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Readers Choice 2012: Best Festival

The nominations are in, and now it's time to choose metro Atlanta's best festival.


Metro Atlanta is a great place for people who love festivals, and Patch asked you to tell us your favorites.

Now, the nominations are in, and it's time vote.

Cast your vote by August 17 and help us decide who's best. Whichever business gets the most votes will be named the Readers' Choice winner.

The poll will open to accept votes from registered Patch users starting on July 23 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 17.

Winners in all Readers Choice categories will be announced on Aug. 24.

JohnAlbert June 28, 2012 at 04:39 PM
"Artsapalooza" Sandy Springs "FREE" Arts Festival - its all about community!
Randall June 28, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Its got to be....ARTSAPALOOZA - Sandy Springs Artsapalooza - its Free! check out their awesome web site: www.sandyspringsartsapalooza.com
Sandy Springs Art Lover June 28, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Its got to be none other then the wonderful ARTSAPALOOZA - Sandy Springs only FREE arts festival - its all about the community. I am so excited!!! http://www.sandyspringsartsapalooza.com/ WHOA WHOA!!!
Jennifer June 28, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I love that group AFFPS - I would go to any of their events as an Artist - they go out of their way and make us feel like we are wanted. I'm voting for the upcoming Sandy Springs ARTSAPALOOZA!!! See you on July 7th.. super excited... You should check out all of their events!
Kathy Brandon June 28, 2012 at 07:16 PM
AFFPS always puts on an incredible event. Without a doubt the Artsapalooza Festival is going to be an outstanding event. Come see for yourself.... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sandy-Springs-Artsapalooza/169833279774912
Jeff June 28, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Artsapalooza!!!
Carol June 28, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Artsapalooza - got my vote!
Andrea June 28, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Count me in for Artsapalooza - Sandy Springs - I'm looking forward to this event, as an artist anything that AFFPS does is Top Notch - best thing coming.
Julie June 29, 2012 at 01:13 AM
ARTSAPALOOZA! - Sandy Springs has it going on and what a cool name.
priscilla jenkins June 29, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Sandy Springs Festival is the greatest! Fun for everyone!
Jan Wheeler June 29, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Sandy Springs Festival - the best!!
ccnickles@gmail.com June 29, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Sandy Springs Festival - the largest community celebration in Sandy Springs!
M Carroll Myers June 29, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Sandy Springs Festival
Carolyn Fore June 29, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Sandy Springs Festival!
Terry Harth June 29, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Sandy Springs Festival 1st and always!
Anne Cobb June 29, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Sandy Springs Festival! There is something for everyone! Anne Cobb
Rebecca Nickles July 02, 2012 at 03:57 AM
The Sandy Springs Festival is the greatest and longest running Festival in the community!!! It brings EVERYONE together to enjoy the weekend. It has something for everybody ---- Children's Area, Teen Area, Entertainment, Silent Auction, Craft area (that AFFPS helps with), Business/Civic Area, an expanded Food Court with great food choices, and so much more!!!!! And ALL funds raised (the entry fee is small) go to support the preservation of the springs, the museum and its programs, children's programs, and concerts!!!!! It is a wonderful FAMILY event!!!! Remember too ----- it is an event that supports a non-profit for the community!!!! Vote for the Sandy Springs Festival ---- The greatest FESTIVAL in the Atlanta area!!!!!
Wendy Hilker July 02, 2012 at 02:55 PM
The Sandy Springs Festival is the best!
Molly Graham July 02, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Sandy Springs Festival is the best!!
Bean July 03, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Is your middle name Renee?
Classic Tents July 06, 2012 at 03:56 PM
We love all the festivals!! Lucky for us we are in the tent rental business and get to put up our equipment at all of the great festivals around Atlanta. Classic Tents & Events votes for all festivals!!
Janet Hulsey July 06, 2012 at 07:34 PM
The Sandy Springs Festival in September is great! Great quality with everything about it!
Rebecca Nickles July 07, 2012 at 02:05 AM
As stated earlier the Sandy Springs Festival is an event for the whole family! This will be the 27th year of family fun! It is a proven fun event! How can people consider voting for an event that has not happened? Artsapaloosa has not even happened yet. No one knows how it will be. Also where do the funds raised by it go? Do they go back to the community to offer more events for everyone? Hope it turns out to be a good weekend for this NEW event.
Jennifer July 09, 2012 at 06:49 AM
I Went today also and its was an AMAZING SELECTION OF ARTISTS - over 125 - I can see why people were gunning for it - this show was simply AMAZING! - the artist were some of the best I have ever seen - it was right off the pages of getting ti right. this tradition is going to be a "show stopper" for sure. It was so well put together and laid out - it was easy to walk the children's area was perfect for my kids - not to big and plenty of fun things to do - the food was amazing all healthy alternatives and none of the terrible "fair food" that you find at "other places" - I just can't say enough wonderful things about the event - the way it was put together - the parking - they even had a old time trolley service for the customers - free water for the artists - they had a pet adoption - they simply hands down - GOT IT RIGHT! - This simply is the BEST NEW SHOW OF 2012 - to hit the streets of Sandy Springs in as many years. WAY TO GO - we are going back tomorrow - to buy a couple of things - there were just so many artist to choose from. LOVED IT!!!! - I'm really really looking forward to going back on Sunday.
vickirio@gmail.com July 09, 2012 at 03:49 PM
INMAN Park
Laura DeLong July 09, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Laura DeLong The Sandy Springs Festival is a wonderful community event put on by Heritage Sandy Springs as a fundraiser to support all the other programs and events that the organization provides at low or no cost to the residents of Sandy Springs including Concerts by the Springs, Wind Down Wednesdays, Moovin' and Groovin', Turtle Tours. and the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum at the Williams-Payne House. The Festival is organized BY the community FOR the community involving over 400 volunteers. There are activities for every age group to enjoy including an Artist's Market, a community based civic and business exhibit area, a historical educational component, musical performances, and activities for children and teens. Sandy Springs has been enjoying this festival for 27years!
Jeff July 09, 2012 at 10:31 PM
As a long time resident of Sandy Springs - I was tickled when the new event SANDY SPRINGS ARTSAPALOOZA arrived this weekend. I've always been an art lover and I just enjoy getting out and meeting with the different artist and array of work that can been seen at events such as this. Artsapalooza really hit the mark on the caliber of artist(s) and the way that it was laid out. I simply loved it, its a welcome event in Sandy Springs. I was reviewing the web site for the event and Artapalooza organizer are artist themselves and much like the Sandy Springs Heritage festival it is built by the community for the community - I can really see why the city supported bringing this event to the community. With over 100 artist we had a wonderful time at the event both Saturday and Sunday - returning to buy a couple of pieces for our home, the artist that were selected were really amazing. Despite the heat both days. the crowd was thick, but, easy to navigate, the parking was super easy and there was an Ole time trolley service that you could ride back and forth to get to your car. The staff and volunteers were amazing also, offering free water and fans to keep cool with. I spoke with many of the artist that said, they couldn't be happier with their sales, they absolutely loved the ease of the venue, had only kind words for the organizers and the way the event was structured, they couldn't wait to return. I say... Best New event... Sandy Springs Artsapalooza.
Tommy Chappell July 09, 2012 at 11:05 PM
As an Artist I can tell you the best events in Atlanta: 1. Buckhead Spring Arts and Craft Festival : (Best Spring time event) everyone knows the name Buckhead, regardless of where you're from be it Topeka, Kansas or Atlanta, Georgia - everyone knows where Buckhead is. The show is one of the best arts and craft festival in the south and is put together by the best organizers there is in the industry. 2. Chastain Park Fall Arts Festival : (Best Fall Fine Arts Festival) - The artist that show their work here is some of the best that I;ve ever seen. And, as a professional artist, I travel three weekends out of each month attending shows to make my living and this is one of the best - if not the best Fall Fine arts festival in the country, the setting is amazing with the leaves changing color and the setting inside the park. 3. Festival on Ponce : When I met President Carter and his wife Roslyn, then encountered Jasmine Guy, Ryan Reynolds and Queen Latifia - I couldn't believe what a weekend it was, the Crowds were amazing and they were buying - which as an artist is a very important detail. 4. Piedmont Park Summer Arts Festival : a return of an old classic. For years, I always wanted to show my work at Piedmont park, but, never had the opportunity. When I got the chance to show at Piedmont, I jumped at it - and I can't wait to go back! 5. Sandy Springs Artapalooza - Loved it - loved it - loved it.
Andrea July 10, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I have to agree with Tommy on this! So I second the nominations!!! Truly some of the best festivals in Metro Atlanta.. 1. Buckhead Arts Festival 2. Chastain Park Arts Festival 3. Piedmont Park Arts Festival 4. Festival on Ponce and the newest and the grooviest.... 5. Sandy Springs Artsapalooza *(best new festival of the year).
Alan July 12, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Sandy Springs Festival. Best in the area that brings it all toether

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