Downtown Kennesaw is host to the annual Big Shanty Festival on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, 2024.  Attendees can enjoy the more than 200 arts and crafts booths, 20 food booths, 20 general booth spaces, a beer garden, and free live entertainment.

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.


Parade is on Saturday at 9:30 am
Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 10:00 am to 6 pm
Sunday, April 21, 2024 from 12 pm to 5 pm

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 JRM Management at (770) 423-1330.

For more information, please contact 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

  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!

  6. My name is Theodore Moss, and I represent, The Butterfly Effects, located in west central Florida. We have a traveling exhibit, that houses hundreds of live butterflies, where people and their families can actually interact with and feed live butterflies. Every fairgoer will be given one of our feeding sticks, with nectar on it, where they can come in, feed up to 5 different species of butterflies, that are indigenous to your particular state. Whether they just want to experience the fun of holding a live butterfly up close or just the educational side of our exhibit, where they will learn, through our video tutorial, the life cycle of the butterflies and even how to fix a broken wing. Either way, every fair goer will learn something new and always leave our exhibit with a smile on their face!

    If you would like us to come to your fair or Festival or have any more questions, feel free to call or email me anytime.. Have a great day.

    Theodore Moss

    Event Coordinator


  7. Hello, my name is Shirley I need to find the vendor that was selling the Southern Roots Designs.
    Please help me find the seller or the number I can contact her.
    Thank you for help.


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