September Festival Guide: Food, music, art and more

Dragon Con and Decatur Book Festival traditionally kick off September over Labor Day Weekend, but there’s plenty of music, arts, food coming all month long.

WRFG Labor Day Blues Barbecue
The annual music and food festival will be held Labor Day, Sept. 3, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Park Tavern, 500 10th St. The event, fundraiser for the noncommercial, community radio station based in Little Five Points, will offer a day of live music from John Nemeth, Jontavious Willis, Dr. Dixon, The Mudbone Turner Blues Band and more. Entry donation is $20. Advance tickets for $15 at wrfg.org. Children 12 and under are free.

Kendrick Lamar

Music Midtown
Music Midtown will rock Piedmont Park on Sept. 15-16 with two days of acts including Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Fall Out Boy, Khalid, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Gucci Mane, Janelle Monáe, Portugal. The Man, The Revivalists, Foster the People, Kacey Musgraves, Sylvan Esso, BØRNS, First Aid Kit and many more. For tickets and details, visit musicmidtown.com.

The East Atlanta Strut

East Atlanta Strut
Come on out and strut your stuff at the annual music and arts festival held in the heart of East Atlanta Village at the intersection of Glenwood and Float Shoals avenues. This one-day extravaganza will take place on Sept. 22 will feature live music, an artist market, kids village, food and beverages, and the famous Strut Parade, which steps off at 2 p.m. at Glennwood and Patterson avenues. For more information or to volunteer, visit eastatlantastrut.com.

Atlanta Greek Festival

Atlanta Greek Festival
Held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Clairmont Road, this event offers a chance to embrace the spirit of “opa” (a joyous expression or having a good time). More than 25,000 people typically expected during the annual four-day event, which offers food, dancing, art and more. Proceeds from the festival go toward covering the maintenance of the church’s buildings and a percentage of the revenue is donated to a local charitable organization. This year’s festival runs Sept. 27-30. Visit atlantagreekfestival.org for more information.

Candler Park Fall Fest

Buckhead Fine Arts Festival
There will be approximately 100 painters, sculptors, photographers, and more gathered in Buckhead Village on Sept. 22-23. There will also be artist demonstrations and live music. For more information about the festival, please visit www.buckheadartsfestival.com.

Candler Park Fall Fest
The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization presents the annual festival on Sept. 29-30 with live music, local food vendors, 5K race, kids zone, and more than 150 artist booths. Featured entertainers include Youthquake, Harvest Moon (Neil Young Tribute), Dusty Roads, Bradley Cole Smith, Bummpin’ the Mango and more. For more details on the entire event, visit candlerparkfallfest.com.