Praise the Spring deities for gracing us with a week of gorgeous weather, and gratitude to the Intown creators for a weekend line-up we can all get behind. And you’re especially in luck if you live on the PATH or the Beltline, because there’s more going on this weekend than you can shake a stick at.
Saturday, start your morning early at the Freedom Farmer’s Market at the Carter Center where you can find local produce and prepared foods that will reduce your carbon footprint and engage your third chakra.
Move on down to the Beltline for the Telephone Factory Lofts First Saturday Art Sale where local artists, craftists and creative-ists will be selling their offerings of fine art as well as regular people’s art and everything in between. The sale starts at 9am and will be a recurring event on the first Saturday of each month through the summer and possibly beyond.
Once you’ve had your fill of farmers and artists, take a stroll a little further down the Beltline for the Inaugural Blue Moon Beltline Boil and Music Fest. Located at the Fourth Ward Skate Park Meadow along the Beltline’s Eastside Trail, the event’s focus is on neighborhood business and community. The Low Country Boil competition for charity costs $20 for a 2-day pass or $10 for Sunday only and includes complimentary tastings from noon to 3pm, one complimentary visit to Absolut’s (Soon to Be) World’s Greatest Bloody Mary Bar, a Blues Brunch with Francine Reed, and live music from the Royal Southern Brotherhood, Gurufish and Sans Abri. The festival hours are Saturday from 11am to 9pm and Sunday from 12 noon to 8pm.
And you’d be remiss if you didn’t round out the weekend with a visit (or three) to the Spring Festival on Ponce on Saturday and Sunday. Held twice a year, in the Spring and the Fall, the Festival on Ponce brings arts and crafts to historic Olmstead Linear Park on Ponce just east of Moreland. Visitors to the festival will enjoy the gorgeous park in full bloom along with over 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, including folk and outsider art. A children’s area and local food and beverage offerings round out the festival cheer.