FESTIVALS & foodie fun
AJC DECATUR BOOK FEST
Sept. 2-4 Largest independent book festival in country features book signings, author readings, panel discussions, interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more on Decatur’s downtown square. decaturbookfestival.com.
ALIVE IN ROSWELL
June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 Familyfriendly festival with live music, food trucks, art vendors, local merchant booths and free kids activities, from 5-9 PM (every third Thurs. through Oct.) on the Historic Town Square downtown. Free trolley service between the Square and Canton Street. atlantaplaysitforward.org/ aliveinroswell/.
ALPHARETTA ART IN PARK
in downtown Athens showcases local, regional and national musical talent on three outdoor stages, plus artist market, two-night Club Crawl in 10+ venues, and KidsFest celebration. Proceeds benefit AthFest Educates. 706/548-1973.
ATL. BAR-B-Q Festival
Aug. 12-13 Atlanta’s top BBQ
restaurants will serve up their specialties, while teams compete in a cook-off at Perimeter Mall, with live music and an interactive children’s area. 4-10 PM Fri., noon8 PM Sat. atlbbqfest.com.
ATL. FOOD & WINE FEST
June 2-5 6th annual epicurean
extravaganza in Midtown Atlanta with 250 chefs, sommeliers and mixologists celebrates Southern food and beverage traditions with learning experiences, tasting tents, dinners, masterclasses and more. 10th St. NE and Peachtree Walk. 877/725-8849.
June 25, July 30, Aug. 27, Sept. 24 Outdoor artists market features
ATL. ICE CREAM FESTIVAL
handcrafted work by local artists, from pottery and woodwork to jewelry and paintings. 9 AM-4 PM at Main Street & Milton Avenue.
ice cream shops, health & wellness vendors, food and family fun at Piedmont Park, 10th St. & Charles Allen Dr. entrance. 11 AM-6 PM.
July 23 Annual fest features local
ALPHARETTA BREW MOON COUNTRYFEST
ATL. SUMMER BEER FEST
beer, wine and food from some of Alpharetta’s best restaurants. 6:30-11 PM, Milton Ave. $10 (table of 6, $100; table of 8, $130).
200+ beers, plus live musical entertainment, from 4-9 PM at Historic 4th Ward Park 665 North Ave. NE, Atl. Ages 21+ only. $55 ($45 adv.). Food available for purchase. atlantasummerbeerfest.
June 4 Celebrate summer with
APPALACHIAN WINE, JAZZ & ART FESTIVAL June 10-11 Enjoy art, jazz, fine
wine and food at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee. 5-8 PM Fri., 11 AM-8 PM Sat. $35.
June 22-26 Music and arts festival
June 18 Enjoy a selection of
ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATO FESTIVAL
July 17 Sample innovative tomato
dishes and cocktails and enjoy live music from 1-5 PM at JCT. Kitchen & Bar, 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atl. Benefits The Giving Kitchen and Georgia Organics.
“Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence” Through Aug. 14 Fernbank Museum In this re-creation of part of New Zealand’s Waitomo cave system, visitors glimpse a fantastic spectacle above their heads: sticky “fishing lines” dropped from the ceiling by glowworms – bioluminescent gnat larvae – to trap prey.
BACK TO THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER RACE & FESTIVAL June 11 Upper Chattahoochee
Riverkeeper’s 14th annual race for recreational and competitive paddlers, plus a free festival with live music, exhibits, vendors and kids’ activities at Roswell’s Riverside Park from 10 AM-3 PM. Race (8-mile course) begins at 9 AM at Garrard Landing Park, with online and on-site registration available. chattahoochee.org.
BROOKHAVEN BEER FEST
June 11 Sample domestic, craft and imported beers, plus wine tasting tents and live music, from 3-8 PM at Apple Valley Road behind Brookhaven Marta station, 1224 Fernwood Cir. NE. Food available for purchase. Ages 21+ only. brookhavenbeerfest.com.
DECATUR BBQ, BLUES & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Aug. 13 16th annual event features live music, classic southern BBQ and cold beer. 630 East Lake Dr. and Harmony Park in Oakhurst, Decatur. Noon-8 PM. Ticketed event. decaturbbqfestival.com.
DECATUR BEACH PARTY
June 17 Decatur Square will be
fun around town
transformed into a beach, with 60 tons of sand, children’s boardwalk games, wading pools in the sand, live music, dancing and food court. 5-11 PM. 101 E. Court Square.
FLYING COLORS BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL
June 4-5 Chattahoochee Nature
Center’s annual event features butterfly releases, arts & crafts, food, music, costume parade, plant sale and Butterfly Encounter exhibit with 200 free-flying butterflies. 10 AM-3 PM Sat., noon-5 PM Sun. $12 (free, 2 & under). 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770/992-2055.
GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FAIR
July 15-23 Music performances, carnival rides, arts & crafts, Pioneer Village and “Old Ways” demonstrations at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee.
georgiamountainfairgrounds. com. 706/896-4191.
GA. RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
June 4-5 Step into a 16th century European country faire with games & rides, food & drink, artists market, music & comedy shows, jousting knights & strolling