The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is Atlanta’s annual celebration of the blooming of its native dogwood trees. For more than 75 years, the Dogwood arts festival has filled Midtown Atlanta’s Piedmont Park with live music, arts and crafts, food booths and family-friendly activities. The Atlanta Dogwood Festival was ranked #35 by Sunshine Artist Magazine in their September 2012 issue featuring the best 200 fine arts festivals in the United States.
A juried art competition recognizes artistic achievement in such categories as sculpture, painting, jewelry and photography. The Kid’s Village features arts and crafts, face painting, rock climbing and huge inflatables that are sure to please kids of all ages.
Another highlight of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the U.S. Disc Dog Southern Nationals, a world-class competition starring the top Frisbee dogs in the nation. Musical entertainment at the Dogwood arts festival ranges from bluegrass and country to rock and soul. And food options include funnel cakes, kettle corn, gyros and more.
Downtown Kennesaw is host to the 38th annual Big Shanty Festival on April 20 and 21, 2013. The festival combines the best of the rich heritage of Kennesaw and the Civil War era with today’s fun filled activities. Over 70,000 attendees will enjoy the more than 250 booths with arts & crafts, food vendors, merchants, and live entertainment.
This year’s event offers great entertainment on two stages and a variety of foods to please everyone’s palate. The Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival kicks off with a parade on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 9:30am. The parade features floats, high school bands, marchers, and over 1,000 youngsters representing every sport association in the area. The Parade will start at Adams Park and continue down Main Street through downtown Kennesaw.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 10am to 6pm
Parade is on Saturday at 9:30am
Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 12pm to 5pm
Downtown Kennesaw near the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Kennesaw, Ga 30144
This fun filled event is co-sponsored by the City of Kennesaw and the Kennesaw Business Association. For more information, call (770) 423-1330.
Inman Park Festival
April 26–28, 2013
The Inman Park Festival in Atlanta, takes 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 Festival highlights include a well-known street market featuring local art, the Inman Park Tour of Homes showcasing the stunning Victorian homes of the late 1800s, a 5k run where participants are encouraged to come in costume and the famed Inman Park Festival parade of eclectic fun. The event includes children’s activities, live music, and a dance featuring some the finest ballet and modern dance companies Atlanta has to offer.
Atlanta’s 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.
Residents began the Inman Park Festival in Atlanta in the 1970s as a way to highlight the neighborhood and promote restoration. Inman Park now has more than 300 homes in various stages of restoration and thousands flock to the area each year to celebrate its beauty – and the Inman Park Festival.
Inman Park Festival Admission Fees:
Admission to the Inman Park Festival is free.
Prices and dates subject to change without notice and from what is listed on this website.
Inman Park Festival Location:
Atlanta’s historic Inman Park neighborhood is approximately two miles east of downtown Atlanta.
The Georgia Renaissance Festival
April 13 – June 2, 2013
For eight weekends every spring, The Georgia Renaissance Festival brings a 16th-century European country fair to the Atlanta area. With nearly 1,000 characters wearing period costumes, renaissance festival offers visitors a variety of activities from jousting tournaments to glass-blowing demonstrations to sword-swallowing shows.
Performers at The Georgia Renaissance Festival include acrobats, jugglers, magicians, dancers and wandering minstrels. There’s also a birds of prey show.
In addition to live entertainment, the renaissance festival in Atlanta, GA features games, rides and children’s activities, among them a haunted ship and a rock climbing wall. A 32-acre Artisans Market at the renaissance festival hosts a number of arts and crafts demonstrations, including weaving, spinning and coin minting. Pubs and shops sell turkey legs and other goodies.
The Southeast Tourism Society recognizes The Georgia Renaissance Festival as one of the top 20 events in the southeastern U.S. The renaissance festival in Atlanta, GA is available for birthday parties, weddings and other private events. The festival also features unique workshops and classes in the areas of history, language, mathematics, science, theatre, and art.
Renaissance Festival Admission
Open Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day
Tickets range in price from $8.95 to $19.95. Check the website for the most current pricing and to purchase tickets online.
Renaissance Festival Location
The Georgia Renaissance Festival is located off of I-85 (exit 61 for Fairburn and Peachtree City), approximately eight miles south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.
Renaissance Festival Contact Information
6905 Virlyn B. Smith Rd
Fairburn, GA 30213
Fax: (770) 964-1477
Spring Jonquil Festival 2013 – Day 1
Date:4/27/2013 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Spring Jonquil Festival April 27 – 28, 2013
The City of Smyrna welcomes all on the weekend of April 27 & 28. The Spring Jonquil Festival is held on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna, Georgia next to the fabulous Market Village. The festival has a history of over 24 years and will feature over 175 hand-made arts & crafts booths, local non-profits, sponsors, puppet shows, live music, plenty of festival foods, and all types of children’s activities. We will also have local entertainment on the stage in front of the library.
Friends of the Smyrna Library will have their book sale during the Spring Jonquil festival, so plan to get some phenomenal deals on all types of books imaginable.
A crowd favorite, Peter Hart will be bringing his Atlanta Puppet Show to the Spring Jonquil Festival! Peter’s festival puppet show has appeal to everyone in a family audience with unique marionettes and puppet characters that sing, dance, juggle, play fiddle, break apart and come back together, squirt water, and are even launched by catapult across the stage!
Adding the right sounds…Scott Thompson for your listening pleasure. J. Scott Thompson one of the founding members of Peachtree Station (voted Atlanta Magazine’s Best Country Band 2000) will entertain you with all your favorite songs on the Village Green lawn adjacent to the Jonquil Food Court.
Be sure to visit the Featured Artists Market from watercolors, folk art, pottery, fine jewelry and metal sculpting. Other artisans are from all over the southeast and feature their own hand made crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry and much more.
The festival foods include: red beans and rice, jambalaya, pizza, cotton candy, gyros, candy apples, corn dogs, hand-dipped ice cream, snow cones, polish sausage, chicken sandwiches, Firehouse Chili, roasted corn and BBQ.
The children’s activities area will have a huge array interactive inflatable activities, City of Smyrna fire truck, sand art.
The festival hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 and 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.Admission is FREE. Eat delicious food, shop, check out the puppet show, play and then relax on the Village Green.The festival is a wonderful experience for the whole family!
And there’s MORE… Run for fun, education and pie at the Jonquil City Jog 5K Run/Walk on Sat., April 27 at 8 a.m.The race starts and ends at Smyrna City Hall next to the Market Village and Village Green. Go to www.Active.com to register. Registration/race information call 770-518-8002 or 770-434-6600 or online at www.SmyrnaCity.com.
Visit the Crawfish Boil in the Market Village on Sat. from 1 p.m. - 10:45 p.m., and Sun. from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
For directions: Take I-75 to Exit 260 (Windy Hill Rd.) head west approximately 3 miles to Atlanta Rd., turn left onto Atlanta Rd. and the festival will be one mile on the right.
Come get your haircut and then head out to enjoy the fun! We will be attending many of this great festivals! If you see us, come say hello!