Oct 24-26, 2014

Taste of Atlanta

“The food lover’s food event” features specialties from more than 90 of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants, plus four live cooking stages, a kitchen workshop, the Family Food Zone, music and entertainment. VIP tickets include The Wine + Beer + Cocktail Experience, tasting tents and educational seminars. Oct. 24 from 7:30 pm-10:30 pm, Oct. 25 from 12-8 pm and Oct. 26 from 12-6 pm. Daily advance tickets $25 (10 taste coupons), VIP tickets $75 (10 taste coupons), kids 13 and under free when accompanied by a paid adult.

Sep 20-21, 2014

Sandy Springs Festival

The 30th annual festival features a pet parade, a petting zoo, a juried artists market, 5k and 10k races, and a children’s park. Sept. 20 from 9 am-7 pm, Sept. 21 from 11 am-5 pm. Adults $5, two-day pass $7; children ages 6-17 $2, two-day pass $3; 5 and under free. Sandy Springs Historic Site & Park, 6110 Blue Stone Rd., Sandy Springs, 404.851.9111, www.sandyspringsfestival.com

Sep 20-21, 2014

Roswell Arts Festival

Located in the Roswell Town Square, this community festival offers arts and crafts, music, dance, theater, children’s activities and more. Sept. 20 from 10 am-6 pm, Sept. 21 from 10 am-5 pm. Historic Town Square, 617 Atlanta St., Roswell, 770.640.3253, www.roswellartsfestival.com

Sep 06-14, 2014

Midtown Restaurant Week

Diners will enjoy special three-course menus at favorite Midtown restaurants for $15, $25 or $35 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Check the Web site for a list of participating restaurants. Sept. 6-14. 404.488.9348, www.mrwatlanta.com 

Sep 20, 2014

Marietta Streetfest

Antique dealers, artisans, local attractions and the Marietta Square Farmers Market fill Historic Marietta Square, while antique shops located in and around the square offer special sidewalk sales. Antiques and Artisans shows (9 am-5 pm),The Hubcaps and History Classic Car Show (10 am-3 pm) and Marietta Grassroots Festival (3-9 pm). Sept. 20 from 9 am-9 pm. Free admission.  Historic Marietta Square, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta, 770.794.5710, www.marietta.com/marietta-streetfest

Sep 20-21, 2014

Japanfest

One of the largest Japanese festivals in the country. Highlights include taiko drum concerts, dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, cultural workshops, children’s games, music, Japanese food and more. Sept. 20 from 10 am-6 pm, Sept. 21 from 10 am-5 pm. Adults $8, children under 6 free. Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth, 404.842.0736, www.japanfest.org

Aug 29-31, 2014

Decatur Book Festival

The nation’s largest independent book festival boasts more than 300 authors including Ace Atkins, Beth Ann Fennelly, Cassandra King and Kevin Young; Joyce Carol, one of America’s prominent literary figures, will deliver the keynote. On the agenda are readings, signings, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities and a book fair. Aug. 29-31; call for a schedule. Decatur Square, East Ponce de Leon Ave. and Church St., 404.471.5769, www.decaturbookfestival.com

Sep 13-14, 2014

Atlanta Arts Festival

Ranked among the top 100 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine, the festival offers a juried show of 200 of the country’s finest painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craftsman, glass blowers and more, plus demonstrations, live music, kids activities and food. Sept. 13 from 10 am-7 pm, Sept. 14 from 10 am-5 pm. Free admission. Piedmont Park, corner of 10th St. and Piedmont Ave., Midtown, 770.941.9660, www.atlantaartsfestival.com

VDTA•SDTA

VTDA•SDTA (Vaccum & Sewing Dealers Trade Association) features the “Who’s Who” of the vacuum and sewing industry. Manufacturers of domestic and commercial vacuum cleaners, Jan-San products, sewing machines, quilting machines, vacuum cleaner & sewing machine parts, sewing accessories, fabric manufacturers, notions, fragrances, pattern suppliers, speciality lighting, books, scissors and much more. This show is very diverse with products for dealers to sell.

Aug 02, 2014

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

Neighborhood bash includes live music, an artists market, kids activities, entertainment, food and a 5k run. The festival will take place Aug. 2, 3, 14, 17 and 21. www.summershade.org

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