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Area arts festivals provide plethora of activities
by Megan Thornton
August 28, 2013 09:26 AM | 3060 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / Festival-goers check out the offerings by local artists at last year’s Chastain Park Arts Festival.
Special Photo / Festival-goers check out the offerings by local artists at last year’s Chastain Park Arts Festival.

From arts and music to barbecue and brews, north Atlanta residents have a variety of festivals to attend beginning next month and running through November.

Chastain Park will host the fifth annual Chastain Park Arts Festival Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. With about 200 artists and vendors, organizer Patrick Dennis said the free event has developed over the years from its humble beginning as a venue to highlight local artists.

“As it’s grown over time, it’s becoming very close to an exclusive fine arts show,” said Dennis, who lives near the park. “It’s more beautiful each year and the artist quality just gets better and better.”

Despite the growth, about 60 to 80 percent of the festival’s exhibitors are local, ranging from jewelers and potters to photographers and painters.

One new aspect of the event Dennis hopes to introduce is a VIP experience for guests, but details have not yet been finalized.

“Last year, we did a breakfast for artists and his year we wanted to expand for customers as well to have something elegant to make our customers feel special while they do their last bit of fine arts shopping before the holiday hits,” he said.


Sandy Springs Festival

Since 1984, Heritage Sandy Springs has hosted the Sandy Springs Festival, an annual event offering a juried artists market, a children’s park, arts and crafts and a petting zoo. The Sandy Springs Lightning 5K/10K will kick off the festival at Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle. The event will be held Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult tickets are $5 for one day and $7 for a two-day pass. Tickets for children cost $2 for one day and $3 for a two-day pass, with free admission for children under age 5


Brookhaven Arts Fest

With 125 juried artists from around the Southeast expected to attend, the Brookhaven Arts Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary this year by holding a contest for its commemorative poster and T-shirt design. The deadline has passed, but the winning design will be unveiled Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at There in downtown Brookhaven.

The free festival will be held Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Apple Valley Road, directly behind the MARTA station.


Fall Folklife 

The Atlanta History Center in Buckhead will once again host the Fall Folklife Festival, with events and demonstrations held both inside the center and on the Smith Family Farm. The usual food, music and beer will be accompanied by local farmers and chefs discussing sustainability techniques and farm-to-table practices.

The event will be Sept. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free to members and the cost of regular admission ($16.50) for non-members.


Great Atlanta Beer Fest

With more than 150 beers, wines and ciders to sample, Great Atlanta Beer Fest returns to Turner Field this year Sept. 7 from 3 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $40 before the event and $50 at the door. Price includes a souvenir cup and unlimited beer samples.


Music Midtown

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Journey and Weezer are just a few acts in this year’s Music Midtown lineup.

Performances will be held Sept. 20 and 21 on two stages in the 10th Street Meadow at Piedmont Park in Midtown, General admission for a two-day ticket costs $110, with one-day tickets and VIP options also available.


Atlanta Arts Festival

This free festival in Piedmont Park will be held Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature live entertainment, classes and artist demonstrations as well as food, beverages and merchandise.


Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival

Atlantic Station will host 50 teams to battle it out to see who makes the best barbecue in Atlanta.

The event will be held Sept 13 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sept. 14 from noon to 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance and $10 the day of the event. For $85, guests can get VIP bourbon and barbecue experience.


Taste of Atlanta

Hailed as the food lover’s food experience, Taste of Atlanta will return to Midtown at Tech Square Oct. 25 through 27. More than 90 of Atlanta’s top restaurants will be offering tastes and cooking demonstrations. General admission tickets cost $30 in advance for a Saturday or Sunday ticket and $40 at the event.


Paws in the Park

A charity dog walk and expo benefitting Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption, Paws in the Park will be held Sept. 29 from noon to 5 p.m. at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta with demonstrations, a charity walk around the park, shopping and visiting with rescue dogs. The dog walk kicks off at 1:30 p.m.


Sunday in the Park

At the 34th annual Sunday in the Park from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta’s Reynoldstown community, guests can enjoy an afternoon of food from Six Feet Under, The Varsity, Pallookaville and more. The event will also feature live musical entertainment, an artists’ market, living history demonstrations, storytellers, Irish dancers and a Victorian costume contest. Carriage tours and free walking tours will be offered and the cemetery’s traditional Teddy Bear Tea will be held in the children’s area.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per person. Admission for children 3 and under is free. Parking costs $5.


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