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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April 2016
April 2016

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.

Classical music

April 1, 2016 (8 p.m.)

24.2 miles NW

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra plays works by Ravel, Berlioz, and Debussy at Kennesaw State University.

April Fool’s Day event

April 1, 2016 (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)

7 miles east

A ticket to April Fool’s Comedy Night gets you jokes from six comedians, six beer samples, a brewery tour, and food truck fare for sale at Three Taverns Craft Brewery for age 21+.

Hip Athens festival

April 1 - 2, 2016 (begins March 31)

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.

Cherry blossom festival - Macon

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 25)

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.

Film festival

April 1 - 10, 2016

Atlanta locations

The Atlanta Film Festival shows a wide variety 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.

Pillow fight in the park

April 2, 2016 (3 to 5 p.m.)

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 [sound] at The Foundry at Puritan Mill.

Music & beer festival

April 2, 2016 (1 to 8:30 p.m.)

14.5 miles north

Enjoy local bands and local beer at Rhythm & Brews outdoors in Sandy Springs.

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.

Bluegrass music

April 2, 2016 (12 to 8 p.m.)

30.8 miles west

Peachblossom Bluegrass Festival is a fundraiser for WRFG Radio, with multiple bands, craft vendors, and food for sale in Douglasville.

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 festival - Brookhaven

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.

Cherry blossom festival - Conyers

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 arts 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.

Into the Woods

April 6 - 17, 2016

32.1 miles NE

Into the Woods is a Tony-winning musical that uses familiar fairy-tale characters to tell an epic story in Lawrenceville.

Writers’ Festival

April 7 - 8, 2016

7 miles east

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

Jazz legend

April 8, 2016 (8 p.m.)

0.2 miles south

Grammy winner Paquito d’Rivera plays clarinet and saxophone with the Georgia State University Jazz Band at Rialto Center for the Arts.

Cocktails at the aquarium

April 8, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and appetizers at Sips Under the Sea. See the evening’s theme listed on the website.

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 get a ticket to the weekend Backyard Barbecue & Brews.

Motown musical

April 14 - 24, 2016

17.2 miles NW

Dreamgirls is the rags-to-riches tale of a fictional 1960s Motown girl group based on real acts like The Supremes and The Shirelles, at Cobb Civic Center in Marietta.

Run and bar crawl

April 9, 2016 (9:30 a.m.)

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.

Athens 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.

Southern beer dinner

April 12, 2016 (6 p.m.)

6.6 miles NE

Enjoy traditional Southern fare (four savory dishes and one dessert) plus five local beers (by Wild Heaven Craft Beer) at communal tables at the Georgia Beer Dinner Series for $95 at Revival in Decatur.

Dunwoody festival

April 13 - 17, 2016

17.3 miles NE

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

Top-40 dance party

April 15, 2016

38 miles north

The 10-piece band Atlanta Dance Party plays covers of Chicago, the Temptations, Huey Lewis, and Stevie Nicks at Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta. Bring your own food and beverages.

Mary Poppins musical

April 15 - 17, 2016

16 miles NW

Magical nanny Mary Poppins works her charms on a family and sings catchy tunes at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton.

Science-fiction 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.

Motorcycle race

April 15 - 17, 2016

51.7 miles NE

MotoAmerica Superbike Showdown features world-class racing, freestyle stunt shows, new bike demos, autograph sessions, and a kids’ zone at Road Atlanta in Braselton.

Madcap comedy

April 22 - 30, 2016

12.1 miles north

Moon Over Buffalo features mistaken identities, outrageous plot twists, and slapstick comedy set in the 1950s at ACT3 Productions in Sandy Springs.

Beer & barbecue

April 16, 2016

1.7 miles NE

A ticket to Hogs and Hops includes beer, BBQ, a food sample, and live music at Historic Fourth Ward Park for age 21+.

Pet party

April 16, 2016 (3 to 7 p.m.)

1.7 miles NE

PAWS Atlanta invites you and your dog to Old Fourth Ward Park for beer, food trucks, artists, pet vendors, entertainment, and a “lantern type” parade. Free.

Food trucks at the park

April 16, 2016 (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

2.2 miles SE

Food-o-Rama is a food truck extravaganza with 30 trucks selling full portions and small plates, arts and crafts, and live music at Grant Park.

Family hoedown

April 16, 2016 (4 to 7 p.m.)

4 miles NE

A ticket to Rock Spring Hoedown includes a dinner buffet, live bluegrass music, dancing, and kids’ activities in Piedmont Heights.

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 Simpsonwood Park in Peachtree Corners. 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.

Motorama

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.

Hamburger week

April 17 - 23, 2016

Atlanta & Decatur

Get $5 hamburgers at 40 places on ATL Burger Week.

Vintage sale

April 17, 2016

1.5 miles NE

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

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.

Woman survivors

April 17, 2016 (2 p.m.)

18.5 miles NW

Hear 10 women who survived cancer tell their moving stories of hope and healing at My Second Act at Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

The Wiz

April 20 - 21, 2016

16.7 miles north

The Wiz features Dorothy and her companions singing and dancing to rock, gospel, and soul as they travel though the magical land of African-American Oz in Sandy Springs.

Earth Day Party

April 21, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

2 miles NE

Earth Day Party features live music, dancing, organic food, cocktails, and a silent auction to benefit EarthShare, on the rooftop of Ponce City Market.

Italian Film Festival

April 21 - 24, 2016

2.8 miles NE

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

Craft beer festival

April 22 - 24, 2016

0.3 miles west

Try more than 20 types 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 all three days, plus a free artist market on Saturday.

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 DoubleTree by Hilton 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.

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.

Open-air symphony

April 23, 2016 (8 p.m.)

82 miles SE

Symphony on the Sand is a performance by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra under the stars on Robin Lake Beach in Pine Mountain.

Arab 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.

Cajun festival

April 23 - 24, 2016

15 miles NW

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

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, racing pigs, and puppet shows at the Village Green in Smyrna. Free. Repeats Oct.

Broadway music

April 24, 2016 (7 p.m.)

7.6 miles NE

Hear songs from popular Broadway shows at Broadway Rocks, including Spring Awakening, Once, American Idiot, Next to Normal, and The Wedding Singer at OnStage Atlanta.

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 $125 charity event that includes a luncheon, fashion show, and both live and silent auctions at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.

Design expo

April 25 - 28, 2016

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.

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.

Lacrosse

April 29 - May 1, 2016

22.7 miles NW

The Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship is at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw.

Classical music

April 30, 2016 (8 p.m.)

21.2 miles north

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Marietta Performing Arts Center.

Chicken festival

April 30, 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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 arts and crafts, food booths, and live entertainment at Briscoe Park. Free.
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