Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fall Festivals A-Plenty: Saturday, September 29, 2012

Here's what you do Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday is the day for Fall Festivals.  So many to choose from...

Atlanta loves a festival.  And, Fall might be our biggest festival season of all.  This Saturday, there are so many, we had a hard time choosing.  So, we'll bring you the top three.

Summerhill Fall Festival.  It's their first one ever.  And it promises to be awesome.  From the festival organizers:
"The first annual Summerhill Fall Fest features a music stage, artists market, doggie zone, food and brews. Held on on Ami Street in Summerhill, the neighborhood located between Grant Park and Turner Field, attendees can enjoy the festival before the Braves face the Mets that night. The fest hosts the first ever BYOBW (adult) race in Atlanta. Be sure to arrive before 8:30 a.m. and "Bring Your Own Big Wheel." Visit the website for more details on the BYOBW race."

Get your big wheel ready for the Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race at the Summerhill Fall Fest.

Little Five Fest:  The whole Little Five neighborhood is in...   And there's so many DJs and bands, it's real hard to keep track.  All of Little 5 is gonna be bumpin' this weekend.  From the organizers:
"The Little 5 Fest returns with a roster of the most eclectic independent music that Atlanta has to offer, and this time it's going big. Pretty much the entire neighborhood has signed on: 7 Stages, Aurora Coffee, Clothing Warehouse, Criminal Records, Elmyr, the Five Spot, Java Lords, Star Bar, and Tijuana Garage host nearly 100 acts including Distal, Jackie Chain, Ponderosa, Reptar, and more for a day-long celebration of all things rock, electronic, hip-hop, cosmic, and crunchy.  — Chad Radford"

Basically, everything starts at 1p.  But check the schedule.  It's $10-15 at the door.  Go check it out.

Little Five Fest is on this weekend!

Riverview Landing Fall Festival:  Saturday is the second day of this annual festival.  Riverview Landing is a new mixed-use development, nestled on the Chattahoochee just outside 285 on the West side.  Embracing a European approach to development, Riverview is focused on a central village with restaurants and shops.  Go a little further out and you find an escape from the city, complete with nature trails and, indeed, river views.  Go check it out.  From the organizers:
"Riverview Landing hosts its second annual Fall Festival and Urban Hoedown. Friday night activities include opening bands Sealions at 7 p.m. and Turf War at 8 p.m., followed by the Constellations at 9:30. The fete continues on Saturday with more than 40 vendors, a people's choice barbecue contest, face painting, hay rides, a corn maze, and more live music."
Riverview recommends a $5 donation for Saturday.

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Here's what you do Saturday:

First:  Pick a Festival.  Any Festival.  It's really hard to recommend a particular one.   Whichever you choose, have lunch, enjoy the music.  If you make it to Summerhill, totally take a big wheel and get in the race.  You might come away with a prize!  Prices vary from free to $15.  Hard to beat that for a full day of fun.

Second:  Nap time.  Ok, a good festival will tire you out.  Get a good late afternoon nap in to recover.

Third:  The annual Sean Costello Memorial Fund For Bipolar Research Roots and Blues Benefit is Saturday night at 7.   From the organizers:

"Tinsley Ellis, Kim Wilson, Gina Sicilia and Dave Gross, Virginia Martinez with original Sean Costello Band and guest Jon Justice, and Truett Lollis will perform. The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research is uniquely focused on the needs of musicians with bipolar disorder. The Fund supports and conducts research on bipolar disorder and creativity while promoting awareness, providing education, and serving as a resource for these musicians and their support systems in order to foster acceptance, functioning and health."
Tickets are $25.  You can get them at the door.  There's a silent auction at 6, and the show starts at 7.  Food and Bev is available for purchase.  Have a blast!

Tinsley Ellis and host of others will perform at the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research Benefit on Saturday Night at the North Atlanta High Center for the Arts.  

Book Keeping:

For two people:

Festival: $about 50 depending on which one.  Includes food and drinks.
Nap: $Free
Sean Costello benefit: $50 plus $40 for drinks and food.

Total: $140

Day Map:

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Carbon Footprint:

Depending on the festival you choose, today's full day plan can take up to about 27 mi. of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  That equates to about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 4 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

27 miles of driving
20 pounds of carbon dioxide
4 square feet of forest would be required to sequester this carbon.

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