5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: September 12–17

Falcons, food, and film festivals

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Lizzo Music Midtown things to do in Atlanta
Lizzo is among the artists performing at Music Midtown this weekend.

Photograph by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Coachella

Music Midtown
When:
September 14 and 15
Where:
Piedmont Park
Cost:
$165+
Detail:
Summer music festival season is coming to a close, but what better way to say goodbye with this Piedmont Park fest that brings a well-curated mix of chart-toppers (Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Travis Scott, Panic! at the Disco, Charlie Puth), local artists (6lack, Lil Yatchy, the Coathangers), indie rockers (Vampire Weekend, Lord Huron, Cold War Kids), electronic darlings (MØ, Banks), and more.

Falcons Friday Kickoff Rally
When:
September 13, 7–9 p.m.
Where:
Atlantic Station
Cost:
Free
Detail:
The Falcons host their first home game of the season against the Eagles this Sunday. To get fans hyped (and make them forget about last week’s defeat in Minnesota), the team will host a free pep rally on Friday evening with food trucks, giveaways, appearances from former players, cheerleader and Freddie Falcon photo opportunities, and a performance from Bone Crusher.

Atlanta Horror Film Festival
When: September 12–14
Where:
Synchronicity Theatre
Cost:
$12–$50
Detail:
Why wait for October to star your horror movie marathon? Synchronicity Theatre hosts three days of independent feature films and shorts, along with daily filmmaker cocktail hours across the hall at Tavernpointe.

Fall festivals in Atlanta
Atlanta Arab Festival

Photograph courtesy of Atlanta Arab Festival

Atlanta Arab Festival
When:
September 14 and 15
Where:
Alif Institute
Cost:
$5, kids 12 and under are free
Detail:
Come ready to feast on kabobs, shawarma, soujouk, baklava, and much more at this 14th annual festival celebrating Arabic culture. Vendors include Babakabab Lebanese Barbecue, El Tannur Bakery & Cafe, Halal Guys, Sage Mediterranean Grill, and Souq International Market. Also expect live music and performances, a kids’ talent show, a market, games, and more.

Back to your Roots Farm Fair
When: September 15, noon–4 p.m.
Where:
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Cost:
Included with general admission: $10 adults, $6 kids aged 3–12 (2 and under free)
Detail:
This one’s for the kiddos—meet farm animals, go on a garden scavenger hunt, make crafts, listen to story time, and more. King of Pops and snow cones will be available for purchase and there will also be live bluegrass music.

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