist, and Kenny Mason. With single-day tickets as low as $135, this is the year that you conquer Music Midtown once and for all.
Cost: $135 - $1,300

Attend the Atlanta Underground Film Festival

Friday, September 17 - Sunday, September 19
Old Fourth Ward/Online
The first festival that’s worth attending this weekend is the 18th Annual Atlanta Underground Film Festival. The festival will feature over 140 unforgettable independent shorts and feature films from across the globe, with outdoor screenings at Ammazza Edgewood on Saturday and indoor screenings at RoleCall Theater all-weekend long. Plus, if you’d rather experience this year's Underground Film Festival virtually, online screenings will be available from this Friday, September 17, to Thursday, September 30.
Cost: Free to attend

Marietta Streetfest
Marietta Streetfest

Hang out at the Marietta Streetfest

Saturday, September 18 & Sunday, September 19
Marietta
Another two-day event is coming to Atlanta this weekend, and this one’s a little bit north of the perimeter. Organized by the Marietta Museum of History, the Marietta Streetfest takes place this Saturday and Sunday, and visitors of all ages are welcome to come through and shop with over 75 local artisans. In addition to the Artist Valley, the Marietta Streetfest will host the 16th annual Hubcaps and History Classic Car Show all-day on Saturday, and local musicians will also be taking the stage at the Grassroots Music Festival throughout the entire weekend.
Cost: Free to attend

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at Bien Vegano Market

Sunday, September 19
Westside
To officially kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month, VeganX, Second Self, and My Abuelas Food have teamed up to host a celebratory Bien Vegano Market this Sunday. Attendees will be able to interact with over 60 vendors, who will be offering vegan food, arts & crafts, and snacks. Stop by Second Self Brewery from 1 pm to 5 pm for an afternoon of fun, and for more ways to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, read our guide on how to support Atlanta’s Latino-owned businesses.
Cost: Price varies

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Joshua Robinson is an Atlanta-based contributor for Thrillist. Follow him on Instagram at @roshjobin