Festival on Ponce

The month of April is teeming with events, whether you love arts and crafts or food and music. Clear out your weekend calendar, put on some comfortable shoes and explore Intown’s neighborhood festivals.

Festival on Ponce
The spring version of the festival will be held April 2 – 13 in Olmsted Linear Park along Ponce de Leon Avenue. Visitors will enjoy fine art and crafts, folk and “outsider art” from more than 125 artisans, a children’s area, live acoustic music and a line-up of some of Intown’s favorite food trucks. For a full list of artists and events, visit festivalonponce.com.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival
The 80th annual event will take place April 8 -10 in Piedmont Park. Hundreds of artisans will be on hand along with live music, a kid’s village, food and more. The Backyard Barbecue & Brews will be Saturday and Sunday featuring ‘que, stew and beer from local restaurants and vendors. Also returning this year is the International Village with cultural performances from around the globe. The annual Disc Dogs Southern Nationals, a 5K Race, Eco-Village and the Atlanta High School Art exhibition will also be part of the festival. For full details on all the weekend’s activities, visit dogwood.org.

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza
The Artsapalooza will be held April 16 – 17 along Lake Forest Drive between Mount Vernon Highway and Hammond Drive. The event will include a children’s play area, local musicians, interactive art stations, plus up to 150 arts and crafts participants in every discipline. Visit sandyspringsartsapalooza.com for more information.

Ludacris performs at the Sweetwater 420 Festival.

Sweetwater 420 Festival
The annual music and beer festival returns to Downtown’s Centennial Olympic Park on April 22 – 24. This year’s music line-up includes Kid Rock, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Bastille, Ludacris, Disco Biscuits, Cypress Hill, The Roots, AWOL Nation and many more. The 420 Disco line-up includes Paper Diamond, Emancipator and Minnesota, while Judah Friedlander will headline the comedy stage. For full details about the weekend and to buy VIP tickets, visit sweetwater420fest.com.

Atlanta Arab Festival
The 11th annual celebration of Arab culture will be held April 23 – 24 at the Alif Institute, 3288 Marjan Drive. There will be music, food, art and more. More details at alifinstitute.org.

Inman Park Festival
The 45th annual Inman Park Festival is set for April 30 – May 1 with more than 150 fine artists lining the tree-shaded streets of the neighborhood. The centerpiece of the festival is the annual parade – floats, bands, local nonprofits and residents – which steps off at 2 p.m. (rain or shine) on Saturday and begins at Edgewood and Euclid and runs to Austin Avenue. There will also be two days of live music on three stages, a Kidzone at Springvale Park, a dance festival at the Trolley Barn and food of all kinds from local restaurants. The annual Tour of Homes will also take place that weekend, starting on Friday. Parking for the festival will be very limited, so visitors are strongly encouraged to take Marta to the Inman Park station, bike, walk or maybe take Uber or Lyft. For more, visit inmanparkfestival.org.

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.