North Georgia State Fair, Tequila Festival and more: 16 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta

Looking for something to do this weekend in metro Atlanta? The fall fair season continues with the North Georgia State Fair making its annual run in Marietta, so if you’re looking for rides, games or fair food, that’s the place to be. Or visit Decatur’s West Ponce Music Stroll for a fun run, artist market, pop-up fitness classes and more.

Check out the following 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend:


North Georgia State Fair

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4 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, Sept. 25 and 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, continuing through Oct. 3. $10 admission, free for age 10 and under. $5 parking. Ride tickets are $1.25 each, with many rides taking more than one. Pay-one-price ride specials start at $20, depending on the day you go. Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road SW, Marietta. 770-528-8989.

The fair is here! Expect to see all your favorite things to do and see, including rides, shows, exhibits and more.

The Ultimate Sugar Show

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. $30 one-day pass with discounts for seniors, students and military. $40 two-day pass. Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.

Georgia’s largest baking and sweets show features all things sugar — including sugar art competitions and classes. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the AFLAC Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Face coverings are required even if you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine, temperature checks will be conducted and social distancing will be observed.

VIVA Tequila Festival

Noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. $75 and up. The Battery Atlanta, 800 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta.

The VIVA Tequila Festival celebrates Mexican culture with hand-crafted, small-batch tequilas, small plates from Atlanta restaurants, live music, art and more.

Glover Park Concert Series

8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Free general admission, $55 table for six, $65 table for eight, $55 street-side table for eight. Glover Park, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta. 770-794-5601.

The Big Chicken Beatle Band brings the Fab Four’s hits to the Glover Park Concert Series.

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West Ponce Music Stroll

8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Free admission. various locations along W. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur.

The third annual West Ponce Music Stroll starts with a 5K fun run and one-mile dog walk/run and includes popup yoga and fitness classes, an artist market and chalk artists. Proceeds go to Decatur Makers, a non-profit maker space.

Doggy Dip Days

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10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26. $15 per dog for a three-hour time slot. Murphey Candler Pool, 1551 W. Nancy Creek Drive, Brookhaven.

Dogs and their owners can take a dip in the pool together. Advance online registration is required, and dog owners can only wade in the pool up to their knees. Dogs must be up to date on their required shots and vaccinations.

Sustainable Landscapes

12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. $15 non-members, $10 members. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. 770-394-3322.

Dunwoody Nature Center kicks off a four-part series on earth-friendly practices with a program about making more eco-friendly decisions in your backyard.

Friends of Dunwoody Library Book Sale

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Dunwoody Library courtyard, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-512-4640.

Stock up on adult fiction and mystery books at the Friends of Dunwoody Library sale, where hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks are $1. Masks are required for this outdoor event, and cash or credit/debit payments are accepted.

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Daryl Hall and John Oates

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. $39.50 and up. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

Daryl Hall and John Oates as well as Squeeze bring their hits to the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre.

Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest

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Credit: From Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau

6:30-11 p.m. Sept. 25. $20 individual tickets, $180 tables, drink tickets not included. Milton Avenue (between Highway 9 and Roswell/Canton Street, downtown Alpharetta.

Downtown Alpharetta hosts a street party with local beers from Jekyll Brewing, live music from The Mike Veal Band and a variety of food tents.

Touch-A-Truck & Community Safety Day

10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 25. Free. City Hall, 11360 Lakefield Drive, Johns Creek. 678-512-3200.

Presented by the Johns Creek Public Works Department, the Touch-A-Truck day features construction equipment, police and fire vehicles and fun activities. Free hot dogs will be available while supplies last.

Fall Native Plant Sale

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055.

Fall is the perfect time to plant, and the Chattahoochee Nature Center sale offers almost 100 varieties of plants, including native shrubs and trees.


Feature Friday: “A League of Their Own”

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. Free admission. Lawrenceville Lawn, 210 Luckie St., Lawrenceville.

The baseball movie “A League of Their Own” will be shown on the lawn, and food trucks will be onsite.

Aurora Theatre 2nd Annual 0.5K(ish) Fun Run

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9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m. check-in, 10:30 a.m. race start. Saturday, Sept. 25. $35. Courtyard between Aurora Theatre and the Lawrenceville Arts Center, Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222.

Aurora Theatre is hosting a fun run/walk of less than a half-mile in length, with snacks available along the way and beer, root beer and brunch bites at the finish line.

Community Yard Sale

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Lilburn City Park, Railroad Avenue parking lot, 130 Railroad Ave. NW, Lilburn.

Treasures await at Lilburn’s Community Yard Sale, where you’re likely to find furniture, clothing, toys, electronics, books and more.

Southern Wilds Festival

Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. $10. Depot District, 400 N. Clayton St., Lawrenceville.

Music, craft beer, food trucks, local vendors and tailgating come to the Depot District.