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 7, 2020 12:00 pm EST
Browse the Atlanta United Block Party schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide... | 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 22, 2020 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/


Sunday March 15, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
This year's event has been cancelled. | 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 September 17, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
This year's film festival has been postponed to Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 27, 2020.

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Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Every spring, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park honors the warmer weather with performances, art booths, kiddie rides, snacks from local restaurants, and thousands upon thousands upon thousands of cabin-fevered Atlantans.


Friday August 7, 2020 12:06 pm EDT
This year's Atlanta Dogwood festival has been postponed to August 7 – August 9, 2020 and then cancelled. We'll publish the festival schedule, recommendations and events next Spring... | more...

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 September 12, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
This year's Grilled Cheese festival has been postponed to Saturday, September 12th, 2020. We'll publish the festival schedule once the program is released. | 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 23, 2021 12:00 am EDT
The 2020 Sweetwater 420 Festival was postponed to April 23-25, 2021. All previous purchases are still 100% honored and valid for the 2021 postponement dates. | 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


Thursday April 1, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
This year's Inman Park Festival has been cancelled. 2021 Event Date TBA. | 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
Shaky Knees has been moved to the weekend of October 16th, 2020. We'll have the Festival schedule once it is released.Browse the Shaky Knees Music Festival schedule as well as reco... | 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 7, 2021 02:54 pm EDT
Shaky Beats will not return in 2020. The 2021 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.


Saturday May 23, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
The Jazz Festival is postponed. New dates to be announced. During May, the Festival is offering virtual performances on social media. See CL's listings for more information. | 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


Thursday May 28, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is postponed, new dates to be announced. | 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 21, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
2020 will be a virtual event, free and open to everyone, May 21st - 24th 2020. The next physical MomoCon event will take place May 27th - 30th 2021. | more...


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