Fall doesn’t just mean football anymore. It means festivals, too.

Once the summer heat starts to cool and the trees change color, north metro Atlanta residents can begin braving the midday sun on a Saturday or Sunday to check out a little outdoor music or art.

Here are a few festivals scheduled in October or early November. They promise participants the chance to contemplate anything from pop songs to evensong and from works of art to artfully arranged flowers.

Brookhaven Arts Festival

The eighth annual version of the Brookhaven Arts Festival plans to bring about 140 artists to display works along the tree-lined street behind the MARTA station. There’ll be food, music, beer and wine and an interactive place for kids, too.

When: Oct. 15 and Oct. 16; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15, with a block party from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 16.

Where: Apple Valley Road, directly behind the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station.

Local color: The Brookhaven Arts Alliance plans to open a gallery at 4330 Peachtree Road in Town Brookhaven to display works in conjunction with the Atlanta Celebrates Photography. The Brookhaven Gallery opens Sept. 23. It closes Oct. 29, with a silent auction.

How much to get in: Free.

For more information: www.brookhavenartsalliance.com/arts-festival

Cathedral Flower Festival

More than 30 garden clubs and churches contribute flower arrangements for the 2011 flower festival, which is being called “Vested Glory: Beautiful Flowers Inspired by Sacred Spaces.” The festival offers tours of the floral displays, workshops and presentations by floral designer and author Hitomi Gilliam.

When: Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 5 and 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Oct. 6.

Where: The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW.

Local color: Tired of rock and roll? This festival features a special evensong service sung by the Cathedral Schola Choir on Oct. 5, starting at 6:30 p.m.

How much to get in: $10 to tour the exhibits and flower market; $50 for each of Hitomi Gilliam’s demonstrations; $35 for workshops on Oct. 6; $100 for a full-day package on Oct. 5 and $70 for a full-day package on Oct. 6.

For more information: www.stphilipscathedral.org/flowerfestival

Dunwoody Music Festival

The third annual Dunwoody Music Festival promises break dancing and a variety of music. Local bands will play on multiple stages. Activities to entertain children are to include arts and crafts projects, rides and bouncy inflatables.

When: Oct. 22 and Oct. 23. On Oct. 22, the general festival is scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with The Stars of ‘80s Rock concert from 7 to 11 p.m.; on Oct. 23, the general festival is scheduled to be open from noon until 6 p.m., with the break dance competition scheduled to be open from 7-11 p.m.

Where: Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road.

Local color: The headliners this year are The Stars of ‘80s Rock, a band that includes performers who have played with 38 Special, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Survivor and others.

How much to get in: $5 general admission; $15 for The Stars of ‘80s Rock concert (includes general admission for the day), $25 for reserved seats at the Stars concert.

For more information: http://dunwoodycommerce.org/content/dunwoody-music-festival

Chastain Arts Festival

The third annual Chastain Arts festival expects to attract about 200 painters, potters, jewelers, woodworkers, metalworkers and other artists and craftspeople to Chastain for two days in November. There’s music, too. Three-quarters of the artists are local, the promoters say, and about 50,000 people attended the festival last year.

When: Nov. 5 and Nov. 6. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 5; from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6.

Where: Chastain Park, 135 W. Wieuca Road NW. Parking is free in the red and blue lots.

Local color: Local pop artist Jeno is scheduled to perform Saturday and Sunday.

How much to get in: Free.

For more information: www.chastainparkartsfestival.com

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.