October is filled with festivals and pumpkin patches–and they are so much fun, to be sure. But, if you are looking for some things to do that fall outside this territory, here are few to consider:

 

FOODIE FUN

Ina Garten in ATL: October 16th

One of the best-selling cookbook authors around comes to Atlanta this month. The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten herself, graces the stage of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on October 16th. She’ll share insights and advice about everything from food and recipes to entertaining and lifestyle tips. Ina Garten always offers a relaxed approach to elegant style and encourages her fans to channel their own personal passions into everyday enjoyments. Tickets range from $33.75 to $53.75 and are available through Ticketmaster or the Cobb Energy Centre Box Office. www.cobbenergycentre.com

 Taste of Atlanta: October 25-27th

Far more than a food festival, Taste of Atlanta unites the city’s premier chefs and finest restaurants for a weekend of culinary nirvana. This year marks the 12th annual event, adding more excitement into the mix — kitchen workshops, food studios, live cooking stages and an option to purchase upgraded tickets for the VIP Cocktail Experience. Tickets range in price from $30 – $85 for the festival, and additional tickets can be purchased for Friday night’s kick-off party, Atlanta’s Taste Revival, a Southern rock block party benefitting Georgia Organics. (Tickets for Friday night range from $70 – $150.) Head to Tech Square in Midtown October 25th through 27th for a juicy bite of the Atlanta restaurant scene. www.tasteofatlanta.com

 

 

Speakeasy Cocktail Festival: October 26th

Resurrecting Prohibition-era glam, the 2nd annual Speakeasy Cocktail Festival swings into Atlanta October 26th, turning The Atlanta Event Center at Opera into a bootlegger’s dream. No detail’s overlooked as festival organizers evoke bygone days of flappers, gangsters and jazz in a costume event celebrating the vices suppressed by the Volstead Act. Mixology demos with top-shelf liquors, marquee performances, liquid lounges and cigar dens, gambling tables and burlesque dancers with tickets starting at $75 — for an offer you can’t refuse, hustle over to speakeasycocktailfestival.com.

 

 

MUSIC  HAPPENINGS

October brings the talent to town! Every concert venue in the metro area lists full calendars of entertainment. From pop acts like fun., to country star Hunter Hayes, to classic rocker Rod Stewart, and sultry crooner Michael Buble, the harvest nights will be filled with song. Check Ticketmaster or box offices for ticket availability:

 

 

COMEDY: We all need a laugh, right?!

Some of the biggest acts in comedy visit Atlanta this month, sure to keep audiences laughing out loud. Wanda Sykes, Jimmy Fallon, and Lewis Black all perform their hit shows at the Cobb Energy Center for Performing Arts (cobbenergycentre.com):

  • Wanda Sykes, 10/12
  • Jimmy Fallon, 10/15
  • Lewis Black, 10/19

 

 

ROAD TRIP FUN

And, for everyone looking for a road trip, this last event–the Southern C Summit in Nashville–looks like a great way to start a weekend away from home!

Southern C Summit, Nashville: Oct 17, 2013

The premise of the Southern C Summit is to bring together Southern brands, business owners, blog writers and those of us simply interested in new and vibrant things happening in our region. This event looks highly appealing, and is a one-time event for Nashville, but the third such Southern C Summit to happen (in other cities).

If you are a small business owner wanting ideas on how to grow your idea to a million dollar company, or you are a blogger wanting to make contacts and learn how to expand your readership, or you are simply an interested spectator to it all, who wants to try all the new yummy Southern food that will be on hand (Hello, Callie’s Biscuits, Schermer Pecans Pecans, Edley’s BBQ and more!), this is where you want to be on Oct 17th. And, it’s taking place at Ruby, which will no doubt add to the experience.

For Nashville residents, or those in town early, cocktails start from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Mason’s (at Loews Hotel) on the 16th. The full agenda for Thursday, October 17th is stunning. After a day of learning, you will be entertained at The Southern Coterie “Cocktails & Conversation” presented by Southern Living. Innovation and inspiration will be cultivated on a tour of the Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel with Lindsay Bierman, Southern Living Editor in Chief.” And, we hear the house will decorated for Christmas! Transportation is provided to Fontanel by GOO GOO Cluster and Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream–with libations to enjoy along the way!

Tickets are $175 each, but we have a promo code (no, we don’t get a kick back!) which allows you to purchase for just $140. Use the code TSCTIX.

We are SO excited about the Southern C Summit. To see more details and understand more fully why we are in such a flutter, see the agenda: HERE.

 

Southern C Summit

 

Are you ready to have fun this October? Yeah, us too!