By KURT SPURLOCK
Special events scheduled in Marietta are going to have to be curtailed this year due to their growing popularity.
According to Katie Peterson, the marketing and public relations manager for the Marietta Visitors Bureau, events like the “Taste of Marietta” on the square are being told to scale back on their overall size due to growing crowd turnouts.
“Taste of Marietta is coming up. It averages 80,000 to 100,000 visitors just on that one day. We usually have a little less than 90 restaurants. We’re having to scale back this year, because the fire department told us it was just too much,” said Peterson.
The 20th annual “Taste of Marietta” festival is scheduled for April 28, and is currently planned to host live bands, bounce houses and inflatables for children, and a wide variety of local cuisine including vendors from the square itself as well as independently owned “food trucks.” The festival will take place in Glover Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Peterson also mentioned the growing popularity of Marietta’s “Art Walk,” which begins April 5, and takes place on the first Friday of every month through October. On these special nights, shops will be extending their business hours later into the night, and hosting local artists inside their shops or outside on the sidewalks. Peterson explained that this was a great way to attract business to the various vendors downtown, while also providing public exposure for a great number of local artists and craftsmen. The Art Walk has also seen a great deal of enthusiasm from the community.
“[The Art Walk] has grown quite a bit, to the point where we’re now having to put artists in front of store fronts that don’t have anything inside,” said Peterson.
Students were also told about the Marietta Pilgrimage, a Christmas home tour through the city which highlights several of Marietta’s restored historical houses, some of which date as far back as the late 1800s. This tour is scheduled to run on the first weekend of December, for around $20 per person. Participants will be able to choose between a day tour, beginning at 9:45 a.m., and a “candlelight tour” which begins around dusk at 7 p.m.
Although several other topics were discussed, perhaps the most exiting was the recent launch of the new “Marietta, Georgia” smartphone app, a virtual tourist guide for all things Marietta. This app, available for free via the Google Play Store and iTunes, features information on lodging, entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and has an extensive listing of upcoming events in the area.
For more information on Marietta, the Square, and upcoming events and attractions, visit the Marietta Welcome Center website at www.MariettaSquare.com, or find them on Facebook.