Weekend Guide: Atlanta Arts Festival, Marietta StreetFest 2011, and more

Hello, local readers! Hot off the press is this week’s edition of our weekend guide, filled with the best things to do in and around Atlanta this Thursday through Sunday. As always, be sure to add anything we missed in the comments section. Enjoy your weekend!!

5th Annual Atlanta Arts Festival

Piedmont Park. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free.

Art, food trucks, live music, and historic Piedmont Park contribute to this annual event’s popularity. Over 200 artists will have their work on display, and with the weather finally cooling down, you can browse the artwork without the threat of heat stroke! Register in advance for an adult painting class or bring the kids down to Lil’ Artist Alley for magic shows, face painting, balloon twisting, hands on arts and crafts, and more.

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East Atlanta Strut

Glenwood and Flat Shoals road. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Free entrance (prices vary by event).

From live music and artist markets to a parade and a waiter race, this event has it all! Now in its 14th year, the East Atlanta Strut is a fun way to provide support for a local community. Don’t miss the comedy stage, kids village, or car & motorcycle show!

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Marietta StreetFest 2011

Historic Marietta Square. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.

Celebrate history at the Marietta StreetFest with antiques, autos and more. This year’s event will have a local flair, featuring cars, antiques and fresh food that are “Georgia made and grown.” Don’t forget to bring any family heirlooms and find out their worth at the Trash or Treasure Show!

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Open Air Artist Market

Spruill Gallery. Saturday 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Free.

The Spruill Gallery is hosting their first Open Air Artist Market of the season. Take in the fresh fall breeze while browsing items by local artisans. Sculpture, jewelry, glass and ceramic works will be available at various prices. You are sure to find a one-of-a-kind piece to fit your budget!

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Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show

Omni Hotel at CNN Center. Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. $10 (Purchase Online and Get One Additional Ticket Free)

Join local brides-to-be for fun, fashion and prizes at the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show. Browse the show for innovative ideas, trend-setting fashion and vendor options. The first 100 brides to enter the show will receive a “Bride” tote bag, but don’t worry if you’re not an early bird. All attendees will have the opportunity to win various prizes that have a combined value of over $10,000.

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Atlanta Horror Film Festival 2011

The Goat Farm Art Center. Thursday and Friday, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. $5 per screening, $10 for day pass, $25 for all-access pass.

Warning: this event is not for the faint of heart! For the fifth year in a row, this festival showcases top independent films from across the world- horror, sci-fi, gore, mysteries, dark comedies and more are included in the line-up. If creepy, disturbing flicks aren’t your scene, mark your calendars for September 22-25 to attend screenings for Docufest Atlanta or Atlanta Underground Film Festival; all of these weekend-long festivals are part of Atlanta’s Independent Film Month activities.

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