I'm not sure if this coming weekend could get any better. The weather will be fit for the filming of an autumnal Hallmark Channel movie, and there's a trio of events going on intown that promise a great afternoon of brew and chew. This season is the reason I love living in Atlanta!
Oenophiles rejoice! Over 500 domestic and international wines will be featured at the Decatur Wine Festival, which holds the title of metro Atlanta's largest outdoor vino shindig. Even if you're not a fan of fermented grape juice (though I don't see how that's possible...), there's sure to be at least a few bottles with the potential to tickle your taste buds. Foodies will also be pleased with the Decatur restaurants (Leon's !) that set up tasting booths, and of course there will be live music in the bandstand. Tickets are $35 and the proceeds benefit the Decatur Arts Alliance.
This annual Cabbagetown festival is ground zero for the city's best chili, or "chomp." Separate competitions for restaurants and individuals will determine who's got the superior mixture of beany goodness, and you get to taste them all! The "stomp" refers to either the 5K race or the sound of hipsters getting down to the traditional blue grass music that'll fill the air. The twangy sound is a tribute to the past residents of the mill village who migrated from the Appalachian Mountains to work in the factory that now serves as trendy lofts.
Cabbagetown's neighbor just to the north, Inman Park, is also holding a similar fall fest on the same day, so why not hit 'em both? The 5k will happen at 11am, and the beer fest will start after that wraps up. Over 80 craft brews were selected by some serious beer geeks, and of course live music will be there to add to the jovial vibes. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Inman Park Security Patrol; for the beer festival they're $30 in advance/$40 at the door, and tickets for the 5K are $25.