Spring Festivals

Warmer weather means spring and festivals

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Atlanta is known for both scenery and greenery, and at the first signs of spring we head outdoors. Pay homage to our beautiful blooms at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and kick off baseball season with hometown heroes – the Atlanta Braves. View a complete list of Atlanta spring festivals below.

March festivals

Food vendors at the St. Patrick's Day parade
Food vendors at the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

What more could you ask for other than the three “Bs”? Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival will be making a stop at Atlantic Station in late February. Enjoy tastings of 40 bourbons and 60 beers, and keep your stomach full with the barbecue. From pulled pork to whole hogs and all the fixins’, you will certainly not leave hungry.

If you are Irish, or simply love a parade, then join one of the South’s biggest St. Paddy’s Day parties. Fun for the entire family, the parade features clowns, floats, Bagpipe & Drum Corps, antique cars and more. The parade wends through Midtown, where live entertainment, food and dancing continue the festivities.

April festivals

Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Atlanta Dogwood Festival has evolved into one of the largest events in the Southeast. (📷: Shawn Robertson, AtlantaPhotos.com)

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL (rescheduled for September)
The Atlanta Film Festival is one of the region’s largest and longest-running preeminent celebrations of cinema in the Southeastern United States. More than 25,000 festival attendees enjoy independent, animated, documentary and short films each year.

ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL (rescheduled for August)
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival has evolved into one of the largest events in the Southeast. You’ll find the country’s best painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry makers and glass blowers, as well as live performance art exhibitions, interactive music workshops and a food festival.

GEORGIA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL (rescheduled for October/November)
Join hundreds of colorfully clad characters for a medieval European Country Faire. Feast on hearty food and drink, shop for handcrafted treasures and become mesmerized by artisans at work. Ten stages of music and comedy, performing animals and games ensure fun for the entire family.

INMAN PARK FESTIVAL (canceled for 2020)
Widely regarded as Atlanta’s most spirited and eclectic event, the Inman Park Festival boasts a weekend of family fun. Atlanta’s biggest street market, the city’s quirkiest parade, a juried art show, live entertainment and dance festival are just a few of the things you’ll find.

SWEETWATER 420 FEST (rescheduled for 2021)
Celebrate Earth Day with the Atlanta-based brewery’s annual festival in Centennial Olympic Park. Enjoy live music, an artist market, comedy tent and 5K race, all while safely enjoying the best of SweetWater’s beverages.

May festivals

Atlanta Jazz Festival
Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to start your Memorial Day weekend. (📷: Matt Alexandre)

ATLANTA CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL (rescheduled for 2021)
The annual Caribbean Carnival continues to offer even more music and marvels. Kick off this Memorial Day weekend with Mas and Music – a celebration of Caribbean culture, cuisine and costumes. Festival highlights include the annual parade of bands through Downtown, an artist market and lots of dance demos.

SHAKY KNEES MUSIC FESTIVAL (cancelled for 2020)
Shaky Knees Music Festival features more than 30 bands — national, regional and local favorites — over two days at Central Park in the Old Fourth Ward. In addition to a stellar musical lineup, the festival includes food trucks, artisans and more.

SHAKY BEATS MUSIC FESTIVAL (cancelled for 2020)
Shaky Beats Music Festival hosts more than 30 international touring DJs dropping their latest EDM tracks for three days at Central Park in the Old Fourth Ward. In addition to a brilliant lineup, the festival includes food trucks, photo booths, and more.

CHASTAIN PARK ARTS FESTIVAL (rescheduled for November)
Located at beautiful Chastain Park, the festival features more than 175 artists and artisans, live music, activities for children and much more.

ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL (cancelled for 2020)
Celebrating more than 40 years of soulful expression, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to start your Memorial Day weekend. Explore Piedmont Park and visit vendors displaying some of the city’s finest arts and crafts, food and drink and merchandise. 

DECATUR ARTS FESTIVAL (canceled for 2020)
The Decatur Arts Festival celebrates culture, community and creativity with a weekend exploding with artistic expressions. The weekend starts with the ArtWalk, where local shops host free receptions for new art shows. You’ll also find music, performance art, dancing and special events just for kids and teens.

SWEET AUBURN SPRINGFEST (rescheduled for August)
Sweet Auburn Springfest is a celebration of more than 25 years of great festivals on Auburn Avenue. Live entertainment, Southern hospitality and tons of activities are just a few sweet things you’ll find.

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