I expect most of us will let out a sigh of relief this Saturday when we set foot in Piedmont Park for the Atlanta Arts Festival. After festivals were kicked off the grassy lawns because of drought, that space is not to be taken for granted. The Atlanta Arts Festival continues there on Saturday, when it will open with more than 200 artists, live music and art creation stations. It’s a newer festival than the city’s beloved Dogwood Festival, which features about 250 artists, and draws a smaller, less intimidating crowd, too. But in three years, has established itself among the city’s favorite free fall activities.
Here’s what you should know before you go.
It’s fine art, less craft. The artists here are painters, sculptors, woodworkers, photographers and jewelry makers. They’re selling their work, much like the crafters and artists over at the Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park, but merchandise skews toward the fine art variety. Here’s a full list of participating artists, sorted by category.
What to bring: You can bring in your own food and non-alcoholic drink into the park, or buy it on-site. Artists accept different types of payment, so come prepared with credit cards, checks or cash if you’re planning to buy. (Festival organizers say most artists accept credit cards.) There will be an ATM at the festival, too.
What not to bring: Standard park rules apply — no alcohol, coolers, glass bottles, pets, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades or scooters, grills, tents, weapons or illegal substances. You can bring bags, but they will be searched by festival security.
DIY Art:There are art demonstrations and community art projects, like The Peace Project, where visitors can contribute to a community painting with the guidance of Atlanta artists Julie Ross and Tommy Lee. Check out the RE-Art Center, too, to learn about creating art with repurposed materials. This area is particularly family friendly!
Live music: Live music will be running throughout the festival. Check out the full schedule.
How to get there: There are a few options for getting into the park this weekend — as usual, cars and Piedmont Park don’t mix very well.
Want to go? The Atlanta Arts Festival. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Free. Piedmont Park. 770-941-9660, www.atlantaartsfestival.com.