Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

Atlanta’s oldest park welcomes to you a weekend of fun at the 15th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival! The two-day is the perfect opportunity to grab a blanket, bring your whole family, and bid adieu to Summer.

Festival Dates

August 26th – August 27th, 2016

Festival Hours

Saturday | 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday | 11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Festival Location

Grant Park
840 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30308

The Summer Shade Festival gets its name from Grant Park’s oldest and shadiest trees, so you and your family will be protected from the summer heat. The park will also have misting tents to provide you with a cool spray as you wander through the festival’s abundant activities.

Between the Artists Market, live performances, a 5K race, craft beer, delicious food, and children’s activities, there will be plenty to keep you and your family entertained!

Festival Activities

5K Run for the Park
The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival kicks off on Saturday morning with the Adams Realtors Run for the Park 5K. Runners, walkers, and strollers are welcome to participate. With awards by age group, a tot trot and a stroller race, the Adams Realtors 5K raises funds to support the Grant Park Conservancy.

Kids Zone
It wouldn’t be a festival without something special for the kids! An extensive lineup of performers, artists, storytellers, and musicians will delight and entertain on the kid’s stage. Get hands-on in a variety of craft activities, and test your bravery at the Spider Jump!FM-Images-300x294

Live Entertainment
Kick back and relax on the plentiful greenspace as you enjoy live tunes across two stages! It’s no surprise that the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival has earned a reputation as the place to see some of the hottest up-and-coming bands as well as a plethora of local talent.

Grant Park Farmer’s Market
For the first year, festival goers are also invited to explore the Grant Park Farmers Market on both Saturday and Sunday. The celebrated market will feature free chef’s demonstrations, educational activities for adults and kids, and a wealth of vendors selling an array of artisanal goods including fresh vegetables, cheeses, breads and meats. You can find the Market nestled within the expanded Artist Market!

The festival is free to attend, and all ages are welcome! Festival-goers are encouraged to ride their bikes to the festival and park it for free with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Bike Valet.

Proceeds from the Summer Shade Festival benefit the Grant Park Conservancy, the organization responsible for maintaining the city’s oldest park. 

More information on the 2017 Grant Park Summer Shade Festival.