Star-Spangled Spectacular at KSU!


Kennesaw State University will present two special concerts this summer: The 7th Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular on Saturday, June 28, featuring the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and “Back to School with von Grey,” an end-of-summer concert featuring Atlanta based indie-alt-folk band von Grey on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Presented annually on the Saturday that precedes the Independence Day holiday, The Star-Spangled Spectacular has long been a summertime tradition at Kennesaw State to kick off the celebration of our nation’s independence. Since 2008, the free event has been held in the heart of campus on the Campus Green and is accompanied by an exciting fireworks finale.

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra will perform many favorite patriotic tunes as well as a selection of exciting American works for orchestra. New for this year’s events the addition of preconcert activities including games, face painting and balloon animals for children, vendors and exhibits from the KSU community, and a patriotic singing contest.

The contest winner will have the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Championship game at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Aug. 23.

Preconcert activities begin at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early to get a good spot on the green and enjoy the preshow activities. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, and parking is free in designated areas.

Atlanta-based indie-alt-folk band von Grey will headline “Back to School with von Grey” on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center. The members of von Grey are four classically-trained sisters who have accomplished more tasks on the proverbial band wish list in the past year than many bands do in a decade — all without the help of a record label and before their 20th birthdays.

With glowing press reviews and appearances on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Conan,” NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and CNN’s “Road Warriors,” the Atlanta Journal/ Constitution described the quartet as “nothing short of stunning.”

The band’s debut at Kennesaw State will also feature a performance with the KSU Symphony Orchestra. In a special collaboration with the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art and Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program, concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early to attend an outdoor party starting at 5 p.m., featuring food trucks, live music and tours of the Zuckerman and the Bailey Center. Seating for the concert is general admission, and tickets go on sale July 1 at 

Information to Know for the Star-Spangled Spectacular

 Where is the Star-Spangled Spectacular located?

The Star-Spangled Spectacular is located on campus at Kennesaw State University on the Campus Green. Click here for driving directions and parking information.

Where can I park and how much is parking?

Parking for this event is FREE! Recommended parking lots are the Central Parking Deck and Lots A, B, C, and D, but feel free to park in any open parking lots. Please note: the East Deck and East Parking lot will be closed to the public during this event. Click here for driving directions and parking information.

Do I need to purchase tickets or pay an admission fee to attend?

Seating on the lawn is FREE of charge and open to the public. We are sorry, but the tables are SOLD OUT.

What time does the event begin?

The concert begins at 8 p.m., but be sure to arrive early for pre-concert games, facepainting, and balloon artists for kids, vendors and exhibits from the KSU community and beyond, and a patriotic singing contest starting at 5 pm.

Are handicap-accessible seating areas available?

Yes, wheelchair-accessible seating is available on the Campus Green. If you have specific questions about accessibility, please contact 770-423-6650 for more information.

May I bring food and beverages?

Yes! Please feel free to pack a picnic basket and bring coolers, blankets, chairs, and other picnic items. Please, do not bring grills or large tables. A limited number of concession vendors will also be available on site for purchasing snacks and beverages.

May I smoke on the Campus Green?

Kennesaw State University is a smoking-restricted campus. Smoking is not allowed on the Campus Green at any time, but is allowed in designated smoking adjacent to the KSU Bookstore, Convocation Center, and Burruss Building. 

What time will the event conclude?

The concert and fireworks display will likely conclude between 9:45 – 10:00pm.

What happens if it rains?

If the event cannot be held on Saturday, June 28 due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to the following day: Sunday, June 29. In the event of a postponement, updates will be posted on this website, the main KSU website, and all social media platforms for KSU and the School of Music. Unfortunately, if the event cannot be held on Sunday due to continued inclement weather, the event will be cancelled and we will hope to see you next year!

Still have questions?

Call 770-423-6650.

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