Atlanta BBQ Fest
May 5 & 6
The ninth annual Atlanta BBQ Fest at Atlantic Station offers multiple sessions. Hogs and Hops, on Saturday, May 5 from 1pm-5pm, offers all-inclusive tickets featuring 50+ beer and wine options and BBQ samples from some of Atlanta's best BBQ restaurants. This Saturday night session will be all ages and include live music, time to chat with the Competition BBQ teams; BBQ and drinks will be available for purchase. On Sunday from noon - 6pm all ages are welcome and include live music with BBQ and drinks available for purchase. Visit altbbqfest.com.
Roswell Spring Arts Festival
Roswell City Hall
May 6 & 7
The Roswell Spring Arts and Crafts Festival is a two-day outdoor event featuring over 125 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal crafts people, glass blowers, jewelers and more. Plus artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, kids area, food & beverage. Visit Roswellartfestival.com
Chastain Arts Festival
Chastain Park, Buckhead
May 12 & 13
This award-winning, two-day festival features over 185 display tents of art and crafts, including many local and regional artists and artisans. In addition to the abundance of unique art, there will be a children's area in the adjacent green space, local gourmet food, beverages and a small stage for acoustic musical performances. To find out more regarding this free event visit ChastainParkArtsFestival.com.
Sweet Auburn Festival
Centennial Olympic Park
May 12 & 13
Celebrating 34 years, the original Sweet Auburn Springfest takes place Mother's Day Weekend May 12 - 13 in the historic Auburn Avenue District, birth place of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in Downtown Atlanta. Over 100,000 are expected to attend over the weekend. Enjoy fun, food and entertainment for the whole family. Visit SweetAuburn.com
East Atlanta Beer Festival
East Atlanta Village
East Atlanta Beer Festival is held in East Atlanta's Brownwood Park. Sample over 150 craft beers and visit shops and restaurants in East Atlanta Village. Enjoy live local music on the festival's main stage and a wide array of food. Proceeds benefit the community. EastAtlantaBeerfest.com
Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes
Bessie Branham Park
Don't miss being part of the 16th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes on Saturday, May 19. Celebrating the historic and eclectic in-town neighborhood of Kirkwood, this family-friendly festival offers a fun-filled opportunity to enjoy the warmth of spring with a 5K run, artist market, diverse lineup of live music, creative kids' activities, Blue Ribbon BBQ Cook-off and Tour of Homes. The event will take place at Bessie Branham Park, rain or shine. Festival is free, with ticketing for the 5K and Tour of Homes. Visit KirkwoodFling.com.
Yarab Shrine Circus & Fair
Jim R Miller Park, Marietta
May 19 - 28
The largest Shrine Circus and Fair in North America is back for its 76th year! Packed with more excitement than ever, this year's Tarzan Zerbini Circus features several new acts under the Big Top. For the first time in Marietta see the Castle Performing Bears and the Fabulous Flying Bells on the flying trapeze. Check out the Human Bullet "Saturn" flying high above the crowds below. The Great Daredevil "Garcia" on the Wheel of Thrill will keep everyone on the edge of their seats. In addition to the (80-minute) circus under The Big Top, there are 35 exciting carnival rides and attractions, as well as lots of carnival food. Take in the firework show on both Saturday nights. The Sneak-a-Peek Ride-A-Thon begins Friday May 18. Midway opens Monday through Friday at 5 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m.; Sunday at Noon, and Memorial Day at 10 a.m. Visit 2018ShrineCircus.com
Decatur Arts Festival
May 25 - 27
Decatur's biggest arts event takes place over Memorial Day Weekend. Get started Friday evening, May 27, with the ArtWalk all around Decatur. The fun continues with the new dance festival, literary arts performances, musicians all day long on Decatur's community bandstand, a juried artists market, the fine arts exhibition, a special Kids and Teens Arts Festival and more. For additional info visit DecaturArtsFestival.com.
At Festhalle in Helen, GA
Come to the mountains of Helen, Georgia and celebrate Bavarianfest! This festive Bavarian atmosphere consists of a live German band and plenty of dancing. This Memorial Day Weekend help honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Import and domestic beers & wines, wursts on a bun, hot dogs, pretzels and more. Active and retired military receive free admission. All others $8.00. Visit HelenChamber.com.
Alpharetta Street Fest
May 26 - 28
Over Memorial Day Weekend the City of Alpharetta opens up their historic downtown streets for the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest. This three-day event will host more than 90 regional and national artisans whose colorful and whimsical artwork will certainly make a splash in this charming district of Alpharetta. The popular Streetfest will feature live music, entertaining and hands-on children's activities along with great cuisine from local eateries and street eats in the food court. Visit SplashFestivals.com.
Atlanta Jazz Festival
May 26 & 27
Celebrating 41 years of musical mastery, the festival returns to Piedmont Park over Memorial Day Weekend. The lineup includes a variety of jazz sounds and stylings presented on three stages: The Legends Stage, The Contemporary Stage and The Next Gen Stage. For the first time in the event's history, it will feature an all-female lineup on Saturday. National and international musicians will perform. Highlights include Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, Dianne Reeves, The Bad Plus and Jazzmeia Horn. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to spend the holiday with family and friends. In addition to the Memorial Day Weekend Festival, 31 Days of Jazz events will be put on throughout Metro Atlanta beginning on May 1. The final weekend offers KidZone areas with games and inflatables. Admission to the festival is free. Visit atlantafestivals.com.
Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival
Historic Fourth Ward
May 26 - 27
The Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival at the Historic Fourth Ward Park is a two-day celebration of the arts while honoring the rich history of our community. There is something for everyone: fine arts and crafts, a children's play area, local food and beverage concessions, live acoustic entertainment on the lawn. The Festival takes place Saturday, May 26 from 10:00 a.m. â€“ 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 27 from 11:00 a.m. â€“ 5:00 p.m. Visit Oldfourthwardparkartsfestival.com.
Candler Park Music Festival
Candler Park, Atlanta
June 1 & 2
Celebrating 10 years at Candler Park in Atlanta, this year's two-day event is set to draw more than 20,000 attendees and will feature live music, local food, crafts and interactive partner experiences. Additional weekend event activities will include a food village filled with local restaurant vendors and food trucks, the exclusive Terrapin Brew Lounge where attendees can experience Terrapin craft brews, and adult field games. For full line-up and ticket information visit candlerparkmusicfestival.com.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
June 2 & 3
The expanded "Butterfly Encounter Exhibit" allows visitors to the festival to hand-feed more than 250 free flying butterflies. Enjoy the show when masses of butterflies fly free and land on kids and flowers after their release in front of the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion. Learn about the ways you can help bring more butterflies to your garden. Featuring live music, entomology exhibits, arts and crafts, face painting, butterfly parades, food trucks and more. A great event to kick off summer and enjoy nature. Visit chattnaturecenter.org.
Saturday, June 9 & Sunday, June 10
The 35th annual Virginia-Highland Summerfest offers an Artist Market featuring works of over 250 artists and craftsmen from all over the Southeast and beyond. Summerfest always features delicious food from an array of festival vendors and local restaurants. The Kidsfest offers games, crafts and activities for children of all ages. Live music will be on stage with a variety of local musicians along with nationally acclaimed singer songwriters. Over a 1,000 runners will compete in the Summerfest 5K on Saturday through the neighborhood streets of Virginia-Highland. Visit vahisummerfest.com.
Atlanta Summer Beer Fest
Historic 4th Ward Park
The Atlanta Summer Beer Fest features over 200 beers from local and other great breweries from all over the country. The event takes place Saturday, June 16 from 4 - 8pm at the Historic Fourth Ward Park. Besides the suds, the Fest also offers a selection of wines. There will be live music and plenty of fun attractions. Be sure to check out their Facebook page to get all of the updates. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 after June 7 and $55 the day of the event. Purchase tickets at AtlantaSummerBeerFest.com.