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Beach Bash has moved to Lake Lanier Olympic Park. This is what you need to know
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A crowd gathers Friday, July 7, 2017, at the "beach'" in downtown Gainesville made from 100 tons of sand during the third annual Beach Bash in downtown Gainesville. The beach bash is being moved to the Lake Lanier Olympic Park in 2019. - photo by David Barnes

This year’s Beach Bash is serving up its fifth year of sunny entertainment with live music, food trucks and copious amounts of sand. 

The party, which is free to the public, kicks off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at its new venue, Lake Lanier Olympic Park. 

Electric Avenue, an ‘80s tribute band based out of Atlanta, will put on a live performance from 7-10 p.m.

Beach Bash 2019

When: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, July 13

Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville 

More info: lakelanierolympicvenue.org/event/beach-bash

Nikki Perry, City of Gainesville’s communications and tourism director, encourages people to “kick back, put their feet in the sand and watch the concert.”

“We’re looking forward to the band,” Perry said. “They’re fantastic and I’m sure everyone will find a song to dance to.”

The event will offer family-friendly activities like a hula-hoop and limbo contest at 6 p.m. and an inflatable waterslide. 

ChopBLOCK, The Inked Pig, Southern Baked Pie and other local vendors will set up booths and food trucks during the Beach Bash. Avocados Restaurant plans to serve margaritas, and Lake Lanier Olympic Park Foundation will sell beer and wine to benefit the park. 

Although the venue has changed, the 100 tons of sand will still make its way to the event. Perry recommends bringing a chair or a blanket. 

Last year Perry said around 5,000 people attended the Beach Bash, which was previously held on the square in Gainesville.

“I think people are going to enjoy the new location,” Perry said. “People will get those nice lake breezes and it’s just a beachy atmosphere right on Lake Lanier.”

Lake Lanier Olympic park is located at 3105 Clarks Bridge Road in Gainesville. 

For more information about the event, visit lakelanierolympicvenue.org/event/beach-bash.

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