Decatur Book Festival
Thousands of booklovers will descend on Decatur over Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-4) to meet the hundreds of authors who will be in town for one of the biggest literature events in the country. This year’s keynote speaker is Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists, and his wife/designer Carson Ellis who will be debuting their new children’s book, Wildwood, at the festival. This year’s festival will have a special young adult and children’s vibe, but there will also be poets, mystery writers, cookbook authors and every type of author in between. To see the full schedule and list of authors, visit decaturbookfestival.com.

Wheelbarrow Festival
The Reynoldstown celebration is set for Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Lang-Carson Park on Flat Shoals Avenue. There will be a 5K run, an artist market, silent auction, health fair, food vendors, a kids area called Wheelbarrow Jr. and, of course, plenty of music. Featured artists this year include Col. Bruce Hampton & Grant Green Jr., 4th Ward Klezmer Orchestra, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Atlanta Funk Society, 3052 Dub Collective, Dante Harmon and more. For more information, visit wheelbarrowfestival.com.

Mid-East Festival
The 37th annual festival will be held at St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2045 Ponce de Leon Ave., from Sept. 16-18. There will be music, dancing, food, church tours and much more. For more, visit steliasofatlanta.org.

East Atlanta Strut
Come on out and strut your stuff at the 14th annual music and arts festival. This one-day extravaganza will take place on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Attractions include five stages of live local music, kids village, bull ride, community booths, food and beverages, and the famous Strut Parade. The Strut is planned, organized, and staffed all by volunteers. All funds raised will benefit community projects and organizations. For more information or to volunteer, please visit eastatlantastrut.com.

Atlanta Arts Festival
The annual festival will be held in Piedmont Park on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages. It will bring together outstanding artists from all over the country and will feature 200 of the country’s finest painters, photographers, sculptors, glass blowers and more. There will also be artist demonstrations, classes, and live entertainment. Festival food, beverages, and merchandise will be available for purchase. For more information, visit atlantaartsfestival.com.

Sandy Springs Arts Festival
The annual festival will be held at Heritage Green on Sandy Springs Circle on Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sept 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a car show, museum, pet parade, 5k and 10k race, vendors, and live entertainment. Bring the entire family, the dog as well, as we celebrate the art and soul of the city. For information or to purchase tickets, visit sandyspringsfestival.com.

Music Midtown
After a six-year hiatus, Music Midtown returns on Sept. 24 for an afternoon and evening of music in Piedmont Park, headlined by Coldplay. Other acts include The Postelles, Mona, The Joy Formidable, The Constellations, The Black Keys, Manchester Orchestra, Young the Giant, Band of Skulls and Cage the Elephant. Tickets are $55. Visit musicmidtown.com for details.

A Note on Midtown Festival of the Arts: Due to lack of funding, this year’s MidtownFestival was canceled. Organizers are planning to remount the event in 2012. To keep up with developments, visit facebook.com/MidtownFestival.

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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