Budget-friendly Things to Do in Atlanta in the Fall

By Kim Galeta
October 23, 2019
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If you’re reading this, then you already know that Atlanta has a lot to offer during the autumn months – from local attractions to arts and culture, to the nightlife! 

The good news is: You don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy Atlanta this fall. To get your finances holiday-ready, you can find all kinds of low-cost activities while also automating your savings. This way you can save more money without thinking about it!

In the meantime, take a look at some of the top budget-friendly things to do in Atlanta in the fall.

Family-Friendly Things to Do in Atlanta on a Budget


  • Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze – Admission includes access to the farm’s 13-acre maze, plus unlimited wagon rides and more! At night, you’ll be able to warm up by the bonfire and enjoy roasted marshmallows.

         Cost: $15 per person; kids under 4 enter free


  • Fall Fest at Candler Park – Celebrate the arrival of the season at this annual festival which takes place at the beginning of October. The two-day event boasts live music, dozens of artists and vendors plus a Fall Fest 5K & Fun Run.

          Cost: Admission is free while the Fun Run costs $10 and the 5K is pricier at $28.


  • Spend the Day at the Atlanta Beltline The Atlanta Beltline offers outdoor fun for the whole family and the best way to explore this multi-use trail is by bike, though walking is fine too. 

          Cost: $0 if you have your own bike or $15 for bike rentals


  • Annual Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Show – Enjoy free live performances during this beloved holiday tradition before you take in the spectacular tree lighting and fireworks.

         Cost: $0

  • Apple Picking – Although the unofficial apple picking capital of Georgia is located outside of Atlanta, this is worth mentioning in this list! If you’re up for a drive to the town of Ellijay, B.J. Reece’s Orchards is one of the best orchards for some good ole farm fun. 

         Cost: $5 for admission. However, the Yellow Weekend Package likely offers the most value if you want to have fun without busting your budget. Fifteen bucks gets you admission, a half peck bag for U-pick apples, a wagon ride, access to the petting farm, pig races and cow milking.

Budget-Friendly Date Nights Ideas for Fall in Atlanta

  • Outdoor Ice Skating at Atlantic Station – Believe it or not, there’s ice skating in Atlanta! Atlantic Station offers one of the most affordable options so that you and your partner can “skate beneath the stars and skyscrapers at the largest outdoor ice rink in the Southeast” starting November 17.

          Cost: $15 including the cost of skate rentals

          Cost: Admission to the Jimmy Carter museum is $12 while the Dr. King sites are free.

  • Take in a Drive-In Movie – Bundle up with some warm blankets, pack some hot cocoa in a thermos and get ready to enjoy a cozy, romantic evening on a budget at the Starlight Drive-In Theatre.

          Cost: $8 each for a double feature!

  • Picnic at Piedmont Park – Piedmont Park is the perfect spot for a romantic picnic in October before it gets too chilly. 

Cost: $0 if you make a picnic from items you already have at home!

  • Hiking – Nothing says “falls” like taking in spectacular views of fall foliage around a waterfall! Check out a number of breathtaking waterfalls and springs at Amicalola Falls.

         Cost: $5 parking fee per car for all Georgia State Parks. 

  • Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival – While this activity is the priciest one on the list, it offers excellent value for money. Admission gives you access to all sorts of family-friendly attractions including a treetop obstacle course and a scenic train ride. In addition to festival faves like pie-eating contests, the park recently added a new nighttime attraction called Glow-by-Night that’s sure to thrill!

          Cost: $31 for a regular All-Attractions Pass or $34.95 for an All-Attractions Pass + Free Meal (including unlimited drink refills).

Friends Day Out On A Budget This Fall in Atlanta

  • Brewery Tour and Tasting Take a tour of the SweetWater Brewery and enjoy three tastings in a laid back environment. 

          Cost: The tour is $8 (which includes the tastings). But you might want to factor in an extra $10 so you can indulge in the Taproom’s Springer Mt. Wings!


  • Oktoberfest – Take it from me, you don’t have to be a beer lover to have a great time at an Oktoberfest event! Get ready to enjoy an array of German cuisine, live music and other activities.

          Cost: $21


  • Volunteer at Thanksgiving – Donating your time is a great way to give back without spending money, plus there’s the added benefit of helping those in need. Volunteering with your friends can also serve as a great bonding opportunity. There are many places to volunteer during Thanksgiving week including the Children’s Restoration Network.

         Cost: $0

Bottom line

As you can see, there’s no shortage of ideas to have fun on a budget this fall in Atlanta. 

Whatever activity you choose, fall is also a great time of year to re-evaluate your spending habits and look for ways to accelerate your savings goals – especially since the holiday season is right around the corner! 

Bonus Tip: If you are looking for a convenient way to make your money go even further, you can bank with no fees at Chime and manage your cash flow easily.

This page is for informational purposes only. Chime does not provide financial, legal, or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for financial, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own financial, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

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Kim Galeta has been a professional writer since 2009 focusing primarily on personal finance but also dabbling in tech, health & wellness and small business. She holds an MBA in finance and corporate strategy from the University of Florida.

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