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Guide to big changes at Sweetwater 420 Festival

ATLANTA, Ga- The Sweetwater 420 Festival is one of Atlanta's favorites. Fifty-thousand people are expected to attend this year, but they'll find the spring tradition significantly changed since 2013. Before you grab a local brew, take note of five things you need to know:

1. It's not at Candler Park. The event outgrew the neighborhood park. Instead, it will be at Centennial Olympic Park this year.

2. That means the portion of proceeds that used to go to Park Pride to improve Candler Park will instead go to a downtown neighborhood project near Centennial Olympic Park. A spokesman for the festival tells 11Alive News they haven't specified an exact project yet.

3. Skip the parking frustration by buying your parking spot now. Click HEREfor Goergia World Congress Center Parking. You can also take advantage of free bike valet on site. The Dome/GWCC is nearby. Check the weekend schedule.

4. The Kid Zone is always a popular part of this festival. Regular attendees have collections of their yearly projects (which included tool boxes and bird houses in recent years). This year, the kid projects include planting seeds and painting shirts. There will also be an Easter egg hunt on Sunday at 12:00.

5. It will cost you more this year. In 2013, you paid $5 for a 21+ wristband. That doesn't include beer or food, which is an additional cost. This year, entry is $10 per person. Festival organizers say the higher costs mean a bigger, better event that includes three stages of music through the weekend.

After you hit up the festival, leave your review in the comments section. Did you like the changes? Be sure to send your photos of the event to photos@11Alive.com.