Dogtoberfest and 5 other little-known fall festivals in metro Atlanta

  • Adam Kincaid
  • For the AJC
11:10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 Go Guide
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A Dogtoberfest celebration in Tamba Bay, Fla. East Atlanta Village is hosting its on Dogtoberfest laster this month.

One of the best parts about fall is breaking out the flannels, tossing on a sweet pair of shades, and filling up Instagram with all the fun festivities.

Though summer has come and gone, there are festivals left for From Atlanta Pride to the Chastain Arts Festival, some of the most celebrated events in the city take place here this fall. But the big flashy events aren't the only ones left on the 2017 docket. 

There are events you might never have heard of worth checking out.

Here are six underrated fall festivals happening in Atlanta this fall:

Photo courtesy of Jenn Wood
"The Carolina Swamp" perform at Oakhurst Porchfest 2015.

12 - 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14

307 Feld Ave., Decatur

Free

This year marks the third annual Oakhurst Porchfest, in which many of the front porches of the Oakhurst neighborhood become stages, and all manner of performances are put on for the crowd. The festival is 100 percent resident owned and run, and last year more than 185 performances occurred in the front yards Oakhurst. Questions on which porch to start at or park near? Go here.

Oct. 14 - 21

72 Marietta St., Atlanta

Free

ELEVATE Atlanta is a public art program funded by the Mayor's office to bring public art to downtown Atlanta. The program’s goal is to bring downtown Atlanta to life through visual art, performance artistry, music, dance and more. Atlanta muralist Black Cat Tips, who is painting a mural along Martin Luther King Dr. for the event, said "ELEVATE 2017 is a good opportunity to put some creative color and mind opening in a part of town that needs some attention, some fresh air and a little love. So, that's what I'm there to do; add a little love." 

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PARADING AROUND LITTLE 5--October 17, 2015 Atlanta - Lilian Reis (right), Andrea Moreira, Dirlene Carr and Carla Stafford dance as they wait for the start of the Little Five Points Halloween Parade in Atlanta on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The annual parade brought out tens of thousands of people to watch the antics. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL

4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct.  21 

1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta

Free

Point blank, there is no better reoccurring part of the annual Halloween festivities in Atlanta than the Little Five Points Halloween festival and parade. Already a neighborhood known for marching to it's own beat (since long before murals in alleys were made cool everywhere), brands and community leaders from Little Five Points come together every year to celebrate the holiday with a parade of costumes, zombies, marching bands et. al. There is live music and food all day, and the parade starts at 4 p.m. at Austin and Euclid avenues.

125 E. Court Square, Decatur

12-7 p.m. Oct. 21 

There is no neighborhood in Atlanta more synonymous with craft beer in Atlanta than Decatur. It is a magnet for beer industry pros and fans alike. What better way to commemorate this distinction than with hundreds of craft beers, and of course live music, food and all that good local flair? This is a 21-and-up event, obviously. 

470 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta

12-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22

Tickets: Free (humans) / $5 (dogs) at the gate

The fact is, winter is coming. Which is why East Atlanta Village's fifth annual Dogtoberfest is the perfect family-friendly festival ahead of the chilly temperatures. It's free for people to attend, but it will run $5 per dog. It's an additional $5 to enter your beast or your beauty in the dog costume contest.

Here's what makes it even better: there is also a dog parade. And what makes the dog parade even more awesome is that all of the participants are adoptable, and just in time for the snuggliest season of all in winter. Come for the dog costumes, leave with a dog!

Dogtoberfest 2017 benefits PAWS Atlanta and the Georgia English Bulldog Rescue.

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Serving chili at Chomp & Stomp.

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4

Every year, the fine folks at Chomp & Stomp put on a chili cook-off (and bluegrass festival) so good, there's not a drop of chili left by mid day. The festival also offers tons of vendors, live music, beers and more. It's about a fun a time as Atlanta has to offer at 11 a.m. on a Saturday in November.

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