Located in Atlanta’s beautiful Virginia-Highland neighborhood on scenic and historic Virginia Avenue between Barnett Street and Arcadia Street in John Howell Park, Summerfest has been celebrating community and all things summer for 37 years.
Summerfest is the annual fundraiser of the Virginia-Highland Civic Association, Inc. (VHCA), a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that helps maintain Virginia-Highland as one of the most livable urban communities in America.
The VHCA leads and supports zoning and planning initiatives and other neighborhood improvements, including the Orme Park and John Howell Park renovations and the purchase/construction of North Highland Park, new trees, l graffiti eradication and street captain crime prevention programs.
The VHCA also provides financial support to local parks, schools, public libraries, Trees Atlanta and other organizations serving Virginia-Highland residents.
An overview of the festival
37e-annual Virginia-Highland summer festival takes place on Saturday, June 11 in Atlanta’s mostly walkable intown neighborhood. Summerfest hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Summerfest welcomes over 100 performers from across the United States to participate in the
At the dozens of Makers’ Market stalls, attendees will find unique handcrafted products such as soaps, lotions, candles, pet treats and gourmet foods. This navigable, buyable area quickly became a Summerfest favorite when it was introduced a few years ago.
Summerfest features a full day of live music in John Howell Park, and the lineup is known for its combination of big-name local musicians and nationally-acclaimed singer-songwriters. Scroll down for more details on the bands.
On the other side of John Howell Park, everything revolves around the youngest festival-goers. Summerfest presents Kidsfest, a special area with games, crafts and activities for children of all ages, many of which are free. Kidsfest is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Summerfest 5K Road Race
For over 30 years, runners, walkers and rollerbladers have flocked to the Summerfest 5K Road Race. This chip-timed race is an AJC Peachtree road race qualifier that follows a beautiful windy course through tree-lined streets dotted with historic homes and buildings. Race participants all receive a free drink and a t-shirt, and prizes are awarded by age group and for the winners. Registration is $35 and available at vahisummerfest.org/run/. The 5K road race takes place on Saturday, June 11 at 8 a.m.
Friday night launch party
To start the weekend off right, Virginia-Highland Summerfest includes a kick-off party and community dinner. With live music, multiple food trucks, a cash bar, and even a bouncy house and face painting for the kids, the Friday night launch party welcomes the whole family for a night of fun. This is a ticketed event with proceeds going to the renovation of John Howell Park. The Kick-off Party will take place on Friday, June 10 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. More information at vahisummerfest.org/kick-off-party/.
Eat and drink
Summerfest offers a range of delicious food from an array of local festival vendors and restaurants. Drinks, beer, wine and cocktails are available throughout the festival site. Vendors will include Different Twist Pretzel Co., Burger Brothers Food Truck, Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream, GoodAzzFood Truck, Ira Lane Coffee and Jalepeno Corndog Concessions Truck.
Summerfest offers on-site valet parking. A limited number of paid parking spaces are available in some commercial lots. Disabled parking is also available.
Meet the groups
Lea Belle Faser
(11.15 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Pop-country singer and songwriter Leah Bell Faser will perform a solo acoustic set at this year’s festival. Leah worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Casey Wood to release her debut album, “Crossing Hermi’s Bridge.” The single “Second-Hand Store” was featured on Spotify’s New Music Nashville and Tidal’s Rising: Country playlists and was added to radio stations nationwide. Learn more at leahbellefaser.com.
Kate and Corey
(12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.)
Root-rock singer-songwriters Kate and Corey are Atlanta natives who have been pursuing music full-time since 2011. They have performed across the country, including at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Dollywood , and as finalists in the County Showdown contest. Their first album is called “Somewhere Else Tonight”. For more information, visit kateandcorey.com.
Drew Ashworth Group
(1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
Steeped in Delta Blues, Southern Rock, R&B and Classic Country, Drew Ashworth released his debut album ‘The Higher Plan’ in 2018, followed by ‘Agents of Change’ in 2019. In 2022, Drew signed a recording contract. recording artist with platinum producer Chas Childers and his Nashville/Atlanta-based label, Emanant Music Group. To learn more, visit drawashworth.com.
(3 p.m.-4 p.m.)
This band from Athens, Georgia mixes power pop, aggressive post-punk and even 70s glamour. Their self-titled debut album saw them touring with Futurebirds, Coin and Modern Skirts. Now set to release her second album, “Perfect Heaven“, Heffner is ready to conquer bigger stages as Athens’ latest big hit. To learn more, visit facebook.com/Heffnerband.
(4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
Recently celebrating their 10th anniversary as a group, Futurebirds have received rave reviews for their unparalleled live performances and their latest album “Teamwork”. Follow along to find out why Rolling Stone calls Futurebirds “one of the most compelling and captivating rock bands touring today” on and off stage. To learn more, visit futurebirdsmusic.com.
For more details on Summerfest, see the program guide above or visit vahisummerfest.org.