Celebrate Albany’s Thriving Art Scene at The Heart of Albany Festival
Posted on 10/31/2023 by Rashelle Minix
Fall marks festival season in Albany and one of the area’s most popular festivals has a new name this year.Mark your calendar for The Heart of Albany Festival, formally known as the Albany Museum of Art’s Chalk Fest, happening November 4, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beloved by visitors and locals alike, this festival also has a new location this year. This year the event will take place on the museum grounds located at 311 Meadowlark Drive in Albany and admission is free.
Now in its sixth year, this annual fall festival will feature art, craft beer, music, kids activities, food trucks and art vendors. Festival goers can watch as professional chalk artists create 50 square foot and larger works of art on the pavement while enjoying live music, art demonstrations, food, libations and more. Live music performances will take place throughout the day on the James M. Barnett, Jr. Foundation Stage. Enjoy performances by Ballet Theatre South, showcasing scenes from The Nutcracker, and take in the musical magic of Songwriters in The Row featuring Cliff Corr and Aaron Lee. For a full line up of live performances, click here.
Presented by Publix and the James M. Barnett, Jr. Foundation, The Heart of Albany Festival is the Albany Museum of Art’s annual gift to the community. This celebration of art and community is sure to provide loads of family fun and generate even more excitement for Albany’s already thriving art scene. For more information on the festival, click here.
While celebrating the arts in Albany, be sure to make a stop by some of the area’s incredible murals located around town. Don’t miss the incredible mural by local artist, Chris Johnson, at the Radium Springs water tower. Featuring scenes representative of the area, this mural is a must-see and the perfect selfie spot. Learn more about the mural and the inspiration behind it here.
Radium Springs water tower isn’t Johnson’s only mural around town. Look for his Famer, Field and Animals mural located at 317 W Oglethorpe Blvd, his Beautiful Butterflies mural located at 719 N Westover Blvd, the Curious Characters in the Woods mural located at 520 N Jefferson Street and the Beautiful Birds and Good Life City Vibes mural located at 321 William Jr. Street. For more on these incredible murals, click here.