2023 Big Shanty Festival 

Visit us again this Year

Admission is Free!

Saturday April 22nd from 9:30 am till 6:00 pm

Sunday April 23rd from 12:00 pm till 5:00 pm.

  Site D-8 by the old Train Depot 

across from the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

Downtown Kennesaw is host to the annual Big Shanty Festival on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 2023.  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 200 booths with arts & crafts, food vendors, merchants, and 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.





Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 9:30 am to 6 pm

Parade is on Saturday at 9:30 am

Sunday, April 23, 2023 from 12 pm to 5 pm