Atlanta Festivals and Fairs

Can you believe it’s already Labor Day? The summer flew by in a blur of heat and sun, and now it’s almost time for fall. But first, celebrate Labor Day with a full weekend of festival and fairs around Atlanta.

There are plenty of festivals happening this weekend, from the Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival (with plenty of jerk-spiced food and live reggae and calypso) in Decatur to the Beer & Whiskey Fest in Piedmont Park, and the sci-fi DragonCon convention. But some of the active adult winners are the 12th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens, where entertainment, music and exhibits keep you busy on the ground when you’re not in the air, and the Atlanta History Center’s Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition.

Our pick for the best way to spend your weekend? That would be at Art in the Park, conveniently located to Windsong’s homes in the Historic Marietta Square. Beginning Saturday and running three days until Monday, the festival is free and includes fine art works by 150 American artists that were hand-selected to be part of the show. This year’s the 24th annual extravaganza, and art pieces will span painting, photography, pottery, graphics, sculpture, woodworking and jewelry, so there’s truly something for every taste.

In addition to the artistic eye candy on display, the organization Keep Marietta Beautiful is sponsoring a station where boomers and your families and friends are invited to design a three-dimensional piece of Marietta using recycled boxes, paper towel rolls, paper bags and paints. If you’re not feeling so creative, the area’s antebellum houses and historic districts are open for walking tours, and there are plentiful shops around the square to also visit.

Art in the Park is the perfect time to champion your community, support American art and enjoy the last days of summer with your family in a creative and lively setting.

Marietta’s Art in the Park, Historic Marietta Square, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta, GA 30066. artparkmarietta.com; 770.592.7180. 10am-5pm, Saturday through Monday, September 4-6. Free.

-Kathryn Romeyn

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