Is it raining where you are? If so, you may be discouraged from checking out any festivals today (particularly as a result of the mud, or lack of desire to get wet, or both). So, here is a Festival Guide featuring a number of festivals, with a note as to whether or not they will be wet weather-friendly:
- Summer Flavors Festival, Piedmont Park. Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM. Thanks to Atlanta on the Cheap for a few heads up on festivals, including this one; the Summer Flavors Festival: "Good and good for you" will feature 30 food and drink vendors, a kids place, entertainment, and more. Enter the festival FREE, and pay $5.00 for 3-tickets, $10.00 for 7-tickets, $13.50 for 10-tickets, and $20.00 for 17-tickets, for tastes from Sambuca Jazz Cafe, Moe's Mexicana Grill, Taste N Tell Caribbean, Bruster's Ice Cream & Yogurt, and others. The festival map shows that all vendors will be along the walking path around the Meadows, which means that the entertainment stage will likely face the grassy area; therefore, umbrellas, chairs and rain jackets are required. The tip of Piedmont Park is located at the 10th Street NE and Monroe Drive NE intersection. For more information, visit SummerFlavors.com.
- Folk Fest, N Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross. Through Sunday, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday, 5:00 PM Sunday. This indoor festival, note the lack of necessity for an umbrella, is "the world's largest folk art show and sale, hosting 100 galleries and dealers from around the nation..." Pay $7.00, children 16 and younger enter FREE, for a look at "outsider" or "self-taught" artists and their painting, sculptures, et cetera. The festival, in its 17th year, should be a treat, particularly for those interested in art. The North Atlanta Trade Center is located at 1700 Jeurgens Court at the Indian Trail Road Exit off I-85. Visit SlotinFolkArt.com for more information
- City of Kennesaw Pigs n Peaches BBQ Festival, Ben Robertson Community Center and surrounding area. Through today, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Visit Facebook for more information about the annual Pigs n Peaches BBQ Festival, which includes acts on the Acoustic, Blues and Main Stages, along with a map to the venue. The vendors will be on a grassy area, but if the set-up is the same as last year, the Main (entertainment) Stage and the BBQ vendors will be on pavement. The barbecue cookoff features non-sanctioned "Backyard BBQ", Anything Butt & Peach Dessert Contest, and a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned Professional Contest. Head to 2753 Watts Drive for food, music, and fun at the Kids Zone.
- Creative Loafing Highland Beer Fest, Inman Park. Saturday, 12:00 - 6:00 PM. Rain, what rain? If one doesn't (or even if one does) drink responsibly, that may be the quote of the day at this beer festival. Featuring over 100 craft beers, entertainment, and food vendors, festival entry, if you didn't purchase your at Xorbia, will be $40.00. A portion of the proceeds to this festival, located at the intersection of North Highland Avenue NE and Elizabeth Street NE, benefit the Inman Park Security Patrol.
- Melon Fest, Atlanta Botanical Garden. Saturday, 12:00 - 3:00 PM. Visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden and support a local grower at Melon Fest, a celebration of the melon. Sample a variety of European melons, and participate in, or watch, seed spitting contest, watermelon rolling contest and the other activities planned by the ABG. The festival is "FREE" with paid ticket entry, which allows patrons the opportunity to walk the grounds and check out the new Canopy Walk. The ABG is located at 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE. Festival activites are likely outdoors; due to rain, the ABG may make accomodations for certain activites either covered or indoors. Click here for the ABG's Interactive Garden Map. More information is available from the Atlanta Festivals Examiner at this link.
- Taste of Chamblee: Festival for the Senses, Downtown Chamblee. Saturday, 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM. Downtown Chamblee is hosting its 3rd annual Taste event today. The outdoor event features music, arts & crafts, children's activities and, the main attraction, food. Anticipate tasting fare from 57th Fighter Group, Dunwoody Cafe, Maison Robert Fine Chocolates, Rita's Italian Ice, Sweet Shop, The Tree and others. (The full list and ticket-breakdown are available at this link.) Purchase tickets, $1.00 each, at any of the 3 ticket booths througout the festival. The tickets are used to pay for activities, drinks and tastes. For more information, visit TheTasteofChamblee.com. The festival is located at 5648 Peachtree Road in Chamblee.
There are more festivals taking place througout Metro Atlanta. For more festivals, check out The Best of the Big A: Weekend Best Bets at Blogs.AJC.com or the Atlanta on the Cheap blog at AtlantaontheCheap.com. More festival information is forthcoming from the Atlanta Festivals Examiner. Visit the homepage at Examiner.com to peruse previous articles.