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The weekend – Inman Park festival returns

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The weekend – Inman Park festival returns

Photo from the Inman Park Festival Facebook page.

Photo from the Inman Park Festival Facebook page.

One of Atlanta’s biggest, oldest neighborhood festivals returns this weekend.

According to the event Facebook page, The Inman Park Festival started in the 1970s “as a means to attract attention to gentrification efforts that sought to revitalize the community.” There will be a tour of homes starting today at noon, but most of the event takes place on April 26 and April 27.  It begins at 11 am and ends at 8:30 pm on Saturday and 7 pm on Sunday. The parade kicks off Saturday at 2 pm. Admission to the festival is free.

There will be food, bands and beer. There will also be local crafts. re:loom, a local nonprofit sponsored by Decaturish, will be there on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

For a full festival map, click here. This thing is huge and brings thousands of people to the park each year.

Other things going on this weekend:

– Avondale Estates will hold its rescheduled Easter Egg Spring Chicken Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 26, starting at 10 am in Willis Park. The city called off the Egg Hunt last weekend due to bad weather.

– Great Clips at Shamrock Plaza will hold a Community Haircut Drive in honor of the Willadsen family from 9 am to 7 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday. The death of Tami and Jess Willadsen in an April 12 fire has inspired an outpouring of support from the community. According to the event announcement, “Half of each regularly priced haircut will be donated in the family’s name, per their wishes, to the Museum School of Avondale Estates and the Nature Conservancy of Georgia. Haircut prices are $14 for adults and $12 for kids and seniors.” Great Clips is located at 3906 North Druid Hills Road.

Garage Door Studio in Avondale Estates will hold an open house on Sunday, April 27, from 2 pm to 5 pm. The artist cooperative is located at 119 Center Street.

The Decatur Garden Tour is 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday. The event announcement says, “This year’s 26th anniversary tour expands into greater Decatur. Our theme is the woodland garden and we will feature eight private gardens and three public treasures: the Wylde Center, Hawk Hollow, and the Woodlands Garden. The tour is self-guided so you can spend as much time as you wish at each stop.” The event even got a mention in The New York Times. For more information, click here.

The Totally Awesome 80s Night at Oakhurst Solarium and online auction takes place this evening, April 25 in Oakhurst. The event begins at 7 pm. For more information, click here.

– The Decatur Police Department will participate in a “Drug-Take Back” day on Saturday, April 26, from 10 am to 2 pm. The event will be held at at 250 Ponce de Leon Ave in Decatur. The announcement says, “This is a great event for those who have accumulated unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs in order to safely dispose of them to keep them out of the trash, our water systems or taken by someone other than whom the drug was prescribed for.”

– The community is invited to Critters in the ‘Hood this Sunday, April 27, at 2 pm. The event is being held in the cafeteria of the International Community School (formerly Medlock Elementary). located at 2418 Wood Trail Lane, Decatur, GA 30033.

The event announcement says,  “The speaker is Kathryn Dudeck, Wildlife Director of the Chattahoochee Nature Center and Medlock Park resident. She will have a number of live animals on hand, including: an Eastern box turtle, a black rat snake, an opossum, and a barred owl and/or a red-tailed hawk. Got critter questions? This is your opportunity to ask an expert! The event is a fundraiser for the International Community School and donations of $2 per person are requested. All funds raised will be earmarked for improvements to the school’s garden/outdoor classroom.

“Prior to the talk, the Interim Principal of the International Community School, Alisa Bouer, will be on hand to give community members a tour of the school, including the school garden. Any area residents interested in taking a look around the school or learning more about the ICS philosophy are invited to attend. School tours start at 1 pm, the Critters in the ‘Hood talk starts at 2 pm.”