Spring is the start of festival season in Atlanta (and basically everywhere)! The pollen count may be killer, but here’s looking forward to warm weather, sunshine, and plenty to do around the city.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is in its 82nd year! The festival takes place mid-April (13-15) in Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta. This huge festival showcases hundreds of incredible artists, food, international music and dance, and carnival games. The event is free to attend, though the fine art can get pretty pricey and hard to resist.
Georgia Renaissance Festival
Travel back in time, space, and all the way down to Fairburn, GA, south of the city for the Georgia Renaissance Festival. The gates to Newcastle will be opening April 14 and won’t close until the merriment has died down June 3. At this ode to a 16th century festival, costumes are encouraged, dinner is served in the form of giant turkey legges, and the entertainment is fit for both royalty and peasants. Every weekend is a different theme, so choose your adventure wisely.
Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival
Smyrna’s Spring Jonquil Festival is one of my favorite events of the year, followed by Smyrna’s Fall Jonquil Festival. Why is that? Because of the Smyrna Library book sale. So many books, so little time, such good prices. And along with craft booths and food trucks, this year there will be bears! The bears of Grizzly Experience will be teaching people about bear safety and basically just playing around. Admission is free, and you know I’ll be there watching the bears from start to finish.
Taste of Marietta
Get a “Taste of Marietta” on Historic Marietta Square! Taste of Marietta is one of the largest and longest running food festivals in Atlanta, and for good reason — it’s delicious. The festival always takes place the last Sunday in April (that’s the 29th this year). Sample foods from Cobb County restaurants while walking the Historic Square, listening to music, and popping into the Square’s local shops. The event is free to attend, and food ranges from $1-$5.
Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival
I’m a little late in writing this post this year, but I’m still going to put the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival in here so you can look forward to it for next year! This festival kicks off Atlanta’s festival season in late March (24-26) in the Brookhaven community just inside the Perimeter. It features a small craft show, concerts, a car show, and a dog show all taking place in Blackburn Park. The event is free to attend.
Need something else to do besides festivals?
Go to a Braves Game
Spring means baseball season! Catch an Atlanta Braves game at the new SunTrust Park stadium. You can pre-game by shopping, eating, and drinking at The Battery shops.
Visit Zoo Atlanta
Warmer weather means more animals out and about at Zoo Atlanta! On March 31, the zoo will be hosting the traditional “Gorilla Egg Hunts and More” event where you can watch the animals get spring- and Easter-themed enrichment surprises.
Go For a Hike
Take in the spring blooms all around Atlanta and throughout Georgia by going on a spring hike. Last year, we went to Unicoi State Park and hiked part of the Unicoi to Helen Trail, and all the trees were an amazing vibrant green that you need to see for yourself.
What’s your favorite Atlanta spring activity? Let me know in the comments!