Atlanta has a brimming calendar of lively annual events to keep both locals and expats entertained throughout the year.

Regardless of whether one is looking for a party or simply to appreciate some good live music or art, there is sure to be something on Atlanta's events calendar to appeal to newcomers of all walks.

Annual events in Atlanta

Martin Luther King Jr. Week (January)

This national holiday has turned into a whole week of festivities in Atlanta in tribute to the great civil rights leader, including parades, readings, educational events and religious services.

Atlanta Film Festival (March)

This nine-day event showcases works of both mainstream and independent filmmakers from around the world with movies screened in various locations around Atlanta.

Inman Park Festival (April)

This is one of Atlanta’s best neighbourhood festivals, with a history of close to 50 years. Attendees can enjoy a parade, live music, a street market and tours of historic and remodelled homes in the Inman Park area. 

Atlanta Jazz Festival (May)

One of the largest free jazz events in the US, the Atlanta Jazz Festival sees thousands of attendees gather to enjoy the works of jazz legends at a number of venues around the city.

Music Midtown (September)

This celebration of a range of musical genres is a treat for musos of all kinds, with numerous local and international acts gracing stages in Midtown.

North Georgia State Fair (September)

The second-largest fair in the state of Georgia, this festival is fun for the whole family and includes exhibits, rides, live performances and a beauty pageant. Don't forget to try some classic American festival fare, like corndogs and funnel cakes.

Taste of Atlanta (October)

A huge outdoor food festival featuring cooking demonstrations, tasting tents and live entertainment, foodies won't want to miss this sensory feast.