Chomp and Stomp Festival
Cabbagetown plays host to a battle of the beans as residents and local restaurants compete to cook up the best chili and raise cash for the hip intown neighborhood. Last year, “Butt Stuff” trumped squads like “Gal Fieri’s Mayors of Flavortown” and “It’s Always Sunny in Cabbagetown” for the top prize. Come early, purchase a spoon (your “ticket” for chili tastings), and chow down with friends, neighbors, and strangers—or run in the 5K and listen to bluegrass. chompandstomp.com
MJCCA Book Festival
October 30-November 18
Tom Hanks’s sold-out keynote kicks off the 27th year of the Marcus Jewish Community Center’s celebration of the printed word. Speakers this year include former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Anna Quindlen, Peter Sagal, and more. atlantajcc.org
Billed as the largest LAN party in the world, the annual three-day event at the Georgia World Congress Center brings gamers from across the country—and an audience of thousands—to compete for nearly $2 million in cash winnings. dreamhack.com
This article appears in our November 2018 issue.