It’s officially fall and with the changing of the weather comes the season for festivals. Check where to celebrate food, fun and community throughout DeKalb with these upcoming events:

Taste of Chamblee and Taste of Tucker

For those ready to dive in to a variety of dishes, don’t miss the Taste of Chamblee and Taste of Tucker festivals, both happening on Oct. 5. The Taste of Chamblee will begin at 4 p.m. at 5468 Peachtree Road. The annual event, now in its twelfth year, returns with cuisines that range from Mexican to Italian and celebrate the diverse restaurant community in Chamblee. In addition to amazing food, the event will feature the SEC college football games on two giant LED screens and a family friendly kid zone. Check out www.tasteofchamblee.net for more information and ticket prices.

The Taste of Tucker is celebrating its tenth year in 2019 and will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Main Street. The event will feature more than 30 local restaurants, live music, a kids’ zone and free admission and parking. Last year, the festival drew in a crowd of more than 5,000 people and raised more than $30,000 for local charities and nonprofits. For more information, visit www.tasteoftucker.com.

LakeFest

Each year on the first weekend in October, the population of DeKalb County’s smallest city increases by thousands as residents welcome visitors to the Pine LakeFest, a two-day celebration of art, crafts and music of all varieties. The festival brings together 50 artists of all disciplines to display their handmade wares in a marketplace on the shores of Pine Lake. LakeFest traditions include chalk art and sand sculpture contests on the beach with prizes, street performers, a pet show, and a “Floatzilla!” water parade on the lake. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 5, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct.6. Admission and parking are free.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.pinelakefest.com

Oakhurst Porchfest

For the ultimate grassroots music festival, be sure to check out Porchfest in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur on Oct. 12. From noon to 7 p.m., attendees can enjoy an afternoon when porches all over the neighborhood became stages and everyone moves from yard to yard, listening to live music, hanging out, and connecting with their neighbors. Porchfest is still looking for performers and volunteers. The festival is an open-to-all celebration of music and community spread across a square mile of Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood with no tickets required. For more information and to see a complete line-up, visit www.oakhurstporchfest.org.

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