Last Friday marked the official beginning of autumn, which means temps are finally bearable, leaves are turning, and my calendar is loaded with fall festivals! There are tons of opportunities for Atlantans to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather in the coming weeks. Below are my top 5 picks for fall fun.
“Sunday in the Park” at Historic Oakland Cemetery
Did you know that this year will mark the 32nd anniversary of this festival hosted by the Historic Oakland Foundation? Yeah, me neither. The website promises “delicious food from Six Feet Under, The Varsity, Pallookaville and more… a variety of live musical entertainment, an artists market, living history demonstrations, storytellers, Irish dancers and a scavenger hunt.” Sounds like a good time to me! Heck, I’ll check it out just to get my corndog fix from Pallokaville.
When: Sunday, October 2nd from noon – 6pm. Click here for more details.
Candler Park Fall Fest
Candler Park hosts several festivals throughout the year, so they know how to facilitate a good time. Food, beverages, an artist market, live music, a 5k race, a tour of homes… this two day festival has something for everyone!
When: Saturday, October 15th (noon – 9pm) & Sunday October 16th (noon – 8pm) Click here for more details.
The Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade
The off-beat energy of L5P makes it the perfect host to the largest Halloween parade in the Southeast. I attended last year for the first time and had so much fun as a plain clothed spectator. If you’re having trouble coming up with a Halloween costume idea, you’re sure to find inspiration here!
When: Saturday, October 22nd. Festivities begin at noon, and the parade begins at 4pm. Click here for more details.
Taste of AtlantaThere will be over 80 restaurants offering samplings of their menu all at one place, you say? Yes, please! I’m stoked to have the opportunity to try so much food for only $25. I never knew how great these types of events were until I attended Taste of Cheshire Bridge a while back. Taste of Atlanta will be bigger and better!
When: Saturday, October 22nd (11am – 6pm) & Sunday October 23rd (11am – 6pm) Click here for more details.
Cabbage Town Chomp and Stomp
I am so bummed that I will miss the uber popular chilli cook-off and festival this year! Hundreds of professionals and amateurs alike offer their take on the deceptively simple meat and bean stew. Every team boasts a secret ingredient for a distinctive flavor. Not a chilli enthusiast? No worries. There are plenty of other food options and drinks available to enjoy while you take in the live bluegrass bands.
When: Saturday, November 5th 11am – 6pm Click here for more details.
Honorable mentions include the Decatur Beer Festival, which takes place on October 15h and is always a sold out event. I did not score tickets this year, but I’ve attended in the past and had a great time. Also on October 15th, Zoo Atlanta is hosting an event called Jazzoo. Tickets are a bit steep at $100 per person, but it’s an all inclusive evening of food, cocktails, music (Yacht Rock!) and animals, and the proceeds fund programs for disadvantaged children. Anyone willing to shell out the dough to attend Jazzoo with me? Anyone…?
Now it’s your turn! Which fall events are you looking forward to??