May Family-Friendly Events In and Around Atlanta

May Family-Friendly Events In and Around AtlantaIt’s that “sweet spot” time of year – not too hot, the bugs aren’t in season, and school’s almost out for summer. There are so many fun things to do in Atlanta right now – so grab your kids, head outside, and enjoy a few of these family-friendly events in May – some are perfect for Mother’s Day!

May Family-Friendly Events In and Around Atlanta

May 3-5: Decatur Arts Festival – The Decatur Arts Festival brings the community together through a multi-day offering of live music, dance, comedy, theatrical performances, kids’ fest, exhibitions, and an expansive and diverse artists’ market.

May 4-5: Roswell Spring Arts and Crafts Festival – The Roswell Spring Arts and Crafts Festival is a two-day outdoor festival. Roswell is known for its preservation of history, celebration of the arts, and cultivation of the entrepreneurial spirit. Roswell was named one of the top 3 cities in the nation to raise your family by Frommer’s and GMA gave it the Live, Work, and Play Award. In addition to the Roswell Spring Arts and Crafts Festival, Roswell celebrates the arts through its Cultural Arts Center. Visitors can enjoy the pleasures of visual and performing arts in this beautiful historic community.

May 9: Taste of AlpharettaTaste of Alpharetta has become an annual tradition for festival goers, families, and food connoisseurs. Mark your calendar to dine in Downtown Alpharetta at over 60 restaurants in one, fun night. Sample delicious appetizers, entrees, and desserts from the top chefs in town. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, activities for all ages, and entertainment to please every palate. Admission is free and tickets are available for pre-purchase and at the event. Skip the ticket booth and buy/reload your tickets from your phone this year!

May 11: Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade – One of Atlanta’s most exciting events is back for its 14th year – the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade! Led by Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, this year’s parade will bring vibrancy to guests of all ages along the Westside Trail.

May 11-12: Smoke on the Lake BBQ FestivalJOIN US FOR GREAT MUSIC, DELICIOUS BARBECUE, AND COLD BEER! Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival is an annual tradition enjoyed each Mother’s Day Weekend at Logan Farm Park in Acworth, Georgia. Thousands attend to enjoy BBQ cooked by competitive backyard cook teams.

May 11-12: Dunwoody Art Festival – We look forward to a fabulous 2024! The show will be back on May 11 & 12, 2024 – even better than ever with your favorite artisans, vendors, and exhibitors – and many new ones!  This Mother’s Day tradition will be bigger than ever, with over 130 artisans, a creative Kidz Zone, and tasty festival cuisine. Sunday is usually the most crowded day so for the easiest shopping start on Saturday morning. Shop and snack all weekend. The show is Rain or Shine.

May 11-12: Sweet Auburn Springfest – Dubbed the “Largest Family Reunion in the World”, you’ll enjoy the music of many distinct genres, an international food court, a merchandise market, and a Kids’ Zone, all to support this historic district.

May 11-12: Chastain Park Arts Festival – Named as one of the nation’s Top 100 (67) Arts Festival Nationwide by Sunshine Artist Magazine the Chastain Park Arts Festival will host its 13th annual event at Chastain Park along Park Drive for approximately 175 artists and artisans. Visitors will enjoy fine arts and crafts, a children’s area, and local food and beverage concessions including gourmet food trucks. Local acoustic musicians will enliven the atmosphere. This event is organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and volunteer artists. Best of all, it’s entirely free to attend!

May 16: Alive in Roswell – A monthly street festival in and around the very quaint Canton Street, boasting food trucks, music, interactive vendors, and fun and games for kids in the Historic Town Square. Free parking and trolley service.

May 17-19: Marietta Greek Festival – Northwest Georgia’s largest cultural event offers authentic food, music, and dancing from different regions of Greece, as well as tours of the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. There are activities for kids as well, and the event is rain or shine. Proceeds support charitable outreach in the community.

Now through June 2: Georgia Renaissance Festival – Go back to 16th century England and experience jousting, acrobatics, comedy, medieval music, birds of prey, storytelling, an artisan market, tests of strength, camel rides, juggling school, macaroni, and cheese on a stick – what are you waiting for?!

Did we miss any May family-friendly events in and around Atlanta? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Janice Suarez
Janice is originally from Puerto Rico (Caribbean Gal) and currently living in Smyrna with her husband, Rafael, and their two very wild boys, Carlos Eduardo and Mateo Luca. Send reinforcements please! She is outnumbered by boys around her, but forever Queen of the house! She currently holds a position as a Category Manager in Procurement for Novelis (Global Aluminum supplier and biggest recycler in the world). Janice went to the University of Puerto Rico where she got her undergraduate degree in Industrial Management and currently attending Louisiana State University for her MBA. She loves travelling around the world with her family and learning about new cultures and cuisines. She enjoys cooking, dancing, fashion, the beach, sports, and wine! They love to have fun as a family, movie night is a big thing around their household as well a Baseball! Their backyard looks like a baseball field, just after a game! She likes to surround herself with people that motivate her, empower her, and support her with her personal goals as well as in this amazing motherhood journey. Janice considers herself a fun time with a good sense of humor. She believes that laughter makes everything better (and brownies)! Always trying to learn something new, help others and be the best mommy, wife, sister, daughter, and fabulous friend that she could be!

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