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Grant Park Summer Shade Festival Celebrates Its 17th Annual Event This August

By Caitlin Kreidler

The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, an annual tradition, will welcome music and art lovers to Atlanta’s oldest park for its 17th year on Saturday, August 24, and Sunday, August 25. Produced by and benefiting the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC), the two-day, fun-filled festival will once again feature an impressive lineup of live music throughout the weekend in addition to an expansive artist market, Kids Zone, 5K run, and much more. Open to all ages and free to attend, the festival will also have a diverse selection of local food trucks and vendors with offerings for all tastes, cocktails, a beer garden featuring acoustic music, family-friendly games, and more.

Festival hours will run from 10:00am to 10:00pm on Saturday and from 11:00am until 7:30pm on Sunday. A parking lot is available off Cherokee Avenue and there is street parking along Cherokee Avenue, Atlanta Avenue, Berne Street, and Sydney Street. There will also be bike racks available for cyclists attending the event.

On Saturday morning at 8:00am, 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. Raising funds to support the Grant Park Conservancy, the course map start and finish will be at the main entrance to Zoo Atlanta. Pre-registration is available at or or onsite at 7:00am.

Additional details about the 2019 festival including the full performer lineup will be announced in the coming months. For the most up-to-date information, visit Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @GPSummerShade and Facebook at

The GPC is a nonprofit membership-based organization committed to the restoration, beautification, and maintenance of historic Grant Park. Created in 1883, Grant Park is the oldest park in Atlanta and covers 131 acres. The Conservancy’s role is to spearhead and supplement projects in the park that otherwise would not be undertaken by the city due to staff and budget limitations. Visit for more information.

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