The Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade is a popular October event in Atlanta, drawing crowds in costumes (or to see costumes) to kick off Halloween season. An older intown neighborhood, Little Five has a walkable commercial center with shops and restaurants, narrow bungalow-lined streets and very little parking, even when there’s not a festival going on.
With that in mind, here are tips for getting to the event, whether you are biking, on a bus, taking the train or driving a car:
Traffic and trying to park can make you want to bite someone’s neck or howl at the moon. Instead of dealing with the hassle, take MARTA to the festival. The Inman Park MARTA station on the blue line is a 15-minute walk away from all the action. Remember that you can park at any MARTA station with free daily parking and ride the train from there. Two bus routes, 6 (Lindbergh Center, Emory, Briarcliff) and 102 (North Avenue station, Ponce de Leon, Poncey Highland) also travel to the area.
Ride Your Bike
Three different bike paths can connect you to Little Five. The PATH Stone Mountain Trail stretches from downtown all the way to Stone Mountain, with a spur to the Inman Park station (yes, bikes are allowed on MARTA). The PATH also connects to the BeltLine Eastside Trail near the Carter Center at Elizabeth Street, and from there goes to Moreland Avenue where the parade takes place. Lastly, Edgewood Avenue has a bike path, which is a good option if you are commuting from downtown or Cabbagetown.
Get a Ride With Uber or Lyft
If you’re planning to get a ride with Uber or Lyft, arrive early. The festival starts at noon, the parade at 4 p.m. Various side streets close in the area as the parade sets up, so traffic will get worse later in the day. Some drop off/pick up locations that might be better than others include at the Carter Center, side streets close to Dekalb Avenue (near Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q or A Cappella Books), and Goldsboro Park near the intersection of North Avenue and Euclid Avenue.
First time Uber riders can use promo code MARTAGuide to get $20 your first trip.