The 7th annual Cool Dads Rock Soapbox Derby takes place this Saturday, August 3, 2019. Festival hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the derby race starts at 12:30 p.m.
The event is FREE to attend and the race is free to watch. It all happens in Historic Fourth Ward Park.
This is a family-friendly event. There will be food trucks on site, as well as live music and activities for kids.
The mission of Cool Dads Rock is to strengthen relationships by creating environments where fathers and their children can bond through engaging educational, and entertaining events.
Watch highlights from last year’s CDR Soapbox Derby:
If you happen to live along the BeltLine, Historic Fourth Ward Park is easily accessed on foot via the connecting Gateway Trail. You can also walk from many midtown neighborhoods.
If you’re taking Uber or Lyft, give the driver the address of 693 Rankin Street, which will put you near the top of the amphitheatre.
If you’re driving, know that parking can be tricky, as the streetside spots fill up quickly. Look for parking along Angier Avenue, Morgan Street, Garden Park Drive, Dallas Street, and Rankin Street.
If you don’t mind paying for parking, you can leave your car at Ponce City Market and walk over.
If you want to take MARTA, it’s about a 30-minute walk to the park from either the North Avenue Station (walk on city streets) or Inman Park Station (walk on the BeltLine). The 889 bus can get you closer to the park entrance. MARTA has an excellent guide on getting to the park online.
About the venue
Historic Fourth Ward Park is a true urban oasis in Atlanta. The park features paved walking trails, a playground, a skate park, and a large pond that is home to ducks, turtles, fish, and the occasional heron or egret. A tiered, grassy amphitheater at one end of the pond creates an inviting space for performances and even weddings.
Video overview of Historic Fourth Ward Park: