Come enjoy the 41st Annual Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival April 22 and 23.  The downtown Kennesaw area will be transformed into a giant family-friendly festival. There will be a variety of activities to entertain all ages.

While at the Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival take time to wander through more than 200 booths featuring a vast array of one-of-a-kind and homemade crafts.  Big Shanty Festival has grown through the years to become one of the largest arts and crafts shows in North Georgia and has been recognized as the Best of Cobb, Best Festival in 2015 by the Cobb Life Magazine and the Marietta Daily Journal.

The location of the festival plays up the rich heritage of Kennesaw and its important role in the Civil War.  The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History sits at the center of the festival.  This Smithsonian-affiliated Museum is home to the famous “General” locomotive and encompasses the history of the downtown Kennesaw area. Stop by the enormous Kid’s Zone with inflatables big and small for kids of all ages will entertain all the kids.

You will be absolutely amazed by the free entertainment at the event this year. Team Rock Ninja Experience is an awesome team of martial arts experts has been wowing audiences around the world with high-flying, jaw-dropping performances that showcase an extraordinary display of extreme breaking and theatrics. This team has been featured on America’s Got Talent and will bring you a show like you’ve never seen before!

This breath-taking show is presented by Loud Security.

K-9s in Flight, presented by LGE Community Credit Union. Audiences of all ages will be entertained by this non-stop, action-packed performance showcasing the top amazing K-9 sports, including K-9 high jump, back flips and Frisbee fetching all in a fun, high-flying atmosphere.  

Also strolling through the festival will be the phenomenon known as the Walking TreeMan! Barely distinguishable from the real trees, Walking TreeMan moves slowly and deliberately down the street, enchanting all that meet him. At over 12 feet tall, TreeMan can be seen from 150 yards away! Keep your eyes peeled also for someone dressed as Woody from Toy Story…only he’s 10 feet tall! HE will be performing amazing lasso tricks to entertain the festival goers of all ages!

In the newly-constructed outdoor amphitheater, you will find acoustic music all day Saturday and Sunday! Sing along to all of your favorite songs of years past and today while relaxing in the city’s newest park improvement located next to the underpass on the depot side of the tracks.  

Of course it wouldn’t be a festival without outstanding local entertainment and all your favorite “festival foods”.  Entertainment will include some of Kennesaw’s most talented residents performing, local dance and demonstration teams, school chorus groups, members of Great Gig Dance Studio and many more community groups on the Cobb EMC Local Entertainment Stage.  The two entertainment stages will also feature performances by many of our area schools including Baker, Chalker, Pickett’s Mill, Big Shanty and Hayes Elementary, as well as Awtrey, McClure and Barber Middle School.

To kick off the festivities – A PARADE – will start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. The Parade features fabulous floats and proud marchers – more than 2,000 youngsters alone representing every sport association and school in the area, plus winners of many pageants along with Allatoona, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain and North Cobb High School Bands.  The Parade will start at Adams Park and continue down Main Street through downtown Kennesaw.

The Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival is held in downtown Kennesaw on both sides of Main Street (Highway 293) and is co-sponsored by the City of Kennesaw and the Kennesaw Business Association (a non-profit organization).  The hours of operation are 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., on Saturday, April 22, and noon-5:00 p.m., on Sunday, April 23.  Admission is FREE.  

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