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Welcome to the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival MEDIA information place. Here you will be able to get all kinds of information on Festival hours of operation, performance stage schedules, Adams Realtors 5K Run for the Park, children's activities and Corks & Forks - A Fine Food and Wine Event.

The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival began in August 2003 as the Adams Realtors 5K RUN for the PARK. A half day festival opened immediately after the RUN featuring 45 artists, community groups/organizations and local eateries. Attendance was around 750 people. Positive comments were so overwhelming, we decided to expand the 2004 Festival.

In year two, the Festival ran for two days. The name was changed to Summer Shade Festival to encourage people to get out of the stale air-conditioning to enjoy the cooling shade of century old trees in Grant Park. The Adams Realtors 5K RUN for the PARK remained a major component but the artist market was expanded, an entertainment stage was added, and a very exciting Cycling Criterium gave a whoosh and a thrill to Sunday. Attendance topped 6000. Again, we had a huge positive response from attendees and vendors.  Year three was more of the same with attendance over 10,000.  And then, year four, we exceeded our expectations with over 16,000 attendees. 

And now - Get ready for 2007. The 5th Annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival
gets even better. The Festival run dates: August 25 & 26 (Saturday & Sunday)
Kicking off the Festival Saturday morning (8:00 a.m.) is the Adams Realtors 5K RUN for the PARK (walkers are welcome). The Festival Artist Market opens at 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. Live Entertainment revs up at 11:30 a.m. till 8:30 p.m. and a Childrens' Fun Center opens at 12:00 noon.  Also, back by popular demand - Corks & Forks - A Fine Food and Winde Event is open both Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Atlanta's top chefs will offer specialty items and participants will be able to taste some of the coolest wines and ales on the Atlanta martket.  Corks & Forks is a ticketed event with a limited number of tickets available $30 in advance/$40 at the gate - Saturday and Sunday tickets sold separately.   Plus, added for 2007, a Saturday evening Festival Flick under the stars.  Families can bring a picnic or get food from our food court and enjoy a movie "al fresco".

The event is planned and coordinated by Adams Realtors, the Grant Park Conservancy,  the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, Inc., Eileen Kunzman of Fine Art Services and Ed Williams of RoadRunners.   The purpose is to bring focus and new life to Atlanta's oldest public park. Proceeds from the event benefit the Grant Park Conservancy and its efforts to restore this historic green space.

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