2018 Atlanta Summer Festivals
These festivals are often free, and include multiple children’s play areas, inflatables, face painting and arts and crafts stations. If you are looking for a new art piece for your home or want to grab a bite to eat from the window of a food truck, spend your weekends festival hopping. Our summer festival picks bring so many ways to plan quality, weekend family time. Grab the sunscreen and head to a park!
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.
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.
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. 2
Olmsted Linear Park
April 1-2. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
150 local and regional artists, children’s area, local food and more. 1451 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. Admission, free.
April 7-9. Fri., noon-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Three-day festival features artists from around the country, musical performances, children’s area with inflatables, arts and crafts, face painting and more. 14th St. and Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-817- 6642. Admission, free.
Reynolds Nature Preserve
April 8. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Azalea showcases, guided nature hikes, face painting, animal shows and more. 5665 Reynolds Rd., Morrow. 770-603-4188. Admission, free.
April 8 and 9. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Over 100 artists displaying paintings, pottery, metalwork and more. Children’s area includes arts and crafts projects, bounce houses, sand art and face painting. 4415 Senator Russell Blvd., Acworth. 770-337-4049. Admission, free.
April 15. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Live entertainment, vendors, artist demos, children’s area, kid’s chalk art contest, food trucks and more. 4758 South Old Peachtree Rd., Norcross. 678-277-0920. admission, free.
April 15 and 16. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Children’s area, local musicians, interactive art stations, plus up to 150 arts and crafts participants. 6100 Lake Forrest Dr., Sandy Springs. 404-873-1222. dmission, free.
April 20. 5-8:30 p.m.
Samples from local restaurants plus live entertainment, children’s area, carnival rides and more. N. and S. Court Square, Newnan. 770-253-8283. Admission, free; tasting tickets, $1.
Brook Run Park
April 19-23. Wed.-Fri. 4-10 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. noon-6 p.m.
Rides, games concessions, arts and craft fair and live music. 4770 North Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody. 770-668-0401. Admission, free; unlimited ride pass, $20-25.
April 21. 6-9 p.m.
Over 30 Henry County restaurants serve tasting samples plus kids can enjoy slides, moonwalks, face painting and more. 101 Lake Dow Rd., McDonough. 678-432-1630. Adults, $20; ages 3-12, $5; kid zone tickets, $1 each.
April 22 and 23. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (parade, 9:30 a.m.); Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Enjoy the artist markets, children’s area and live music. 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-423-1330. Admission, free.
April 22 and 23. Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m.
Traditional music, dancing, arts and crafts, Arabic calligraphy, face painting, carnival games and food from local
Arab restaurants. 3288 Marjan Dr., Atlanta. 770-936-8770. Adults, $5; ages 11 and younger, free.
Grant Park to Westview
April 23. 2-6 p.m.
Enjoy biking, skating or walking down the car-free streets. Local businesses will have booths and displays along the route. Bike parade at 2 p.m. Georgia Avenue and Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Admission, free.
Downtown Gainesville Square
April 29. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chicken city parade, upcycled arts and crafts show, live entertainment, children’s area and chicken cook-off. 104 Main St., Gainesville. 770-531-1102. Admission, free. Chicken sample card, $5.
April 29. 4-7 p.m.
100+ cars on display, barbecue, live music and more benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 8200 Roberts Dr., Atlanta. 678-892-1200. $20; ages 8 and younger, free.
April 29. 2-6 p.m.
Visit the Atlanta BeltLine for games, live music, dance performances, food trucks, health and wellness screenings, fitness demos and more. 102 Ollie St. NW, Atlanta. Admission, free.
April 29 and 30. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m.; 5K: Sat. 8 a.m.
Artist market, Jonquil Jog/Walk 5K, puppet shows by Peter Hart, food for purchase, live music and children’s area. 200 Village Green Cir., Smyrna. 770-423-1330. Admission, free.
April 28 (home tour only), noon-4 p.m. April 29 and 30. Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (parade, 2 p.m.); Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
A self-guided home tour of the neighborhood’s historic houses, an artist market, kid’ yoga, live pet shows and children’s area. Euclid Ave., Atlanta. Admission, ree; home tour, $20.
Historic Marietta Square
April 30. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
75 Cobb County restaurants, live entertainment and children’s area. 50 Park Sq., Marietta. 770-429-1115. Admission, free; tastings, $1-$5.
Historic Downtown Alpharetta
May 4. 5-10 p.m.
Sample food from over 60 local restaurants and hear live music from local bands. Children’s area and culinary demonstrations. 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. 678-297-6048. Admission, free; food samples, $1-$3.
May 6. 2-5 p.m.
Enjoy live entertainment along with crafts, archery, storytelling, refreshments and costumes. Build your own fairy house and visit the fairy house village. 8201 Hazelbrand Rd., Covington. 678-925-3594. $5; ages 2 and younger, free.
May 6. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Strawberry picking, farm tours, pony rides, craft and food vendors and a petting zoo. 5340 Cornelia Hwy., Alto. 770-869-3999. Strawberry picking, $14/gallon; arm slide, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo and other farm activities, $5/person; ages 2 and younger, free.
Peachtree Presbyterian Church
May 6. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Carnival rides, pony rides, food trucks, bounce houses, touch-a-truck experience and more. 3434 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta. 404-842-5800.
East Point Commons
May 6. 3-9 p.m.
Sample food from South metro-area restaurants and food trucks. Artist market and live music. 2757 East Point St., East Point. 404-452-0985. Admission, free; taste tickets, $1 each.
May 6-7. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Art festival with children’s activities and live entertainment. 50 Park Square, Marietta. 770-794-5601. Free.
May 6-7. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. noon-5 p.m.
Handmade arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment and children’s activities. 2500 Sawyer Pkwy., Snellville. 770-985-3535. Free.
May 6-7. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Arts and crafts vendors, children’s area, live music and food. 4469 Stella Dr., Atlanta. Admission, free.
Suwanee Town Center Park
May 6-7. Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Live music, pet vendors, pet adoption, pet contest, children’s area, food trucks and more. 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. Admission, free.
May 7. Noon-4 p.m.
Celebrate spring with a day of live music, pony rides, face painting, plus a traditional May Pole. 9055 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. 770-463-2610. $5/person.
Mable House Complex
May 13. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
5K race and fun run, car show, children’s play area, arts and crafts, food and live entertainment. 5239 Floyd Rd., Mableton. 678-590-2803. Free.
Suwanee Town Center Park
May 13. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
More than 100 artists, performers and food vendors. 300 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. 678-878-2818. Admission, free.
Historic Fourth Ward Park
May 13. noon-8 p.m.
Children’s activities with music and games. 700 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, Atlanta. 404-519-6120. Free.
Buford Town Park
May 13-14. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Artist market, a learning village, live entertainment and food. 2200 Buford Dr., Buford. 678-677-0172. Admission, free.
Dunwoody Village Parkway
May 13-14. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Live music, artists, children’s area, arts and crafts, rides, games and more. 1442 Dunwoody Village Pkwy., Atlanta. 678-427-6450. Admission, free.
Sweet Auburn Historic District
May 13-14. Sat.11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 1-8 p.m.
Live entertainment, children’s area, international food court and more. 230 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Atlanta. 404-594-3939. Admission, free.
May 13-14. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Indian village and displays, traditional dance competition and drumming. Native Americans from around the country gather for this event. 1098 Marietta Hwy., Canton. 770-735-6275. Adults, $15; ages 6-12, $5; ages 5 and younger, free.
Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church
May 19-21. Fri. 2-11 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Greek Hellenic dancing, Greek food and pastries, traditional gifts and jewelry and children’s activities. 3431 Trickum Rd., Marietta. 770-924-8080. Adults, $5; ages 12 and younger, free.
Bessie Branham Park
May 20. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tour of Homes, May 20-21. noon-5 p.m.; 5K race, May 20, 8:30 a.m.
Artists market, children’s area, live music, barbeque cook off, a 5K race and tour of homes. Festival, 2051 Delano Dr. NE, Atlanta. 678-637-9835. Festival, free; home tour, $20; 5K race, $30-35.
Historic Downtown Canton
May 20-21. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Artists market, live entertainment, food concessions, serenity garden, hands-on activities for kids and more. 94 North St., Canton. 770-704-6244. Admission, free.
May 20-21. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Arts and crafts festival with 45+ artists and artisans, food, a market with fresh flowers, chocolates, soaps and more. Also see hundreds of roses, waterlilies, annuals and perennials in bloom. 1987 Gibbs Dr., Ball Ground. 770-893-1881. Adults, $10; ages 3-17, $5. Includes admission to the Gardens and to the Arts Festival for these days only.
May 26-28. Fri. 7-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 12:30-9 p.m.
A weekend of jazz performances, children’s activity area, face painting, children’s concerts and games. 400 Park Dr. NE, Atlanta. 404-546-7246. Admission, free.
May 27-28. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; children’s activities: Sat. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Artist market, musical performances, dance and literary arts, Children’s Art Festival on Saturday with jugglers, a gaming truck and more. Children’s activities: Sat. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center: 231 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-371-9583. Admission, free.
Historic Downtown Alpharetta
May 27-29. Sat.-Mon. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Artist market, children’s arts and crafts area, live music and more. 2 North Main St., Alpharetta. 770-337-4049. Admission, free.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
June 3-4. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
See hundreds of native butterflies and plants. Enjoy crafts, face painting, sidewalk art and more. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. $12.
June 3-4. Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Artists market, children’s area, Tot Trot 5K and 5K Road Race plus food, music and more. Virginia Avenue between North Highland Avenue and Park Drive. Free.
Sat. and Sun. Through June 4 and Memorial Day. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Artist market, fire whip show, jousting, a hypnotist, belly dancing, aerial trapeze acts, knife throwing and more. Grab a turkey leg and travel back in time. 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Rd., Fairburn. 770-964-8575. Adults, $22; ages 6-12, $10;ages 5 and younger, free.
June 10. noon-8 p.m.
Bring beach chairs and blankets for this music festival featuring musicians performing among the historic cemetery’s monuments. Children’s activities, food trucks and more. 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-688-2107. Adults, $20; ages 4-12, $5; ages 3 and younger, free.
The Corners Parkway
June 10-11. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. noon-5 p.m.
Car show, arts and crafts, children’s area, live music, food and more. The Corners Parkway NW and Woodhill Drive NW, Peachtree Corners. 770-367-3127. Admission, free; food for purchase; children’s area tickets vary.
Woodruff Arts Center
June 11. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enjoy art-making activities, dance and musical performances, workshops, demonstrations and more by the High Museum, Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Free.
Various kid-friendly events to celebrate bicycling. Learn how to ride a bike in Cabbage Town Park with Strider Bikes: June 10. 10 a.m. Kids and parents will go on a biking scavenger hunt around Grant Park, and then kids can compete in an obstacle course and play in the children’s area. June 17. 3-6 p.m. See atlantacyclingfestival.com for full schedule. 678-906-5276
Gwinnett County Fairgrounds
June 17. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Join Lift Up Atlanta for a petting zoo, live entertainment, children’s area, games and activities, and more. 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville. 678-245-4622. Admission is a donation of new school supplies.
June 17. 1-8 p.m.
Caribbean food and Music, children’s area, talent showcase and more. 400 Atlanta St., McDonough. 404-858-4260. Free.
Historic Fourth Ward Park
June 24-25. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Arts and crafts, children’s area, local food and live music on the lawn. 592 N. Angier Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-873-1222. Free.
Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival
July 16. 1-5 p.m.
Try all things tomato at this festival with tons of different culinary combinations. Some restaurants include: Bellina Alimentari, Bocado, Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand, Farm Burger, The General Muir, Holeman & Finch, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Kyma, La Tavola, Leon’s Full Service, Local Three, Morningside Kitchen, Murphy’s and more. $49.99 per person through July 15, with a limited quantity available at the door for $75. Ages 12 and younger, free. 500 10th St NE, Atlanta.
July 22. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ice cream samples and scoops for purchase, live entertainment, fitness area and children’s activities.
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.