Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective

The outdoor theater at Historic Fourth Ward Park is host to many events, including fitness, music, performances, and other activities. Pictured here is Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine 2015.

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Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest

Let the Celebrations Begin!

The Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest returns for its third year on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark field. Last year’s event drew 10,000 festival-goers. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and Rival Entertainment are teaming up again 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 more than 70,000 participants last year.

The Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest features live local music, a DIY lantern making area, food trucks, a kids’ play area, 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.  Free grandstand seating with an excellent view of the parade will be available to festival attendees.

Here’s a look at what happened at the 2017 Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest:

Music Lineup

Two days of live local music gets started on Friday at 5:30 pm with Sydney Rhame. At 7:00 pm Trash Panda performs, and at 8:45 pm the evening’s headliner, Family and Friends, takes the stage. Saturday’s music lineup begins at 1:00 pm with Breeze Kings. The Pussywillows follow at 2:30 pm, Electric Darling takes over at 4:00 pm, I.R.E. performs at 5:30 pm, and headliner Walden wraps up the live performances starting at 7:15 pm. At 8:30 pm, DJ Jobe takes the stage as host of the 2017 Lantern Parade Party!

Food and Beverages

Guests will be able to enjoy Atlanta’s favorite food trucks, free samples of Bai’s newest enhanced water flavors, free Fontis water hydration stations and a variety of beer, wine and spirit concessions.  Take in the day’s college football action at a covered sports bar featuring 4 viewing screens and plenty of shade from the sun. New for this year: a Friday night craft beer tasting area, featuring more than 50 beers made by local brewers on or near the Atlanta BeltLine’s current and future trails.

Make a Lantern for the Parade

Guests can immerse themselves in the spirit of the Lantern Parade by creating their own glowing lantern at the festival. Purchase a DIY Lantern Kit in advance for $20. DIY kits include 16″ round lantern with support stick, LED lantern light with batteries and access to the festival’s DIY decorating tent with all of the arts and crafts supplies needed to create a parade lantern at their own pace. Appropriate for everyone – children to adults! Keep in mind, you must have a lantern to participate 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.


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 Platinum Sponsor Ponce City Market (675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE) invites festival and parade goers to utilize the market’s paid public parking lots ($1 per 30 min up to 4 hours, $10 for 4 – 8 hours).  The festival area is a short 5-10 minute walk down the Eastside Trail.

Lantern Parade Co-Presenting Sponsor WellStar Atlanta Medical Center offers public parking in a location convenient to festival and parade access on Saturday, September 9. A short 10-minute walk from AMC Garage B to Historic Fourth Ward Park will be marked with directional signs.

Visit our festival website for more information on Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest 2017!

Thank you to our generous 2018 sponsors and partners


Event Details

Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest (O4WFF) is a two-day event built around the enormously popular Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, and it features Atlanta’s best food trucks, live local bands, lantern-making workshops, games and more.

Stay tuned for more details.

Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park

Festival Admission:
FREE (both days!)

Sponsor Us

Sponsorships, vendors and other partners will be managed in a way that preserves the organic effervescence the Lantern Parade has become known for. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership will lead the effort to recruit corporate participation and involvement from major organizations.

For more information on becoming a sponsor, please contact:

Salisha Evans
Director of Partnerships & Engagement, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Tel: (404) 446-4408
Fax: (404) 446-4403

Food Trucks & Artist and Business Market

If you are interested in being a food truck vendor or participating in the festival’s Artist and Business Market, please contact Rival Entertainment at