An annual tradition for more than a decade, the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival will welcome music and art lovers to Atlanta’s oldest park for two days of nonstop fun on August 27 & 28 (Saturday & Sunday). Presented by and benefiting the Grant Park Conservancy, the festival will once again feature an impressive lineup of live music throughout the weekend on two stages in addition to an expansive artist market that will double in size for this year’s event. Open to all ages and free to attend, the 14th annual Summer Shade Festival will also have a diverse selection of local food trucks with offerings for all tastes, craft beer, a Kids Zone, a 5K run, a farmers market and much more.

On Saturday morning at 8 a.m., runners, walkers, and strollers are welcome to kick off the weekend’s festivities during the annual Adams Realtors Run for the Park 5K, which includes free kid’s tot trot for ages 5 and under and a stroller stroll along the race course. Raising funds to support the Grant Park Conservancy and its efforts to restore the park, the course map start and finish at the main entrance to Zoo Atlanta. Pre-registration for is available at or onsite at 7 a.m.

For the first year, festival goers are also invited to explore the Grant Park Farmers Market on both Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Located in the area surrounding the Milledge Fountain at the Corner of Cherokee Avenue and Milledge Avenue, the celebrated market will be nestled in the expanded artist market and will feature free chef’s demonstrations and educational activities for adults and kids in addition to a wealth of vendors selling an array of artisanal goods including fresh vegetables, cheeses, breads and meats.

For those who’ve never been to Grant Park, here is the address for your GPS:

Grant Park
840 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

And the schedule:

Saturday, August 27 – 5K Run for the Park – 8 a.m. 
Saturday, August 27 – Farmers Market – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 28 – Festival – 10 a.m. to 10: p.m.
Sunday, August 28 – Farmers Market – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 28 – Festival – 11 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.

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