Free and Cheap Things to Do This Spring

Here's the lowdown for fun things to do this spring in Atlanta — on the free or cheap.
  • Atlanta's Dogwood Festival is in its 82nd year.
    Atlanta's Dogwood Festival is in its 82nd year.
  • Your favorite cat and friends are visiting the Center for Puppetry Arts.
    Your favorite cat and friends are visiting the Center for Puppetry Arts.
  • Bust out your inner scientist at Atlanta Science Festival. (Atlanta Science Festival photo)
    Bust out your inner scientist at Atlanta Science Festival. (Atlanta Science Festival photo)

Whether you're planning your spring break vacation or simply looking for fun in Atlanta, be sure to add these free and cheap things to do to your schedule. 


  • Atlanta Science Festival, March 9 through 24
    This festival is a great way to explore science and technology. Scientists and educators from Atlanta’s museums, schools, universities and companies share what is new and happening in science and tech through a variety of hands-on activities, facility tours, stimulating presentations and riveting performances.

  • International Pillow Fight Day, April 1
    Who doesn’t love a good pillow fight? Take out your aggression (gently) and have lots of laughs at this annual (and international) event. Please no feather pillows. This event is free but donations are encouraged to keep this event going. All ages welcome. 

  • Atlanta Streets Alive – Eastside, April 8
    Bring out your skates, scooters and bikes for this fun event when a 4.4-mile stretch of streets from Downtown to Lake Claire is closed to motor traffic to allow folks to pedal, skate and scoot about with friends and family. It's a great chance to get some exercise and meet your neighbors. 

  • Art on the Chattahoochee, April 15
    This free family event combines two of our favorite things – art and nature. Come shop local artists and artisans at this fun festival while also enjoying live entertainment, artist demos, a "Budding Artist Kids' Zone," kids' chalk art contest and food trucks. 

  • All About Kids Expo, April 28
    Here is a great one-stop spot for all kinds of family/kids information including camps, wellness, summer fun, child care, safety, entertainment and more. Stop by with kids of all ages. 

  • Duluth Art Week, April 27 through May 5
    In an effort to expose residents and visitors to art, the city of Duluth is hosting nine days of art installations and activities. Each day  features various forms of interactive art including colorful tree wrappings, Tweet & Seek, dancing, theater, music, "Eat Like a Local" and the list goes on. Visit the website for details on how to get involved. 

  • Atlanta Streets Alive – Westside, June 10
    Same fun as was listed above; different part of town.

  • Self-Guided Atlanta Street Art Walking Tours, all year 
    Sometimes when you live in a city for awhile you start to take it for granted. Atlanta is such a treasure trove of ever-changing art, architecture, shops and restaurants that we encourage you to get out and explore. Check out the website for some fun adventures that are free and will be sure to provide you with a new appreciation for our fair city – and maybe some new favorite places. 


  • The Cat in the Hat, March 20 through May 13
    Check out the reduced price previews of everyone’s childhood friend, "The Cat in the Hat," at the Center for Puppetry Arts on March 20 and 21 or pick up tickets to a regular performance and accompanying workshops.

  • Atlanta Dogwood Festival, April 13 through 15
    This event is technically free. Head out to shop at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, a nationally renowned, juried fine artist market. Enjoy entertainment and food trucks. Parking in the lot will cost you, along with snacks from food trucks and any booth shopping. It's been an Atlanta favorite for 81 years.

  • Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival, April 14 and 15
    Mmm mmm! One of our favorite festivals is celebrating ooey, gooey, cheesiness with two days this year. Sample yummy grilled cheese sandwiches from a wide variety of Atlanta restaurants and cast your vote for Best Grilled Cheese in Atlanta, plus entertainment, vendors and more.

  • Lemonade Days, April 18 through 22
    Come out and support the 20th Annual Lemonade Days to support the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, which benefits the community in the form of historic preservation and education. The event includes more than 30 full-scale carnival rides, food and beverage vendors, a 5K run and special performances. Wristbands for unlimited rides are available with a discount if you pre-order online. It's subject to weather so be sure to follow for updates.

  • 2018 Chamblee Fun Mud Run, April 28
    Get muddy and have fun as a family at the Chamblee Fun Mud Run. Part race, part obstacle course, all fun for the entire family with 2.5- and 1.5-mile courses. It benefits Chamblee Middle School.

  • Freaky Friday, A New Musical, March 9 through April 22
    An updated twist on the classic is Horizon Theatre Company’s delightfully funny musical for the whole family.

Joleen Pete lives in an Atlanta 'burb with her husband and their 5-year-old son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and family blogger behind Love, Joleen. 

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