Fall Festival Guide
By Gregory Wallace
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind art and gifts or want some tasty food and good entertainment, there’s a host of fall festivals this month and next that are sure to fit the bill.
Atlanta Greek Festival
When: Thursday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Orthodox Cathedral, 2500 Clairmont Road
Admission: Adults $5, Children 12 and under $3
About: The Atlanta Greek Festival brings all the aromas, sounds, tastes and traditions of Greece to your doorstep. Your admission ticket becomes your passport as you enjoy all the Beauty of Santorini and the Fun of Mykonos.
More information: www.atlantagreekfestival.org or (404) 633-5870
Emory Presbyterian Church Fall Festival & Bluegrass Barbeque
When: Saturday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: 1886 North Decatur Road.
Admission: Barbeque meal tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children.
About: Enjoy down-home music provided by members of the Southeastern Bluegrass Association. Featured bands including Buzzard Mountain Boys, Tucker Station String Band, Hicks with Picks and Bluegrass Bonanza Band. There will be activities and treats for the children, mouthwatering barbeque and a bake sale on the lawn.
More information: (404) 325-4551 or visit www.emorypresbyterian.org
Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival
When: Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Harmony Park in Oakhurst Village, Corner of East Lake Drive and Oakview Road
About: Events and features include the 5K Arts Run/Walk, local artists live musical performances, a community area featuring Decatur-based nonprofit groups, a free activity area for children, a “Good ol’ fashioned” parade , food and beverages at Oakhurst’s many restaurants. This event is presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance in association with the South Decatur Community Development Corporation.
More information: www.oakhurstartsandmusicfestival.com or (404) 371-9583
Brookhaven Arts Festival
When: Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 17, from noon to 6 p.m.
About: The Brookhaven Arts Alliance sponsors an arts festival every fall, with proceeds to benefit art education for area children. The festival presents local and regional artists carefully selected by a jury. There are activities for children, food and music.
More information: www.brookhavenartsalliance.com
Avondale Estates AutumnFest!
When: Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24. Times TBA
Where: City Hall
About: Drawing more than 1,500 visitors from the metro Atlanta area, the festival compromises an art show and artists’ market featuring more than 60 regional artists and craftsmen selling original paintings, folk art, metal sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass, jewelry and textiles. With a focus on the arts, food and drink, music, and recreational activities for the kids, AutumnFest equates to a perfect excursion for the whole family.
More information: avondalearts.org
Candler Park Fall Fest
When: Saturday, Oct. 23, noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 24, noon to 7 p.m.
Where: Candler Park
About: Artists’ market with 90 booths, food trucks, kid’s village, costume contest, trick or treating, 5k Road Race, Tour of Homes and live music. The festival opens Friday night, Oct. 22, with the Fall Ball at First Existentialist Congregation. Tickets are $10-$15.
More information: www.candlerpark.org/fallfest
Chastain Park Arts Festival
When: Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Chastain Park near the Chastain Park Amphitheater, the Horse Barn and Golf Course. Parking available at 4469 Stella Dr.
About: Organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and a board of experts in various artistic disciplines, the Chastain Park Arts Festival is a two-day event with an emphasis on the visual arts. The festival will feature approximately 100 fine painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craftpersons, glass blowers, jewelers and more. There will also be artist demonstrations, live entertainment, hands-on arts activities and food.
More information: www.chastainparkartsfestival.com