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Atlanta’s Festive Festival Season is Underway

By Stan Washington | 4/4/2014, 12:20 p.m.
Considering the winter we just experienced, one can expect that people will be spending more time outside than they have in past years.

Spring is one of the best and busiest times in metro Atlanta, as festival season kicks off with a variety of outdoor activities. Considering the winter we just experienced, one can expect that people will be spending more time outside than they have in past years. Admission to the majority of these festivals are free. Check before you bring Fido. Some festivals, like those in Piedmont Park, don’t allow dogs. It’s for the safety of the little ones.

Below is a list of festivals to get you started. This is not a definitive list, courtesy of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. We will be updating the list each week online. Also remember that just because a festival is going on those particular days it doesn’t mean that nothing else is happening. There may be eight other things that are going on at the same time. That’s just how we roll in the ATL.

Refer to our Out & About section for other activities happening in the metro-Atlanta area.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival (April 11-13)

Originating from a showcase of blooming trees and accomplished artists, this festival is more than 70 years in the making. The Atlanta Dogwood Festival has evolved into one of the largest events in the Southeast. Displaying works from artists across North America, you’ll find the country’s best painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry makers, glass blowers and other artists. A few more must-see attractions include live performance art exhibitions, interactive music workshops, and a food festival. The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is held at Piedmont Park, located near Piedmont Avenue and 10th St. Free.

Georgia Renaissance Festival (April 19 – June 8)

Join hundreds of colorfully-clad characters for a medieval European Country Faire. Stroll through the multi-acre kingdom while feasting on hearty food and drink, shop for hand-crafted treasures, and become mesmerized by artisans at work. Ten stages of music and comedy keep you enticed well into the night, while performing animals and games ensure fun for the entire family! The Georgia Renaissance Festival is located off of I-85 (exit 61 for Fairburn and Peachtree City), approximately eight miles south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Ticket required.

Inman Park Festival (April 25-27)

Widely regarded as Atlanta’s most spirited and eclectic event, the Inman Park Festival offers tons of unique experiences. Visit Atlanta’s biggest Street Market, offering everything from antique furniture to handcrafted wares. A must-try activity includes the Tour of Homes, featuring Victorian Painted Ladies as well as original loft conversions. The city’s quirkiest parade, led by the Inman Park Butterfly, kickstarts the weekend of family fun. A juried art show, live entertainment and dance festival are just a few more of the things you’ll find. Atlanta’s historic Inman Park neighborhood is approximately two miles east of downtown Atlanta. Free.

SweetWater 420 Fest (April 18-20)

Celebrate Earth Day with the Atlanta-based brewery’s annual festival in Centennial Olympic Park! Enjoy some of Atlanta’s most creative talent in artist market, bust a gut in the comedy tent, sprint past the competition in the 5K race, and groove to a host of live acts while safely enjoying the best of Sweetwater’s beverages. The festival also encourages attendees to make positive changes in the way we affect the earth. For the full music line-up go to: www.sweetwater420fest.com. Ticket required.

Southeastern Flower Show (April 25-27)

Celebrate the arrival of Spring with the top flower and horticultural show in the southeastern United States. Enjoy three days of horticultural exhibits, events, and the always popular marketplace. The new location is the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta.

Taste of East Point and the South Metro Area (April 26)

Think local on the last Saturday in April when the soft spring air blows in tasty good times at Taste of East Point. The event showcases the food, art and music created in the south metro area. Patrons arrive hungry to nosh at tents hosted by area restaurants. Local artists-they all live, work or go to school in the area-show off their handmade wares, from intricate jewelry designs to woven scarves and deftly-turned wooden bowls. Throughout the afternoon into early evening, the singer-songwriters perform a mix of funk, soul, blues, dance tunes and folk.