FESTIVALS & foodie fun

 

AJC DECATUR BOOK FEST

Sept. 2-4
Largest independent book festival in country features book signings, author readings, panel discussions, children’s area, music, parades, cooking demos, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more on Decatur’s downtown square. decaturbookfestival.com.
 

ALIVE IN ROSWELL

Sept. 15, Oct. 20
Family-friendly festival with music, food trucks, merchant booths and kids fun, from 5-9 PM on the Historic Town Square. atlantaplaysitforward.org/aliveinroswell/.
 

ALPHARETTA ART IN PARK

Sept. 24 Outdoor artists market features handcrafted work, from pottery to jewelry. 9 AM-4 PM. Main Street & Milton Avenue.
awesomealpharetta.com.
 

ALPHARETTA eVENTS

Through Oct. 27 Food Truck Alley, 6-8 PM Thurs. Old Roswell Street.

Oct. 1
Scarecrow Harvest. Free family street party with 100+ decorated scarecrows, music, hayrides, face painting, farmer’s market and food on Milton Avenue. 10 AM-2 PM. 678/297-6078.
Oct. 1
Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest, downtown, 6:30-11 PM.

awesomealpharetta.com.
alpharetta.ga.us.

 

ATLANTA BELTLINE LANTERN PARADE

Sept. 10
Glowing procession of light, music and color on the Eastside Trail, from Irwin Street up to Piedmont Park, to kick off the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibit. Tailgate party: 7:30 PM. Parade: 8:30 PM. art.beltline.org.

 

atlanta greek festival

Sept. 22-25
Enjoy all things Greek at this 41st annual fest, with music, dancing, shopping, cuisine, cooking demos, children’s entertainment, exhibits and tours at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 2500 Clairmont Road. 5-10 PM Thurs., 5-11 PM Fri., 11 AM-11 PM Sat., 11 AM-7 PM Sun. $5 (free, 12 & under). Free parking & shuttle buses from Century Center Office Park. atlantagreekfestival.org.

 

ATL. PARENT’S FAMILY FEST

Oct. 8 Family fun with activities, entertainment, music, petting farm, craft booths and food, presented by Atlanta
Parent Magazine at the Mercer Atlanta Campus. 10 AM-4 PM. atlantaparent.com.

 

BELTLINE WINE STROLL

Sept. 24
Mile-long walk and wine tasting event on the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine from 1-5 PM, with 20+ participating venues. Check-in under Freedom Parkway Bridge near Old Fourth Ward Skatepark. 21+ only. facebook.com/BeltLineWineStroll.

 

BOOK FEST OF THE MJCCA

Nov. 5-20 25th annual author event features meet-and-greets, book signings, community read, panel discussions, children and teen activities and more. Most events held at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678/812-4005.
atlantajcc.org/bookfestival.
 

Brookhaven Chili Cook Off

Oct. 8
Neighborhood festival with music, live entertainment, food and drink vendors, kid zone, and 75+ cooking teams. 12:30-6 PM at Brookhaven Park, 2660 Osborne Road. $20 ($15 adv.), free for 12 & under. Free parking and shuttle at MARTA Brookhaven station. brookhavenchilicookoff.com.

 

CANDLER PARK FALL FEST

Oct. 1-2
Celebration of music and community in Candler Park with live entertainment, Artist Market, Tour of Homes ($25), 5K Road Race & Fun Run (Sat.) and kids activities. Free. Corner of McLendon Ave. and Candler Park Dr., Atl. 404/577-4212. fallfest.candlerpark.org.

 

CHASTAIN PARK ARTS FEST

Nov. 5-6
Annual fest features a spectacular outdoor gallery of fine art and crafts at Chastain Park along Park Drive, plus live entertainment, acoustic music, children’s area and gourmet food trucks. 4469 Stella Dr., Atl. 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. Free. chastainparkartsfestival.com.

 

COUNTRY LIVING FAIR

Oct. 21-23
Folk art, antiques, crafts, art, furniture and home décor, plus seminars, demos, gourmet market, general store, live music and kids’ fun at Stone Mtn. Park’s Event Meadow. 10 AM-5 PM. $16 ($13 adv.), $40 Early Bird, plus park entry fee. 1-866/500-FAIR.
countryliving.com/fair.
stellashows.com.

 

CRABAPPLE FEST

Oct. 1 Outdoor family fest with antique vendors, local juried artists and merchants, children’s activities and food vendors. 10 AM-5 PM. 12650 Crabapple Road, downtown Milton. cityofmiltonga.us.
 

CUMMING COUNTRY FAIR & FESTIVAL

Oct. 6-16 Concerts, carnival midway with 40+ rides and games, live shows, petting zoo, Heritage Village and more at Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road. 4-10 PM Mon.-Thurs., 4 PM-midnight Fri., 10 AM-midnight Sat., 12:30-9 PM Sun. $7 (free for 10 & under), $5 parking.
cummingfair.net.
770/781-3491.

 

DRAGON CON

Sept. 2-5 30th annual pop culture convention in Atlanta for fans of sci-fi/fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music and film, with workshops, concerts, parties, costumes, exhibitors and more. Parade down Peachtree Street at 10 AM Sat. dragoncon.org.

 

EAST COBBER PARADE & FESTIVAL

Sept. 17 Community event kicks off at 10 AM with parade (from Mt. Bethel Elementary School travels south on Johnson Ferry Road and left on Olde Towne Pkwy.), followed by festival from 11 AM-3 PM in South parking lot of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church with arts & crafts, merchant booths, food, carnival games and entertainment stage. eastcobber.com/parade.

 

ELEGANT ELF MARKETPLACE

Nov. 5-6 Upscale gift market of handmade crafts, art, jewelry, fashion, home décor, gourmet food, toys and entertainment at Sandy Springs Society’s holiday shopping extravaganza at Lake Forest Elementary School, 5920 Sandy Springs Circle. 9 AM-5 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. $5 (free, ages 10 & under). sandyspringssociety.org.

 

EUROPEAN MARKET ON MILTON AVE.

Sept. 17-18 Shop eclectic merchandise, from vintage home furnishings and local art to handcrafted jewelry and fashion, under a big tent on Milton Ave., Alpharetta. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11-5 PM Sun.
europeanmarketonmilton.weebly.com.

 

FALL FESTIVAL ON PONCE

Oct. 15-16 Juried arts & crafts fest and street market, with food/drink concessions and live acoustic entertainment at Olmsted Linear Park, 1451 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atl. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. festivalonponce.com.

 

FALL WINE FEST

Oct. 9 17th annual benefit of the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation features tastings from regional wineries and local breweries, as well as samplings from 40 restaurants. 3-6 PM at Ashford Manor, #5 Harden Hill, Watkinsville. $55.
706/769-4565.

 

  1. MOUNTAIN FALL FEST

Oct. 7-15 Live music, arts & crafts, food booths, flower show and more at the Ga. Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee. georgiamountainfairgrounds.com.
706/896-4191.

 

GOLD RUSH DAYS

Oct. 15-16 Celebrate the 1828 discovery of gold in Dahlonega with art & craft exhibitors, food, kids’ activities, gold panning contest, parade, music and more. dahlonegajaycees.com.
dahlonega.org.
706/864-3513.
 

GREAT ATLANTA BEER FEST

Oct. 8 Head to Turner Field in Atlanta for an afternoon of fun with 150+ different beers to sample, live music and entertainment, college football on the big screen. Includes souvenir cup; food available for purchase. 1-6 PM. $55 ($45 adv.). greatatlantabeerfest.com.
atlantabeerfestivals.com.

 

HARVEST BALLOON FEST

Oct. 15 Sterling on the Lake’s annual festival at the Village Green, 7004 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch, with tethered balloon rides ($15), balloon glow, food & craft vendors, pet adoptions, hay rides, carnival rides and kids activities. 3-9 PM. $2. 770/967-9777.
harvestballoonfestival.com.

HARVEST FOR A CURE

Oct. 20 Sample delicious food and beverages from the city’s top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists while enjoying contemporary art at Mason Fine Art, 415 Plasters Ave., Atl. Benefits the Ga. Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. mswineevent.org.

 

HEMBREE FARM’S “GREAT FLEA FLING”

Oct. 1 Giant yard sale from 8 AM to 5 PM to benefit Hembree Farm Historic Site, with books, antiques, handmade items, refreshments and bake sale. 755 Hembree Road. 770/992-1665.
roswellhistoricalsociety.org.
 

INDIAN FEST & POW-WOW

Nov. 3-6 A Native American cultural showcase with dance, music, crafts, cooking, storytelling and more at Stone Mtn. Park’s Antebellum Plantation. 9 AM-3 PM Thurs.-Fri., 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. $15, plus park entry fee. stonemountainpark.com.

 

JAPANFEST

Sept. 17-18 Largest Japanese cultural fest in the Southeast with taiko drum, dance, martial arts, music, food, beer garden, kids games and more at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 10 AM-6 PM. $10 (6 & under, free). 404/842-0736.
japanfest.org.

 

JEKYLL ISLAND SHRIMP & GRITS FESTIVAL

Sept. 16-18 Eat, drink and celebrate this classic southern dish in the Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District, with 100+ art and craft vendors, live music, kids’ zone, food, craft brew fest, wildlife demonstrations and more. jekyllisland.com.

 

JOHNS CREEK ARTS FEST

Oct. 15-16 A gallery of whimsical works showcased in a green space across from the Atlanta Athletic Club on Hwy. 141 (Medlock Bridge Road). 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. johnscreekartsfestival.splashfestivals.com.
 

MARIETTA ART IN THE PARK FESTIVAL

Sept. 3-5 Art festival at Glover Park in the Marietta Square with a juried artist market of original works by 175 artists, Children’s Art Alley, Chalk Spot street art ($10/$15 participation fee), live music and more. Free admission. 10 AM-5 PM. 50 N. Park Square. artparkmarietta.com.

 

MARIETTA CHALKTOBERFEST 2016

Oct. 8-9 Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art presents this festival in the Marietta Square with live chalk street drawings by 80+ professional chalk artists, Craft Beer Festival (Sat. only, ticketed event for 21+), music concert with A1A (7-9 PM Sat.), chalk competition (11 AM-3 PM Sun.), kids crafts (1-5 PM Sun.) and free museum admission. 10 AM-5 PM. chalktoberfest.com.

 

MARIETTA HARVESTFEST

Oct. 15 Arts and crafts festival at Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square, plus Halloween Happenings (1-5 PM) with children’s carnival games and costume contest, Touch-A-Truck (10 AM-4 PM) and Scarecrows in the Square awards. 9 AM-5 PM. mariettaga.gov.

 

Marietta SQUARE ARTISTS MARKET

Sept. 10 & 24, Oct. 8 & 22, Nov. 12 & 26 Open-air showcase of juried fine arts on Mill Street, by Glover Park, Marietta. 9 AM-2 PM. artistsmarketmarietta.com.

 

MARIETTA STREETFEST

Sept. 17-18 25th annual event on the historic Marietta Square features arts & crafts, Kids Korner, Hubcaps and History Classic Car Show (10 AM-3 PM Sat.), Toy Box Trot one-mile fun run (8:30 AM Sat.; active.com), and Marietta Grassroots Music Festival (3-9 PM Sat., noon-5 PM Sun.; grassrootsfest.com). 9 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. Glover Park, 50 N. Park Square. 770/592-7180.
mariettastreetfest.com.

 

NORCROSS ART SPLASH

Oct. 1-2 Annual festival in historic Norcross features a colorful display of artisan works, Kidz Zone, live music and food. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. norcrossartsplash.splashfestivals.com

 

Owl-O-Ween HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

Oct. 21-22 Family-friendly fest with live entertainment, hot air balloon glows, tethered rides, costume party, trick-or-treating, Kids Zone, merchant marketplace, food trucks and more at Kennesaw State University Sports & Recreation Park, 3300 George Busbee Pkwy. Starts at 4 PM. 770/794-7809.
owl-o-ween.com.

 

PIONEER DAYS

Sept. 2-5 Family-friendly festival with arts & crafts, rides, games, dancers, musicians and fireworks at dusk on Mon. at Sam Smith Park in Cartersville. 4-11 PM Fri., noon-11 PM Sat. & Sun., noon-10 PM Mon. $5 (under 12, free); $20 daily wristband for unlimited carnival rides. 770/974-9033.
pioneerdaysga.com.

 

ROSWELL ARTS FESTIVAL

Sept. 17-18 50th annual event in Roswell’s town square with arts & crafts, performing arts, kids’ activities, food and more. 10 AM-5 PM. 610 Atlanta St., free shuttle from Roswell City Hall at 38 Hill St. Benefits Roswell Rec & Parks Dept. roswellartsfestival.com.
visitroswellga.com.

 

ROSWELL WINE FESTIVAL

Oct. 2 Sample wines from restaurants and businesses along Canton Street. 2-5 PM. roswellwinefestival.com.

 

SANDY SPRINGS FESTIVAL

Sept. 17-18 31st annual juried arts & crafts extravaganza with 600+ vendors, live music, cultural performances, pet parade, Chalk Walk Art Competition, 10K & 5K race, children’s activities, classic rides and food at Heritage Green, 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs. 9 AM-6 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. $5 ($2, ages 6-17; free, ages 5 & under). sandyspringsfestival.com.

 

SAVANNAH FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

Nov. 7-13 Culinary celebration with local and celebrity chefs, winemakers, wine dinners and more, staged in scenic coastal venues. savannah
foodandwinefestival.com.
 

SOUTHEASTERN COWBOY FESTIVAL

Oct. 20-23 14th annual event at Booth Western Art Museum, with gunfight re-enactments, Native American dances, vendors and exhibits. 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville. 770/

387-1300.
boothmuseum.org.

 

St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival

Oct. 5-9 Enjoy coastal cuisine, wine, beer, spirits and entertainment at area venues. Benefits Hospice of the Golden Isles. ssifoodandspirits.com.

 

STONE MOUNTAIN HIGHLAND GAMES

Oct. 15-16 44th annual event with Scottish dancing, piping, drumming, harping, games, artisan shops, kids’ activities and parade at The Meadow at Stone Mtn. Park. 8 AM-5 PM. $20 Sat., $18 Sun. ($6, ages 4-12); plus park entry fee. 770/521-0228.
smhg.org.

 

SWAN COACH HOUSE flea market

Sept. 23-24 Find treasures at the right price from Atlanta’s best closets at the Forward Arts Foundation’s annual flea market, held at the Atlanta History Center lower parking deck. Items range from antiques, art and furniture to clothing, jewelry, books and home accessories. Preview Party: 6-9 PM Sept. 22. Market: 10-4 PM Fri. and 10 AM-2 PM Sat. 130 West Paces Ferry Road. swancoachhouse.com.

 

TASTE OF ATLANTA

Oct. 21-23 Foodie fest at Midtown’s Technology Square, with live entertainment, food & beverage tents, cooking demos and family-friendly activities, plus Race for the Taste 5K run (Sat.) Kickoff Party: 7:30-11 PM Fri. Festival: 12-7 PM Sat., 12-6 PM Sun. Advance ticket purchase recommended. tasteofatlanta.com.

 

TASTE OF BUCKHEAD

Sept. 15 Sample the best that Buckhead has to offer at this premier food event at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works. Sponsored by the Buckhead Business Association. 5:30-9:30 PM. $50; $75 VIP. 404/467-7607. tasteofbuckhead.org.
 

THE GREAT ARTDOORS FESTIVAL

Oct. 15 Art fest at Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, with studio tours, pottery and sculpture exhibit, U-do-Raku, performances, live blues music, food, local wines and brews. 10 AM-5 PM. hambidge.org.

 

YEA! ARTIST MARKET

Sept. 24 A showcase of local art and music by grades K-12, hosted by Decatur Arts Alliance from noon-4 PM at Harmony Park, Oakhurst Village, Decatur. decaturartsalliance.org/events/yea-event/

 

YELLOW DAISY FESTIVAL

Sept. 8-11 48th year for one of the country’s top arts & crafts shows with 400+ booths of original works, live entertainment, kids’ activities and food in the Special Events Meadow at Stone Mtn. Park. 10 AM-6 PM Thurs. & Fri., 10 AM-7:30 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun; Early Bird hours, 8-10 AM Thurs.-Sat. Free; vehicle entry fee. stonemountainpark.com.

 

HOME & GARDEN

 

DAZZLIN’ DAHLIAS FEST

Highlands, N.C.

Sept. 10
Celebrate the beauty of the dahlia at the Highlands Recreation Center, from 1-5 PM. $5. Patron Party: Sept 8. 828/787-1050
highlandshistory.com
 

DISCOVER ADAC

Sept. 26-29 Experience the future of interiors at the Southeast’s premier design center with keynote presentations, product launches, panel discussions, book signings and more. 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Atl. adacatlanta.com/discoveradac.

 

DUNWOODY HOME TOUR

Oct. 5 44th annual tour of the Dunwoody Woman’s Club features four area homes. 9:30 AM-3 PM. Benefits the club’s service projects. dunwoodywomansclub.com.

 

FALL ATL. HOME SHOW & OUTDOOR LIVING EXPO

Sept. 9-11 33rd annual show at the Cobb Galleria Centre features 300+ exhibitors showcasing home improvement products and services, garden design ideas, speakers, demonstrations and Backyard Beer Garden ($5, 21+ only). 10 AM-6 PM Fri., 10 AM-7 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. Two Galleria Pkwy., Atl. $10 (free for 12 & under, 65 & older). Free on-site parking. atlantahomeshow.com.
770/798-1997.

 

  1. TRUST FALL RAMBLE

Oct. 7-9 Explore Savannah’s early streetcar suburbs, beloved downtown, and the lowcountry of the Moon River District on this exclusive tour of private homes and special projects to benefit the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. 404/885-7812.
georgiatrust.org.

 

LAKEWOOD 400 ANTIQUE MARKET

Sept. 16-18, Oct 14-16, Nov 18-20 North Atlanta’s premier market for antiques, collectibles, vintage furniture, re-claimed architectural, home & garden decor and more. 1321 Atlanta Hwy., Cumming. 9 AM-5 PM Fri. 9 AM-6 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. $3. 770/889-3400.
lakewoodantiques.com.

 

NARI ATLaNTA TOUR OF REMODELED HOMES

Oct. 22 View expansions and renovations by the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry on self-guided tours through homes in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. 10 AM-4 PM. $25 ($20 adv.). atlantaremodelingtour.com.
 

ROSWELL TOUR OF HOMES

Sept. 17-18 Tour historic private homes and public spaces, and get a peek at some of the city’s newer constructions at this event presented by the Roswell Historical Society. $25 ($20 adv). 770/992-1665.
societyrhs@bellsouth.net.

 

SCOTT ANTIQUE MARKETS SHOWS

Sept. 8-11, Oct. 6-9, Nov. 10-13 World’s largest series of indoor antique shows with 3,500 exhibit booths at Atlanta Expo Centers, 3650 Jonesboro Road SE, I-285 Exit 55. 10:45 AM-6 PM Thurs., 9 AM-6 PM Fri.-Sat., 10 AM-4 PM Sun. $5. 404/361-2000.
scottantiquemarket.com.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARADE

Dec. 3 Annual parade in midtown Atlanta, 10:30 AM-noon. Starts at Peachtree St. near Baker St., turns right onto Marietta St., turns left and ends on Centennial Olympic Park Drive. choa.org.

 

COTTON STATES CAT SHOW

Nov. 5-6 78th annual Cotton States CFA Championship and Household Pet Cat Show, plus vendors and rescue groups, at the Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 10 AM-4 PM. $8 ($5 children). cottonstatescatclub.org.

 

COUGAR CLASSIC CAR SHOW & BAZAAR

Oct. 1 Benefit at The Cottage School with car show, arts & crafts, and garage sale. 10 AM-4 PM. 700 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell. cottageschool.org.

 

disney on ice “FOLLOW YOUR HEART”

Oct. 5-9 Swim with Dory, cheer with the “Inside Out” emotions, reunite with Olaf, Anna and Elsa, and see the Disney Princesses at this ice skating spectacular at Philips Arena, 1 Philips Dr., Atl. 7:30 PM Wed., 10:40 AM & 7:30 PM Thurs.-Fri.; 10:30 AM, 2:30 & 6:30 PM Sat.; 1 & 5 PM Sun. philipsarena.com.
800/745-3000.
 

FRANCES MCGAHEE YOUTH DAY PARADE

Oct. 8 Festivities begin at First Baptist Church on Mimosa Blvd. and end at Roswell Area Park on Woodstock Road at this 66th annual parade. Roswell Rec & Parks Dept.: 770/641-3705.

 

GEORGIA BRIDAL SHOW

Sept. 11 Bridal extravaganza at Infinite Energy Forum, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. Noon-5 PM. $15. eliteevents.com.

 

GEORGIA STATE PARKS

Sept. 10 Secrets of Homestead Trail, Red Top Mtn. State Park, Acworth. 770/975-0055.

Sept. 10 6-mile wilderness hike, Panola Mtn. State Park, Stockbridge. 770/389-7801.

Sept. 10 2-mile geology hike, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs. 770/732-5871.

Sept. 17 Bend Fest, Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Newnan. 770/254-7271.

Sept. 17-18 Harvest Time at the Homestead, Red Top Mtn. State Park, Acworth. 770/975-0055.

Sept. 24 “Your State Parks Day,” volunteer service projects.

For a comprehensive listing of events, visit gastateparks.org.
 

MACY’S TREE LIGHTING

Nov. 20 Experience the magic of the season at this 69th annual event at Lenox Square Mall with live entertainment, fireworks finale and late night shopping. 5 PM. 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atl.

 

REPTICON ATLANTA

Oct. 15-16 Reptile and exotic animal show at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville. 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 10 AM-4 PM Sun. $10 ($5 ages 5-12, free for 4 & under). repticon.com.

 

RIVERS ALIVE CLEAN-UP

Sept. 24 Volunteer to help clean up along the waterways in Roswell at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road. 8-11 AM. 770/641-3742.
 

SESAME STREET LIVE

Sept. 17-18 “Elmo Makes Music” at the Fox Theatre. 10:30 AM, 2 & 5:30 PM Sat.; and 1 & 4:30 PM Sun. 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atl. 855/285-8499.
foxtheatre.org.
sesamestreetlive.com.
 

SNOW MOUNTAIN

Nov. 19-Feb. 25 (select dates) A snow-packed mountainside of action-packed excitement, with single and family tubing, SnowZone play area and more. Ticketed event, plus park entry fee. 770/498-5690.stonemountainpark.com.

 

STONE MTN. CHRISTMAS

Nov. 12-Jan. 1 (select dates) Stone Mtn. Park’s Crossroads is transformed into a winter wonderland with two million lights, parade, live shows, strolling carolers, Santa, the Snow Angel, Rudolph and Bumble, Ice Age 4D, sing-a-long train and holiday laser show. Adventure pass, plus park entry fee. stonemountainpark.com.
770/498-5690.

 

UQUEST URBAN ADVENTURE RACE

Sept. 24 Teams of 2-4 people race through downtown hunting physical and mental challenges to earn points, with a live leaderboard and GPS tracking for fast-paced fun. Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree St., NE, Atl. 404/879-2250.
uquestusa.com.

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

ATL. BOTANICAL GARDEN

Through Oct. 30 “Chihuly in the Garden,” encore exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s spectacular works, with “Chihuly Nights” evening hours.

Weekends Garden Chef Demos, Sat. & Sun., through Oct.

Oct. 4-30 Scarecrows in the Garden, display of nearly 100 creations by area schools, artists and designers, with weekend family fun from 10 AM-4 PM.

Oct. 23 Goblins in the Garden. Nov. 12-Jan. 7 Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, millions of low-voltage LED displays set the grounds ablaze, 5-10 PM (except. Dec. 24 & 31).

1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atl. atlantabg.org.
404/876-5859.
 

aTLANTA HISTORY CENTER

Sept. 17 Fall Folklife Festival, 10:30 AM-4:30 PM, explores Southern crafts and foodways, with artists, chefs and musicians.

Oct. 21 Haunted Halloween

Oct. 30 Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), free outdoor festival from noon-5 PM with traditional dancing, crafts, Mexican food and entertainment.

Dec. 9, 16 Candlelight Nights, experience Christmas past with a candlelit stroll through the grounds and three historic houses, plus an arts & crafts market, cash bar and food for purchase. 5:30-9:30 PM.

Exhibitions

Through Oct. 10 “Fashion in Good Taste: Women in Atlanta, 1920-1969” at Swan House. Through Dec. 31 “Atlanta in 50 Objects” and “Native Lands: Indians and Georgia.”

Through Jan. 16, 2017 Boyd Lewis photography at Margaret Mitchell House.

Ongoing “Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta,” with artifacts, ephemera and interactive media.

130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. atlantahistorycenter.com.
404/814-4000.
 

BARRINGTON HALL

Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26 Garden Tour

Sept. 21, Nov. 16 Lecture

Oct. 8-9 Viking Encampment

535 Barrington Dr., Roswell. 770/

640-3855.
southerntrilogy.com.
 

BULLOCH HALL

Sept. 18-26 “The Workes of Our Hands,” samplers and handwork.

180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 770/992-1731.
bullochhall.org.

 

cALLANWOLDE FINE ARTS CENTER

Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 Poetry Reading

Sept. 10 Salute To America and The Arts Celebrity Concert & Fest

Sept. 15 A Book Affair

Sept. 22, Nov. 3 Family Storytelling

Oct. 28 Halloween Night

Nov. 18-20 Holiday Pottery Sale (Preview Reception, Nov. 17).

Nov. 21-Dec. 30 Christmas at Callanwolde Light Show, outdoor walking tour of illuminated holiday displays, $20. Open 6-10 PM daily (closed Nov. 25, Dec. 1, 24 & 25).Nov. 28-Dec. 13 Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Show House, mansion tour with rooms uniquely decorated for the holidays. $20 ($35 combo ticket with light show).

980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl. 404/872-5338.
callanwolde.org.
 

cALLAWAY GARDENS

Sept. 2-4 Hot Air Balloon Fest with balloon glow at Robin Lake Beach, balloon flights, live music, classic car show, Kids Zone, beach activities and more.

Sept. 4 Olympic Triathlon/Duathlon & 5K. active.com.

Sept. 30 Ida Cason Callaway Foundation Golf Tournament

Nov. 5 The Steeplechase

Nov. 18-Jan. 7 Fantasy in Lights®, Christmas spectacular.

Dec. 3 Santa Claus 10K Classic

Pine Mountain. 1-800-CALLAWAY. callawaygardens.com.

 

CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER

Sept. 22 Sunset Sips: Old Chattanooga, 6:30-9:30 PM.

Oct. 21-22, 28-29 Halloween Hikes, guided night hikes.

Oct. 16   Harvest on the Hooch, Farm to Table Garden Fest with food/drink tastings, music, games, alpacas and more, 1-4 PM.

Dec. 3 Back to Nature Holiday Market and Festival, 10 AM-5 PM.

9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770/992-2055.
chattnaturecenter.org.

 

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Through Sept. 4 “XOXO” exhibit.Opening Sept. 24 Travel with Jack and Annie in the Magic Tree House® traveling exhibit.

275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atl. 404/659-KIDS.
childrensmuseumatlanta.org.

 

FERNBANK MUSEUM

New WildWoods, outdoor nature experience.

Exhibitions

Sept. 17-Jan. 2 “The World’s Largest Dinosaurs,” discover the staggering anatomy of some of the biggest creatures to ever live.

IMAX®
screenings

Through Oct. 6 “A Beautiful Planet,” captured by astronauts aboard the ISS.

Through Dec. 15 “Dinosaurs Alive.”

Oct. 7-Feb. 2 “The Search for Life in Space,” a new era of space exploration, from the ice moons of Jupiter and Saturn into the far reaches of space.

Ongoing Martinis & IMAX® with cocktails, cuisine and music, 7-11 PM Fri. 404/929-6400.

767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300.
fernbankmuseum.org.
 

OAKLAND CEMETERY

Oct. 2 Sunday in the Park, 35th annual Victorian street festival with live music, artists market, living history demonstrations, Irish dancers, children’s area and storytellers. Noon-6 PM. $5 suggested donation; $5 parking.

Oct. 15 Run Like Hell 5K & Fun Like Heck Fun Run.

Oct. 21-29 Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours.

248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atl.
oaklandcemetery.com.

 

SMITH PLANTATION HOME

Sept. 9-10, 24, Oct. 8, 21-22 Open Hearth Cooking and Living History, 10 AM-2 PM.

Sept. 23-24 25th Anniversary

Oct. 8 Fall Farm Day

Oct. 29 Spooktacular Night

935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. archibaldsmithplantation.org.
678/639-7500.
 

STONE MOUNTAIN PARK

Sept. 3-5 Labor Day Weekend: Lasershow & Fireworks, 9 PM,

Sept. 8-11 Yellow Daisy Festival.

Sept. 30-Oct. 30 Pumpkin Fest

Oct. 14-30 Southern Ghosts Tour

Oct. 15-16 Highland Games

Oct. 21-23 Country Living Fair

Nov. 3-6 Indian Fest & Pow-Wow

Nov. 12-Jan. 1 St. Mtn. Christmas

Nov. 19-Feb. 25 Snow Mountain

1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 770/498-5690.
stonemountainpark.com.

 

zOO ATLANTA

Sept. 10 Play the Animal Way, Boy Scout Day.

Oct. 8 Sippin’ Safari: wine-sampling, animal viewing, live music and tasty bites. Ages 21+

Oct. 22-23, 29-30 Boo at the Zoo

800 Cherokee Ave., Atl. 404/624-2809.
zooatlanta.org.

 

SPORTS & FITNESS

 

AGILE ON THE GREEN

Oct. 6 Charity golf tournament at Topgolf, Alpharetta. Benefits Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta. 12:30-5 PM. agileonthegreen.com.

 

AIDS WALK ATL. & 5K RUN

Oct. 16 Largest AIDS-related fundraiser in the Southeast, with a pledge walk and run at Piedmont Park. 404/876-9255.
aidswalkatlanta.com.
 

AtH-HALF

Oct. 8 Health & Fitness Expo, 12-6 PM, The Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas St., Athens.

Oct. 9 Half marathon in downtown Athens. Supports music and arts education for youth. athhalf.com.

 

ATLANTA BRAVES

Home Games

Sept. 1 San Diego Padres

Sept. 9-11 New York Mets

Sept. 12-14 Miami Marlins

Sept. 16-18 Washington Nationals

Sept. 27-29 Philadelphia Phillies

Sept. 30-Oct. 2 Detroit Tigers

Games at Turner Field. 800/326-4000.
atlanta.braves.mlb.com.

 

ATLANTA FALCONS

Home Games

Sept. 11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Oct. 2 Carolina Panthers

Oct. 23 San Diego Chargers

Oct. 30 Green Bay Packers

Nov. 27 Arizona Cardinals

Dec. 4 Kansas City Chiefs

Games at Georgia Dome, Atl. atlantafalcons.com.

 

ATLANTA GLADIATORS

Home Games

Oct. 14-15 Toledo Walleye

Oct. 27 Wichita Thunder

Nov. 4 Elmira Jackals

Nov. 5 Orlando Solar Bears

Nov. 8-11 Florida Everblades

Nov. 24-25 Norfolk Admirals

Nov. 27 South Carolina Stingrays

Nov. 30 Greenville Swamp Rabbits Games at Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth. atlantagladiators.com.

 

Atl. Santa Speedo Run

Dec. 10 Fun, community run hosted by Manuel’s Tavern to benefit CHRIS Kids. atlantasantaspeedorun.org.

 

ATLANTA 2-DAY WALK

Oct. 15-16 Pledge walk for breast cancer, starts at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Participants may walk both days, Sat. only (20 miles) or Sun. only (10 miles). itsthejourney.org.
404/531-4111.
 

BIG PEACH SIZZLER 10K

Sept. 5 10K race for Cystic Fibrosis, from Chamblee MARTA Station to Buckhead Station Shopping Center. milesforcf.org.

 

Bike MS: COX Atlanta Peach Ride 2016

Oct. 1-2 30th cycling benefit of the Ga. Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society starts at 8 AM Sat. at Newnan’s Blalock Lakes Sporting Club in Coweta County, with 30-, 60- and 100-mile route options through Chattahochee Hills to LaGrange, with shuttle return for one-day participants. $75 registration; $350 fundraising minimum. bikemsgeorgia.org.
678/534-3588.
 

CHOA FUNDRAISERS

Oct. 7 Marriott Childrens Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, Stone Mountain.

Nov. 5 Strong Legs Run

choa.org.

 

Eastside 10K

Dec. 3 Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K, run/walk through Inman Park, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Poncey Highland and Virginia Highland. Stoveworks, 112 Krog St. NE, Atl. beltline.org/races.

 

FARE WALK FOR FOOD ALLERGY

Oct. 1 Family-friendly pledge walk at Chastain Park, Atl. Check-in/activities: 9 AM. 404/990-3557.
foodallergywalk.org.

 

FOOL’S GOLD 60 & 100 MILE MTN. BIKE RACES

Sept. 17 Part of the National Ultra Endurance Series, both races start/finish at Anderson Creek Retreat in Ellijay. mountaingoatadventures.com/foolsgold.

 

ironkids alpharetta triathlon

Sept. 18 Largest kids triathlon in the country, with a swim/bike/run competition promoting fitness fun for ages 6-15. 7 AM, Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta. ironman.com.

 

KP CORPORATE RUN/WALK

Sept. 22 5K Run/Walk through downtown Atlanta, adjacent to Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr. Start time: 6:30 PM. Interactive Zone opens at 3:30 PM. Benefits Atlanta Community Food Bank, Back on My Feet, and Atlanta Braves Foundation. kpcorporaterunwalk.com.

 

MAGNOLIA CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT

Oct. 11 Tournament at the Marietta Country Club benefits The Autism Foundation of Georgia. autismfoundationga.org.

 

Manna Fund Golf Classic

Oct. 17 Benefit tournament at St. Ives Country Club. 10 AM, shotgun start. mannafund.org.

 

MARLOW’S TAVERN GOLF CLASSIC

Sept. 19 18th annual tournament at Country Club of Roswell, with awards dinner and auction at Aqua blue. Benefits Special Olympics Georgia. 770/414-9390
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Susan.Skolnick@specialolympicsga.org.
 

MEALS ON WHEELS ATL. GOLF TOURNAMENT

Sept. 12 16th annual event at the Capital City Club, Brookhaven to benefit Meals on Wheels. 404/605-8450.
scsatl.org.
 

PINK RIBBON CLASSIC golf tournament

Oct. 4 Support the American Cancer Society at The River Club in Suwanee at this 10th annual ladies golf tournament. Pink Ribbon Party, Oct. 2. pinkribbonclassic.org.

 

ROAD ATLANTA

Sept. 10-11 WERA Motorcycle Roadracing Regional

Sept. 16-18 Atl. Historic Races

Sept. 28-Oct. 1 Petit Le Mans

Oct. 8-9 NASA

Nov. 4-6 SCCA ARRC

5300 Winder Hwy., Braselton. roadatlanta.com.
800/849-RACE.

 

sandy springs lightning

Sept. 17 26th annual 10k/5k race kicks off Sandy Springs Festival. 86 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NW, Atl. Start times: 7:30 & 7:50 AM. Benefits Heritage Sandy Springs. sandyspringslightning.com.

 

SPIN FOR KIDS

Oct. 16 Bike through the backroads of Morgan County at this benefit at Camp Twin Lakes-Rutledge. Six road bike routes, from 5- to 100-miles, are offered, with rest stops, first aid, route marshals and bike technicians. spinforkids.org.
 

STRONG LEGS RUN

Nov. 5 Annual event at Turner Field, Atlanta, with 10K Run (qualifier for Peachtree Road Race) at 8 AM; 5K at 9:15 AM; Mascot Trot at 10 AM; 2K Fun Run and Stroller Roll at 10:15 AM. 404/785-GIVE.
choa.org.

 

TEAL TROT 5k WALK/RUN

Sept. 10 Benefit walk at Piedmont Park for Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, presented by Northside Cancer Institute. 10 AM start. Strollers and dogs on leash are welcome. 1342 Worchester Dr. NE, Atl. tealtrot.com.
404/255-1337.
 

THANKSGIVING DAY Half marathon and 5K

Nov. 24 Holiday race at Turner Field in downtown Atlanta with a half marathon (ages 14+), 5K (ages 8+), One Mile (ages 7+) and 50m Dash (ages 6 & under). atlantatrackclub.org.

 

UPTOWN RHODES RACE 5K AT THE HAUNTED CASTLE

Oct. 29 Come in costume for this dog- and stroller-friendly 5K that starts at 9 AM at Rhodes Hall and winds through Ansley Park, with a Halloween-themed after-party on the lawn. Benefits the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. 1516 Peachtree St. NW, Atl. active.com.
georgiatrust.org.
404/885-7812.

 

WALK FOR ANIMALS 5K

Oct. 16 Atlanta Humane Society pledge walk at Atlantic Station. atlwalk.org.

 

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S

Sept. 24 Atlanta Beltline

Oct. 8 Duluth Town Green

Oct. 15 Cartersville

3-mile route. Registration, 8 AM; ceremony, 9 AM; walk, 9:30 AM. Free registration; participant pledges encouraged. Benefits Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter. act.alz.org.

 

HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS

 

A TOUR OF SOUTHERN GHOSTS

Oct. 14-16, 20-23, 27-30 ART Station’s family storytelling at Stone Mtn. Park’s Antebellum Plantation, with spooky Southern tales by costumed tellers on lantern-lit paths. 45-minute tours. artstation.org.

 

bOO at the zoo

Oct. 22-23, 29-30 Come in costume for sweet treats on enchanted paths with whimsical characters at Zoo Atlanta. 9:30 AM-3 PM. 404/624-2809.
zooatlanta.org.

 

BUFORD CORN MAZE

Sept. 3-Nov. 13 Family fun and games on a five-acre farm, plus Haunted Forest. Buford. 678/835-7198.
bufordcornmaze.com.

 

CAPTURING THE SPIRIT OF OAKLAND TOURS

Oct. 21-23, 27-29 One-hour guided tours through the cemetery’s beautifully-lit Victorian gardens. 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atl.
$25 ($13, ages 4-12). Adv. online tickets required: ticketalternative.com. oaklandcemetery.com.

 

FERNBANK BOO-SEUM

Oct. 29 Halloween-themed activities and treats for kids at Fernbank Museum. fernbankmuseum.org.

 

FRIGHT FEST

Sept. 24-Oct. 31 (select dates) Thrills and chills at Six Flags over Georgia, Austell.
sixflags.com.

 

GOBLINS IN THE GARDEN

Oct. 23 Costume runway, stories, crafts, pony rides, “Scarecrows in the Garden” & more at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 10 AM-4 PM. atlantabg.org.

 

HALLOWEEN HIKES

Oct. 21-22, 28-29 Guided night hikes at Chattahoochee Nature Center, with friendly forest creatures, games & crafts, music and campfire. 6:30 PM. $9 (free, ages 2 & under). 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770/992-2055.
chattnaturecenter.org.
 

HALLOWEEN NIGHT ON CALLANWOLDE MOUNTAIN

Oct. 28 Trick-or-treating, costume contest, concert, LEGO fun, cash bar. 6-9 PM. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl. 404/872-5338.
callanwolde.org.

 

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN

Oct. 21 Kid-friendly activities and ghostly encounters at Atlanta History Center after dark. Cash bar & food available. $15 ($8 children). atlantahistorycenter.com.

 

HOWLPHARETTA TOUR

Ongoing Two-hour narrated walking tour in downtown Alpharetta. alpharettatours.com.

 

LAWRENCEVILLE TOURS

Sept.-Oct. Ghost Tour: 8:30 PM Fri. & Sat. in Sept., nightly in Oct. at 7:30 PM Sun.-Thurs., 7 & 9 PM Fri. & Sat. Aurora Theatre, 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. $9-$15.

Oct. 9-31 (weekends) Cemetery Tours: 8:30 & 10:30 PM Fri. & Sat. 678/226-6222.
scarystroll.com.
auroratheatre.com.
 

LEGOLAND BRICK-OR-TREAT

Oct. 1-30 (Sat. & Sun.) Trick-or-treating, scavenger hunts and costume contests at Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta. Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE. legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
 

little 5 points halloween festival

Oct. 15 Entertainment, vendors, food & drink and costume parade (4-6 PM).
l5phalloween.com.

 

NETHERWORLD

Sept. 23-Nov. 5 (select dates) Walk-through dark attraction with special effects, stunt actors and chilling monsters. Georgia Antique & Design Center, 6624 Dawson Blvd., Norcross. fearworld.com.

 

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Sept. 30-Oct. 30 (Fri.-Sun.) Family fun at Stone Mountain Park’s Crossroad with Spookley’s Pumpkin Patch, parade, scavenger hunts, games, decor and more. Adventure pass & vehicle entry fee. 770/498-5690. stonemountainpark.com.
 

ROSWELL GHOST TOUR

Ongoing Guided 1-mile walking tour by paranormal investigators, departs from Roswell bandstand. Must RSVP. Fri.-Sun. in Sept., nightly in Oct. $15 ($10, 12 & under). 770/649-9922.
roswellghosttour.com.
 

SPOOKTACULAR NIGHT AT SMITH PLANTATION

Oct. 29 Candlelight tours of Roswell’s historic plantation house, ghost stories, costume contest and treats, 6-9 PM. $5 (free under 5). archibaldsmithplantation.org.