One of Atlanta’s largest festivals, the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes takes place the last weekend in April in the historic Inman Park neighborhood. Several streets are closed to make room for the sprawling artist markets, multiple live music stages and the Saturday parade.
MARTA is a great option for getting to the festival — the Inman Park MARTA station is in the middle of it all, and provides an option to avoid limited parking and car traffic (which gets rather hectic on the surrounding streets during the weekend). Here’s what you need to know about taking MARTA to the festival to make your trip easier.
A roundtrip fare is $5, plus the cost of a Breeze Card ($2) or ticket ($1) if you don’t already have one. Purchase at any MARTA rail station or online, preferably in advance to avoid lines at the fare machines. Be sure to have at least two trips purchased for the round trip to reduce time spent waiting in line. Each person must have their own Breeze Card or ticket with appropriate fare. Children 46 inches and under are free (limit two per paying adult).
Location and Rail Transfers
The Inman Park station is located on the blue and green rail line that travels east and west through downtown Atlanta. If you’re commuting from the red or gold rail line, such as from Midtown, Buckhead or Dunwoody, exit at the Five Points station and follow the signs to the eastbound train platform one level up. From there, board a train labeled “Candler Park” or “Indian Creek.”
Note that on the weekends, only Indian Creek trains travel to Inman Park from Five Points.
Park and Ride
If you plan to park and ride, it is easiest to park at a station on the east/west rail line so you don’t have to transfer trains. The two closest stations that have free daily parking are the Candler Park (1475 Dekalb Avenue) and East Lake (2260 College Avenue) stations. Other good options are H.E. Holmes, Avondale, Kensington and Indian Creek (for more information, see MARTA Parking).
Don’t forget: You can take your bike with you on MARTA, but trains will be crowded. The Edgewood Avenue bike path and The PATH Trail also travel through the festival and the BeltLine Eastside trail will get you close to all the action.
For 2017, bike valet is available at these three locations:
- Alta Avenue at Euclid Avenue (near Little 5 Points and closest to the MARTA station)
- Waverly Way at Elizabeth Street (exit the BeltLine Trail at Elizabeth Street near King of Pops)
- Edgewood Avenue between Waddell and Krog Streets
Trains run every 20 minutes on the weekend. Get real-time train arrivals with the MARTA On the Go app to avoid long waits at MARTA stations.