We strongly encourage all of our festival attendees to patronize the fabulous food vendors we have carefully and thoughtfully selected. We are proud of the wide range of cuisine offerings and are confident that there is something for every craving and budget. You will also find several free water stations throughout the festival, so stay hydrated! It's hot, even in the shade! Please keep in mind that this is a fundraiser for the Grant Park Conservancy and all the alcohol sales benefit the park. That means you are drinking for a good cause! For this reason, outside alcohol is not allowed.
Yes! Be sure to register for the Adams Realty 5K Run for the Park held Saturday morning before the festival. Hundreds of runners help kick off the Summer Shade celebration, and you can be one of them! Register here.
Children of all ages can enjoy the Summer Shade Festival Kids Zone. The Kids Zone features storytellers, puppet shows and art activities, as well as active options such a bungee jump and more. Don’t worry- we’ll keep the kiddos entertained!
Not to worry! Grant Park houses some of Atlanta’s oldest and shadiest trees to provide relief from the heat. Hence the name “Summer Shade Festival.” You can also visit one of several misting tents that will provide you with a cool spray as you meander through the festival. And of course, there will be plenty of cold beverages available to keep you hydrated.
A lot! You can visit our artist market with over 200+ original artists from around the country with both a juried and non-juried component. You can enjoy live entertainment at multiple entertainment venues featuring some of the best local talent in Atlanta. You can eat and drink your face off at one of the many food vendors and beer tents located within the festival. Looking for traditional festival fare or healthy choices? Don’t worry- we have both!
The Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enhancement of Grant Park. We need your support to continue their mission and keep Grant Park a world-class destination for all its visitors. Click here to learn more about becoming a member.
Expect traditional festival fare, such as corn dogs and funnel cakes, but also expect healthier options like salads and frozen yogurt. You will be able to choose from several food vendors serving up everything from BBQ and desserts to tacos and fried fish. Whatever you’re craving, you’ll most likely find something to satisfy your hunger.
You can park in one of Grant Park’s parking lots: off Boulevard Avenue or off Cherokee Avenue. There will also be street parking along Cherokee Avenue, Park Avenue, Atlanta Avenue, Berne Street and Sydney Street. Parking or driving inside Grant Park or on the grass is not permitted.
The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is an annual fundraiser for the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC), a non-profit, membership-based organization committed to the restoration, renovation, beautification and maintenance of historic Grant Park.