Sandy Springs, Georgia, (September 12, 2018) – The Sandy Springs Festival, a community tradition for over three decades, returns next weekend on September 22-23 for two exciting days of family-friendly fun. As the primary fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs – the nonprofit organization that saved the original “sandy springs” and is dedicated to a vibrant community engaged in history, culture, and stewardship – this beloved festival has something for everyone. The event was offered free of charge for the first time in 2017, and Heritage Sandy Springs is thrilled to again present this FREE community festival. There are many exciting changes too, including an expanded footprint into the beautiful City Springs property, even more live entertainment, and a brand new Cultural Corner.
Festival dates and hours are Saturday, September 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will also be a post-festival concert on Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Sandy Springs Festival is held at Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, GA and the surrounding areas adjacent to City Springs. An interactive online map can be found at bit.ly/ssfmap18.
The community should be aware of the following road closures:
- Mt. Vernon Highway
- From Sandy Springs Circle east to Galambos Way beginning Friday, Sept. 21 at 1:00 p.m.
- Mt. Vernon Highway will reopen after the City Springs concert on Sunday, Sept. 23 (by 11:30 p.m.)
- Hilderbrand Drive:
- From SS Circle east to the Blue Stone Lofts parking lot beginning Friday, Sept. 21 at 10:00 a.m.
- Access to businesses on Hilderbrand will be permitted from Sandy Springs Circle until 6:00 p.m.
- Hilderbrand will reopen by 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.
- Blue Stone Road:
- From the Blue Stone Lofts parking lot north to City Springs beginning Friday, Sept. 21 at 10:00 a.m.
- Only local residents and business employees will be permitted on Blue Stone Road.
- Blue Stone will reopen by 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.
- South Lot at NE corner of Blue Stone Road
- All tiers beginning Friday, Sept. 21 at 10:00 a.m.
- The south tiered lot will reopen by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.
- Vernon Hwy between Lake Forest Drive and Sandy Springs Circle from Saturday, Sept. 22 at 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. or once all runners have passed.
- Sandy Springs Place and Sandy Springs Circle will remain open all weekend.
Free parking with shuttle service provided by Cooper Global, the City of Sandy Springs, and Community Assistance Center is available at the following locations (look for color coded banners).
Pick Up Location
Drop Off Location
Century Springs East/West
6000-6100 Lake Forrest Dr. NW
Gate 1 (Sandy Springs Circle @ Mt. Vernon Hwy)
Lake Forest Elementary School
5920 Sandy Springs Circle
Gate 5 (Sandy Springs Place @ HSS Museum)
Northside Tower Parking Deck
6065 Roswell Road
(Behind Signature Bank)
Gate 3 (Hilderbrand Drive @ CalyRoad Creamery)
Only the RED LOT shuttle will operate during the Saturday evening concert. The Yellow/Blue shuttles will stop running at 7:00 pm. (The Yellow Lot shuttle will pick up and drop off on the back lower level of the parking deck on the Boylston Road side.) Paid parking is available at the Centre Court shopping center and at the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Activities Center. Parking at City Walk (Kroger) is strictly prohibited and towing is enforced. The underground deck at City Springs is reserved for guests of the Performing Arts Center only. The closest MARTA stop is the Dunwoody Station which is 1.6 miles away. Passengers can take the #5 Sandy Springs or the #76 Roswell Road bus. Both drop passengers at Hilderbrand Drive and Roswell Road, one block east of the Festival entrance.
2018 SANDY SPRINGS FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES
ARTIST MARKET The Artist Market features work and exhibits from 50+ talented artists in in a variety of media including painting, clay, jewelry, photography, printmaking, wood, and mixed media.
ENTERTAINMENT The Main Stage will feature a variety of professional bands on Saturday (there’s even a free post-festival concert that night!) and Sunday’s Battle of the Bands will give local amateur acts a chance to showcase their skills and maybe even win some prize money.
CULTURAL CORNER The Cultural Corner will celebrate our city’s diversity by highlighting a variety of ethnic art, cuisine, business, and performers representing a wide variety of different cultures. The City Springs stage will be full of exciting song, dance, and demonstrations on Saturday!
SANDY SPRINGS LIGHTNING The USATF-certified, Peachtree-qualifying race serves as the official kick-off to the Sandy Springs Festival on Saturday, September 22. The fast-paced 10K and 5K races are held on a beautiful, tree-lined residential course along Mt. Vernon Highway.
PET PARADE Pets of all shapes and sizes will parade through the Festival on Saturday morning, sporting creative and crazy costumes. The entry fee is $10 and prizes awarded in a variety of categories. Day-of registration is available between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
ARTSS CHALK WALK Watch the chalk fly as Art Sandy Springs presents the annual ArtSS Chalk Walk. Debuting in 2012, the Chalk Walk is an art competition for individual or team artists. Artists may register in advance online or in person the day of. There is a $10 per square registration fee which includes complimentary chalk.
CHILDREN’S PARK Children will delight in their designated areas with special activities chosen especially for them, including inflatables, classic rides, hands-on crafts, face painting, a petting zoo, and pony rides. The Children’s Park will also feature ongoing performances from Ladybug Events and gymnastics fun from Jump Start Gym. Some activities are ticketed.
HSS MUSEUM Visit the newly-renovated Heritage Sandy Springs Museum to explore different exhibits and see demonstrations by heritage crafters and square dancers. You can even pick up a complimentary print version of the Sandy Springs Gazette.
BUSINESS AND CIVIC EXPO The Sandy Springs community is thriving and bustling. Browse through booths from local businesses and civic organizations that showcase their services. Be sure to thank the festival sponsors too!
FOOD COURT The Food Court includes a variety of options from local vendors and food trucks, from salty to sweet. Choose from a variety of offerings by local restaurants and traditional festival fare from regional vendors. Beer, wine, soda, and water will also be available for purchase.
TAILGATE ZONE / VIP Featuring a climate-controlled lounge with flat screen tv’s – plus in-house taps, a rooftop lounge, tasty treats, and lawn games – the Tailgate Zone is THE place to be! How about a VIP upgrade, with complimentary refreshments and a great view of the entertainment stage?
CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS ZONE The City Zone introduces Festival attendees to our Police, Fire, Hospitality and Tourism, and Recreation departments. Kids will delight in exploring emergency service vehicles, and a friendly rivalry ensues between Police and Fire as to who has the best giveaways!
The 33rd Annual Sandy Springs Festival, presented by Heritage Sandy Springs, is generously sponsored by the City of Sandy Springs, the Sandy Springs Society, Visit Sandy Springs, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta Orthodontic Specialists, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Reporter Newspapers, Sprouts Farmers Market, City Walk Associates, Optech Monette, Conn & Co, State Farm, Northside Hospital, Modera Sandy Springs, Fidelity Bank, Delta Community Credit Union, Thomas Eye Group, Cornerstone Bank, Novel Perimeter, Milan Eye Center, Lasik Vision Institute, Chastain Park Dentistry, Resurgens Orthopaedics, Primrose School of Sandy Springs South, Fitness Diva, Reis Law, Excel Chiropractic, Champion Window Company, Power Home Remodeling Group, Dog City Bakery, Springfree Trampoline, The Bishop, Pinnacle Home Improvements, Peachy Lyfe, D. Geller & Son, F45 Training Sandy Springs City Center, I Love Kickboxing, PNC Bank, Glazer Construction, The Sitter Tree, Lakeside Office Park, First Landmark Bank, Stone Cre8tions Atlanta, Quest Orthodontics, Arrow Exterminators, Hollywood Feed, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Piedmont Physicians, Diamond Resorts, User Insight, Indoor Billboard Network, WSBTV Family 2 Family, Home Depot, Classic Tents & Events, Q100, Macaroni Kid, and Jee Biz.
No smoking, soliciting, or personal mobility devices unless required for medical purposes. Leashed pets allowed and encouraged. For more information on the Festival, including how to buy VIP passes or reserve tables for the Saturday evening concert, visit www.sandyspringsfestival.com.
About Heritage Sandy Springs
Heritage Sandy Springs is a nonprofit organization dedicated is dedicated to promoting history, stewarding a community park, and enhancing the cultural identity of Sandy Springs. Through partnership with the City of Sandy Springs, Heritage Sandy Springs manages and operates the Heritage Green park site in the heart of the City. Heritage Green is the home of the original springs, the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, and the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum at the Williams-Payne House. Heritage Sandy Springs enriches the quality of life for Sandy Springs residents and visitors through recreational, historical and educational opportunities.