26 of the Best Spring Festivals in Atlanta

April 21, 2016

1. Atlanta Steeplechase | April 23

The Atlanta Steeplechase is celebrating its 51st anniversary. Set across 435 beautiful acres in the Bartow County countryside, the Atlanta Steeplechase is renown as Atlanta’s best lawn party. The all-day event is filled with incredible family fun events including tailgating, picnicking, shopping, and more! Live music will fill the air as guests enjoy an air show, petting zoo, pony rides, and the thrilling steeplechase. Proceeds from The Atlanta Steeplechase benefit Bert’s Big Adventure.

Druid Hills2. Druids Hills Home & Garden Tour | April 22-34

The Druid Hills Tour of Homes features a ticketed tour of five homes and a garden all three days, plus a free artist market on Saturday.

3. Smyrna Jonquil Festival | April 23-24

Smyrna Jonquil Festival features 175 hand-made arts & crafts booths, live music, a 5K run/walk, festival food, racing pigs, and puppet shows at the Village Green in Smyrna. Free admission.

4. SweetWater 420 Beer Festival | April 22-24

The festival boasts a diverse lineup of talent that includes musicians, local artists and stand-up comedians, with past performers including G. Love and Special Sauce, Sublime with Rome and Snoop Dogg. There’s also a 5k race, a huge corn hole tournament and a constant flow of ice-cold beer.

5. Atlanta Renaissance Festival | weekends, beginning April 23-24

For eight weekends in the spring, the Georgia Renaissance Festival recreates a 16th Century European village with a magical Medieval theme. Crooning minstrels roam the grounds while talented acrobats, magicians and jugglers perform acts filled with fun and whimsy. Don’t just stroll past the pubs and kitchens, grab a flagon of refreshing drink or something delicious, possibly on a stick! 

6. Taste of Marietta | April 24

Taste of Marietta offers food from 70 restaurants, live music, and a kids’ alley in historic Marietta Square.

7. Inman Park Spring Festival | April 29- May 1

A great neighborhood festival filled with festive spirits and eclectically costumed folk. A funky parade celebrating the art of self-expression starts at Edgewood and Euclid and runs to Austin Avenue. 

8. Atlanta Taco Festival | May 1

An elite group of Atlanta’s favorite taco establishments will gather in Candler Park to participate in the inaugural Atlanta Taco Festival from 1 to 7 p.m. Featuring local bands, Mexican wrestling, beer, tequila, and of course tacos!

9. Sweet Auburn Spring Fest | May 6-8

A variety of good eats and sweet treats, plus an entertainment line up that will have you moving to the groove!

grant park10. Pick’N in Grant Park | May 6-7

Pick’n in Grant Park has a BBQ contest (no samples), kids’ zone, street vendors, and live music ranging from rock to bluegrass in beautiful Grant Park. No pets 🙁

11. Taste of East Cobb | May 7

The premier outdoor food festival is a great community event and has become a favorite annual tradition among local residents. Packed with fun and food, Taste of East Cobb is a great way to get more bang for your buck with top dishes from over 30 of the area’s finest restaurants.

12. East Point Festival | May 7

Taste of East Point has artists, live music, food trucks, restaurants, beer, and margaritas in downtown East Point. Free admission.

13. Chastain Park Art Festival | May 7-8

Chastain Park is transformed into an outdoor art gallery for the Chastain Park Arts Festival where over 180 artists and artisans showcase works ranging across a wide variety of media. 

14. Dunwoody Art Festival | May 7-8

A Mother’s Day tradition, the Dunwoody Art Festival transforms the Dunwoody Village into an extensive arts and crafts marketplace. Top artisans attend to sell their unique handcrafted wares alongside a Kids Zone featuring DIY classes, sand art and live demonstrations.

15. Taste of Alpharetta | May 12

Taste of Alpharetta has tastes from 60 restaurants, chef competitions, a fun zone, and a music stage with rock, folk, and R&B bands. Free admission.

Decatur Lantern Festival16. Decatur Lantern Parade | May 13

Let your light shine and wind through downtown Decatur during this free community event. Make your own lantern at home or attend a lantern-making workshop where supplies and guidance are provided. 

17. Marietta Greek Festival | May 13-15

Enjoy Greek food, music, dancers in costume, and a crafts market at the Marietta Greek Festival.

18. Taste of Brookhaven | May 14

Enjoy culinary delights from participating restaurants, beer, wine, music, prizes, cooking demonstrations & more. The event benefits Angels Among Us Pet Rescue.

19. Mableton Day | May 14

Features local entertainers, arts and crafts, vendors, a car show, a kids’ corner, and a 5K at Mable House Amphitheatre.

20. Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes | May 14-15

Browse a free open-air artist market, hear live music, run a 5K, and shop food vendors at Bessie Branham Park. On Saturday or Sunday, buy a ticket to tour Kirkwood homes

21. Beer, Bourbon & BBQ | May 7

The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes pit stops in several cities across the US for a palate-pleasing celebration. The one-day event boasts over 60 microbrews on tap, 40 barrel-aged bourbons and succulent, mouth-watering barbecue. Additional attractions include live bluegrass, blues and rock music, a cigar tent and tasting seminars lead by pitmasters, head distillers and brewmasters.

22. East Atlanta Beer Festival in Brownwood Park | May 21

Be you a hopped-up India Pale Ale aficionado or high-ABV smoked porter supporter, the East Atlanta Beer Festival has something for every microbrew imbiber. The one-day craft beer extravaganza features over 175 brews not readily available in Atlanta, made by breweries from across the country and around the globe.

23. Grant Park Home & Garden Tour | May 21-22

See homes that range from Folk Victorian to Queen Anne on this tour of historic Grant Park homes.

Atlanta Jazz Festival24. Atlanta Jazz Festival Piedmont Park | May 27-29

Recognized as one of the leading jazz festivals in the world, the Atlanta Jazz Festival celebrates the rich history of jazz and its place in Atlanta’s history. The month-long festival features both internationally acclaimed jazz musicians as well as emerging artists playing at various venues throughout Atlanta. 

25. Decatur Arts Festival | May 27-29

Enjoy an art walk Friday evening and an artists’ market with live music Saturday and Sunday at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. Free admission.

26. Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts | May 31- June 1

With trees lining the kiosks, this is a truly picturesque place to do some shopping. Browse the artists’ tents and find eclectic homemade goods ranging a variety of styles and media. This all-ages festival offers free admission.

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