Atlanta Festivals Spring to Life in April

Check our April festivals list, where you'll find some of the city's most popular festivals.
  • The Dogwood Festival is the unofficial start of spring in Atlanta.
    The Dogwood Festival is the unofficial start of spring in Atlanta.
  • The birds of prey are always popular at the Georgia Renaissance Festival.
    The birds of prey are always popular at the Georgia Renaissance Festival.

April is as good an excuse as any to get out and enjoy an Atlanta festival, Several crowd favorites occur this month.

  • Festival on Ponce, April 1 - 2
    Set in an historic park, the Festival on Ponce features more than 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk and “outsider” art as well as a children’s area and local food and beverage.

  • Writers’ Festival, April 6 - 7
    May Sarton will be the headlining author at this festival that celebrates writers and their books. There are readings and Q&As with several authors.

  • Tribal Con X111, April 6 - 9 
    TribalCon is a belly dance festival that draws hundreds of dancers and musicians from around the world. In addition to performances there are dance classes, shopping for tribal jewelry, music and costumes.

  • Atlanta Dogwood Festival, April 7 - 9
    The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the unofficial beginning of spring in Atlanta as the dogwoods are in full bloom. The festival fills Midtown with live music, arts and crafts, food booths and family-friendly activities. In addition, there is a juried art competition for sculpture, painting, jewelry and photography.

  • Rhythm & Brews, April 8
    If you’re 21 or older you’ll enjoy Rhythm & Brews, a celebration of local bands and local beers. Local breweries include Red Hare, Monday Night, Cherry Street and Jekyll.

  • The Georgia Renaissance Festival, April 15 - June 4
    Need a break from reality? How about going back to a 16th century European country fair? With more than 1,000 characters wearing period costumes, the festival includes acrobats, jugglers, magicians, wandering minstrels as well as games, rides, children’s activities, a haunted ship, Artisans Market, and arts and crafts. There’s lots of food, including turkey legs.

  • SweetWater 420 Festival, April 21 - 23
    Widespread Panic and the Trey Anastasio Band highlight the 13th SweetWater 420 Festival that includes food, crafts, and lots and lots of music.

  • Cinema Italy, April 21 - 23
    Enjoy the best of Italian films at this annual festival.|

  • Atlanta Arab Festival, April 22 -23
    Enjoy a weekend with Arabic flavors, sights and sounds. There will be live performances, an Arab world food court, rides, games and shopping.

  • Inman Park Spring Festival, April 29 - 30
    Inman Park is one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods, and the popular festival includes a street market with local art, the Inman Park Tour of Homes, a 5K run where participants are encouraged to come in costume and the you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it parade.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications. 



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