Here in Georgia, we celebrate the end of the “Dog Days” of summer, with an eye toward cooler fall weather, and we’re lured out of our air conditioning to participate in the festivals, conventions, and party-like atmosphere of a number of events all over the state:
Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
For those who have been counting down the days to SEC Football season, the wait is finally over! Make your pilgrimage to the Georgia Dome on Saturday, Sept 3, as the SEC’s Georgia Bulldogs and ACC’s North Carolina Tarheels welcome Fall, Southern style!
Now in it’s 21st year, Dragon*Con is one of the largest multi-genre conventions in North America, drawing more than 63,000 guests to celebrate science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comic books, costumes, etc. Workshops include acting, writing, Tai Chi, belly dancing. The event also includes a parade, art show, and seminars and panels featuring actors and writers from popular movies, television series, comic books, and more. Visit dragoncon.org for information.
17th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens
With daytime flying exhibitions, a night time “glow” event, and opportunities for guests to take a ride in a tethered hot air balloon, this festival is one we can really look up to! An easy drive from the Atlanta metro area, for those who want to celebrate Labor Day in an uplifting fashion. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
11th Annual AJC Decatur Book Festival
For those whose idea of an ideal Labor Day is stocking the book shelves in preparation for cooler weather, the Decatur Book Festival is the perfect place to enjoy your weekend! The event includes thousands of books to peruse and purchase, plus seminars and panels featuring your favorite (or soon-to-be-favorite) authors. A handful of favorites at this year’s festival include Rick Bragg, Emily Giffin, Joshilyn Jackson, Brad Meltzer, Ron Rash, Natasha Trethewey, Karen White, and hundreds more. Visit www.decaturbookfestival.com for details.
30th Annual Marietta Art In the Park at Historic Marietta Square
Whether you want to add some new art to your collection, or simply be in the company of incredibly talented individuals, this is the event for you! This year’s event hosts 175 artists, plus activities for the whole family, including music, chalk art, and more! Visit www.artparkmarietta.com for details.
Smokin’ Up the Mountains
If you love barbecue and want to get in on a brand-new festival, take the serene, scenic drive north to Ellijay for the city’s first annual Barbecue Festival, on Saturday, September 3, from noon until 8 p.m. The event features barbecue vendors, a barbecue competition (sanctioned by the Georgia Barbecue Association), craft beer, live music, and family-friendly activities. $5 admission for adults. Visit www.bbqandbrews.com for information.
Each Windsong community is created with easy access to events, activities, and travel routes, while remaining a peaceful oasis for those who would prefer to celebrate Labor Day in their private courtyard.
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