The fourth annual Atlanta Arts Festival returns to Piedmont Park on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 19, 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 a food court with everything from barbecue to ice cream, live art demonstrations and music. Admission is free. For more details visit www.AtlantaArtsFestival.com.

A 13-year-old tradition, this year’s East Atlanta Strut is set for Saturday, Sept. 18. The community-organized event will feature live music, a parade, art exhibitions, food vendors, 5K run, kids activities and other events designed to raise money for neighborhood organizations and to support local businesses. East Atlanta Village is located a mile directly south of Little 5 Points on Moreland Avenue. For the complete schedule visit www.eastatlantastrut.com.

The Midtown Festival of the Arts is Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26, and the city is allowing the organizers to close a stretch of Peachtree Street to create a pedestrian arcade filled with art, music, food and more. More than 100 artists will have showcase their painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, leather, metal, mixed media, woodworking, and folk/outsider art. There will also be music stages with local bands, including The Breakfast Club, an 80’s tribute band. A Food Pavilion will feature taste treats from more than 30 Midtown restaurants, while the Kid Zone will have continuous entertainment, events, games and activities. Emory University Hospital Midtown is sponsoring the Midtown Mile Road Race on Saturday morning. On Saturday evening, a classic film will be screened in front of the Margaret Mitchell House. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.midtownfestivalofthearts.org.

The 25th anniversary Sandy Springs Festival is Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26, at Heritage Green Park. Features of the festival include the Doug Kessler Lightning 5K/10K race, a juried artist’s market, business and civic expo, a children’s park, collector’s car show, Kiwanis Pet Parade, live entertainment, food court, Whole Foods fresh market, and a health and wellness area sponsored by Saint Joseph’s Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  Adult day passes are $5 or $7 for both. Youth (ages 6-17) may attend a single day for $2 and two days for $3. www.sandyspringsfestival.com.

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.

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