Above: Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp
17th Annual Pine LakeFest
Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 8, 12-6 p.m. Pine Lake’s annual festival, LakeFest, is two days of handmade art and crafts with live music, great food and family friendly fun on the shores of beautiful Pine Lake. Highlights include “Floatzilla!” a floating parade with wildly decorated watercraft and an appearance by The Seed and Feed Marching Abominable. Admission and parking are free. Pine Lake is located 12 miles east of Atlanta, between Decatur and Stone Mountain. For directions and more info, visit pinelakefest.com.
Fall Festival on Ponce
Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This annual arts and crafts festival includes food trucks and musical performances. Free admission. Olmstead Linear Park in Druid Hills, 1451 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta 30307. Go to festivalonponce.com to get details.
Saturday, Oct. 14 & Sunday, Oct. 15. The weekend combines the annual Chalk Festival and Craft Beer Festival. Live music, good food, craft beers and amazing artists make a great day out. The Craft Beer Festival only runs Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Craft Beer Festival tickets are $40 online, $50 at the event. The rest of the festival is free to attend. All proceeds go to the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. Historic Marietta Square, 30 Atlanta St., Marietta, 30060. Online tickets and more info at chalktoberfest.com.
Taste of Atlanta
Friday, Oct. 20, 7:30-11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, 12noon-7 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 22, 12noon-6 p.m. You’ll have the opportunity to try some of the best food Atlanta has to offer, everything from down-home barbecue to exotic ethnic cuisine. There’s a new location this year: Historic Fourth Ward Park, 680 Dallas St., Atlanta 30308. Get tickets and more info at tasteofatlanta.com.
Saturday, Oct. 21. Arts & Crafts Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Halloween Happenings, 1-5 p.m. HarvestFest, an annual arts and crafts festival, includes Halloween Happenings for children, with carnival games and prizes. Glover Park in Historic Marietta Square, 39-75 Park Square, Marietta 30060. Find out more by visiting mariettacalendar.com.
Little Five Points Halloween Festival
Saturday, Oct. 21, 4-6 p.m. This is the 17th annual celebration of Halloween with live music, an artist market, local food vendors and a parade. Free admission. Little Five Points, Euclid Ave., Atlanta 30307. To get details, go to l5phalloween.com.
Brookhaven Arts Festival
Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 22, 12-5 p.m. More than 140 artists and musical performances will be featured. Free admission. 4047 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta 30319. More info at brookhavenartsfestival.com.
Stone Mountain Highland Games
Saturday, Oct. 21 & Sunday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Enter the world of the Scots with tartans, bagpipes, dancing, a parade, and of course, competitions. Tickets are $20 per day for adults; $6 per day for ages 4-12; advanced ticket discounts available online. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain 30083. Find out more at smhg.org.
Wings Over North Georgia
Saturday, Oct. 21 & Sunday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Blue Angels headline an all-star line-up that includes the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, USSOCOM Para-Commandos and music by Ladies for Liberty. General admission tickets are: $30 ($25 advance) for adults; $25 ($20 advance) for ages 6-17 & military, EMS, fire and police personnel; free for children 5 and under. Parking is $25 ($20 advance). Ticket packages available. Russell Regional Airport, 304 Russell Field Rd., Rome 30165. Get tickets and more info at wingsovernorthgeorgia.com.
5th Annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival
Sunday, Oct. 22. The South’s most famous kosher BBQ festival is presented by the Hebrew Order of David International, and features a BBQ competition, tastings, kosher vendors, a beer garden, live music and a kids’ area. Profits go to Helping Feed Atlanta, Jewish Education Loan Fund and the Cobb County Police Dept. There’ll also be a kosher food drive, so bring kosher canned food items. Pavilion at Brook Run Park, 4470 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Get taste tickets and the info you need at TheAtlantaKosherBBQ.com.
Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival
Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 29, 12-5 p.m. This family-favorite festival includes artisans from all over the Southeast. Visitors will enjoy arts & crafts booths, live music and delicious foods. The Friends of the Smyrna Library hosts a book sale and Keep Smyrna Beautiful offers jonquil bulbs for sale. Free admission. Community Center, 200 Village Green Cir., Smyrna 30080. Click on smyrnacity.com to get more information.
Decatur ArtWalk & Wine Festival
Friday, Nov. 3, 5-10 p.m. (ArtWalk) & Saturday, Nov. 4, 12:30-4:30 p.m. (Wine Festival) Friday evening, the ArtWalk will be held at 13 locations around town. Admission is free, and a location list and map can be downloaded online. On Saturday, the Wine Festival, for ages 21 and older, offers nearly 500 wines for tasting at 70 tables set up along Ponce de Leon Ave., East Court Square, and the square. Tickets for the Wine Festival are $45, plus applicable fees, per person. The Old Courthouse Square, 101 E. Court Sq., Decatur 30030. Visit decaturwinefestival.org to find out more about both events.
Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp
Saturday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy good down-home food and entertainment with a chili cook-off and bluegrass music. There’s also a 5K race and artist market. The festival benefits the Cabbagetown parks, green spaces and community center. Cabbagetown neighborhood, 650 Gaskill St., Atlanta 30316. Find out more at chompandstomp.com.