There’s a Festival for That!

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From April until October there is at least one festival every weekend in and around the Atlanta area.  I am not exaggerating when I tell you that as soon as the calendar points towards warm weather people in this town throw on a pair of shorts and flip flops and commence to festivaling (yes I just made that word up.) Everything from flowers (Jonquil, Dogwood, Yellow Daisy) to edibles (Ice Cream, Tacos, Beer) is put on a pedestal and showcased. If you are lucky enough to live in the area or will be visiting at anytime during this celebratory season, I invite you to check out a few of top Atlanta festivals for the Summer of 2016. Here in Decatur we celebrate quite a bit and so you will notice a few hometown parties on the list. Start blocking off some weekends.

  1. The Decatur Beer Festival was chosen as one of the 10 Best Beer Festivals in America by USA Today’s 10Best team. A small number of tickets are sold which means the lines aren’t long and you are able to enjoy everything that is offered. I haven’t seen their 2016 festival date yet but stay tuned to their website and follow them on social media for announcements.
  2. Georgia Renaissance Festival, April 16-June 5 – Celebrate spring with cosplay, jumbo turkey legs and jousting. This festival is celebrating its 31st year and has a huge following of fans. Look for not only RenFest staff, but attendees to be dressed in period gear and getting lost in the fantasy of the Renaissance.
  3. Atlanta Taco Festival, May 1 – This is the first year of this festival benefitting Chris Kids. What better way to support such a great organization than with binge eating tacos. When I saw the map with ALL OF THE TACO VENDORS I squealed. The husband said, “That’s too many tacos.” Who did I marry?
  4. East Atlanta Beer Festival, May 21 – Featuring more than 200 beers this is one of my favorite craft beer festivals in town. Each year that I’ve attended there have been quality beer and (very important)knowledgable volunteers. There are few things better than talking beer with the person who is pouring your beer. I’ve already purchased out tickets and I highly recommend splurging for VIP.
  5. SweetWater 420 Fest, April 22-24 – This festival celebrates the environment through art music and beer. Started 12 years ago as an Earth Day gathering, organizers urge you to be green in your travel plan to the party. The Olympic Park location is easily reached by MARTA, bike, or on foot if you live close enough. Lyft is also an event sponsor if you are a car service fan.
  6. Inman Park Festival, April 30 – May 1- This is my favorite of all of the community festivals that happens in Atlanta. As a seasoned veteran allow me to offer some advice:
    1. Take MARTA/Uber/Lyft, parking can be pricey.
    2. Bring cash to avoid the ATM lines.
    3. Be prepared to spend money. Great art at even better prices.
    4. Don’t miss the parade!
  7. Atlanta Gay Pride, October 8-9 –  Midtown Atlanta becomes a big glowing heart of love every October during Pride weekend. The highlight for me is the PFLAG float during the parade. Seeing those great grandmas holding signs saying how much they love their LGBTQ great grandchildren makes my heart swell overtime.
  8. Decatur Book Festival – September 2-4 – This book nerd celebration brings in readers and writers from all genres and is the largest independent book festival in the country. Build your schedule carefully so you don’t miss any of your favorites.

Don’t celebrate too hard!

What We Are Reading – September 30th

Reading Glasses Resting On Open Book

 

I have recently been consumed with important things (the job, the kid, the husband), and wasting time with not so important things (lying on the sofa, fall decorating, lying on the sofa), and have neglected my cool things (blog and social media). Also during this time, the list of books I need to read has grown. There were so many writers at the Decatur Book Festival last month it will take me until next year’s festival to read all of their work. That list will be coming your way in a future post.

Early this week my old roommate, blogger, and foodie Ed stopped by for drinks and a heaping helping of Korean food from K BBQ Takorea. After we stuffed our bellies with bibimbop and pork buns he told me that there was something I MUST write about on my blog. Actually he told me about two things and they are both right up my bookish alley.

The first thing is a kick ass app that basically speed reads books to you. It is called Flash Reader. With this app you are able to import books from your Kindle library, set your preferred font size and the number of words per minute estimate you read, and the story appears one word at a time on your screen. I know it sounds strange but you have to download it to believe it. The experience that I have using it is akin to hearing a song’s individual notes one at a time and that making the music even richer and more engaging. Yes, I know that sounds strange too. Just go download it. The app is free and compatible with iPhone, iPad and iTouch devices.

The second bit of awesomeness he told me about are the Zombie Fallout, A Shrouded World, and Book of Riley book series by Mark Tufo. The crazy thing is Ed is kind of over zombies. He has walked away from The Walking Dead as he thinks it is a whole lot of gore porn now and that they have really gotten away from the psychological and societal aspects of the show which made the characters so compelling. With that in mind I was surprised he was so excited about these books. But after telling me that the books cover parallel universes and the zombie apocalypse from a dogs perspective, I knew that I needed to start reading Tufo’s work also. If you find this sort of randomness intriguing visit Tufo’s website .

However, before I dive into the un-dead,  I need to finish the book I am currently about the living. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki is about moments, and time, and fate. It is the story of an older woman reading the diary of a younger woman  and it has been a joy learning about these vastly different souls and the written pages that tie them together. I highly recommend it.

What are you reading??