July 31, 2023
CONTACT: Andi Frey, Launch Atlanta
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MARIETTA – The 37th-annual Art in the Park in historic Marietta Square promises to be the best year yet with a larger footprint and 200 artists. Festival favorites like the Chalk Spot, Children’s Art Alley and live music will return for three days of family-friendly outdoor fun.
Cobb County’s only fine art festival, Art in the Park expects more than 50,000 attendees in 2023. A portion of the proceeds from Art in the Park benefits the Marietta Business Association, making the event its largest annual fundraiser.
This year will be the festival’s largest fine art Artist Market to date, welcoming 200 professional artists working in a variety of mediums, such as acrylic, glass, jewelry, oil, pastel, photography, pottery, textiles, watercolor, woodworking and more. Artists are invited by an independent jury of art professionals, and all art is handcrafted. Visitors will have the chance to talk with the artists, watch demonstrations and get to know the work they are purchasing. Artists also offer attendees the opportunity to commission pieces.
A longtime favorite among younger attendees, Chalk Spot is an interactive street art display for children that benefits the Marietta High School Visual Arts Department. At Chalk Spot, kids have the chance to make a 3-ft. square space on a closed street their masterpiece with a box of sidewalk chalk and sheer imagination. Chalk Spot takes place on Saturday, Sept. 2 only, and the art remains on display throughout the weekend (weather permitting). Advance registration is not necessary, but supplies are limited. The participation fee is $10.
CHILDREN’S ART ALLEY
As an additional effort to celebrate creativity among young festival attendees, Art in the Park features the Children’s Art Alley, a free, interactive “make and take” area ready for hours of fun.
EATING & DRINKING
With a variety of eateries within and adjacent to Marietta Square, Art in the Park attendees will have plenty of options for dining. Beer, wine, soft drinks and water are sold throughout the festival.
Art in the Park offers attendees the chance to relax and enjoy live music throughout the weekend. Visitors can head to the gazebo, bring a blanket or chairs, and listen to an excellent lineup of performances by local singer/songwriters. All live music performances at Art in the Park are free to enjoy. Live music at Art in the Park is sponsored by the North Georgia State Fair.
There is plenty to do and see in the historic Marietta Square and surrounding streets in addition to visiting the Art in the Park offerings. Visitors can peruse the surrounding shops and boutiques, museums, galleries, the self-guided Walking Art Tour of Marietta presented by the Marietta Arts Council.
DATE & TIME
Saturday, Sept. 2 - Monday, Sept. 4, 2023
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, includes Children’s Art Alley
Chalk Spot – Saturday, Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Glover Park on the Historic Marietta Square
50 N. Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060
Free Festival Admission
The Marietta City Hall Parking Deck (205 Lawrence Street) has free weekend and weekday evening parking, and free on-street parking (2 hours max) is available around Marietta Square. Additional free and paid parking is available in nearby lots (some with a 2-hour max). Parking information: https://www.mariettaga.gov/1462/Downtown-Parking ;
Attendance at Marietta Art in the Park is free! Chalk Spot registration $10 on-site (supplies are limited).
Art in the Park’s mission is to support local downtown business and bring a positive economic impact to the historic square. Marietta Art in the Park is one of the oldest annual events in the city.
In 2022, Art in the Park was ranked No. 13 in the 100 Best Fine Art & Design Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine and was named one of the Best Shows in America for 2010-2020. The festival has been awarded as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Festival Map & More Information: http://www.artparkmarietta.com/ ;
Festival hotline – 404-966-8497