The event, now in its 46th year, has drawn crowds of about 200,000 people annually and Christine Clement, spokeswoman for the park, said the festival has grown significantly from humble beginnings.
“During its first years, the Yellow Daisy Festival was held in two picnic pavilions at Stone Mountain Park and over the years the festival grew into now what is the Southeast’s largest outdoor arts and crafts event,” she said. “Despite its growth from a small arts and crafts show to the four-day event it is today, the festival continues to be a big show with a small-town feel.”
The festival is held annually in September to celebrate the blooming of the Confederate yellow daisy, which only grows within 60 miles of Stone Mountain.
Along with vendors and plenty of shopping, attendees can also enjoy a wide array of food truck vendors, live entertainment, a children’s corner with games and activities and crafter demonstrations throughout the event.
The Flower Show, a horticulture competition that has occurred during the festival for the past 43 years, will also be happening again this year with more than 600 horticulture exhibits including educational themes and gardening trends.
Special Events Manager Janet Bell said the organizers have seen their share of changes over the years.
“The event is rich in history not only to the park but to the village and our surrounding community,” she said. “Besides the veteran vendors, each year we have new ones to see. Additionally, over the past three years, we have added food trucks and a heavy music line up to entertain our guests.”
However, Bell said, the mission of bringing together families and friends with fun, shopping, live entertainment and good food has remained constant.
The festival is free with paid parking admission. Vehicle entry to the park is $10 for a one-day permit or $35 for an annual permit.
The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
If you go:
Where: Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive
When: Sept. 4 through Sept. 7
Cost: Free admission with paid parking, $10 per vehicle