APRIL

Spring Festival On Ponce
Historic Olmsted Park
April 7 & 8

The two-day fine arts event features over 125 displays of local and regional fine art and crafts, utilizing the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America's most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted, Sr. In addition to the abundance of unique art, visit the children's area and enjoy gourmet food trucks, beverages and acoustic musical performances. For more information visit FestivalOnPonce.com.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Piedmont Park
April 13 - 15

The dogwoods are in full bloom, and that means it is time for the Dogwood Festival. 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.

Georgia Renaissance Festival
I-85; Exit 61 - Fairburn / Peachtree City
April 14 - June 3

The 2018 Georgia Renaissance Festival opens for its 33rd Season on the weekend of April 14 & 15, and runs for 8 consecutive weekends through June 3rd, including Memorial Day. Festival guests will be greeted by Queen Anne Boleyn and her Court, merry minstrels, fair maidens, gallant Knights and a full-day of entertainment on 10 stages, food fit for kings, and a marketplace of over 150 master artisans. This year features a new Renaissance adventure or special promotion each weekend. Visit GArenfest.com.

Atlanta Spring Wine Festival
Historic 4th Ward Park
April 14

The 2nd Annual Atlanta Spring Wine Fest will be held on Saturday, April 14th from 1-5pm at Historic 4th Ward Park. There will be over 50 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.

Enchanted Pub Crawl
Virginia-Highland
April 14

The Enchanted Pub Crawl, a 21+ celebration of all things magical and fantasy. is calling on all fairies, gnomes, princesses, kings, queens, mad hatters, as well as all others in the magical kingdom to tap into their inner child and come play as we celebrate with food, drink and merriment. Incorporating numerous pubs in the Virginia-Highland area of Atlanta, registered attendees can expect a fun-filled day with fantasy themed photo ops, giveaways, food and themed drink specials, a charity raffle, an enchanted costume contest as well as a charity aspect to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. Visit EnchantedPubCrawl.com.

Sweetwater 420 Fest
Centennial Olympic Park
April 20 - 22

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 including The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee and Tedeschi Trucks Band. Visit sweetwater420fest.com for ticket information and band listings.

Spring Bierfest
Helen, GA Festhalle
April 21

Head to the mountains of Helen, GA for the 3rd annual Craft Beer Tasting and Spring Bierfest. This year offers over 100 beers to sample. The event takes place on Saturday, April 21. Beer tastings from noon - 5pm 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
Downtown Kennesaw
April 21 - 22

The 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.

Artsapalooza
Lake Forrest Drive, Sandy Springs
April 21 & 22

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza is a two-day outdoor event with an emphasis on visual arts and handcraft. This festival will feature up to 125 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

Best Of Town
TOWN Brookhaven
April 28

Come out to Town Brookhaven on Saturday, April 28th from 3-7pm for Best of Town Brookhaven! Experience the "Best" food and drinks from our participating restaurants. The event benefits Bert's Big Adventure (bertsbigadventure.org). There will also be raffles, live music & more. Participating restaurants include: Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern, Bua Thai & Sushi, Tin Can Oyster Bar, Moe's Southwest Grill, Tropical Smoothie Café, Marble Slab Creamery, Lucky's Burger & Brew, Yogurtland, Costco & more. To purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.

Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes
April 28 - 29
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 28 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 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, furniture, jewelry and much more. The huge interactive children's area includes big and small inflatable activities, sand art, and more. New this year is The Grizzly Experience, an educational Grizzly Bear Show and exhibit. The show offers an in depth look into the life of North America's most prestigious predator, the Alaskan Grizzly Bear. Tonk, the 13-year-old 700-pound grizzly and the two juveniles, Yogi and Maggie delight crowds of all ages with their impressive size and amazing behavior. Admission is free. For more information visit smyrnacity.com.

Duluth Arts Festival
Duluth Town Green
April 28 & 29

With an emphasis on the visual arts and family fun, this two day event is presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Space. One of the most vibrant and fastest growing communities, Duluth is home to one of the largest and most enthusiastic art buying communities in metro Atlanta. The Duluth Spring Arts and craft festival is excited to bringing back the tradition to the arts community. The festival will feature up to 100 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers, and crafters. Also on hand will be artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a children's play area, plus festival foods and beverages. Visit DuluthArtsFestival.com

Taste of Marietta
Historic Marietta Square
April 29

Taste of Marietta is celebrating its 25th anniversary showcasing Cobb County restaurants and caterers. It is the largest and longest running food festival in Cobb County and has become a favorite annual tradition among local residents. Over 85 of Marietta's favorite restaurants will be offering samples. Tastings range from $1 - $5. There will be musical entertainment all day on stages throughout the festival, fun and games in the Kids Alley, and a food judging competition. In addition to the event festivities, there are the unique shops and museums always present on the Marietta Square.

MAY

Shaky Knees Music Festival
Central Park
May 4 - 6

Shaky Knees Music Festival returns May 4-6 featuring bands across five outdoor stages as well as local food trucks, artisans and vendors. The music lineup includes Jack White, David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, Courney Barnett Japandroids and many more. Full lineup and ticket info at ShakyKneesFestival.com.

Chastain Arts Festival
Chastain Park, Buckhead
May 12 & 13

This award-winning, two-day festival is held on Saturday and Sunday May 12 & 13 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 12 - 13

The original Sweet Auburn Springfest takes place Mother's Day Weekend May 12 - 13. Enjoy fun, food and entertainment for the whole family. Visit SweetAuburn.com

Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes
Bessie Branham Park
May 19

Don't miss being part of the 16th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes on Saturday, May 19. 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 19 - 28

The largest Shrine Circus and Fair in North America is back for its 76th year! Packed with more excitement than ever, this year's Tarzan Zerbini Circus features several new acts under the Big Top. For the first time in Marietta see the Castle Performing Bears and the Fabulous Flying Bells on the flying trapeze. Check out the Human Bullet "Saturn" flying high above the crowds below. The Great Daredevil "Garcia" on the Wheel of Thrill will keep everyone on the edge of their seats. In addition to the (80-minute) circus under The Big Top, there are 35 exciting carnival rides and attractions, as well as lots of carnival food. The Sneak-a-Peek Ride-A-Thon begins Friday May 18. 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

Decatur Arts Festival
Decatur Square
May 25 - 27

Decatur's biggest arts event takes place over Memorial Day Weekend. Get started Friday evening, May 27, with the ArtWalk all around Decatur. The fun continues with the new dance festival, literary arts performances, musicians all day long on Decatur's community bandstand, a juried artists market, the fine arts exhibition, a special Kids and Teens Arts Festival and more. For additional info visit DecaturArtsFestival.com.

Atlanta Jazz Festival
Piedmont Park
May 26 & 27

Celebrating over 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. For the first time in the event's history, it will feature an all-female lineup on Saturday. Artists include, Camille Thurman, Jazzmeia Horn and Tia Fuller, just to name a few. In addition to the Memorial Day Weekend Festival, 31 Days of Jazz events will be put on throughout Metro Atlanta beginning on May 1. 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.

Candler Park Music Festival
Candler Park, Atlanta
June 1 - 2

Celebrating 10 years at Candler Park in Atlanta, this year's two-day event is set to draw more than 20,000 attendees and will feature live music, local food, crafts and interactive partner experiences. Additional weekend event activities will include a food village filled with local restaurant vendors and food trucks, the exclusive Terrapin Brew Lounge where attendees can experience Terrapin craft brews, and adult field games. For full line-up and ticket information visit candlerparkmusicfestival.com.

Imagine Music Festival
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sept 21 - 23

Imagine Music Festival (IMF) is a 3-day camping and electronic dance music festival held in Atlanta, Georgia. Ranked top 5 in the nation, the festival is an all-encompassing, 360-degree sensory experience that blends music, circus troupes, performers, dancers, art, workshops, classes and more. Returning for their 5th year, the Imagine Festival will continue its immersive aquatic fairytale with an abundance of performers, live acts, unique atmospheres, amusement rides, vendors and The Imaginarium's variety of sacred teachings, ceremonies, and transformational workshops. Fans can expect the lineup to be released late Spring. Tickets at ImagineFestival.com.

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