Fall Festival!!

If you missed summer’s plethora of art’s fairs—or felt it was too sweltering outside to make the trip—you’re in luck! It seems there’s nothing metro Atlanta loves more than its festivals, and this weekend there are a couple culture-filled events that are definitely worth the less than an hour drive from Windsong’s active adult communities.

atlantaartsfestivalThe Atlanta Arts Festival is a standby, set in the historic Piedmont Park (with a good amount of shade!), and providing outstanding area artists with an audience for showcasing their work. Free to the public, the festival has something for attendees of every age, so boomers, bring your grandkids! This year there are more than 200 artists participating, selling works in mediums that include printmaking, jewelry, wood, ceramics and painting.
The best part is, the festival is interactive, with showcases including performance painter Tim Decker, who “speed-paints” portraits right in front of you in under 10 minutes. There are also classes offered on both Saturday and Sunday with Stacy Abston, of Sips n Strokes in Marietta, who will teach all participants to have fun while painting subjects like the American flag and white daisies. Best of all, there’s an entertainment stage featuring performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and others.
Also this weekend, take a quick trip to the Far East from in Duluth, at the 24th annual JapanFest, held at the Convention Center at Gwinnett Center. Presented with the goal of promoting understanding between the Japanese and Americans in the Southeast, the two-day festival incorporates traditional live musical presentations, folk dancing performances, martial arts demonstrations and classes in subjects like Japanese flower arranging, kimono intricacies, the Japanese language, writing haiku and appreciating sake. If you like sushi, Japanese food will also abound. This too, is an excellent opportunities to engage your grandkids in a little far-away culture and feel like you’re jet-setting to another land.
Don’t miss out on this weekend’s culturally cool adventures!

Atlanta Arts Festival, free, Saturday, 10am-7pm, Sunday, 10am-6pm. Piedmont Park. 770.941.9660; atlantaartsfestival.com.
Japan Fest, $8/person (kids are free), Saturday, 10am-6pm, Sunday, 10am-5pm. Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth. Japanfest.org.

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