24 Atlanta festivals to experience in April
Atlanta’s famous festival culture goes into overdrive during April. Dozens of fests celebrate everything from art and food to music and movies. Check the map at the bottom to find the closest festival to you.
March 11-April 18
International Cherry Blossom Festival
Feed your need for speed and race in the Soap Box Derby. Or you can get a little dirty at the Macon mud run.
Back to Your Roots Farm Fair
Want to play with something more exotic than a dog? Come visit the farm animals at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Adults can get their groove on with Lefty Williams Band, Cigar Store Indians, and more, while kids can get their play on with face painting, inflatables, and rock climbing. Watch man’s best friend compete during the Disc Dog Tournament. This is serious stuff; some of the furry athletes are international and travel long distances for the chance to take a bite (proverbially) out of the competition.
UGA International Street Festival
Want to travel the world? Look no further. UGA international students sponsor booths in downtown Athens displaying different cultures.
Perry Dogwood Festival
Not to be confused with the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, this event features food, music, arts and crafts. Don’t forget the Hot Air Balloon Rally which starts at 5 p.m.
April 18-June 7
Eat a 1.5-pound turkey leg and transport yourself back to Medieval times in Fairburn. (We know, the turkey is a New World food and this festival purports to celebrate the European Middle Ages, but don’t let historical details spoil your fun. Nor that the Renaissance wasn’t by definition Medieval . . . ) This festival runs all summer and showcases interactive art and entertainment, featuring more than 150 artists. Visit one of 10 stages for music, comedy, juggling, and more.
Inman Park Festival
Show off your classical and contemporary skills during the dance festival or listen to music by Euclid Avenue Tent, Delta Park, and Euclid & Waverly. The Tour of Homes offers a unique chance to explore the architecture of this neighborhood, Atlanta’s first “suburb.”
Italian Movie Festival
Watch eight Italian films at the Plaza Theater, including “Zoran, Il Mio Nipote Scemo” and “La Mafia Uccide solo d’Estate.” Each film is only $10 at the Plaza box office.
Peachtree Sports Festival
Experience an entire day of sports—including archery, football, gymnastics, and soccer—with the Youth Sports Clinic taught by professional instructors at the Cobb Galleria.
Art on the Chattahoochee
Join in the festivities on the riverbank, including live demonstrations, performing arts, musical performances, and a kids zone.
Acworth Art Festival
Another art festival. This one features more than 100 artists from around the country. Amenities include a kids zone and food.
Festival on Ponce
Admission is free at this fest in Olmsted Linear Park, featuring more than 125 displays of fine arts and crafts.
Spring Art Fest
Participate in the Tastiest Pound Cake contest by eating and voting for your favorite in McDonough Square. There’s art, too.
Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival
This family-friendly festival will showcase the Rowdy Rooster Puppet Show. Let’s not forget about the Master of the Chainsaw, who will transform a log into a work of art.
Sandy Springs Artsapalooza
This art festival corrals more than 150 artisans within the streets of Sandy Springs. Interactive art stations, food, and music are included.
East Point Spring Fling
Formerly known as the Taste of East Point, this year the festival has a bigger focus on art and music. Explore work by local artists while listening to live music from Black Lion, Pjazz, Mudcat, and more.
Spring Jonquil Festival
Need a good book for a great deal? This festival hosts the book sale of Friends of the Smyrna Library at the Village Green in downtown Smyrna.
WRFG Peachblossom Bluegrass Festival
The annual fundraiser for 89.3 FM WRFG Atlanta will feature Playing On the Planet, Cedar Hill, Curtis Jones & Primal roots, and other bands at the Clarkston Community Center.
Bear on the Square Mountain Festival
For anyone tired of listening to Top 40, try this bluegrass festival in Dahlonega. The lineup features 2012 and 2013 Telluride Band Contest winners along with the Skillet Lickers, Threadbare Skivvies, and Ugly Cousin.
Atlanta Arab Festival
For a change of pace, this festival focuses on all things Arabian. Enjoy cuisine, music, and art. When you get tired, visit the largest Arabian tent in Atlanta for a cup of Arabic coffee.
Spring Chicken Festival
See the barbecue showdown featuring professionals and backyard cooks in Gainesville, Ga. The winner gets $700 and, more importantly, the Chicken City Cup.
Taste of Marietta
Learn how to cook like a pro by watching culinary demonstrations. Once you’re good and hungry, you can buy “tastes” from 75 booths.
Hogs and Hops
Barbecue and Beer—two of the best “B” words—will be featured at the Masquerade Music Park. Fill up your stomach while treating your ears to the Geeks Band, DJ QTip, and more.
Sweetwater 420 Fest
Run in the 5K, drink a beer afterward, and dance at the Not-So-Silent Disco at Centennial Olympic Park. Snoop Dogg, 311, Cage the Elephant, and Primus are among the headliners.
♦ – Outdoors
♦ – Indoors
♦ – Art
♦ – Music
♦ – Food
♦ – Drink