Florence + The Machine headline the Shaky Knees Festival.
Florence + The Machine headline the Shaky Knees Festival.

Sweet Auburn Springfest
The 32nd annual festival will be held May 6-8 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
There will be 185 artists representing all disciplines, a children’s play area, local food vendors and live music at this year’s event May 7-8. For more, visit chastainparkartsfestival.com.

Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats Festivals
These two separate music festivals will be bringing some of the biggest names in rock/alternative and dance music to Atlanta. Shaky Knees is May 13-15 at Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown and the lineup includes Florence + The Machine, My Morning Jacket, Jane’s Addiction, The 1975, Walk the Moon, The Decemberists and many more. See the full roster and buy tickets at shakykneesfestival.com. Shaky Beats is May 20-22 at Centennial Park featuring Major Lazer, Duke Dumont, AlunaGeorge, Odesza, Years & Years and Big Gigantic among others. Tickets and information at shakybeatsfestival.com.

Kirkwood Spring Fling
The 14th annual Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes is set for May 14 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. The Kirkwood Tour of Homes (which is also held Sunday, May 17) offers looks inside classic and funky-chic homes. 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.

Gregory Porter is on the main stage at the Atlanta Jazz Festival over Memorial Day weekend.

Decatur Arts Festival
The 28th annual festival will be held Memorial Day weekend in and around downtown Decatur. The event kicks off May 27 with an ArtWalk around Decatur and the Oakhurst neighborhood to participating galleries and businesses. The giant artist market downtown will be open May 28-29 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.

Atlanta Jazz Festival
The lineup for the 39th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival on Memorial Day Weekend in Piedmont Park includes Gregory Porter, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Eliane Elias among many others. The free festival takes place May 27-29. For more information, visit atlantafestivals.com.


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.