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Best events all year

This page lists the biggest and best Atlanta events, festivals, and fun things to do in 2014 - 2015.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

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January 2015
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Western show

January 17 - 24, 2015

150 miles east

Augusta Futurity has horseback competitions, music, dancing, arts and crafts, and vendors of western clothing and riding-equipment at James Brown Arena in Augusta. First day is bull riding only.

Camping & RV Show

January 23 - 25, 2015

13 miles south

Meet RV dealers and manufacturers, and see the latest models of motor homes, fifth wheels, campers, and travel trailers at the Atlanta Camping & RV Show at Atlanta Exposition Center South.

Winter beer festival

January 24, 2015

2.5 miles NE

Sample 100 beers, hear live music, and play games at Atlanta Winter Beer Fest at The Masquerade.

Boat Show

January 2015 (undated)

0.5 mile west

See hundreds of new boats, marine gear, and accessories at the Atlanta Boat Show at Georgia World Congress Center.

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February 2015
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February 18 - 22, 2015

108 miles south

Watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in riding, roping, racing, steer wrestling, and bull fighting at Georgia National Rodeo in Perry.

Macon Film Festival

February 2015 (undated)

85 miles SE

Macon Film Festival screens independent films from around the world in historic theaters downtown, with celebrity guests and workshops.

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March 2014
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Beer, bourbon, barbecue

March 1, 2014

3 miles north

Sip beer, taste bourbon, hear music, and eat barbecue at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival at Atlantic Station.

Beer and food trucks

March 8, 2014

4 miles NW

Your ticket to Taste and Brews includes tastes of 100 beers and samples from six food trucks at Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market.

Marathon & fitness expo

March 21 - 23, 2014

0.5 mile west

The Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon begin and end Sunday at Centennial Olympic Park. The free Health & Fitness Expo is Friday and Saturday in Building A of the Georgia World Congress Center.

Home show

March 21 - 23, 2014

11 miles NW

Spring Atlanta Home Show is billed as Georgia’s largest home show and features 350 home-improvement companies at Cobb Galleria Centre.

Best of Atlanta Party

March 25, 2014

11 miles NW

Enjoy signature dishes from the best Atlanta restaurants and food trucks at Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta Party at Cobb Galleria Centre.

Auto show

March 26 - 30, 2014

0.5 mile west

Atlanta International Auto Show showcases 400 new cars, light trucks, vans, and sports utility vehicles at Georgia World Congress Center.

Comedy festival

March 26 - 30, 2014

1.5 miles north

Watch 60 national comedians, play games, and enjoy the after-party at the Comedy Festival at Laughing Skull Lounge.

Film festival

March 28 - April 6, 2014

Atlanta locations

The Atlanta Film Festival shows a diverse range of nearly 200 independent films at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages Theatre.

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April 2014
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Beer carnival

April 5, 2014

3 miles north

Sample 100 different beers, play carnival games, and enjoy food and music at Beer Carnival at Atlantic Station. Sells out.

Festival on Ponce

April 5 - 6, 2014

5 miles NE

Spring Festival on Ponce features fine arts and crafts, folk art, a children’s area, local food, and acoustic music in historic Olmsted Linear Park at N Ponce De Leon Ave NE. Repeats in Oct. Free.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

April 11 - 13, 2014

2 miles NE

See fine art, hear live music, and enjoy fair food at the highly regarded Atlanta Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park. Free.

Art & hot-air balloon festival

April 11 - 13, 2014

108 miles south

The Perry Dogwood Festival features arts & crafts vendors, dog costume & retrieving contests, and entertainment in downtown Perry; plus a hot-air balloon rally with rides, evening balloon glow, and music at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.

Easter in the garden

April 19, 2014

4 miles NE

Buy a ticket and bring a basket to hunt for candy-filled eggs at Eggstravaganza. Meet the Easter Bunny, shop homemade baked goods, and enjoy kids’ activities at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Park at Emory University Briarcliff Campus.

Inman Park festival

April 25 - 27, 2014

2 miles east

Inman Park Spring Festival features a tour of homes (Fri. to Sun.), street parade (Sat.), 5K or 1-mile run (Sun.), artists’ market, live music, food vendors, and kids’ activities in Inman Park. No pets. Free.

Flower show

April 25 - 27, 2014

8 miles NE

The Southeastern Flower Show features garden displays, a gardening marketplace, antiques, artwork, and expert speakers at the Buckhead Theatre.

Sandy Springs beer festival

April 26, 2014

14 miles north

Sample 70 specialty beers, hear live music, and buy food at Heritage Sandy Springs Beer Fest at Heritage Sandy Springs. No pets or children.

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Atlanta, Georgia
Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia
May 2014
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Sweet Auburn festival

May 9 - 11, 2014

0.5 mile SE

Sweet Auburn Springfest offers family fun, food, and entertainment on Auburn Ave. between Bell St. and Courtland. Free.

Shaky Knees Music Festival

May 9 - 11, 2014

2.5 miles NE

Shaky Knees Music Festival has 28 bands on 3 stages, including indie folk music and soul-rock, plus local food and craft beer at Masquerade Music Park.

East Atlanta Beer Festival

May 17, 2014

4 miles SE

You can’t go wrong with 150 beers, a dozen food vendors, and live entertainment at East Atlanta Beer Festival in Brownwood Park.

Jazz Festival

May 23 - 25, 2014

2 miles NE

Atlanta Jazz Festival features local and national jazz greats on two stages, a youth jazz-band competition, arts and crafts, food vendors, and a kids’ zone in Piedmont Park. Free.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

May 29 - June 1, 2014

2 miles north

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival celebrates cuisine of the South and other southern regions of the world at Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown and nearby tents.

Peachtree Hills art & wine festival

May 31 - June 1, 2014

6 miles north

Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts features the works of 100 artists, a wine festival, live music, and food trucks at Peachtree Hills Recreation Center.

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June 2014
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Scottish festival

June 14 - 15, 2014

98 miles north

Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games is about athletic games, Scottish dance, food, music, and historic demonstrations in Blairsville.

Athens festival

June 18 - 22, 2014

70 miles NE

AthFest Music & Arts Festival features 100 musical acts, an artists’ market, local films, a club crawl, and a kids’ fest in Athens.

Arts festival

June 28 - 29, 2014

2 miles NE

Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival features fine arts and crafts, a street market, children’s play area, food vendors, and live acoustic music at Historic Fourth Ward Park.

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July 2014
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Fourth of July at Centennial Park

July 4, 2014

0.3 mile west

The gates of Centennial Olympic Park open at 6 p.m., and the fireworks synchronized to music begin at 9:40 p.m. for the 4th of July Celebration. Free.

Street-food festival

July 12, 2014

2 miles NE

Atlanta Street Food Festival showcases the best in local food trucks and local bands at Piedmont Park.

Georgia Mountain Fair

July 18 - 26, 2014

112 miles north

Georgia Mountain Fair has family-friendly music, an arts & crafts show, racing pigs, and carnival rides in Hiawassee.

Macon music festival

July 26, 2014

85 miles SE

During the day, enjoy family-friendly activities and music, and shop art and food vendors. At night, hear 56 rock, blues, and soul-infused bands on 15 stages at Bragg Jam Arts & Music Festival in Macon.

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August 2014
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Barbecue, Blues, and Bluegrass

August 16, 2014

6 miles east

The Decatur Barbeque, Blues & Bluegrass Festival offers six hours of Blues and Bluegrass music, beer, and outstanding barbecue at Harmony Park in Oakhurst. Cash only.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival

August 16 - 17, 2014

2 miles NE

Piedmont Park Arts Festival features 200 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalworkers, glass blowers, and jewelers. It has artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a children’s play area, and food vendors at Piedmont Park. Free.

Grant Park festival

August 23 - 24, 2014

2 miles SE

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival features two music stages, food vendors, an artist market, 5K run, and children’s fun center at Grant Park.

Latino festival

August 24, 2014

2 miles NE

Festival Peachtree Latino offers music, arts & crafts, vendors, ethnic foods, and a kids’ zone at Piedmont Park. Free.

DragonCon pop-culture convention

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

Atlanta locations

Dragon*Con is a giant popular-culture convention for science fiction, fantasy, gaming, art, comics, music, and film, with panels, contests, vendors, a banquet, and a parade down Peachtree Street.

Art in the park

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014

19 miles NW

Art in the Park features fine art, a chalk-art competition, and a children’s art alley with free art stations in Marietta. Free.

German beer festival

August 2014 (undated)

0.3 miles south

Celebrate German beer, food, and music at the family-friendly German Bierfest at Robert W. Woodruff Park.

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September 2014
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Yellow Daisy Festival

September 4 - 7, 2014

19 miles east

The Yellow Daisy Festival features more than 400 vendors of arts & crafts and has live music, a children’s corner, and a sports den along the paths at Stone Mountain Park.

Atlanta Arts Festival

September 13 - 14, 2014

2 miles NE

Atlanta Arts Festival offers fine art, entertainment, and festival food in Piedmont Park. Free.

Japanese festival

September 20 - 21, 2014

27 miles NE

JapanFest features Japanese drumming, dance, martial arts, kimonos, bonsai, kids’ games, vendors, food, beer, and tea at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

Taste of Clarkesville

September 27, 2014

83 miles NE

Enjoy fine food, wine, beer, and music at A Taste of Clarkesville.

Duluth Fall Festival

September 27 - 28, 2014

25 miles NE

Duluth Fall Festival features 350 booths of art, crafts and food, plus entertainment, a carnival, a Saturday parade, and a Sunday road race at Duluth Town Green.

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October 2014
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Georgia National Fair

October 2 - 12, 2014

108 miles south

The Georgia National Fair offers livestock and horse shows, agricultural exhibits, fair food, midway rides and games, vendors, family entertainment, music concerts, and nightly fireworks in Perry.

Fall festival

October 10 - 18, 2014

112 miles north

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival has arts & crafts, live music, and demonstrations of archery, fly-fishing, and lumberjacking in Hiawassee.

Halloween festival & parade

October 18, 2014

3 miles NE

Enjoy food and drink, live entertainment, pumpkin carving, street vendors, and a costume parade at Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade in Little Five Points. Free.

Decatur beer festival

October 18, 2014

6 miles east

Tickets go on sale in September for the popular Decatur Craft Beer Festival in downtown Decatur.

Rare-beer festival

October 2014 (undated)

2 miles NE

HOToberfest is billed as the largest festival selection of true craft, rare, seasonal and aged beers in the Atlanta area, which you can sample before voting for your favorites at Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Taste of Atlanta

October 2014 (undated)

1.5 miles north

Try samples from 80 of Atlanta’s best restaurants; taste beer and wine; and watch celebrity-chef demonstrations at Taste of Atlanta at Technology Square in Midtown.

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November 2014
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Chastain Park Arts Festival

November 1 - 2, 2014

9 miles north

See the work of 185 artists, hear local acoustic musicians, and visit food vendors at Chastain Park Arts Festival at Chastain Park. Free.

Book festival

November 1 - 16, 2014

18 miles NE

Billed as the South’s premier literary event, Book Festival of the MJCCA includes author book signings, a community read, panel discussions, family events, and book sales in Dunwoody.

Old-fashioned Christmas

November 6 - Dec. 24, 2014

21 miles north

Tour decorated homes, see a holiday musical, enjoy high tea or cookies with Mrs. Claus, and see Santa during Christmas in Roswell.

Tree lighting - Lenox Square

November 27, 2014

8 miles NE

The pre-show with live music begins at 5:15 p.m. for Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Show at 6 p.m. While you’re at Lenox Square Mall, consider riding the famous Macy’s Pink Pig train.

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

November 2014 (undated)

2.5 miles NE

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights features one million colorful lights, costumed characters, attractions, and snacks at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden.

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December 2014
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Hometown parade

December 4, 2014

62 miles SE

The evening Hometown Holidays Parade is a small-town affair with Christmas lights on fire trucks, kids on homemade floats, marching bands, beauty queens, and Santa and Mrs. Claus in Forsyth. Free,

Christmas play

December 4 - 23, 2014 (some days)

0.5 mile north

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company performs Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol about the miraculous transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge at Shakespeare Tavern. Sells out.

Children’s Christmas Parade

December 6, 2014

1.5 miles north

Peachtree Street fills with floats, giant balloons, costumed characters, and marching bands at 10:30 a.m. for the 90-minute Children’s Christmas Parade that goes from 16th St. to 5th St. in Midtown. Free.

New Year’s Eve - Hyatt Regency

December 31, 2014

0.1 mile north

Dress up to enjoy an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a dinner buffet, 5 bands and 3 DJs, and a balloon drop at midnight with decorations and party favors at Downtown Countdown at the Hyatt Regency.

New Year’s Eve - Peach Drop

December 31, 2014

0.5 mile south

Peach Drop includes children’s activities and music at 11 a.m., main acts at 6 p.m., and a giant 800-pound peach that descends at midnight as confetti rains on the crowd at Underground Atlanta. Free.

New Year’s Eve - beer

December 31, 2014

3 miles east

Your ticket to New Beers Eve includes an appetizer buffet, beer, wine, and music at Front Page News (and Tijuana Garage next door) on Moreland Ave.

Holiday pops concert

December 2014 (undated)

2 miles north

A Very Merry Holiday Pops is a variety show that stars Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, gleeful youth choruses, a drum line, merry songs, and a jitterbugging Santa.

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