Spring is an awesome time of year, and a great time to get the family out and about. After hibernating through a long, cold winter, Spring can be just the ticket to get you back in the swing of things. Atlanta has many great festivals and such during the spring season, and below you’ll find just a few that may grab your attention.
The Atlanta Dogwood Festivals
Piedmont Park
400 Park Drive
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-7275
www.dogwood.org

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival happens in Atlanta April 8, 9, 10, 2016 and has been going on now for 80 years. The dogwoods will be in full bloom and hundreds of artists will set up to showcase their work from painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and much more.

Aside from all the artists and their wares, there is kid’s village set up with inflatables, arts and crafts area, face painting, and a 24 foot rock climbing wall. There will also be sponsor booths all through the park where you will find radio remotes to great prizes and games. No dogs are allowed at the festival according to the City of Atlanta ordinance.

In keeping with tradition of the festival, there will be a wide range of music, and the full lineup will be announced soon. When hunger strikes, all you have to do is follow the delicious smells of funnel cakes, gyros, even onion rings and kettle corn.

So bring the family on out and enjoy great weather, food and fun.

Inman Park Festival
Euclid Ave. and Elizabeth St.
Atlanta, GA 31136
(770) 242-4895
www.inmanparkfestival.org

Inman Park Spring Festival is held in one of Atlanta’s oldest and most scenic neighborhoods, Inman Park. Inman Park was built in the late 1800s and contains many historic homes and parks. The festival was began in the 1970s, and was developed to attract efforts to bring new life to the community. The festival has lots of music, a ton of kids activities, an awesome Tour of Homes, street parade, artists’ market and if you like people-watching, this is the place for it.

Inman Park has many awesome restaurants, and the festival has many food vendors that offer pizza, BBQ, gyros, a wide variety of sandwiches and last but not least funnel cakes and many other street festival sweets. This year the Inman Park Festival runs from April 30 to May 1. Get the family together and go on out and have an awesome spring day full of food, music, and fun.

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Georgia Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds
6655 Virlyn B Smith Road
Fairburn, GA 30213
(770) 964-8575
www.atlanta.net

The Georgia Renaissance Festival is in its 31st year. It has been voted a top 20 Southeast event. It host a wide range of outdoor events. Feel the ground start to rumble as the gallant knights ride out on their grand steeds for the jousting tournament. Cheer your favorite knight on as he tries to win over all the other knights.

The food is simply overwhelming. Feast on a turkey leg as you walk through the festival, looking at the over 150 artisan booths. There is entertainment to amuse the whole family. There are jugglers and jesters all over the festival, and everyone is in period costume.

They also have places in the park to hold special, private events such as corporate parties and birthday parties. You can even hold your wedding in the Celebration Garden!

Chihuly In The Garden
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-5859
www.atlantabg.org

Chihuly in the Garden runs April 30 to October 30, and it showcases 21 absolutely gorgeous, breathtaking glass installations. You may see these amazing works of art during the day by natural light, and then on Wednesday evenings you can see them as they are illuminated during the darker hours. All installations are set in among the Garden’s usual natural beauty.

While in the Gardens, dine on scrumptious food inspired by the garden, at The Cafe at Linton’s in the Garden. Or you may prefer to dine at Petit Cafe’s bistro-like atmosphere and enjoy a sandwich, snacks and many different beverages.

The gardens also offer adult classes, kids programs, and even have a plant hotline, which gives you step by step advice about what is blooming and how to take care of your gardens at home.

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Debbie Evans Taylor is a southern gal from Temple, GA that has a passion for writing, cooking and all things crafty. This grandma of six dreams of someday seeing the world. She’s happier than ever and loving life!