Like it or not, fall is here guys… to some of us, the visions of cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes live in their dreams rent-free all year long. To others, it means the end of those warm sunny days and warm summer nights. However you sway, there is no doubt we are beginning the transition into Spooky Season. With that being said, I wanted to share with you my personal must-do list that always puts me in that autumn mood. Without further ado, I am excited to present my top seven stops in Marietta that make me feel like fall.
- Here in Marietta, we are no strangers to spooky. Rumblings of our (very extroverted) spirit friends and whispers of looming presences are not reserved for when the weather gets chilly around here. Tales of our local ghosts like Katherine, who haunts the halls of the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art are of common theme all year long. While it’s likely that you won’t need a guide to feel the witchy vibe in our little town, if you’re new around, The Ghosts of Marietta Tour is here to point you in the right direction year-round. With a variety of ghostly guided tours to choose from, such as the Haunted Walking Tour, or the Fright at the Museum exhibit, you’re sure to find something that will satisfy your curiosity and possibly provoke it even further ;).
- Harvest Fest– Looking for a more family-friendly autumn experience thats sure to please your entire coven? Come check out the annual Harvest and Scarecrows in the Square Festival on Saturday, October 15th from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM. With events ranging from home-made arts and crafts to costume contests, this is the perfect place to spend a crisp fall afternoon and experience everything the great city of Marietta has to offer.
- The North Georgia State Fair– Another family favorite, the fair! Whirling in for its 89th year of fun for all ages, the North Georgia State Fair is the largest fair in the Atlanta area. It comes brimming with booths, competitions, rides, and of course the iconic FOOD. This annual attraction is sure to wow your friends and family with their 40+ vendors and attractions like Brian Ruths Chainsaw Art and the brand new Puppy Pals Show. Be sure to check out this years daily admission deals and go over their new rules and regulations before you head out.
- Chalktober Fest– Marietta’s cutsie play on the infamous Oktoberfest. Chalktober Fest originally made its debut in 2013 as a fund raiser for the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art and has since grown to become a beloved fall tradition for locals and visitors alike. With 120+ beer options, 86 artists and 50+ local food trucks and vendors in the line-up thus year, its hard to find a reason not to show up to this critically acclaimed festival. If I haven’t sold you yet, get this, entry is completely FREE! Pay for what you want, and enjoy the upbeat Marietta atmosphere with us on Saturday, October 8th and Sunday October 9th. See you there!
- The Third Annual Friends Fall Festival & Pumpkin Painting– This may be the newest addition to my master list, but trust me when I tell you, you WANT to be a part of this amazing BYOP (bring your own pumpkin) event. Brought to you by The Moving Brush, The Friends Fall Festival is going on its third yearly celebration on Saturday, October 29th from 2:00-6:00 PM. Festival goers can look forward to enjoying games, painting, raffles, and outdoor fun for kids and adults alike. This amazing event was originally started in an effort to “improve peoples mental and emotional well-being through art-based community events,” and The Moving Brush truly lives up to these standards year after year.
- Root House Museum– Look, I know what you’re thinking “Courtney, we already saw the museum on the Ghost Tour why would we go back during the day?” I hear you, but what if you got to experience what it was like to be a part of a Victorian era funeral? Yep, you heard me right. Come peer into the life and death of Leonard Simpson in this immersive 19th century experience. Explore what the museum has to offer, including actual mourning jewelry made of human hair, and even catch a glimpse of some antiquated embalming tools. This tour is available all October long from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Wednesday- Saturday, but we suggest you grab your ticket ASAP so you don’t risk missing out on the fun.
- The Sope Creek Trail – Looking for something a little more off the beaten path this fall? Head on down to the breathtaking Sope Creek Trail, I promise you wont be disappointed. Located just off Papermill Rd, near the Sope Creek, you can find the infamous industrial ruins that set the PERFECT backdrop for your spooky season snap shots. If you’re really looking for something spine-chilling, visit the Scribner Family Cemetery while you’re out. This is the final resting place of Mary Andrews, Daniel, and Sarah Scribner, and their two sons Arthur and Walter who both tragically passed away before the age of 2. Take a walk and let yourself become fully immersed in Mariettas scenic and spooky, Sope Creek Trails.
The FireWorks Pumpkin Party- Though this is technically a members-only event, I would be remiss if I left out the most exclusive festival around town. Our members will enjoy a Halloween-themed soiree complete with terrifying treats, a signature witches brew, and of course a costume contest with a smashing prize at the end. Now, this is a closed event, and the only way in is by using your KISI app that comes with every one of our memberships, however, if you’re interested in events like this and so much more feel free to check us out and keep up with our blog for more information about the happenings around Marietta’s first coworking space.
Have a spooky and SAFE Halloween!