OK, I’m not writing about real estate, but the local community and all it offers has a lot to do with why people love where they live. And this weekend, there is a lot of opportunity to take in what Alpharetta has to offer.
You can start Saturday morning with the Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market. There is plenty of fresh, locally grown produce and artisan products offered, but don’t miss some of the more unique and delicious offerings from the vendors. Some of my favorites are made-to-order falafel sandwiches, fresh-baked jalapeno cheese rolls and made-to-order crepes. I find something different every time I visit. The market is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday.
While you’re downtown, check out all the scarecrows made by the local school kids for the Scarecrow Harvest. There will be games, music and hayrides between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
If you’re a “picker” or fan of antiques, then you’ll want to head over to Crabapple for the Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A tradition since 1969, it gets bigger and better every year. In case you don’t get enough to eat at the farmers market, there will be food trucks offering some great food.
Finally, you can end the evening back in downtown Alpharetta for the Brew Moon Fest where they will have a Jimmy Buffett tribute band and, of course, some great beer to choose from between 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.
But wait, that’s not all. Hop Alley, one of Alpharetta’s newest brew pubs, is having their first annual Oktoberfest. The parking lot in back will be turned into a beer garden where you can play some German games and drink great beer, so don’t leave your lederhosen at home.