2014 Sandy Springs Festival

September 20, 2014
9:00 amto6:00 pm
September 21, 2014
10:00 amto5:00 pm

SSfestival 2011logo 300x182 2014 Sandy Springs FestivalDon’t miss out on this weekend’s annual Sandy Springs Festival!

The 29th Annual Sandy Springs Festival returns to the heart of Sandy Springs this September offering two exciting days of fine art, live music, cultural performances, a pet parade, Chalk Walk Art Competition, 10K and 5K race, children’s programming, classic rides, gourmet and festival food options, and much more.

A community tradition for Sandy Springs since 1984, there is something for everyone at the Sandy Springs Festival. Virtually every kind of art imaginable is represented in the juried Artists Market, the Gas South Children’s Park and Teen Territory features huge inflatables, arts & crafts, a petting zoo, and face painting for all ages.

The official start to the Festival is the annual Sandy Springs Lightning 5K/10K, the stages are filled with entertainment and all genres of music, and attendees can nibble on delicious bites throughout the weekend. Oh, and did we mention the annual Pet Parade?

As the primary fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs, the nonprofit organization that saved the original “sandy springs” and is dedicated to building community through preserving and promoting the historic and cultural identity of Sandy Springs, this celebrated community tradition has something for everyone.

The Sandy Springs Festival is held at Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, GA and the surrounding area. Festival dates and hours are Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for Adults (age 18+) and $2 for Youth (ages 6 – 17).  Children ages 5 and under and Heritage Sandy Springs Members are free.  Two-day passes are also available for adults ($7) and youth ($3).

All proceeds benefit Heritage Sandy Springs, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicate to building community through preserving and promoting the historic and cultural identity of Sandy Springs.

Join ArtSS at the Sandy Springs Festival on Saturday, September 20 for the 3rd Annual ArtSS Chalk Walk chalk art competition.

Artists – make your mark on the city!  The competition is open to individuals and teams in three categories (Middle School, High School, and Adult).  Competitors will compete for cash prizes.  Cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place will be awarded in each category.

Registration is $10 per entrant and includes one complimentary box of Prang chalk pastels.  Space is limited so artists are encouraged to register in advance.

You can learn more about the festival at www.sandyspringsfestival.com.

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Atlanta Meatball Festival

September 14, 2014
2:00 pmto6:00 pm

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Get ready Atlanta for the first ever Atlanta Meatball Festival showcasing one of the world’s most beloved beef-pork-lamb-chicken (and sometimes seafood!) combos. Join us as Atlanta’s favorite restaurants will prepare a wide selection of mouthwatering meatball dishes in this “battle of the balls” competition under the big top tents Sunday, September 14 from 2-6pm in Sandy Springs at the Belle Isle Square parking next door to Cibo E Beve. Produced by TasteATL and hosted by Chef Linda Harrell, the event will benefit the nonprofit, Open Hand.

There are also some serious bragging rights up for grabs. As a true “battle of the balls” challenge, each dish will be voted on by judges and attendees to see who has Atlanta’s mightiest meatball. Once the votes are cast, the top three winners will advance and go head-to-head in a MeatBrawl Throwdown on Saturday, October 25 at Taste of Atlanta.

In addition to the wide selection of meatball dishes, this San Gennaro-type festival will spice things up with wine, beer and limoncello tastings along with an “on the ball” silent auction featuring amazing gifts and experiences to benefit Open Hand.
Celebrating 26 years of service in Atlanta, Open Hand is the largest community-based provider of home delivered meals and nutrition education in the country. Their mission is to help people prevent or better manage chronic illness by using nutrition and nutrition counseling as tools to achieve improved health outcomes.

To get the ball rolling, Convoy, Atlanta’s hometown Classic Country and Southern Rock Tribute will be in the house!

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Abernathy Greenway Park Dedication July 17th

July 17, 2014
10:00 amto11:00 am

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The Abernathy Greenway Park officially opens on Thursday July 17, 2014 with a public celebration at 10:00 a.m. The new Sandy Springs park, located on Abernathy Road between Wright and Brandon Mill Roads, includes a plaza, patio, gardens, lighted trails, playgrounds and the Playable Art Park designed to delight visitors of all ages and provide recreation options that will appeal to either the casual stroller or an active toddler!
WHAT:     Mayor Rusty Paul along with other local dignitaries will cut the ribbon and dedicate the City of Sandy Springs newest park

WHEN:    Thursday, July 17, 2014  at 10 a.m.

WHERE:  Abernathy Greenway Park on Abernathy Road between Wright and Brandon Mill Roads.


Those in the surrounding neighborhoods are encouraged to walk to the Park. For those traveling via car, complimentary parking will be available at the Sandy Springs City Green located at Johnson Ferry Road and Sandy Springs Circle with complimentary shuttle service from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Please visit us online at www.sandyspringsga.gov, or call the Citizen Response Center at 770-730-5600.

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2014 Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration

July 5, 2014
7:30 pmto10:30 pm

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On Saturday July 5, 2014, fireworks will illuminate the skies above the King and Queen buildings in Sandy Springs as the community comes together in celebration of our nation’s independence. Music from the band, Shiloh, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will dazzle the skies beginning at 9:45 p.m.Viewing will be at Concourse Corporate Center Lawn: Five Concourse Parkway.

Residents are encouraged to pack a snack, bring a blanket, and enjoy an evening under the stars. Water stations will be located throughout the Concourse lawn. Pets, tents, outdoor cooking and personal-use sparklers will not be permitted.

The Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration is sponsored in part by Regent Partners (Concourse Corporate Center) and Shorenstein (Palisades Office Park).

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2014 Rhythm & Brews Concerts

May 29, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
June 26, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
July 31, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
August 30, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

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Sparked by the success of its previous happy hour music series, Wind Down Wednesdays, and by growing audience request to present more regional acts, Heritage Sandy Springs is pleased to the return of Rhythm & Brews. Heritage Sandy Springs is shaking things up and presenting an open-air happy hour series that invites a young and diverse audience to enjoy regional live music in a beautiful outdoor setting.

The 2014 Rhythm & Brews, embraces regional roots, presenting four acts in a variety of musical genres. Each month features an unforgettable performance of both up-and-coming and established artists whose origins are deeply rooted in the region.

2014 Rhythm & Brews

Thursday, May 29 – Blair Crimmins and The Hookers

Blair Crimmins began his current music career in Atlanta, Georgia, with a determination to bring Ragtime and 1920’s style Dixieland Jazz to new audiences. What he created was a sound that is at once modern while being deeply rooted in the past. Now four years, and five hundred shows later, he has toured the Eastern United States playing large venues and has opened for national acts such as Mumford & Sons and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Crimmins was the critics pick for Best Song Writer of 2013 in Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL issue.

Thursday, June 26 – Melon and The Mayhem 

Melon & The Mayhem is an indie pop band based in Nashville, TN. Blending 1940s cabaret singer style with big band jazz, Melon & The Mayhem create a modern electronic-influenced sound with vintage roots. Singer-songwriter Mary Ellen “Melon” Klein fronts the band, singing and playing piano. Originally from Atlanta, GA, her roots are clearly reflected through clever lyrics and a soulful singing style. “The Mayhem” refers to the strong and wild energy brought to the stage by saxophonist Ryan Swinehart, drummer Tim Provence, and bassist Eric Santagada.

Thursday, July 31 – The Bitteroots

The Bitteroots are an Atlanta/Decatur-based original jam-rock band founded in 2008. Fronted by female vocalist Laura Dees, the band has a sound that’s been called a “unique brand of soulful rock.” The Bitteroots’ groove-oriented approach to rock n roll has drawn comparisons to the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Melissa Etheridge, and Janis Joplin.

Thursday, August 30 – Packway Handle Band

The five members of Packway have wowed audiences for over a decade with near perfect 4-part harmonies and seemingly boundless on-stage synergy. Over the years the band has evolved as a premier gather-around-the-mic act. Their performance is focused around a tight cluster of microphones surrounded by an arsenal of acoustic and electric instruments: banjo, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, upright and electric bass, and an ever-changing array of percussive accessories, sometimes called “The Rattletrap.” Packway’s sound is steeped in old-fashioned bluegrass, but they hold a niche in the American music realm that’s all their own.

The open-air concerts are held May through August on the last Thursday of each month at The Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn at Heritage Green, 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the concerts 6:30 – 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for ages 21 and up, $2 for ages 13-20, free for ages 12 and under. The Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn is located on the corner of Sandy Springs Place and Bluestone Road, next to CityWalk. Blankets, picnics and coolers are welcomed. Pets and smoking are not allowed. Parking is available on Sandy Springs Place in designated parking lots.

For more information call 404-851-9111 , ext. 4 or e-mail events@heritagesandysprings.org.

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3rd annual Stand Up For the Hooch Paddleboard race

May 17, 2014
9:00 amto2:00 pm

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The 3rd annual Stand Up For the Hooch Paddleboard race will be held on May 17, 2014 from 9am to  2pm.

The event is geared for all ages and abilities. Event features 2-mile recreational race and 6-mile expert race.

Cost is $45 in advance; $55 race day.\

Bring your own board, or rent one (fee). Fruit and water provided. Leashed dogs welcome.

Patagonia just signed on as the Headline Sponsor!  All race participants will receive a Patagonia race jersey.

Stand Up for the Hooch: All Proceeds to the 2014 Stand Up for the Hooch will go to the city of Sandy Springs to help keep our beloved Chattahoochee clean and accessible!

Register and learn more at: www.highcountryoutfitters.com/StandUpfortheHooch-211.

Stand Up for the Hooch takes place in the wonderful Chattahoochee River, at Morgan Falls Park Overlook. The address is: 200 Morgan Falls Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350.

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2014 National Kids to Parks Day

May 17, 2014
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Kids to Parks Day May 17 2014 2014 National Kids to Parks DayIt’s a great day to play in the park. Children in Sandy Springs can take part in a grassroots movement to reclaim America’s parks through play on Saturday, May 17, 2014, during the second National Park Trust’s (NPT) National Kids to Parks Day.

Sandy Springs and other cities across the nation are committing to a simple motto: “active kids are healthy kids” and National Kids to Parks Day encourages residents to use local parks and recreation sites to develop more active, healthy lifestyles.

National Kids to Parks Day empowers kids and gives adults an opportunity to better connect with the kids in their lives. Sandy Springs and other cities across the nation are committing to a simple motto: “active kids are healthy kids” and National Kids to Parks Day encourages residents to use local parks and recreation sites to develop more active, healthy lifestyles.

What You Need To Know

Planned activities include Potato Sack Races, Tug-a-War Contests, Water Slides, Inflatables, KidszArt Face Painting, Balloon Artist, DJ, Music, Raffles  & Prizes, Playball Games & Relays, Gymnastics Demonstrations & Obstacle Challenge, Sandy Springs Tennis Association Tennis Play Day activities, Sandy Springs Police Community Affairs, Sandy Springs Fire Rescue & Fire Safety House and more!

Who: Kids of all ages and families

Program Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014

When: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Hammond Park, 705 Hammond Drive 30328

There is no admission fee. For more information: Please call the Citizen Response Center at 770-730-5600.

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2014 Concerts by the Springs

May 11, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
June 8, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
July 13, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
August 10, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
September 14, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

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Concerts by the Springs is an annual series of free outdoor concerts, open to the public. Now celebrating its 18th annual year, the series is held at Heritage Green, on The Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Bluestone Road. Scheduled on Sunday evenings throughout the summer, this season will feature five unforgettable performances with a variety of popular music. All concerts are from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and are FREE to the public.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to participate and enjoy the beautiful setting and friendliness of the community. Picnic baskets, coolers and blankets are welcomed, but no outside tables. Also, pets and smoking are not allowed.

The 2014 line up was recently announced and includes:

  • May 11 – Banks & Shane
  • June 8 – Yacht Rock Revue
  • July 13 – Grains of Sand Band
  • August 10 – The Highballs
  • September 14 – Bogey and the Viceroy

The concerts are from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. with the gates opening at 5:00 p.m.

For those that wish to sit at a table, the series price is $550 for members and $600 for the general public, and these tables seat six. A limited number of tables with tents are available at the back of the Entertainment Lawn for an additional fee. Individual concert tables will be available for $125 for members and $150 for the general public. These tables tend to sell out every year, so be sure to make your purchase as early as possible, if interested. Visit 2014 Concerts by the Springs table reservations to purchase your table.

For more information call 404-851-9111, ext. 4 or e-mail rmurphy@heritagesandysprings.org.

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2014 Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market

April 12, 2014
8:30 amto12:00 pm
April 19, 2014
8:30 amto12:00 pm
April 26, 2014
8:30 amto12:00 pm
May 3, 2014
8:30 amto12:00 pm
May 10, 2014
8:30 amto12:00 pm
May 17, 2014
8:30 amto12:00 pm
May 24, 2014
8:30 amto12:00 pm

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Nothing better than some locally grown produce for your family. The Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market begins Saturday and continues until November 2nd.

The Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market is where friends and neighbors gather to share the experience of a community farmers market. Every Saturday morning, 45+ vendors, musicians, and local residents gather for a “first name” shopping experience.

Grab your friends, family and pets and join in on Saturday morning for a truly enjoyable community gathering. Start your morning off with a cup of freshly roasted coffee and a delicious sausage biscuit, then shop for local, naturally grown produce, pasture-raised meat, farm fresh eggs, and all kinds of specialty food items. Or, just hang out at the picnic table and play games while enjoying live entertainment by one of several market musicians.

The market will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 every Saturday at 235 Sandy Springs Circle NW, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328, which is the parking lot of the former Target shopping center at Sandy Springs Circle and Johnson Ferry Road.

In addition to fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers, the Market will offer an assortment of other local and seasonal products, such as:

  • Honey, jams, jellies, pesto, granola, salsa and other specialty foods
  • Local Dairy Products, including specialty cheeses, milk and eggs
  • Regionally raised grass-fed beef, pork or poultry
  • Fresh Baked Breads
  • Artisan Products

Additionally, the market offers local artists and jewelers the opportunity to sell their creations on a rotating basis. Finally, as the market is deeply dedicated to our Sandy Springs community, it hosts a variety of civic and non-profit groups throughout the season.

But remember to come early as the best produce goes quickly.

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31st Annual Chattahoochee Road Race

March 1, 2014
8:00 amto10:00 am

Join 1,000 or so fellow local and regional runners for the 31st Annual Chattahoochee Road Race! The race will be held at 8am on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

This is a very fast out and back with a 3/4 mile downhill finish, one of the fastest 5K & 10K races in Georgia and a great Peachtree Road Race seeded qualifier for both both distances! 39% of our runners have qualified for Time Group B (5K=24:28, 10K=50:59) or better over the last 2 years! Also, the event is one of the last chances to race before Peachtree registration opens in mid-March and to get your results submitted.

The race benefits the Chattahoochee Road Runners! chattahoochee road runners 31st Annual Chattahoochee Road Race

The Chattahoochee Road Runners’ Club is a social club, which provides a forum for runners in and around the Atlanta area to meet to run, socializes, and discuss running and the running lifestyle. The club offers many opportunities and activities to its members including monthly meetings, a weekly email newsletter, and weekly-organized runs, as well as special events throughout the year.

New in 2014!

  • New parking at the LeFont Theaters (at the finish!) and shuttles to take you to the start (on Mt. Vernon). Awards and post race refreshments will be in the parking lot as well as easy to access to your car when you’re done with the race.
  • Long sleeved, technical running shirts!
  • Movie Night/Packet Pick-up at Lefont Theaters!
  • Free professional photos for your PowerPose Finish™!
  • Raffle Prizes!
  • Running mentor program: When you register you’ll be able to sponsor a youth runner, which will allow for them to run the race for free. This year we’re partnering with the City of Refuge’s Youth Running Club and it will be an opportunity for the kids to experience road racing. More info on City of Refuge http://www.cityofrefugeatl.org/

Online registration closes Wednesday 11:59pm on February 26, 2014. There will be registration the morning of the race 6:30-7:45am

Saturday, March 1, 2014 – 8:00 am start time for both 10K and 5K

Start/Finish at Lefont Theaters, 5920 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30328

5K Entry Fees

  • $25 before 2/9/2014
  • $30 until 2/26/2014
  • $35 packet pick-up/day-of race.

10K Entry Fees

  • $30 before 2/9/2014
  • $35 until 2/26/2014
  • $40 packet pick-up/day-of race.

All participants will receive a shirt, goody bag. Must be registered by 2/9/14 to guarantee a t-shirt, otherwise while supplies last.

The race benefits the Chattahoochee Road Runners. Click here to register for the 31st Annual Chattahoochee Road Race.

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