Weekend Deals: Fall festival fun

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Everywhere you turn this weekend, there is a festival happening. Here are a few:

Taste of Atlanta: Admission to Taste of Atlanta will cost you $25 in advance and $35 at the gate to sample food from 90 restaurants and see a range of food demos, but if you’re already heading to the eating extravaganza this weekend (Oct. 25 & 26), plan to stop by the Chipotle Mexican Grill booth for free Sofritas and Barbacoa taco samples! Saturday, noon – 8 p.m., Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. Midtown, Tech Square. For information, visit www.tasteofatlanta.com.

Country Living Fair: Today through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Stone Mountain Park join 25,000 visitors from across the country for cooking, crafting, and DIY demonstrations. Shop with more than 200 vendors offering antiques, gifts, home décor, jewelry and more and experience artisanal foods.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $16 at the door, Three-day weekend passes are available for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Admission is free for children 16 and under. The fair is held rain or shine outdoors under tents at Stone Mountain Park [Exit 8 off of U.S. Highway 78]. Regular parking fees apply. For tickets and additional information, visit www.countryliving.com/fair.

Johns Creek Arts Festival: Shop with more 100 artists while hearing the music of various entertainment acts at this free two-day annual festival on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday at 11 a.m., your pet can join the Pet Parade. Dress up your pet and register for a chance to win “Best Costume,” “Cutest Critter” and “Best in Show.” Festival hours are Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at the Atlanta Athletic Club, 1390 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek. For more information, visit www.JohnsCreekArtsFestival.com.

City of Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival:  On Saturday and Sunday, this free festival at the Village Green in downtown Smyrna will feature over 125 hand-made arts & crafts booths, local non-profit booths, puppet shows, live music, festival foods, and activities for children such as inflatables, sand art and more. Friends of the Smyrna Library will offer deals on books and you can get Jonquil bulbs from Keep Smyrna Beautiful.  Kids can wear costumes and participate in a Costume Parade. Enjoy puppet shows, music and food including pizza, cotton candy, candy apples, corn dogs, BBQ and more. The festival runs 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. I-75 to Exit 260 (Windy Hill Rd.) head west approximately 3 miles to Atlanta Rd., turn left onto Atlanta Rd. and the festival will be one mile on the right.

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