Finding its home in the lush greenery of Southwest Georgia, LaGrange is a small town with big stories to share. Each Spring, the city invites residents, visitors and storytellers to gather in celebration of LaGrange’s thriving arts community at the Azalea Storytelling Festival, one of the town’s signature events since its founding in 1995. From March 3-5, guests are invited to experience an inspiring weekend of performing arts that is one of the longest running in the Southeast and has gained recognition by the Southeastern Tourism Society, National Storytelling Festival Association and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Hosted by the Lafayette Society for Performing Arts, this year’s festival will feature a variety of performances by nationally acclaimed storytellers, including Reverend Robert Jones, Donald Davis and Adam Booth. An engaging event for all generations and walks of life, the festival’s tales from passionate performers bring back visitors from across the country year after year. In addition to these live art performances, a selection of workshops by seasoned tellers will entice curious newbies and experienced performers alike as they learn tips and gain inspiration for their craft.
On Friday evening, a kickoff event in partnership with LaGrange College will begin a weekend of evening, afternoon and morning sessions featuring stories by four tellers and musical performances beforehand. Morning sessions on Saturday and Sunday begin at 9:30 a.m., afternoon sessions on Saturday and Sunday begin at 2:30 p.m. and evening sessions on Friday and Saturday begin at 7:30 p.m. Each session will feature an exciting musical performance beginning 45 minutes prior to start time; this year’s talented acts include the Famous Dulcimer Players, Chorale Society of West Georgia and more. Sunday’s session will be free for the public to enjoy along with coffee and doughnuts.
Many attendees of the Azalea Storytelling festival have made a tradition of returning to explore LaGrange year after year. While in town, visitors can enjoy Historic Downtown LaGrange and other storied attractions including Hills & Dales Estate, Lafayette Square, the Biblical History Center, Mulberry Street Cemetery, Callaway Gardens and much more. LaGrange’s breweries, Beacon Brewing and Wild Leap, as well as a collection of unique eateries like Taste of Lemon and Charlie Joseph’s will satisfy foodies looking for quintessential Southern charm and friendly faces.
Those traveling into town for the weekend can find their “home away from home” in the heart of Historic Downtown LaGrange at the Courtyard by Marriott, where shops, restaurants and historic landmarks lie just steps away. To learn more about traveling to LaGrange for this year’s Azalea Storytelling Festival, please visit www.visitlagrange.com.
Located an hour south of Atlanta, the city of LaGrange’s Southern charm, rich history and sunny green spaces make this Southwest Georgia community shine. A lovely downtown area is filled with unique shops and restaurants all within an easy walk from each other, making for a perfect easygoing weekend escape for families, couples or the solo traveler. Enjoy the city’s easygoing spirit while exploring musical venues, art museums, vintage boutiques, storied landmarks, restaurants and more, all connected by a the Thread, a 29-mile lush greenway for biking, walking and running. Follow @VisitLaGrange on Instagram and Twitter and connect on Facebook.com/VisitLaGrange for the latest news.
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