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Area fall festivals events cater to arts, beer, food, dogs
by Caroline Young
August 28, 2012 12:18 PM | 3368 views | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Fall Festival Program Manager Christy Murray and Executive Director Gretchen Roberts show shirts and a small painted figure by artist Eddie King for the upcoming Brookhaven Fall Arts Festival.
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From September to November, Atlanta will be bubbling with fall festivals of art, beer, wine, food, music and dogs.

For the ninth year, the Brookhaven Art Alliance is hosting the Brookhaven Arts Festival Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 21 from noon to 5 p.m. on Apple Valley Road behind the Brookhaven MARTA station.

Executive Director Gretchen Roberts said 10,000 to 15,000 people usually partake in the fall festivities, which will include 150 artists’ vendors,

“It’s a juried show of fine arts,” she said. “It has all the mediums you would think of — jewelry, photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics and wood.”

Additionally, festival goers can indulge in beer and wine, live blues, bluegrass and rock music, a kids’ area, as well as food trucks with “festival food” like barbecue, gyros, ice cream and funnel cakes. Admission is free.

Information: (404) 210-4107.

Festivals can be found to suit anyone’s fancy this autumn.

Fall Folklife Festival

The Atlanta History Center is hosting the Fall Folklife Festival Sept. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Traditional crafts, southern foodways and environmental sustainability are the center of this year’s festival. Festival goers can interact with local chefs and farmers as they discuss culinary trends focusing on farm-to-table food practices, as well as observe the craftsmanship of the traditional folk art practices.

Local musicians will perform folk and bluegrass music and there will be a petting zoo at the barnyard of the center’s Smith Family Farm. Food and beer will be available for purchase.

Information: (404) 814-4000 or

Chastain Park Arts Festival

The two-day event will kick off Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Chastain Park in Buckhead and will continue Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a maximum of 185 of local, regional and national artists, with an emphasis on metro Atlanta and Georgia artists. Healthy refreshments will be sold and alcohol is prohibited. Admission is free.

Information: (404) 845-0793 or email

Great Atlanta Beer Fest

More than 150 different beers, as well as wine and cider, will be ready for sampling Sept. 8 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Turner Field in downtown Atlanta. Most of the festivities will be in the Grand Entry Plaza and Monument Grove but Scout’s Alley will be open and games are free. Live music will be on the stage in the Grand Entry Plaza. This event is for ages 21 and up and will be held rain or shine. Tickets are $40 in advance and $48 at the door.

Information: email

Music Midtown

For music lovers, this year’s event is Sept. 21 and 22 on two stages in the 10th Street Meadow at Piedmont Park in Midtown. Some artists in the lineup include Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, T.I., Girl Talk and Ludacris. Will call will be located at the ticket booth at the corner of 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive. Tickets are $55 for one day and $100 for both days.


The Speakeasy Cocktail Festival

The Speakeasy Cocktail Festival will boast a roaring ’20s atmosphere Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta, and from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be free tastings at The Liquid Lounge and The Culinary Corner, a Makers & Shakers Mixology Championship, gambling and cigars at The Back Room Charity Poker Tournament and The Cigar Lounge. Tasting tickets are $30 per day.


Atlanta Arts Festival

The two-day event will take place Sept. 15 and 16 at Piedmont Park in Midtown. Admission is free and it is open to all ages. The festival will include artist demonstrations, classes, live entertainment, food, beverages and merchandise. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m


Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival

The fourth annual Atlanta Barbecue Festival will be Sept. 14 from 4 to 10 p.m. and Sept. 15 from noon to 8 p.m. at Atlantic Station. Ten of Atlanta’s top restaurants will be there, as well as cooking demonstrations, a market and live music. Tickets are $6.


Sandy Springs Festival

The largest annual event in Sandy Springs, the festival will be Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Heritage Green. Adult tickets are $5 for one day and $7 for both days. Tickets for children 6 to 17 are $2 for one day and $3 for both days. All Heritage Sandy Springs members and kids under 5 have free admission. The Doug Kessler 5K and 10K races will be Sept. 22 at 7:30 and 7:50 a.m.


Taste of Atlanta

For local foodies, the 11th annual Taste of Atlanta begins Oct. 5 and ends Oct. 7 at Tech Square in Midtown, spanning 10 blocks including Spring and 5th streets. The festival will boast more than 80 restaurants, three live cooking stages, a family food zone, a Kitchen Workshop, an Inside the Food studio, and beer, wine and cocktails. General admission is $25 in advance and $35 at the event.


Paws in the Park

A charity walk, demonstrations, vendors and adopt-able rescue dogs will be some of the activities happening at Paws in the Park Sept. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. The expo will benefit Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption, a no-kill animal shelter.

Information: email

Sunday in the Park

The 48-acre Historic Oakland Cemetery, founded in 1850, will hold the 33rd annual Victorian street festival Oct. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be food from Six Feet Under, The Varsity, Pallookaville and other restaurants, as well as live music, artists markets, living history demonstrations, storytellers, Irish dancers and a Victorian costume contest and photography contest. There will also be carriage tours and walking tours and a Teddy Bear Tea will be in the children’s area.


High Point

High Point Elementary School, 520 Greenland Road in Sandy Springs, will host its fall festival Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be games, food and arts and crafts.

Information: (404) 843-7716.

Heiskell Festival

The Heiskell School will have its fall festival Oct. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 3260 Northside Drive in Buckhead. Festivities include square dancing, barbecue, a scarecrow contest, bake sales, a rock-climbing wall, a cake walk and pony rides.

Information: (404) 262-2233 or

Bolton Academy

The annual fall festival at Bolton, 2268 Adams Drive in northwest Atlanta, is set for Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. Attractions will include karaoke, a cake walk, bake sales, face painting, body art, cooking dem-onstrations and a bouncy house.

Information: (404) 802-8350.

Pace Fall Fair

Pace Academy, 966 W. Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead, will host the Pace Fall Fair Oct. 20. Activities will be shopping, games, rides and a dunk tank.

Information: or

W.T. Jackson

W.T. Jackson Elementary School, 1325 Mount Paran Road in Buckhead, will host a fall festival and fun run Oct. 13.


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