Although hanging out with Lil Sebastian and seeing Letters to Cleo perform sounds kind of fun, the Candler Park Fall Fest absolutely blows the Pawnee Harvest Festival out of the water. Candler Park has been festival-ing for 15 years, and this time around, they’ve updated the food offerings, paired with the Indie Craft Experience for the artist market and brought some of the best bands in the city to headline. Sounds cliche, but it’s really not our parent’s festival- it seems like this year's festival, running October 3-4, was hand crafted just for us.
Let's start with everyone’s favorite part of festivals: the food. What’s new this year: It’s all food trucks! Gone are the generic carnival foods- instead we’re seeing how many of the food trucks we can hit up next weekend. Number one on that list is Palookaville, of course, but there’s also the Fry Guy, King of Pops, Sweet Auburn BBQ, Queen of Cream and more, along with carts like Rusty's Nuts- boutique boiled peanuts- and Golda Kombucha- barreled and bottled kombucha. There’s even a Muenster Truck for gourmet grilled cheeses. We're in heaven.
Instead of the same artist market we see at every festival, Fall Fest partnered with Indie Craft Experience to bring our favorite indie and local crafters to a market that’s twice the size of last year. Our favorites are Beautiful Briny Sea, who hand crafts salts and sugars to make your cooking that much more special, and Maelu, featuring hand-block printed sustainable textiles.
The music, although we love Letters to Cleo, is a step up too, with the best of local- Gringo Star brings some psychedelic-influenced rock to the party on Saturday, while Smithsonian and Clashinista open (that’s a Smiths cover band and Clash cover band, respectively.) And Sunday’s just as energized- Blair Crimmins and the Hookers are jazzing up the festival, so put on your dancing shoes.
If you're already festivaled-out this season, it’s worth it to head to Candler Park for one last hurrah and experience a little something different.