By Collin Kelley
and Amanda Rowell
The weather is turning crisp and leaves are changing color, which means the fall festival season is upon us. While you’ll recognize many of the annual events, a new festival launches in October that is sure to become a favorite – The Chastain Park Arts Festival.
The inaugural two-day festival will be on the north side of the park, along Terry O. Chastain Memorial Drive (formerly Park Avenue), on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See directions at www.chastainparkartsfestival.com.
“Visitors will see works by 100 fine painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal crafters, glass blowers, jewelers and more,” according to artist and festival co-organizer Patrick Dennis.
The festival will also offer the opportunity to view artist demonstrations, participate in hands-on arts activities, try festival foods and beverages and enjoy live entertainment. Please note that no coolers or pets are permitted in the festival area (except for service dogs).
Dennis, a former Washington lobbyist, was disappointed to find few venues for emerging artists when he moved to Atlanta a few years ago. Adapting an outdoor-market concept popular in the nation’s capital, Dennis and partner Randall Fox founded the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces (AFFPS).
The nonprofit organization now operates a gallery in Decatur and open-air markets for local artists and unique artisans in Midtown, Virginia Highlands, at Atlantic Station and the World of Coca-Cola, with markets planned in Roswell and Sandy Springs.
“This is a great showcase for local artists,” said Dennis. “We’ve done a lot of coordinating with artists, arts groups, government officials and sponsors to establish this festival in this wonderful location.”
AFFPS has partnered with the John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve to present the festival and to raise awareness of the Big Trees sanctuary in Sandy Springs.
Sponsors for the first Chastain Park Arts Festival include: Global BMW, Global Mini Cooper, Costco, Piedmont Review and Atlanta’s Finest Dining Magazine, Chastain Park Arts Center, Chastain Park Conservancy, Taco Mac, Harris Diversified Services and Atlanta INtown Paper.
Atlanta Greek Festival
The festival offers an abundance of authentic fare, including a variety of popular pastries, along with dancing, music, tours of the domed Greek Orthodox cathedral, children’s rides and shops. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2 – 4. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 2500 Clairmont Rd. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children 12 and under. www.AtlantaGreekFestival.org.
Brookhaven Arts Festival
Presented by the Brookhaven Arts Alliance, this annual festival features fine art, children’s market and live music on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18, from noon to 6 p.m. The festival takes place along Apple Valley Road, behind the Brookhaven MARTA station. There will be 100 artists in the artists market selling jewelry, folk art, fiber, glass, prints, photography, pottery, sculpture, wood and paintings. Live music will include performances by the Berne and Dan Trio, Old Men in the Basement, The Right Now Blues Band and Terry Lee and The GT’s. www.brookhavenartsalliance.com.
Candler Park Fall Festival
The annual event marks Candler Park’s centennial on Saturday, Oct. 10, and Sunday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. There will be a home tour, activities for kids, artists market, 5K run/walk, food and an impressive line-up of live music, including Friends of Danny Pearl, Kingsized, Swimming Pool Qs and Col. Bruce Hampton.www.candlerparkfallfest.org.
Harvest Midtown Festival
The annual festival will take place this year at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in downtown Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 1 – 5 p.m. The event will feature tastings from top Atlanta restaurants and samples from over 250 wine varieties. In addition, guests can groove along to live music, check out some interesting local art, and rub elbows with some of the biggest names in Atlanta’s culinary world. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. The festival also offers a VIP ticket option for $75 in advance and $85 at the door. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit Camp Twin Lakes. www.HarvestMidtown.com.
Little Five Points Halloween Festival
What is Halloween in Atlanta without the annual Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade? The festival opens Friday, Oct. 16, from 5 to10 p.m., featuring live music, street entertainment, outdoor beverage vendors and Little 5 Points restaurant and retail promotions. On Saturday, Oct. 17, the festival opens at noon and continue to 10p.m. with live music and street entertainers in Findley Plaza, a children’s area featuring pumpkin decorating, a Halloween costume contest and outdoor beverage vendors. The big event, the Halloween Street Parade, steps off at 4 p.m. www.L5Phalloween.com.
Oakhurst Art & Music Festival
The festival will take place in Harmony Park on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and feature an artists market with 50 vendors, the Oakhurst Arts Run (walkers, strollers and leashed dogs welcome) at 8 a.m., and live music from Sydney Rhame, Veronika Jackson, Salsa Belles, JazzChronics, Sewhe Village Percussion, The Zachary Kale Band, The Morgan Rowe Band and Heaven Davis. www.oakhurstartsandmusicfestival.com.
Avondale Estates AutumFest
The festival set for Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 25 from noon to 5 p.m. features 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. There will also be a weekend of activities for children, food, a beer tasting presented by Twain’s and live music. www.avondaleautumnfest.org.