The Festival on Ponce is a local arts and crafts event held at the Olmsted Linear Park in Atlanta. The Olmsted Linear Park Alliance has a $10 million capital improvement plan to protect these historic parks. These beautiful parks have lovely trees and paths and great visibility from one of Atlanta's main traffic arteries between Atlanta and Decatur.

This is a unique and wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to appreciate the vision and legacy of one of America's most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted, Sr. Learn more about this location by visiting the The Olmsted Linear Park Alliance website.

Visitors will enjoy fine art and crafts, folk and "outsider" art, a children's area and local food and beverage. Attendance is FREE and visitors are encouraged to stroll the event to enjoy the art on display and the historic gardens.

When

April 14 - 15, 2012
Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm

Admission

Free (bring a group and have a good time!)

Alcohol

Per City code ordinance, no alcohol may be brought into the Festival area. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at several locations throughout the Festival. Revenue from on-site beverage sales will be benefit the Georgia Foundation for Public Spaces scholarship program. As always alcoholic beverage purchased at the Festival must remain on-site. The Atlanta Police Department and volunteers of the Festival will ask you to dispose of any alcoholic beverage before you exit or enter.

Artists

A maximum of 185 of the finest local, regional and national artists, with an emphasis on metro Atlanta and Georgian artists. All artist applicants will be selected by a jury of their peers based on the merit of their work as well as booth presentation.

ATM

Of course we'll have them! We want to make it as easy as possible.

Beverages:

Soft Drinks, lemonade, ice tea and water (all of your favorites) will be located throughout the event. Per City guidelines no alcohol or beer may be brought into the Festival area. No glass bottles may be brought into the area. Revenue from beverage purchases will be donated to Big Trees Preserve to help with funding the park.

Credit Cards/ Payment Terms

Many of the Artists are equipped to accept credit cards payments, however keep in mind that some may or may not accept some types of cards. Many accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express, but many prefer cash. Each of the beverage stations and food concessions will only accept cash. The folks with the Big Trees Preserve will be accepting cash and credit cards for festival merchandise. As noted earlier, we will have an ATM/Cash machine on hand for your use.

Entertainment

The Festival will have live entertainment on-site. We are currently accepting applications for acoustic entertainment. For more information please email us at: info@affps.com

First Aid

Because safety is important to us, we will have qualified trained staff available on-site and the EMS services available from 911 if needed.

Food

Our focus is going to be on Healthy lifestyle choices and we are currently reaching out to food vendors to help us reach this goal to bring you healthy refreshments. If you are interested, please email us at: info@affps.com

Information

We will have one information booth available. It will be located at the east side of the park at the main entrance of the Artist Market. This is the area closest to the children's playground.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found will be located at the main information booth. (See above). After the event please feel free to email us at info@affps.com or call the office at 404-845-0793.

Lost Children Inquires

During the event all of the staff and volunteers will have identifiable uniformed shirts on and many will have walkie talkies and cell phones. Please check with one of the staff members. All staff will be directed to take lost children to the information booth.

Merchandise

We'll have a "swag bag" for artists, but no tee shirts, sorry!

Parking

There is no parking permitted in the residential neighborhoods around the park. We ask that you utilize the several parking areas that are available in the park. We have asked the Atlanta Police Department and Neighborhood Watch groups to help enforce this policy. There is plenty of free parking available in the lots adjacent to the park.

Pets

We love your pets! As a Special Event Class D or E, the City of Atlanta allows you to bring your dog to the park. Just be sure to keep your dog on a leash and pick up their "calling cards" please!

Rain/ Weather

This is a rain or shine event. Certain events maybe cancelled or re-scheduled depending on rain. High winds may cause some Festival closure. Safety is always first. If the weather poses a safety risk to patrons and participants, the Festival will close and information will be announced as to the nature of the risk, exit instructions, and possible re-open times.

Restrooms

Got to have them! Portable toilets will be available throughout the Festival area. They will be located at the main entrance as well as the area closest to the food concessions. Just ask a volunteer; they can point them out for you.

Rules of Conduct

(Now for the small details that the City requires... and so does our attorney!): No alcohol will be allowed to be brought into the Festival Area. Alcoholic beverages purchased on-site must remain on-site. Festival security will ask you to dispose of any alcoholic beverages before you exit. No coolers No glass bottles No bicycles, skate boards, roller blades, roller skates, scooters, or motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs) are allowed into the Festival area. No grills or grilling will be allowed in the Festival area. No camp tents or over night camping will be permitted in the Festival area. No tents may be staked into the ground. Weights are REQUIRED. No weapons of any kind No illegal substances of any kind All bags are subject to search by Festival security The Festival reserves the right to decline admittance to anyone who violates the reasonable policies established for public safety. Not sure, and don't want to get in trouble? Just ask.

Information

If there is anything that we missed and you have a questions, just drop us an email to: info@affps.com or call us at: 404-845-0793.

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