Georgia is becoming a hotspot for craft brewing. Joseph Cortes is the executive director of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, which is the voice of Georgia’s burgeoning brewing industry. ahead of tomorrow Georgia Craft Brewers FestivalJoseph shared his Top 5 Atlanta Festivals with the Draft.
1. Shaky Knees Music Festival. I’m a big fan of live music and Shaky Knees always brings some of the best bands in town. You might need a good rain poncho this time of year, but great bands and musicians going through the decades always create good vibes.
2. Marietta has great festivals in the plaza, and one of the most unique festivals I’ve attended in all of metro Atlanta is chalktoberfest. The whole festival revolves around some of the best chalk artists from around the world creating beautiful works of art in the street surrounding Glover Park. It’s an amazing thing to see over a weekend, and they even have a little beer fest on Saturday!
3. Chili cooking, live bluegrass, beer and art on a chilly November day? I’m sold! Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp is a big party. I’ve had friends who have entered the chili cooking contest for the past few years, and I always look forward to seeing who comes out on top. There’s even a 5K, if you’re into that sort of thing.
4. I grew up listening to and playing jazz music as a trumpeter. the Atlanta Jazz Festival is one of the best. I heard some of the greatest, as well as up-and-coming new artists.
5. Atlanta Dogwood Festival is one of the best all-around festivals. Music, entertainment, food and art showcase the diversity of cultures that make Atlanta great. Now that I have small children, I can’t wait to go there with my family.