The highlight of the city’s list of fall activities is scheduled for Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m. when the city hosts its seventh annual Fallfest at Mayor’s Park off Hastings Bridge Road, adjacent to the Lovejoy Community Center.
According to Lovejoy Mayor Bobby Cartwright, more than 5,000 people attended last year’s event designed for families with special emphasis on family entertainment and activities for youngsters.
“This will be a family festival in a safe and friendly environment,” Cartwright said.
Among the entertainers returning this year is Ken Ford with his unique “violectric” violin performance.
Cartwright said Ford gives an “exhilarating performance.”
In addition, the Mike Delany Blues band will return with a variety of genres of musical selections, ranging from gospel rap to old school rhythm and blues, and there will also be a unique puppet show Cartwright enjoyed in Cobb County.
Information: (770) 471-2304.
The inaugural Brewgaloo Beer Festival to raise funds and awareness for the Haven House, a domestic violence shelter serving Henry, Jasper, Butts and Lamar counties, will take place Oct. 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Jason T. Harper Event Center in Heritage Park, 101 Lake Dow Road, McDonough. The event includes live music with headliner Mackie Creek Band, food trucks and local restaurants.The admission price of $45 includes a commemorative tasting cup and unlimited tastings of craft, import and domestic beers. VIP admission of $75 includes early entry and a T-shirt. Space is limited to the first 3,000 participants, 21 and up. Information: www.BrewgalooBeerFest.com.
The city of Stockbridge invites attendees to the third annual Bridgefest on Oct. 4 and 5 at city hall, 4640 N. Henry Blvd. The festivities will kick off on Oct. 4 with an evening event from 6 to 9 p.m. Visitors can preview the vendors and dance to the grooves of Unisoghn’s Tribute to Motown. Participants can enter a Motown costume contest and vie for the chance to win a prize pack. Oct. 5 will start early for the running community with the inaugural Stockbridge Half Marathon benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at Bridgefest, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It will be a great time to start your holiday shopping by visiting our art and unique craft booths,” city spokeswoman B.J. Mathis said in a statement. There will also be an interactive children’s area, live entertainment throughout the day and a wide variety of food trucks. “Whether you are a runner, a foodie, an arts and craft junkie, a live music fan or you are just looking for something free and fun for the family, Bridgefest has something for you,” Mathis said. Information: www.cityofstockbridge.com
Hampton’s The Great Pumpkin Haunted Festival is Oct. 26 from noon to 8 p.m.
The event will be haunting a new venue this year, the former Hampton Shop at 16 Tom Eason Drive. High school seniors can enter to win a $2,200 scholarship for Best Zombie costume. The festival site features the Haunted Hill House of Horror for the scariest experience participants have ever had. It opens a month before the festival on Sept. 26 and will remain open through the festival. Haunted house tickets are $10. The festival’s Chili Cook Off will be Oct. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. The entry fee is $10. Cash awards will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners. There will also be a Best Taste of Cook off Trophy that will reside at the Train Depot with the winner’s name on it. Information: www.cityofhampton-ga.gov/events/haunted-depot.
Bear Creek Festival
There will be a less scary event for children hosted during the 16th annual Bear Creek Festival on Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Hampton City Park, 19 Central Ave. The festival will host antique dealers, food vendors, arts and craft vendors and a children’s area. Live music will be played throughout the day in the oak tree-shaded city park. The event includes a classic car show, with 15 trophies to be awarded. Information: www.bearcreekfestival.com.