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2016 Big Shanty Festival

Next weekend downtown Kennesaw will host the annual Big Shanty Festival on April 16 and 17, 2016.  The festival combines the best of the rich heritage of Kennesaw and the Civil War era with today’s fun filled activities. Over 70,000 attendees will enjoy the more than 250 booths with arts & crafts, food vendors, merchants, and live entertainment.

This year’s festival will offer great entertainment on two stages and a variety of foods to please everyone’s palate. There will also be plenty of great tasting Fontis Water on hand, as we will once again be the official water sponsor of the event. The Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival kicks off the day with a parade on Saturday at 9:30 am. The parade features floats, high school bands, marchers, and over 1,000 youngsters representing every sport association in the area. The parade will begin at Adams Park and continue down Main Street through downtown Kennesaw. Then the fun begins for the entire weekend! We look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Big Shanty Festival.


Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10 am to 6 pm
Parade is on Saturday at 9:30 am
Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 12 pm to 5 pm