Spring Festivals in Atlanta

Check out the Spring Festivals in Atlanta for March, April, and May. your guide to Dogwood Festival, Shaky Knees, 420 Fest, Sweet Auburn, Inman Park Festival.

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As Atlanta starts to venture outdoors once again, the Festival season springs to life. The Atlanta Dogwood Festival marks the unofficial start of the Spring. Here's a list of the festivals and fairs that happen all year round. If you are looking for things to do this weekend, today or tomorrow. See our handy guide to the 5 things to do in Atlanta today. We've got critics and reader recommendations for live music, food and wine events, sports, free or those for the family. For a list of neighborhood centric-events or our page of Things to Do in ATL.

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Atlanta United Block Party

To psych up fans for the first Atlanta United home game of the season, Atlanta United is taking over Edgewood for the second annual Atlanta United Block Party. Edgewood will be closed off and swarmed by United supporters, who will get access to special drink specials, giveaways, and raffles all to support their love of the Rowdy and Proud.


Saturday March 5, 2022 12:00 pm EST
Browse the Atlanta United Block Party schedule. No dates set for the 2022 4th Annual Block Party | more...

Atlanta Fermentation Fest

Atlanta Fermentation Fest continues its efforts to raise awareness about fermentation, as well as its benefits and history. The festival features lectures, demonstrations, samples, and more, temporarily taking over Cultured South, the first kombucha bar in Georgia, in the Lee + White food and beverage district. www.atlantafermentationfest.com


Sunday March 20, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
Browse the Atlanta Fermentation Fest schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade

The city’s longest running event, the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade has existed since 1858 and boasts over 2,000 participants, 700 musical acts, 100 parade units, and 80,000 spectators over the course of the parade’s lifespan. Show of your Irish pride as you march through the heart of midtown.atlantastpats.com/


Thursday March 17, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
This year's event has been cancelled.Browse the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade schedule. | more...


Atlanta Film Festival

Join the more than 25,000 people who attend the Atlanta Film Festival each year and enjoy a variety of documentaries, shorts, narratives, animated films and more. Now in its fourth decade, the weeklong fest — one of only two-dozen Academy Award-qualifying festivals in the United States — also features in-person dialog with stars and filmmakers. Recent guests have included Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Ray McKinnon (Rectify), Walton Goggins (The Shield), and Margaret Cho ("Drop Dead Diva").


Thursday April 21, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
This year's film festival was been held April 22-May 2nd in a virtual format. Browse the Atlanta Film Festival schedule as well as recommendations.  | more...

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Grilled Cheese Fest

Celebrate national grilled cheese day by attending the Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival and enjoy a mouthwatering assortment of Atlanta’s tastiest food vendors. Restaurants from all over the city will be serving up all sorts of deliciously cheesy dishes to the delight of cheese enthusiasts everywhere. the Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival will feature free grilled cheese samples, live music, an adult zone and a Bloody Mary Garden (21+).


Saturday April 30, 2022 11:30 am EDT
This year's Grilled Cheese festival has been postponed to Saturday, April 30, 2022. | more...

SweetWater 420 Fest

One of Atlanta's most eclectic Earth Day celebrations, SweetWater 420 Fest features live music, earth-friendly activities, stand-up comedy, food trucks, SweetWater brews, an artist market, and more. After nearly a decade of playing host to thousands of boozy merry-goers and jam bands in Candler Park, the fest moved to Downtown's Centennial Olympic Park in 2014. SweetWater 420 Fest


Friday April 29, 2022 12:00 am EDT
The Sweetwater 420 Festival was postponed to April 29-May 1 2022. As far as we are aware, all previous purchases are still 100% honored and valid for the 2021 postponement dates.Br... | more...

Inman Park Festival

Taking place the last full weekend in April each year, the Inman Park Festival is one of Atlanta's most beloved events. Check out the Tour of Homes, live music, dance festival, arts and crafts market, and definitely the parade with all of its gloriously weird floats. www.inmanparkfestival.org


Friday April 22, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
This year's Inman Park Festival has been cancelled. 2022 Event Date is scheduled for Apr 22 – 24, 2022. Browse the Inman Park Festival schedule as well as recommendations.  | more...


Shaky Knees

Arguably one of the best collections of rock, post-punk, and folk music in the country, the Shaky Knees Music Festival has become one of the most popular annual music events in the city. Whether it's the Alabama Shakes or the National, acts new and old are sure to make a stop on the main stage at some point during festival season.


Friday October 16, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
The 2020 festival was cancelled due to the pandemic.  | more...

Shaky Beats

Atlanta’s fledgling electronic and indie festival, returns for its fourth year at Central Park, featuring a weekend chock-full of music, interesting eats, and various on-site activations. With four stages showcasing over 40 acts, the young festival has successfully established itself as a fixture of Atlanta’s festival circuit.


Friday May 6, 2022 02:54 pm EDT
Shaky Beats will not return in 2020. There are no 2021 or 2022 Dates TBA. | more...

Atlanta Jazz Festival

It's more or less a fact that you can't go wrong with free jazz music. Produced by the city's Office of Cultural Affairs, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is a month-long celebration featuring both established and up-and-coming acts in the genre, culminating Memorial Day weekend with performances in Piedmont Park. From International jazz superstars to local artists looking to make a name for themselves, the fest might be one of the best free tickets in any city.


Sunday September 5, 2021 01:00 pm EDT
Atlanta Jazz Festival returns Labor Day Weekend 2021. The event will take place in Piedmont Park Sunday, September 5th and Monday, September 6th.  | more...

Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

The weekend offers a multitude of food and drink experiences showcasing Southern culinary traditions, including learning experiences such as cooking and cocktail classes, tasting seminars, and panel discussions; tasting tents; and dinners and events around the city. www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com


Saturday September 11, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will take place September 11 & 12 for 2021 at Old Fourth Ward Park.  | more...


Immerse yourself in all things anime! Momocon, one of the fastest growing conventions in the country, and features an impressive showcase of animation, comics, video games, and tabletop games for fans of all ages. Come to the four day event dressed as your favorite character, or just enjoy the people watching. www.momocon.com


Thursday May 26, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
The next physical MomoCon event will take place May 26-29th, 2022 with a Winterfest By MomoCon, Dec. 18-19th, 2021. Browse the Momocon schedule as well as recommendations.    | more...

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