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Your guide to fall festivals in Georgia

Fall is festival time in Georgia. Here’s a roundup of some of the season’s events where you can get your fill of art, food, music and fun.

Atlanta Arts Festival. This year's festival will feature 200 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craftsmen and glass blowers. You can munch on festival foods ranging from corn dogs to ice cream and partake in artist demonstrations, classes and live entertainment. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 14. Free. Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive N.E., Atlanta.

Lovejoy Fall Festival. Check out vendors of books, food, jewelry and more as electric violinist Ken Ford and other gospel, jazz, rock, hip-hop and R&B artists take the stage. 1-9 p.m. Sept. 13. Free. Lovejoy Community Center, 11622 Hastings Bridge Road, Lovejoy. 770-471-2304,

Atlanta Meatball Festival. This is the first year for this festival devoted to those beloved spheres of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and seafood. 2-6 p.m. Sept. 14. $40-$45. Belle Isle Square, 4969 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs.

Festival on Ponce. More than 125 displays of fine arts, crafts, food and outdoor art. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19. Free. Olmsted Linear Park. 1451 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta.

Music Midtown. Eminem, Jack White, Lana Del Rey, Iggy Azalea and Lorde are just a few of the artists performing at this year's music festival. 4:30-11 p.m. Sept. 19, 12:15-11 p.m. Sept. 20. $125-$1,000. Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive N.E., Atlanta.

Shrimp and Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival. The pairing of shrimp and grits gets a fest of its own on Jekyll Island. Get your fill of the Southern dish along with chef demonstrations, live music and craft beer. 5:30-9 p.m. Sept. 19, 10 a.m-9 p.m. Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21. Free. 100 James Road, Jekyll Island. 1-877-453-5955,

Roswell Arts Festival. Celebrate 48 years of art in Roswell at this festival featuring local artists, singers, dance companies and children's entertainers. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21. Roswell Town Square, 616 Atlanta St., Roswell. 770-640-3253,

Sandy Springs Festival. Fine art, rides, gourmet food and a pet parade await in the heart of Sandy Springs for this 29th annual festival. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21. $5 adults and $2 kids (ages 6-17). Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs.

Japanfest. Billed as the largest Japanese festival in the Southeast, Japanfest features bento and sushi-making demonstrations, live musical performances and lots of authentic Japanese cuisine. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21. $8 adults, children 6 and under free. Gwinnett Convention Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 404-842-0736,

TomorrowWorld. David Guetta, Zedd, Skrillex, Diplo and Bassnectar are among the headliners for this three-day event. Noon-1 a.m. Sept. 26-27, noon to midnight Sept. 28. $137 day passes and $375 weekend passes. Chattahoochee Hills Bouckaert Farm, 9445 Browns Lake Road, Fairburn.

Alpharetta Art in the Park. This outdoor artists market will feature handcrafted work by local artists and artisans the last full weekend of September and October, rain or shine. Included will be pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, watercolors, soaps, lotions and much more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27 and Oct. 25; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 26. Free. 35 Milton Ave., Alpharetta. 678-762-1035,

Atlanta Hip Hop Day Festival. Including emcees Trouble, Kick Stand, Quic Rojas and Rich Kidz. This festival also includes b-boy and b-girl exhibitions, turntablism workshops and graffiti artists. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 27 and noon-8 p.m. Sept. 28. Free. Woodruff Park, 91 Peachtree St., Atlanta.

East Atlanta Strut. This one-day extravaganza includes five stages of live local music and comedy, an artists market, kids village, carnival stalls and a parade in which you can strut along with floats, cars and marchers. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 27. Free festival, $15 registration to strut in the parade. East Atlanta Village, intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Flat Shoals Road.

Wanderlust Festival. The festival kicks off with a 5k run around Piedmont Park. Retired NFL player Keith Mitchell will lead the crowd in yoga meditation. Atlanta yoga instructors Neda Honarvar, Octavia Raheem and Sage Roundtree will teach to the beats of DJ Sol Rising. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 28. $48 registration. The Promenade, Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive N.E., Atlanta.

Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival. Marking its 30th year, Riverfest features more than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, entertainers, children's activities and concessions. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept, 28. Suggested donation of $5 for adults and children. Boling Park, 1200 Marietta Highway, Canton.

Marietta ChalkFest. More than 40 professional chalk artists from around the country will draw for spectators during this event. Artists of all ages also have the opportunity to compete in a sidewalk chalk art competition. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11-12. Free. Marietta Square, 30 Atlanta St. S.E., Marietta.

Atlanta Pride Festival. This year the largest pride event in the Southeast coincides with National Coming Out Day Oct. 11. Entertainment and events vary across the metro area Oct. 11-12. Parade starts at 1 p.m. Oct. 12; assembly begins at 10:30 a.m. on the streets near the Civic Center MARTA Station.

AJC Dunwoody Winefest. This inaugural event is aimed at both the novice and connoisseurs. The Grand Tasting will offer an all-inclusive tasting experience featuring more than 100 wines. There'll also be live music and food tastings. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 11. $65. Intersection of Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center Parkway, Dunwoody.

Atlanta Greek Festival. Opa! Dine on Greek cuisine or learn to prepare it yourself at cooking demos. Other festivities include a Greek culture exhibit, a market, music and dancing. 5-10 p.m. Oct. 9, 5-11 p.m. Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 12. Adults $5, children 12 and under free. Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2500 Clairmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-633-5870,

Decatur Craft Beer Festival. Enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting featuring 100 American craft beers, special tappings, food and live music. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets available online and include a commemorative tasting glass. Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 18. $40. Decatur Square, 101 E. Court Square, Decatur.,

Taste of Atlanta. Come hungry. This festival showcases the diversity of Atlanta restaurants. Attractions include live cooking demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes and VIP food, wine, beer and cocktail experiences. 12-8 p.m. Oct. 25, 12-6 p.m. Oct. 26. $25-$75. Tech Square, 79 5th St. N.W., Atlanta.

Chomp & Stomp. This 12th annual festival includes a 5k followed by beer for breakfast, four bluegrass music stages, a chili competition and tasting, plus Brussels sprouts bobbing. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 1. Festival is free, $5 for chili tasting. Cabbagetown Park, 177 Kirkwood Ave., Atlanta.

Chastain Park Arts Festival. Enjoy arts and crafts, food and beverages, local musicians and 185 artists and artisans. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 2. Free. Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta.