The Dogwood Festival has evolved into one of the largest events in the Southeast. You'll find the country's best painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry makers and glass blowers, as well as live performance art exhibitions, interactive music workshops and a food festival. Admission is free. The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is held at Piedmont Park, located near Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street. Phone: (404) 817-6642
GEORGIA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - Weekends from April 16 to June 5
Join hundreds of colorfully-clad characters for a medieval European Country Faire. Feast on hearty food and drink, shop for hand-crafted treasures and become mesmerized by artisans at work. A 32-acre Artisans Market hosts a number of arts and crafts demonstrations, including weaving, spinning and coin minting. Pubs and shops sell turkey legs and other goodies. Ten stages of music and comedy, performing animals and games ensure fun for the entire family! Performers at The Georgia Renaissance Festival include acrobats, jugglers, magicians, dancers and wandering minstrels. Bring the whole family as there are rides and children's activities, among them a haunted ship and a rock climbing wall. Admission ranges from $8-19.
INMAN PARK FESTIVAL - April 30 to May 1
Widely regarded as Atlanta's most spirited and eclectic event, the Inman Park Festival boasts a weekend of family fun. Atlanta's biggest street market, the city's quirkiest parade, a juried art show, live entertainment and dance festival are just a few of the things you'll find. It akes place in one of the city's oldest and most striking neighborhoods and is considered one of the area's most colorful celebrations. Inman Park neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. First developed in the 1880s, Inman Park is home to such Atlanta landmarks as The Carter Center, the Inman Park Methodist Church and the Callan Castle, built by Coca-Cola Company founder Asa Candler. Admission is free to all events except the home tour ($20).
SWEETWATER 420 FEST - April 22-24
Celebrate Earth Day with the Atlanta-based brewery's annual festival in Centennial Olympic Park! Enjoy live music, an artist market, comedy tent and 5K race, all while safely enjoying the best of Sweetwater's beverages. The 12th event is bringing more than 50 bands to 5 stages including Kid Rock, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Bastille, Ludacris, The Disco Biscuits and Cypress Hill to Atlanta for this incredible April festival. Admission for all 3 days and events: $138.