This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of The City of Brookhaven; however, all
thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Last weekend we had the opportunity to attend the annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival! This was our first time attending, so I wanted to share our wonderful experience with you. As we entered the city of Brookhaven, we started to see a ton of free parking lots designated for the festival that had shuttles running back and forth all day long. We got lucky and actually found a spot on the street right near the entrance of Blackburn Park, so we also ended up parking for free. We attended the festival on Saturday and really lucked out with the weather. It was cloudy when we got there, but the sun soon popped out and made it a beautiful, warm day.
Our first stop inside the festival was inside the dog area. There were several pet vendors set up in this area, along with a dog park area that was gated off. Guests could bring their dogs inside the gated area and let their dogs run wild and play with each other.
Bennett instantly become OBSESSED with the dog area and wanted to pet EVERY.SINGLE.DOG he saw. Luckily, people were gracious enough to let him pet all of their dogs while Bennett squealed with laughter, totally making his day. He loved this area so much, that he cried when we tried to take him somewhere else.
Next to the dog play area was an open space with a dog obstacle course set up where a man showed off some of his trained dogs and showed the audience several tricks that his dogs could do. I couldn’t pay complete attention to him, as I was trying to make sure Bennett wasn’t running off to pet another “doggie.”
There was also a car show area set up at the festival where tons of cars (new and old) were displayed with their doors and hoods popped open for people to see. As we walked in to the car show area, we were given pieces of paper to write down our favorite car number and vote for the best car. I came across this old yellow beauty and fell in love instantly (as you probably saw in my Instastories!)
My husband really liked this 1931 Ford Model A and the owner of the car even let Bennett sit inside of it.
We next went into the Kid Zone where there were inflatables everywhere! They had obstacle courses, jumping castles, ships, a climbing wall, and body bungee trampolines for kids to go on. Bennett kept saying he wanted to go on on the inflatable ship but ended up chickening out (just like I thought he would) when we actually bought tickets and put him on one. Oh well, maybe next year when he is older!
In the middle of Blackburn Park, there was a stage set up for musical performances. I had the pleasure of getting to see one of my old college buddies, Wesley Cook perform on stage. It was incredible to get to see him shine on stage and do what he does best, sing his heart out! He is unbelievably talented and has been seen all over the Atlanta area. If you ever have the opportunity to see Wes perform live, I highly recommend it. He puts on a great show and truly pours his heart and soul into every song he writes and sings.
Performing later that afternoon was the band Transviolet, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones, country music star Craig Morgan as well as country music sensation Keith Anderson. On Sunday, Five for Fighting and Edwin McCain completed the festival lineup.
My favorite part of the festival was the food area. There several food trucks set up serving barbecue, gourmet corn dogs, gyros, jerk chicken grilled cheese, beer, wine and vodka lemonades and of course my favorite popsicles, King of Pops.
We ended our festival experience by walking through the arts and crafts area. There was vendor after vendor set up selling some of the cutest handmade items; soaps, mugs, wall art, hanging wooden signs, old beer bottles and more. By that time, we were all tuckered out after having such a fun day that we decided to head home. Attending the festival was so easy! Parking was a breeze, admission was free and the weather turned out to be absolutely gorgeous! We had such a great time at the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, that we will definitely be back next year!