Outdoor festival gay magnet to Old Fourth Ward

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How do you get hipsters, alterna-queers, craftsy lesbians and Atlanta’s art gays to one place at one time? Organize an arts festival in the Old Fourth Ward, and let the neighborhood charms do the work.

The Old Fourth Ward Festival of the Arts on Saturday and Sunday was just the latest celebration of the outdoors and the city’s incredibly diverse parks organized by the gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. Local flavor was added to the art, food and live music that are now signature to foundation events.

The foundation is the brainchild of partners Patrick Dennis and Randall Fox, and they’re not done with 2013 yet. The Piedmont Park Arts Festival goes down Aug. 17-18, Sandy Springs Festival at Heritage Green is Sept. 21-22, Stone Mountain Oktoberfest takes place Oct. 12-13,  Fall Festival on Ponce returns Oct. 19-20, and Chastain Park Festival is Nov. 2-3.

Photos by Sher Pruitt

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