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Here’s a (free) DeKalb festival with food trucks, bands, superheroes


The third annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival returns to Blackburn Park on March 25 and 26. 

That means a free weekend of music, food, dressed-up dogs and plenty more, including a performance by Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project, whose singer was the lead singer in Collective Soul. 

By the way, all of this free.

“This festival has been a wonderful way to bring our community together and show visitors what’s so special about Brookhaven,” festival chair and founder Rebecca Chase Williams said in a news release. “It’s a great place for families to bring their children to play, residents to host out-of-town guests, couples to meet for a drink and BBQ, and pet lovers to bring their dogs and stroll with us in the Pet Parade.”

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The fest runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. 

Some highlights: 

  • Arts and crafts market
  • Food trucks and vendors 
  • Children’s Village (face painting, balloon twisting, sand art creation station, bounce house and rock-climbing wall)
  • Stunt dog shows
  • Classic car show on March 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 5K run and 1K walk on March 25 at 7 a.m. 
  • Pet Parade and costume contest on March 26 at 2 p.m. 

The bands:

  • Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project
  • Wesley Cook
  • Blair Crimmins
  • Gurufish
  • The Breeze Kings
  • C.O.T. Band

Why cherry blossoms?

In 2014 Brookhaven planted 240 cherry trees in Blackburn Park, which is located at 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road. It’s the official tree of the city. 

For more information, click here.

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