11th annual Grand Park Summer Shade Fest, set for late August


home_page_top_banner2013The 11th Annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival brings a weekend of diverse live music to the historic Atlanta neighborhood. While the festival has long welcomed talented local musicians, the 2013 lineup includes several acts with national recognition, assuring that the shady hills of Grant Park will be filled with audiences all weekend.

Bands confirmed for the 2013 stages include the rootsy Southern Rock of Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires, guitar hero Michelle Malone, the moody rock ensemble The Old Ceremony and the alt-country noise rock inspired New Madrid. Reviews for these performers can be found in the likes of Rolling Stone magazine, and the Summer Shade Festival offers a chance to see them for FREE.

Additional confirmed bands performing on one of Summer Shade’s two stages include The Wheeler Boys, James Hall, Cigar Store Indians, Roxy Watson, Blair Crimmins& The Hookers and the Higher Chair. More bands will be announced soon.

WHAT Summer Shade weekend begins with the Adams Realtors 5K Run for the Park on Saturday morning, allowing runners and walkers to enjoy the historic neighborhood on foot. The festival officially opens at 10 a.m. with tons of art, the Carla Smith Kids Zone, live music and food and beverage booths galore.

Sunday morning festivities start at 9:30 a.m. when the Grant Park Farmers Market opens, followed by festival hours beginning at 11 a.m. The al fresco party doesn’t stop until 7:30 p.m.

From families looking for the next great puppet show to adults hoping to whoop it up one last time before fall begins, the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival offers an ideal way to spend an entire weekend in the great outdoors. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Grant Park Conservancy, the organization responsible for maintaining Atlanta’s oldest city park. 

WHEN            Summer Shade Festival

Saturday, August 24: 10a – 10p

Sunday, August 25: 11a – 7:30p 

Adams Realtors 5K Run for the Park

Saturday, August 24: Registration at 7a, Race begins at 8a

Grant Park Farmers Market

Sunday, August 25: 9:30a to 1:30p 

WHERE        Historic Grant Park

800 Cherokee Avenue, Atlanta 30312  (Park Avenue/Berne Street intersection and the Boulevard parking lot)

Parking lots are located on Boulevard and Cherokee Avenue. Street parking is also available throughout the neighborhood.

For more info:                         www.summershadefestival.org


TICKETS The Summer Shade Festival is a free event. Some aspects may require the purchase of a ticket.                       

WHO The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival supports the work of the Grant Park Conservancy. Grant Park – the city’s oldest public park – was initially established by a gift of 100 acres from the estate of railroad magnate Lemuel Pratt Grant in 1883. Grant Park was once referred to as a resort area due to its natural flowing springs, carriage trails, shaded walking paths and big beautiful trees. Today, Grant Park welcomes more than 2 million visitors each year who still enjoy it as a place of respite in a now busy city.

The Grant Park Conservancy is a non-profit organization committed to the preservation, restoration and maintenance of historic L.P. Grant Park.


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