INMAN PARK FESTIVAL & TOUR OF HOMES
It might be hard to believe, considering how desirable an area Inman Park has become, but the Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes began 47 years ago as a means to prove that the neighborhood’s historic architecture was worth preserving.
“Residents who were trying to renovate and restore the homes from years of neglect couldn’t get loans from banks, and the idea of the Festival & Tour was born,” says 2018 festival Co-chair Robbie Whyte -Pierce. “This neighborhood is a prime example of historical preservation and the value of saving older architecture.”
Today, the festival is a spirited celebration of one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, featuring an arts and crafts market, a street market of antiques and handcrafted wares, and a host of special events, including three stages of live music, dance performances and home tour. For little ones, a Kids’ Zone includes activities such as yoga in the park, inflatables and face painting.
Arguably one of the most remarkable elements of the festival, though, is its parade that showcases a rainbow of playful costumes. “The spirit is to have fun and celebrate the individuals, groups and small local businesses who provide quirky floats and costumed participants,” says Co-chair Cooper Pierce.
The event is the product of more than 900 volunteers. Admission is free to all activities except the tour of homes, the proceeds of which benefit the Inman Park Neighborhood Association and its community initiatives. And the neighborhood welcomes everyone to join in the fun. “You don’t have to live here to volunteer,” says Pierce. “Once you participate, you’ll want to keep returning.”