This weekend, August 28th and 29th, marks one of my favorite annual Atlanta festivals: the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival and Corks and Forks. It’s a no-brainer, really: live music, an artists’ market, a fine dining event and a 5K race all taking place in Atlanta’s most stunning park. It’s a lot of fun.
A couple of reasons to check out the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival:
- Three stages of music. with acts ranging from my favorite radio show The Kids Are Alright to the East Ponce Soul Faction. 34 acts of free music spanning two days.
- Corks and Forks is one of the food events of the year. Where else are you going to see Hugh Acheson (who’s highly anticipated Empire State South is opening just days later), Rosebud’s Ron Eyester (one of my favorite twits, follow him at @theangrychef) and the Rathbun all in one place, feeding the masses?
- College football season begins next week, and you know what that means: either you, your significant other, or the two of you will be spending copious amounts of time indoors, watching television.
- Grant Park. There is nothing like it in Atlanta. Rather than rehash old love letters in this forum, click here to read my ode to Grant Park.
- It’s free.
- Lots and lots of arts and crafts. Even if you’re not in the market for any jewelry or ceramics, there’s something nice about looking at beautiful things. The art market at Summer Shade is one of the city’s largest, and definitely worth the stroll.
Grant Park Summer Shade Festival and Corks and Forks
Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29
800 Cherokee Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30315-1470