Atlanta’s Best Food & Music Festivals for 2015

photo-9Happy New Year TAT Family! As you work on setting your new year’s resolution goals, make sure getting to a festival in 2015 is on your list. Savory food, good music and great weather are the 3 essentials for a fun and memorable festival. There is not a shortage of festivals in Atlanta, and you can find multiple festivals every weekend to satisfy your social cravings for food and music.

I decided to kick off 2015 by sharing some of my favorite festivals that I strongly suggest you add to your social calendar. I feel a festival is a great way to unite with family and friends while enjoying great food, music, art and culture.   Over the years, I have attended some amazing festivals around Atlanta, and some have been very memorable, and I look forward to attending them annually.

Make sure you share this blog with your family and friends, and save this page in your favorites to stay in the loop as the 2015 festival dates are announced.  Also, stay tuned to @tisharoundtown on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) for additional festival details, ticket information and reviews on the #TATApproved food & music festivals around Atlanta.

See you around town TAT family!

Note: Click the name to access the festival website for additional information.

Saturday, 2/21 & Sunday, 2/22 – 28th Oyster Festival
Location: Midtown

Saturday, 2/28 – Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Location: Atlantic Station

Saturday, 3/14 – Suwanee American Craft Beer Festival
Location: Suwanee

April 2015 (exact date TBD) – 11th Annual Rathbun’s Anniversary Party
Location: Old Fourth Ward

Friday, 4/10 – Sunday, 4/12 – 79th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Location: Piedmont Park

Friday, 4/17 – Sunday, 4/19 – Sweet Water 420 Fest
Location: Centennial Olympic Park

Friday, 4/24 – Sunday, 4/26 – Inman Park Festival
Location: Inman Park

Friday, 5/8 – Sunday, 5/10 – Sweet Auburn Springfest
Location: Downtown/Auburn Ave

Friday, 5/22 – Sunday, 5/24 – Atlanta Jazz Festival
Location: Piedmont Park

Saturday, 5/23 – Atlanta Caribbean Carnival
Location: Downtown

Thursday, 5/28 – Sunday, 5/31 – Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Location: Midtown

June 2015 (exact date TBD) – Virginia-Highland Summerfest
Location: Virginia-Highland

September 2015 (exact date TBD) – One Musicfest
Location: TBD

September 2015 (exact date TBD) – Music Midtown
Location: Piedmont Park

October 2015 (exact date TBD) – Taste of Atlanta
Location: Midtown

October 2015 (exact date TBD) – A3C Festival
Location: TBD

November 2015 (exact date TBD) –Decatur Wine Festival
Location: Decatur

Sunday, 11/8 – 15th Annual Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe
Location: Chattahoochee Hills, GA

Whatever your flavor when it comes to music, food, art and culture, Atlanta’s festivals are sure to have something you will enjoy.

What festivals will I see you at this year?

The Best in College Football Now Has a New Home

Opening day of the College Football Hall Of Fame in Atlanta, GA.

Opening day of the
College Football Hall Of Fame in Atlanta, GA.

The new College Football Hall of Fame is now open! The Hall of Fame is centrally located in downtown Atlanta next to Centennial Olympic Park, which is near other tourist attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the Skyview Ferris Wheel, and the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights. This area is truly becoming a tourist’s dream with so many things to do within walking distance from downtown.

I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the Hall of Fame as a guest of my bestie, Cherie Kirkland, who is the granddaughter of legendary coach Eddie Robinson of Grambling State University. You can’t mention college football without mentioning the many accolades of “Coach Rob”, as he was affectionately known. He’s the winningest coach in NCAA Division I with 408 wins, 165 losses and 15 ties, and the 2nd winningest coach in college football.  As a proud alumnae of Grambling State University, it warmed my heart to see how the Hall honored the legacy of Coach Rob in multiple exhibits throughout the venue.

My bestie, Cherie Kirkland and I.  #GramFam

My bestie, Cherie Kirkland and I. #GramFam

The Hall of Fame is truly a must see! It is a three-story building with 50,000 square feet of interactive and engaging exhibits and a 45-yard replica indoor football field. Upon entering the Hall you are greeted with the beautiful Helmet Wall displaying over 700 college football teams. The fun begins when you select your favorite school during registration and it lights up on the Helmet Wall. I was so impressed with the state-of-the-art interactive multimedia exhibits, and get this: all your interactive activities done that day will be saved on your pass, so you will be able to view, download and share your pictures and videos recorded during your visit. How cool is that?! Here is a summary of the exhibits featured in the Hall:

  • The Quad: Anchored by the Helmet Wall presented by Southwest Airlines displaying the helmets of more than 700 college football teams, the Quad is the entry point to the Hall of Fame
  • The Playing Field: A 45-yard replica football field where guests can try their hand at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone
  • Chick-fil-A Why We Love College Football: An immersive experience that showcases what makes college football so great by combining the heritage of the game with the technology of today
  • Game Day Theater: Treats guests to an ultra-high definition, 4K feature film, “The Game of Your Life”
  • Coca-Cola Fan’s Game Day: Chronicles what it’s like to experience a college football game from the perspective of the game’s biggest fans
  • Kia Building a Champion: This gallery goes beyond the game day field to show the sacrifices and commitment made by today’s student-athletes and college coaches
  • AT&T Game Time: From the rivalries that make the game great to the split-second decisions that engrave moments into college football history, this gallery explores the intensity, passion and fun surrounding the game
  • Chickfil-A and National Football Foundation Building Leaders: Pays tribute to those who have achieved accolades on the field and have gone on to make a difference off of it
  • College Football Hall of Fame: Captures the stories and accomplishments of the players who broke records and won our hearts, cementing their legacy in a one-of-a-kind experience that pays homage to the tradition and heritage of the game
Check out the beautiful mural and Helmet Wall.

Check out the beautiful mural and Helmet Wall.

Find your favorite college team and see game highlights and photos on the interactive video monitor wall.

Find your favorite college team and see game highlights and photos on the interactive video monitor wall.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone

The Hall of Fame can be enjoyed by all ages. My favorite exhibit was the Coca-Cola Fan’s Game Day gallery, which features the experience that mascots, bands, cheerleaders and tailgating bring to the game. I had a blast singing the Grambling fight song in a karaoke challenge against some of the other college football fans.

Make sure you add this attraction to your Atlanta bucket list!

And…Go Tigers!

I had a great time hanging with my new friend Fumbles.

I had a great time hanging with my new friend Fumbles.

Location Neighborhood/Area: Downtown

250 Marietta St., N.W
Atlanta, GA 30313

Hours of Operation
Sun.-Fri.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Cost Adult –  $19.99
Kids (3- 12) – $16.99
Seniors (65+) Military, Student – $17.99 (available at the box office only)
*Kids under 3 are free

Photo Credit:  Mario Benoit aka Mister Media
Summary of Exhibits provided by College Football Hall of Fame Fact Sheet