October – perfect to get outside and enjoy Fall

ROSWELL, Ga. – October is the start of the magical season. The leaves are turning fiery colors and the temperatures are falling. Nature is the perfect place to experience the wonders of Autumn, from the fragrant woody scents of leaves crunching on the ground to the start of a bite in the air.

While North Fulton has many great outdoors facilities, Roswell’s Chattahoochee Nature Center is a Fall hub of activities relishing in everything the season has to offer.

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The fun begins Sunday, Oct. 16 as the CNC’s Unity Garden is gussied up to receive guests for Harvest on the Hooch. This event is a farm-to-table culinary adventure, allowing about 20 local Roswell and Cobb restaurants to show off some of their favorite dishes for guests to try, while exploring the connections between what grows in the ground and what goes on your plate.Transformers: Age of Extinction movie trailer

No meal would be complete without something to wash it down with – several local breweries such as Gate City, Abbey of the Holy Goats and Unknown Brewery will all have libations for the tasting.

Corn hole, hharvest familyula hoops, face painting, barn animals and live Bluegrass music make it a family-friendly event.

The event is to support the Unity Garden, a patch of land at the nature center wholly dedicated to growing vegetables and educating people and schoolchildren about where their food comes from. All the produce grown in the garden goes to North Fulton Community Charities’ food pantry to help the needy.

2rabbit_smThen, at the end of the month is the non-scary Halloween event in the woods – Halloween Hikes. A longtime family tradition for 31 years, this family-friendly event welcomes adults and children of all ages to take guided tours of woodland trails and speak with costumed animal characters to learn all about them and their homes. Guide will introduce families to friendly forest creatures as they tell their fascinating tales with a dash of improv and humor.

After, watch the crackling flames of a bonfire and listen to the lively rhythms of a world music drummer as a parade of imaginatively costumed characters marches past. Kids who come in costumes receive a special treat.

Along with the hikes, families can take part in outdoors activities like crafts and face painting.

The event is held over four nights in late October – Oct. 21 and 22, 28 and 29, between 7 – 10 p.m. Admission is $9 per person the first weekend and $10 on the second. CNC members can buy tickets ahead of time. Day-of ticket sales begin at 6:30 p.m. Each hike takes about 45 minutes and visitors go in groups.

save the date vFinally, on Sunday, Oct. 23, it turns to adults-only time. Sit back and relax with some friends and a glass or two of fine wine at An Evening by the River. Guests will enjoy a curated selection of high-quality wines from the finest vineyards in California while sampling prime foods from Fleming’s Steakhouse in Atlanta. Also listen to great, live music while bidding on a silent auction filled with one-of-a-kind items.

The funds raised from this event support the CNC and its mission of connecting people with nature on 127 acres of land along the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

For more information on these and other events throughout the year, visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.