Atlanta events calendar - April 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, Easter egg hunts, and kids’ free events in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do in April 2015 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.

Macon Cherry Blossom Festival

April 1 - 4, 2015 (begins March 19)

85 miles SE

The Macon 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. See schedule.

Easter egg hunts

April 1 - 5, 2015 (also March)

Confirm date, time, and rain policy.

Southern food & tunes

April 4, 2015

1.7 miles NE

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

Discount tasting ticket $15.

Pillow fight in the park

April 4, 2015 (2 p.m.)

2.5 miles SE

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

Eggs from the sky

April 4, 2015 (see schedule)

6.5 miles SE

Expect crowds at North East Cobb Community Egg Drop, with helicopter egg drops up to age 10, bounce houses, face-painting, and photos with the Easter Bunny at Sprayberry High School. Free.

Get painted as you run

April 4, 2015 (9 a.m.)

29 miles south

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

Taste of Forsyth

April 4, 2015

39 miles NE

Buy tastes from 25 restaurants at Taste of Forsyth, which has a kids’ zone and Easter egg hunts on the lawn (age 0-3 at 11:30 a.m., 4-7 at 12:30 p.m., 8-10 at 1:30 p.m.) at Cumming Fairgrounds. Free. The Warbington Farms EGGstravaganza is 10 miles away.

Hockey

April 4 & 8, 2015

27 miles NE

Watch the Gwinnett Gladiators play at The Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Discount tickets for April 8.

Classic opera

April 4 - 12, 2015

11 miles NW

The Marriage of Figaro is a popular comic opera by Mozart at the Cobb Energy Centre.

Discount tickets.

Soccer

April 4 - June 6, 2015 (Saturdays)

15 miles NE

Watch the Atlanta Silverbacks play a home game.

Discount tickets.

Easter restaurants

April 5, 2015

Atlanta locations

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

Easter Brunch

April 5, 2015

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 5, 2015 (7 a.m.)

19 miles east

The Easter Sunrise Service is held simultaneously at the top of the mountain and the base of the mountain at Stone Mountain Park.

Designing Women in drag

April 9 - 19, 2015

8 miles NE

See two funny TV episodes of Designing Women, which are even funnier when men play all the roles live at Onstage Atlanta.

Discount tickets.

Baseball

April 9 - Sept. 7, 2015

34 miles NE

Watch the Gwinnett Braves play a home game at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

Discount tickets.

Family wellness festival

April 10, 2015 (5 to 11 p.m.)

31 miles NE

Spring Break Out features family activities, wellness exhibitors, and a 3K glow-in-the-dark walk/run at 8 p.m. for $12, followed by a free movie on the lawn about 9 p.m. in Lawrenceville.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

April 10 - 12, 2015

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.

The nearby Backyard Barbecue & Brews requires a ticket.

Sherlock Holmes convention

April 10 - 12, 2015

14 miles north

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

Baseball musical

April 10 - 26, 2015

17 miles NW

Damn Yankees is not just a curse from Gone with the Wind; it’s also a Tony Award winning fantasy about a die-hard baseball fan, in Marietta.

Discount tickets.

Run and bar crawl

April 11, 2015

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.

Beer & barbecue

April 11, 2015

2.5 miles NE

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

Art at the river

April 11, 2015

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.

International fair

April 11, 2015

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 11 - 12, 2015

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.
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Acworth art festival

April 11 - 12, 2015

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 11 - 12, 2015

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.

Baseball

April 13 - May 21, 2015

1.7 miles south

Watch the Atlanta Braves play a game at Turner Field.

Discount voucher to exchange online for a ticket.

Black Depression drama

April 15 - May 10, 2015

2.2 miles north

Blues for an Alabama Sky is a play about hopeful African-American artists struggling to survive in the hopeless 1930s, returning to Alliance Theatre where it debuted 20 years ago.

Discount tickets.

Slapstick comedy

April 16 - May 3, 2015

37 miles NE

Boeing Boeing is a sexy, funny farce about a playboy dating three “stewardesses” at once, based on the 1965 movie with Tony Curtis & Jerry Lewis, in Buford.

Discount tickets.

Craft beer festival

April 17 - 19, 2015

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.

Modern ballet

April 17 - 19, 2015

11 miles NW

Atlanta Ballet brings back three popular but very different works in Modern Choreographic Voices at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Discount tickets.

Fantasy books convention

April 17 - 19, 2015

13 miles north

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

Dr. Seuss

April 17 - 19, 2015

16 miles

See a family-friendly version of the smash hit musical Seussical, featuring the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch, at Mable House Barnes Ampitheatre in Mableton. Kids 12 and under are free.

Discount tickets.

Queer comedy

April 17 - May 2, 2015

16 miles NW

Norman, Is That You? is an updated version of the ground-breaking gay farce from 1970 at Out of Box Theatre in Marietta. Discount tickets.

Cemetery run

April 18, 2015 (9 a.m.)

2 miles SE

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

Gluten-free expo

April 18, 2015

11 miles NW

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

Arabic festival

April 18 - 19. 2015

13 miles NE

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

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza

April 18 - 19, 2015

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.

Alpharetta art festival

April 18 - 19, 2015

25 miles north

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

Kennesaw festival

April 18 - 19, 2015

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.

Decorators’ open house

April 17 - May 10, 2015

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.

Renaissance festival

April 18 - June 7, 2015

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.

Discount tickets expire after May 3.

Free park day

April 18 - 19, 2015

19 miles north

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

Buckhead Restaurant Week

April 18 - 26, 2015

Atlanta locations

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

Vintage sale

April 19, 2015

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 19, 2015 (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.

Family theater: Charlotte’s Web

April 19, 2015 (3 p.m.)

39 miles SW

Kids from kindergarten to grade 5 enjoy Charlotte’s Web, an award-winning story of Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider, in Newnan at The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

Discount tickets.

Earth Day Party

April 22, 2015 (7 to 10 p.m.)

1.3 miles north

Earth Day Party is an evening affair with music, dancing, organic food, and a silent auction to benefit EarthShare, at Rooftop 866.

Italian Film Festival

April 23 - 26, 2015

2.8 miles NE

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

Peter Pan

April 23 - May 10, 2015

2.4 miles NW

See the original Broadway version of Peter Pan, which includes Peter, Tinkerbell, pixie dust, and pirates live at Fabrecation Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Cocktails at the aquarium

April 24, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium and enjoy live music, cocktails, and tapas at Sips Under the Sea. Tickets.

Open-air symphony

April 24, 2015 (8 p.m.)

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. Tickets.

Inman Park festival

April 24 - 26, 2015

2 miles east

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

Star Trek convention

April 24 - 26, 2015

9.2 miles NE

TrekTrax Atlanta features panels, vendors, and celebrity guests for fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and Babylon 5 at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center.

Kitchen tours

April 25, 2015

Atlanta locations

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

Fashion show

April 25, 2015 (7 p.m.)

1 mile south

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 Freight Depot.

East Point festival

April 25, 2015 (2 to 9 p.m.)

8 miles SE

East Point Spring Fling features local artists, a car show, a carnival, and live music in downtown East Point.

Muddy girl run

April 25, 2015

30 miles south

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

Color run

April 25, 2015 (10 a.m.)

33 miles east

Get blasted with liquid color and run through colored foam at Color Foam 5K at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

Promo code “foam15” saves $15.

Chicken festival

April 25, 2015

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.

Smyrna festival

April 25 - 26, 2015

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.

Athens Twilight

April 25 - 26, 2015

70 miles east

Athens Twilight Criterium includes bicycle races, running/walking events, the Twilight Music Festival, and Saturday’s Georgia Brewed Festival.

Taste of Marietta

April 26, 2015

19 miles NW

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

Car show & drag race

April 26, 2015

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.

Design expo

April 27 - 30, 2015

6 miles NE

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. Free registration.

Classical music

April 30 & May 2, 2015

2.3 miles north

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major.

Discount tickets.

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April 2015 calendar of events in Atlanta, GA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.     steve.fox@events12.com