Just as pollen is a sign that spring has sprung here in Atlanta, so are the events and festivals happening in and around the city. We’ve rounded up a list of family fun events for you to check out this spring!
Spring Events and Festivals In and Around Atlanta
Atlanta Brunch Festival
March 4th and March 11th
One of Atlanta’s favorites is the “Atlanta Brunch Festival”. A celebration of all things brunch! This is a two-weekend-in-a-row festival happening in Atlantic Station with over 50 restaurants featuring delicious brunch bites and of course the usual refreshing beverages, Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Brunch punch, beer & wine. There will also be plenty of music featuring local bands and DJs during the event.
Can’t make it to the festival, be sure to check out these brunch spots to satisfy your craving.
Atlanta Science Festival
Another fun activity for the whole fam is the Atlanta Science fest happening at Piedmont Park. Big kids (adults) and little kids ages 5-12 are welcome for free to the two-week celebration of local science and technology. The two-week celebration is taking place at various locations around Atlanta. Kids explore the world of STEAM with approximately 150 engaging events. Kids and adults alike can dive into a range of topics from coding and astronomy to nature walks and the science of vaccines”. The festival culminates in the Exploration Expo on March 25 at Piedmont Park. See the full schedule of events on the website.
Atlanta Salsa Bachata Festival
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
If you are looking for some dancing and Sazón! Check out the Atlanta Salsa and Bachata Festival. This is a 3-day event of nonstop dancing, workshops, and live shows.
2023 Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival and 5k Run
Blackburn Park, Brookhaven
Lucky for us we don’t have to make the trip all the way to Japan (although it is on my list) or Washington D.C. because Atlnata has our own Cherry Blossom trees and festivals right in Brookhaven. This is a pet and family-friendly event with great entertainment, art, music, food, and fun but most important the blooming Cherry Blossom trees are on full display! If you also enjoy running, you can elevate the experience and sign up for their Cherry Blossom 5K happening on Saturday morning.
Georgia Food + Wine Festival
JR Miller Park, Marietta
If you live in the Cobb County area or even if you don’t, the Georgia Food & Wine Festival is a must. Georgia Grown presents the festival and celebrates the best of Georgia and the South, from its culinary superstars and beverage experts to farmers, artisans, live musicians, and more. There are a variety of events and activities happening for all the different taste buds and preferences.
It begins with the Best of Cobb celebration on Thursday, March 23rd. The legendary barbecue event, “Fired-Up” starts your weekend off right. This is an all-inclusive family-friendly, food and drink-tasting event.
Saturday’s main event, “Savor” offers hundreds of unlimited beer, wine, and spirits tastings, a Georgia Celebrity Chef Stage, a VIP Lounge, artisans, and live music. “Sunday/Funday” is a budget-friendly and family-friendly day, with Kids Zone, VIP Lounge Oyster Roast, live music, and more. Savor the Flavors!
Note, Friday and Saturday events are for adults 21 & older; Thursday and Sunday events are family-friendly.
Spring Break Family Fun
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Need an exciting family activity for Spring Break? Visit the Garden and enjoy the wonders of springtime with fun, seasonal family activities.
Weather permitting. We will cancel if rain or inclement weather makes outdoor programming impractical. To check the status, email the Registration Coordinator, Angela Clingan, at [email protected].
Spring Fun Break at Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park
Come see all Stone Mountain Park has to offer during Spring Break. There is plenty of fun for the whole family including live performances, Dinosaur Explore, mini-golf, and of course the nightly Lasershow Spectacular. Purchase tickets here.
Spring Festival on Ponce
Olmstead Linear Park
The Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts festival set in the historic park, Olmsted Linear Park. Visitors will enjoy the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted Sr. along with over 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk, and “outsider art”. In addition to the fine arts, there will be a children’s area and local food and beverage. Attendance is Free.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
An Atlanta staple for over 80 years, there is something for everyone at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Virtually every kind of art imaginable is represented at the festival, with a nationally renowned, juried Fine Artist Market that includes sculpture, paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, and much more.
Georgia Renaissance Festival
Saturdays and Sundays, April 15-June 4
Enjoy everything there is to love about the Renaissance Festival as it celebrates its 38th year in Georgia. Celebrate spring with food, drink, and entertainment throughout the festival. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance!
Brook Run Park
Welcome to the 23rd annual Lemonade Days Festival – a premier Dunwoody signature event. As our largest annual fundraiser, it makes all of our other activities possible, with all proceeds used within our community for historic preservation, community celebrations, and education.
Featuring full-scale carnival rides (daily wristbands for unlimited rides are available – $20/day Wednesday & Thursday Family Nights; $30/day Friday-Sunday, individual ride tickets/$1.25 each), fabulous food and beverage vendors, two days of center stage performances and the popular Dunwoody Idol contest. The Dunwoody Preservation Trust’s Lemonade Days has become a highlight of the city’s calendar and its most popular family event of the year.
Big Shanty Festival
With over 150 Arts & Crafts vendors, food, live entertainment, a parade, children’s activities & a beer garden; there is something for the whole family!
Inman Park Festival
The 2023 Inman Park Festival will take place on Saturday, April 29 & Sunday, April 30 with a Tour of Homes preview on Friday, April 28.
The planning has begun for 2023! Check back soon for more information.
Georgia State Fair
April 28-May 7
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Don’t miss the Georgia State Fair featuring carnival rides, kiddie rides, various attractions, shows, and of course your favorite fair food! All shows and attractions are included in the price of admission.
Illumine at Oakland Cemetery
April 27-May 7
Illumine, Oakland Cemetery’s popular after-dark arts experience, returns for eight nights this April and May with new history to uncover, more of the cemetery to explore, and all-new installations set against the inspiring backdrop of Atlanta’s skyline. This year’s Illumine will showcase Oakland’s magnificent arboretum.
In addition to exploring the Cemetery, Illumine attendees will also enjoy live music, craft cocktails, and an Oakland pop-up shop. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the cemetery’s gates.
Spring Jonquil Festival
Named after the Jonquils that will be in full bloom in time for the festival, this event features over 150 arts & crafts booths, various food booths, live entertainment, and kids’ activities. Enjoy time with your family at this free event in the heart of Smyrna.
Duluth Spring Arts Festival
Duluth Town Green
Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces presents our 7th annual Duluth Spring Arts Festival. Set in a vibrant and fast-growing city north of Atlanta, Duluth is home to one of the largest and most enthusiastic artistically passionate communities. With over 125 artists, a children’s area, local food vendors, art demonstrations, and live acoustic entertainment this art show is sure to be a favorite! Join us as we continue the tradition and support local businesses, painters, sculptors, leather and metal workers, glass blowers, and more. Please visit AFFPS.com for more information, or if you are interested in becoming a vendor. As one of our patrons said “Small town festival, friendly, hospitable, good music, great vendors. Y’all come”!