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  • We're hopping in your inbox this morning with a preview of Atlanta's arts and culture happenings this fall.

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1 big thing: Can't stop all the festivals

A large crowd of people enjoy a concert while a man holds a sign saying "if you are reading this it's too lit."

Photo: Courtesy of ONE Musicfest

Music fans from across the Southeast and beyond will journey to the Old Fourth Ward this fall for what’s been called "urban cultural Woodstock."

  • This year's ONE Musicfest headliners include Lauryn Hill, Lil Baby, Jazmine Sullivan, Jeezy and a "street legends set" with the duo of Rick Ross and Gucci Mane.

Why it matters: Atlanta's festival season took a hit with the cancellation of Music Midtown this year, but ONE Musicfest hopes to bring in more than 50,000 fans and put Atlanta on display as a hub of hip-hop and R&B.

  • "This might be the coolest city in the world," Ari Lennox said on stage during her performance last year.

Details: The two-day festival, now in its 12th year, is scheduled for Oct. 8-9, all outdoors across multiple stages at Central Park, Renaissance Park and the Civic Center.

  • The lineup also includes Ja Rule, Ashanti and Doug E. Fresh.

Pro tip: Festival goers can only enter at 501 Piedmont Ave. NE, across the park from where your phone will take you.

  • Rideshare users should ask to be dropped at 395 Piedmont Ave. NE.

Yes, but: If you want something a bit more chill, Oakhurst Porchfest should be on your to-do list.

  • The long-running community music festival that transforms porches into mini stages is set for 11am to 7pm Oct. 8 in Decatur.
  • The low-key and laidback event stretches throughout walkable Oakhurst and draws locals and visitors (including famous out-of-towners like Andrew Lincoln of The Walking Dead).

Read our full guide here

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Bands perform short sets throughout the day. Photo: Hector Amador/Courtesy of Oakhurst Porchfest

2. 🎸 Our concerts have range

Willie Nelson smiles and sits while playing an acoustic guitar in a darkened music venue

Willie Nelson performs in March 2020. Photo: Gary Miller/Getty Images for Shock Ink

Also on the fall calendar is country legend and noted horticulture fan Willie Nelson, who's bringing his Outlaw Music Festival to Ameris Bank Amphitheatre on Sept. 9.

Other music shows we're looking forward to:

3. More ideas for any weather

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Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Iranian, 1924–2019), Untitled (Circles and Squares), 2014, felt-tipped marker and colored pencil on paper. High Museum of Art, gift of the estate of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and Haines Gallery, San Francisco, 2019. 173.© Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Fall in Atlanta is a rich reward after a stifling summer. Get outside to enjoy the arts.

  • If the weather turns south, explore a gallery, catch a play, or watch a film.

Outdoor activities:

  • Elevate: The city’s annual exhibition of temporary art in public spaces runs from Sept. 16 - Oct. 9.
  • Arts festivals: Hundreds of painters, photographers, sculptors and metalworkers set up in Buckhead Village, Chastain Park, Druid Hills, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs and elsewhere throughout the fall.
  • Lore: Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre's outdoor dance experience explores family and heritage in Serenbe’s Wildflower Meadow from Oct. 21-30.

Indoor activities:

4. One photo to go: Puppets!

A performer in a macabre costume performs with puppets

Photo: Courtesy of the Center for Puppetry Arts

Puppets, live music and scary stories collide in "The Ghastly Dreadfuls," an 18-and-up vaudeville show that's become one of Atlanta's most creative Halloween traditions.