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BEST SPOTS: Metro Atlanta Fall Festivals
BEST SPOTS: Metro Atlanta Fall Festivals

ATLANTA – Fall is approaching and ‘tis the season for fall festivals. Metro Atlanta offers a festival for whatever tickles your fancy; whether it be food, music or fun you can find it during the autumn season in the city. For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best fall festival in Atlanta, this year.

Come to Atlanta for one of the largest gay celebrations in the United States. The Atlanta Pride Festival will celebrate their 41st year, this October. Atlanta Pride started in the summer of 1970, a year after the Stonewall Riots in New York City. According to their website, the main purpose of the APC is to “promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbian, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons”. The festival features events, like: the Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party, the Tran March, Pride parade and Pride Children’s event. This year, the festival will kick off on October 8 and will run all weekend.

Calling all foodies, brace yourself for the Taste of Atlanta. The Atlanta food festival showcases “hundreds of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants” and chefs.  Atlantans from all over the metro area invade Midtown for the weekend and binge on the best food, wine, desserts and spirits the city has to offer. The festival also showcases some of the most prestigious chefs and features cooking demos for those who wish to improve their kitchen prowess. This year, the festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary; so, trust us, you’re in for a boatload of treats.

Atlanta’s largest Halloween Party is annually held in L5P and this year is no different; get your costume, your parking spot and your fanny pack and head down to Euclid Avenue for a ghoulishly, good time. The neighborhood is home to many “alternative” Atlantans or “hipsters”. And they show up in droves for the Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade. So, come dressed in your best costume because this event doesn’t host your door-to-door trick-or-treaters.

Stone Mountain is hosting their 9th Annual Pumpkin Festival, this year, starting on September 30. The festival will be held every weekend until October 30th. Event highlights include: Kids Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt, Family Scavenger Hunt, The Great Pumpkin Puppet Parade, the Children’s Costume Contest, Storytelling, a Pie Eating Contest, the Pumpkin Palooza and the Pumpkin Patch Party. Entrance to all events is included in the Adventure Pass, which ranges from $21 -27.  

Music lovers all over Atlanta cried out when Music Midtown closed up shop but its back and hopefully it’ll be as good as other years. The concerts line-up includes bands like Coldplay, The Black Keys and Cage the Elephant. The concert will be held in The Meadow at Piedmont Park. Tickets to this event will cost $56 and $1 goes to a donation for Mayor Reed’s Centers of Hope, which is a fund that works to fund recreation centers and after-school activities for young people in the city.

Two megastars in the film industry, Roger Bobb and Nicole Ari Parker, will chair this years, BronzeLens Film Festival, so you won’t want to miss this annual festival.  This event which was put together by 11Alive’s own, Cheryl Gripper, is “dedicated to bring national attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color”. The event features classes that will acquaint attendees with the ins and outs of the film industry. Key events feature the Women’s Superstars Luncheon, the BronzeLens Awards and a number of intensive master classes. Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with industry professionals and future superstars.

Get a taste of the country in the Empire City of the South at the Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp. The Chomp and Stop features old-time music that was “popular when residents and mill workers like Fiddlin’ John Carson lived here”. This event features a Chilli Cookoff which will be judge by Chef Julia Leroy of LeRoy’s Fried Chicken, Hector Santiago of Pura Vida and Shane Devereaux from Midtown restaurant, Top Flr. So sign up for the fiddling good time.

Ellijay is celebrating their 2011 Georgia Apple Festival starting October 8th. The festival, sponsored by The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce and the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, will be celebrating its 40th year, this year. There will be tons of vendors with homemade goods and fare, a parade and an antique car show. Don’t miss one of the biggest festivals in North Georgia.

Enjoy beers, brats and bands at the 41st Annual Oktoberfest at the Helen Festhalle. The festival hosts bands from around the county and the world. The Festhalle is setup with rows of long tables so you can eat and drink while watching the show. Oktoberfest will be start on September 22 and October 30. Admission to the event ranges from $7-8.

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