Best Festivals in Atlanta: Spring and Summer 2018
These festivals are often free and include multiple children’s play areas, inflatables, face painting and arts and crafts stations. Our spring and summer festival picks in Atlanta bring so many ways to plan quality, weekend family time.
Artist demonstrations, juggling, fire show, jousting, a hypnotist, parrot show, acrobatics and more. Games, rides and festival foods. Here is our guide to the festival with kids. Through June 3.
A weekend of jazz performances, children’s activity area, face painting, children’s concerts and games. May 26-27.
Artist market, musical performances, dance and literary arts, Children’s Art Festival on Saturday with jugglers, a gaming truck and more. May 26-27.
Arts and crafts, children’s area, local food and live music on the lawn. May 26-27.
Artist market, children’s arts and crafts area, live music and more. May 26-28.
Flying Colors Butterfly Festival at Chattahoochee Nature Center
See hundreds of native butterflies and plants. Enjoy crafts, face painting, live entertainment and more. June 2-3.
Peachtree Corners Festival at The Corners Parkway
Car show, arts and crafts, children’s area, live music, food and more. June 8-10.
Tunes from the Tombs at Oakland Cemetery
Bring beach chairs and blankets for this music festival featuring musicians performing among the historic cemetery. Field day activities, food trucks and more. Advance ticket purchase recommended. June 9.
Summerfest in Virginia-Highland
Artists market, children’s area, Tot Trot 5K and 5K Road Race plus food, music and more. June 9-10.
Summer Fun Festival at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds
Petting zoo, children’s area, costumed characters, live entertainment, games, activities, and more hosted by Lift Up Atlanta. June 16.
Caribbean Cultural Festival at Alexander Park
The Caribbean Association of Georgia presents Caribbean food and music, a children’s area, talent showcase and more. June 16.
Atlanta Ice Cream Festival at Piedmont Park
Ice cream samples and scoops for purchase, ice cream competition, fitness and children’s activities. July 28.
Smyrna Village Green
Aug. 5. 6-10 p.m.
Music, festival foods, a giant birthday cake, fireworks and a children’s entertainment area.
Mable House Barnes Amphitheater
Aug. 5. 11:30-5:30 p.m.
Children’s area, food trucks and parade. Bring school supplies or new school uniforms to “stuff the truck.” Parade begins at 11:30; food trucks at noon.
Aug. 12. 2-9 p.m.
Sample barbecue from many different restaurants and hear live music.
Ben Robertson Community Center
Aug. 12. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s western-themed open house party with activities including cattle roping, gold panning and a kid-friendly shooting gallery.
Roswell Square Park
Aug. 27. 2-4 p.m. Taste more than 100 flavors of homemade ice cream and dive into ice cream eating contests to help benefit The Drake House. Enjoy live music and let kids work off energy in the children’s area. Don’t miss seeing who wins for best ice cream recipe.
Aug. 27. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Features hundreds of vendors, family activities, arts and crafts, international foods and live concerts.
Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center
Aug. 27. 1-5 p.m.
Come learn about this crucial part of Georgia’s agriculture and economy. Find out what’s buzzing with bee games, crafts and honey samples. Preregister.
Features 250 artists on display as well as demonstrations, live acoustic music, a children’s area and festival foods in August.
Sample more than 20 bites from local restaurants in August. There will also be an art walk, live music, local entertainment and children’s area.
Aug. 25 and 26. Fri. 6-10 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Enjoy live music and family entertainment, a children’s area featuring infl atables, games, food and arts and crafts.
Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 27, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Artist market, stages featuring live music and a children’s area with storytellers, puppet shows and art activities.
This year’s event in August at Dunwoody Nature Center will feature two enormous Butterfly tents – each filled with hundreds of live butterflies. The day is full of fun activities including a Birds of Prey show, live animal encounters, games, educational booths and more.
This festival includes events and activities throughout Macon with over 300,000 cherry blossoms in bloom as the backdrop. Featured events include the festival parade and Central City Park amusement rides. March 16-25.
The festival includes musical performances, a children’s area, 5K and 1K race, dog show area and more. March 24 and 25.
Hundreds of arts and crafts booths, children’s activities, musical entertainment and food vendors. March 24 and 25.
Azalea showcases, guided nature hikes, face painting, animal shows and more. April 7.
150 local and regional artists, children’s area, local food and more. April 7-8.
Bike parade at 1:30 p.m. then enjoy biking, skating or walking down the car-free streets. Local businesses will have booths and displays along the route. April 8.
Samples from local restaurants plus live entertainment, kid zone, carnival rides and more. April 12.
Three-day festival features artists from around the country, musical performances, kids village with inflatables, arts and crafts, face painting, rock climbing and more. April 13-15.
Over 100 artists displaying paintings, pottery, metalwork and more. Kids’ zone includes arts and crafts projects, bounce houses, sand art and face painting. April 14-15.
Rides, games, concessions, arts and craft fair and live music. April 18-22.
Over 30 Henry County restaurants serve tasting samples plus kids can enjoy slides, moonwalks, face painting and more. April 20.
Live entertainment, vendors, artist demos, kid’s zone, kid’s chalk art contest, food trucks and more. April 21.
100+ cars on display, barbecue, live music and more benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. April 21.
Traditional music, dancing, arts and crafts, Arabic calligraphy, face painting, carnival games and food from local Arab restaurants. April 21-22.
Children’s play area, local musicians, interactive art stations, plus up to 150 arts and crafts participants. April 21-22.
Enjoy the artist markets, children’s activities and live music. April 21-22.
Chicken city parade, upcycled arts and crafts show, live entertainment, kid’s area and chicken cook off. April 28.
A self guided home tour of the neighborhood’s historic houses, an artist market, kids’ yoga, live pet shows and Kids’ Zone. April 27 (home tour only) April 28-29.
Features artists, demonstrations, food trucks, live music and more. April 28-29.
Artist market, live entertainment and children’s area. April 28-29.
85 Cobb County restaurants participating, live entertainment and kid’s alley. April 29.
Sample food from over 60 local restaurants and hear live music from local bands. Children’s area and culinary demonstrations. May 3.
Enjoy live entertainment along with crafts, archery, storytelling, refreshments and costumes. Build your own fairy house and visit the fairy house village. May 5.
Art festival with children’s activities and live entertainment. May 5-6.
Features Over 80 artists, demonstrations, live music, dance performances, food trucks and more. May 5-6.
Handmade arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment and children’s activities. May 5-6.
Strawberry picking, farm tours, pony rides, craft and food vendors and a petting zoo. May 5.
Sample food from South metro-area restaurants and food trucks. Artist market and live music. May 5.
Carnival games, pony rides, food trucks, bounce houses, touch-a-truck experience and more. May 5.
Live music, pet vendors, pet adoption, pet contest, children’s area, food trucks and more. May 5-6.
Celebrate spring with a day of live music, games, dunk tank plus a traditional May Pole. May 6.
More than 80 artists, performers and food vendors. May 12.
Children’s activities with music and games. May 12.
Visit the Atlanta BeltLine for games, live music, dance performances, food trucks, fitness demos and more. May 12.
Arts and crafts vendors, children’s area, live music and food. May 12-13.
Indian village and displays, traditional dance competition and drumming. Native Americans from around the country gather for this event. May 12-13.
Live music, artists, children’s area, arts and crafts, rides, games and more. May 12-13.
Live entertainment, children’s area, international food court and more. May 12-13.
Greek Hellenic dancing, Greek food and pastries, traditional gifts and jewelry and children’s activities. May 18-20.
Artists market, live entertainment, food concessions, serenity garden, hands-on activities for kids and more. May 19-20.
Arts and crafts festival with 45+ artists and artisans, food, a market with fresh flowers, chocolates, soaps and more. Also see hundreds of roses, hydrangeas, annuals and perennials in bloom. May 19-20.
Artists market, children’s area, live music, barbeque cook off, a 5K race and tour of homes. May 19-20.
Interact with makers and see them make things and buy products; enjoy hands-on experiences at making music, science, art, crafts, clothes and more. May 19.