It may be past Labor Day, but the weather is still warm enough to enjoy a few arts festivals in Atlanta. This coming weekend, September 21-22, there are at least three festivals located throughout the city. Midtown is likely to be a bit of a traffic clog due to the Midtown Music Festival, so why not venture out to Sandy Springs, Marietta, or Alpharetta to get a jump on your holiday shopping?
The Sandy Springs Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. This one does have an admission fee ($5 for adults, $2 for children), but it promises rides, races, a pet parade, and cultural performances in addition to the traditional festival fare. It is located at Heritage Green in Sandy Springs, check the web site for specific information.
This festival will contain Marietta's 4th of July fireworks at 9 p.m. on Saturday night, delayed for a few months due to the rain over the actual holiday. It will feature an antique car show, Jewelry Row for dedicated shoppers, local musicians, and fun information regarding this historical area. The fest runs around Marietta Square starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, historic Alpharetta will host an intriguing European Market. This event will feature two massive tents full of all sorts of interesting wares, from jewelry and art to home furnishings and gourmet treats.