Atlanta events, festivals, things to do – April 2018

April 2018
best events in Atlanta

Easter restaurants

April 1, 2018

Atlanta locations

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

April Fool’s Day comedy

April 1, 2018

7 miles east

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

Easter service

April 1, 2018

19 miles east

Arrive early for the Easter Sunrise Service, which is held simultaneously at the top of the mountain and the base of the mountain at Stone Mountain Park.
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Colonial reenactment

April 1, 2018 (begins March 29)

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.

Easter at Callaway Gardens

April 1, 2018 (begins March 31)

82 miles SE

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

Writers’ Festival

April 5 - 6, 2018

7 miles east

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

Improvised comedy

April 5 - 7, 2018

1.2 miles SE

Village Theatre hosts seven local comedy groups, six national comedy groups, and three celebrity comedians during the Atlanta Improv Festival.

Pillow fight in the park

April 7, 2018

2.5 miles SE

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

Brookhaven beer festival

April 7, 2018 (3 p.m.)

9 miles NE

Sample 200 beers and wines at Brookhaven Beer Fest, which has live music and food vendors at Brookhaven Park for age 21+. [This event will be in April or June.]

Chicken wings festival

April 7, 2018

10 miles NE

Slingin’ Wings Festival promises restaurant food, a beer garden, and live local music at Brookhaven Park.

Music & beer festival

April 7, 2018

14.5 miles north

Enjoy local bands and local beer at Rhythm & Brews outdoors in Sandy Springs. Get free tickets for your children age 12 and younger, discounts under age 21.

Athens international fair

April 7, 2018

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 7 - 8, 2018

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 1451 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE. Repeats in Oct. Free.

Columbus air show

April 7 - 8, 2018

104 miles south

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

Vintage sale

April 8, 2018

1.5 miles NE

Indie Craft Experience Spring Market [formerly called Salvage] features 50 curated vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor, and home goods at Yaarab Shrine. Repeats in Sept.

Car-free Eastside

April 8, 2018

Located 1.7 mile south

Walk, run, or bike down the middle of the road when Atlanta Streets Alive comes to the Eastside, with entertainment and activities for all ages on a 4.4-mile stretch of street from downtown to Lake Claire (Dekalb Avenue & Decatur Street).

Yoga event

April 8, 2018

1.8 miles NE

Wanderlust 108 combines three events in one: a 5K run/walk, 75 minutes of yoga with DJ music, and 30 minutes of guided meditation, plus other activities at Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Sherlock Holmes convention

April 13 - 15, 2018

11.9 miles SW

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

Motorcycle race

April 13 - 15, 2018

51.7 miles NE

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

Film festival

April 13 - 22, 2018

Atlanta locations

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

Wine tasting

April 14, 2018

1.8 miles NE

Sample 100 wines with beer, cider, live music, and food for sale at Atlanta Spring Wine Festival at Historic Fourth Ward Park for age 21+. Repeats in Jan. & Aug.

Run and bar crawl

April 14, 2018

2.2 miles SE

Run Before You Crawl is a 5K run that begins and ends in Grant Park, followed by an optional 6-pub bar crawl.

Grilled Cheese Festival

April 14 - 15, 2018 (12 to 6 p.m.)

1.8 miles NE

Buy $1 to $3 samples from competing restaurants and vote for your favorites at Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival, with “food trucks, brews, live local music, and all kinds of contests and activities” at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark for age 21+. Held in April & October.

Acworth art festival

April 14 - 15, 2018

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 14 - 15, 2018

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.

Renaissance festival

April 14 - June 3, 2018 (weekends)

24 miles SW

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

Discount tickets $17.

Dunwoody festival

April 18 - 22, 2018

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.

Monthly family festival

April 19, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m.)

22 miles north

Alive in Roswell has live bands, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, and socializing in three locations connected by a free trolley (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.

Designer home

April 19 - May 13, 2018 (preview April 18)

9.1 miles north

Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens is a tour of a classic 1960s estate in Buckhead’s Kingswood neighborhood featuring the talents and creativity of 25 designers from the southeast. Also see related events. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Craft beer festival

April 20 - 22, 2018

0.3 miles west

Try 20 types of SweetWater beer, hear live music, browse an artists’ market, see comedy, and learn from craft-beer experts at SweetWater 420 Fest [sound] and 5K at Centennial Olympic Park. No pets.

Druid Hills celebration

April 20 - 22, 2018

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 20 - 22, 2018

13 miles north

JordanCon features guest authors, artists, vendors, and a costume contest at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia.

Art at the river

April 21, 2018

23.6 miles NE

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

Mini train ride

April 21, 2018 (1 to 4:30 p.m.)

32.2 miles east

Ride onboard a miniature train at North Georgia Live Steamers in Conyers for $2 cash. In 2018, it’s open April 21, May 19, June 23, Sept. 8, and Oct. 13.

Green expo

April 21 - 22, 2018

11 miles NW

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

Arab festival

April 21 - 22, 2018

13 miles NE

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

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza

April 21 - 22, 2018

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 Drive NE in Sandy Springs.

Kennesaw festival

April 21 - 22, 2018

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.

Design expo

April 24 - 26, 2018

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 26 - 28, 2018

22 miles NE

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

Athens Twilight

April 27 - 28, 2018

70 miles east

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

Inman Park festival

April 27 - 29, 2018

2 miles east

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

Family hoedown

April 28, 2018 (4 to 7 p.m.)

4.2 miles NE

A ticket to Rock Spring Hoedown includes a dinner buffet, live bluegrass music, dancing, and family activities (games, a barn bounce, a petting zoo, and storytelling) in Piedmont Heights.

Chicken festival

April 28, 2018

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 28, 2018

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.

Cajun festival

April 28 - 29, 2018

15 miles NW

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

Smyrna festival

April 28 - 29, 2018

15 miles NW

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

Motorama

April 28 - 29, 2018

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.

Taste of Marietta

April 29, 2018

19 miles NW

Taste of Marietta offers food from 75 restaurants, live music, and a kids’ alley in historic Marietta Square.

Aquarium Superhero Day

April 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles NW

One child age 12 or under in super-hero costume is free with each paid adult on Superhero Day at Georgia Aquarium.

Inman Park Restaurant Week

April 2018 (undated)

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 in Oct.

Short play festival

April 2018 (undated)

2.4 miles NW

See dozens of locally written short plays at The One Minute Play Festival at Actor’s Express.

Food trucks at the park

April 2018 (undated)

2.7 miles SE

Food-o-Rama is a food truck extravaganza with 35 trucks selling full portions and small plates, arts and crafts, and live music at Grant Park. Free entry.

Interesting short talks

April 2018 (undated)

2.8 miles north

Register to hear five arts and science experts speak for five minutes each at (En)Lightning Talks Atlanta at Woodruff Arts Center. Free.

Italian Film Festival

April 2018 (undated)

2.8 miles NE

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

Science fair for students

April 2018 (undated)

5.2 miles south

STEM Wars (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) has hands-on activities, robots and drones, presentations, a college and career fair, video game design, and app and website making at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. Free.

Kitchen tours

April 2018 (undated)

7 miles NE

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

Hip yard sale in Decatur

April 2018 (undated)

16.7 miles SE

Shop from 60 vendors of books, vintage clothing, art, food, and handmade goods at the Hipster Yard Sale ATL at Chapel Hill Park, rain or shine. Free.

Clarkston festival

April 2018 (undated)

19 miles NE

Clarkston Culture Fest includes a free 1-mile kids’ run at 10 a.m., a cultural village, local musicians, vendors, and a kids’ zone at 3666 Market Street in Clarkston.

British car show

April 2018 (undated)

23 miles north

The members of a dozen car clubs will park British cars under the shade trees of the Roswell City Hall parking area on Atlanta British Motorcar Day. Free.

Get painted as you run

April 2018 (undated)

29 miles south

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

Tractor festival

April 2018 (undated)

59 miles north

See new and antique tractors at Tractors on Track, which also includes an Easter egg hunt at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville.

Hip Athens festival

April 2018 (undated)

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.

Adult Egg Hunt

April 2018 (undated)

1 mile NE

Check in at Midtown Tavern, and then head to a park to win prizes on the Adult Egg Hunt from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by drink specials back at the tavern.

Easter brunch - Park Tavern

April 2018 (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 2018 (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.

Easter at governor’s mansion

April 2018 (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 glass blowing

April 2018 (undated)

7 miles east

Register for the $45 Glass Easter Egg Class to learn about glass blowing safety and then make an Easter egg-shaped paperweight with instructor guidance at Decatur Glassblowing, for age 10+ with a parent.

Easter brunch - St. Regis

April 2018 (undated)

9.1 miles north

Easter Brunch features amazing food and beverages, a jazz trio, an Easter bunny, and professional childcare providers to entertain young children with crafts and an Easter egg hunt at The St. Regis Atlanta.

Easter egg hunt in Roswell

April 2018 (undated)

20 miles north

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