Atlanta events for April 2017. 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.

Distance is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

Pillow fight in the park

April 1, 2017

2.5 miles SE

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

April Fool’s Day event

April 1, 2017 (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+.

Get painted as you run

April 1, 2017

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.

Film festival

April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 24)

Atlanta locations

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

Festival on Ponce

April 1 - 2, 2017

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.

Musical: 9 to 5

April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 3)

7.6 miles NE

OnStage Atlanta performs 9 to 5, based on the hit movie about a bad boss, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton in Decatur. Discount tickets $13.

Colonial life

April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 30)

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 - 2, 2017 (begins March 24)

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.

Macon arts festival

April 1 - 2, 2017

85 miles SE

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

Dark comedy

April 1 - 15, 2017 (begins March 31)

16.4 miles SW

Tony Award winning Assassins by Stephen Sondheim leads audiences on a tuneful revue of presidential assassins and would-be killers from John Wilkes Booth to John Hinckley at Out of Box Theatre in Marietta. Discount tickets $15.

Pyschological thriller

April 1 - 23, 2017

2.6 miles north

A Jewish woman and a Muslim man fall in love in Straight of Gibraltar, and what begins as a typical romantic comedy quickly spirals into a suspenseful thriller about terrorism at Synchronicity Theatre. Discount tickets $15.

Comic opera

April 2, 2017 at 3 p.m. (begins March 25)

11 miles NW

Sung in Italian with English subtitles, Don Pasquale is a comedy filled with complicated schemes, shenanigans, multiple lies, a fake wedding, and a rendezvous at the famed Hollywood Bowl at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Discount tickets $40.

Writers’ Festival

April 6 - 7, 2017

7 miles east

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

Belly dance festival

April 6 - 9, 2017

9.8 miles NE

TribalCon offers Friday and Saturday shows with an optional buffet, after parties, vendors, and workshops at Holiday Inn, 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

April 7 - 9, 2017

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.

Sherlock Holmes convention

April 7 - 9, 2017

14 miles north

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

Dance of Argentina

April 8, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.2 miles south

The 14 men of Che Malambo demonstrate fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses and the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos at Rialto Center for the Arts. Discount tickets $24.

Run and bar crawl

April 8, 2017

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.

Music & beer festival

April 8, 2017

14.5 miles north

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

Athens international fair

April 8, 2017

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 8 - 9, 2017

29 miles north

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

Columbus air show

April 8 - 9, 2017

104 miles south

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

Art & hot-air balloon festival

April 8 - 9, 2017

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.

Easter egg hunt on the farm

April 10, 2017

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.


April 14 - 16, 2017

11 miles NW

Atlanta Ballet performs the Firebird by Yuri Possokhov with a live orchestra, plus two other works at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Discount tickets $32.

Easter egg hunt in the garden

April 15, 2017

4 miles NE

Buy a ticket online & bring a basket to hunt for candy-filled eggs at Eggstravaganza. Meet the Easter Bunny, shop for baked goods, and enjoy kids’ activities at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Park at Emory University Briarcliff Campus. Rain will cancel.

Art at the river

April 15, 2017

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.

Taste of Forsyth

April 15, 2017

39 miles NE

Buy tastes from 25 restaurants for $1 to $4 at Taste of Forsyth, which has a kids’ zone and Easter egg hunts on the lawn at Cumming Fairgrounds. Free. The Warbington Farms EGGstravaganza is 10 miles away.

Easter egg hunts

April 15 - 16, 2017

Confirm date, time, and rain policy.

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza

April 15 - 16, 2017

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.

Easter at Callaway Gardens

April 15 - 16, 2017

82 miles SE

Easter Weekend events at Callaway Gardens include a brunch, a 5K race, a kids’ race, an Easter Bunny, egg hunts, hot-air balloon rides (tethered), entertainment, and a sunrise service.

Free park day

April 15 - 16 and 22 - 23, 2017

19 miles north

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

Renaissance festival

April 15 - June 4, 2017

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 16, 2017

Atlanta locations

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

Elegant Easter brunch

April 16, 2017

9.1 miles north

Easter Brunch features a jazz trio plus professional sitters to entertain young children with crafts and an Easter egg hunt at The St. Regis Atlanta.

Easter Brunch

April 16, 2017

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. Reservation required.

Easter service

April 16, 2017

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.

Dunwoody festival

April 19 - 23, 2017

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.

Craft beer festival

April 21 - 23, 2017

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 21 - 23, 2017

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 21 - 23, 2017

13 miles north

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

Green expo

April 22 - 23, 2017

11 miles NW

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

Kennesaw festival

April 22 - 23, 2017

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 22 - 23, 2017

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.

Design expo

April 25 - 27, 2017

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.

Art fair at Peachtree Corners

April 27 - 29, 2017

22 miles NE

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

Athens Twilight

April 28 - 29, 2017

70 miles east

Athens Twilight Criterium includes bicycle races, running/walking events, and a food court.

Inman Park festival

April 28 - 30, 2017

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.

Science-fiction convention

April 28 - 30, 2017

16.4 miles NE

Treklanta 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 28 - 30, 2017

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.

Tasting event

April 29, 2017

2 miles NE

Uncorked & Untapped Atlanta includes wine tasting, craft beer, appetizers, and live music at City Winery. (The name of the event may change.)

Kitchen tours

April 29, 2017

7 miles NE

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

Chicken festival

April 29, 2017

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.

Open-air symphony

April 29, 2017

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.

Smyrna festival

April 29 - 30, 2017

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.

Muddy obstacle course

April 29 - 30, 2017

25 miles SW

To run this 10 to 12 mile obstacle course in mud, you’ve got to be one Tough Mudder. Spectators also require tickets, at Bouckaert Farm in Fairburn.

Taste of Marietta

April 30, 2017

19 miles NW

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

Buckhead Restaurant Week

April 2017 (undated)

Atlanta locations

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

Hamburger week

April 2017 (undated)

Atlanta & Decatur

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

Vintage sale

April 2017 (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.

Beer & barbecue

April 2017 (undated)

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 2017 (undated)

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.

Southern food & tunes

April 2017 (undated)

1.7 miles NE

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

Earth Day Party

April 2017 (undated)

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 2017 (undated)

2.8 miles NE

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

Fashion show

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Car-free West End

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Fashion show

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Arab festival

April 2017 (undated)

13 miles NE

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

Cajun festival

April 2017 (undated)

15 miles NW

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

Easter brunch - Park Tavern

April 2017 (undated)

2.4 miles NE

Enjoy an Easter Brunch overlooking Piedmont Park and the city skyline, with an appearance by the Easter bunny and an egg hunt at noon at Park Tavern.

Easter egg hunt in the museum

April 2017 (undated)

4 miles NE

Meet baby animals, play games, and collect eggs at activity stations during Spring Egg-stravaganza at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Eggs from the sky

April 2017 (undated)

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, a comedy circus, food vendors, and photos with the Easter Bunny at Sprayberry High School. Free.

Easter at governor’s mansion

April 2017 (undated)

7 miles NW

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

Easter egg hunt in Roswell

April 2017 (undated)

20 miles north

Kids bring baskets to fill with candy at the $5 Easter Egg Hunt at Archibald Smith Plantation in Roswell.

Easter in the dark

April 2017 (undated)

21.8 miles NW

Bring a flashlight to Cobb County Eggstravaganza Under the Stars for glow-in-the-dark egg hunts to age 17, kids’ crafts, entertainment, inflatables, contests, and food vendors at Al Bishop Softball Complex in Marietta. Free.
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