EVENTS UPDATES: See which local, regional event dates have changed due to COVID-19

People crowded in downtown Milton for Crabapple Fest
Crabapple Fest, an annual event in the city of Milton, is still slated to take place Oct. 3. (Courtesy city of Milton)

Crabapple Fest, an annual event in the city of Milton, is still slated to take place Oct. 3. (Courtesy city of Milton)

Over the past several weeks, many events in Alpharetta, Milton and the Greater Atlanta area have been canceled or postponed as residents were under shelter-in-place orders from local and state officials. However, as businesses begin to reopen in the area, some events are being rescheduled toward the end of the year. While all event dates are accurate as of publication June 19, they are subject to change as state and local leaders make decisions regarding when and how events can be held. This list is not comprehensive.

Postponed Events

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation postponed the annual Shamrockin’ for a Cure fundraising event, which was scheduled for March 21 at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. The event, now called Shamrocktoberfest, will take place Oct. 24. 404-733-5010.

The Alpharetta Farmers Market canceled its 2020 season kickoff April 4; however, despite not being open in the traditional format, organizers restructured the farmers market to create a temporary mini market held each Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon in the parking lot of Urban Hardware, located at 11770 Haynes Bridge Road, Ste. 501, Alpharetta. About 20 vendors can set up at the mini market, as opposed to the 98 vendors initially planned for the traditional farmers market setup. 404-660-4403.

The inaugural Alpharetta Wine Festival was scheduled for June 14 in downtown Alpharetta, but event organizers postponed it until further notice. The event will feature wine tastings with more than 75 wines from around the world provided by participating local restaurants and businesses. A new date was still to be announced as of press time June 19. 678-701-6114.

The Drake House’s second annual Tappin’ Out Homelessness fundraising event, slated for March 14 at Truck & Tap in downtown Alpharetta, was postponed due to the pandemic, event organizers announced in mid-March. The Drake House is a nonprofit organization located in Roswell that provides emergency housing for single homeless women with children in north metro Atlanta. The nonprofit will host a virtual version of the event June 28 at 7 p.m. by Facebook and YouTube Live.

Still Planned

The eighth annual Crabapple Fest is still slated to take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 3 along Crabapple Road in downtown Milton as of publication June 19. The art and antique festival, put on by the city of Milton and the Crabapple Community Association, is expected to include a variety of foods, vendors, music, family-friendly activities and football, said Anita Jupin, the special events coordinator for the city of Milton. 678-242-2603.

The city of Milton’s annual Meet Me in Milton block party series has had three of its block parties canceled—the 2020 kickoff April 18, the second party slated for May 16 and the third block party scheduled for June 20—but the remaining events, which take place on the third Saturday of each month, are still scheduled throughout the year. The next event is expected to take place July 18 with a cornhole tournament on The Green.

Canceled Events

The 26th year of the Fulton Golden Games—a monthlong athletic event for seniors hosted and run jointly by the cities of Alpharetta, Milton, Johns Creek, Roswell and Sandy Springs as well as Fulton County—was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The games were slated to run April 29-May 27, but are expected to take place again next year. 678-242-2500.

Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub’s 12th annual St. Patrick’s Day party and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s head-shaving fundraising event—held in conjunction with the St. Patrick’s Day party—scheduled for March 14 were both canceled. Geoff Kokoszka, director of operations for Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, said they still plan to hold the annual event next year. 678-624-1090.

City officials announced March 20 that the 30th annual Taste of Alpharetta, which was scheduled for May 7, was canceled due to the pandemic. The city had about 45 vendors confirmed for the TOA and planned for almost 80 vendors in total at the citywide event as well as more than 50,000 attendees. However, event organizers said they are looking forward to the TOA next year, which is slated for May 6, 2021. 678-297-6048.

Regional Events

The AJC Peachtree Road Race, an annual event in the Greater Atlanta area since 1970 and hosted by the Atlanta Track Club, has been postponed from July 4 to Nov. 26—Thanksgiving Day—event organizers announced May 1. This is the first time in the event’s history that it will not be held on the Fourth of July. The more than 45,000 current registrants can complete the race as usual or virtually, move their entry to 2021 at no charge, transfer to a new participant, donate their registration fee to the Atlanta Track Club’s community initiatives or receive a refund. Registration will reopen again Aug. 31-Sept. 6 for club members and Sept. 7-13 for nonmembers. 404-231-9064.

Event organizers for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival announced March 18 that the festival’s 10th season would be postponed from May 28-31 to later this summer. The event highlights food and beverage traditions from a variety of southern regions, both in the U.S. and around the globe, all across Midtown Atlanta. As of press time June 19, an official date had yet to be announced. 404-474-7330.
By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.


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