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Top 10 Things to Do in Atlanta for Fall 2016

Visiting Atlanta for a weekend to scout out your new home, or just moved in and looking for some family-friendly fun? Check out Occupy My Family’s can’t-miss Spring 2016 events below, and head over to occupymyfamily.com for even more metro Atlanta events and happenings.

Sunset Sessions at Park Tavern

April 24-Sept. 4 | Each Sunday night, musicians from across the world take the stage at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park for the venue’s free alternative rock performance series. For more information, visit parktavern.com.

Chihuly in the Garden

April 30-Oct. 30 | Renowned glass artist Chihuly brings his sculptures to Atlanta Botanical Garden for an extended exhibition. In addition to his classic works, the artist has created new installations just for the Atlanta exhibit. For more information, visit atlantabg.org.

Coca-Cola Film Festival

June 10-Aug. 25 | The annual celebration of Atlanta’s favorite films and classic cartoons is set for select dates throughout the summer. This year’s lineup includes: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “The Shining”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Shrek”, “Citizen Kane”, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and Saturday morning cartoons. For more information, visit foxtheatre.org.

The Coca Cola Summer Film Festival will be held at the Fox Theatre / via Brilliance Photography

The Coca Cola Film Festival will be held at the Fox Theatre / via Brilliance Photography

Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival

Aug. 13 | Sounds and tastes from the Atlanta metro area will gather in Oakhurst for over seven hours of original live blues and bluegrass music alongside barbecue from local restaurants and ice cold beer. For more information, visit decaturbbqfestival.com.

Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’

Aug. 21 | Amateur and professional ice cream makers will be offering up tastings of more than 100 varieties of ice cream as part of this annual Roswell competition and festival benefitting The Drake House. For more information, visit missmarysicecream.org.

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

July 23 | Head to Piedmont Park between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. for this free, family-friendly festival featuring a wide variety of interactive activities for children and adults, live entertainment and (of course) plenty of ice cream to purchase. For more information, visit atlantaicecreamfestival.com.

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

Aug. 27-28 | One of Atlanta’s favorite neighborhoods invites you to spend the last weekend of the summer enjoying food trucks, craft beer, a kid-friendly play area, farmer’s market, 5K race and live music in Grant Park. For more information, visit summershadefestival.org.

Petit Le Mans

Petit Le Mans

Sandy Springs Festival

Sept. 18-19 | The tree-lined streets of Heritage Green are home to the annual family-friendly Sandy Springs Festival. Festivities include over 600 artists, crafters, and vendors. Plus there is the Sandy Springs Lightning 10K and 5K, kid-focused fun at the Children’s Park and the Heritage Sandy Springs museum will be open and feature interactive crafts, demonstrations, and exhibits. For more information, visit heritagesandysprings.org.

Petit Le Mans

Sept. 28-Oct. 1 | The annual sports car endurance race will once again take to the track at Road Atlanta for four days of qualifying and competition. Tent camping and RV parking is available. For more information, visit roadatlanta.com.

The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance

Oct. 8-9 | More than 500 vehicles will be on hand at Chateau Elan for the first edition of this event. On Saturday, the greens of one of Chateau Elan’s golf courses will host a variety of vintage and modern vehicles while on Sunday the competition heats up with the concours-level cars competing for trophies. For more information, visit atlantaconcours.org.