Thousands of Atlantans have spoken, and the Final Four contestants in the first annual Great Atlanta Festival Face-Off have emerged! Whoop whoop!
Atlanta's growing lineup of festivals, perennial mega-events, and wondrous gatherings is getting crowded. This friendly and highly prestigious tournament is meant to help set the record straight, and determine which events are never to be missed.
A quick review: We selected 16 options unique to Atlanta — both stalwarts and upstarts, musical and not, representing an eclectic mix of neighborhoods — and alphabetized them to determine 1-16 seeding.
Place a vote for your Final Four faves below, and soon we'll have a glorious Finals matchup.
Final Four voting begins right now and ends Monday afternoon.
THE FINAL FOUR:
Chomp and Stomp, Cabbagetown: This colorful November homage to chili and bluegrass just skirted by Atlanta Streets Alive, after having ousted Chastain's signature festival earlier this week.
Fall Festival in Candler Park: Celebrating 16 years of shindigs come October, this community lynchpin in a pretty setting has triumphed over Grant Park Summer Shade Fest and Decatur's artsy downtown gala this week.
Inman Park Festival: Just 14 votes distinguished the Inman Park Festival from another major attraction, the Lantern Parade, in Elite Eight voting, after IP conquered Kirkwood's Spring Fling. This quirky, late-April jamboree has consumed the gorgeous lanes of Inman Park for 45 straight years.
Oakhurst Porchfest: Proving that age doesn't matter, the upstart Oakhurst Porchfest has toppled tuneful Goliaths Music Midtown and Shaky Knees Festival this week. The second incarnation of this grassroots shindig will transform dozens of Oakhurst porches into stages this October.