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 mile 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 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.
Macon Film Festival
February 2015 (undated)
85 miles SEMacon Film Festival screens independent films from around the world in historic theaters downtown, with celebrity guests and workshops.
Beer, bourbon, barbecue
March 1, 2014
3 miles northSip 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 NWYour 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 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 21 - 23, 2014
11 miles NWSpring 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 NWEnjoy signature dishes from the best Atlanta restaurants and food trucks at Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta Party at Cobb Galleria Centre.
March 26 - 30, 2014
0.5 mile westAtlanta International Auto Show showcases 400 new cars, light trucks, vans, and sports utility vehicles at Georgia World Congress Center.
March 26 - 30, 2014
1.5 miles northWatch 60 national comedians, play games, and enjoy the after-party at the Comedy Festival at Laughing Skull Lounge.
March 28 - April 6, 2014
Atlanta locationsThe Atlanta Film Festival shows a diverse range of nearly 200 independent films at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages Theatre.
April 5, 2014
3 miles northSample 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 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.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
April 11 - 13, 2014
2 miles NESee 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 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.
Easter egg hunts
April 19 - 20, 2014Please confirm outdoor events due to weather.
Inman Park festival
April 25 - 27, 2014
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 25 - 27, 2014
8 miles NEThe Southeastern Flower Show features garden displays, a gardening marketplace, antiques, artwork, and expert speakers at the Buckhead Theatre.
Sweet Auburn festival
May 9 - 11, 2014
0.5 mile SESweet 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 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.
East Atlanta Beer Festival
May 17, 2014
4 miles SEYou can’t go wrong with 150 beers, a dozen food vendors, and live entertainment at East Atlanta Beer Festival in Brownwood Park.
May 23 - 25, 2014
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 29 - June 1, 2014
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.
Peachtree Hills art & wine festival
May 31 - June 1, 2014
6 miles northPeachtree Hills Festival of the Arts features the works of 100 artists, a wine festival, live music, and food trucks at Peachtree Hills Recreation Center.
June 14 - 15, 2014
98 miles northBlairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games is about athletic games, Scottish dance, food, music, and historic demonstrations in Blairsville.
June 18 - 22, 2014
70 miles NEAthFest Music & Arts Festival features 100 musical acts, an artists’ market, local films, a club crawl, and a kids’ fest in Athens.
June 28 - 29, 2014
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.
Fourth of July at Centennial Park
July 4, 2014
0.3 mile westThe 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.
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 56 rock, blues, and soul-infused bands on 15 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.
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.
DragonCon pop-culture convention
August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014
Atlanta locationsDragon*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 NWArt in the Park features fine art, a chalk-art competition, and a children’s art alley with free art stations in Marietta. Free.
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, beer, and music at A Taste of Clarkesville.
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 Saturday parade, and a Sunday road race 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.
October 2014 (undated)
2 miles NEHOToberfest 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.
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 - 16, 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.
November 6 - 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 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 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 (some days)
0.5 mile 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 mile 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 mile 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.