Grab your kids, your grandkids, invite your neighbors and friends – head on down to Main Street in downtown Kennesaw this weekend, April 22 -23 for the 47 Annual Big Shanty Festival


The Kennesaw Business Association in cooperation with the City of Kennesaw along with the Title Sponsor: Superior Plumbing and Presenting Sponsors: LGE Community Credit Union and Georgia Grown will host the 47th Annual Superior Plumbing Kenneaw/Big Shanty Festival on Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23 in downtown Kennesaw.
The downtown Kennesaw area will be transformed into a giant family-friendly festival, with a variety of activities to entertain all ages.

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.

While at the Superior Plumbing Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival take time to wander through more than 250 booths featuring a vast array of one-of-a-kind and homemade crafts. This Festival has grown through the years to become one of the largest arts and crafts shows in North Georgia.

We are excited to welcome Troy Beaver and his Corn Roast concession to the 2023 Superior Plumbing Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival and we are excited to welcome @forksandflavors with their delicious food to the 2023 Superior Plumbing Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival. Dont forget the handcrafted items for purchase – Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Bring the kids and make sure to check out Atlanta Puppeteer Peter Hart behind City Hall during the 2023 Superior Plumbing Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival.

A Food Court featuring live music both Saturday & Sunday from the spectacular Scott Thompson, will be in the parking lot, adjacent to Bernardo’s. The festival is providing FREE SHUTTLES to and from the downtown area. Two 14 passenger busses will be running shuttles from Swift-Cantrell Park to festival grounds during event hours – both Saturday & Sunday.  Parking: Available at Adams Park & Swift-Cantrell. Admission is free to the festival.

The Festival is produced by the Kennesaw Business Association in cooperation with the City of Kennesaw. 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. For more information call 770-423-1330 or email  See you there!


A parade will kick-off the festival at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday April 22nd. Crowds line the streets of downtown Kennesaw to cheer on the more than 2,000 kids that participate. These kids represent every sports association and school in the area. Local businesses, the winners of various beauty pageants, and Allatoona, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, Harrison and North Cobb High School marching bands also add to the festivities. Festival management is now taking applications for the parade? Email Schools, churches, scouts, friends and neighbors are all welcome to march.


As a reminder the city allows Main Street to be closed for the Festival. This provides a much safer environment for folks to get back and forth between city hall and the museum area. The Kennesaw Business Association will host an information tent, right in the middle of Main St., So if you are looking for a particular booth, someone at the Information tent will be able to tell you which section they are in.

If you have questions, stop by and see the KBA booth . Parents you might want to suggest to your kids, that if you get separated during the festival to meet each other at the Information booth. Let your child have your cell phone number, and someone from the booth can call and tell you that your child is there.

For forty-seven years the Kennesaw Business Association and the City of Kennesaw have worked together to make this Festival a success and fun for everyone. The Kennesaw Business Association takes this time to publicly thank everyone at the City, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, the Police Department, the elected officials for their support and their help.

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