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Dirty South Yoga Fest Returns • Alive! Expo Dates • ChantLanta

Oct 01, 2022 06:00AM ● By Staff

Photo: Kelly Marie Truitt

After a three-year hiatus, the Dirty South Yoga Fest, Atlanta’s only homegrown yoga festival, will return in March 2023 at a new location: Ambient + Studio, just east of the West End. 

“Dirty South Yoga is meant to be an opportunity to connect and come together,” says founder Jessica Murphy. “After 2.5 years away and so many changes and challenges, we are looking forward to making this an event to demonstrate how important connection and community are for all of us.” 

The festival takes place March 17 through 19, and ticket prices will range from $35 to $350. The previous festival featured 36 instructors, over 1,000 attendees, and a variety of wellness vendors. Next year’s March dates, which represent the seventh year of the festival, are a function of good fit between producer and venue; previous festivals were held in July. For more information, visit

ChantLanta, an Atlanta event that was held in March for 10 years before the pandemic struck, is currently not scheduled to resume their annual concerts. The event celebrated kirtan music, a call and response meditative chant experience. The 2019 celebration was the 10th annual ChantLanta event; the 2020 event was cancelled the day it was scheduled to start, the same week that the NBA cancelled the rest of its season and the NCAA cancelled March Madness.

Alive! Expo, Atlanta’s largest holistic health and green products consumer trade show, will be held on May 6 and 7, 2023, at the Cobb Galleria. It will be the Expo’s third show since the pandemic; the first was in September 2021, and the second was in May 2022. The former was held at the height of the Delta variant wave and attendance suffered significantly with less than 2,000 attendees. The latter recovered well with approximately double the attendance, but still lower than the pre-pandemic levels of more than 5,000 attendees. Show founder and producer Patrycja Towns is confident that 2023’s show, its 18th, will draw many more than 2022’s edition. For more information, visit
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