Labor Day has passed, so it’s time to get out of the house and check out the community Fall festivals popping up around metro Atlanta. Here are some festivals arriving in September.
Sandy Springs Festival
Now in its 29th year, the Sandy Spring Festival, the primary fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs, offers a juried artists’ market, kids’ zone with inflatables, a petting zoo and face painting, arts and crafts, silent auction, and a pet parade. Enjoy two days of live music, entertainment, gourmet food options, rides and more.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, the 2nd annual ArtSS Chalk Walk art competition gets under way, with $3,000 going to the winners. The festival kicks off with the Doug Kessler Sandy Springs Lightning 10K.
When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Where: Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 30328.
How much to get in: Tickets, $5 for adults (age 18+) and $2 for youth (ages 6-17). Children ages 5 and under and Heritage Sandy Springs members are free. Two-day passes also available for adults ($7) and youth ($3).
Additional information: Festival will be held rain or shine. The event is pet friendly. No smoking. Beer and wine available for purchase onsite. Free parking/shuttle at Century Springs East and West lots at the corner of Lake Forrest Drive and Hammond Drive. To learn more, visit sandyspringsfestival.com.
Fall Folklife Festival
The Atlanta History Center in Buckhead hosts its annual Fall Folklife Festival, featuring traditional crafts, southern foods, and environmental sustainability. Youngsters will enjoy a petting zoo and a “southern storyteller,” with activities such as blacksmithing, candle dipping, woodworking and natural dyeing capturing everyone’s imagination. Other highlights include short films, live music and smokehouse demonstrations.
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Where: Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, 30305.
How much to get in: Free for center members; $16.50 (regular admission) for non-members.
Additional information: Treats from food trucks, and locally-brewed beers available for purchase. To learn more, visit atlantahistorycenter.com.