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Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest Returns for Second Year September 9 & 10

Free, Two-Day Festival on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail Celebrates the Spirit of the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest, presented by XFINITY, returns for its second year on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark field. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and Rival Entertainment are teaming up to present the free, two-day festival that embraces the spirit and culture of the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, which debuted in 2010 and drew tens of thousands of participants last year.

Latnern Parade

A seemingly endless stream of lanterns lights up the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail during last year’s Lantern Parade.

The festival features live local music, lantern making workshops, food trucks, Whole Paws Pet Zone, local artists/vendors and more. The festival’s prime location along the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail makes it the ideal place to view the Lantern Parade, which steps off at 8:15 pm on Saturday, September 10 from the southern end of the Eastside Trail at Irwin St. Grandstand seating with an excellent view of the parade will be available to festival attendees.

O4WFF Aerial Shot

Food trucks, live music, and prime viewing of the Lantern Parade are all a part of Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest.

What: Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest
When: Friday, September 9, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm; Saturday, September 10, 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park Field, 830 Willoughby Way, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30312

Music Lineup
Two days of live local music gets started on Friday at 5:30 pm with Jiggy. At 7:00 pm Bloodkin performs, and at 8:45 pm the evening’s headliner, The Whiskey Gentry, takes the stage. Saturday’s music lineup begins at 1:00 pm with Norman Frank & The Ghost Dance. The Georgia Flood follows at 2:30 pm, Pony League takes over at 4:00 pm, Jacob & the Good People perform at 5:30 pm, and headliner Atlanta Funk Society wraps things up starting at 7:15 pm.

Lantern Making Workshops
Nine ticketed lantern-making workshops, sponsored by XFINITY, are scheduled during the two-day festival. Hosted by local artists, each 45 – 60-minute workshop includes everything you need for your DIY lantern including supplies, decor, instruction and inspiration. Workshops are appropriate for any age participant. Featured artists leading workshops include Lynn Lilly, Olive47, Karen Anderson (Tiny Doors ATL), Katie Bush and Barry Lee. For a complete list of Lantern Making Workshops and to register, visit our festival website. Keep in mind, you must have a lantern to participate in the Lantern Parade.


Lantern making workshops – fun for all ages!


Get your DIY on at one of our Lantern Making workshops. Don’t forget – you must have a lantern to take part in the Lantern Parade.

Whole Paws Pet Zone

Not only is the entire Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest pet-friendly (dogs must be on leash at all times), but you can keep your pet hydrated and entertained at The Whole Paws Pet Zone, sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Please note that pets are NOT permitted in the Lantern Parade.

McArthur’s Apothecary Kids Zone: Sponsored by McArthur’s Apothecary, the Kids Zone will have fun for kids of all ages. Don’t miss out on sand art, juggling, balance games, hula hoops, jump ropes, calisthenics bingo and face painting.

Attendees are encouraged to walk, cycle, run or take public transportation to Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest. For those driving to the event, please use private lots or public parking in areas that have access to the Eastside Trail. Event parking is not permitted on Willoughby Way or Ashley Ave.

Lantern Parade sponsor Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center offers public parking in a location convenient to festival and parade access on Saturday, September 10. A short 10-minute walk from AMC Garage B to Historic Fourth Ward Park will be marked with directional signs.

Thanks to Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center for making this lot available to parade participants and spectators.

The presenting sponsor for Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest is XFINITY. Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s festival partner for the second year is Rival Entertainment. Additional festival sponsors include Whole Foods Market, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, the Atlanta Journal Constitution/Living Intown, Sweetwater Brewing Company, Pickers Vodka, Perennial Properties, Fontis Water, and BAI.

For more information on Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest, visit the festival website here.


Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s Office of Communications and Media Relations

John Becker
Communications Coordinator
(404) 446-4409,

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