Cool Things To Do In Atlanta In April

You're cool, so find something cool to do in April in Atlanta.
  • See "Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool" at the Atlanta Film Festival. (Firelight Media)
    See "Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool" at the Atlanta Film Festival. (Firelight Media)
  • April brings the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.
    April brings the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.
  • SweetWater 420 Fest is a mainstay of ATL's spring festivals. (📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    SweetWater 420 Fest is a mainstay of ATL's spring festivals. (📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to get out and about. Bloom like the flowers around us, and check out some of these events and activities.

  1. April Fool's Comedy Night features jokes from six comedians, beer samples, a brewery tour and food truck fare for sale at Three Taverns Craft Brewery. April 1. 
  2. Food-O-Rama features 30 food trucks selling full portions and small plates at Grant Park. Also has live music onstage, craft beer, vendors and a kids' zone. April 6. 
  3. A Change 'Gon Come celebrates the life and work of singer and songwriter Sam Cooke, known for hits like "Chain Gang" and "You Send Me." Fulton County Southwest Arts Center. April 5 and 6. 
  4. Atlanta Streets Alive banishes cars on a section of Downtown and Midtown so that pedestrians can walk, run, bike and participate in myriad entertainment activities in the street. April 7.
  5. The Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens is a self-guided tour of a dozen homes and also features refreshments, live music and a small farmer's market. April 12 -- 14. 
  6. Run Before You Crawl is a 5K run that begins and ends in Grant Park, followed by an six-pub bar crawl. April 13. 
  7. Taste of the Nation is a charity event that features gourmet food, fine wine, beer, cocktails, local music and a silent auction. April 18. 
  8. The Eggstravaganza at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center invites you to bring a basket to hunt for candy-filled eggs, meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy family activities. April 20. 
  9. Entry is free at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area during Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. April 20. 
  10. Entry is free at Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame on the first Sunday of every month during Southwest Sundays.
  11. Easter Brunch at Park Tavern offers a beautiful view of Piedmont Park and the city skyline and features an appearance by the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt. April 21. 
  12. Design ADAC brings speakers and celebrities to the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center to unveil new collections and share their design-industry experiences. April 23 -- 25.
  13. Cinema Italy Atlanta screens five new Italian films at the Plaza Theatre. April 25 -- 28. 

Hello Spring! April is full of festivals. Here are a few:

  1. The 48th Annual Writers' Festival brings distinguished authors to Agnes Scott College to read and answer questions. Free. April 4 and 5. 
  2. The 43rd Annual Atlanta Film Festival showcases a wide variety of films, mostly at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages Theatre. April 4 -- 14. 
  3. Spring Festival on Ponce features fine arts and crafts, folk art, a children's area, local food and acoustic music in historic Olmsted Linear Park. April 6 and 7.
  4. The 83rd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival invites you to see fine art, hear live music and enjoy fair food at Piedmont Park. Includes a 5K. April 12 -- 14. 
  5. The 2nd Annual Heartbeat Festival hosted by the Atlanta Hawks features a basketball tournament, DJ music, cooking demonstrations, CPR training, fitness classes, yoga session and food trucks at Central Park. Free. April 13.
  6. The Atlanta Spring Wine Festival features samples of 50 wines plus beer, cider, live music and food for sale at Historic Fourth Ward Park. 
  7. The Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival offers samples of its namesake sandwich and the chance to vote for your favorite, plus live local music, contests and activities at Atlantic Station. April 13. 
  8. The 34th Annual Georgia Renaissance Festival is the perfect place to spy (or become) a knight and maiden, nosh on turkey legs and ale, shop from hundreds of artisans and see a jousting live match. Fairburn. Weekends, April 13 -- June 2. 
  9. The SweetWater 420 Fest and 5K brings 20 types of SweetWater beer, food trucks, an amazing lineup of musicians, an artists’ market and an eco village to Centennial Olympic Park. April 19 -- 21.
  10. The Atlanta Improv Festival brings local and national comedy groups, plus celebrity comedians, to the Village Theatre. April 25 -- 27.
  11. The Inman Park Spring Festival features a tour of homes, a street parade, an artists’ market, live music, food vendors and kids’ activities. April 26 -- 28. 
  12. The Great Southern Beer Fest features Southern craft beer, Southern cuisine and country rock music in John Howell Park. April 27. 

Is the weather still oscillating from warm to cold? Get out of the house, but still stay warm, by visiting a few Atlanta museums you may not have visited in a while:

  • The Wren's Nest
  • APEX Museum
  • Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Hammonds House Museum
  • Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
  • Michael C. Carlos Museum

Beth Clark is a writer and foodie who loves to roam around Atlanta, uncovering the city's quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Curiosity is her compass, and you'll find her writing on www.thecitydweller.me.

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