Celebrate Spring With These Popular Atlanta-Area Festivals

The Shaky Knees Music Fest takes place over three days.
The Shaky Knees Music Festival is May 4 through 6 in Central Park. Photo of Shaky Knees Music Festival courtesy of aLIVE Coverage.

It is officially spring, which means festival season is kicking into high gear in Atlanta!

Get ready for weekends full of live music, local artisans, food trucks, family fun, and much more.

Our Festivals Guide has all you need to know about metro Atlanta’s best outdoor events, and here are some of the highlights to mark on your calendars this spring!

March

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival
March 24 and 25

If you have a dog, the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival in Blackburn Park is for you! This event touts a special “Pet World” open Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a pet parade and costume contest on Sunday. Attendees can also stroll the artist market, buy food from local food trucks and vendors, have fun in the a Kidz Zone, check out the classic car show, participate in a 5k race, and hear live music. Headliners are Craig Morgan and Five For Fighting. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and is free to attend.

BaconFest
March 31

Dad’s Garage’s annual fundraiser BaconFest is described by the presenters as “a bash filled to the brim with beer, games and bacon.” The event features a literal ton of bacon, wacky carnival games and a silent auction. The festival is at Dad’s Garage in the Old Fourth Ward on March 31 from 1 to 6 p.m. Single tickets cost $45 to $50 in advance and $55 at the door.

April

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is April 13-15.
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival includes a disc tournament for dogs. Photo courtesy of Atlanta Dogwood Festival.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival
April 13-15

In its 82nd year, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival takes place in Piedmont Park April 13-15 on Friday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry is free, but some events are ticketed. Throughout the three-day event, the festival offers ongoing live entertainment on the Main Stage, the Acoustic Stage (revived this year) and the International Stage with Shawn Mullins headlining Saturday’s festivities. The festival houses a renowned artist market, a Kids zone with inflatables and crafts, a 5K, and even a disc tournament for dogs.

Georgia Renaissance Festival
April 14-June 3

This annual festival returns to Fairburn each Saturday and Sunday April 14 -June 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The 32-acre village is set in 16th century England and provides weeks of family entertainment, Renaissance culture, games, an artisan market, food and drink and much more. Tickets are discounted if bought in advance and range from $19.95 to $23.95 for adults and free to $11.95 for children.

The Georgia Renaissance Festival is open April 14 through June 3.
The Georgia Renaissance Festival is open April 14 through June 3. Photo courtesy of Georgia Renaissance Festival.

Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival
April 21 and 22

Roam the streets of downtown Kennesaw and enjoy family-friendly activities, live entertainment (including a performance by “Lady Houdini,” an interactive bird show and roving Robocars), arts and craft vendors, and more during the Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival. The event kicks off Saturday with a parade at 9:30 a.m. that starts at Adams Park and continues down Main Street through downtown Kennesaw. Events continue until 6 p.m. on Saturday and run from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

May

Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 4-6

The Shaky Knees Music Fest moves to Central Park this year May 4-6 on Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. With more than 60 bands each year Shaky Knees is a rock-lover’s dream. This year’s lineup includes acts such as Jack White, Queens of the Stoneage and The National. You can purchase 1-day and 3-day passes for $99 to $189, as well as VIP packages.

The Shaky Knees Music Festival spans three days.
The Shaky Knees Music Festival moves to Central Park this May. Photo courtesy of aLIVE Coverage.

Decatur Lantern Parade 
May 11
and
Decatur Arts Festival 
May 25-27

Part of the Decatur Arts Festival, the Decatur Lantern Parade on takes place this year on May 11. Participants gather at 8 p.m. to march colorful, handmade lanterns throughout downtown Decatur from 9 to 10 p.m. The festival kicks back up over Memorial Day Weekend with an artwalk on Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. The weekend festivities continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an artist market, live musical performances, improvisational and stand-up comedy, a children’s festival, literary events, dance performances and more. The festival is free to attend.

Kirkwood Spring Fling And Tour Of Homes 
May 19

Celebrating the historic and eclectic in-town neighborhood of Kirkwood, this family-friendly festival in Bessie Branham Park offers a fun-filled opportunity to enjoy the warmth of spring, rain or shine. On Saturday between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. there’s a 5K race, an artist market, BBQ competition area. live music and a kids area. The Tour of Homes takes place Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and it is a ticketed event.

June

Flying Colors Butterfly Festival
June 2 and 3

At Chattahoochee Nature Center’s annual Butterfly Festival visitors can walk through an exhibit filled with hundreds of butterflies; see live butterfly releases; hear live music; see photography and entomology exhibits; peruse plants, arts and crafts for sale; and have their faces painted. General admission is $12, and the event takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.

Chattahoochee Nature Center's annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival is June 2 and 3.
Chattahoochee Nature Center’s annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival is June 2 and 3. Photo by Larry Landis courtesy of Chattahoochee Nature Center.

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Music Festival 
June 15-17

Juneteenth celebrates the date known as America’s second Independence Day and is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States of America. This family-friendly festival includes a parade on Saturday that marches from Mozley Park to Morris Brown College. Festival organizers promise three days of live music, speakers and beneficial information.

Find out more about upcoming Atlanta festivals including the SweetWater 420 Fest, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival, Atlanta Streets Alive and MORE in our Festivals Guide >

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