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Atlanta Festivals

2020-21 Atlanta Festivals



Atlanta is blessed with an amazing array of festivals and fairs that happen all year. See our festival list by season: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, or Holiday/Seasonal Festivals.

If you are looking for festivals by type, see our pages on Music Festivals, art festivals, food festivals, and film festivals. Throughout the year, many neighborhoods host intimate and special neighborhood festivals. Not to be overlooked, uniquely Atlanta festivals like Dragon Con, the Dogwood Festival and other cultural festivals make Atlanta special.



JANUARY

MLK Day

The celebration of civil rights hero and Atlanta native, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., takes place annually on the Monday following King's birthday. The day starts with a commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church and continues with a march through Downtown along Auburn Avenue that ends at the King Center. www.thekingcenter.org

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Monday January 18, 2021 12:00 am EST
Browse MLK Day events as well as recommendations for the hottest events and parades. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to MLK Day in Atlan... | more...


FEBRUARY

Winter Beer Festival

This two-day beer extravaganza features more than 300 brews and is overflowing with vendors set up in heated tents. In addition to pours of local and national beers, expect live music, food trucks, and other assorted vendors. www.atlantawinterbeerfest.com

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Saturday February 1, 2020 12:00 pm EST
Browse information about the Atlanta Winter Beer Fest. Check out facets of the festival and get up-to-date information about the event. | more...

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is a nearly monthlong cinematic celebration of the Jewish community. Founded in 2000, AJFF ranks as the largest film festival in Atlanta, and second-largest Jewish film festival in the United States, featuring an international collection of narrative and documentary films that explore the Jewish experience. In addition to the film screenings, enjoy guest appearances with filmmakers, actors, authors, academics, and other expert speakers. www.ajff.org

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Monday February 10, 2020 12:00 pm EST
Browse the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the ... | more...

Black History Month Parade

In celebration of Black History Month, the annual parade features marching bands, entertainers, civic groups, celebrities, artists, entertainment, and more in Atlanta's historic Sweet Auburn District. www.blackhistorymonthparade.com

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Saturday February 22, 2020 12:00 pm EST
Browse the Black History Month Parade schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...


MARCH

Atlanta Fair

Patrons of all ages are invited to enjoy traditional fair food, entertainment, rides and memories to last a lifetime at the city’s favorite fair.

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Friday March 5, 2021 12:00 pm EST
Atlanta Fair expected to return March 2021 | more...


Atlanta United Block Party

To psych up fans for the first Atlanta United home game of the season, Atlanta United is taking over Edgewood for the second annual Atlanta United Block Party. Edgewood will be closed off and swarmed by United supporters, who will get access to special drink specials, giveaways, and raffles all to support their love of the Rowdy and Proud.

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Saturday March 7, 2020 12:00 pm EST
Browse the Atlanta United Block Party schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide... | more...

Atlanta Fermentation Fest

Atlanta Fermentation Fest continues its efforts to raise awareness about fermentation, as well as its benefits and history. The festival features lectures, demonstrations, samples, and more, temporarily taking over Cultured South, the first kombucha bar in Georgia, in the Lee + White food and beverage district. www.atlantafermentationfest.com

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Sunday March 22, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
Browse the Atlanta Fermentation Fest schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade

The city’s longest running event, the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade has existed since 1858 and boasts over 2,000 participants, 700 musical acts, 100 parade units, and 80,000 spectators over the course of the parade’s lifespan. Show of your Irish pride as you march through the heart of midtown.atlantastpats.com/

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Sunday March 15, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
This year's event has been cancelled. | more...



APRIL

Atlanta Film Festival

Join the more than 25,000 people who attend the Atlanta Film Festival each year and enjoy a variety of documentaries, shorts, narratives, animated films and more. Now in its fourth decade, the weeklong fest — one of only two-dozen Academy Award-qualifying festivals in the United States — also features in-person dialog with stars and filmmakers. Recent guests have included Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Ray McKinnon (Rectify), Walton Goggins (The Shield), and Margaret Cho ("Drop Dead Diva").

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Thursday September 17, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
This year's film festival has been postponed to Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 27, 2020.

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Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Every spring, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park honors the warmer weather with performances, art booths, kiddie rides, snacks from local restaurants, and thousands upon thousands upon thousands of cabin-fevered Atlantans.

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Friday April 9, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
The Dogwood Festival will take place April 9-11, 2021 | more...

Grilled Cheese Fest

Celebrate national grilled cheese day by attending the Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival and enjoy a mouthwatering assortment of Atlanta’s tastiest food vendors. Restaurants from all over the city will be serving up all sorts of deliciously cheesy dishes to the delight of cheese enthusiasts everywhere. the Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival will feature free grilled cheese samples, live music, an adult zone and a Bloody Mary Garden (21+).

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Saturday September 12, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
This year's Grilled Cheese festival has been postponed to Saturday, September 12th, 2020. We'll publish the festival schedule once the program is released. | more...

SweetWater 420 Fest

One of Atlanta's most eclectic Earth Day celebrations, SweetWater 420 Fest features live music, earth-friendly activities, stand-up comedy, food trucks, SweetWater brews, an artist market, and more. After nearly a decade of playing host to thousands of boozy merry-goers and jam bands in Candler Park, the fest moved to Downtown's Centennial Olympic Park in 2014. SweetWater 420 Fest

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Friday April 23, 2021 12:00 am EDT
The 2020 Sweetwater 420 Festival was postponed to April 23-25, 2021. All previous purchases are still 100% honored and valid for the 2021 postponement dates. | more...

Inman Park Festival

Taking place the last full weekend in April each year, the Inman Park Festival is one of Atlanta's most beloved events. Check out the Tour of Homes, live music, dance festival, arts and crafts market, and definitely the parade with all of its gloriously weird floats. www.inmanparkfestival.org

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Thursday April 1, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
This year's Inman Park Festival has been cancelled. 2021 Event Date TBA. | more...


MAY

Shaky Knees

Arguably one of the best collections of rock, post-punk, and folk music in the country, the Shaky Knees Music Festival has become one of the most popular annual music events in the city. Whether it's the Alabama Shakes or the National, acts new and old are sure to make a stop on the main stage at some point during festival season.

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Friday October 16, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
Shaky Knees has been moved to the weekend of October 16th, 2020. We'll have the Festival schedule once it is released.Browse the Shaky Knees Music Festival schedule as well as reco... | more...

Shaky Beats

Atlanta’s fledgling electronic and indie festival, returns for its fourth year at Central Park, featuring a weekend chock-full of music, interesting eats, and various on-site activations. With four stages showcasing over 40 acts, the young festival has successfully established itself as a fixture of Atlanta’s festival circuit.

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Friday May 7, 2021 02:54 pm EDT
Shaky Beats will not return in 2020. The 2021 Dates TBA. | more...

Atlanta Jazz Festival

It's more or less a fact that you can't go wrong with free jazz music. Produced by the city's Office of Cultural Affairs, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is a month-long celebration featuring both established and up-and-coming acts in the genre, culminating Memorial Day weekend with performances in Piedmont Park. From International jazz superstars to local artists looking to make a name for themselves, the fest might be one of the best free tickets in any city.

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Saturday May 23, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
The Jazz Festival is postponed. New dates to be announced. During May, the Festival is offering virtual performances on social media. See CL's listings for more information. Browse... | more...

Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

The weekend offers a multitude of food and drink experiences showcasing Southern culinary traditions, including learning experiences such as cooking and cocktail classes, tasting seminars, and panel discussions; tasting tents; and dinners and events around the city. www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com

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Thursday May 28, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is postponed, new dates to be announced. | more...

Momocon

Immerse yourself in all things anime! Momocon, one of the fastest growing conventions in the country, and features an impressive showcase of animation, comics, video games, and tabletop games for fans of all ages. Come to the four day event dressed as your favorite character, or just enjoy the people watching. www.momocon.com

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Thursday May 21, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
2020 will be a virtual event, free and open to everyone, May 21st - 24th 2020. The next physical MomoCon event will take place May 27th - 30th 2021. | more...



JUNE

Modern Atlanta Design is Human Week

This annual architecture and international design event features installations, talks, films, exhibits, cocktail parties, and home tours to highlight innovative design from Atlanta and around the world.www.ma-designishuman.com

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Saturday September 12, 2020 12:00 am EDT
The Atlanta Design Festival is postponed to September 12—20, 2020. | more...

Juneteenth Atlanta

Commemorating the end of slavery, Junteenth Atlanta celebrates the liberation of enslaved African Americans with its 7th annual parade and music festival. Come mark the momentous historical event with, family, friends, tunes and food! www.juneteenthatl.com

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Friday June 19, 2020 12:00 am EDT
Juneteenth is yet to announce how it will handle the Festival for this year. | more...



JULY

National Black Arts Festival

At its peak in the mid '90s, the NBAF was an international destination, an annual must-go to celebrate art of the African diaspora. Over the last few decades, attendance and programming have had their highs and lows. And, more recently, it's experienced unsteady leadership. But the annual event persists, hosting an artists market and usually a high-profile headliner or two. www.nbaf.org

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Saturday August 29, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
Browse the National Black Arts Festival schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...



Peachtree Road Race

From its humble beginnings in 1970 as a group of 110 runners, the Peachtree Road Race has grown into the world's largest 10K. Every July 4, more than 50,000 participants line up for the 6.2-mile haul to the finish line and a coveted Peachtree Road Race T-shirt. Spectators, radio stations, and restaurants line the roadway to cheer on runners and walkers with music, beer, and water. www.peachtreeroadrace.org

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Thursday November 26, 2020 12:00 am EST
The Peachtree Road Race has gone virtual and is postponed November 26, 2020 - Thanksgiving Day. Browse the Peachtree Road Race schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & r... | more...

Ice Cream Festival

Soak up the summer sun surrounded by friends, fitness, and, most important of all, ice cream! The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival is back for its 9th year to bring together live music, health and wellness activities, and America’s favorite summer treat right in the middle of Piedmont Park. Enjoy a frosty treat and then a stimulating work-out by participating in Zumba, Yoga, Tai Chi, or line dancing. And while you’re there, you might as well enjoy a free wellness screening. www.atlantaicecreamfestival.com/about/

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Saturday July 25, 2020 12:00 am EDT
There is no update yet on the 2020 Atlanta Ice Cream Festival. Browse the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the def... | more...

JCT's Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

Bask in the glory of summertime's favorite fruit that tastes like a vegetable at JCT's Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. The city's best chefs are paired with a local farmer to create tomato-inspired dishes, while Atlanta's best bartenders come up with creative cocktails featuring — you guessed it — tomatoes. At the end of the day, judges and festival attendees choose the best tomato dish and drink. ww.killertomatofest.com/

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Sunday July 12, 2020 12:00 am EDT
There is no update yet on the 2020 Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. | more...



AUGUST

Comic Con

This is a convention for Comic Book fans - Comic books, toys, cards, games, artwork, cosplay, apparel, guest creators, celebrity guests–it’s all here. Whether you are a hardcore collector or a casual pop-culture admirer, Atlanta Comic Con is a fun time.

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Friday August 6, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
Comic Con will take place on August 8-8, 2021 | more...

Decatur Book Festival

As the largest independent book festival in the country, attendees can mingle with 300 world-class authors at book signings, readings, and soirées. Past keynote speakers have included former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and Congressman/civil rights icon John Lewis. The keynote is free, but tickets go quickly. There are tracks for young adult books, cookbooks, political nonfiction, experimental poetry ... basically everything. This annual Labor Day weekend event is the biggest and most popular book event of the year, every year.

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Saturday August 29, 2020 12:00 am EDT
Browse the AJC Decatur Book Festival schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...

Dragon Con

Trekkies, steampunks, zombies, filkers, furries, goths, Klingons, Sleestaks, Predators, Aliens, and more descend on Downtown for the Southeast's largest sci-fi con. Come dressed as your favorite character from any number of sci-fi, horror, or fantasy films, comics, video games, etc. When it comes to Dragon Con, the wilder the better. The one Dragon Con must-see is the annual parade along Peachtree Street. Huge crowds 10-people deep line up super early to watch the Stormtroopers, Slave Leias, Dark Knight-era Jokers, and more strut up Atlanta's main thoroughfare.

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Thursday September 3, 2020 12:00 am EDT
Browse the Dragon Con schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

Stay shady in a good way at the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. The giant beech, maple, and oak trees that live in Grant Park create just enough shade to keep everyone at the festival comfortably cool. Featuring a bountiful artists market, several stages for live music, and a diverse mix of fair food and local food trucks, the Shade Festival is the culmination of everything great about summertime in a city of trees.

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Saturday August 22, 2020 12:00 am EDT
Browse the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...

Piedmont Park Summer Arts Festival

Want to step out of a museum this summer and into a local gallery? Join in what Sunshine Artist Magazine named one of the top 100 Arts Festivals in the nation, the Piedmont Park Summer Arts Festival. This two day event is presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces with a focus on visual arts. Over two hundred painters, photographers, sculptors, and visual artists will be displaying their galleries across the park, and will be joined by acoustic live music and plenty of eats. piedmontparkartsfestival.com/

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Saturday August 15, 2020 03:41 pm EDT
Browse the Piedmont Park Summer Arts Festival schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...



SEPTEMBER

WRFG's Labor Day Blues and BBQ

Typically hosted at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park, this annual fundraiser for local community radio station WRFG is a celebration of the Blues in Atlanta.

Music and Nightlife, Festivals

Monday September 7, 2020 01:00 pm EDT
WRFG 89.3 Community Radio's Annual Blues/BBQ Celebration | more...

Music Midtown

Music Midtown once reigned supreme as the festival in the ATL — period. After a brief hiatus in the early 2000s, Music Midtown has made a slow and steady comeback, and still gets the good folks of the city excited even though the production has been scaled back to less acts and one day shorter than the three-day extravaganza it once was. You could travel over to Tennessee for Bonnaroo or seriously dent the bank account heading out to Coachella, but you'll find lineups offering the same music diversity right here in the city.

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Saturday September 14, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Guide to the 2019 festival | more...

Imagine Music Festival

The Imagine Music Festival started in 2014 as a modest music festival in Historic Fourth Ward Park and has become one of the nation’s most anticipated EDM gatherings. These days, Imagine calls the Atlanta Motor Speedway near rural Hampton, Georgia its home. Over the years, the festival has more than doubled in attendance and scope, while remaining independent, which founders Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand say “allows for the creative freedom to build that vision of the Aquatic Fairytale each year.”

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Friday September 17, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
Browse the Imagine Music Festival schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...



OCTOBER

Pride Parade/Festival

The annual Atlanta Pride Festival, the largest Pride event in the Southeast and the largest event in the country to coincide with National Coming Out Day, celebrates all things LGBT. The festival weekend is jam-packed with a kickoff party and the annual Pride Parade, as well as arts, vendors, parties, and other festivities.

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Friday October 9, 2020 12:00 am EDT
Browse the 50th Annual Atlanta Pride Festival & Parade schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...


Taste of Atlanta

Foodies and chefs alike gather in Historic Fourth Ward Park to experience the cuisine and drinks of the city for one delicious weekend. Taste of Atlanta features over 80 local restaurants and three live cooking stages, offering samples for the average consumer and educational workshops for professionals.

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Friday October 16, 2020 12:00 am EDT
Browse the schedule Taste of Atlanta as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...

Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade

The Little Five Points Halloween Festival is a typically a day-long celebration of all things Hallo-weird but the 2020 event is a scaled down virtual event.

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Saturday October 17, 2020 04:00 pm EDT
Saturday, October 17, 4 p.m., with virtual Grand Marshal Puddles Pity Party! | more...

A3C Hip-Hop Festival

An acronym for All Three Coasts, the A3C Hip-Hop Festival features arguably the largest collection (500-plus performances) of hip-hop acts in the country. Expanding exponentially every year since its 2005 inception, A3C is a fusion of good music, education, art, film, style, and industry panels. If every hipster music lover travels to Austin for SXSW, hitting up ATL for A3C is a hip-hop head's obligation.

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Thursday October 15, 2020 11:00 am EDT
Browse the many panels and speakers at A3C Festival and Conference, as well as the musical acts that are a part of the event. CL's critics & readers weigh in on festival activities... | more...

Netherworld Haunted House

Regarded as one of Atlanta’s top haunted houses, Netherworld transforms a warehouse-like building just outside the Perimeter into a den of horrors that continues to scare metro Atlantans year after year with elaborately costumed ghouls, special effects, and a labyrinthine layout.

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Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:03 am EDT
Mysterious and spooky three decades on | more...


NOVEMBER

Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-Off Festival

Every fall, a chili-hungry crowd descends on Cabbagetown Park for the annual Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-Off Festival, featuring the Romp and Stomp 5K race, live music, artists market, games, and, of course, copious amounts of chili. There's always tons of the stuff, but this is a popular festival so be sure to get there early before they run out. If you miss out on the chili, food vendors will be on site to make sure no one goes hungry.

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Saturday November 2, 2019 12:02 am EDT
Browse information about Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-Off Festival. Read stories and check out events pertaining to the festival. | more...

Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular

The annual market features crafters, artists, and small businesses that produce handmade and indie goods. Everything from seasoned gourmet salts to silk-screened T-shirts and handmade jewelry to original works of art will be for sale. Also catch music, a photo booth, food and drinks, and a swag bag designed by a local artist.

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Saturday November 23, 2019 05:18 pm EST
Browse Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...



DECEMBER

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and hosts the longest-running rivalry series between the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference. Come for the game and hang around for the plethora of events leading up to and after the battle on the gridiron.

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Saturday December 28, 2019 12:00 pm EST
Browse information about Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Check out events pertaining to the festival and get up-to-date information about game day. | more...

The Peach Drop

New York's got the ball, and since 1989 Atlanta has had the peach. On New Year's Eve, thousands of Atlanta residents and tourists descend upon Underground Atlanta to watch the giant peach drop.

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Atlanta Festivals Past

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Thursday December 31, 2009 01:43 pm EST
Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2009 | more...

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Wednesday December 31, 2008 01:44 pm EST
Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2008 | more...

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Monday December 31, 2007 01:45 pm EST
Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2007 | more...

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Sunday December 31, 2006 01:46 pm EST
Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2006 | more...

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Saturday December 31, 2005 01:47 pm EST
Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2005 | more...

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Friday December 31, 2004 01:48 pm EST
Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2004 | more...

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Wednesday December 31, 2003 01:50 pm EST
Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2003 | more...

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Tuesday December 31, 2002 01:55 pm EST
Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2002 | more...

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Monday December 31, 2001 01:56 pm EST
Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2001 | more...

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Sunday December 31, 2000 01:58 pm EST
Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2000 | more...



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