An inaugural festival this year is the Atlanta Meatball Festival held Sept. 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Belle Isle Square shopping center at 4969 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Culinary event management company TasteATL, led by Taste of Atlanta founder Dale DeSena, created this new event, which will be hosted by chef Linda Harrell of Cibo E Beve restaurant, located in the shopping center.
“There are so many food festivals happening right now that we wanted to find something new and different,” DeSena said.
Between 15 and 20 restaurants will face off in a Battle of the Balls meatball competition, serving up traditional and nontraditional meatball recipes.
“I am going to be cooking our famous Cibo meatballs that we serve here at the restaurant,” Harrell said. “It’s a combination of beef, veal and pork.”
Attendees can sample each dish, and the competitors voted to the top three will advance to the MeatBrawl Throwdown at Taste of Atlanta Oct. 25. There will also be live music from Convoy, drinks, limoncello tastings and a ball-themed silent auction.
Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the event. The beneficiary of this festival is Open Hand, a nonprofit that provides nutritional meals to those with chronic diseases.
See the following for a variety of local fall festivals:
Beer & Whisky Fest
The 10th annual Beer and Whisky Fest will be held Sunday from 2 to 11 p.m. at the Buckhead Saloon, 3227 Roswell Road. It will feature a variety of whiskies and Georgia-brewed beer, food and four rock and country bands. Tickets are $10 to $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The event benefits the PATH Foundation.
Atlanta Arts Festival
The Atlanta Arts Festival will be held in Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive in Midtown, Sept. 13 and 14. It will feature artists markets, art demonstrations, classes, live entertainment, food and more. Admission is free, but there will be fees for food and some classes and activities. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14.
Taste of Buckhead
The Buckhead Business Association’s 10th annual Taste of Buckhead will be Sept. 18 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road. Enjoy samples from Buckhead’s premier restaurants, chef demonstrations, more than 50 wine and beer tastings, silent and live auctions and various products from vendors. Tickets purchased by Sunday are $50 for general admission or $75 for VIP admission. Afterwards only general admission tickets will be sold, and the price will be $75.
Information: (404) 467-7607 or www.buckheadbusiness.org/taste-of-buckhead
This music festival will be Sept. 19 and 20 at Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive in Midtown. Headliners include Eminem, Jack White, Zac Brown Band, John Mayer, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Run DMC and Gregg Allman. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Sept. 19 and noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 20. General admission is $125 for a two-day ticket, $500 for a two-day VIP package and $1,000 for a two-day super VIP package.
Sandy Springs Fest
The Sandy Springs Festival will be Sept. 20 and 21 at Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle. It will feature a variety of art, a 5K/10K race, live music, food, inflatables, crafts, a petting zoo, a pet parade, face painting and more. Hours are Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children 6 to 17. Admission is free for children 5 and under and for Heritage Sandy Springs members.
Open Arms Festival
The Open Arms Buckhead 2014 Festival will be Sept. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Open Arms Lutheran Child Development Center, 4000 Roswell Road in Buckhead. It is geared to children 6 and under. A $5 bracelet provides unlimited access to games, bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and more. A sand art cart will be onsite for an additional fee. Proceeds will benefit the center, which is a nonprofit ministry of The Lutheran Church of the Ascension.
Fall Folklife Festival
The Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead, will host this festival, which celebrates old Southern traditions, Sept. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will include demonstrations and hands-on activities on canning, metal working, wood working and candle making. Attendees can also enjoy a petting zoo, the center’s gardens, an author discussion and the center’s award-winning exhibit on “Shaping Traditions: Folk Arts in a Changing South.” In addition, there will be food trucks and craft beer vendors. Admission is $16.50 for adults, $13 for seniors and students 13 and older and $11 for youth 4 to 12. Admission is free for members and children under 4.
Chili Cook Off
The third annual Brookhaven Chili Cook Off and Brunswick Stew Competition will be Oct. 11 from noon to 6 p.m. in the Brookhaven Warehouse District, 2740 Apple Valley Road. Over 60 local restaurant and amateur teams will compete. Attendees can purchase tasting spoons for $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. A portion of proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. The event will also include live music, kids’ activities and arts and crafts as well as beverages and cuisine from local food trucks and restaurants.
The Little 5 Points Business Association will host the 14th annual Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade Oct. 18 from noon to 11 p.m. in the Little 5 Points Business District. The festival will feature two stages of live entertainment, local artisans and a variety of food and beverages. The parade will start at 4 p.m. at Euclid and Austin avenues and will travel up Moreland Avenue.
The fifth annual BronzeLens Film Festival will be Oct. 22 through 26 at various Atlanta venues. It will feature film screenings, workshops, panels, roundtable discussions, an awards show and more. Event times and registration fees vary. A one-day screening pass is $10, a basic registration package is $200 and an all-access registration package is $425.
Taste of Atlanta
Taste of Atlanta will be Oct. 24 through 26 at Tech Square in Midtown. It will feature culinary creations, interactive chef demos, specialty food and beverage tents and the chance to learn cooking secrets from Atlanta’s most talented chefs. Hours are Oct. 24 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. and Oct. 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the event. VIP tickets are $75 in advance or $85 at the event.
The 51st annual Pace Fall Fair will be Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pace Academy, 966 W. Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. There will be inflatables, rides, visits from Atlanta sports teams, a street market, food trucks and more. Tickets will go on sale in October.
Chastain Park Arts
The sixth annual Chastain Park Arts Festival will be Nov. 1 and 2 at the park at 4469 Stella Drive in Buckhead. The work of approximately 185 artists and artisans will be featured. There will also be a children’s area, live music and food and beverage concessions. Hours are Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Day of the Dead
The Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead, will host a Day of the Dead Festival Nov. 2 from noon to 5 p.m., celebrating the Mexican holiday. It will include storytelling, crafts, altar displays and authentic Mexican food and entertainment. Admission is free.
The 2014 Letters Festival will be held Nov. 6 through 8 at two Atlanta venues: BurnAway, 261 Peters St., and The Goat Farm Arts Center, 1200 Foster St. It will feature a variety of literary events with independent writers from Georgia and across the country. There will be nightly live readings, a series of craft workshops, a discussion panel, after-party readings and access to the book market, which features a curated collection of presses, publishers and journals.
Cask ale festival
SweetWater Brewery, 195 Ottley Drive in Atlanta, will host the fifth annual Brew Your Cask Off cask ale festival Nov. 8 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Attendees can enjoy unlimited cask ale samples, live music, brewery tours, food trucks and more. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. A portion of proceeds will go to the Georgia Conservancy.