Finster Fest To Be Held May 25-26 In Summerville

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Howard Finster's Paradise Garden hosts its annual Finster Fest art and music extravaganza again on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, in Summerville.  Finster Fest will feature more than 60 artists, live music, barbecue and other southern fare, 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 including Missionary Mary Proctor (Florida), Michael Banks (Alabama), Peter Loose (Georgia), Eric Legge (Georgia), Jim Kopp (Wyoming) C.M. and Grace Kelly Laster (Kentucky).

Nationally noted artists making their Finster Fest debut this year include Marshal Bevins (Louisiana), Tony Dodson (Ohio), and Deron Braxton Harris (Alabama).

Performances will be held in various parts of Paradise Garden, featuring music by Roger Alan Wade (Chattanooga), Parker Gispert of the Whigs (Nashville), Daniel Hutchens of Bloodkin (Athens), Thayer Sarrano (Los Angeles, Ca.), Robinella (Knoxville), Georgia Crackers (Atlanta) and Little Mazarn (Austin, Tx.), to name a few.

Hours for the family-friendly festival are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Admission is $5, with free parking at the Walmart on U.S. 27 just north of the Garden, with complimentary shuttle provided. Handicap parking is available on site.

Proceeds from Finster Fest benefit the nonprofit Paradise Garden Foundation, which operates and continues restoration of Howard Finster's 2-acre plus attraction.


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