The Avondale Arts Alliance will host AutumnFest Arts & Music Festival this weekend, October 5-6, across from the historic Tudor Village on the beautiful residential streets of Avondale Estates.
Now in its 11th year, AutumnFest features a diverse artist market, KidsZone, chef demos, food trucks, a community art project and live entertainment for all ages. Acts include Sharkfighter, The Bonaventure Quartet, My Homework Ate My Dog, Megan Jean and the KFB, Tone Star, Avondale Estates’ own Cruis-O-Matic, and the return of the popular Southeast Snake Encounter. Food and drink vendors will stay open Saturday night so festival goers can enjoy the live music of our headliner The Whiskey Gentry, a band that performs, as NPR put it, “high-energy countrified bluegrass punk music” and just released their latest album, Holly Grove, on September 10. See the complete entertainment lineup on our website.
New to the festival this year is a culinary area called AutumnEats, hosted by Rusty Bowers of Pine Street Market and Layne Whitehead-Lee of Sweet n’ Sinful Bakery. AutumnEats will feature chef demos every two hours and will include locally farmed and sourced ingredients, wine and beer pairings, and even an apple pie contest. In addition to demos by Rusty and Layne, Terry Koval with Wrecking Bar BrewPub and Nick Melvin with Doux South will share their expertise. Young Chef’s Academy will have their young chefs performing a demo on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Don’t miss Jim Stacy, judge of Destination America’s “Deep Fried Masters” and owner of Palookaville Fine Foods, Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Visit the website for a complete schedule.
Also new is “Art for a Weekend,” where local site sculptor Jeff Mather will lead volunteers to create a one-of-a-kind, temporary work of art throughout AutumnFest weekend. Participants will build, photograph, and eventually dismantle improvisational, 3D structures produced with recycled and salvaged materials. Just show up at the small triangle across from the KidsZone anytime during the festival weekend and jump in to the fun! “There are many points of entry for participation,” Mather says. “Older participants might use power tools, while younger folks might be involved in pattern painting. No one perspective dominates, making for a playful and open-ended process.”
And what about our apple pie contest? Three judges will award cash prizes for juvenile and adult divisions, and the winners’ recipes will be published on our website and announced in our city e-blast! Download and fill out an entry form, and deliver your pie on Saturday morning with your recipe between 9-10 a.m. Winners will be announced at noon on the main stage.
Festival is rain or shine! Admission is FREE. For directions, hours and detailed information on participating artists, vendors and bands, go to www.avondalearts.org or visit the event Facebook page: AutumnFest Arts & Music Festival.
Jen Singh is the president of the Avondale Arts Alliance and has worked with local schools and non-profit organizations to promote the arts in and around Atlanta. She is an illustrator, graphic designer, artist, yogi, and nature-lover. Her illustration work has been published in numerous editorial and publishing markets and she has exhibited her personal work in various galleries and local venues. She lives in Avondale Estates, GA with her husband and two daughters.