Winner: Best fall festival in Atlanta I Best of Atlanta

  • Jen West
  • For the AJC
10:57 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 Best of Atlanta

Fall is officially here − marked by colorful leaves, cooler temps and the promise of the holidays. 

This week's Best of Atlanta poll found out which fall festival is your favorite to revel in the fall colors and cooler weather.

On Oct. 21, over 35,000 people will congregate to Little 5 Points to enjoy great food and drink, live entertainment and one of the best Halloween parades in the South at the annual Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade. Coming in first place, you're sure to experience a piece of the South that is somewhat unexpected but always memorable.

Just as the air becomes extra crisp and bright, the 15th annual Chomp and Stomp festival will spark a magic that can only be experienced while walking the charming Cabbagetown streets with a chili spoon in-hand and grooving to some live Bluegrass. This second place winner will become a tradition you look forward to every year. Eat all the chili on November 4th from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. 

The 47th Atlanta Pride Festival will take place October 13 − 15 at Piedmont Park, were participants will celebrate unity, visibility and wellness among persons with widely diverse gender and sexual identities through cultural, social, political and educational activities. Come dressed in your party best for this third place fest. 

Continue the fall merrymaking at our other official nominee festivals: Fair on the Square in Lawrenceville (Gwinnett), Candler Park Fall Fest (DeKalb), Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival (Cobb), Alpharetta Art in the Park (North Fulton) and Sunday in the Park at Historic Oakland Cemetery (Intown). Also  worth adding to your list is this week’s popular write-in nominee Roswell Wine Festival.

When fall arrives in Atlanta, we head for the hills for the most spectacular views of the season. Here are five family-friendly getaways in North Georgia.

Speaking of heading north, here are five often-overlooked mountains in our state

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