Festivals and concerts on tap in North Fulton

If you're looking for a great way to usher in autumn, check out these fun events around North Fulton in October. There's something for everyone, from concerts to festivals.


Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival | Oct. 15-17
Wire and Wood, a three-day event in downtown Alpharetta, features local and nationally touring songwriters. Music will reverberate through the streets as talented artists perform their own songs with soulful melodies, magnificent vocals and expressive lyrics while interacting with the audience. The event is free to the public.
TICKETS: Event locations, times and ticket prices vary. More information available here.

Modest Mouse with special guest Hop Along | 8 p.m. Oct. 28
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre -- 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta
An experimental indie rock band formed in Issaquah, Wash., by Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green and Eric Judy in 1993, the band has had a revolving cast of collaborators. The cast includes Granddaddy's Jim Fairchild and Smiths legend Johnny Marr.
TICKETS: Prices vary and can be purchased at 404-733-5013 or http://www.vzwamp.com/event/modestmouse/

GA vs. FL Topgolf Tailgate | 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 31
Topgolf Alpharetta -- 10900 Westside Parkway, Alpharetta
You can already hear the battle drums beating. The biggest game of the year is right around the corner, so plan to join Topgolf Alpharetta as Georgia and Florida duke it out at the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party."
TICKETS: General admission is $25 and available at www.topgolf.com

Johns Creek

Johns Creek Arts Festival | Oct. 17-18
The Atlanta Athletic Club -- 1390 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek

The city of Johns Creek and the Johns Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau will partner again with Splash Festivals for this year's event, which includes a children's play area and delicious food. The festival also features performances from local entertainers and a Pet Parade, topped off by fireworks.

FREE. Learn more here.


Crabapple Fest | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3
Downtown Milton -- 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton
Crabapple Fest will once again see the city of Milton and nonprofit Crabapple Community Association join forces to put on a massive festival, which features nearly 100 antique vendors, local juried artists and merchants from across the Southeast. The festival also includes an 8-foot LED game day screen featuring SEC college football, children's rides, games, and local food and drinks from Kona Ice, Cans, GC BBQ, Olde Blind Dog's Food Truck, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Happy Belly, Snap Franks, Milton's and MUGS.
FREE. www.cityofmiltonga.us/events/55/crabapple-fest/


Alive After Five Roswell | 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 15
Canton Street, Roswell
Known as the best street party in metro Atlanta, this family-friendly event offers music, food, displays, and shopping. A trolley shuttles event-goers from the parking lot of City Hall to Canton Street, free of charge. Shops and restaurants offer discounts and specials, and live music plays throughout the district.
FREE. www.aliveafterfiveroswell.com

Harvest on the 'Hooch | 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18
Chattahoochee Nature Center -- 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell
Celebrate farm-to-table with a garden party tasting event featuring top-notch restaurants, live bluegrass and Southern-style fun. The Chattahoochee Nature Center welcomes guests of all ages to the annual outdoor food and wine event celebrating the vital connections between the garden and the plate. The event raises funds for the center's unity garden, which supplies more than 5 tons of fresh produce annually to North Fulton Community Charities food pantry.
TICKETS: $40 for adults and $15 for children. Free for those ages 10 and younger. Available at 770.992.2055 or www.chattnaturecenter.org

LIVE! in Roswell: Nikki Lane | 8 p.m. Oct. 23
Roswell Cultural Arts Center -- 950 Forrest St., Roswell
Growing up in South Carolina, Nikki Lane loved her mom's Motown records and her dad's country cassettes, but she'd also sneak out to see alternative-rock and punk shows. All those influences come through on her new album, All or Nothin', which was produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. Concessions sponsored by Mac McGee's of Roswell.
TICKETS: $30-$35. Available for purchase at 770.594.6232 or www.roswellcac.com

Sandy Springs

Felipe Coelho - Brazilian Solo 7 String Guitar | 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17
Steve's Live Music -- 234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs

Felipe Coelho -- strongly influenced by Gypsy Jazz, Flamenco and the Asian music traditions of Anoushka Shankar, Zakir Hussain and Avishai Cohen -- combines those influences with his Brazilian natural roots to bring about a unique style. His first compositions portray the tendencies for musical explorations across cultures, which run through his musical work.

TICKETS: $10. www.steveslivemusic.com