Griffin and Spalding County has been growing into a community for the arts, from ballet to choral music, and from drama to fine arts and crafts. The Griffin Area Arts Alliance is an umbrella organization for the arts. It was a catalyst in restoring the 1,100 seat Griffin Auditorium, which hosts many performing groups as well as the Griffin Community Concert Association yearly four-concert series featuring international guest artists.
The Griffin Ballet Theatre offers a first-rate annual production of “The Nutcracker” and other performances throughout the year.
Two theatre groups, Camelot Theatre Company and The main Street Players, put on theatrical selections showcasing the talents of local performers throughout the year. Camelot Kids allow young hopefuls to express their creativeness and talents on stage.
Music and choral enthusiasts also enjoy participating, performing in and attending programs sponsored by the Griffin Choral Arts and the Griffin School for the Arts.
The Griffin Regional Welcome Center, in downtown Griffin, is home to the Griffin/Spalding Art Association’s Art Gallery. This venue allows local artists to network with each other, take classes and show and sell their work. The association also funds a scholarship for a graduating high school senior.
There are a number of annual community-wide events that draw people from the surrounding areas.
The Kiwanis Spalding County Fair in October attracts both the young and the young at heart to view the local exhibits and enjoy the excitement of the midway rides and games.
The Annual Great Griffin Mayfling Arts and Crafts Festival, held the last weekend in April, is sponsored by the Griffin/Spalding Chamber of Commerce. The event attracts a variety of quality artists and craftsmen to display and sell their goods. Top local entertainment is ongoing during the two-day event held in the shady surroundings of Griffin’s City Park.
Local clubs and organizations take advantage of the Festival to raise funds that are channeled back into the community for charitable programs and projects. The festival is for everyone, children enjoy games and activities, and friends and families enjoy good food and renew and establish friendships in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Griffin Downtown Council sponsors an old fashioned Christmas. Festivities include a downtown open house with tasty treats such as hot cider and popcorn along with crafts and of course a visit from Santa. The Griffin Downtown Council also sponsors concerts at The Park at Sixth annually in June.
The Griffin/Spalding Chamber of Commerce holds an annual Christmas Parade in December and Independence Day Parade in July.