Get Ready for Spring Festivals and Events in Atlanta

Spring's a-comin'. Get ready for these events and festivals.
  • BaconFest draws bacon lovers – and even once attracted actor Kevin Bacon.
    BaconFest draws bacon lovers – and even once attracted actor Kevin Bacon.
  • Atlanta's Dogwood Festival starts the spring with arts, crafts and food. (Jay Jordan, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    Atlanta's Dogwood Festival starts the spring with arts, crafts and food. (Jay Jordan, AtlantaPhotos.com)
  • The annual parade is one of the many highlights of the Inman Park Festival.
    The annual parade is one of the many highlights of the Inman Park Festival.
  • The Atlanta Science Festival features a real-life astronaut as well as demonstrations and workshops.
    The Atlanta Science Festival features a real-life astronaut as well as demonstrations and workshops.

Spring, as they say, is just around the corner. Mark your calendar for these warm-weather events and festivals Atlanta.

  • Jewish Music Festival, March 2 - 19
    The Jewish Music Festival celebrates contemporary Jewish music in an effort to entertain and educate the general public on the Jewish culture and unite Atlanta’s young Jewish community through the power of music.
  • Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, March 4
    Enjoy a day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’ and barbecue eatin’. Have fun with the all-you-care-to-taste sampling of beer and bourbon as well as seminars in the tasting theater.

  • St. Patrick's Day ParadeMarch 11
    Atlanta celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in grand style with parades and celebrations in local restaurants. Of course, Peachtree Street is the scene for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade that features more than 2,000 Irish dancers, musicians, balloons, floats and local dignitaries. The parade starts at the intersection of 15th and Peachtree streets and goes south on Peachtree.

  • Atlanta Brunch Festival, March 11
    Enjoy tasty bites from 20 restaurants as well as appropriate beverages and music from a pop tribute band. Must be 21 or older.

  • Atlanta Science Festival, March 15 - 25
    Atlanta’s biggest interactive science event is free and open to adults and children. The Exploration Expo will take place on the 25th at Centennial Olympic Park and will feature more than 100 interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments, demos and performances. The festival will launch with astronaut, Capt. Mark Kelly who spent more than 50 days in space, as well as other exciting scientific events.

  • ATL Airport District Restaurant Week, March 18 - 26
    Enjoy the best restaurants around the airport with ATL Airport District Restaurant Week where 18 restaurants in East Point and College Park delight diners with fantastic culinary experiences.

  • Atlanta Film Festival, March 24 - April 2
    Now in its fourth decade, the festival is one of only two dozen Academy Award-qualifying festivals in this country. One of the largest and longest-running festivals, the Atlanta Film Festivals attracts more than 25,000 film lovers who come to watch hundreds of independent, international, animated, documentary and short films from around the world.

  • BaconFest, March 25
    The ultimate homage to bacon takes place in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward where all things bacon are celebrated. Kevin Bacon has even attended. There’s lots of food, fun and music.

  • Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, March 25 - 26
    The third annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival brings lots of family fun, food and even a dog agility performance by Gail Mirabell and the Dynamo Dogs.

  • 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.

  • Atlanta Persian Festival, April 2
    Learn all about the Persian culture in a festival atmosphere in Piedmont Park.

  • 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, vendors selling tribal jewelry, music and costumes.

  • Festival of Laughs, April 7
    Betcha can't keep a straight face. It's all happening at Philips Arena.

  • 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 and 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.

  • Atlanta Spring Wine Festival, April 15
    Wine, cider, beer, food trucks, music. What are you waiting for?

  • SweetWater 420 Festival, April 21 - 23
    Widespread Panic and the Trey Anastasio Band will 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.

  • Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival, April 29
    Wine, craft beer, music and more. Get going. 

  • 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.

  • Shaky Beats Music Festival, May 5 - 7
    Performers include The Chainsmokers, Kaskade, Griz, Flosstradamus, Zeds Dead and more.

  • Chastain Park Arts Festival, May 6 and 7
    Enjoy the sixth annual Chastain Park Arts Festival that features more than 180 artists and craftsmen as well as local food and beverage concessions and a children’s area.

  • Pick’n in Grant Park, May 12 and 13
    Who doesn’t love a barbecue competition? In between bites, check out music, a play zone for the kids and a street market.

  • Shaky Knees Music Fest, May 12 - 14
    With more than 60 bands on the schedule, music is the thing at this annual festival.

  • Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, May 13
    Celebrate the sights, sounds, costumes and food of the Caribbean. Don’t miss the annual parade of bands through downtown, an artist market and tons of dance demos.

  • Sweet Auburn Springfest, May 13 and 14
    Stroll down historic Auburn Avenue and enjoy festival offerings such as interactive activities, entertainment and lots of good food.

  • Decatur Arts Festival, May 26 - 28
    The Decatur Arts Festival features something for everyone and includes an artists market, kids' arts festival, performers and literary exhibits.

  • Atlanta Jazz Festival, May 27 - 29
    One of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, the Atlanta Jazz Festival showcases more than 100 of the country’s best jazz performers. Other events include a neighborhood jazz series, youth jazz competitions and a kids zone.

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

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