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    Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

    Best Free Annual Event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2018
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Atlanta Jazz Festival

    Best Free Annual Event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2018
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Critics
    EAV Strut
    A free neighborhood festival where you bump into the kind of cool neighbors you'd want to crush Pabst Blue Ribbon and get high with. Edgy and grunge creatives alike step out for this backyard-vibe of a good time in East Atlanta Village. This year's music lineup included Material Girls, Flamingo Shadow,more...
    A free neighborhood festival where you bump into the kind of cool neighbors you'd want to crush Pabst Blue Ribbon and get high with. Edgy and grunge creatives alike step out for this backyard-vibe of a good time in East Atlanta Village. This year's music lineup included Material Girls, Flamingo Shadow, and Gold Yard. Kiddos are welcome and you're pretty much guaranteed to run into Cousin Dan, PBR Luis, and Max Cooper - three people everyone assumes are famous, just from the looks of 'em. (Courtesy of Dave Blair). less...

    Best free annual event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2016
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Atlanta Dogwood Festival

    Best free annual event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2015
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Dogwood Festival

    Best free annual event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2014
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Dogwood Festival

    Best gatherings of the masses: Free event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2014
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Critics
    Atlanta Streets Alive
    Banning cars from the streets and allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to roam free? Blasphemy, right?! Not so thanks to ATLANTA STREETS ALIVE, a daylong celebration of human-powered movement and enjoying the city streets with friends and strangers. Since first being held on Edgewood Avenue in 2010, themore...
    Banning cars from the streets and allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to roam free? Blasphemy, right?! Not so thanks to ATLANTA STREETS ALIVE, a daylong celebration of human-powered movement and enjoying the city streets with friends and strangers. Since first being held on Edgewood Avenue in 2010, the blacktop party has touched Midtown, Downtown, Virginia-Highland, Inman Park, and, most recently, spread to West End in Southwest Atlanta. If only car-free boulevards were available every day of the year. www.atlantastreetsalive.com. less...

    Best gatherings of the masses: Race for a cause BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2014
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Critics
    Atlanta Mission's Race to End Homelessness

    Best free annual event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2013
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Dogwood Festival AND SweetWater 420 Fest

    Best free annual event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2012
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers

    Free annual event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2011
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Piedmont Park (Featured)
    Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave NE, 404-817-6642, www.dogwood.org

    Best annual event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2010
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Dogwood Festival

    www.dogwood.org


    Runner-up: Peachtree Road Race


    www.atlantatrackclub.org


    Best annual release of aggression BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2010
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Critics
    Pillow Fight Day

    Best annual event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2009
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Atlanta Dogwood Festival

    www.dogwood.org


    Runner-up
    Atlanta Pride Festival
    atlantapride.org

    Best annual event BOA Award Winner

    Atlanta Dogwood Festival

    Best Annual Event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Atlanta Pride Festival

    Best annual event BOA Award Winner

    Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-Off and Festival
    Cabbagetown's CHOMP AND STOMP CHILI COOK-OFF AND FESTIVAL is one of the last remaining Atlanta events that hasn't morphed into some out-of-control production plagued by supersized, craft-fair insanity. At the Chomp and Stomp, not only is there room to hang out and socialize, but it takes place in themore...
    Cabbagetown's CHOMP AND STOMP CHILI COOK-OFF AND FESTIVAL is one of the last remaining Atlanta events that hasn't morphed into some out-of-control production plagued by supersized, craft-fair insanity. At the Chomp and Stomp, not only is there room to hang out and socialize, but it takes place in the fall, during a rare window of great weather. Because it's smaller than some other festivals, the city allows you to bring your dog. Plus, you get to drink beer and eat chili that's cooked by people who live within walking distance and are there for the bragging rights. And the activities go down in the neighborhood park - not lining the asphalt-covered streets. At Chomp and Stomp, you've got great local music, good beer, your hound dog and your lady by your side. Awesome. www.chompandstomp.com. less...

    Best Annual Event BOA Award Winner

    Atlanta Pride Festival

    Best Annual Event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2007
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Atlanta Pride Festival

    Best Annual Event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2006
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Critics
    National Black Arts Festival
    Atlanta is a city of festivals. There’s the Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park, Pride Week, the return of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Downtown Festival and on and on. Our favorite is the NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL, which transforms the city for 10 days each July into a cultural haven, wheremore...

    Atlanta is a city of festivals. There’s the Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park, Pride Week, the return of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Downtown Festival and on and on. Our favorite is the NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL, which transforms the city for 10 days each July into a cultural haven, where dance troupes, musicians and artists pay homage to the African diaspora. This year’s highlights included performances by Grammy-nominated composer and trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe and the Forces of Nature Dance Theater Company. In addition, there was the Pan-African Film Festival and an eclectic artists’ market.
    www.nbaf.org.

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    Best Annual Event BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2006
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Gay Pride Festival

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