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 15 - 18, 2015
0.5 miles westSee hundreds of new boats, marine gear, and accessories at the Atlanta Boat Show at Georgia World Congress Center.
January 17 - 24, 2015
150 miles eastAugusta 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 southMeet 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 NESample 100 beers, hear live music, and play games at Atlanta Winter Beer Fest at The Masquerade.
February 5 - 7, 2015
7 miles northShop from dozens of dealers of period furniture, jewelry, art, and accessories at Cathedral Antiques Show at the Cathedral of Saint Philip. The tour of Homes is Sunday, Feb. 8.
February 19 - 21, 2015
108 miles southWatch cowboys and cowgirls compete in riding, roping, racing, steer wrestling, and bull fighting at Georgia National Rodeo in Perry.
Beer, bourbon, barbecue
March 7, 2015
3 miles northSip beer, taste bourbon, hear music, and eat barbecue at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival at Atlantic Station.
Marathon & fitness expo
March 20 - 22, 2015
0.5 miles westThe 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.
March 20 - 22, 2015
11 miles NWSpring Atlanta Home Show is billed as Georgia’s largest home show and features 350 home-improvement companies at Cobb Galleria Centre.
March 20 - 29, 2015
Atlanta locationsThe Atlanta Film Festival shows a diverse range of nearly 200 independent films at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages Theatre.
March 25 - 29, 2015
0.5 miles westAtlanta International Auto Show showcases 400 new cars, light trucks, vans, and sports utility vehicles at Georgia World Congress Center.
March 25 - 29, 2015
1.5 miles northWatch 60 national comedians, play games, and enjoy the after-party at the Comedy Festival at Laughing Skull Lounge.
Beer and food trucks
March 2015 (undated)
4 miles NWYour ticket to Taste and Brews includes tastes of 100 beers and samples from six food trucks at Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market.
Best of Atlanta Party
March 2015 (undated)
11 miles NWEnjoy signature dishes from the best Atlanta restaurants and food trucks at Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta Party at Cobb Galleria Centre.
Easter egg hunts
April 4 - 5, 2015Check the date, time, and rain policy before you go.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
April 10 - 12, 2015
2 miles NESee fine art, hear live music, and enjoy fair food at the highly regarded Atlanta Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park. Free.
Festival on Ponce
April 11 - 12, 2015 (uncertain)
5 miles NESpring 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.
Art & hot-air balloon festival
April 11 - 12, 2015
108 miles southThe 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.
April 17 - 19, 2015
8 miles NEThe Southeastern Flower Show features garden displays, a gardening marketplace, antiques, artwork, and expert speakers at the Buckhead Theatre.
Inman Park festival
April 24 - 26, 2015
2 miles eastInman 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.
April 2015 (undated)
3 miles northSample 100 different beers, play carnival games, and enjoy food and music at Beer Carnival at Atlantic Station. Sells out.
Sweet Auburn festival
May 8 - 10, 2015
0.5 miles SESweet Auburn Springfest offers family fun, food, and entertainment on Auburn Ave. between Bell St. and Courtland. Free.
Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 8 - 10, 2015
2.5 miles NEShaky 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.
May 22 - 24, 2015
2 miles NEAtlanta 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 28 - 31, 2015
2 miles northAtlanta Food & Wine Festival celebrates cuisine of the South and other southern regions of the world at Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown and nearby tents.
Virginia-Highland summer festival
June 6 - 7, 2015
4 miles NESummerfest features art, music, food, a kidsfest, and a Saturday 5K on historic Virginia Ave. Less crowded in the morning. No pets. Free.
June 13 - 14, 2015
98 miles northBlairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games is about athletic games, Scottish dance, food, music, and historic demonstrations in Blairsville.
June 27 - 28, 2015
2 miles NEOld 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.
June 2015 (undated)
70 miles NEAthFest Music & Arts Festival features 100 musical acts, an artists’ market, local films, a club crawl, and a kids’ fest in Athens.
Fourth of July at Centennial Park
July 4, 2014
0.3 miles westThe gates of Centennial Olympic Park open at 6 p.m., and the fireworks synchronized to music begin at 9:45 p.m. for the 4th of July Celebration. Free.
July 5 - 6, 2014
20 miles NWTry tastes from restaurants, caterers, and food trucks, hear music, see art, and visit a kids’ zone at Atlanta Food Festival at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta.
July 12, 2014
2 miles NEAtlanta 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 northGeorgia 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 SEDuring the day, enjoy family-friendly activities and music, and shop art and food vendors. At night, hear 57 rock, blues, and soul-infused bands on 14 stages at Bragg Jam Arts & Music Festival in Macon.
Barbecue, Blues, and Bluegrass
August 16, 2014
6 miles eastThe 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 NEPiedmont 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.
German beer festival
August 23, 2014 (2 to 7 p.m.)
0.3 miles southCelebrate German beer, food, and music at the family-friendly German Bierfest at Robert W. Woodruff Park.
Grant Park festival
August 23 - 24, 2014
2 miles SEGrant Park Summer Shade Festival features two music stages, food vendors, an artist market, 5K run, and children’s fun center at Grant Park.
August 24, 2014
2 miles NEFestival Peachtree Latino offers music, arts & crafts, vendors, ethnic foods, and a kids’ zone at Piedmont Park. Free.
August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014 (sold out)
Atlanta locationsDragon*Con is a giant pop-culture convention for science fiction, fantasy, gaming, art, comics, music, and film, with panels, contests, vendors, a banquet, and a parade down Peachtree Street.
Yellow Daisy Festival
September 4 - 7, 2014
19 miles eastThe 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 NEAtlanta Arts Festival offers fine art, entertainment, and festival food in Piedmont Park. Free.
September 20 - 21, 2014
27 miles NEJapanFest 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 NEEnjoy fine food, wine tasting, a beer garden, and music at A Taste of Clarkesville. Free entry.
Duluth Fall Festival
September 27 - 28, 2014
25 miles NEDuluth Fall Festival features 350 booths of art, crafts and food, plus entertainment, a carnival, a parade Sat., and a road race Sun. at Duluth Town Green.
Georgia National Fair
October 2 - 12, 2014
108 miles southThe 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.
October 10 - 18, 2014
112 miles northGeorgia 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 NEEnjoy 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 eastTickets go on sale in September for the popular Decatur Craft Beer Festival in downtown Decatur.
Taste of Atlanta
October 24 - 26, 2014
1.5 miles northTry 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.
Chastain Park Arts Festival
November 1 - 2, 2014
9 miles northSee the work of 185 artists, hear local acoustic musicians, and visit food vendors at Chastain Park Arts Festival at Chastain Park. Free.
November 1 - 18, 2014
18 miles NEBilled 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.
Christmas at Stone Mountain
Nov. 8, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
19 miles eastStone Mountain Christmas features 2 million lights, holiday shows, a snow-angel palace, Christmas parade with Santa, fireworks, and snowfall at Stone Mountain Park. Nearby snow rides open Nov. 22.
November 15 - Dec. 24, 2014
21 miles northTour 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 NEThe Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Show begins with a pre-show of live music. 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 NEGarden Lights, Holiday Nights features one million colorful lights, costumed characters, attractions, and snacks at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden.
December 4, 2014
62 miles SEThe 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,
December 4 - 23, 2014
0.5 miles northThe 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 northPeachtree 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.
Holiday pops concert
December 18 - 20, 2014
2 miles northA 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.
New Year’s Eve - Hyatt Regency
December 31, 2014
0.1 miles northDress 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 miles southPeach 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.