There are so many things to do in Cobb County this October, both spooky and otherwise!
The Marietta Square Farmers Market: Gathers an average of over 60 vendors on Saturdays and over 25 on Sundays. Offers a variety of fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce, and garden products. The Marietta Farmers Market is open every Saturday April through December from 9 a.m.-noon, and on Sundays May through October, from 12-3 p.m. For more information, visit their website at: www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mariettasquarefarmersmarket or call 770-499-9393.
Marietta Square Art Walk: (formerly the First Friday Art Walk) The Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour showcasing local original art. Enjoy late-night shopping, patio dining, fine art and live music around every corner. Local artists are hosted by Marietta Square area restaurants, galleries, museums, venues and boutiques; participating venues display an official Art Walk banner in their window. Takes place in historic Marietta Square on the first Friday of each month from March to November (October 7th this month). 5-9 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, please visit www.artwalkmarietta.com or call 770-429-1115.
Chalktoberfest: Features 80+ professional chalk artists creating patriotic works of art, as well as a craft beer festival, competition chalk section, concerts on the Square and much more. In Marietta Square (30 Atlanta Street, Marietta) Saturday October 8th, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., with concert from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday October 9th, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit Chalktoberfest.com or call 770-528-1444.
Right in the Community Charity Golf Challenge: Annual charity challenge held at the Dogwood Golf Club (4207 Flint Hill Road, Austell) where golfers of all skill levels are invited to participate. Door prizes and skill prizes will be awarded. Proceeds go to programs and services for families who have children and adults with developmental disabilities. RITC has been serving Cobb County families for over 60 years. October 10th. For more information, visit www.rightinthecommunity.org or call 770-941-2202 or 770-427-8401.
Taylor-Brawner Park with Art: The Taylor-Brawner House Foundation and the City of Smyrna are sponsoring the third annual fine art exhibit and sale. The popular art show has grown to include over 2 dozen of the region’s most talented and best-known painters, potters, carvers, wood turners, and weavers. At the Taylor-Brawner house (3182 Atlanta Road). Friday October 7th, from 6-9 p.m., daily thereafter from 12-5 p.m., and 12-8 p.m. October 11th & 13th.
Annual Fall Book Sale: One of North Georgia’s largest library book sales, including donated novels, non-fiction books, children’s books, DVD’s, home & garden books, travel books, and more. Prices range from $.10 to $4, and all profits from the sale go directly toward buying more items for the library system. Sunday is Bring Your Own Box Day, when you can bring any size box you like and fill it to the top for $20 for upper-level books, and $10 for lower-level books. Cash or check only, please. At Jim Miller Park (2245 Callaway Road, Marietta). October 14th-16th; Friday & Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-5. For more information, visit www.cobbcat.org/booksale
Friday Night Frights: Bring non-perishable food donations for MUST Ministries, and enjoy Halloween feature films including Plan 9 From Outer Space (October 14th), Little Shop of Horrors (October 21st), and Night of the Living Dead (October 28th). At Depot Park (2829 Cherokee St NW, Kennesaw) at 7:30 p.m. each night.
Cobb County Rodeo: Bull riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie down roping and barrel racing! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Cobb County Sheriff Mounted Patrol Unit. Admission at the gate is $15 for adults and $12 for children, and ages three and under are admitted free. At Jim R. Miller Park (2245 Callaway Road, Marietta) 8-10 p.m. Friday, October 14th and Saturday October 15th. Gates open at 6 p.m. For more information, please call 770-684-7277.
Spooktacular Chase: Register today for Smyrna’s only Halloween-themed 5k/10k! Chase through the historic neighborhoods and conquer the notorious Haunting Hills! All proceeds of this 8th annual event support the life-changing services provided by Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia to individuals who are blind or visually impaired across 31 counties of North Georgia. Get those broomsticks and costumes ready! Both the 5k and 10k are certified courses, so you can use your time when registering for the Peachtree Road Race for placement in the corrals. On October 15th in Cobb Park, at the intersection of Powder Springs St. & Sanford place in Smyrna. 10k Starts at 8:00 a.m., and the 5k starts at 8:15. For more information, visit www.spooktacularchase.com
HarvestFest: The annual HarvestFest (formerly the Harvest Square Arts and Crafts Festival) features a wide variety of unique handmade items from local artists and craftspeople, as well as Fall fun for the entire family. This year the festival also includes Halloween Happenings (games, candy, prizes, and a costume contest for children 12 and under. There is even a costume contest for pets) and Scarecrows on the Square. In Marietta Square on October 15th, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, please call 770-794-5601.
Taste of Acworth: All the best that Acworth has to offer! There will be over 120 booths, food, all types of children’s activities, sponsor booths, and two entertainment stages featuring local entertainment, a dog show, fashion show, and more. Free admission. On Main Street in Acworth on October 15th, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fall-O-Ween Fest & Outdoor Movie: An evening of free carnival games, trick-or-treating, children’s amusements, and costumed family fun. Come dressed in your best Halloween digs and showcase your cool moves during a Monster Mash Dance Party. Judges will award prizes every half-hour to their favorite costumed participants. Fall-O-Ween Fest activities will be scheduled from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (rated PG-13) will be projected onto a giant screen after sundown. Event on October 15th, from 5-9 p.m. at Swift-Cantrell Park (3140 Old 41 Hwy, Kennesaw).
Haunted House at Griffin Middle School: The 3rd annual haunted house to benefit the Griffin Middle School Foundation. Fun for the whole family! Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. Located at 4010 King Springs Road on October 21st, from 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit www.cobbk12.org/griffin. If interested in sponsoring, email Brian Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halloween JamBOOree: The Acworth Parks and Recreation Department is hosting Acworth’s annual JamBOOree, with children’s carnival games of all different skill levels, along with inflatables. Carnival game tickets can be purchased for $3.00, which is good for 10 carnival games or turns on the inflatables. There will also be hayrides and costume contests. Non-profit vendors will be on site selling food and drinks. At Logan Farm Park (4762 Logan Rd, Acworth) on October 22nd, from 3-7 p.m. For more information or visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call 770 917–1234.
Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival: Features over 175 Arts & Crafts booths, 15 food booths, an entertainment stage, and a variety of children’s activities. At the Village Green. From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday October 22nd, and 12-5 p.m. Sunday October 23rd. For more information call Tod Miller or Bill Watson at 770-423-1330.
Boxerstock: The annual Boxerstock Music Festival, presented by Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic to benefit Atlanta Boxer Rescue, is a family and dog-friendly event. There will be 2 fenced Mini-Dog Parks, one for large dogs and one for smaller canine attendees to roam off leash. Trainers will be available for dog training tips and demos throughout the day. Microchipping for dogs that have current vaccinations and proof of ownership will be available for $25 per dog. Also: sixty vendors, a kids’ village, silent auction, dog costume contest, agility and other performance demos, kid’s art contest and others. Dogs can have their pictures taken with Santa. Atlanta Boxer Rescue volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about adopting, fostering or volunteering. Sunday, October 23rd at Jim Miller Park (2245 Callaway Road, Marietta) from 12-6 p.m. Tickets for the event are available at www.boxerstock.org
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Courtesy of Our Town Monthly magazine, October 2016 edition