Atlanta events for April 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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

Mileage is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Hip Athens festival

April 1 - 2, 2016

70 miles NE

Slingshot has international and local musical acts on stage, boundary-pushing art, films, and tech talks with leading innovators in downtown Athens.

Inman Park Restaurant Week

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 28)

2 miles east

Get a special deal on a three-course fixed-price meal at a dozen restaurants during Inman Park Restaurant Week in Inman Park. Repeats Sept.

Sherlock Holmes convention

April 1 - 3, 2016

14 miles north

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

Colonial life

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 31)

49 miles NE

See life in 1790s Georgia at the 18th Century Colonial Market Faire, including historical crafts, games, military drills, music, and treats at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder.

Macon Cherry Blossom Festival

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 17)

85 miles SE

The International Cherry Blossom Festival includes a parade, arts and crafts, concerts, entertainment, air shows, hot-air balloons, food trucks, fireworks, and 300,000 flowering cherry trees. Major events are March 25 to April 3.

Film festival

April 1 - 10, 2016

Atlanta locations

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

Southern food & tunes

April 2, 2016

1.7 miles NE

Beltline Boil offers low-country cooking and live music on the lawn at Fourth Ward Skate Park.

Classical music

April 2, 2016 (8 p.m.) also March

2.3 miles north

Hear the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra perform pieces by Berlioz, Debussy, and Ravel, plus an unusual one-handed piano concerto at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Discount tickets $25.

Pillow fight in the park

April 2, 2016

2.5 miles SE

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

Fashion show

April 2, 2016

2.9 miles NW

Watch a runway show of student-designed dresses made of eyeglasses, attend a silent auction, and enjoy good food while supporting vision services for the poor at Night of Spectacles at The Foundry at Puritan Mill.

Get painted as you run

April 2, 2016 (9 a.m.)

29 miles south

Wear the white shirt provided, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch as you run the Color Run 5K at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Festival on Ponce

April 2 - 3, 2016

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.

Cherry blossom fest

April 2 - 3, 2016

10 miles NE

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival is a new event with arts and crafts vendors, family activities, live music, a 5K run, and a 1K walk.

Gluten-free expo

April 2 - 3, 2016

11 miles NW

Sample and purchase products from 100 vendors at Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo at Cobb Galleria Centre.

Discount tickets $12.

Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival

April 2 - 3, 2016

33 miles east

Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival features 300 arts & crafts booths, international music and dance, food vendors, and a big children’s area at the Georgia International Horse Park.

Macon festival

April 2 - 3, 2016

85 miles SE

Browse arts and crafts while the cherry trees bloom in downtown Macon at Mulberry Street Festival. Free.

Writers’ Festival

April 7 - 8, 2016

7 miles east

Hear distinguished authors read at the Writers’ Festival at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. Free.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

April 8 - 10, 2016

2 miles NE

See fine art, hear live music, and enjoy fair food at the highly regarded Atlanta Dogwood Festival and 5K at Piedmont Park. No pets. Free.

Also visit nearby Backyard Barbecue & Brews.

International fair

April 9, 2016

70 miles NE

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

Acworth art festival

April 9 - 10, 2016

29 miles north

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

Art & hot-air balloon festival

April 9 - 10, 2016

108 miles south

The Perry Dogwood Festival features arts & crafts vendors, dog costume & retrieving contests, and entertainment in downtown Perry; plus a Saturday evening Hot Air Balloon Rally with rides, balloon glow, and music at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.

Dunwoody festival

April 13 - 17, 2016

17 miles north

Lemonade Days features carnival rides, live music, arts & crafts starting Fri., a beer & wine garden Sat., and a petting zoo on the weekend. No pets.

Romantic musical

April 14 - May 15, 2016

0.2 miles south

The Light in the Piazza is a breezy musical about young love in picturesque Italy at Theatrical Outfit. Discount tickets $20.

Star Trek convention

April 15 - 17, 2016

16.4 miles NE

Treklanta (formerly Trek Trax Atlanta) offers panels, vendors, and celebrity guests for fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and Babylon 5 at the Doubletree Hilton Atlanta Northlake.

Tomato fight

April 16, 2016

1.7 miles south

Toss tomatoes, get a T-shirt, hear live music, and join a dance party at the Flying Tomato Festival, which also has kids’ events at Turner Field.

Run and bar crawl

April 16, 2016

2.2 miles SE

Run Before You Crawl is a 5K run that begins and ends in Grant Park, followed by a six-pub bar crawl. Registration in person begins at 8:30 a.m.

Art at the river

April 16, 2016

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.

Green expo

April 16 - 17, 2016

11 miles NW

Alive! Expo offers natural products and organic foods, green-lifestyle lectures, workshops, and health & wellness vendors at Cobb Galleria Centre.

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza

April 16 - 17, 2016

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 16 - 17, 2016

25 miles NW

Big Shanty Festival features 200 arts and crafts booths, food vendors, two stages of entertainment, and a 9:30 a.m. Saturday parade in Kennesaw. Free.


April 16 - 17, 2016

30 miles south

Atlanta Motorama includes classic vehicles, hot rods, monster trucks, burnouts, car crushing, lawn-mower racing, stage entertainment, and vendor exhibits at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Columbus air show

April 16 - 17, 2016

104 miles south

See amazing stunts, historical aircraft, and modern jets at Thunder in the Valley Air Show in Columbus.

Buckhead Restaurant Week

April 16 - 24, 2016

Atlanta locations

Get a special deal on a fixed-price meal for brunch, lunch, or dinner during Buckhead Restaurant Week.

Free park day

April 16 - 24, 2016

19 miles north

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

Renaissance festival

April 16 - June 5, 2016 (weekends)

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.

Car-free West End

April 17, 2016 (2 to 6 p.m.)

starts 3 miles SW of downtown

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

Disney on Ice: Frozen

April 20 - 24, 2016

27 miles NE

Disney characters skate, dance, and act out scenes from Disney movies at Disney on Ice: Frozen at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

Discount tickets $28 to $98.

Earth Day Party

April 21, 2016

2 miles NE

Earth Day Party is an evening affair with music, dancing, organic food, and a silent auction to benefit EarthShare, at Ponce City Market.

Craft beer festival

April 22 - 24, 2016

0.3 miles 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 and 5K at Centennial Olympic Park. No pets.

Druid Hills celebration

April 22 - 24, 2016

4 miles NE

The Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens features a ticketed tour of five homes and a garden (3 days), a free artist market (Sat./Sun.), and a 5K race (Sun.).

Fantasy books convention

April 22 - 24, 2016

13 miles north

JordanCon features guest authors, artists, vendors, and a costume contest at the Atlanta Marriott at Perimeter Center.

Jazz party

April 22 - 24, 2016

20.8 miles north

Enjoy a cabaret jazz hall with 20 all-stars for your listening and dancing pleasure at Atlanta Jazz Party in the grand ballroom of the Hilton Hotel in Roswell.

Kitchen tours

April 23, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

7 miles NE

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

Atlanta Dog Jog

April 23, 2016

17 miles NW

Walk or run with your dog in the 1-mile or 5K Atlanta Dog Jog at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody.

Muddy girl run

April 23, 2016

30 miles south

Dirty Girl Mud Run is a 5K obstacle course for women age 14+ at Atlanta Motor Speedway. No pets. Discount tickets $55.

Arabic festival

April 23 - 24, 2016

13 miles NE

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

Smyrna festival

April 23 - 24, 2016

15 miles NW

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

Taste of Marietta

April 24, 2016 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

19 miles NW

Taste of Marietta offers food from 70 restaurants, live music, and a kids’ alley in historic Marietta Square.

Fashion show

April 25, 2016

8.2 miles north

Hope Fashion Show is a $100 charity event that includes a luncheon, fashion show, and both live and silent auctions at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.

Car show & drag race

April 25, 2016

30 miles south

StuntFest is a customized car and bike show, with live music, weekend parties, and a midnight drag race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton.

Taste of the Nation

April 28, 2016

0.5 miles NW

Enjoy gourmet food, fine wine and beer, cocktails, local music, and a silent auction at Taste of the Nation Atlanta at the Georgia Aquarium for $250.

Art fair at Peachtree Corners

April 28 - 30, 2016

22 miles NE

Wesleyan Artist Market has 95 artists, entertainment, and a children’s market at Peachtree Corners.

Inman Park festival

April 29 - May 1, 2016

2 miles east

Inman Park Spring Festival features a tour of homes (Fri. to Sun.), street parade (2 p.m. Sat.), artists’ market, live music, food vendors, and kids’ activities (Sat. to Sun.) in Inman Park. Free.

East Point festival

April 30, 2016

8 miles SE

East Point Spring Fling (formerly Taste of East Point) features artists, food vendors, a carnival, a car show, and live music in downtown East Point. Free.

Chicken festival

April 30, 2016

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.

Snellville festival

April 30 - May 1, 2016

26 miles NE

Snellville Days features a parade, arts and crafts, food booths, and live entertainment at Briscoe Park. Free.

Vintage sale

April 2016 (undated)

1.5 miles NE

Salvage features 50 curated vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor, and home goods at Yaarab Shrine. Repeats in Sept.

Cemetery run

April 2016 (undated)

2 miles SE

Run Like Hell is a 5K at historic Oakland Cemetery.

Beer & barbecue

April 2016 (undated)

2.5 miles NE

A ticket to Hogs and Hops includes beer, BBQ, and food samples for age 21+ at the Masquerade.

Italian Film Festival

April 2016 (undated)

2.8 miles NE

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

Design expo

April 2016 (undated)

6 miles NE

Register to see speakers and celebrities unveil new collections and share their design-industry experiences, and view sample design installations at Design ADAC at Atlanta Decorative Arts Center.

Decorators’ open house

April 2016 (undated)

11 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.

Kids’ sports festival

April 2016 (undated)

11 miles NW

Peachtree Sports Festival features famous sports speakers and professional clinics for 15 sports (age 5 to 18; minors need parent) at Cobb Galleria Centre.

Cajun festival

April 2016 (undated)

15 miles NW

Crawfish Boil is 2 days of food, fun, beer, and bands plus kids’ inflatables in Smyrna.

Open-air symphony

April 2016 (undated)

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.
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