Atlanta events calendar for April 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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April 2014

Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do in April 2014 with this calendar of events.

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

Film festival

April 1 - 6, 2014 (begins March 28)

Atlanta locations

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

Sherlock Holmes convention

April 4 - 6, 2014

14 miles north

221B Con is for fans of Sherlock Holmes literature at the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center.

Urban scavenger hunt

April 5, 2014

0.5 miles NW

Your team of 2 to 4 people will solve clues, tackle challenges, and race for cash prizes in the Great Urban Race that begins at Game-X.

Fun obstacle course

April 5, 2014

1.7 miles south

Race through 12 giant obstacles like a water slide, moon bounce, and Tarzan swing on the 5K Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (ROC) at Turner Field. See photos.

Beer & barbecue

April 5, 2014

2.5 miles NE

A ticket to Hogs and Hops includes beer, BBQ, and food samples at the Masquerade.

Pillow fight in the park

April 5, 2014 (2 p.m.)

2.5 miles SE

Pillows fly on International Pillow Fight Day. Bring a soft pillow without feathers to Grant Park. Free.

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.

Easter at the governor’s mansion

April 5, 2014

7 miles NW

Kids meet the Easter Bunny, decorate eggs, get faces painted, and do an Easter Egg Hunt at the governor’s mansion. Advance registration is required.

Get painted as you run

April 5, 2014

29 miles south

Wear a white shirt and get bombarded by color as you run the 5K Color Run at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

International fair

April 5, 2014 (12 to 5 p.m.)

70 miles NE

International Street Festival offers cultural displays, traditional costumes, music and dance performances, and a children’s corner in Athens. Free.

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.

Acworth art festival

April 5 - 6, 2014

29 miles north

Browse the booths of 100 artisans on historic Main Street and see the kids’ zone at Acworth Art Fest.

Knitting expo

April 10 - 13, 2014

10 miles SE

Knitters and crocheters will find classes, vendors, and a fashion show at Stitches South at the Georgia International Convention Center.

Easter egg hunt in Roswell

April 11, 2014

20 miles north

Kids bring baskets to fill with candy at the Easter Egg Hunt at Archibald Smith Plantation in Roswell. Cost.

Family wellness festival

April 11, 2014

31 miles NE

Spring Break Out features games, hayrides, tennis for kids, inflatables, a 1-mile family run, health industry vendors, and food trucks in Lawrenceville. 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. Optional barbecue. No pets. Free.

Fantasy books convention

April 11 - 13, 2014

21 miles north

JordanCon features guest authors, artists, vendors, and a costume contest at the DoubleTree in Roswell.

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.

Run and bar crawl

April 12, 2014 (9 a.m.)

2.2 miles SE

Run Before You Crawl is a 5K run that begins and ends in Grant Park, followed by bar crawl to six pubs.

Easter at the museum

April 12, 2014

4 miles NE

Register in advance for the Dinosaur Egg Hunt, and enjoy games run by Radio Disney at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. See schedule.
Atlanta, Georgia
April 2014

Art at the river

April 12, 2014 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

24 miles NE

Art on the Chattahoochee features a fine art market, food court, craft corner, and entertainment at Jones Bridge Park in Norcross. Free.

Beer & barbecue

April 12 - 13, 2014 (sold out)

2 miles NE

Backyard Barbecue & Brews is held in a tented area at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival (see April 11 - 13).

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza

April 12 - 13, 2014

15 miles north

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza features 150 arts & crafts booths, a children’s play area, food trucks, and local acoustic musicians at 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. NE in Sandy Springs.

Kennesaw festival

April 12 - 13, 2014

25 miles NW

Big Shanty Festival features 200 arts and crafts booths, food vendors, two stages of entertainment, and a Saturday parade in Kennesaw. Free.

Easter egg hunt on the farm

April 14, 2014 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

8 miles north

Kids search for colorful eggs, play games, and create springtime crafts during Magic Mondays: Egg Hunt on the Farm at the Atlanta History Center. Cost.

Craft beer festival

April 18 - 20, 2014

0.3 mile west

Try more than 20 styles of SweetWater beer, hear live music, browse an artists’ market, see comedy, and learn from craft-beer experts at SweetWater 420 Festival at Centennial Olympic Park. No pets.

Easter egg hunt in the garden

April 19, 2014 (canceled)

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.

Easter egg hunts

April 19 - 20, 2014

May be canceled due to weather

Free park day

April 19 - 20, 2014

19 miles north

Entry is free at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area during Free Entrance Days in the National Parks.

Renaissance festival

April 19 - June 8, 2014

24 miles SW

See knights and maidens, dine on turkey legs and ale, shop from 150 artisans, visit a medieval amusement park, and be entertained at the Georgia Renaissance Festival weekends and Memorial Day in Fairburn.

Easter restaurants

April 20, 2014

Atlanta locations

OpenTable has a list of restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

Car-free West End

April 20, 2014 (2 to 6 p.m.)

2.7 miles SW

Walk, run, or bike down the middle of the road when Atlanta Streets Alive comes to the West End, with entertainment, activities, and a bicycle parade. Free.

Easter Brunch

April 20, 2014 (sold out)

14 miles north

Easter Brunch at Villa Christina includes an Easter egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting, and inflatables for the kids.

Easter service

April 20, 2014

19 miles east

Attend the 7 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service, which is held simultaneously at the top of the mountain and the base of the mountain at Stone Mountain Park.

Drink beer for dogs

April 22, 2014 (6 to 9 p.m.)

6 miles NE

Enjoy Sweetwater beer and cocktails, restaurant appetizers, and live music at Ales for Tails, an Atlanta Humane Society benefit at Sweetwater Brewery.

Earth Day Party

April 24, 2014 (7 to 10 p.m.)

5 miles NW

Earth Day Party is an evening affair with music, dancing, catered food, and a silent auction to benefit EarthShare, at The Defoor Center. Tickets.

Italian Film Festival

April 24 - 27, 2014

2.8 miles NE

Cinema Italy Atlanta screens the best in new Italian films at the Plaza Theatre.

Open-air symphony

April 25, 2014

82 miles SE

Symphony on the Sand is a performance by the award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the stars on Robin Lake Beach in Pine Mountain.

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 (Sat. to Sun.) in Inman Park. 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.

Star Trek convention

April 25 - 27, 2014

12 miles north

TrekTrax Atlanta features panels, vendors, and celebrity guests for fans of Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and Firefly at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest.

Taste of East Point

April 26, 2014 (2 to 9 p.m.)

8 miles SE

Browse art from local artists, see a car show, hear local musicians, and enjoy tastes from local restaurants and food trucks with wine and beer at Taste of East Point.

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.

Chicken festival

April 26, 2014

53 miles NE

Spring Chicken Festival has a cook-off, live entertainment, recycled art market, quilt show, parade, 5K, and kids zone in downtown Gainesville.

Kitchen tours

April 26, 2014

Atlanta locations

See recently renovated kitchens in three homes on the Tour of Kitchens in Decatur and Dunwoody.

Green expo

April 26 - 27, 2014

0.5 mile west

Alive! Expo offers natural products and organic foods, green-lifestyle lectures and workshops, and health and wellness vendors at Georgia World Congress Center.

Dance festival

April 26 - 27, 2014 (4 to 5 p.m.)

2 miles east

See local companies perform both classical and contemporary dance styles at the Inman Park Dance Festival in the Trolley Barn at Inman Park. Free.

Arabic festival

April 26 - 27, 2014

13 miles NE

Enjoy Arabic art, music, dancing, singing, and food at the Atlanta Arab Festival at the Alif Institute. Free.

Smyrna festival

April 26 - 27, 2014

15 miles NW

Spring Jonquil Festival features 175 hand-made arts & crafts booths, live music, a 5K run, festival food, puppet shows, and children’s activities at the Village Green in Smyrna. Repeats Oct.

Muddy obstacle course

April 26 - 27, 2014

21 miles SW

To run this 10 to 12 mile obstacle course in mud, you’ve got to be one Tough Mudder. Spectators can pay in advance to attend the post-party in Fairburn.

Alpharetta art festival

April 26 - 27, 2014

25 miles north

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest offers art, live jazz and acoustical music, cultural arts performances, children’s activities, and food booths.

Decorators’ open house

April 26 - May 18, 2014

7 miles north

Every year, the Southeast’s most talented interior and landscape designers work their magic on a chosen house. Tour it and attend special events during Decorators Show House and Gardens.

Taste of Marietta

April 27, 2014

19 miles NW

Taste of Marietta offers food from 80 restaurants, live music, and a kids’ alley in historic Marietta Square.

Design expo

April 28 - May 2, 2014

6 miles NE

See speakers and celebrities unveil their new collections and share their design-industry experiences, and view sample design installations at Design ADAC at ADAC. Free registration.
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April 2014 calendar of events in Atlanta. What to do in downtown Atlanta today, this weekend, this month. Special events, festivals, things to do in Atlanta, GA.