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Friday, September 19 at 4:00 PM

Festival in the Park

FESTIVAL IN THE PARK RETURNS FOR 50th YEAR
 
Festival in the Park returns for its 50th anniversary in Charlotte's Freedom Park September 19-21, spotlighting a rich assortment of regional arts, small-stage variety shows, unique crafts, karaoke  and live music on the island Band Shell appropriate for the entire family.
 
The Festival is recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast, and one of the nation’s top festivals by Sunshine Artists Magazine. The Festival has also been honored as Best Charlotte Festival by Charlotte Magazine.
 
“Our 50th year festival has nearly 200 arts and crafts exhibits, 5 stages and more than 1,000 entertainers," says David Dalton, Festival board chair. He adds., "We expect to top 100,000 attendees during its run this year. After 50 years, Festival in the Park has become a multi-generational tradition for families." The Festival is free to attend.
 
There are multiple access points to Freedom Park: Drop-off locations at Princeton Avenue, additional parking availability at East Boulevard at Kings Drive, shuttle service from either the East/West light rail station, Holy Trinity’s Middle School or Myers Park Traditional School.  Check the website www.FestivalinthePark.org , for details about the event - parking, shuttles hours of operation, and exhibits. Follow the event on Twitter -- @FITP, or see Facebook at facebook.com/FestivalintheParkCharlotte.
 
At the Festival the Anne Reynolds Belk Artists’ Walk features fine arts exhibits. Along the Lake Walk traditional arts and crafts people will offer their work. A variety of food, interactive children’s activities and music from some of the area’s finest musicians round out the Festival.
 
Festival-goers are asked to please be considerate of park neighbors; do not block their driveways, and do not intrude upon their property. Police will be issuing citations and/or towing for illegal parking.
 
Festival in the Park is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization supported by “Friends of the Festival.”
 
This project was made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council; the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
 
Festival in the Park is hosted by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.
 
Take advantage of the recycle bins provided by Piedmont Natural Gas.  Let’s keep our parks completely green.
 
Festival in the Park FACTS:
 
Dates: September 19-21, 2014
 
Hours:
 
Friday, 4:00–9:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Location: Freedom Park, 1900 East Boulevard, Charlotte
 
Admission: FREE, and each performance is guaranteed family-friendly.
 
Parking at Festival in the Park  
 
Each year as thousands of people congregate in Freedom Park for the annual Festival, the question of parking is paramount in festival-goers’ minds.
 
Parking is available Friday after 5 p.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday at:
 
CMC-Myers Park (East Boulevard at Kings Drive).
Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School (Park Road and Princeton Avenue).
Myers Park Traditional School (Radcliffe Avenue near Queens Road).
Cost is $10 per car; proceeds benefit the respective schools.
Free shuttle transportation for paid parkers to the Festival.
The "Light Rail" shuttle to Festival in the Park:
 
Running from the East/West light rail stop on Camden at West Blvd.
Shuttle will be running during Festival hours.
$2 roundtrip fee per rider.
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