Spring has returned and it’s time to head outside Metro Atlanta offers plenty of outdoor festival this of year. They offer places the whole family an enjoy the sun, check out artists, find food and plenty of entertainment.

Here are some upcoming festivals:

Chastain Park Spring Arts Festival – Saturday, May 9, through Sunday, May 10. Organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and with the help of a team of volunteer artists, this year’s festival will celebrate its 6 year anniversary. The event will feature approximately 185 vendors and artisans, plus a children’s area, food, beverages, and food trucks. Free. 4469 Stella Dr NW, Atlanta, Ga., 30327. www.chastainparkartsfestival.com

Dunwoody Art Festival – Saturday, May 9, through Sunday, May 10. This rain or shine event will take over Dunwoody Village Parkway to display an artist market, with a Kidz Zone, rides, arts and crafts, games, live music, and a food court. Free. 1449 Dunwoody Village Pkwy., Dunwoody, GA 30338. www.dunwoodyartfestival.splashfestivals.com

Food ‘n Fun Fest – Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year marks the third annual Food ‘n Fun Fest, a community event raising awareness, funds, and foods to fight hunger and homelessness. In addition to a quarter mile Hunger Awareness Walk, the event features sports, fitness games, carnival games, fire engines, crafts, bouncy houses, music, food and more. Free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring a can or more of food for the Community Assistance Center Food Pantry. Athletic Fields, North Springs High School, Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, GA 30350. www.ourcac.org

Oak Groove Festival – Sunday, May 17, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Discover DeKalb Convention and Visitors Bureau present the Oak Groove Festival, a neighborhood event that features live music, food, drinks, a kid’s area with bouncy houses and a climbing wall, and more. The festival will also host vendors selling art, jewelry, and household goods. New this year is the “Pit Stop” shady rest area sponsored by Audi Atlanta. Free and open to the public. Vista Grove Plaza Shopping Center parking lot, 2836 LaVista Rd, Decatur, GA 30033. Parking is free at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1722 Oak Grove Road, and shuttle service will be provided to and from the lot. www.oakgroove.org

Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival – Saturday, May 10, through Sunday, May 11. The 5th annual event will feature up to 185 fine painters, photographers, sculptors, metalworkers, glass blowers, leather workers, jewelers and more. In addition to selling their wares, the festival will feature artist demonstrations, live music, hands-on art activities, food, and beverages. Free and open to the public. Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Dr., Atlanta, GA 30327.


Inman Park Festival – Saturday, April 25 through Sunday, April 26. The 44th annual Inman Park Festival will again take over the streets of one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods. The event features vendors, food, three separate stages for live music, kids activities, a street parade, and artist market. Free and open to the public. Inman Park, Atlanta, GA 30307. www.inmanparkfestival.org

Red Stripe Candler Park Music & Food Festival – Friday, May 29 through Saturday, May 30 at Candler Park. This music and food festival offers dozens of Atlanta food trucks and festival food favorites, an artist and craft market, and a Saturday morning 5k run to benefit Atlanta Contact Point. Tickets range from free admission to a $40 VIP experience, see website for pricing details. 1500 McLendon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. www.candlerparkmusicfestival.com

Pick’n in Grant Park BBQ & Music Festival – Friday, May 8 through Saturday, May 9. The Grant Park Conservancy presents the first annual BBQ and music fest featuring a professional and amateur BBQ competition, live local music, vendor street market, and kid friendly Family Fun Zone. Free to attend, cost for tastings TBD. Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312. www.grantparkbbq.org

East Atlanta Craft Beer Festival – Saturday, May 16, 12 p.m. through 5 p.m. at Brownwood Park. This entirely volunteer-run craft beer event will feature more than 230 amazing beers, a shady park setting, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the East Atlanta Foundation nonprofit organization. VIP advance tickets are $75 each, general admission advance tickets are $40 each, VIP day-of tickets are $85 each and general admission day-of tickets are $50 each. Brownwood Park in East Atlanta, 1247 Portland Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. www.eastatlantabeerfest.com

Isadora Pennington

Isadora Pennington is a freelance writer and photographer based in Atlanta. She is the editor of Sketchbook by Rough Draft, a weekly Arts newsletter.

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