Atlanta is a fantastic city for outdoor festivals, and the fall is the best time of year to get out and experience all the city has to offer. Arts festivals offer interesting gift options in advance of the holiday season. After one or two weekends, you can have all of your holiday shopping done. Music festivals are a great chance to hang out with friends and enjoy the milder weather. We’ve selected a few of the events we are most anticipating this fall – let us know if your favorites made the list.

Atlanta Arts Festival
Piedmont Park
1071 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 875-7275

Dates: Sept.14-15, 2013

This is one of the year’s greatest arts festivals, where over 200 artists from all over set up booths in Piedmont Park for the weekend. You can check out which booths win prizes from the official jury and see how your tastes match those of the pros. Of course, there will also be food trucks and activities for the kiddos on site. From jewelry to large-scale paintings, there will be something for everyone to appreciate. Entry is free, but you’re likely to make a few purchases at the booths.

Music Midtown
Piedmont Park
1071 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 875-7275

Dated: Sept. 20-21, 2013

Music Midtown is one of Atlanta’s most popular music festivals, and the lineup this year is sure to draw a crowd, so you will want to get your tickets early. Performers this year include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Journey, Phoenix, Cake and Jane’s Addiction, just to name a few. Check out the website for full details and ticket information. Two-day passes cost $110, whereas a ticket for Friday only runs $50 and Saturday is $75.

Festival on Ponce
Olmsted Linear Park
1451 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA  30307

Dated: Oct. 19-20, 2013

This is another great arts festival with a focus on local artists from Atlanta and Georgia. The maximum number of artists represented will be 185 and there will be plenty of fantastic gift ideas for yourself and everyone on your list. It’s also a good chance to explore this park and the surrounding area. Admission is free, and there will be dining options and activities to entertain the children.

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Harvest Square Arts and Crafts Festival
Glover Square
50 Park Square
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 794-5601

Date: Oct. 19, 2013

This is Marietta’s best fall festival and it has a lot of fun options for children right before Halloween. Children are invited to dress in costume and there is even a costume contest for pets. Adults will enjoy the booths featuring offerings from local artists in every imaginable medium including paintings, pottery, sculptures, jewelry and more. This is a good choice for the whole family to get out and enjoy the beautiful main square in Marietta.

Summerhill Fall Fest
Summerhill Neighborhood
72 Georgia Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30315

Date: Oct. 5, 2013

This festival is an opportunity to explore the Summerhill neighborhood and it has live music as well as an artist market and plenty of munchies. You can even bring your own Big Wheel and participate in an adult Big Wheel race (advance registration with $5-$10 fee required). The Wheeler Boys, Sydney Rhayme and Shadetree Philosophy are scheduled to perform. Dogs are welcome, and there will be beer on site, as the event is sponsored by Terrapin.

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