9 fall home and garden events in Atlanta

Photography, beautiful homes, gift fairs, and more
Photograph courtesy of ACP
Photograph courtesy of ACP

Through October
Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival
This monthlong festival includes public art, events, exhibitions, and lectures at more than 100 locations all over the metro area. Launched in 1999, the annual celebration has grown into the nation’s largest annual community-based photography festival.

Through October 29
Thrift Studio
This pop-up shop offers deeply discounted designer goods and carefully vetted used furniture to support Dwell with Dignity, a nonprofit that provides furnishings for families struggling to rise out of poverty and homelessness. Held at ADAC, this market is the first Atlanta version of what has become a highly popular event in Dwell’s hometown of Dallas.

October 1-2
Ansley Park Tour of Homes
Held every other year, this tour will showcase eight beautiful homes that exemplify the neighborhood’s inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. While each of these homes has seen renovations that highlight the current and past owners’ personal styles, their architectural integrity has withstood the test of time.

October 1–2
Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens hosts its second annual festival celebrating 140 varieties of waterlilies blooming around its Monet Bridge. Enjoy the strolling musicians, a juried art gallery, and a “French Market” of locally sourced foods, including treats like pastries, macaroons, and crepes. The Arbor Cafe will be open for lunch.

Photograph by jashleyphoto.com
Photograph by jashleyphoto.com

October 9
Serenbe Home Tour
The third annual tour supports AIR Serenbe, a nonprofit artist residency program. Ride golf carts or just walk to the homes open for exploration.

Magnolia House patio watercolor painting by Xavier Neuner for Steve McKenzie's
Magnolia House patio watercolor painting by Xavier Neuner for Steve McKenzie’s

October 19–November 13
Magnolia Designer Show House
Atlanta magazine, Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, and the Beverly Baribault Design Group present a historical renovation and design symposia featuring top area designers like William Peace and Matthew Quinn. Spend the day in quaint downtown Cartersville and tour the nearby Smithsonian affiliate, Booth Western Art Museum. Proceeds benefit the local nonprofit Advocates for Children.

October 21–23
Country Living Fair
Country Living magazine sponsors three days of food, shopping, craft demonstrations, and seminars at Stone Mountain Park. An expansive market features vintage and handmade goods.

October 22
NARI Atlanta 2016 Tour of Remodeled Homes
This year represents the metro area’s seventh annual tour of remodeled houses, featuring both indoor and outdoor transformations.

November 5-6
Elegant Elf Marketplace
Presented by the Sandy Springs Society, this is an upscale gift market that features more than 85 carefully selected local and regional artists, gourmet food purveyors, and unique gift vendors in jewelry, handcrafted fashions, fine crafts, items for home and garden, handbags, toys, and more. Best-selling author Emily Giffin will be signing her latest book, First Comes Love, on Saturday at 11 AM. Additionally, Walter Reeves, radio and television host and one of the most respected gardeners in the Southeast, will be signing books at 3 p.m.  There will also be chef demonstrations by Souper Jenny’s Jenny Levinson and Chef Yuji Kurimaru of Bishop in Sandy Springs.