The Atlanta Arts Festival
is now accepting artist applications!
The Atlanta Arts Festival is a multi-day, outdoor festival with an emphasis on the visual arts. Set in historic Piedmont Park, this festival fills the fall time art festival void in the City of Atlanta. Bringing together outstanding artists from all over the country with the large and enthusiastic art buying community of the Atlanta area, the Festival will feature 200 of the country's finest painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craftsmen, glass blowers and more! The Festival will also offer visitors the opportunity to view artist demonstrations, enjoy live entertainment, participate in hands on arts activities, and enjoy festival foods and beverages.
Please visit the Schedule of Events page for details on specific events.
- Saturday : September 15, 2012
- Sunday : September 16, 2012
The Atlanta Arts Festival will take place in Piedmont Park, Atlanta GA. The Festival will be located on the west side of the park, running from the 12th Street and 14th Street entrances in toward the Bath House.
Admission is free and Open to All Ages.
There is a fee for Canvas by U! classes and some activities.
Per city ordinance, no alcohol may be brought into the Festival area. Beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase at several locations throughout the festival area. Revenue from on-site beverage sales allows the Festival to remain an admission free event. Regulations require that alcoholic beverages purchased at the Festival remain on-site. The Atlanta Police Department will ask you to dispose of any alcoholic beverages before you exit or enter.
200 artists, in 12 categories, will be selected to participate in the Festival. These artists were selected by a professional jury panel based on the merits of their artwork.
There will be ATM machines on-site at the Festival.
The Festival will be selling soft drinks, lemonade, ice tea, water, beer, wine and cocktails at several locations throughout the festival area. Per city ordinance, no alcohol may be brought into the festival area. No glass bottles may be brought into the festival area. Revenue from on-site beverage sales allows the Festival to remain an admission free event.
Credit Cards / Payment Terms:
Payment terms are determined by each Artist. As a practical matter, most artists do accept Visa, MasterCard and Amex, in addition to cash.
The Festival Beer Garden / Bar accepts cash and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover).
The Festival Merchandise Store accepts cash, personal checks, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover).
The Festival will have live entertainment at the Acoustic Cafe tent, as well as several smaller areas of street performers/roaming entertainment. Please check the Entertainment page for details.
First aid service is available on-site at the festival. Qualified attendants can assist you or refer you elsewhere as necessary. Emergency transportation service is available on-site.
The Festival will offer a variety of festival foods on-site. Some of the foods available will be: ice cream, roasted nuts, pizza, BBQ, gyros, corn dogs, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, and funnel cakes. Please visit the Festival Food page for more details
Three information booths will be on-site in the Festival area. For information requests prior to the Festival, call the Festival office at 770-941-9660 or
Lost and Found:
Lost and Found is located at the HQ tent. View the Festival Map for the exact location. To inquire about lost items after the Festival, call the Festival office at 770-941-9660, or email to .
Lost Children Inquiries:
Contact the HQ tent, any Festival staff member, or any Festival security personnel (APD) for assistance in locating lost members of your party.
Official Festival Merchandise will be available for sale on-site at the festival. The Festival Merchandise Store accepts cash, personal checks, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover). Please visit the Merchandise page for more details.
There is NO parking available in the Midtown neighborhoods surrounding the park! The Atlanta Police Department will be strictly enforcing all no parking zones. Please utilize Marta, one of the parking decks (within walking distance) that we have partnered with, or the new Sage Parking Facility. Handicapped parking is available, on a first come first served basis, at the Sage Parking Facility, the Community Center parking lot, and specially designated temporary spaces inside of Piedmont Park (you must display your Government issued decal). Visit the Directions page for more details.
Per city ordinance, no pets are allowed in the Festival area, except for service animals. However, pet sitting arrangement can be made with Piedmont Bark if necessary. Contact Piedmont Bark at 404-873-5400 or via the web at www.piedmontbark.com.
Rain / Weather
The Festival is a rain or shine event. Certain events, such as live entertainment or artist demonstrations, may be temporarily suspended depending on the intensity of the rain. If the weather does pose a safety risk to Festival patrons and participants, the Festival will close and information will be announced as to nature of the risk, exit instructions, and possible re-opening times.
Portable facilities, including ADA accessible, are located throughout the Festival area. View the Festival Map for exact locations.
- No alcohol will be allowed to be brought into the Festival area
- Alcoholic beverages purchased on-site must remain on-site. Festival security will ask you to dispose of any alcoholic beverage before you exit
- No coolers
- No glass bottles
- No pets - except for service animals
- No bicycles, skate boards, roller blades, roller skates, scooters, or motorized vehicles of any kind are allowed in the Festival area
- No grills or grilling will be allowed in the Festival area
- No tents
- No staking of any kind
- No weapons of any kind
- No illegal substances
- All bags are subject to search by Festival security
- The Festival reserves the right to decline admittance to anyone who violates the reasonable policies established for public safety
For any questions not answered by this page or the Festival web site, call the Festival office at 770-941-9660 or email .