Taking place roughly 30 miles outside of Atlanta on May 26 – 28, Down Under Fest was created by a group of people who, according to them, “love Australia and New Zealand and want to bring some of their spirit to America”. With all the various activities and attractions they have lined up, they seemed to have accomplished just that.
Seriously, the lineup of things to do is incredible. There will be the first ever D.U.F.F.A Cup elimination carnival, an Aussie Rules tourney of teams competing for the inaugural Down Under Fest Footy All-Stars Cup. There will also be cricket and netball demonstrations throughout the weekend. There will be music too! The main stage of the festival will host musicians and artists such as Paul Killingly, Stephen Rowe, Anthony Snape, Claire Wyndham, Pru Clearwater, Sons of Summer, Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre and David Oakleaf and the Open Road.
Of course, it just wouldn’t be the Down Under Festival without some home cooking. There will be vendors slinging meat pies and a pub complete with some of Australia’s finest fermented beverages. For those of you with ankle biters, there are plenty of fun things for them too. They can win prizes by learning and participating in events such as throwing a boomerang, designing and playing a didgeridoo and snuggling with lambs in the petting zoo.
Another main attraction is the Gum Tree Gala, happening on Saturday night after the festivities from the day are winding down. The gala is a somewhat fancy lamb roast dinner, complete with the obligatory drinks. Tickets are separate for this event and can only be purchased until Monday, 21st May – so if you’re coming, get them quickly – it will be well worth it.
We’re very excited to see how much fun people down in Georgia are going to have on Memorial Day weekend. If you don’t live nearby, consider a trip to be well worth it – not only for a unique Australian experience, but to experience the greater Atlanta area and the state of Georgia, which is highly recommended. More information on Down Under Fest, with accommodation and other suggestions, can be found on the official website. Tickets are available here.