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6 Summer Festivals that Benefit Georgia Parks

  • Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

    Ryan Purcell

Georgia's summer festivals can be a lot of fun for the whole family, but they can also serve another purpose. Proceeds from a number of festivals throughout the state benefit local parks that, in turn, welcome families throughout the year. 

Candler Park Music & Food Festival (Atlanta)

Candler Park Music & Food Festival, June 2-3, 2017, in Atlanta
Candler Park Music & Food Festival, June 2-3, 2017, in Atlanta

The annual Candler Park Music & Food Festival, slated for June 2-3, 2017, features a variety of styles of live music; food for sale from local Atlanta eateries, including Queen of Cream, Sweet Auburn Barbecue and Pallookaville; a 5K race; and artist market. Tickets are required. Parking is limited. Pets are not allowed. The event benefits City of Atlanta Parks and Candler Park neighborhood 501c(3) organizations.

Bragg Jam (Macon)

Bragg Jam July 28-29, 2017, in Macon
Bragg Jam July 28-29, 2017, in Macon

Started as a memorial concert honoring local musicians, Bragg Jam has turned into one of Macon's largest philanthropy-focused events, along with being one of the best musical events the city hosts each year. This year's festival is set for July 28-30, 2017. Tickets are required. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and Amerson River Park.

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival (Atlanta)

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival Aug. 26-27, 2017 in Atlanta. Photo by Ryan Purcell
Grant Park Summer Shade Festival Aug. 26-27, 2017 in Atlanta. Photo by Ryan Purcell

The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, now in its 15th year, will raise money for the Grant Park Conservancy, which is dedicated to the restoration, renovation, beautification and maintenance of Atlanta's historic Grant Park. The August 26-27, 2017, event will feature live music on two stages, an artist market, Kids Zone, 5K run and a dedicated VIP area. Free to attend.

Mountain Art & Craft Celebration (Rising Fawn)

Cloudland Canyon State Park. Photo by Candy Cook
Cloudland Canyon State Park. Photo by Candy Cook

Keep an eye out for the Mountain Arts & Crafts Celebration at Cloudland Canyon State Park in 2018. The early spring event is sponsored by the Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park, a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the park.

Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventure (Blue Ridge)

Learn the secrets of fly fishing during Trout Fest in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
Learn the secrets of fly fishing during Trout Fest in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Also, save the date for next year's Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventure on April 27, 2018. The annual celebration of trout fishing and outdoor excursions has benefitted Blue Ridge Mountain Trout Unlimited, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., and the Trout Adventure Trail in the past.

Can't make it to these festivals? Visit ExploreGeorgia.org/events to find many more summer festivals in Georgia!

Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.

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