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Finster Fest Returns to Paradise Garden on Memorial Day Weekend

Finster Fest Returns to Paradise Garden on Memorial Day Weekend

Finster Fest 2016

Photo by Nick Burchelle


Finster Fest, the annual festival honoring the life and legacy of Summerville’s famous folk artist the Rev. Howard Finster, will take over Paradise Garden on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26-27.

Once again, Finster Fest will be in Howard Finster’s art environment, Paradise Garden attracting a record 1,700 festival-goers.

The celebration this year will center on the marketplace of more than 50 artists, a majority of them self-taught. A busy concert stage and food and drink also will be offered.

The fest, which was launched by Howard Finster himself in 1991, presents guests an opportunity to explore and be inspired by this greatest creation of the late folk artist. Artists who had shown at Finster Fest years ago with its founder, who passed away in 2001, said that they knew he would have been overjoyed to see so many people returning to Paradise Garden, and a new generation making the pilgrimage as well.

Again this year, the $5 admission fee benefits the nonprofit Howard Finster Paradise Garden Foundation in its ongoing work to restore and operate the cultural attraction. Paradise Garden welcomes over 6,000 visitors a year bringing economic development through the arts to Summerville, Chattooga County and the surrounding tri-state region (Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee).

For updates on the event and participating artists, visit Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden on Facebook.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, May 26 & 27, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
COST: $5.00

WHERE: Paradise Garden 200 N Lewis St, Summerville, Georgia 30747

FEATURED ARTISTS: 50+ folk and self-taught artists from 8 states.

FESTIVAL SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE: Call 706.808.0800 for more information

INFORMATION: , 706.808.0800