LakeFest returns to Pine Lake after hiatus

After a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DeKalb County’s smallest city is bringing back its biggest event.

Now in its 20th year, LakeFest will return to the shores of Pine Lake Oct. 15 and 16, bringing a marketplace featuring handmade work by local artists and crafters, street performers, food trucks and festival treats, live music, family games and contests with prizes, a pet parade featuring Lifeline Animal Project, and a kids’ carnival.

The return of LakeFest also means the return of Floatzilla at which participants’ non-motorized designed floats take to the water and compete to win prizes in categories such as “Most Creative,” “Most Artistic” and “Most Pine Lake.”

“Floatzilla is a monster of a floating parade and one of the most exciting traditions of Lakefest,” said event organizers. “The theme for 2022 Floatzilla parade is ‘Witches Float.’ Anyone with a non-motorized float is invited to enter and there is no fee to participate.”

At this year’s marketplace, artists and vendors from Atlanta, Brookhaven, Decatur, Pine Lake, Stone Mountain, and other cities in Georgia will offer paintings, pottery, clothing, dolls, photography, folk art, jewelry, glass works, as well as wood and metal creations. Health and wellness professionals are also expected to participate.

Musical highlights at this year’s LakeFest include a Jazz Lunch with the Mike Z Jazz Trio on Oct. 15, performances by False Hearted Lovers, The Mar-Tans, Matt Donald and Donna Hopkins, and headliner Glenn Phillips. There will also be a Cosmic Gospel Hour with Pine Lake Mayor Melanie Hammet, Cindy Diamond and Ann Duckworth on the morning of Oct. 16, followed by Pine Lake favorites Diane Durrett and Melissa Junebug, Elise Witt, and Mick Kinney with Cubana Song. A Cubana Song Dance Party is planned to finish out the festival.

“We are very happy to be able to welcome visitors again,” stated event organizers.

LakeFest will be held on the shores of Pine Lake, located at 4580 Lakeshore Drive. Festival hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Admission and parking are free.

Visit www.pinelakefest.com for more information and a complete schedule of events.

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