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Apple Picking, Harvest Fests, and Fall Fun Around Alpharetta

Nov 4th, 2015

Fall is in the air, which means the leaves are changing and  apple and pumpkin season is here. Have you gotten your apple picking in yet ? How about other autumn festivities?

The 2015 Alpharetta Scarecrow Harvest has come and gone, but there’s plenty of other fall fun to be had. Here’s a guide to fall fun in and around Alpharetta for apple picking orchard suggestions and a host of other autumn activities.

Apple Picking in Ellijay

The North Georgia mountains have some of the most spectacular fall foliage south of Maine. One of the advantages of living in an Alpharetta apartment is proximity to the Georgia high country, which can be reached from AMLI North Point in as little as 45 minutes. At the foothills of the mountains lies Ellijay, Georgia’s apple capital and the epicenter of a fertile region known as Apple Orchard Alley. The apple picking season still has several weeks left at Hillcrest Orchards, B.J. Reece Apple House, R&A Orchards, and Mack Aaron’s Apple House.

Plan a fun date or family outing, pick as many apples as your heart desires, and fill your kitchen with the smells of fall as you mash apple sauce or bake homemade apple pie. If you’re interested in doing some post-Halloween pumpkin picking, you can do this closer to home at Scottsdale Farms Nursery in Alpharetta or Berry Patch Farms up the road in Woodstock.

CRABAPPLE Storytime with Grandma Snazzy

Mondays at 10 AM, Grandma Snazzy tells family-friendly stories at the Crabapple Road Kroger. She’ll gladly entertain your children while you do your grocery shopping, but you’re also free to join in the fun. Crafts, music, and snacks accompany storytime. Before you make the 10-minute trek, call to make sure Grandma Snazzy is in.

Autumn at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve

Immerse yourself in fall for a few hours at the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve on November 24, 2015 as they host an autumn celebration that features seasonal craft making, hikes, and fire pit s’mores. The preserve is in the Johns Creek area.

Race to Rally Hope 5K, Kids Fun Run & Block Party

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley has closed for the season, but the area’s most beloved food trucks will make an encore appearance together for a great cause. If you like to run, walk, eat, or drink, show up to the 6th Annual Race to Rally Hope 5K and enjoy yourself while making a difference. The 5K run starts at 6 PM on November 14, 2015, and will be followed immediately by a fun-filled block party. Food, beer, music, and games ensure everyone will be entertained. Proceeds go to the Kiddos’ Clubhouse Foundation, which provides scholarships to children of families in need who require therapeutic services and equipment.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is returning to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for the fifth straight year. Get into the spirit of the season with a visit between November 14, 2015 and January 9, 2016. Advance purchase tickets to this electric-light extravaganza are available online.

Five Star Turkey Trot

For most of us, Thanksgiving ends with hours of feasting on hearty food. If you’d like to feel as little guilt as possible about indulging in a Thanksgiving feast this year, is there a better way to start your day than with a community run? Held in Johns Creek and Suwanee, the Five Star Turkey Trot has 5K, 10K, 15K, and half-marathon runs. Register online for the November 26, 2015, which is free for anyone who has run in another Five Star race over the past year.

If you’re a fan of fall, don’t let the season give way without taking time to enjoy your favorite fall festivities. If you live in any Alpharetta apartments, you’re conveniently situated to many of North Georgia’s seasonal highlights.

What are your favorite fall festivities in and around Alpharetta? Let us know in the comments.

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