Noshfest, now in its third year, will be hosted at Temple Kol Emeth on the corner of Old Canton and Sewell Mill roads in Marietta on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Monday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
“It’s a community event that allows people to learn about Judaism through their stomachs,” said Temple Kol Emeth Brotherhood president Lesley Litt, who started the festival three years ago.
About a dozen food vendors will be selling traditional foods like falafel, hamantaschen and knishes, as well as ice cream and chicken wings. Food will be sold for $1 to $4.
Litt said the event will also feature tours of the sanctuary, entertainment and music, a Yiddish spelling bee, craft vendors, and a play area for children.
Anyone who attends is encouraged to bring two canned food items for MUST Ministries.
“When I envisioned Noshfest, it wasn’t just meant to be a fundraiser but for the community to see what we are all about,” he said. “This is the synagogue’s largest event … we make it a two-day festival simply because if it rains, all your eggs are in one basket.”
Another busy weekend event will be the 26th Annual Art in the Park festival, which is held in downtown Marietta on the Square from Saturday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
This year’s event will spotlight 150 artists from 16 different states; kids events including puppet making, noise shakers, sand art creations and mosaic art; the second annual chalk art competition; and the first ArtcarPalooza car show in Georgia.
Artists selected for the juried fine art show will be displaying their paintings, photography, pottery, graphics, sculptures and jewelry.
The chalk competition will be held Saturday morning in front of the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art on Atlanta Street, with awards presented at noon.
The museum has brought in California chalk artists Julie Kirk-Purcell of Los Angeles and Lori Escalera of Sand Diego to create 3D-looking pieces on Anderson Street between Atlanta Street and the Powder Springs Connector.
The Art in the Park festival will also be hosting ArtcarPalooza, which features a car show with one-of-a-kind art cars as well as classic customized hot rod and low-rider vehicles. It will be held on Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
ArtcarPalooza Charity Events, a nonprofit group, was formed to raise funds for charitable organizations. This year’s profits will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project.
In Acworth, the Acworth Business Association is hosting their 5th Annual Love the Lake Festival at Cauble Park off Beach Street near Lake Acworth on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.
Festival-goers are encouraged to participate in the Warrior Way 5K Saturday at 7:30 a.m., the parade at 9:30 a.m. and check out the arts and crafts, kids zone, Atlanta Puppet Show, 15 food vendors, live music, jet ski competition and the annual Acworth Community Magazine Cup, which features students from Kennesaw Mountain, North Cobb, Allatoona and North Cobb Christian high schools.
“It’s a beautiful venue, and it’s all going to be out on the grass,” said Bill Watson, a spokesperson with the Acworth Business Association. “There’s really something for everybody.”
He said live music will be playing during the entire event while the Jet Ski water cross event, which is like motor cross but on the water, will be racing in Lake Acworth.
The high school competition will be a challenge with student contestants from all four north Cobb schools competing in tug-of-war, obstacle course and a pizza-eating contests. The winning team will receive a trophy that will travel to the school with them until next year’s event.
All three festivals are free and open to the public.