Inman Park Festival
By: Gina Hannah
Each spring, thousands of people converge on the historic Inman Park neighborhood for the Inman Park Festival, an eclectic celebration of this distinctive community.
The three-day festival, generally held the last weekend of April, opens with the Inman Park Tour of Homes, offering visitors a chance to see close up some of the area's most beautiful historic homes and gardens, as well as other neighborhood sites of interest. The self-guided tour runs from noon to 4 p.m., and tickets are $20.
Saturday morning, the festival grounds open with an array of activities for the whole family. Three outdoor stages feature live music throughout the day. On Saturday and Sunday, a dance festival is held in the Trolley Barn, one of the neighborhood's historic buildings. The dance festival is held 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday afternoon, check out the Inman Park Festival Parade. This parade is considered to be the city of Atlanta's most eclectic, with participants ranging from marching bands to roller derby teams to the Inman Park Precision Attache Case Drill Team. You'll also see many depictions of the Inman Park butterfly logo, a black monarch butterfly with the profile of a face shown on each wing. The parade begins at Edgewood and Euclid, and happens rain or shine.
The Inman Park festival also has a dedicated children's area, or KidZone, located in Springvale Park, a newly renovated neighborhood playground just off Euclid Avenue. The KidZone offers children fun activities including face painting, games, an obstacle course, slides, an inflatable play area, and arts and crafts.
If you're looking to shop while at the festival, check out the Market. Considered to be Atlanta's largest street market, it offers more than 250 booths along the neighborhood's tree-lined streets. Festival-goers can purchase art, crafts and antiques. Food vendors will also set up tents. In addition to the street market, a juried arts and crafts show is also held each year as part of the market. It features more than 150 fine artists working in sculpture, photography and painting. The Market and craft show are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
As if all these activities weren't enough, the festival weekend also includes the Rocket Run, hosted by the Mary Lin Education Foundation. The 5k run and one-mile blast begins in Inman Park and runs through Old Fourth Ward. This event helps provide educational and enrichment materials and programs for Mary Lin Elementary School.
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