Tiny House Festival Organizers Move Tiny Office to Atlanta BeltLine

In anticipation of the 3rd Annual Decatur Tiny House Festivalpresented by Mitsubishi Electric this month, organizers at Tiny House Atlanta and the MicroLife Institute are settling into their new office. Built in conjunction with the City of Atlanta’s Office of Resilience, the office is now located on the Atlanta BeltLine. From this mini command center, the organizers will plan the festival, which brings 20-plus real, working tiny houses to downtown Decatur Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30. 

The 2018 festival features even more tiny houses, food trucks (a.k.a. tiny restaurants), speakers, local and national vendors, and bicycle parking. New features this year include a Tiny Travel area and an interactive Kid’s Corner with fun activities and games for tiny humans. For more information, visit TinyHouseAtlanta.com.


Ballard Designs Opens New Flagship Store in Atlanta

Ballard Designs, an Atlanta-based, leading home furnishings and decor retailer for 35 years, will open its new flagship store on the Upper Westside in the highly anticipated Selig development The Works located at 1235 Chattahoochee Ave. This 20,000-square-foot store will be the 12th Ballard Designs retail location operating in the United States.

As the Ballard Designs flagship store, this location will give Ballard’s loyal followers and those new to the brand a chance to experience the furniture and decor firsthand with a floor plan nearly twice the size of Ballard’s other retail locations.

The store will be an immersive experience by providing customers with a combination of inspiration and ideation. Seasonal vignettes pictured on the pages of the long-standing catalog will surround the Design Solutions workshop studio, where customers can find expert decorating and design advice.

Taste of Atlanta Returns to Fourth Ward Park Oct. 19-21

The city’s award-winning food, craft beer, wine and spirits festival showcasing the local restaurant scene returns for its 17th year. The event brings together more than 90 of the city’s best chefs and restaurants in one place for three days. Guests will be able to sample bites and beverages and attend hands-on cooking classes and chef demonstrations from local chefs including chef Seven Chan of Poke Burri; chef Stephen Franklin of DAS BBQ; Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Marisa Moore; and Tregaye Fraser, the winner of Food Network Star, Season 12.

This year features an exciting lineup of new attractions such as Race for the Taste 5K Fun Run, Atlanta Chef Pop-Up Area and Brunch All Day on Sunday. For more information, visit TasteOfAtlanta.com.

Viva Tequila Festival Debuts at Atlantic Station Sept. 15

The inaugural Viva Tequila Festival welcomes the food; art; music; and small-batch, hand-crafted tequilas of Mexico to the streets of Atlanta’s own Atlantic Station. Atlantic Station will be transformed to a festive collage highlighting the food, drink and culture of Mexico. The one-day festival expects 3,000 guests to join the fun at Atlantic Station on Sept. 15. Participating restaurants will be paired with the world’s finest boutique tequilas to create signature bites and sips designed to dazzle your palate. This friendly competition will elevate your understanding of tequila and how it’s evolving on the world market.

For more information, visit VivaTequilaFestival.com.

Project Open Hand’s Party in the Kitchen Sept. 27

Party in the Kitchen, Open Hand’s signature benefit, is an evening of music, cocktails and exquisite cuisine prepared by the best chefs from some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants. Bid on a fantastic array of items in the silent and live auctions, including a dinner prepared in-home by Chef Hosts Kevin Rathbun and Gerry Klaskala.

Open Hand Atlanta’s mission is to help people prevent or better manage chronic disease and improve their quality of life through tailored nutrition interventions. These include a wide variety of health-promoting meal plans as well as nutrition counseling and coaching delivered by an experienced team of registered dietitians. With the help of 10,000-plus annual volunteers, the agency now prepares, packages and delivers more than 6,000 meals per day in 19 metro-Atlanta counties, making it one of the largest community-based nutrition agencies in the country. Party in the Kitchen tickets are on sale now at PartyInTheKitchen.org.