There's no shortage of fall fun in Atlanta this November. Whether you're looking for a unique music festival, the city's top chili cook-off or a jump start to your holiday shopping at an art fair, we've got you covered with these ten festivals:
Chomp & Stomp
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 2, Cabbagetown, 650 Gaskill St. SE, Atlanta, chompandstomp.com.
This years' Chomp & Stomp will feature a chili cook-off pitting more than 70 individuals and 20 restaurants against one another on the streets of Cabbagetown. In addition to chili tasting and beer, Chomp & Stomp offers three stages of music, a food truck row, an artist market and more.
Chastain Park Arts Festival
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3, Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Dr., Atlanta, chastainparkartsfestival.com.
Now in its ninth year, the free two-day festival is set to feature 185 artists, photographers, jewelers and more. From art demonstrations to live music, food trucks and drinks, the Chastain Park Arts Festival is a family favorite at the onset of fall.
MARTA 40th Anniversary Festival & Concert
2:30-7 p.m. Nov. 3, Avondale Yard, 2775 East Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, eventbrite.com.
Celebrate 40 years of MARTA with an evening of yacht rock in Decatur. While public transportation in the Atlanta metro area has historically been a divisive and complicated issue, the fact is MARTA has stayed on the rails for 40 years running, and if we want the next generation to include positive growth in transportation, we should support today's public transportation initiatives. The 70's themed concert and festival features music from The Mar-Tans and Yacht Rock Schooner.
Native American Festival and Pow Wow
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 7-8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 10, Stone Mountain Park's Historic Square, John B. Gordon Dr, Stone Mountain, stonemountainpark.com.
This November at Stone Mountain Park's Historic Square, experience Native American culture and learn about its importance and impact. The festival showcases Native American culture through music and dance, storytelling, wildlife presentations, cooking traditions and more. The Dance and Drum competitions will begin on Saturday, November 9 in the afternoon.
Georgia Seafood Festival
Noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 9, The Battery Atlanta, 800 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta, gaseafoodfest.com.
The Georgia Coastal seafood scene is headed to SunTrust Park for an evening full of yum. Not only will festival-goers have access to a wide variety of fresh, local food but there will also be fun games, eclectic Georgia Coastal cocktails, live music and the opportunity to learn the importance of the seafood, agriculture and fishing industries in Georgia. The Hungry Sailor ticket will get you in the door, while the VIP Captain's Lounge ticket gets you that and a lot more.
Grant Park Wine + Cheese Festival
Noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 9, Grant Park, 600 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta, gpcwinefest.com.
Nothing goes together more deliciously than wine and cheese. Come to Grant Park on November 9th to taste decadence from different regions of the world. As you travel from tent to tent, make sure to keep track of your "passport" to get more information on the wine you're sipping. Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, 50 plus varieties of wine, and endless cheeses to sample.
King of Pops Field Day
Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 10, Old Fourth Ward, 552 Decatur St. SE, Atlanta, facebook.com.
Atlanta's favorite Popsicle stand is throwing a party — the 9th annual Field Day that is — outside its headquarters in the Old Fourth Ward. A lot like field day back in elementary school, there will be games, a pop-eating contest, food trucks, balloon making, a craft booth, tie-dying, a juggler, nonprofit booths benefiting organizations like LifeLine Animal Project and much more.
Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival
Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 16, Park Tavern, 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta, parktavern.com.
If you like the idea of getting a little day drunk on vino, the Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival was built with you in mind. Park Tavern will host the festival featuring complimentary wine and craft beer tastings from over 50 varieties. The wine is expected to pair nicely with the musical performances and souvenir tasting glass.
Over/Under Music Fest
4 p.m.-1 a.m. Nov. 23, Monday Night Brewing Garage, 933 Lee St, Atlanta, mondaynightbrewing.com/over-under-fest.
Borrowing from the same lineup of indie artists you might find at Shaky Knees or Music Midtown, Monday Night Brewing's first-ever Over/Under festival will feature eclectic artists Tennis, Athens' own Of Montreal, a DJ set from Wynn Butler of Arcade Fire, and others. With beers ranging from juicy India pale ale’s to barrel-aged stouts, wild sours and more, the event will surely be a hit.
"Monday Night has hosted a few large scale events over the years, but we saw a unique opportunity to create a music festival that also supported our mission — to deepen human relationships over some of the best beer in the country," says Monday Night Brewing's Kayla Rumpfeldt.
The festival will also showcase some of the amazing work taking place in Atlanta today. Between sets, a handful of local organizations will take the stage to showcase the work they're doing in the city. If seeing stellar bands play against a backdrop of delicious beer served in a gorgeous courtyard with fire pits, and learning about the movements taking place in our city today sounds like a great time to you, don't let Over/Under fly under your radar.
Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival
6-11 p.m. Nov. 22- Jan.5, Centennial Olympic Park, Centennial Olympic Park Dr. and Marietta St, Atlanta, freshtix.com.
The Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to transform Centennial Olympic Park into a wonderland of giant lanterns. This year's theme, "Into the Wild" will feature more than 25 animals and endangered species in lantern form, built to highlight the importance of animal protection. And be sure to check out the interactive lanterns that visitors can touch and experience up close. Craftsmen will have merchandise booths, and food vendors will offer authentic Asian food, while acrobats, dancers and more transform Centennial Park throughout the holiday season.
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