Chomp & Stomp Chili Cook-off and Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, Nov. 5, Cabbagetown neighborhood. chompandstomp.com
If you consider yourself a chili connoisseur, then you will not want to miss Cabbagetown’s 14th annual Chili Cook-Off, featuring over 100 individual chilis, 29 restaurant chilis, and 19 celebrity judges. Even if you’re not a chili fan, there will be plenty for you to eat from local food vendors as you listen to live music and peruse the Artist Market.
Chastain Park Arts Festival
Saturday, Nov. 5–Sunday, Nov. 6, Chastain Park. chastainparkartsfestival.com
There are arts festivals aplenty in Atlanta neighborhoods, and Chastain Park’s is certainly one you won’t want to miss. Between the live entertainment, food, music, and art, you’ll have plenty to do while enjoying a beautiful fall weekend in Atlanta!
First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare
Saturday, Nov. 5–Sunday, Dec. 11, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. shakespeare.folio.emory.edu/about/folger.html
Shakespeare’s famous First Folio, published in 1623, will be making its way to all 50 states and Emory is honored to have been chosen as the Georgia host site. The book will be encompassed in a larger exhibit exploring Shakespeare’s work and impact in literature and theater.
Castleberry Hill Art Stroll
Friday, Nov. 11, 7–10pm, Castleberry Hill historic arts district. castleberryhill.org/chartstroll
Every second Friday of the month, galleries and restaurants throughout Castleberry Hill welcome residents and visitors alike into the underground art scene of downtown Atlanta. If you like great art and great food, there’s no better way to spend your evening. Whether you’re coming from across town or across the country, everyone is welcome!
Saturday, Nov. 12–Saturday, Jan. 7, Atlanta Botanical Gardens. http://atlantabg.org/visit/events/garden-lights#node-3969
Those who have read some of my previous blog entries know that I love events at the Atlanta Botanical Garden! Fall’s scarecrows and pumpkins have been replaced by nearly one million energy-efficient bulbs that light your way through the 30-acre plant sanctuary. Debuting in 2011, this spectacular exhibit has quickly become a must for Atlantans and a favorite sight-seeing activity for travelers. Exploration of the extensive grounds is punctuated by fire pits and on-site s’more kits, hot chocolate and cider stations, and seasonal music and shows. If you’ve never experienced the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, this is a great time to do so. And if you have visited the gardens before, a return trip under these well-lit conditions will not disappoint.
Atlanta Music Festival
Monday, Nov. 14–Friday, Nov. 18, various locations in Atlanta. atlantamusicfestival.org
This week-long program is the manifestation of a historic initiative on the part of Atlanta’s African American community in the wake of the 1906 race riot. African American music, culture and history are celebrated through city-wide partnerships, including Emory University and the Atlanta Public School System in order to support music and arts education for underserved students.
‘Til next month!
Photos courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Atlanta Foundation of Public Spaces, Atlanta Music Festival, Chomp & Stomp/Dieter M. Engler, and Wikipedia/BURNAWAY.