The Inman Park Festival & Parade is back this weekend, along with the Tour of Homes
It’s been called Atlanta’s “most spirited and eclectic” street festival, and it’s our personal favorite here at Atlanta On The Cheap. The Inman Park Festival takes place each year during the last weekend of April — which is Saturday, April 23rd and Sunday, April 24th in 2022.
As always, this year’s Inman Park Festival includes a Tour of Homes, which kicks off on Friday, April 22nd. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 on tour dates. See the Tour details below.
Admission to the festival, including the parade, kids’ zone, and the live entertainment, is always FREE. There is plenty of food for sale on site. As always, the marketplace is a big draw, allowing you to shop for arts, crafts, vintage items, and more.
This is your guide to the 2022 Inman Park Festival — we’ve compiled nearly everything you need to know in one place. Just keep scrolling for the details on festival events, getting there, entertainment schedules and more. (For more info, you can visit the festival’s website.)
Check out our complete guide to all the spring festivals this year in Atlanta & suburbs!
Inman Park Festival 2023 hours
Friday, April 28th:
- Tour of Homes preview — noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 29th:
- Tour of Homes — noon to 4 p.m.
- Festival hours — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Vendor booths close at 6 p.m.)
- Parade — 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 30th:
- Tour of Homes — noon to 4 p.m.
- Festival hours — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Know before you go…
Due to a city ordinance, no animals (other than service animals) are allowed on festival ground. PLEASE do not bring your pet and expect an exception.
There are porta-potties and ATMs on site.
Bicycles and scooters are not allowed within the festival grounds, but there are several bike valets where you can safely park a bicycle (more info below).
There is very little parking in the Inman Park area. If you thought Dogwood Festival parking was tough, consider that this old neighborhood has none of the multi-level parking decks that are common to midtown. TIP: See our section on “Getting There” below.
As always, the vendor booths are a festival highlight.
The Arts & Crafts Market is a jury-selected group of more than 100 artists, who will showcase their work in various art forms.
The Street Market is home to over 250 vendors selling antiques, handcrafted wares, clothing, and a large variety of other items.
Inman Park Festival parade
This crazy-eclectic parade is an Atlanta favorite!
It is quirky, unstructured, and downright fun. We think it’s the best parade in Atlanta.
The parade starts at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, in the area of Edgewood and Spruce Streets. It heads northeast on Edgewood, turns left on Hurt Street, then makes a right onto Euclid Avenue.
You can view the parade route online. The best viewing is along Edgewood Avenue, in our opinion. But then again, we’ve never watched from Euclid Avenue or Hurt Street.
Live musical performances
There are three music stages at this years festival:
- The Delta Park Stage — Near the intersection of Edgewood Avenue and Delta Place. Delta Park is a small greenspace that is bisected by Edgewood.
- The Freedom Stage — On the edge of Freedom Park, near the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Waverly Way.
- The Euclid Avenue Stage — At Euclid Avenue where it intersects Springvale Park.
The music starts at 11:45 on Saturday and at 12:30 on Sunday, with bands switching up about every hour.
For the complete musical line-up and performance schedule for each day, visit the festival’s music page.
A dedicated play space in Springvale Park includes not only the existing park playground, but special activities and crafts. Entertainment will be Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
According to the website, the 2023 “Little Gnome Zone” will feature giant inflatables, face painting, and a preschool area for the toddlers.
Tour of Homes
If you love to peek at the lives of others, you’ll adore this inside view of intown living. The tour is self-guided and you can set your own pace.
Home Tour tickets are $35.
If you buy online, there’s a $2.50 fee tacked on.
You can also buy onsite — there will be a ticket table at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Elizabeth Street.n j uy4
Your ticket is good for all dates — Friday thru Sunday — but you can only enter each home once during that date.
To get a description of the homes on this year’s tour, visit the Tour of Homes page.
Most years, historic Inman Park Methodist Church is on the tour, and is open to the public, no ticket needed. If that’s the case again this year, don’t pass by without going in! You can even ring the church bell.
Bonus — follow the route of the original 1972 Tour of Homes for FREE!
Yes, you can retrace the original walking tour from 51 years ago!
This is a free, self-guided walk that you can do anytime at your leisure.
PLEASE remember that these homes and buildings are NOT open to the public and you cannot enter them.
This aspect of the festival was added in 2022, for the home tour’s 5oth anniversary.
Click thru the link below for full walking instructions — either print out the steps, or pull it up on your phone.
Walking tour route and details here
Getting there and parking
You can NOT bring a car into the Inman Park neighborhood on festival weekend, and you can’t park at the nearby business establishments. PLEASE leave the car at home! There are plenty of good options for getting to the festival, and we have them all listed here.
If you live intown, consider coming in by bike — but remember, you can’t bring your bike into the crowded festival area.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is providing free, secure bike parking in three locations:
- the intersection of Alta Avenue and Euclid Avenue
- the intersection of Waverly Way and Elizabeth Streets
- on Edgewood Avenue, between Waddell and Krog Streets
Remember, you can take your bike on a MARTA train.
View the festival map online
One of our favorite tricks is to park for FREE at the Carter Presidential Library.
We then cross Freedom Parkway and walk through Freedom Park to get to the festival. It’s less than half a mile to the nearest edge of the festival grounds — no more than a six to ten minute walk.
If you live along the Beltline’s Eastside Trail and don’t mind a longer walk, it’s an easy path take the BeltLine to Irwin Street, which turns into Lake Avenue, which turns into Austin Avenue — which leads right into the festival.
Scooters are also an option!
By Uber or Lyft
You can be dropped off just outside the festival area.
It might be trickier being picked up on your way home — we recommend getting outside of the crowded area and waiting for your driver by a landmark s/he can find easily..
Seriously, folks, this couldn’t be easier.
The Inman Park MARTA Station is right at the edge of the festival grounds — no shuttle needed.
If you’re riding the Green or Blue Line, it’s a straight shot on the train, and you don’t have to transfer.
If you’re on the Red or Gold Line, you’ll need to change trains at Five Points Station, but you can handle that, right? See MARTA’s guide to navigating Five Points Station, if you find it confusing.
Alternatively, you can drive to a nearby MARTA station on the Blue/Green Line (Candler Park, Avondale, or East Lake) and park, then take MARTA just a couple of stops. Just be forewarned that parking at the stations fills up fast on festival days.
There are two exits at the station — take the one for Inman Park (not Reynoldstown). When you exit MARTA, generally you can just follow the crowds to the festival (there are also signs pointing toward Inman Park.
- Remember that trains only run at 20-minute intervals on weekends. To time your trip so you’re not waiting, we recommend the MARTA on the Go app.
- Buy your MARTA fare in advance, to avoid lines at the machines at the stations. You can also add fare online if you already have a Breeze Card (and why wouldn’t you?)
- Kids under 46″ tall can ride for free with a paying adult.
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