If you're a regular reader of this blog, you already know that here at Clickscape, we're big proponents of neighborhood festivals and local seasonal celebrations. These events provide fantastic opportunities for newcomers (and potential homebuyers) to get a feel for a neighborhood and to meet its residents in their natural setting. Mingling with residents let you experience the local vibe up close and personal, and there are often tours of homes--just one more window into what living in the area might be like. You can also learn a lot about a neighborhood's character and personality just from the type of festival it puts on and what sorts of events it showcases. For example, a heavy emphasis on an artists' market might suggest a community that values creative expression and the arts, while festivals that feature an elaborate tour of homes are most often found in neighborhoods known for their unique homes and architectural styles.
If you've been looking to buy a home but aren't sure what area is right for you, what better way than to sample some local color at these upcoming summer festivals?
- Castleberry Hill Art Stroll
Friday June 10, 7PM-10PM
Although Castleberry Hill's monthly art stroll takes place every 2nd Friday, why not catch the one this Friday? Voted by Creative Loafing readers as "Best Neighborhood Art Walk" in Atlanta in last year's poll, you really can't beat the bohemian atmosphere and unique gallery offerings in this artists' enclave. Attend the wine tasting and grab some grub at the Nelson St. food trucks to satisfy your cravings for things other than art. Check out the map here.
- Brookhaven Beer Fest
Saturday June 11, 3PM-8PM
Beer aficionados, take note! Come celebrate your favorite alcoholic beverage at the first-ever festival of its kind in chill, friendly Brookhaven. 153 beers, 2 bands, and unlimited fun: What more can you ask for?
- Midtown Summer Stroll
Saturday June 11, 11AM-7PM & Sunday June 12, Noon-4PM.
Summer Stroll features tented vendors ("pop up shops"), trunk shows, food trucks, entertainment, and kids' activities. Also be sure to take advantage of a wide variety of promotions and offers from the restaurants and businesses along Peachtree Street in Midtown.
- Atlanta Streets Alive!
Saturday June 11, 10AM-2PM & Saturday June 25, 4PM-8PM
Get to know the Sweet Auburn-O4W corridor in a fun, walkable setting! On two Saturdays in June, Edgewood Ave. and Auburn Ave. will be blocked off between Peachtree St. and Boulevard, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy an old-fashioned block party in this historic setting!
- Grand opening of Historic Fourth Ward Park
Saturday June 18th, 10AM-2PM
Mayor Kasim Reed will officiate the dedication and official opening of this long-awaited park (part of the Beltline system), to be followed by fun and games for all.
- MidSummer Music Fest in Candler Park
Saturday June 18, Noon-11PM
An amazing free music festival in Candler Park offering a diverse lineup of bands to enjoy all day long. There will also be a 5K race to help you burn off all the extra calories you take in from the yummy food truck offerings and scads of thirst-quenching beer from festival sponsor Red Stripe.
- Grant Park Summer Shade Festival
Saturday & Sunday August 27-28
Kicking off with a 5K run @ 8AM Saturday, the Summer Shade Festival offers a weekend chock-full of live entertainment, artist exhibitions, children's activities, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Gourmands can enjoy fine food and wine at the concurrent event, Corks & Forks (separate entry charge applies).
- Reynoldstown Wheelbarrow Festival
Saturday September 10, 11AM-11PM
A neighborhood festival in the true sense of the word, the Reynoldstown Wheelbarrow Festival started as a resident mixer with local revitalization as its main objective. Now in its 16th year running, it has expanded to feature a vibrant artists' market, a health fair, kids' camp, and other neighborly goings-on.