BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
This weekend, the Candler Park Music and Food Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary.
The annual event in the neighborhood Atlanta park (1500 McLendon Ave. NE) is celebrating with a Friday-Saturday gathering of nearly two dozen food vendors (Southern Crust, Lisa’s Creperie, Tex’s Tacos and Bento Bus among them) and a solid musical lineup.
On Friday, the alt-pop group Grand - winners of the Terrapin Battle of the Bands – kicks off the night at 5 p.m. They’ll be followed by Atlanta rock duo Larkin Poe (6 p.m.); Keller Williams and his new Tom Petty-inspired project PettyGrass, featuring the Hillbenders (7:30 p.m.); and funk sextet Lettuce (9:15 p.m.).
Saturday brings neighborhood favorite Webster (12:45 p.m.), playing the event for the 10th consecutive time, along with Busty and the Bass (2:15 p.m.); Twiddle (3:45 p.m.); Susto (5:15 p.m.); Houndmouth (7 p.m.); and the Warren Haynes-fronted headliners Gov’t Mule (8:45 p.m.).
Tickets: $25 (single day); $35 (both days); VIP ($80, 21 and older only). Tickets are required for those 12 and older. Prices will increase on Friday. Click here to purchase tickets.
Transportation: You know the drill – parking is extremely limited, so take MARTA (the Edgewood/Candler Park Station on the green/blue line is closest). Those using ride share services can pick up and drop off along Candler Park Drive and Miller Avenue. A free bike valet will also be available. Look for the signs upon arrival.
A note about food: Most of the food trucks are cash only. There will be ATMs on site, or otherwise, come prepared.
Bag policy: If you’ve gone to a stadium event in the past couple of years, this should be familiar. Only bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″ will be permitted. Also allowed, a gallon-size clear plastic freezer bag (e.g., Ziploc), small clutch bags no larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″, and an empty Camelbak with a maximum of two pockets.
On the no-no list: Pets, chairs (of any kind), selfie sticks, umbrellas (again, of any kind), food or beverages, coolers, weapons, glass, fireworks, drugs or, in case you planned to get super comfy, tents.
Info: 678-701-6114, candlerparkmusicfestival.com.