The calendar says it’s autumn, but the hot weather persists. We’re definitely in the dog days of summer, but that makes for sunny and dry weather for a bevy of outdoor activities happening this weekend, including more festivals, a big recycling and eco event and more. You can wear your shorts for at least one more weekend, so get out and enjoy.

1. Midtown state of mind: The Midtown Festival of the Arts is Saturday and Sunday on Peachtree Street in the heart of Midtown at 10th Street. There will be art, music, food and more. 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.

2. You could be my Sandy Springs… The 25th anniversary Sandy Springs Festival is Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Green Park featuring 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. 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.

3. Dog days of summer: The Rubbing Noses 2010 fashion featuring menswear and canines is Sunday, 2-5 p.m. at Lambert Place. The event, which raises money for Pets Are Loving Support (PALS), will feature an open bar, appetizers, music, silent auction and more. Tickets are $20 per person.

4. Go green: Ecolife comes to Atlantic Station this Saturday and Sunday with the latest in eco-friendly products and demonstrations for everything from composting to energy saving solutions. Music, food, giveaways, a green marketplace, kid’s zone and cooking demos from local chefs are all part of the fun. And don’t forget to participate in the ecoDepot Collection of e-scrap, paints, pesticides and prescription meds on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. The first 500 cars will be allowed to drop off items and you must be a city of Atlanta resident.

5. Garden of Eatin’: A Taste of Decatur is Saturday at the Decatur-DeKalb Family YMCA from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Transformed by bright, garden-themed decor, the Y at 1100 Clairemont Avenue will provide a casual, fanciful, and “tasteful” backdrop for the event, which features samples from more than 20 restaurants, a silent auction full of fun and unique items, and live entertainment.

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.

4 replies on “Weekend High Five: Dog days of summer”

  1. This was a great list of events. We made it to Midtown Arts Festival and ecolife at Atlantic Station. Was going to Sandy Springs as well but just too tired. Thanks INTown.

  2. This was a great list of events. We made it to Midtown Arts Festival and ecolife at Atlantic Station. Was going to Sandy Springs as well but just too tired. Thanks INTown.

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