Festivals: Step into Springtime

Step out to one (or more) of our many festivals. Or pack up the family and take a day trip to places such as Dahlonega, Perry or Watkinsville. Arts, crafts and entertainment are in store, flowers are in full bloom, and kids’ activities are abundant.

Atlanta Fair 2012. Turner Field Gray Parking lot. Through Apr. 8. Enjoy an afternoon with fun amusement park rides. 688 Central Avenue. S.W., Atlanta. 404-389-7564. Adults $5-$8; Ages 2-8, $1. Food, rides, and games cost extra.
Urban Forestry Festival. Outdoor Activity Center. Celebrate Atlanta’s urban forests with educational and entertaining exhibits, a tour of the 26-acre forest at the Outdoor Activity Center, food, giveaways, activities and more. April 14. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1442 Richland Rd., Atlanta. 404-752-5385. Free.
Lemonade Days. Brook Run Park. A children’s carnival with rides, ponies, face painting, skate exhibitions, a petting zoo and an arts and craft fair. April 19-22. Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri., 5-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. 4770 North Peachtree Rd., Atlanta. DunwoodyLemonadeDays.org. Free admission, full-day ride pass, $20.
76th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Piedmont Park. Atlanta’s longest-running festival welcomes spring with local artists, kids’ entertainment, live music and food. April 20-22. Fri., noon-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Peachtree and 10th Street, Atlanta. 404-817-6642. Free.

Alpharetta Arts StreetFest. Milton Avenue. Peruse works from local and national artists. Create children’s art, make your own Chia Pet, listen to live music and more. April 14-15. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2 South Main St., Alpharetta. 678-297-6078. Free.
Big Shanty Festival. Downtown Kennesaw. Live entertainment, kids’ activities, festival food and music. The celebration kicks off with a parade through downtown Kennesaw Saturday morning. April 21-22. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (parade starts at 9:30 a.m.); Sun., noon-5 p.m. Downtown Kennesaw. 770-423-1330. Free.
Georgia Renaissance Festival. Fairburn. Watch the all new Mud Show, plus a hypnotist, belly dancing, jousting, aerial trapeze acts, knife throwing and more. Plus, big turkey legs and live music! Saturdays and Sundays, April 14-June 3 (plus Memorial Day). 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Exit 61 on I-85 (south). 770-964-8575. Adults, $19.95; children 6-12, $8.95; 5 and younger, free; parking, free.

Wild Azalea Festival. Reynolds Nature Preserve. See live animal shows and wild azaleas, take a hike through the nature center, enjoy grilled food and more. April 16. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 5665 Reynolds Rd., Morrow. 770-603-4188. Free. 
Feria Latina. Atlantic Station. Performances by Latin artists and dance groups, along with contests, prizes and giveaways throughout the day. Try traditional foods and shop for arts and crafts. April 15. 12 a.m.-8 p.m. Atlantic Station, Midtown. 404-321-0663. Free.
Taste of Newnan. Downtown Newnan. Sample specialties from local restaurants, plus live entertainment. April 19. 5-8:30 p.m. Historic Courthouse Square. 770-253-8283. Free, tasting tickets required.
Inman Park Festival. Inman Park. April 28-29. Head to historic   Inman Park for a wacky parade led by the neighborhood’s butterfly mascot, browse booths with handmade crafts and art, sample delicious food, participate in kids’ activities and listen to live music on several different stages. Sat., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Home tour: Sat.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 770-635-3711. Festival, free; home tour, $20.  
International Heritage Festival. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Students from charter elementary, middle and high schools in Fulton County will showcase their international heritage through country booths, food and entertainment. April 21. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta. 404-444-5365. Free.

 

Beyond Atlanta

Strawberry Festival. Washington Farms. Strawberry pickin’, fun farm activities, festival food, arts and crafts and live entertainment. April 28. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 5671 Hog Mountain Rd., Watkinsville. 706-769-0627. Ages 2 and up, $7.
Bear on the Square Mountain Festival. Downtown Dahlonega. Listen to bluegrass, mountain and folk music, take part in dancing, kids’ activities, shopping and more. April 21-22. Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dahlonega Public Square. 706-348-1370. Free; Sat. performances, $20; Sun. performances, $15.
Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival. Perry. Shop for art, watch “old-timers” demonstrate their craftsmanship, learn to crack a bullwhip, listen to storytelling in the Fantasy Forest, take a hayride or horseback ride and more. Voted one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast. April 21-22. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 315M Lake Joy Rd., Perry. 478-922-8265. Adults, $5; kids, $1. Free Parking.