Big Shanty Festival

Big Shanty Festival

Downtown Kennesaw is host to the annual Big Shanty Festival on April 18 and 19, 2015.  The festival combines the best of the rich heritage of Kennesaw and the Civil War era with today’s fun filled activities. Over 70,000 attendees will enjoy the more than 250 booths with arts & crafts, food vendors, merchants, and live entertainment.

This year’s event offers great entertainment on two stages and a variety of foods to please everyone’s palate. The Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival kicks off with a parade on Saturday at 9:30am. 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, April 18, 2015 from 10am to 6pm
Parade is on Saturday at 9:30am
Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 12pm to 5pm

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 or online at

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


  1. Cindi Bailey says

    We would like to have a vendor booth. Could you let me know where to sign up and when the deadline is?

    Thank you.

    • DonnaCobb says

      We are an authentic Indian frybread vendor and were looking to fill our schedule. If you could call me or email the info of event and food vendor application 386-479-9560 or email shilohsfrybread.

      Thank you,

    • Roy Rosacia says

      Good Luck they are the worst at returning calls or even letting you know they have received your application. I’ve decided not to put my business in there hands.

      • Gabriel says

        I got two whole beef tenderloins from you for Christmas Eve dnnier. I can’t tell you how everyone raved about it. You could cut the meat with a fork. Everything we have purchased from you over the past year has been top-grade and wonderful. Amazingly, your prices are reasonable (in line with Publix), but the quality is far superior. I am a fan and a very happy customer. Love it that you are just across the street from my subdivision.

  2. Beverly says

    Hello there, I read that the Marine Corps Silent Drill Team will be performing in the festival, where and what time will the performance start?

    Thank you for your time.

  3. says

    Hi Beverly,
    United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon will be performing in the parade on Saturday morning and also performing at Kennesaw Mountain High School at 7:30pm Saturday evening, April 17, 2010 as part of military appreciation night.

  4. Matt says

    what needs to be done to perform on the stage in front of the police department, where the ETO demo team does their demonstration?

  5. says

    If you like the USMC 8th&I Silent Drill Team. Take a look at their website along with the USMC D&B CORPS. Which performs at the Albany Georgia Marine Base each October.

  6. mike says

    1. Is the festival in the depot parking lot next to the playground?
    2. How can we find out where to park and what is the best route to reach the festival?

    • says

      We just got back from the festival and there were quite a few dogs there.

      We have not seen a list of vendors online anywhere, but you could try calling the event organizers at (770) 423-1330.

      Thanks for your comment and glad to hear that you are making the trip. I am sure you will have a great time, and feel free to stop back by this page and leave your comments about this years festival.

  7. Dottie Brown says

    I live in South Carolina and was there last year with my son and his family who live in Kennesaw. What a great festival. This year we are making it a big family weekend. My other two children and their families who also live in SC are making the trek to Kennesaw with me to join in the fun at the Big Shanty Festival. See you there!! :)

  8. toni says

    We went to the festival and saw a vendor selling fantastic glass windchimes. I want to get one for my mom for mothers day, but she was with me at the time!!! If anyone knows the name of the person or their website Id really appreciate it. Thanks!

  9. says

    We have been participants at the Big Shanty Festival since 1995. This is a wonderful event for the whole family. There is something for everyone. Shopping, demonstrations, eating, playing, there are several local businesses there to promote their place in the community, and entertainment. There is a HUGE parade on Saturday morning.
    Parking can be a little crazy, there are some “paid” parking areas/lots … and there are places you might be able to park [free] for a short term. My advice on this is for you to come out early, especially on Saturday.
    Bring your walking shoes, bring a stroller or wagon for the young kids, there is alot of ground to cover.
    Pack a picnic (a little ice chest fits nicely in the stroller bottom.), or purchase lunch from the food vendors. There are some delicious choices
    @Margot>>> I have seen many DOGS over the years there, don’t think there is any ordinance against them being there (even seen a few lizards, birds and one monkey, as I recall.)
    Bring CASH. Some vendors will take credit/debit cards, but not all of them .. I do not remember seeing an ATM machine there in years past.
    Hope you come out and have a good time, rain or shine!

    • says

      Hi Celia,
      Thanks for the great information and comments. We are looking forward to seeing you there and we will be sure to stop by to say hi and get a picture of your booth this year.

    • Ketha says

      Hi Celia,

      You are right, come early. We have had the great fortune of parking for free because our daughter is in the parade and we have to be there really early. On the ATM machines, there was one available right before the railroad tracks.

      Great fudge by the way!!!!

      I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks.


  10. Brandy says

    Where do 50,000 people park? Sounds like a big festival but that area doesn’t look like it has the parking for that many people.

    • Ketha says


      They park everywhere. If you come early enough you can find parking at Adam’s park. I’ve actually seen people park in the lot behind Burger King, Autozone area and walk over.

  11. matt says

    This is great event. The only suggestion I have is that I wish it lasted a little longer than 6pm and had some bands playing somewhere. I think there was a guy playing guitar on top of trackside last year if I remember correctly. More music please!

  12. Mike says

    I purchased a military 2.5 ton (duece and a half) truck last year. Is there a place in the parade that it would be appropriate. If so I would like to participate in the parade.

  13. Christine says

    We went on Saturday and bought mini doughnuts from temptation doughnuts. My whole family loved them. Do they have a local store? I tried googling them and I can’t find anything about them.

  14. Marcia Sutton says

    Is there a list of vnedors from this festival, I am trying to find one, that I forgot the name of and lost his card~

  15. Jenny Bradley says

    I am interested in having a booth at this year’s Big Shanty Festival (Spring 2013). Are there still booths available? Where would I be able to find more information about having a booth at the festival? Thank you for your time.

  16. Syd says

    What is the mileage length of the parade? Is there a shuttle that takes you back to your car at Adams Park after parade participation?

    • Denise says

      There is not a shuttle to take you back to Adams Park. You have to either walk back or arrange transportation near the end of the parade.

  17. says

    I would love to be a food vendor at this event for 2014. We are a food truck the frequencies the Kennesaw Depot food truck night on Mondays. Can you please let me know how to go about becoming a vendor.


    • says

      Hi Jason,

      Try calling the event organizers at (770) 423-1330.

      We look forward to seeing you there – and I will be stopping by for a Bahn Mi Meatball Sandwich – and several more at food truck night before that. ;-)

  18. Darla says

    We attended the event today and there were lots of dogs of all sizes. Those that are comfortable around dogs should enjoy this Festival. There didn’t seem to be any restrictions on animals in food areas, etc. Expect to be free to roam with your dog on a leash. The event is definitely pet friendly.

  19. Jeremy smoot says

    Trying to locate name or website of jewelry vendor from festival. Her necklaces and bracelets were made from nuts and bolts. If you have any info please let me know. Thanks

  20. David Brown says

    I still cannot find where the applications, fees, instructions, restrictions or really any information on being a vendor at this festival? Is there another website that they have gone too?

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