fun around town
FESTIVALS & FOODIE FUN ACWORTH ART FEST
April 6-7 Enjoy 100 artisan booths, Kidz Zone, food and fun on Main Street in downtown Acworth. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. acworth. splashfestivals.com.
ALPHARETTA ART IN PARK
Monthly Outdoor artists market features handcrafted work, from pottery to jewelry, at Main Street & Milton Avenue, 9 AM-4 PM, one Saturday each month, May-Sept. awesomealpharetta.com.
ALPHARETTA ARTS STREETFEST
May 25-27 Outdoor showcase of original art, music, food and kids activities downtown on Milton Avenue between Main Street and RoswellCanton Street. 10 AM-5 PM. 678/297-
AMERICAN CRAFT SHOW
March 15-17 Annual juried show features handmade creations in jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor by 250 top contemporary craft artists at Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Pkwy., Atl. 10 AM-8 PM Fri., 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. $13 (free, 12 & under). craftcouncil.org/atlanta.
ART ON THE CHATTAHOOCHEE
April 20 Festive fun on the banks of the Chattahoochee River with arts and crafts, food trucks, live entertainment, games, inflatables, Easter egg hunts and Bunny pictures, chalk art contest and more at Jones Bridge Park, 4901 East Jones Bridge Road, Peachtree Corners. 10 AM-5 PM. 678/277-0920. gwinnettparks.com.
ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL April 12-14 Atlanta’s largest and
longest-running fine arts festival celebrates its 83rd year at Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta with a 96
Atlanta Dogwood Festival – April 12-14 at Piedmont Park sprawling juried Artist Market, live music, cultural performances, gourmet & festival fare, Kids Zone with midway rides & games, disc dog competition, Mimosa 5K run (8 AM Sat.) and blooming dogwood trees. Free. Noon11 PM Fri., 10 AM-11 PM Sat., 10 AM-6 PM Sun. (Artist market closes 7 PM Fri. & Sat.). 404/817-6642. dogwood.org.
ATLANTA FILM FESTival
April 4-14 Annual event of the Atlanta Film Society celebrates the city’s vibrant arts community through screenings, educational events and parties that combine film with food, music and art. Multiple venues. atlantafilmfestival.com.
ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FEST
May 30-June 2 A celebration of Southern food and beverage traditions with award-winning chefs, sommeliers and mixologists in Midtown Atlanta. 877/725-8849.
ATLANTA JEWISH MUSIC FEST
March 7-17 A community celebration of Jewish heritage featuring everything from jazz and orchestra to folk and rock’n’roll at multiple Atlanta locations.
ATLANTA SCIENCE FESTIVAL March 9-23 Local showcase of
science and technology for all ages with engaging events, presentations and performances around town. March 23 Exploration Expo, a free, family-friendly science day from 11 AM-4 PM at Piedmont Park with 100+ interactive exhibits, handson experiments, demonstrations and performances. 770/322-4992.
BEAR ON THE SQUARE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL
April 27-28 Set in the foothills of the
BROOKHAVEN CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
March 30-31 Annual fest in Blackburn Park features an arts & crafts market, music performances (Wallflowers, Smash Mouth, Spin Doctors and Romantics), Kidz Zone, Pet World, classic car show, food trucks and blooming cherry trees. 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road. 10 AM-7:30 PM Sat., 10 AM-6 PM Sun. Free. Cherry Blossom 5k, March 23. brookcherryfest.org.
BROOKHAVEN SPRING ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL June 1-2 Outdoor fest features
the works of 125 artists, plus live acoustic music, children’s play area, food and beverages on Peachtree Road/ Dresden and Applegate Drive. 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun.
CARS & ‘Q FOR THE CAUSE
North Georgia mountains, Dahlonega’s celebration of Southern Appalachian culture features live bluegrass and oldtime music, a juried artists market of traditional mountain crafts, storytelling, dance, food and more in the town’s historic square. Free. Pre-festival events on April 26 include jamming on the square and a live and silent country auction. bearonthesquare.org.
ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL
BEER, BOURBON & BBQ FEST
largest free jazz festivals culminates with a musical showcase at Piedmont Park on Memorial Day weekend.
eat barbecue and enjoy live music at Atlantic Station, 2-6 PM (VIP: noon entry). Designed for ages 21+. beerandbourbon.com.
live music, food and local artisans in an all-ages, family-friendly festival environment. Gates open at 4 PM Fri., noon on Sat. at Candler Park, 1500 McLendon Ave., Atl.
ATL. GRILLED CHEESE FEST April 13 Celebrate melty, cheesy
goodness at Atlantic Station, with tasting sessions from 11 AM-2 PM & 2:30-5:30 PM in the Pinnacle Lot.
May 25-26 One of the country’s
March 2 Sample beer and bourbon,
May 4 Choate Construction’s
annual benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation features 120+ stellar cars and bikes, plus BBQ, craft brews, live music and silent auction. 8200 Roberts Dr., Atl. 4-7 PM. carsnq.com.
CANDLER PARK MUSIC & FOOD FESTIVAL
May 31-June 1 Enjoy a lineup of