Photo by Asep Mawardi

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is back and bigger than ever, with sculptures, murals, special exhibitions, live entertainment and the annual Lantern Parade.

Since it’s beginning in 2010, Art on the BeltLine has become the largest temporary outdoor art exhibition in the south that is completely free to the public.

The exhibition includes “Inertia,” the sculpture component of this year’s festival featuring large and small creations by local and nationally-known artists, while “BeltLine Walls” showcases colorful, thought-provoking murals painted along the trails. “Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, 1944-1968,” curated by historian Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, is an exhibition of photos of the era across four miles of the Eastside and Westside Trails.
There will also be special live events by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre, The Atlanta Opera and more.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. the Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest will be held along the Eastside Trail with live music, food, kid’s play area and an opportunity to make a lantern for that evening’s Lantern Parade.

The Lantern Parade, which grew to a whopping 70,000 participants and viewers last year, lines up at 7:15 p.m. where the Eastside Trail crosses at Irwin Street and will continue on to Piedmont Park. Participants are encouraged to make colorful lanterns and dress in costumes.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.