9 adult-only happenings in Atlanta this September


With fall in the air, you just might be in the mood for shooting the breeze without your little one or someone else's little ones around your feet.

You can start off September with some of Atlanta's premier events for the whole family, like AJC Decatur Book Festival and Dragon Con. Once you've had your fill, there's a pretty impressive list of those happenings just for the grown folks. 

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Grab that special someone or your best buds to enjoy one of these nine adult-only happenings.

Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade Workshop

4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. $30. Colony Square. 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 678-612-2570.

Atlanta natives anticipate September for a lot of things: Dragon Confall festivals, and the annual BeltLine Lantern Parade. The Parade debuted back in 2010, and has been growing ever since - bringing together more than 60,000 people in 2015 for a spectacle of glimmering lights and sounds. You can watch from the sidelines or take part in the parade yourself; if you want to join the parade, however, you must have a lantern. Make one at home or attend a workshop, like this one hosted by Chantelle Rytter and Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons.

Rumours: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. $25 in advance. Smith's Olde Bar. 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-875-1522.

If you're kicking yourself for missing Fleetwood Mac's concert this past June, now's a chance to redeem yourself for the sake of bohemian queen Stevie Nicks. Comprised of 6 veterans of the Atlanta music scene, Rumours' artists intimate love of Fleetwood Mac's song catalog comes alive in a bewitching performance you can't help but sing along to. Buy your ticket here.

Dardanella: The Great Gatsby Lawn Party

11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. $35-$75. Wren's Nest. 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta.

Return to a simpler time and close out summer in style at The Great Gatsby Lawn Party. Take a step back to the end of the 1st World War and the roaring sounds of the 1920's; indulge in tasty treats and warm up your feet to big band scores. There will be dance lessons, contests, lawn games including croquet, bocce, and so much more (including a vintage paper moon photo set). Period attire strongly encouraged - whisky flask and all. 

Restaurant Industry Celebration at SunTrust Park

1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. $30-$135. SunTrust Park. 755 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta.

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Celebrate the restaurant industry with The Giving Kitchen at SunTrust Park as the Braves battle the Marlins. There are two ticket packages available: VIP and a Home Run Porch. Both include a game ticket and a donation to The Giving Kitchen to help in their efforts to provide emergency assistance grants to Atlanta's restaurant community facing unanticipated hardships.

Art in the Park

1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. $45. Atlantic Station. 4150 West District Ave, Atlanta.

It's time to spice up your life do a little home decorating, grab your friend or spouse and head over to Central Park for a painting tutorial event. Local artist Aleigha Reott will teach how to paint an original (and beautiful) piece of artwork all while sipping on a boozy drink. Your ticket includes painting supplies and two drink tickets which can be redeemed for beer or wine.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Dad's Garage's Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night

7-11 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11. Free. Dad's Garage. 569 Ezzard St, Atlanta. 404-523-3141.

Join Dad's Garage every first Monday of the month for game night. They've got all the video and board games you can handle - combined with a full bar all night that keeps the booze flowing. Nerd out even further and bring your own game to the mix.

Date Night: A Sensual Comedy Experience

8-10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. $5. Argosy. 470 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-577-0407.

Once a month, in the beautiful Brigantine Beer Parlor and Recreation Hall in the back of Argosy, Date Night showcases some of the best comics from Atlanta and surrounding areas for a belly full of laughs and tasty food. It's a perfect event for those in-love and looking-for-love. Doors open at 8 p.m. and show at 8:30 p.m. Hosted/Curated by: Travis Jones, Jen O'Neill Smith & Ian Aber.

Kirkwood Wine Stroll

7-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. $40 in advance. Downtown Kirkwood. Hosea L. Williams and Howard Ave, Atlanta.

The Kirkwood Business Owners' Association is celebrating the 11th annual Wine Stroll. The businesses in the historic neighborhood are opening their doors and inviting guests to sample wines from around the world. The community experience is top-notch and, with a glass of wine in hand, warm and fuzzy. With each ticket purchased, guests receive a souvenir wine glass, program and live entertainment.

The War On Drugs 

8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. $31. The Tabernacle. 152 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. 404-659-9022.


Rock is very much alive and well with Philadelphia's The War on Drugs, whose sound resides at the edges of American music: gritty and fine-tuned, expansive and enveloping as their albums play through. After their Record Store Day single "Thinking of a Place" release this year (the band's first new material in three years), their comeback continues with a large run of fall tour dates. 


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