Downtown Kennesaw is host to the annual Big Shanty Festival on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, 2020.  The festival combines the best of the rich heritage of Kennesaw and the Civil War era with today’s fun filled activities. Attendees will enjoy the more than 175 booths with arts & crafts, food vendors, merchants, and live entertainment.

Safety Precautions:
From the event organizers, “The health and safety of those who visit the Superior Plumbing Big Shanty Festival is our top priority.  We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our visitors, and our staff.  Here’s what we are doing to keep you safe: Event staff members required to utilize appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times. Event staff members to wash hands prior to starting their shift and at frequent intervals in between tasks. Event staff members to undergo screening, including a temperature check, upon arrival to event facility. Food to be handled with plastic utensils to minimize touch points by staff members. Multiple hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the festival.  Superior Plumbing Big Shanty Festival will follow all social distancing guidelines provided by local & state officials.”

This year’s event offers great entertainment on different stages and a variety of foods to please everyone’s palate. The Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival kicks off 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 start at Adams Park and continue down Main Street through downtown Kennesaw.


Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 9:30 am to 6 pm
Parade is on Saturday at 9:30 am (no parade this year due to COVID)
Sunday, November 8, 2020 from 12 pm to 5 pm
(original date was April 18, 19, postponed due to Covid-19)

Downtown Kennesaw near the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Kennesaw, Ga 30144

This fun filled event is co-sponsored by the City of Kennesaw and the Kennesaw Business Association.

For more information, please contact the event organizers – JRM Management at (770) 423-1330.

For more information, please contact the event organizers – JRM Management at (770) 423-1330.


  1. I have been to many Shanty festivals and enjoy them very much except for one thing – the dogs ! Nobody loves dogs more than I do but the dogs don’t need to be there because they do get in the way and I see people continually pulling dogs away from each other to avoid a fight. The little dogs should be carried thru crowds but some owners seem to think everyone will see the dog and step around it. Some dogs look like they would want to be anywhere except roaming the crowded street. The one big thing in the hot summer the owners seem oblivious to the pavement being too hot for the dogs paws. I have seen two dogs picking up their feet quickly to avoid the burning of their paws and the owners are too busy talking to notice their dog is in distress.

    • AGREED !!!!! I love Dogs, but for reasons stated they should not be permitted. Unfortunately most owners are oblivious to the needs of their pets !!!

    • I love dogs too but I have to agree that they don’t need to be in these size of crowds nor on a hot pavement

    • I need to reach a vendor. I bought an item and it is defective. On the debit card it reads Joann’s Sewing Box. I appreciate anything that you can do to help me.

  2. Wish you all provided a map showing places to park. Some of my school kiddo’s parents have complained about not being able to find parking.

  3. Hi
    I am a Shaved ice vendor and I am interested to join your 2020 Big shanty Festival so can you please provide me registration form and further information
    Thank you

  4. Would be interested in joining. We have a food trailer and we have a 100 on health department report. We have a variety of foods
    Burgers,hot dogs, chicken, home made fries in many ways. Ribbon fries and tornado fries Funnel cakes. Home made lemonade

    Country girls southern grub

  5. Are y’all accepting any craft vendors this year? I imagine that the ones signed up for the earlier date will be there.. just heard about it. Very interested!


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