This is a sponsored post. All thoughts are our own. Spring! It’s here and our favorite festival to welcome her is the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival held at Blackburn Park on March 25-26. This is a great spring festival in the Atlanta area because it literally covers any interest area that you might have, plus it’s centrally located.
Let’s start with getting the family involved. There’s a 1K, as well as a 5K. For the family, or just to have the kids run their sillies out the 1K is perfect as it’s a chance to get the kids involved, experience the thrill of a race and most importantly for kids-have fun. If you’re a more seasoned runner the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival 5K Race is USATF Certified for 2017 Peachtree Road Race Seeding. The great thing about races like this when you do them as a family is that you’re all but guaranteed to see some of their school friends and it teaches kids that fitness can be a family activity. Registration for both races are still open.
This festival is also known for being pet friendly and that’s a rare thing for a major spring festival to say. Bring your leashed dog with you as you walk around the festival or have them (the dog, not you….) participate in the Pet Parade on Sunday afternoon or the Pet Costume Contest that happens immediately after that. There will also be some cool stunt dog show to give your pooch something to strive for in case they need a goal.
One aspect that our kids enjoy about the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival is the variety of things to do. If they aren’t in the mood to see dancing from the Marist School Dance Academy, high school musicians from School of Rock, classic cars or any number of great musical acts then we can just walk around. That walk might lead them to the food and arts & crafts area. Granted snacks are par for the course when it comes to festivals, kettle corn, hot dogs or other staples to keep them happy.
Blackburn Park has over 120 Cherry Blossom Trees planted and they will be near peak pink over March 25-26 when the festival happens. Remember that cold snap the other week? It was not enough to compromise the color or vibrancy of the flowers; they’ll be out in full force for this free festival.
Side note about the music: all of the acts are great. However, pay attention to the closing act on March 26, Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project. Roland is the lead singer of Collective Soul and this is another project that he works on. This is song craftsmanship, adult alternative that will make you tap your toes. Odds are they’ll be playing a couple songs from their upcoming release, Alder Lane Farm in addition to music from their first release.
The Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival is fun stuff. It’s free, happens rain or shine and has ample parking to accommodate thousands of folks. If you share any photos of the even on social media tag it with #CherryFest17 so that others can check it out too.