September is a month to remember, especially when there's bountiful of fun festivals. There's Music Midtown, Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest, the East Atlanta Strut, the 10th year of the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade and so much more, like these ten festivals listed below:
Forward Warrior Mural Project
11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 14. Esther Peachy Park in Cabbagetown, Atlanta. firstname.lastname@example.org, cabbagetown.com/forwardwarrior.
Every year, the Wylie Street wall in Cabbagetown is transformed by a new batch of murals during the Forward Warrior Mural Project. More than 40 artists will come together to each repaint a section of the wall with a mural of their choosing.
Just down the street in the heart of historic Reynoldstown is the Reynoldstown Wheelbarrow Festival on the same day from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Time it right, and you can do both with ease.
Lanier Lantern Festival
4-10 p.m. Sept. 14. Lanier Olympic Park, 105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. 855-536-1996, lanierlanternfestival.com.
The inaugural Lanier Lantern Festival promises food, live music and lights over the water as thousands of paper lanterns take flight together. Decorate your own and set it free.
Mews and Brews
4-10 p.m. Sept. 20. Atlanta Brewing Company, 2323 Defoor Hills Road NW #2207, Atlanta. 404-355-5558, eventbrite.com.
Not to be mistaken for Brew at the Zoo, this free, cat-tacular event features felines of a much smaller variety. Mews and Brews is hosted by Adventure Cats, Java Cats Cafe and Furkids in a combined effort to raise funds for the Furkids shelter and to find forever homes for kitties. There will be a beer release from Atlanta Brewing Company, live music and local artists and vendors. The first 50 people to show up will get a gift bag. If you would like to play in the cat lounge at Java Cats, a small donation is requested.
Kirkwood Wine Stroll
7-10 p.m. Sept. 20. Downtown Kirkwood, 1963 Hosea L Williams Dr. NE, Atlanta. email@example.com, kirkwoodwinestroll.com.
Support local businesses by attending the 13th annual Kirkwood Wine Stroll presented by the Kirkwood Business Owners' Association. The event is built to connect neighbors to the historic neighborhood, as guests can stroll the area and sample wines from around the world. More than 40 participating businesses will open their doors and offer wine samples and snacks. Tickets are $40 now, and $50 the week of.
Seafood & BBQ Fest
Noon-10 p.m., Sept. 21. The Amphitheater at Riverdale Town Center, 7210 Church St., Riverdale. 770-909-5300, eventbrite.com.
Spend a little time in the city of Riverdale. Eat seafood and barbecue while listening to the music of 90's R&B sensations Dru Hill. The 2019 edition of Seafood & BBQ Fest is a free admission event ($5-10 for parking) that includes live music, vendors, a kid zone, food alley, barbecue sauce contests and more.
Sept. 21-22. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 21. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22. Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth. firstname.lastname@example.org, japanfest.org.
The 2020 Olympics are set to take place in Japan, and you can get a first taste of the experience at the 33rd annual JapanFest at the Infinite Energy Center. With 25 workshops from guest performers and local experts and more than 120 vendors selling original Japanese goods and foods, the festival will attract 20,000 attendees.
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22, Marietta Square, 39-75 E Park Square, Marietta. 404-966-8497, mariettastreetfest.com.
The Marietta Museum of History is hosting the 28th annual Marietta StreetFest, a celebration of arts and crafts, live music and classic cars in historic Marietta Square. The free two-day event draws more than 25,000 people annually and offers more than 75 vendors selling handcrafted paintings, jewelry, and pottery and market-style jellies. For the 15th year, the Hubcaps and History Classic Car Show will also be hosted (Saturday only) within the square during the affair, showcasing a variety of classic cars.
Chalk Art Festival
1-6 p.m. Sept. 29, Piedmont Park, 400 Park Dr. NE, Atlanta. 678-973-2437, atlantaaudubon.org/chalkart.
The Chalk Art Festival takes place each September in honor of Georgia's native plants and the key role they play for birds and other wildlife. Habitat loss is the biggest threat to birds around the state, and as urbanization increases and natural habitats disappear, native plants offer the restorative habitats birds need to survive and thrive. As such, the Audubon invites families, individuals, non-profits, businesses, corporate partners and local artists to visit Piedmont Park and create temporary chalk art celebrating Georgia's native plants and animals. The Chalk Art Festival will be held in front of the Audobon's "exhibitat" -- a permanent, bird-friendly habitat in Piedmont Park -- and proceeds from the Chalk Art Festival will fund Chimney Swift tower construction projects in the metro area.
Oktoberfest at Dry County
2 p.m. Sept. 28, Dry County Brewing Company, 1500 Lockhart Dr. NW, Kennesaw. 678-653-8077, drycountybrewco.com.
Enjoy beers at Dry County Brewing Company in Kennesaw at its very own Oktoberfest party. Tickets are not required, but for $15 you'll get to take home a 32 oz. souvenir stein and a 6-pack of Oktoberfest beer. Live music from Trevor Startt starts at 7 p.m.
Noon-10 p.m. Sept. 28, Reformation Brewery, 105 Elm St., Woodstock. 678-345-8080, reformationbrewery.com/cadence-fair.
This family-friendly event held in Downtown Woodstock kicks off the sixth anniversary for Reformation Brewery. In addition to special beer releases and a guest appearance from 97.1 The River, Cadence Fair will also have local artisans, lots of yummy food, and live music from The Hearsay, The Steven Brooks Band and more.
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