All the Spring Festivals around Metro Atlanta: Things to Do in March, April, & May 2022

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Spring festival season in Atlanta generally kicks off around March first, and continues through Memorial Day weekend — and then it’s summer festival season!

This is a general list of annual spring festivals around the extended metro area. It covers the months of March, April, and May.

Our readers have asked for content that lets them know what’s coming up  in advance.

At the bottom of the page is a longer, day-by-day list of seasonal events that includes festivals, spring markets, food truck rallies, nature walks, outdoor concerts and movies, yoga in the park, Easter egg hunts, plus more.

Most spring festivals are FREE to attend, unless otherwise noted. But you’ll want to bring your wallet for food and drink. And remember that some venues are using cashless transactions these days, to minimize contact.


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Atlanta Festivals in March

The cooler days of spring are perfect for outdoor festivals — just bring a sweater or jacket, for when the sun goes down!

Daffodil Day

February 26, 2022
Oakland Cemetery

This charming event generally kicks off the spring festival season. It’s an annual tradition at Oakland Cemetery, where thousands of spring bulbs brighten the landscape each spring. It is FREE to attend.
Daffodil Day details

Photo courtesy of Oakland Cemetery

Atlanta Fair

March 4 – April 10, 2022
Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field)

Okay, maybe this isn’t technically a festival. But it’s Georgia’s only urban fair, taking place downtown.

The Atlanta Fair typically opens the first Friday in March and runs for 5 weeks.
It features plenty of exciting rides and your favorite carnival cuisine — from cotton candy and funnel cakes to Polish Sausage with peppers and onions. There’s also nightly entertainment, like concerts and dance troupes.

The fair has an admission fee, but there are daily discounts and free admission days.
Details and discounts for Atlanta Fair

Fried Oreos, anyone? (photo courtesy of Atlanta Fair)

Phoenix Flies Celebration

March 5 – 27
Multiple sites, city-wide

Sponsored by the Atlanta Preservation Center, Phoenix Flies is an amazing celebration of local history and culture. It features over 100 free tours and open houses of landmarks, historic homes, neighborhoods, cemeteries, and more.
Details for Phoenix Flies

 

Atlanta Purim Parade & Festival

March 13, 2022
Beth Jacob Synagogue

The parade typically takes place along LaVista Rd, which is closed to traffic. The festival, complete with carnival rides, games, traditional Purim food, and more takes place at the Synagogue. Admission is FREE, but you’ll need tickets for the food vendors and rides.
More info on the Purim Festival

 

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade

March 12, 2022
Midtown Atlanta

This annual event has been an Atlanta tradition for well over 100 years! Get there early to find your spot along Peachtree Street.
Details for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival

March 26 – 27, 2022
Georgia International Horse Park

This festival is older and more well established than its inside-the-Perimeter counterpart in Brookhaven. The festival is FREE to attend, but there is usually a parking fee. You’ll find art and crafts vendors, live music, food, and more.
Details for Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival

 

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival

March 26 – 27, 2022
Blackburn Park

This new-ish festival is fast becoming a local favorite! The event includes an incredible music line-up, an art market, food vendors galore, family-friendly activities in the Kidz Zone, a classic car show, and more. Festival admission is FREE.
News flash: Joan Jett is the musical headline act in 2022!
Details for Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival

Atlanta Fermentation Fest

No dates announced yet for March of 2022
Cultured South (in southwest Atlanta)

Festival goers can sample and purchase fermented products from local and regional producers, attend educational talks and demonstrations, and enjoy seasonal kombucha. General admission is FREE, but in the past there has been a “libation lounge” that requires a $20 ticket.
Details for the Fermentation Fest

 

Atlanta Science Festival & Exploration Expo

March 16 – 26, 2022
Multiple locations

The Atlanta Science Festival typically hosts over 100 dynamic events, spread across Atlanta and the suburbs. Many are FREE, although some have a small charge. The 2-week festival concludes with a one-day Exploration Expo, which is a festival in its own right, typically held in Piedmont Park.

The separate events range from puppet shows and interactive activities for kids, to events designed to engage grownups — like a demonstration on the science of Breaking Bad and full moon viewing from a rooftop bar.

NOTE: While the festival events are FREE, many require pre-registration and have limited space — so browse the listing and RSVP NOW!
Details on Atlanta Science Festival
Details on the Exploration Expo


Worth a mention in March


Atlanta Festivals in April

April is PRIME TIME for spring festivals — this is when the biggest and best ones happen, so get out there and have some fun!

Spring Festival on Ponce

April 2 – 3, 2022
Olmstead Linear Park

This is an annual event taking place on the first weekend in April, most years. Admission is FREE. You’ll find artists booths, gourmet food trucks, a kids area, and acoustic music.
Details for Spring Festival on Ponce

 

Acworth Art Fest

April 2 – 3, 2022
Downtown Acworth

This charming street festival features 100+ artists booths, food, a kid’s zone, and more. It takes place along Main Street in the historic downtown area of Acworth.
Details for the Acworth Art Fest

 

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

April 8 – 10, 2022
Piedmont Park, midtown Atlanta

The Dogwood Festival is the queen of all Atlanta festivals, now in its 86th year!  This iconic spring event is the third oldest fine arts festival in the country and the longest running festival in Atlanta. There is so much to do — music, live performances, food, a fine art market, midway rides, and more. 

Admission and entertainment is FREE but there are ways to upgrade your experience with VIP tickets.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival details

Piedmont Park plays host to hundreds of dogwood blossoms each April.

Big Shanty Festival

April 9 – 10, 2022
Downtown Kennesaw

This is a festival that has grown through the years. The location of the festival plays up the rich heritage of Kennesaw and its important role in the Civil War. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History sits at the center of the festival.

You’ll find arts and crafts, and plenty of family-friendly activities. Admission is FREE.
Get the details on the Big Shanty Festival

 

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Weekends from April 9 to May 30, 2022
Plus Memorial Day Monday
Fairburn, GA

Well worth the drive! Travel back in time to days of yesteryear and yore, with this popular themed festival. There are multiple discounts and ways to save on the price of admission, including a BOGO deal for opening weekend.
Get the details

Joust do it! (Photo courtesy of GA Ren Fest)

Food-O-Rama

April 16, 2022
Grant Park

You’ll find food trucks from all over the Southeast, plus local bands.
Admission is FREE.
More info on Food-O-Rama

 

Artsapalooza Festival

April 16  – 17, 2022
Sandy Springs

It’s an art show, a street party, and a music festival! Admission is FREE.
Get the details on Artsapalooza

 

Lemonade Days Festival

April 20 – 24, 2022
Brook Run Park, in Dunwoody

This charming local festival features carnival rides, live music, petting zoo, antique car show, arts and crafts vendors, food, and the annual Dunwoody Idol talent contest.
Details on Lemonade Days

 

Alive in Roswell

April 21, 2022
Downtown Roswell

This is a monthly street festival featuring food, music, vendor booths, and more. It takes place on the third Thursdays of each month — from April thru October.
Details for Alive in Roswell

 

Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes

April 23 – 24, 2022
Along Edgewood Ave, in Inman Park

It’s been called Atlanta’s “most spirited and eclectic” street festival, and it’s our personal favorite here at Atlanta On The Cheap.

The Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes takes place each year during the last weekend of April. It includes a street parade, artist market, food, three stages of live music, a tour of the historic neighborhood homes, and some of the best people-watching in town!

Festival admission, the parade, and the live entertainment is FREE but there is a charge for home tour tickets.
Details for the Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes

 

Sweetwater 420 Fest

April 29 – May 1, 2022
Centennial Olympic Park

A three-day music festival, featuring three stages of music with over 45 bands — plus an artist market, a food truck court, and much more! A one-day pass in 2022 is $99, and a 3-day pass is $182 — plus some pretty steep service fees.
Visit the Sweetwater 420 Fest website

 

Duluth Arts Festival

April 30 – May 1, 2022
Downtown Duluth

The emphasis is on both the arts and family fun. The festival features 125 artist booths, plus artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a children’s play area, and festival foods.
Details for the Duluth Spring Arts Festival

 


Worth a mention in April


Atlanta Festivals in May

Warm weather is here to stay, so pack the sunscreen and stay hydrated!

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Weekends from April 9 to May 30, 2022
Plus Memorial Day Monday
Fairburn, GA

Well worth the drive! Travel back in time to days of yesteryear and yore, with this popular themed festival. There are multiple discounts and ways to save on the price of admission.
Get the details

Prepare thyself for merriment! (Photo courtesy of GA Ren Fest)

Roswell Spring Arts & Crafts Festival

May 7 – 8, 2022
Downtown Roswell

This is a s a two-day outdoor festival in historic downtown Roswell. You’ll find art vendors, live acoustic music, food trucks with healthy fare, dance performances, and more.
Details on Roswell Spring Arts Festival

 

Dunwoody Art Festival

May 7 – 8, 2022
Dunwoody Village Pkwy

A Mother’s Day Weekend tradition in Dunwoody! Shop for arts and crafts, splurge on good food, and enjoy live entertainment.
Dunwoody Arts Festival details

 

Sweet Auburn Springfest

May 7 – 8, 2022
Sweet Auburn historic district

This is one of the largest FREE street festivals in the Southeast — featuring music on two stages, kids activities, a large food court, and more.
Details for Sweet Auburn Springfest

 

Marietta Greek Festival

May 13 – 15, 2022
Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta

Be Greek for a day! In typical years, this annual event takes place on the weekend following Mother’s Day each May. It features cultural experiences including authentic food, crafts, music, and dance.

There are special activities for children as well.
The Byzantine style sanctuary of the church is often open for guided tours.
Click through the link for info on admission and food deals.
More details for the Greek Festival

Chastain Park Spring Arts & Crafts Festival

May 14 – 15, 2022
Chastain Park

The festival puts a focus on local artists (from Atlanta and other parts of Georgia), healthy food choices, and acoustic music (out of courtesy for the neighbors).
Chastain Spring Arts Festival details

 

Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes

May 14, 2022
Kirkwood

This popular street festival takes place in Atlanta’s historic Kirkwood neighborhood each spring, along with the tour of homes.
Details on Kirkwood Spring Fling

 

Alive in Roswell

May 19, 2022
Downtown Roswell

This is a monthly street festival featuring food, music, vendor booths, and more. It typically takes place on the third Thursdays of each month — from April thru October.
Get the details

 

Atlanta Jazz Festival

May 28 -29, 2022
Piedmont Park

This is one of the country’s largest FREE jazz festivals, typically taking place in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day weekend. Over the years the Atlanta Jazz Festival has been backdrop to musical legends such as Miles Davis, Dizzie Gillespie and Nina Simone.
Details on Atlanta Jazz Festival

 

Alpharetta Arts Street Fest

May 28 – 29, 2022
Wills Park

Shop 100 artist booths, eat and drink your way thru the festival, and enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend at the Alpharetta Arts Street Fest.
Details on the Alpharetta Arts Street Fest

 

 Gwinnett County Hot Air Balloon Festival

May 28 – 30, 2022
Gwinnett County Fairgrounds (Lawrenceville)

A family-friendly event for Memorial Day Weekend! You’ll find a DJ and live music, Kids Zone with bounce houses and rock walls, lots of vendor booths, and plenty of festival food! Tethered balloon rides start at $25 per person.
Visit the Facebook event page

Stock image: Deposit Photos

Day-by-day list of spring events:

The list will grow as we continue to add spring markets, outdoor movies, yoga in the park, nature walks, Easter egg hunts, and more!

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Daffodil Day at Oakland Cemetery

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Oakland Cemetery

Friday, March 4, 2022

Marietta Square First Friday Art Walk

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Marietta Square

First Friday concert series

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center

Saturday, March 12, 2022

The Atlanta St. Patrick's Parade is back for 2022

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm | FREE | Midtown Atlanta

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Atlanta Purim Parade & Festival

11:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Beth Jacob Orthodox Synagogue

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival

All Day | FREE | Georgia International Horse Park

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Blackburn Park

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival

All Day | FREE | Georgia International Horse Park

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Blackburn Park

Friday, April 1, 2022

Marietta Square First Friday Art Walk

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Marietta Square

First Friday concert series

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Spring Festival on Ponce

10:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Olmsted Linear Park

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Spring Festival on Ponce

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Big Shanty Festival and parade

9:30 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Kennesaw

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Big Shanty Festival

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Kennesaw

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza Festival

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza Festival

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Lemonade Days Festival

4:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Brook Run Park (Dunwoody)

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Lemonade Days Festival

4:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Brook Run Park (Dunwoody)

Alive in Roswell street festival

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Roswell

Friday, April 22, 2022

Lemonade Days Festival

4:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Brook Run Park (Dunwoody)

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Lemonade Days Festival

10:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE | Brook Run Park (Dunwoody)

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE

Lemonade Days Festival

12:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Brook Run Park (Dunwoody)

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Duluth Arts Festival

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Duluth Town Green

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Duluth Arts Festival

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Duluth Town Green

Friday, May 6, 2022

Marietta Square First Friday Art Walk

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Marietta Square

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Roswell Spring Arts & Crafts Festival

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Roswell

Dunwoody Art Festival

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Dunwoody Village Parkway

Sweet Auburn Springfest

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Dunwoody Art Festival

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Dunwoody Village Parkway

Roswell Spring Arts & Crafts Festival

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Roswell

Sweet Auburn Springfest

1:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE

Friday, May 13, 2022

Marietta Greek Festival

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm | $5.00 | Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Marietta Greek Festival

11:00 am to 8:00 pm | $5.00 | Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Marietta Greek Festival

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | $5.00 | Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Alive in Roswell street festival

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Roswell

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest

9:30 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Wills Park (Alpharetta)

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest

9:30 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Wills Park (Alpharetta)

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