Annual “Bringing the Sea to the Springs” festival coming May 12-14

Row of buidlings in downtown Powder Springs

The City of Powder Springs issued the following press release about the third annual “Bringing the Sea to the Springs” festival.

Why leave dry land when downtown Powder Springs will be THE destination May 12-14 for fresh seafood along with live music and arts & crafts for sale from talented artisans? All this and more will be offered at the third-annual “Bringing the Sea to the Springs” festival.

The City of Powder Springs has once again joined with Robin Roberts Promotions to present this FREE family event designed to bring the community together through tasty food, juried arts and crafts, fellowship, and fun.

“I am glad to be back in Powder Springs doing their seafood festival. It is a grand slam!” Roberts said.

The inaugural festival in 2021 welcomed over 10,000 attendees, and its successful return in 2022 earned the “Spot On Event of the Year” Award from Cobb Travel & Tourism.

“Each year, it gets better and better, and I just look forward to the excitement,” said Mayor Al Thurman. “All the great comments we get from citizens, saying ‘The food is great,’ ‘The music has been great.’ I’m just looking forward to it, and hope all of our citizens will come out and enjoy it.”

Vendors and festivities will be centered around Thurman Springs Park, home of the Hardy Family Automotive Amphitheater, at 4485 Pineview Drive in the heart of Powder Springs’ downtown. Parking, in addition to attendance, is also free, with the festival running from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

While the emphasis is enjoying fresh seafood, other cuisines will be available as well. The list of Seafood and Landlubbers Food Vendors will offer a variety of cuisine to satisfy diverse palates, from vendors such as Atlanta Seafood Company, Pinch & Pull Seafood, Gripps Grill Catering, BJ’s Concessions, Flavors by J. Mitchell, Black Jack Grill, Mountain Kettle Korn, CT Delights, Tropical Frozen Paradise, Caribbean Spice, Desserts By Jewliz, Parade Smoothie Juice Bar, Sugar and Sips, Laughing Crab and International Foods, and much more.

The festival features arts and crafts for sale, plus live music throughout the weekend from local Atlanta musicians including Gold Standard Band, a cover band that plays hits from R&B groups; Crossroads Band, an acoustic and electric band specializing in bluesy and easy goin’ tunes; and Saturday’s headliner Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers. A Louisiana native who writes both the lyrics and music for his songs, Dwayne (Dopsie) Rubin is a singer/songwriter and accordionist that has performed all over the world since debuting his band at the age of 19. Hailing from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world and inspired by tradition, Rubin has developed his own high-energy style that defies existing stereotypes and blazes a refreshingly distinct path for 21st century Zydeco music.

Additional acts are listed on the event website,

No coolers or pets are allowed. General admission and parking to the festival are free, however, there are tickets available for unique events taking place such as The Beach Club VIP Ticket which includes VIP seating, private bar and lawn games.

Sponsors for Bringing the Sea to the Springs 2023 are The City of Powder Springs, Cobb Travel and Tourism, Georgia Party Rental Collett’s Country Store – Johnny’s BBQ, Katie Harris State Farm Insurance, Spa Wags, Rid Property Services and One Parker Style.

For more information on Bringing The Sea to The Springs, visit or contact Robin Roberts at or 706-897-6179.

About the City of Powder Springs

The City of Powder Springs was incorporated in September of 1883.

The City Councils is as follows:

MayorAl Thurman
Councilman Ward 1 and Mayor Pro TemHenry Lust
Councilwoman Ward 2Doris Dawkins
Councilman Ward 3Dwayne Green
Councilman Post 1 At LargePatrick Bordelon
Councilwoman Post 2 At LargePatricia Wisdom

The U.S. Census Bureau gives the following quick facts about the City of Powder Springs:

Population Estimates, July 1 2021, (V2021)17,083
Population estimates base, April 1, 2020, (V2021)16,901
Population, percent change – April 1, 2020 (estimates base) to July 1, 2021, (V2021)1.1%
Population, Census, April 1, 202016,887
Population, Census, April 1, 201013,940
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent6.6%
Persons under 18 years, percent24.3%
Persons 65 years and over, percent14.6%
Female persons, percent56.8%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent34.2%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)56.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)1.3%
Asian alone, percent(a)1.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)0.0%
Two or More Races, percent2.9%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)14.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent29.5%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2016-20201,356
Foreign born persons, percent, 2016-20209.6%
Housing units, July 1, 2021, (V2021)X
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2016-202080.1%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016-2020$181,000
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020$1,328
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2016-2020$453
Median gross rent, 2016-2020$1,296
Building permits, 2021X
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2016-20205,570
Persons per household, 2016-20202.72
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2016-202089.1%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2016-202015.2%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2016-202094.6%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2016-202091.1%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202094.1%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202039.4%
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2016-20208.6%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent9.4%
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202067.6%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202063.5%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c)29,526
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c)39,184
Total transportation and warehousing receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c)7,540
Total retail sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c)181,543
Total retail sales per capita, 2017(c)$12,102
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2016-202037.6
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$72,810
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$32,601
Persons in poverty, percent6.3%
Total employer establishments, 2020X
Total employment, 2020X
Total annual payroll, 2020 ($1,000)X
Total employment, percent change, 2019-2020X
Total nonemployer establishments, 2019X
All employer firms, Reference year 2017300
Men-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017134
Women-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017S
Minority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017S
Nonminority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017170
Veteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017S
Nonveteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017247
Population per square mile, 20202,288.5
Population per square mile, 20101,944.7
Land area in square miles, 20207.38
Land area in square miles, 20107.17