Labor Day weekend always offers a plethora of options for celebration. Do you invite the friends and family over for a cookout? Do you make the drive to a friend’s lake house? Or do you enjoy the summers’ end out on the town at one of the innumerable street festivals?
In Atlanta in particular, the weekend is the perfect storm- it’s the weekend when the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game descends on the Georgia Dome, the nerds assemble for DragonCon, and the festivities commence for Black Gay Pride- and that’s just downtown. There are festivals, concerts and gatherings aplenty all over the metro area. But if you want to beat the traffic, you could check out one of these options right in your own neighborhood.
The Marietta Square has plenty going for it already- independent restaurants, coffee shops, galleries, and boutiques. So when this annual art festival comes up every year, the backdrop is already set. The festival features both local and national artists in every medium you could think of, and even includes a section for children’s art. The centerpiece of the festival is ChalkFest, a sidewalk chalk art competition featuring 20 professional chalk artists.
South of the Perimeter? Check out this street festival in the City of Riverdale. The festival features just what the name suggests from both local vendors and international crafters. Seafood and beer: can you think of a better way to cap off the summer? If that’s not enough, there will be KidZone for the little ones, performances all day long from soul, R&B, and hip-hop artists, and a fireworks show at the end of the night.
Whether you’re an aspiring author or just a casual book lover, the Decatur Book Festival will be absolutely slammed with things to do. From writing workshops to author forums, the festival isn’t just for those in love with words; it’s for anyone interested in any topic. Arts, sports, religion, LGBT, science- there will be talks given on anything you could imagine. Go to the website and plan out your day in advance so you can make it to every talk you want to attend, and finish out the night with the Art After Dark block party, featuring Flux artists.