Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/23/22
Free, Family-Friendly Festival With Live Music, an Artist Market, Kids Zone, 5K Run, Food Trucks, Craft Beer and Much More. Presented by Southern Feedstoreon Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th
A favorite tradition, the Grant Park Conservancy Summer Shade Festival will once again welcome music and art lovers to Atlanta’s oldest park as the summer comes to a close. Presented by Southern Feedstore, the annual event will celebrate its 20th anniversary this weekend, Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, August 28, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The family-friendly festival will feature an impressive lineup of live music throughout the weekend, an artist market, Kids Zone, 5K run, local food trucks and vendors, cocktails, beer and more. The festival, produced by and benefiting the Grant Park Conservancy, welcomes all ages and is free to attend.
On Saturday at 8 a.m., runners, walkers and strollers are invited to take part in the annual Adams Realtors Run for the Park 5K, which includes a free kid’s tot trot for ages 5 and under and a stroller stroll along the race course. Registration for the 5K and Stroller Stroll is $40. The 5K raises funds for the Grant Park Conservancy and the course’s start and finish will be at the main entrance to Zoo Atlanta. To pre-register or for more information, visit www.summershadefestival.com or https://runsignup.com/runforthepark5k.
After participating in the 5K or working up an appetite cheering on friends, festival goers can explore mouthwatering options from 19 different food trucks and vendors. Offering something delicious for all tastes, this year’s participants include Big Pat’s Bar-Bee-Que, Coffyn Pyes, Devon’s Popcorn, Dunwoody Café, Figment Kombucha, Gyro Chef Mediterranean Food Truck, Island Noodles, King of Pops, Lisa’s Creperie, Mix’D UP Burgers, Nine Rabbits, Peoples Town Coffee, Repicci’s Italian Ice & Gelato, Sno-Angel Delites, Sweet Chimney Bakery, Sweetacular Treats, The Pickle, Tower Treats, Yom Ice Cream and more. A variety of Monday Night Brewing craft beers, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.
Always a favorite, attendees are invited to peruse the festival’s expansive Artist Market that showcases an impressive array of talented local and regional artists working in a wide variety of mediums. From handmade bath and body products to original oil paintings, leather goods and statement jewelry, the Artist Market has something for everyone at all price ranges. The full list of vendors and booth locations are available at www.summershadefestival.com.
This year’s live music lineup will not disappoint. Starting at 12 p.m. on both days, each artist brings their own unique sound and style to the stage that will keep festival goers entertained and moving. Saturday’s lineup includes Portmanteau, Yes Ma’am, False Hearted Lovers, Lynx Delux, Mermaid Motor Lounge, Ghost Riders Car Club, Solid State Radio, and Khaliko. On Sunday, attendees can enjoy Neighborhood Ballet, C Note, Das Kaiser, The Brookses, Gamma Star, The Wheeler Boys, and James Hall and the Steady Wicked.
Grant Park Conservancy Summer Shade Festival is proud to be presented by Southern Feedstore. 2022 sponsors include Adams Realtors, Grant Park Market, Husqvarna, Monday Night Brewing, Post Meridiem Spirits, Tanqueray, Wildgood, All American Gutter, Agave Restaurant, Atlanta United FC, The Atlanta Falcons, Coke Zero Sugar, Dakota Blue, Greystar for the Penman Apts., Gutter Guards America, Jacuzzi Bath Remodel, Kyle Embler – Ansley Real Estate, Matt Westmoreland, Jason Winston, My Friend’s Bottle Shop, Outdoor Makeover & Living Spaces, Partake, Positivity Alkaline Water, Rugby ATL, State Farm, The Rounds, Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham, and Wyndham Vacation Destinations.
Paid parking is available in the Grant Park Gateway parking facility (759 Boulevard, 30312), and the parking lot off of Cherokee Avenue in the Zoo Atlanta lot (800 Cherokee Avenue, 30315). Street parking is limited so rideshare and other forms of transpiration are highly encouraged. There will be a bike valet available for cyclists attending the event.
For the most up to date information, visit www.summershadefestival.org.