Atlanta’s oldest city park comes to life each summer when the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival brings hundreds of artists and two full days of live music to this historic neighborhood. Presented by the Grant Park Conservancy, the festival also includes the new ticketed event Taquerias & Tequila, an award-winning Farmers Market, a 5K Run, plenty to eat and drink and fun activities for children. Festivalgoers can be green too by biking to the festival and taking advantage of the Bike Valet from Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.
WHAT           

   The weekend of events kicks off with the Adams Realtors 5K Run for the Park on Saturdaymorning, allowing runners and walkers to enjoy the historic neighborhood on foot. The festival officially opens at 10 a.m. with tons of art, the Carla Smith Kids Zone, live music and food and beverage booths galore.


    Taquerias & Tequila launches at the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival this year. This all-inclusive ticketed event held on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. features a South of the Border take on fare from several of Atlanta's favorite restaurants and chefs. Guests will enjoy tequila and beer sampling, mild to picante bites and get the chance to smack a piñata. The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is pleased to partner with the Georgia Restaurant Association on this event. Advance tickets start at $30 and are available at http://www.summershadefestival.org/.
 
    Sunday morning festivities start at 9:30 a.m. when the Grant Park Farmers Market opens, followed by festival hours beginning at 11 a.m. The al fresco party doesn’t stop until 7:30 p.m.
 
   The music line-up on two stages gets better every year. On schedule this year, attendees can enjoy performances from Michelle Malone, Andy Browne Troupe, The Whiskey Gentry, The Wheeler Boys, Frank Barham’s Brazilian Fusion and many more.

   From families looking for the next great puppet show to adults hoping to whoop it up one last time before fall begins, the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival offers an ideal way to spend an entire weekend in the great outdoors. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Grant Park Conservancy, the organization responsible for maintaining Atlanta’s oldest city park.   
 
WHEN               
Summer Shade Festival
Saturday, August 23: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, August 24:    11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Adams Realtors 5K Run for the Park
Saturday, August 23: Registration at 7 a.m., Race begins at 8 a.m.
 
Taquerias & Tequila
Saturday, August 23: 1 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 24: 1 – 5 p.m.
 
Grant Park Farmers Market
Sunday, August 24: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE
Historic Grant Park
800 Cherokee Avenue, Atlanta 30312
or
Park Avenue/Berne Street intersection and the Boulevard parking lot
 
Parking lots are located on Boulevard and Cherokee Avenue. Street parking is also available throughout the neighborhood.
 
                        http://www.summershadefestival.org/
                        404-521-0938
TICKETS
The Summer Shade Festival is a free event. Some aspects may require the purchase of a ticket.
WHO 
    The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival supports the work of the Grant Park Conservancy. Grant Park – the city’s oldest public park – was initially established by a gift of 100 acres from the estate of railroad magnate Lemuel Pratt Grant in 1883. Grant Park was once referred to as a resort area due to its natural flowing springs, carriage trails, shaded walking paths and big beautiful trees. Today, Grant Park welcomes more than 2 million visitors each year who still enjoy it as a place of respite in a now busy city.
 
    The Grant Park Conservancy is a non-profit organization committed to the preservation, restoration and maintenance of historic L.P. Grant Park. http://www.gpconservancy.org/ 
 


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