Registration is being accepted for Scarecrows in the Garden, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual October extravaganza featuring more than 100 wild and crazy characters lurking about the woodland.
The life-size creations, from the witty and whimsical to the bold and bizarre, are designed by metro area residents, artists, designers, businesses, schools, and organizations. Participants compete for prizes in one of two design categories: professional and nonprofessional. The registration deadline is August 13, with drop-off in late September. Registration forms are available at atlantabotanicalgarden.org.
On Thursday evenings, visitors can check out the scarecrows under the glare of flashlights (which they are encouraged to bring) during Fest-of-Ale. Each week from 5-10 p.m. the beer fest features a variety of fine specialty ales and live musical entertainment. During the final night of Fest-of-Ale, October 25, some of Atlanta’s top chefs will square off for the fourth annual Great Chefs of Atlanta Pumpkin Carving Contest.
For youngsters, harvest-themed activities will be on tap on weekends from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and on Sunday, October 28 they can don their favorite costumes for a day of treats and activities during Goblins in the Garden from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It will include a costume parade, storytelling and the Ride-On Train. The event includes a cash bar for Mom and Dad Goblins.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE in Midtown, between 14th Street and Monroe Drive.