Decatur Book Festival
Thousands of booklovers will descend on Decatur over Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) 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 incoming U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, while children’s author Jose-Luis Orozco will give the inaugural “kidnote.” To see the full schedule and list of authors, visit decaturbookfestival.com.

Dragon*Con
From the parade of costumed characters down Peachtree Street to the opportunity to meet Captain Kirk, Captain Jack Harkness and Agent Dana Scully, this year’s sci-fi, fantasy and gaming conference – held at numerous hotels and venues in Downtown – is shaping up to be one of the biggest ever. See the full line up of events at dragoncon.org.

Wheelbarrow Festival
The Reynoldstown celebration is set for Sept. 8 at Lang-Carson Park on Flat Shoals Avenue. There will be a 5K run, an artist market, health fair, food vendors and live music on two stages. For more information, visit wheelbarrowfestival.com.

Fall Festival on Ponce
Last year’s event was so popular that organizers are now holding a spring and fall version of the festival in historic Olmstead Linear Park along Ponce de Leon Avenue. The dates are Sept. 15-16 and there will be more than 100 artists, food trucks, a children’s area, live music and more. festivalonponce.com

East Atlanta Strut
Come on out and strut your stuff at the 15th annual music and arts festival. This one-day extravaganza will take place on Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Attractions include five stages of live music, a comedy stage, kids village, artist market, 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
Returning to Piedmont Park for its sixth year on Sept. 15-16, the event features a juried show of 200 of the country’s finest painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craftsman, glass blowers and more. This year’s festival also boasts interactive learning experiences and demonstrations, live music and entertainment, food and beverages, kids activities and much more. For more information, visit atlantaartsfestival.com.

Music Midtown
Music Midtown returns on Sept. 21-22 with an impressive line-up of acts including Florence and the Machine, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, The Avett Brothers, Ludacris, Neon Trees, Civil Twilight, T.I., Adam Ant and Garbage. For tickets and details, visit musicmidtown.com.

Sandy Springs Arts Festival
The 2012 Sandy Springs Festival is Sept. 22 -23 on Heritage Green featuring a children’s area, artists market, 10K and 5K races and a pet parade. For more information, visit 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.