By: Abby A
Chalktoberfest has arrived, folks! Coming up this Saturday and Sunday, October 8th-9th, the Marietta Square will be hosting Chalktoberfest, the popular art and beer festival for the month of October! There will be art vendors, beer and wine, food trucks, and so much more! Keep reading to see all the amazing events taking place!
Chalktoberfest first began in 2013 as a festival held by the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. The festival is a fundraiser aimed to help the museum grow, and since 2013 has become one of the most popular festivals in Cobb County. Chalktoberfest has won awards for Best Festival in Cobb by Cobb Life Magazine in both 2016 and 2017, along with the Mayor's Art Reward for the City of Marietta. There are a few local sponsors, and the museum is also taking donations to further fund their art showcasing.
This year's Chalktoberfest will be on October 8th and 9th, placing it on its usual second weekend in October. The big events will be the Beer Craft Festival portion and the Chalk Contest. The Beer Festival will be on Saturday and the Chalk Contest on Sunday, giving great reasons to attend all weekend! The festival is free attend, but the beer festival portion has an entry fee, but only of $45! Imagine paying such a great price to try over 120 different beers, ales, and wines! There will be 40 different breweries attending, so of course you get to try a bit of everything! On Sunday is the Chalk Contest, a super fun contest to see who creates the most imaginative chalk art on the Square! The streets will be lined with amazing chalk art for days or even weeks to come. There are multiple divisions ranging in different age groups, so everyone has an opportunity to create something beautiful! There will also be professional chalk artists in the Square all weekend showcasing their fantastic art!
All weekend, there will be live entertainment, vendors, and food trucks. There will be many vendors displaying and selling their art in the artisan market for the weekend, along with food trucks to serve food not usually in the Square! For the live entertainment, there will be all kinds of performers, ranging from singers to dancers to bands. Most of them are based out of Atlanta or Georgia altogether, adding a touch of locality to the scene!
While you're in the Square for all the art and drinks, make a little stop by Pie Bar! For the fall season, we just brought in our brand new Pumpkin Crumble! It's a traditional spiced pumpkin filling with a brown sugar and pecan crumble on the top. It's to die for! Pair it with a cappuccino or latte and you're good to go! For those who aren't a huge fan of pumpkin, you can try out our Brown Sugar Chess or Apple Streusel, some other great fall flavors! All of these can be served with coffee or espresso, and some flavors in our case can be warmed up and served "all the way," meaning it's warmed up with a scoop of locally crafted vanilla ice cream on top! It's really just a crime to not enjoy a slice of pie while you're already here!
Alright y'all, this kicks off fall for us. Stop by for Chalktoberfest and slice of your favorite fall flavor to celebrate the cooler weather! See y'all then!