Virginia-Highland Summerfest officially takes place for one day only, but those in the know get started early at the Friday Night Kick-off Party. Held on the eve of the main event, the party is an annual dinner with live music, family-friendly activities, beer and cocktails, and lots of community spirit that raises funds for the John Howell Park renovation.


The Friday Night Kick-off Party takes place on June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets include fare from local food trucks The Queso Truck and The Cereal Lab; beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages courtesy of Coca-Cola and Post Meridiem Spirits; and live music from The Unmentionables and Backyard Birds. Haygood Church’s Happy Camper will provide treats and games for the kids.

All-inclusive tickets to the Friday Night Kick-off Party are $35 for general admission and $10 for kids 12 and younger.


The next morning, the 38th-annual Virginia-Highland Summerfest begins with the Summerfest 5K Run (Saturday, June 10 at 8 a.m.). This AJC Peachtree Road Race Qualifier welcomes runners, walkers and rollers to enjoy the route through the tree-lined streets of the neighborhood, with its stately historic homes and buildings. Registration is $35 and available at Immediately following the run, kids 10 and younger can participate in the Tot Trot (online registration required).


At 11 a.m., Virginia-Highland Summerfest officially opens and offers a full day of art perusing in the juried Artist Market, shopping in the Makers’ Market, fun for kids in the Kidsfest area (11 a.m. – 3 p.m. only), and food and beverages from an array of festival vendors and local restaurants.


Summerfest is recognized for its excellent music lineup, as renowned local musicians and nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters hit the stage each year. This year’s headliner is jam scene luminary Perpetual Groove, and the day also features performances from David Ryan Harris, Flannel Nation and Jive Talk.


Date & Time – Virginia-Highland Summerfest

Saturday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Kidsfest hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Summerfest 5K Run 8 a.m.

Tot Trot immediately following 5K

Friday Night Kick-off Party – June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.


Summerfest Location

Virginia Avenue between North Highland Avenue and Park Drive and John Howell Park.


Parking at the Festival         

Summerfest offers an on-site bike valet. Limited, paid parking is available in certain business lots. Handicap parking is also available.


Complimentary Entrance

Summerfest is free to attend!


About Virginia-Highland Civic Association 

Summerfest is sponsored by the Virginia-Highland Civic Association (VHCA), a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that helps maintain Virginia-Highland as one of the most livable urban communities in the United States. The VHCA leads and supports planning and zoning initiatives and the development and maintenance of North Highland Park along with other neighborhood initiatives, such as recent improvements to John Howell Park, sidewalks, safety, lighting and crime prevention programs.  The VHCA also provides financial support to local schools, the public library, the historic firehouse and other organizations serving Virginia-Highland residents.


The 38th-annual Virginia-Highland Summerfest takes place June 10, 2023. More information is available at