East Atl StrutThe third annual Atlanta Arts Festival returns to Piedmont Park on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A juried art show featuring 200 artists from all over the country is the big highlight of the event, featuring paintings, jewelry, printmaking, photography, leather, clay and more. There will also be food from local vendors, live art demonstrations and music. Admission is free. For more details visit www.AtlantaArtsFestival.com.


An 12-year-old tradition, the East Atlanta Strut is a community-organized, one-day festival featuring live music, a parade, art exhibitions, food vendors and other events designed to raise money for neighborhood organizations and to support local businesses. Saturday, Sept. 19. The East Atlanta Village is located a mile directly south of Little 5 Points on Moreland Avenue. For the complete daily schedule visit www.eastatlantastrut.com.

Jazzoo, a benefit for Zoo Atlanta, will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 11 p.m. in Grant Park. There will be food from more than 30 Intown restaurants, drinks from 20 open bars and live music on four stages. You can also register to win $10,000 in giveaways – and purchase tickets – at www.jazzooatlanta.org. Individual tickets are $100 and all proceeds benefit Zoo Atlanta.

The Swan Coach House Flea Market, themed “Treasures,” will be located in the parking deck of the Atlanta History Center and will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26. Antiques, jewelry, books, silver, designer clothing and more will be on sale. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Forward Arts Foundation. www.swancoachhouse.com.

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer’s annual Oktoberfest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 3 until 8 p.m. This year’s festival will feature authentic Bavarian music from the Gootman Sauerkraut Band, alp horn playing, yodeling, tuned alpine bells, German/Bavarian food and beverages, and games and activities for children and adults alike. The church is located at 731 Peachtree St. (404) 874-8664, ext. 239. www.redeemer.org

The 27th Annual Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk and Fitness Program, designed to influence Atlanta businesspeople to make healthier lifestyle choices in order to combat rising national obesity levels, kicked off in August with more than 120 Atlanta companies already registered to participate.  A 5K run/walk through Downtown Atlanta will mark the end of the program on Sept.10.  For more information, visit www.KPCorporateRunWalk.com or call Sherri Barnes at (404) 449-4041.

The Morningside/Lenox Park Association’s 2009 Monumental Ball is set for Oct. 16 at Magnolia Hall in Piedmont Park. Tickets are $45 until Sept. 15 then $50. www.monumentalball.org or (404) 874-6357. Tickets are also available at Fourteen West Realtors, DBA Barbecue and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Intown.

The Civic League for Regional Atlanta’s Neighborhood Summit will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland St. The summit provides neighborhood leaders, community activists, neighborhood associations and community members with a forum to set priorities and plan to build stronger and more vibrant neighborhoods throughout metro Atlanta. The primary goal for the summit will be to identify priorities and choose action steps that neighborhoods can work together on to benefit the community. Visit www.CivicLeagueAtlanta.org or www.CFGreaterAtlanta.org for more details.

On Sunday, Sept. 27, at 5 p.m., the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will host a lawn party featuring live music from Elise Witt in the center’s new outdoor amphitheatre and wine and food pairings by Bold American Catering.  Tickets are $75 per person with proceeds going to benefit the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. To reserve tickets, call (404) 872-5338, ext. 240. www.callanwolde.org.

The Ninth Annual CHRIStal Ball benefits CHRIS Kids, a metro Atlanta organization that provides counseling, support and housing for abused and neglected children. The gala fundraiser will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Road. This year’s event honors Tony Conway, owner, A Legendary Event and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Tickets cost $250. (404) 564-3411 or www.chriskids.org.

The 2009 Decatur Garden Tour will showcase a range of styles – from unconventional to formal – at a dozen private homes and public gardens. The event also includes gardening lectures, demonstrations and children’s activities. Dates are Saturday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 27. For tickets and a list of homes on the tour, visit www.decaturgardentour.com.

International Rescue Committee Atlanta will mark its 30th anniversary of helping refugees make their new home here in Georgia at its annual Freedom Fête from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the penthouse suite of Nelson Mullins in Atlantic Station. The IRC began resettling refugees in Atlanta in 1979.  Since then, the office has resettled more than 18,000 victims of war and persecution from 35 countries. The evening will feature international cuisine and a live auction. More information at (404) 292-7731 ext. 43, or www.theirc.org/Atlanta.

The first annual Fall in the 4th festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. From noon until 7 p.m., the upper and lower parking lots of the Southern Dairies complex at the corner of Glen Iris Drive and North Avenue will be rocking with live entertainment, an artists’ market, improv comedy sketches, children’s activities, and food and drink from neighborhood restaurants. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Old Fourth Ward Park Conservancy. For more information, visit www.FallInThe4th.com or call (404) 577-4212.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.