Who's Ready for Some Summerfest?

This year's 31st annual festival in VaHi is just days away and, the way things are shaping up, this could be the best festival ever!

Kidsfest - which takes place in John Howell Park - is always one of the most popular activities at Summerfest. Credit: Special
Kidsfest - which takes place in John Howell Park - is always one of the most popular activities at Summerfest. Credit: Special
By John Becker

Who's ready for some Summerfest? This year's 31st annual festival is just days away and, the way things are shaping up, this could be the best festival ever!

The fun gets started Friday June 6 with resident-only activities including a fun-filled parade (this year's theme is 'Under the Sea') starting at 7 PM, followed by the ever-popular community dinner and movie on the Inman Middle School ballfield at Virginia and Greencove. Admission to the dinner/movie is free to VaHi residents with an ID. Non-resident guests (date, houseguest, babysitter, etc.) are welcome when accompanied by a resident. Cost for guests: $10 for adults, $5 for children. If space is available, non-resident neighbors may enter the field after dinner (around 8:15 PM) to watch the movie. This year's movie is Despicable Me 2. For details on these events and to pre-register for the parade, click here (you can also register on-site for the parade). There will also be live music on the Acoustic Stage at Virginia and N. Highland from 8 - 11 PM.

Don't stay out too late Friday night, though, because the popular Summerfest 5K Road Race gets going at 8 AM Saturday June 7. For more information on the race or to sign up to participate, click here. If you have aspiring runners too young for the road race (ages 5 and younger), bring 'em over to the Inman ballfield following the 5K's conclusion (around 9:15 AM) for this year's Tot Trot. Click here to pre-register for Tot Trot or you can register on-site.

Summerfest 2014 officially opens at 10 AM Saturday. Festival-goers can choose from events like the Artist Market and Kidsfest (please note Kidsfest ends at 3 PM and the Artist Market closes at 6:30 PM Saturday). The Music Stage gets going at Noon Saturday with Radio 105.7's 'Locals Only' contest winner. Acts continue throughout the day with Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics performing at 4:30 PM and headliner BoDeans taking the stage at 6:30 PM. Click here to read more about this year's Summerfest music lineup. The Acoustic Stage will be the place to be again Saturday with entertainment provided from 9 - 11 PM.

Get ready to do it all over again on Sunday June 8 when Summerfest reopens at 10 AM. Before you hit the festival, though, why not participate in the second annual Warren Bruno Memorial Ride at Summerfest? The race starts at 8 AM at North Highland Park (corner of St. Charles and N. Highland) and you can choose from 9.5 or 19 mile routes. Cyclists of all levels are welcome. For more information or to register, click here.

The Music Stage gets going Sunday at 12:15 PM with Jerry On The Moon performing. The Pat McGee Band closes out this year's Summerfest music lineup starting at 4:30 PM. And, since you probably didn't have enough time to enjoy all the activities on Saturday, be sure to stop by the Artist Market and Kidsfest area on Sunday (Kidsfest closes at 3 PM Sunday and the Artist Market closes at 6 PM).

Just a reminder that Summerfest's Artist Market is a juried show of gallery-quality art featuring 230+ of the Southeast's finest artists. You'll find artists specializing in painting, sculpture, jewelery, textiles/fiber arts, photography, clay, wood, metal, graphics and mixed media (click here to view a list of exhibiting artists). Please be sure to visit the Artist Market and support the 2014 Summerfest artists!

And don't forget that you can help alleviate Summerfest traffic congestion by cycling to the festival. We've made that easier to do this year by partnering with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Virginia-Highland Church to provide free bike valet parking during festival hours. Click here for more information.

For more information on Summerfest 2014, click here.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Summerfest 2014!


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