The Virginia Highland Summerfest takes place in early June, and is a street festival along Virginia Avenue, from Park Drive to North Highland Avenue. The event features live music, artist market, 5K and parade.
The closest MARTA station to Virginia Highland is the Midtown Station at 41 10th Street, on the red and gold rail line. However, plan for a 30 minute walk. It is an easy walk though. Take the 10th Street exit out of the station and turn right on 10th Street. Keeping walking straight ahead past the park until the street dead ends. Turn right onto Monroe Drive by the Grady Stadium, then a quick left on Virginia Avenue (see walking map).
Bus 36 essentially travels along this same route and departs from the Midtown station, so you can check the bus schedules ahead of time to plan your trip if you don’t want to walk. Check the MARTA site the day of for any bus reroute information. With Virginia Avenue closed to car traffic, the bus will likely travel down a parallel side street instead.
You can also choose one of the following options:
- Bus 16 goes up and down North Highland Avenue, departing from the Five Points station and Loehmann’s Plaza. You could also try parking in the Kroger parking lot next to Emory (Sage Hill) as there is a bus stop across the street.
- Park your car for free or take the train to the Avondale Station and from there, get on bus 36, which also travels to North Highland via N. Decatur Road.
- Park your car at the Lindbergh Station (get driving directions) and ride southbound to the Midtown station to get on bus 36 or walk from the station to the festival. Do check the bus schedules ahead of time as the buses do not operate as frequently on the weekends.
Keep in mind that a one-way fare is $2.50. Buses accept cash, but if you are riding the train, you will need to purchase a Breeze Card (located in all rail stations). Put your roundtrip fare on the ticket and remember to tap your ticket or Breeze card when exiting the rail stations in order to get a free bus transfer.