Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden hosts its annual Finster Fest art and music extravaganza this Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, in Summerville, at Paradise Garden.
Finster Fest will feature a record-breaking 68 folk and fine artists, 18 live music performances, barbecue and other southern fares, a children’s art activity area, and, of course, the chance to tour Howard Finster’s famous folk art environment. Finster Fest will feature nationally recognized self-taught artists from nine states. Music performances will be held in various parts of Paradise Garden. The speaker series will include “Smoke LORE” author, Jim Auchmutey, entertaining presentation on the history and culture of barbecue, and artist Peter Loose on the “Influence of Howard Finster on Current Contemporary Self-Taught Artists.”
Hours for the family-friendly festival are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Admission is $5, 12 and under free. Free parking on U.S. 27 just north of the Paradise Garden, with complimentary three-minute shuttle provided. Handicap parking is available on site.
For information on VIP Patron Hospitality, call Paradise Garden at 706-808-0800.
Proceeds from Finster Fest benefit the nonprofit Paradise Garden Foundation, which operates and continues restoration of Howard Finster’s two-acre plus art environment and cultural center.
FINSTER FEST MUSIC
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Aaron P. Zimmer; 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Georgia Crackers; 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Little Mazarn; 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. – John Green poetry reading; 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – BarbAric Yawps.
THE BIG TOP
11:30 a.m. – Scott Low; 1 p.m. – Mark Cool; 3:30 p.m. – Russell McClanahan and Phil Helton.
11:15 a.m. – Stringers Ridge; 1 p.m. – Jeremy Wells; 2:30 p.m. – Muletide; 3:30 p.m. – Snave & the Third Stream.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Robinella; 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Roger Alan Wade; 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Daniel Hutchens.
THE BIG TOP
Noon to 1:15 p.m. – David Bell; 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – A. Lee Edwards; 3 p.m. – Kindred Fire.
1 p.m. – Parker Gispert; 2:30 p.m. – Thayer Sarrano; 4 p.m. – Lucas Smith.
Look for updates at Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden on Facebook. More information on Paradise Garden can be found at paradisegardenfoundation.org or call the Festival Hotline at 706-808-0800.