Family Fun On the Farm at Atlanta History Center”s Annual Fall Folklife Festival

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September in Atlanta brings cooler weather, the beautiful colors of autumn leaves, and an array of cultural traditions. As a result, this is the perfect time for outdoor activities with family and friends. To celebrate this wonderful time of year and honor the rich traditions of the Southeast, Atlanta History Center presents Fall Folklife Festival. Held Saturday, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fall Folklife Festival offers a full day of enriching activities designed to delight and educate every member of the family on time-honored crafts and environmental sustainability.

An assortment of scheduled and ongoing events occurs throughout the museum and onto the History Center”s outdoor campus and Smith Family Farm. During the day, visitors may visit and shop with a variety of local artists who use traditional folk art techniques while adding a modern twist. Interact with local chefs and farmers as they discuss current culinary trends that focus on farm-to-table food practices and sustainability techniques. Enjoy the sounds of local musicians performing sets of folk and blues and bluegrass music. Take in a book lecture with author Charles Salter as he discusses his book, The Georgia Rambler: A Potter”s Snake, the Real Thing Recipe, a Satilla Adventure and More.

Attendees can try their hands at crafting activities such as pottery, crocheting, candle-dipping, and more. Retreat into nature with a walk through the autumn leaves in any one of the History Center”s six Historic Gardens. Dine on sumptuous meals and treats for purchase from Hummingbird Street Food and/or Honeysuckle Gelato. And, for the little ones, stop by the petting zoo to meet some new friends including a miniature horse, donkey, cow, goat, sheep, rabbit, and even a pot bellied pig.

The Atlanta History Center”s Fall Folklife Festival is supported by the Fulton County Arts Council and Macy”s. Admission to the festival is free to members and included in the price of general admission for nonmembers. General admission grants access to all of the Atlanta History Center”s offerings, including public programs and festivals, award-winning permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions, tours of the Historic Houses, and access to six Historic Gardens. Purchase tickets online and save at tickets.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com.

Program Highlights:

Times provided are subject to change. Please check AtlantaHistoryCenter.com for updates.

Ongoing Activities at Smith Family Farm:

  • Petting Zoo
  • Open-hearth cooking
  • Farmer D Organics
  • Blacksmithing
  • Basket Making
  • Pottery
  • Candle Dipping
  • Woodturning
  • Smokehouse demonstration

Scheduled Activities at Smith Family Farm:

  • Farm-to-table activity at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Crochet activity at Noon and 2 p.m.
  • Make your own pottery at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m.
  • Food preservation activity at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Storytelling at 12:45, 1:45, and 2:45 p.m.

Featured Speaker:

Meet author Charles Salter discussing his book, The Georgia Rambler: A Potter”s Snake, the Real Thing Recipe, a Satilla Adventure and More; 2 p.m. in Kennedy Theater, Atlanta History Museum


  • FEATURED BAND: Laura Monk and High Cotton, folk and blues band; 12:30 and 2:30 pm at Mabel Dorn Reeder Amphitheater
  • Cindy Musselwhite & Friends, traditional bluegrass music; 11:30 am and 1:30 pm at Tullie Smith House Porch

Explore Atlanta History Center”s Shaping Traditions Exhibition:

  • Further examine folk art traditions from the region since the beginning of the 19th century in the History Center”s signature exhibition, Shaping Traditions: Folk Art Traditions in a Changing South. This exhibition illustrates aspects of “A Handmade Life”#- pottery, woodwork, textiles, metalwork, and foodways.

Shop Local Artists at Atlanta History Museum Atrium and Exhibition Hallway

  • Nelms Creekmur Forge – metal works
  • Warmth & Comfort – handmade knitted goods
  • Tweedle – fiber arts and hand-spun goods
  • From the Abyss – handmade leather goods
  • Chrissy Weeks – sewing
  • LylahG – hand-woven baby goods
  • Allison Bear Jewelry – metal smith
  • Honeysuckle Soaps – bath products
  • Rockwater Glass – accessories
  • Bhutan Baskets – baskets woven from locally grown materials
  • Glue & Glitter – home goods made from vintage fabrics and recycled materials

Food For Sale at Smith Family Farm:

  • Hummingbird Street Food serving farm-to-table seasonal dishes
  • Honeysuckle Gelato serving delicious rich and smooth, Southern-inspired gelato

For more information, visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Folklife or call 404.814.4000.

About The Atlanta History Center
Founded in 1926, the Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive, thirty-three acre destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum, one of the Southeast”s largest interactive history museums; two historic houses, the 1928 Swan House and the 1860 Smith Family Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; the Kenan Research Center; the Grand Overlook event space; Chick-Fil-A at the Coca-Cola Caf##, a museum shop, and acres of Historic Gardens with paths and the kid-friendly Connor Brown Discovery Trail.

In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House. Located in Midtown Atlanta, the two-acre campus features tours of the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gone With the Wind, an exhibition highlighting the life of Margaret Mitchell, a Gone With the Wind movie exhibition, and a museum shop. For information on Atlanta History Center offerings, hours of operation, and admission, call 404.814.4000 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com.

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