If you didn’t get your fill of arts and crafts festivals in April, don’t worry – there are plenty more happening around Intown. From Sweet Auburn to Buckhead and Decatur to Kirkwood, keep your weekend’s open all month long.

Sweet Auburn Springfest
The 31st annual festival will be held May 8-10 along Downtown’s historic Auburn Avenue, featuring three days of food, entertainment and information. Details were still be worked out at press time, but expect a kids’ fun zone, international food court, zip line and plenty of live music. Visit sweetauburn.com for more information.

Chastain Park Arts Festival
The festival formerly known as the Buckhead Arts & Crafts Festival has transformed into a spring edition of the popular November event on May 9-10. There will be 185 artists representing all disciplines, a children’s play area and local food vendors. There will also be live acoustic music from Dara Niemi, Courtney Dickson, Larry Griffith, Sarah Miles, The First Stone, Adam Clifford and more. For more, visit chastainparkartsfestival.com.

Kirkwood Spring Fling
The 13th annual Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes is set for May 16 at Bessie Branham Park. The day begins at 8 a.m. with a 5K road race along Hosea Williams Drive, while the artist market will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be live music, a kids’ area, food from local vendors and a Barbecue Cookoff are also on tap. On May 16-17 is the Kirkwood Tour of Homes, featuring classic Victorian cottages to modern lofts and everything in between. Tickets for the home tour are $20 and available online. Admission to the festival is free, while proceeds from the home tour benefit the Kirkwood Neighbors Organization. For more, visit kirkwoodfling.com.

Decatur Arts Festival
The 27th annual festival will be held Memorial Day weekend in and around downtown Decatur. The event kicks off May 22 with an ArtWalk around Decatur and the Oakhurst neighborhood to participating galleries and businesses. The giant artist market downtown will be open May 23-24 featuring vendors from all over the region. There will also be live music, dance, performing arts, literary events, a kid’s area, food and much more. See the full schedule at decaturartsfestival.com.

Virginia-Highland Summerfest
Looking ahead, the 32nd annual Summerfest will be held June 6-7 on Virginia Avenue between North Highland and Park Drive. There will be arts, crafts, a 5K road race, children’s area and live music. For more, visit vahi.org/summerfest.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

One reply on “May Festival Guide: Arts and crafts abound around Intown”

  1. I have tried to submit the Midtown Free Garden Tour before and may have done it wrong, We would appreciate it if you would help us publicize it, we would like the city to come over to midtown and stroll through our gardens, no cost just a map and a walk.

    FYI, George and Elizabeth Noe’s garden will be on the tour and I believe that is Colin Campbell’s old house.
    Please feel free to call me with any questions. The map will be on line on Thursday, check out our facebook page at Midtown Gardens for a sneak peak of a few of the yards that will be on the stroll.

    Kathleen Dumitrescu

    Midtown’s 2nd Annual Open Garden Stroll
    Sunday May 17, 2015
    From 1-5, FREE
    Fountains, pools, and hidden terraces are open for view. Come and see Midtown’s tree houses, play spaces, and front yard vegetable plantations. Our gardens have underground cisterns, wells, rain barrels and compost heaps, all right in the center of the city. Come out to Midtown, Atlanta’s Garden District this May 17th. No tickets, no fees, just city gardens open for the afternoon. Come and visit.
    Details https://www.facebook.com/MidtownGardenTour
    and at: http://www.midtownatlanta.org/

    36 gardens are open, they will be on the maps and have signs posted.
    On the day of the Stroll find maps with garden descriptions online, or the headquarters for the day: 795 Myrtle Street NE. Trees Atlanta will be there as well.
    Come Spend a Sunday Afternoon in Midtown, Atlanta’s Garden District.
    Midtown Open Garden Stroll Sponsored by:
    Shep’s Midtown Ace
    860 Juniper St NE
    Atlanta, GA 30305
    (404) 228-2291

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