Fall Festivals Fairs and Fun

Roswell Arts Festival

September 15 and 16
Historic Town Square
Roswell Arts Festival
The Roswell Arts Festival returns for the 52nd time with fine arts, original crafts, a fun lineup of entertainment and children’s activities, and a healthy dose of small town charm to capture the interests of everyone on the square on the third weekend in September.

A variety of food trucks will park to satisfy hungry appetites. Access to the festival is easy and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle running from City Hall to Town Square. The shuttle will be running for the duration of the festival, and will have space for your purchases.
Presented by the Roswell Recreation Association, an all-volunteer group, the festival raises funds (over $1 million so far) that benefit the Recreation & Parks programs in Roswell. So if you’re feeling the stress leave you at Serenity Garden (2016), enjoying the shade covers at the sprayground (2010), or remember the construction of Waller Park in 1967 (wow, you’ve been kicking around awhile!) just know those projects are a couple of the dozens of ways the Festival funds have benefited recreational needs in the area.

Marietta StreetFest

September 15 and 16
Marietta Square
Marietta Streetfest
The 26th Annual Marietta StreetFest, held September 15-16, focuses will boast free family activities including arts & crafts booths, the Hubcaps and History Car Show on Saturday, a kid-friendly activity zone and Tiny Tot Town. Ten bands comprise the Marietta Grassroots Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Each year, the festival draws more than 21,000 attendees to the Marietta Square, amid a variety of local shops, dining options, and historic sites. The Marietta Museum of History will be open with free admittance.

Milton Wine Festival

September 23
Milton City Hall
Milton Wine Festival
Where can you sip fine wines and meet some wonderful people on an aromatic and fruit-forward September afternoon? Try the beautiful Milton City Hall Courtyard, where Children’s Charities, along with Pinnacle Beverage will host the Second Annual Milton Wine Festival on September 23. You can taste over 100 wines from around the world and discover your favorite regions.
VIP starts at 2 p.m. and general admission begins at 3 p.m. General admission ticket holders will receive unlimited wine sampling, live music, and a commemorative glass. The beer will flow from four craft breweries. Food will be available for purchase from Dukes Bar & Grill, Olde Blind Dog, Cousins Main Lobster, and featuring Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in the VIP area. The festival is a fundraiser for Children’s Charities with 100 wines to try. (See article on page 4 in this issue of The CurrentHub.

Gibbs Gardens Arts Festival

September 22 and 23
1987 Gibbs Drive, Ballground
Gibbs Gardens Arts Festival
50+ select artists and artisans will offer their work for purchase during this two-day arts festival. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to stroll through 220 acres of spectacular gardens and attend the Arts on the Great Lawn. The juried show includes 2-D Mixed Media, 3-D Mixed Media, Clay, Drawing, Fiber/Leather, Glass, Metal, Painting-oil/acrylic, Painting-watercolor/pastel, Photography, Sculpture, Wood and Jewelry.

Fall Folklife Festival

Saturday, September 22
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta History Center
Celebrating our exhibition Barbecue Nation, this year’s Fall Folklife focuses on barbecue traditions of Native Americans, African Americans, and European Americans. Smith Family Farm provides the ideal backdrop for exploring our Southern foodways traditions with chef demonstrations and discussions in our open-hearth kitchen. Hands-on demonstrations explore Southern crafts such as corn husk dolls, blacksmithing, pottery, food preservation, and candle dipping. Sip local brews while listening to the sounds of Georgia folk musicians, visiting with regional folk artists, and exploring signature exhibitions, and the fall foliage in our Goizueta Gardens.

Sandy Springs Festival

September 22 and 23
Heritage Green and the surrounding streets
Sandy Springs Festival
The Sandy Springs Festival offers two days of art, live music, cultural performances, a pet parade, chalk walk art competition, 10K and 5K race, children’s programming, classic rides, gourmet and festival food options, and much more. What started as a picnic is a major event. 20,000 people can’t be wrong.

Scarecrow Harvest

September 29, 2018
Milton Avenue
Scarecrow Harvest
Alpharetta will come alive with colorful and creative life-size scarecrows at the Scarecrow Harvest. K-5 schools design and create over 120 scarecrows each year which are displayed throughout downtown Alpharetta. Businesses, non-profit organizations, civic groups, neighborhoods, families and individuals also design and display scarecrows. The festival includes live music, hay rides to the Log Cabin, quirky face painting, festival food, artsy activities, stimulating story-telling, inflatables and the aforementioned scarecrows!

North Georgia State Fair

September 20–30
Jim R. Miller Park, Marietta
North Georgia State Fair
Going on its 86th year, the annual North Georgia State Fair is coming to town! The largest fair in Atlanta, it has been a Cobb favorite among guests who look forward to it every year attracting more than 300,000 people every year from North Georgia and neighboring states. The fair features live music, free attractions and shows, blue ribbon competitions, flower shows, live farm and exotic animals, dancers and performers, fun food, and rides on the Great James H. Drew Exposition—one of the largest carnival midways in the U.S. The fair offers free concerts with big names hitting the stage which this year include Colt Ford, Montgomery Gentry, and Riley Green, to name a few. A covered arena guarantees concerts rain or shine. Check the concerts and daily specials tab at the website for a plethora of free, dollar off, trade you for some canned goods specials, and such like that. The artistic, craft, baking, and gardening talents of local exhibitors will be on display in true fair fashion, in youth and adult entries. Maybe you’ll witness the phenomenon known as the Walking TreeMan!

Duluth Fall Festival

September 29 and 30
(Carnival only on Sept 27 and 28)
Duluth Fall Festival
The Duluth Fall Festival begins with a Saturday morning parade through the streets of Duluth (more than 3,000 participants!). The parade is followed by an opening ceremony with entertainment taking over the two stages for the rest of the day. With more than 375 booths, the life of the Festival is found on the streets of Duluth. You will find handmade crafts of every description, including clothing, linens, fall and Christmas decorations, furniture, jewelry, and toys among others. Sponsors present services for improving your life, home, and family. Separate areas contain kids’ games and rides, a full-fledged carnival, and a Man’s Corner, to boot. In Man’s Corner, (women are welcome too), don’t miss live college football games broadcasting under the tent. It’s guaranteed…no lace!

Cumming Country Fair

October 4 – 14
235 Castleberry Rd., Cumming
Cumming Country Fair
Heritage Village, a living history exhibit, will feature working demonstrations of authentic farm machinery such as a cotton gin, saw mill, corn mill, syrup mill, grist mill, blacksmith shop, steam engines exhibit center, cider press and chicken house. Even the forbidden moonshine is on display, but no sampling please! This reproduction of a turn-of-the-century town is complete with a one-room schoolhouse, a working post office, barbershop, doctor’s and dentist’s offices, Baptist and Methodist churches, and a quilting house. Plus, the general store will be stocked with homemade items to enjoy!
Cherokee Indian Village, Olympic High Dive show, Lady Houdini and other daily attractions round out the carnival rides and food. Concerts are Confederate Railroad on October 9, and Trace Adkins October 11. Admission fees, see website.

Crabapple Fest

Oct 6, 2018
Downtown Milton
The first Saturday in October in Milton means festivals, football, food and fun when you head to Crabapple Fest. This arts festival featuring over 100 juried, local antique and art vendors, kids’ activities, local musicians, fantastic food, and more, is brought to you by the City of Milton and Crabapple Community Association. Spend the day shopping for one-of-a-kind items and enjoying all Milton has to offer!
The Fest will take place in the heart of downtown Milton at 12650 Crabapple Road. Parking is free. Shuttles will be available all day from Crabapple First Baptist Church, 12760 Birmingham Highway.

Annual Fall Farm Days at Smith Plantation

October 13
Presented by Roswell Garden Club & Archibald Smith Plantation
Fall Farm Days at Smith Plantation
Fun for the whole family featuring artisan exhibits & demonstrations of life on a 19th century farm. Free activities provided by Roswell Garden Club including handmade birdfeeders, crafts, scavenger hunt, floral arranging, petting zoo with farm animals, wagon rides and more! Hotdogs & hamburger lunches as well as baked goods available for purchase. Free. Open house tours are $5 per person (children under 12 are free).

Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival

October 12 and 13
Downtown Alpharetta
Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival

Nationally recognized singer-songwriters will gather together to perform their original songs, giving music lovers a behind-the-scenes look at the stories that inspired country, rock, blues, Americana, and bluegrass songs. Attendees will experience nationally recognized veteran songsmiths and local up-and-coming talent as music fills the streets of downtown Alpharetta.
Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Davin McCoy, Hannah Thomas, The Mosleys, Chasing Lovely, and others await you at the Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival.

Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival

October 19 and 20
KSU Sports + Entertainment Park, Kennesaw
The 5th Annual Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival is Atlanta’s largest Hot Air Balloon Festival and costume party. Save the date and check back with The CurrentHub in October.

Chiaha Harvest Fair

October 27– 28
Ridge Ferry Park, Rome Georgia
Chiaha Festival
Chiaha has grown into a juried show of artists and craftsmen from all over the country, including many demonstrators, sharing the skills of their craft throughout the weekend. The festival is known for its stellar entertainment, featuring musicians from far and near, including Cornbread Killers and Tina and the Goose. Also on hand, the offerings of an unduplicated variety of local food vendors, many of whom raise money for their own good causes through the event, which will satisfy your craving for delicious, hand-prepared treats. Don’t miss the cider pot, brewing throughout the weekend, with free cups of cider for all in attendance!
The mission of the Chiaha Guild of Arts and Crafts is to support arts and art education in the Rome/Floyd Community. Admission fees, Free parking.

Johns Creek Fall Family Festival

Saturday, Oct. 27

Newtown Park
Johns Creek Fall Family Festival
The Fall Family Festival at Newtown Park features music, games, carnival activities, arts & crafts, food, and fun for the entire family. Dress up the kids (age 12 and under) for the Costume Contest during the festival, which will be held at noon under the large City tent on the field!