Can’t Miss Summer Events on Georgia’s Hospitality Highway

Can’t Miss Summer Events on Georgia’s Hospitality Highway

The cherry blossoms are in full bloom, the sun is shining, and it is almost summertime, also known as event season, on the highway. The seven cities along Georgia’s Hospitality Highway have an exciting lineup of can’t miss summer events that showcase the unique spirit of each community. No matter if you’re a foodie searching for you’re new favorite food festival or an art lover looking to spend the day exploring local artists you’ll find it on the highway.

Chastain Park Arts Festival – Photo Credit: Reporter Newspaper

Chastain Park Arts Festival, May 11-12

For a day of art and drinks in a beautiful setting look no further than the Chastain Park Arts Festival. Named as one of the Nation’s Top 100 Arts Festival Nationwide by Sunshine Artist Magazine the Chastain Park Arts Festival will host its Ninth annual event at Chastain Park along Park Drive for approximately 185 artists and artisans. Enjoy a day of fine arts and crafts, children’s area and local food and beverage concessions including the gourmet food trucks. Local acoustic musicians will enliven the atmosphere in this beautiful Buckhead Park. The event has over 40,000 attendees’ and is organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and volunteer artists. Best of all, it’s entirely free to attend!


“Take it to the River” Lantern Parade – Photo Credit: Visit Sandy Springs

“Take it to the River” Lantern Parade, June 15

Make your way to Sandy Springs for the Fourth Annual “Take it to the River” Lantern Parade.  The city is illuminated with thousands of brightly-colored and lighted globes, parasols, hats and whimsical creatures, paying tribute to the Chattahoochee River and the community on its borders. 

The lantern parade starts at Steel Canyon Golf Club, where thousands of participants will meet and stroll together in the evening to Morgan Falls Overlook Park, a beautiful and intimate riverside park that is one of Sandy Springs most popular attractions. When the parade arrives at the park, attendees will be dazzled as the river is transformed into a breathtaking sight with whimsical and beautifully-lit floating lanterns. You won’t want to miss this magical night in Sandy Springs.


Alive in Roswell – Photo Credit: Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau

Alive in Roswell, April 18 – October 17

Every year, thousands of people flock to downtown Roswell to experience what’s become one of the City’s premier events, Alive in Roswell. Alive in Roswell is a free, family-friendly monthly festival held every 3rd Thursday evening (5:00 – 9:00 PM) from April through October. The festival is held concurrently on Historic Canton Street, East Alley, at Historic Roswell Town Square, and at the Interactive Zone on the grounds of City Hall. The festival features live bands, food trucks, hundreds of interactive vendors, kids’ games and entertainment, and enjoys participation from the many boutiques, small businesses and restaurants surrounding the venues. Free regular trolley service connects the venues for ease and convenience. 


Alpharetta Arts Streetfest – Photo Credit: Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest, May 25-27

Art lovers won’t want to miss out on Alpharetta’s biggest street festival. The Alpharetta Arts Streetfest features a wide variety of whimsical art, amazing food and FREE hands-on art activities for children. The popular event will feature more than 95 artists from across the U.S, representing a variety of mixed media, photography, pottery, jewelry, textiles, glass, wood, metal and paper art. Rain or shine bring your family and friends to this artistic festival.


Play at the Park Festival – Photo Credit: Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce

17th Annual Play at the Park Festival, September 28

Pack up the car and bring the whole family up to Cumming for a day full of kid friendly activities, family entertainment, food trucks, music and animal adoptions. The 17th Annual Play at the Park Festival is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality fun with the family and is the perfect way to cap of the end of the summer. If weather permits, there will even be tethered hot air balloon rides available. The event is completely free to attend and park.


Sparks in the Motorsports Park – Photo Credit: Dawson County Chamber of Commerce &
Office of Tourism Development

Sparks in the Motorsports Park, July 4

Celebrate Independence Day in Dawsonville! Watch as the fireworks light up the sky in Motorsports Park. The sixth annual Sparks in the Motorsports Park event is completely free. In addition to a fireworks extravaganza the event will also feature live music, food vendors and long list of other family-friendly activities to enjoy all evening. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and fireworks kick off at 9:00 p.m.


Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival – Photo Credit: Explore Georgia

Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival, May 18 -19

The Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival, May 18 & 19, 2019 is the perfect event for lovers of art, wine, and jazz. Chestatee Artists will present this exciting event for the 4th year in the historic downtown square and Hancock Park. The focus is on featuring high quality arts and crafts, fine local and regional wines, and terrific jazz performances to entertain visitors for this truly cultural event. Seventy or more carefully selected artists and crafters will display creative products for purchase during the two-day event in downtown Dahlonega.

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