Atlanta Dogwood Festival
April 7 - 9
The Dogwoods are in full bloom, and hundreds of artists from around the country will set up their tents for the 81st annual event. The festival takes place over the three-day weekend with live music, international performances, gourmet and festival fare, the popular disc dog competition and more under blooming dogwood trees. There is a Kids Village featuring huge inflatables, arts & crafts and face painting for all ages. Festival attendees will also have a chance to run in their 5K. For more information visit Dogwood.org.
Atlanta Wine Festival
Historic 4th Ward Park
The first annual Atlanta Spring Wine Fest will be held on Saturday, April 15th from 1-5pm at Historic 4th Ward Park. There will be over 100 wines on hand as well as a selection of beer and cider to choose from. Enjoy along with live music and DJ, plenty of fun and games, and food available for purchase. For more information visit AtlantaWineFestivals.com.
Georgia Renaissance Festival
I-85; Exit 61 - Fairburn / Peachtree City
April 15 - June 4
The 2017 Georgia Renaissance Festival opens for its 32nd Season on the weekend of April 15 & 16, and runs for 8 consecutive weekends through June 4th, including Memorial Day Monday. Festival guests will be greeted by Queen Anne Boleyn and her Court, merry minstrels, fair maidens, gallant Knights in shining armor and a full-day of entertainment on 10 stages, food fit for kings, and a marketplace of over 150 master artisans displaying their time-honored artistry as they craft their one-of-a-kind treasures. Towering over the Village this year is the all new Drunk Monk Pub. An impressive structure featuring live music, table seating and serving up a variety of adult beverages Visit GArenfest.com.
Lake Forrest Drive, Sandy Springs
April 15 & 16
Sandy Springs Artsapalooza is a two-day outdoor event with an emphasis on visual arts and handcraft. This festival will feature up to 150 local and regional artists representing disciplines in painting, ceramics, glass, woodwork, handcraft, mixed media and more. In addition to the beautiful selection of artwork, the festival will also include an amazing lineup of gourmet food trucks, live acoustic music, children’s activities, as well as free parking and free admission. In all, this festival is the perfect spring destination with activities for the entire family. Visit SandyspringsArtsapalooza.com
Helen, GA Festhalle
Head to the mountains of Helen, GA for the 2nd annual Craft Beer Tasting and Spring Bierfest. This year offers over 100 beers to sample. The event takes place on Saturday, April 22. Beer tastings from noon - 4pm with Bierfest after party 6pm - 11pm. Free admission to After Party with arm band from Tasting. Tickets available at HelenChamber.com or (706) 878-1908.
Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival
April 22 - 23
The Superior Plumbing Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival has activities for all ages. Take time to wander through more than 250 booths featuring a vast array of one-of-a-kind and homemade crafts. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History sits at the center of the festival reminding visitors of Kennesaw’s important role in the Civil War. There will be two entertainment stages, festival foods, Kids Zone and more.
A parade kicks off the weekend on Saturday at 9:30am. For more info visit KennesawBusiness.org.
Sweetwater 420 Fest
Centennial Olympic Park
April 21 - 23
The annual music and arts festival celebrating Earth Day offers be plenty of live music, food, and SweetWater beer. Over the three day event more than 50 bands will perform on 5 stages. Headliners this year include: Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Ween, Moe. and much more! Visit sweetwater420fest.com for ticket information and band listings.
Summer Concert Series
Frederick Brown Amphitheatre
April 22 - August
Frederick Brown Amphitheatre in Peachtree City has another great line-up for their 2017 Summer
Concert Series. “The Voice of Ireland’s” Lisa Kelly starts the season off on April 22 followed by Smash Mouth (May 13) and Yacht Rock Revue (May 27). Visit Amphitheatre.org for full lineup or call 770.631.0630 for tickets.
Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes
April 28 - 30
The Inman Park Festival is a neighborhood event featuring food, music, fun, the city’s largest street market and it’s most outrageous parade. The parade takes place on Saturday, April 29 and will be led by the Inman Park Butterfly and followed by floats, clowns, jugglers, and the legendary Kelly’s Seed and Feed Marching Abominables. The parade begins at Edgewood and Euclid at 2:00 p.m. and runs to Austin Ave. at the foot of Little Five Points. Children’s activities include a giant slide, obstacle course, relay races and more. Admission to all festival events is free, except for the Tour of Homes, which requires a paid ticket. For more information visit inmanparkfestival.org.
Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival
The Village Green - Smyrna
April 29 & 30
The Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival presented by Superior Plumbing features over 175 Arts & Crafts booths, 15 food booths, an entertainment stage and a variety of children’s activities. Artisans are from all over the southeast feature their own hand-made crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry and much more. The huge interactive children’s area includes big and small inflatable activities, sand art, and more. New for 2017 is Lady Houdini Kristen Johnson who has successfully performed thousands of public feats and broken Harry Houdini’s record for the most water escapes ever. Admission is free. For more information visit smyrnacity.com.
Chastain Arts Festival
Chastain Park, Buckhead
May 6 & 7
This award-winning, two-day festival is held on Saturday and Sunday May 6 & 7 at Chastain Park. An estimated 40,000 visitors attend each year with over 185 displays of art and crafts, including many local and regional artists and artisans. In addition to the abundance of unique art, there will be a children’s area in the adjacent green space, local gourmet food, beverages and a small stage for acoustic musical performances. This free event showcases painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers and more. Visit ChastainParkartsFestival.com.
Sweet Auburn Festival
Sweet Auburn District
May 13 - 14
The original Sweet Auburn Springfest takes place Mother’s Day Weekend May 13 - 14. Enjoy fun, food and entertainment for the whole family. Visit SweetAuburn.com
Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes
Bessie Branham Park
Don’t miss being part of the 15th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes on Saturday, May 20. Celebrating the historic and eclectic in-town neighborhood of Kirkwood, this family-friendly festival offers a fun-filled opportunity to enjoy the warmth of spring with a 5K run, artist market, diverse lineup of live music, creative kids’ activities, Blue Ribbon BBQ Cook-off and Tour of Homes. The event will take place at Bessie Branham Park, rain or shine. Festival is free, with ticketing for the 5K and Tour of Homes. Visit KirkwoodFling.com.
Yarab Shrine Circus & Fair
Jim R Miller Park, Marietta
May 20 - 29
The largest Shrine Circus and Fair in North America is back for its 75th year! Packed with more excitement than ever, this year’s Tarzan Zerbini Circus features several new acts under the Big Top presented by the world-famous ringmaster Richard Curtis. In addition to the (80-minute) circus under The Big Top, there are 35 exciting carnival rides and attractions, as well as lots of food such as hot wings, funnel cakes, cotton candy, fried Oreos, snow cones, elephant ears, and more. Circus goers can enjoy circus acts from around the world including high-flying trapeze acts, aerials and acrobats, elephants, and of course, world-famous Shrine clowns. The Sneak-a-Peek Ride-A-Thon begins Friday May 19. Midway opens Monday through Friday at 5 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m.; Sunday at Noon, and Memorial Day at 10 a.m. Visit 2017ShrineCircus.com
Atlanta Jazz Festival
May 27 - 29
Celebrating 40 years of musical mastery, the festival returns to Piedmont Park with three days of music over Memorial Day Weekend. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to spend the holiday with family and friends. To celebrate their anniversary, AJF is offering 40 days of jazz at venues across the city culminating with the event at Piedmont Park. The final weekend offers KidZone areas with games and inflatables. National and international musicians will perform on two stages. Admission to the festival is free. Visit atlantafestivals.com.