Wanderlust Festival Atlanta
Sometimes a person just needs a reason to book a trip to a new destination. This year I’ve been trying to do more events while traveling versus just going to new places. Wanderlust Festival Atlanta is a smaller 2 day offshoot of the major Wanderlust Festivals that occur in resort areas around North America a few times per year.
Generally known as a yoga festival it is really more of a wellness festival with classes including yoga, Pilates, hula-hooping, running, twerking, HIIT, meditation, and motivational and lifestyle speakers. I got a chance to try aerial yoga (I hated it, it made me so dizzy!),
(setting up for aerial yoga)
did a bunch of running and running clinics, yoga classes, and a sound therapy session (which is kind of fun, especially for audiology nerds like me).
Wanderlust Festival Atlanta just happened to be on a free weekend of mine with cheap flights and reasonably priced AirBnB accommodations. Piedmont Park was a beautiful setting for Wanderlust Festival Atlanta. It did rain at night both nights so the grounds were pretty muddy. The organizers were able to mostly combat the mud with plastic tarps for those doing yoga.
From 8am to 5pm both Saturday and Sunday I got my workout, shopping, and wellness on. I visited the vendors surrounding the festivals and bought myself 2 shirts, a bracelet for both BC and myself, drank a dozen La Croix sparking waters, and tried some of the Natalie’s juices. It was a good little festival setting.
In the afternoon there was some great music and singers who played in the open common area. People from Atlanta as well as Wanderlusters sat and listened- usually sipping on a La Croix.
At night I explored Atlanta a bit. I love baseball so one night I visited SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. I was able to see my favorite former Oriole Nick Markakis. It is an expensive ballpark both food and ticket-wise but it was a fun night.
On Sunday night after Wanderlust Festival Atlanta was over, I walked over to Ponce City Market. This place is very cool! I had my favorite Belgian beer, Delirium Red, and salivated at all the food options.
There were some good looking snacks and meals from the stalls of this converted Sears warehouse. If you ever visit Atlanta make sure to go for a run, bike, or walk on the Beltline Trail, which begins at Piedmont Park, before veering off and hitting the Ponce City Market. This is such a cool little section of Atlanta.
I had an amazing time at Wanderlust Festival Atlanta. While next time I will skip the aerial yoga, I loved everything else I participated in. It was fun to try new things and be surrounded with people having a good time.
Reader Question: Have you ever been to a fitness/wellness festival? Would you go to one? There is a one day Wanderlust in DC and Philly later this year that I am contemplating.