10 things to do in Atlanta this Labor Day weekend

Tourists in Downtown Atlanta
Katrina Merto

Get ready for an unforgettable Labor Day weekend in Atlanta! From celebrating Black Pride to cheering on the “Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech,” to Dragon Con taking over downtown, our guide has you covered with some of the best things to do. Dive into the city’s vibrant scene and make this weekend one to remember. And if you’re off on Monday, enjoy!

Here’s the lowdown on Atlanta’s Labor Day weekend extravaganza:

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37th Annual Dragon Con

Dive into pop culture paradise at Dragon Con! Join 65,000 fans in Atlanta for epic encounters with celebrities, artists, and creators. Show off your cosplay, make friends, and be sure to catch the FREE parade on Saturday morning.

Location: Downtown Atlanta; Date: Aug. 31 through Sept. 4; Admission: $30+; Website: accessatlanta.com

Atlanta Black Pride Weekend

Get ready to party at Atlanta Black Pride this Labor Day weekend! There are tons of events going on around town, including an influencer dinner, the Pure Heat Community Festival, poetry slams and more.

Location: Various locations; Date: Aug. 31 through Sept. 4; Admission: Various events; Website: instagram.com

Aflac Kickoff Game: Louisville v Georgia Tech

Score big as college football returns! Head to Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Friday night for the Aflac Kickoff Game. Georgia Tech takes on Louisville.

Location: Downtown at Mercedes-Benz Stadium - 1 AMB Dr NW; Time: 7:30 p.m.; Date: Friday, Sept. 1; Admission: $36+; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

End of Summer Luau

Say aloha to summer’s end at Ponce City Market’s Roof! Join the luau on Saturday for a tropical blast — limbo, Polynesian fun, themed treats, and prizes await. Plus, a portion of your ticket supports Maui wildfire relief too!

Location: Ponce City Market Rooftop at Skyline Park - 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE; Time: 11 a.m. to midnight; Date: Saturday, Sept. 2; Admission: $30; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Welcome to South Cobb Festival

Round up the fam and get ready to play this weekend at the Welcome to South Cobb Festival! From live music performances to local treats, games, and even a massive water zone, you’re sure to have a good time.

Location: Mableton at RiverLands Gateway Park - Discovery Boulevard and Mableton Pkwy SW, Mableton, Georgia 30126; Time: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Sept. 2; Admission: $20, kids under 5 free; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

All Things Chile Fest

Spice up your Saturday plans at the All Things Chile Fest at SweetWater Brewing for a sizzling celebration of all things spicy. Sample a variety of mouthwatering sauces, groove to live music, and indulge in flavorful adventures.

Location: Northeast Atlanta at SweetWater Brewing Company - 195 Ottley Dr NE; Time: 1-10 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Sept. 2; Admission: $20; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Taste of Soul Atlanta

This weekend, indulge in soul food, music, and culture over two vibrant days at Taste of Soul Atlanta (TOSA), across from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It’s FREE!

Location: West Downtown at Northside Dr. & MLK Jr Dr.; Time: Noon to 9 p.m., Date: Saturday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 3; Admission: Free; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Atlanta Hip Hop Day Festival

On Saturday and Sunday, join the Atlanta Hip Hop Day Festival at Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park for an iconic time filled with music, art, and history. Honor the legends and groove to the rhythm of revolution!

Location: East Atlanta at Historic Fourth Ward Park - 680 Dallas St NE; Time: Noon to 9 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 3; Admission: Free; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

El Pum Pum Latin Festival

Sunday night is gonna be lit at El Pum Pum Latin Music Festival! Immerse yourself in a cultural explosion with chart-topping artists, irresistible beats and shopping at The Pum Pum Market. Most folks are off Monday for Labor Day, so enjoy it!

Location: Southeast Atlanta at Lakewood Amphitheatre - 2002 Lakewood Way SW; Time: 2-11 p.m.; Date: Sunday, Sept. 3; Admission: $70+; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Big Peach Sizzler

If you’re up for a Labor Day challenge, join the Big Peach Sizzler 10K and 5K runs by Miles for Cystic Fibrosis. Thousands will hit the pavement in Chamblee and Brookhaven, followed by a post-race bash at Buckhead Station featuring breakfast from Flying Biscuit Café, StillFire Brewing’s cold beer, and live music. Join the fun for a fantastic cause!

Location: Brookhaven at Peachtree Rd NE, Brookhaven, Georgia 30319; Time: 7-10 a.m.; Date: Monday, Sept. 4; Admission: $60; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

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