Atlanta’s Best Festivals: 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 bring so many ways to plan quality, weekend family time.
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.
Artist demonstrations, juggling, fire show, jousting, a hypnotist, parrot show, acrobatics and more. Games, rides and festival foods. April 14-June 3.
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.
Enjoy live entertainment along with crafts, archery, storytelling, refreshments and costumes. Build your own fairy house to take home and visit the fairy house village. May 5.
Live entertainment, children’s area, international food court and more. 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.
Greek Hellenic dancing, Greek food and pastries, traditional gifts and jewelry and children’s activities. May 18, 19 and 20.
Artists market, children’s area, live music, barbecue cook off, 5K race and tour of homes. May 19. Tour of homes, May 19 and 20.
A weekend of jazz performances and family entertainment. May 26-27.
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.
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. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.