Guide to 2012 Virginia-Highland Summerfest

Everything you need to know about the weekend festival

The 29th Annual Virginia-Highland Summerfest is merely hours away, and it's about time to prepare yourself for one of the most popular festivals of the season.

Here’s your go-to guide for the two-day event set to kick off this Saturday, June 2:

  • Virginia Avenue will be closed to car traffic from Ponce de Leon Place to N. Highland Avenue.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • Feel free to ride your bike to Summerfest, but bikes must be locked-up outside the festival area.
  • Parking in Virginia-Highland can be tricky. Organizers encourage you to take MARTA (plan your trip here). There is a limited amount of paid parking at Grace Lutheran Church, 1155 N. Highland Avenue. The lot opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
  • The artist market is located along Virginia Avenue beside John Howell Park and will feature more than 220 artists from around the southeast.  You’ll find a variety of artwork including painting, sculpture, jewelry, textiles/fiber arts, photography, clay, wood, metal, graphics and mixed media.
  • Kidsfest is located at the edge of John Howell Park near Virginia Avenue and Arcadia. This year’s theme is “Wild Animal Safari” and will include games, crafts, music and activities for kids of all ages. Most activities are free of charge. Patch will have a booth at Kidsfest, so make sure to stop by and say hello!
  • Food vendors will range from festival vendors to local restaurants.
  • Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks will be available to purchase.
  • The 92.9 dave-fm music stage at Virginia Ave. and Greencove will feature two-days of non-stop music. Headliners include Marc Broussard on Saturday and The Fixx on Sunday (see the full schedule below).
  • Make sure to share your festival photos with the community on our neighborhood photo gallery!

Saturday, June 2

Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Artist Market: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Kidsfest: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Music line-up at Virginia Ave. and Greencove:

12:00 pm-1:15 pm School of Rock All Stars

1:45 pm- 2:45 pm Wesley Cook

3:15 pm- 4:15 pm Best Brothers Band

4:45 pm- 6:00 pm The Quaildogs

6:30 pm- 8:00 pm Marc Broussard

There will also be music at the acoustic stage at the Virginia-Highland island from 9 to 11 p.m.

Sunday, June 3

Hours (including artist market): 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kidsfest: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Music line-up at Virginia Ave. and Greencove:

12:15 pm- 1:15 pm My Homework Ate My Dog

1:30 pm- 2:30 pm Joshua Fletcher

3:00 pm- 4:00 pm JK & The Lost Boys

4:30 pm- 6:00 pm The Fixx

Have a question not listed here? Post it in the comments section below and we will track down the answer.

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Brian C. May 31, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I live on North Highland in between Virginia and Ponce. I'm brand new to the neighborhood. Will I be able to drive to and from my house on Friday and Saturday?
Jaclyn Hirsch (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Hi Brian, Great question! None of the road closures should affect N. Highland Avenue. Virginia Avenue will be closed to car traffic from Ponce de Leon Place to N. Highland Avenue.
Brian C. May 31, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Okay great thank you!
jenna May 31, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Is there live music Friday as well??
John Wolfinger May 31, 2012 at 10:55 PM
The Friday nite feature is the parade and a community dinner and a movie. Go to http://vahi.org/summerfest/events-for-residents/
Heartical Don June 02, 2012 at 05:00 PM
no artist's market on Sunday ?
Jaclyn Hirsch (Editor) June 02, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Artist Market is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday


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