Avondale Estates, GA, September 03, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- In its biggest year yet, The Avondale Estates AutumnFest Arts & Music Festival welcomes Fall the weekend of October 3-4, 2015 with more artists, a more diverse entertainment schedule and first-rate chef demonstrations.
Avondale Estate’s signature event draws patrons from all over the metro-Atlanta area. This family-friendly festival has two new highlights this year: Jack’s Rabbit Run 5K and Harvest Dollars. It also features food trucks and activities for children of all ages. Sponsored by the City of Avondale Estates, DeKalb Medical and Private Bank of Decatur, admission to the festival is free.
Kicking off AutumnFest this year will be Jack’s Rabbit Run 5K and One Mile Fun Run. A new addition to the festival, proceeds from the run will support Jack Willadsen's continued recovery from burns he suffered in a house fire last year. It also benefits two foundations that have been very beneficial to Jack, The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and Kate's Club. On Saturday morning, the run will wind through picturesque Avondale Estates, past the serene lake, ending where the festival begins. Entry fee for the race is $10 for the fun run and $25 for the 5K.
Also new this year, patrons and sponsors can purchase Harvest Dollars. Simply commit to a designated amount toward art purchases, and before the festival receive the pledged amount of Harvest Dollars in the form of handcrafted “dollars.” At the festival, find the perfect piece of art, present the artist with Harvest Dollars, then walk away with the artwork. It’s that easy. Harvest Dollars are perfect as an employee incentive, corporate gift, or even a company-wide raffle. “Participating in the patron program and investing in artwork shows community support for the artists and AutumnFest,” says Kathy Wolfe, AutumnFest committee member. For more information about Harvest Dollars, visit AutumnFest’s website.
“The festival in Avondale has really grown over the last few years,” says Jen Singh, AutumnFest committee member. “This in town fest has a small town vibe. The focus is on providing a good time for all ages including unique music and entertainment lineups, delicious food offerings and one of the best artist markets around." Ms. Singh is president of The Avondale Arts Alliance, who hosts the festival.
Featured artists include Cameoko by Camille Kohler, a vintage inspired resin jewelry line based on sustainability, handcrafted from resin, inlaid gemstones, eco-friendly wood and up-cycled vintage fabrics and papers, HC Warner, whose funky and quirky work uses wood pulp, gel and acrylic mixtures sanded and stained to produce textured backgrounds and Cherry Laurel Studio, a Southern design and letterpress studio, utilizing modern techniques to produce an antique product. These, along with more than 90 local and regional artists will offer their wares. The diverse artist market will have something for everyone in a wide range of prices and mediums.
AutumnEats returns this year, where renowned and up-and-coming chefs use locally farmed and sourced ingredients to reveal how they make their epicurean creations. Chefs like George Yu from Makan and Rusty Bowers from Pine Street Market will demonstrate their signature dishes throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Festival-goers will want to wear comfortable shoes because after taking in all the art, they’ll want to grab a beer from sponsor Wild Heaven Craft Beers, and dance. This year’s entertainment is the hottest to date, with the popular Tribute—a celebration of the Allman Brothers headlining. Other acts include No Komment, In Sonitus Lux, the Jugtime Rag Band, Ashley Rivera and Mr. Blue Sky. With a band for every taste, there’s bound to be something to get toes tapping. Food and drink vendors will stay open after the artist market closes Saturday night so revelers can enjoy live music into the evening.
For directions, hours and detailed information on participating artists, vendors and bands, go to Facebook: AutumnFest Arts & Music Festival, Twitter: @AEAutumnFest