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Best Fall Festivals In The Atlanta Area

September 3, 2012 1:00 PM

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yellowdaisyfestival Best Fall Festivals In The Atlanta Area

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When the weather drops to a crisp, cool temperature during those autumn months, it’s the best time of year to get outside and enjoy some local festivals. If you’re looking for something to bring the family to or just trying switch up the routine a little, there’s a festival that will fit your liking. These fall festivals are so popular that they bring out crowds in the thousands, so plan accordingly to ensure you arrive early and have enough time for perusing and enjoying.

Yellow Daisy Festival
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E Lee Drive
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(770) 498-5690
festivals.stonemountainpark.com

Dates: September 6-9

Kick off the fall festival season with a visit to the Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park. A very family-friendly event, this festival has brought shopping, live entertainment and tasty food together for over 43 years. With around 400 arts-and-crafts booths from all over the US, it‘s an easy spot to find a unique gift and do some early holiday shopping. Kids will want to stop by the Children’s Corner for fun, age-appropriate activities and everyone will get a kick (pun intended) out of the clogging and craft demonstrations throughout the event.

Chomp & Stomp
Cabbagetown Park
Tye St and Kirkwood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30316
chompandstomp.com

Date: November 3

Located in Cabbagetown, this annual event is most known for being a chili cook off amongst both professional restaurants (about 30 compete) and any amateur chili chefs who wants to try their skills in the competition (about 90 individuals). Previous winners from Atlanta restaurants have been Sweet Auburn BBQ, The Barrelhouse and Farm Burger. The festival also starts off with a 5K race, has an artists market and features bluegrass bands. Sweetwater Brewery has been on the scene each year as well. Previous festivals have brought out between 16,000 and 19,000 visitors and yes, the chili runs out. Get there early to ensure you don’t miss it.

The Decatur Craft Beer Festival
Downtown Decatur Square
Church St and Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
decaturbeerfestival.org

Date: October 20

This Atlanta favorite beer tasting festival has notoriously sold out almost every year. With your admission fee of $40, you receive a commemorative glass for sampling over 100 local, American and international beers. With live music and food for sale from local Decatur restaurants, this is a fun afternoon with your friends. Past years have also seen some festive attendees donning their pretzel necklaces, so get creative and get a ticket. The festival is limited to the first 4,000 ticket holders. All tickets are sold online. No tickets are available for purchase at the gate. You must be 21 or older to attend and no children or animals are allowed in the festival area.

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Taste of Atlanta
Tech Square in Midtown
5th St from Techwood to W Peachtree St and Spring St from Biltmore Place to Armstead Ave
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 875-4434
tasteofatlanta.com

Date: October 5-7

If you’ve been meaning to try out some new restaurants, here’s a chance to try out a whole bunch at one time. The Taste of Atlanta has over 80 restaurants participating at the festival. The list of restaurants already announced has quite the diversity – from Indian food from Bhojanic to Desta Ethiopian and Genki sushi. Some other standouts include JCT Kitchen, Paschal’s and neighborhood favorites like Taco Mac and Meehan’s. There is most definitely something for everyone. But the older crowd will want to save some excitement for the beer, wine and cocktails also available at the festival.

North Georgia State Fair
Jim R Miller Park
2245 Callaway Road
Marietta, GA 30008
(770) 423-1330
northgeorgiastatefair.com

Date: September 20-30

There’s nothing more whimsical and nostalgic than a fair – and there’s not a bigger fair in Georgia than the North Georgia State Fair. Bring the whole family or a date you’re trying to impress to this event. Plan to spend a few hours here to see attractions like the “Horses, Horses, Horses” show or “Kachunga and the Alligator Show.” This fair is so southern that it even has a beauty pageant. Furthermore, get your “fair” share of arts and culture with artisan booths and musical talent throughout the 11-day event.

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Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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