Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival – Alpharetta, GA ALPHARETTA Alpharetta Arts StreetFest - May Dive into a world of culture! 90+ talented artists from all over the country gather for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy original artwork, whimsical crafts, local cuisine, kids activities and music. 678.297.0102; www.awesomealpharetta.com Taste of Alpharetta - May Taste specialties from more than 50+ local restaurants and eateries. Expect cooking demonstrations, chef competitions, entertainment and kids’ activities! A Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event and Festival for 2017! 678.297.0102; www.awesomealpharetta.com Alpharetta Brew Moon Fests - Summer and Fall Downtown comes alive with a live band on stage, local food, craft brews and libations. Bring your chairs or purchase tables near the stage for an evening filled with music and dancing in the street. 678.297.0102; www.awesomealpharetta.com Old Soldiers Day Parade and Race - August For over 50 years, the city has honored veterans with a parade of floats, marching bands, military units, classic cars and clowns following an 8k road race. Free hotdogs and activities at parade finish. 678.297.0102; www.awesomealpharetta.com European Market - September Feel like you’re a world away at this two-day market. Find vintage home furnishings and decor, works of art, handcrafted jewelry, fashionable clothing, artisan foods and unique treasures. 678.297.0102; www.awesomealpharetta.com Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival - October Music will flow through the streets as 20+ talented songwriters perform their own songs with soulful melodies, magnificent vocals and expressive lyrics while interacting with the audience. 678.297.0102; www.awesomealpharetta.com ATL AIRPORT DISTRICT Taste of East Point - Spring Think ‘local’ at this spring-time event that showcases the food, art and music created in the South Metro area. Enjoy local artists, eclectic bands and samplings of cuisine. www.downtowneastpoint.com ATL Airport District Restaurant Week - March Join us every March and get to know some of College Park, East Point, & Union City’s fabulous dining destinations that are just minutes from downtown Atlanta! During the District’s Restaurant Week, both locals and visitors can enjoy signature $9, $19 or $29 prix fixe menus and fantastic discounts from the delicious and diverse restaurants in the ATL Airport District. www.atldistrict.com Sickle Cell Road Race/Walk - April Don’t miss the fun. Sign up as a team representing your club, work, church, family or friends. Show your colors with t-shirts, caps, and shorts. Walk or run at your own pace and help us “break the sickle cycle.” All ages welcome. www.sicklecellga.org/7k-road-race4k-walk Salute to the Red, White & Blue Fourth of July Hometown Celebration - July Join us for live entertainment, midway rides & games, food, face painting and more! Fireworks 9:30pm-ish. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and have a great time with family & friends all day! www.atldistrict.com/events Destination East Point - October This annual fall celebration begins with a fun-for-all-ages carnival throughout the week with the main event on Saturday in the ‘Commons’ featuring vendors artists, contests, kids’ zone, costumed pup parade and more! www.downtowneastpoint.com/destinationeastpoint Union City Music & Arts Fest - October Watch downtown Union City transform into a wonderful outdoor festival as local vendors showcase their creations. This free family-friendly festival features a vast selection of food, live music, and entertainment. www.unioncityga.org Farmers Market & Food Truck Court - Year-round Eating well is the point at the East Point Farmers Market, held every Wednesday from 4-7pm in the ‘Commons.’ Walk next door to the variety of delicious choices available from some of the most popular food trucks in the Atlanta Metro area. www.atldistrict.com ATLANTA Annual Atlanta Festivals Don’t miss planning a trip to visit Atlanta’s most iconic and longest-running festivals. The Atlanta Film Festival (March), Atlanta Dogwood Festival (April), Atlanta Jazz Festival (May), Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (June), National Black Arts Festival (July), Bronze Lens Film Festival (August), and Taste of Atlanta are among the best of in-andoutdoor cultural and culinary experiences in the southeast. 404.521.6600; www.atlanta.net/festivals Movie, Neighborhood Tours and More - Year Round Atlanta Movie Tours offer fans the chance to trace the footsteps of their favorite TV and movie characters via 3-hour tours, all guided by extras and actors. 855.255.3456; www.atlantamovietours.com. Get a first look at Atlanta from the comfort of an open-air smart car (or even a Segway) as your ATL-Cruzers tour guide shows you the ins and outs of Atlanta and its neighborhoods. 404.492.7009; www.atlcruzers.com CLAYTON COUNTY Jazz Under the Stars - May Listen to live jazz in Jonesboro as part of Atlanta’s 31 Days of Jazz Festival. 770.478.3800; www.jonesboroga.com 4th of July “Beach” Party - July Celebrate summer with a splash at Clayton County Parks & Recreation’s 4th of July “Beach” Party! Enjoy live entertainment and fireworks while swimming in a spring-fed, six-acre lake including sandy beach, adventure kiddie pool and water slides. 770.477.3766; www.claytonparks.com Victorian Mourning Tours - August Observe an annual rite as Historical Jonesboro explores the customs and mourning rituals of the 1800s, including the origins of black mourning clothes as well as the etiquette of sending flowers to a deceased’s family. 770.473.0197; www.historicaljonesboro.org COBB COUNTY Big Shanty Festival - Third weekend in April Downtown Kennesaw with more than 250 arts and craft booths, 30 food booths, two entertainment stages, Civil War Encampment and much more. One of the largest festivals in North Georgia. 770.424.8274; www.kennesaw-ga.gov North GA State Fair at Jim R. Miller Park - Mid September - Early October Features a carnival midway, concerts, competition and food vendors. The largest fair in Metro Atlanta. www.northgeorgiastatefair.com Fall Jonquil Festival - October Held on The Village Green in downtown Smyrna, the Fall Jonquil Festival has a history of more than 20 years and features handmade arts & crafts booths, local non-profit booths, puppet shows, live music, festival cuisine and all types of children’s activities. 678.631.5401; www.smyrnavinings.com Taste of Acworth - October More than 20,000 visitors taste their way through the Historic District in downtown Acworth during the Annual Taste of Acworth. Booths from local restaurants and businesses whip up their signature dishes while live music from local talent entertains. 770.974.8813; www.acworthtourism.org DEKALB COUNTY Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival - March Attracting over 15,000 attendees, activities during the 2-day festival include a Pet Costume Contest and Pet Parade, Children’s Village, Classic Car Show, 5K Race + 1K Walk, Arts & Crafts Marketplace, Food Trucks, Musical Performances and more! 866.633.5252 Tucker Day - May A tradition of community that happens every year in early spring. Main Street Tucker is the home of live entertainment on multiple stages, festival food, arts & crafts and family friendly events throughout the day. 866.633.5252 Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park - September More than 400 artists and crafters from 38 States and two countries display their works for your appreciation and purchase. Daily live entertainment, Children’s Corner activities, clogging and crafter demonstrations. 770.498.5690; www.stonemountainpark.com Taste of Chamblee - October Annual festival held in late fall in Downtown Chamblee. The festival celebrates the diverse restaurant community in the surrounding areas. In addition to amazing food, the event features live music and a family friendly kid zone. 866.633.5252 DOUGLASVILLE Ultimate Block Party & Movie - April Don’t miss this FREE family fun event featuring live music, food trucks, vendors, inflatables for the kiddos, and much more! Once the sun goes down, enjoy a movie under the stars! www.facebook.com/mainstreetdouglasville Taste of Douglasville - May The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County’s largest event in Downtown Douglasville – sample area restaurant offerings, enjoy local performers, delight in the unique wares of local artists and crafters, get information from civic and service businesses to improve your life and dive into a lively kids activity area. 770.949.2787; www.artsdouglas.org Food Truck Mondays - June Take a break from your normal dinner time routine and join us in downtown Douglasville for Food Truck Mondays! www.facebook.com/mainstreetdouglasville Hydrangea Festival - June Spend the weekend at the artists market, the Standard Flower Show, tours of private gardens, wheelbarrow miniature gardens, scarecrow displays, butterfly gardens, flower and farmers market and more! www.hydrangeafest.org Wednesday Wind Down - June - July Bring your lawn chair and relax to smooth jazz, R&B and blues music performed live Wednesdays in June and July. The series will conclude with an “End of Summer Concert.” www.douglasvillega.gov Gravity Games, Chili Cook-off and the City of Douglasville Moonlight Run - October Enjoy a weekend packed with festivities for the family! The Georgia Gravity Games is a gravityonly car race competition. Then the family can enjoy festivities at the Chili Cook-off which is held in conjunction with the Rogue Runners Moonlight Run. www.douglasvillega.gov Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting - December Get in the spirit with an evening of holiday magic! The annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting event includes a Santa led parade, concert & tree lighting. This event is free and open to the public. www.facebook.com/mainstreetdouglasville DUNWOODY Lemonade Days - April One of Dunwoody’s most cherished community festivals where attendees enjoy a carnival atmosphere, arts, activities, and an abundance of tasty food. Location: Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road. www.dunwoodylemonadedays.org Dunwoody Art Festival - May A mother’s day tradition with America’s top artists showcasing artistic masterpieces of all shapes and sizes. Attendees also enjoy a Kidz Zone, live entertainment and delicious food. Location: Chamblee Dunwoody Road across from Dunwoody Village. www.dunwoodyartfestival.splashfestivals.com Tap Into Georgia Beer Festival - May Exclusively featuring over 25 Georgia-based breweries proudly showcasing two or more of their signature beers. Tickets guarantee two tastings at each featured brewery, live entertainment, a souvenir glass, access to on-site eateries, and other fun activities. Location: Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road. www.cvbdunwoody.com/events Butterfly Festival - August Celebrate the magic of summer and one of nature’s more beautiful creatures with a live butterfly release, Birds of Prey show, wildlife encounters, games, crafts, food and two enormous tents filled with hundreds of butterflies. Location: Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive. www.dunwoodynature.org 4th of July Parade - July Independence Day in Dunwoody illustrates true patriotic pride as thousands attend the annual 4th of July Extravaganza. Enjoy food, entertainment, festivities and fun for all. Parade Location: Starting at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry. www.dunwoodyga.org/dunwoody-4th-of-july-parade Caffeine and Octane Car Show - First Sunday, Monthly Car enthusiasts from everywhere assemble at Perimeter Mall every first Sunday of the month for this family-friendly automotive exhibit which draws over 2,500 vintage, muscle, high performance, and exotic cars while also attracting over 10,000 spectators. Location: Perimeter Mall Parking Lot, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road. www.caffeineandoctane.com GWINNETT COUNTY Suwanee Beer Fest - March Enjoy a great afternoon of over 120 craft beers, live music and great food at beautiful Town Center Park in the heart of Suwanee. Ages 21+ to drink and attend. www.suwaneebeerfest.com Mitsubishi Electric Classic - April The Mitsubishi Electric Classic, a PGA TOUR Champions Tour event, occurs each April. This 54-hole stroke play golf tournament features numerous Champions Tour professionals competing for a $1.8 million purse at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth. 770.232.7872; www.mitsubishielectricclassic.com Gwinnett Restaurant Week - July Choose your favorite upscale restaurant in Gwinnett or discover a new eatery during this prix fixe dining promotion. 770.623.3600; www.gwinnettrestaurantweek.com Rock’n Ribville - September Chow down on some of the best BBQ in Georgia while you listen to music and shop with local craft vendors! This highly-attended annual foodie event takes place on the historic square in Lawrenceville. 678.226.2639; www.rocknribville.com Norcross Art Splash - October Whimsical and wildly colorful artisans from across the country exhibit their imaginative artwork amidst the enchanting shops, eateries and boutiques in the City of Norcross. www.norcrossartfest.splashfestivals.com HENRY COUNTY Yellow Pollen Street Festival - 3rd Saturday in March Held on Main Street in the heart of downtown Hampton, the Yellow Pollen Street Festival has become the premier early spring event for artisans and craftsmen. What says early spring in Georgia more than yellow pine pollen? 770.946.4306; hamptonga.gov Taste of Henry - 3rd Friday of April Taste of Henry showcases over 30 Henry County restaurants with dishes that are sure to satisfy every palate. The taste-size portions let you sample a variety of different flavors and restaurants. 678.432.1630; www.tasteofhenry.org Fear the Woods - Weekends in October Fear the Woods at Yule Forest, is a haunted attraction featuring a Haunted House, Terror Transport, Haunted Trail, and the newest feature, Pandemic, a zombie frontline combative laser-tag feature. 770.954.9356; www.fearthewoods.com Bridgefest - September The City of Stockbridge’s annual arts and crafts festival includes Hispanifest with live entertainment from Latin American and Spanish speaking countries. Enjoy a little cultural immersion, arts and crafts, food and a children’s area. 678.833.3333; www.cityofstockbridge.com JOHNS CREEK SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Championship - April Watch the largest collegiate lacrosse conference in the United States compete! Any lacrosse player, parent, or sports enthusiast will be caught up in the action at the annual (SELC) Championships. selctournament.com Johns Creek Restaurant Week - March & October Take your taste buds on a trip around the world while staying right in the metro! Each spring and fall, Johns Creek restaurants roll-out the red carpet by offering special discounts and menus featuring their signature dishes. johnscreekcvb.com Johns Creek Arts Festival - October Immerse yourself in colorful displays of pottery, jewelry, yard-art and award-winning surprises from more than 100 vendors. Live music performances fill the air throughout this two-day event, which also includes a variety of local food vendors to sip and sample from. johnscreekcvb.com Spooky Mill - October Every Halloween weekend, Autrey Mill Nature Preserve transforms into Spooky Mill - a family-friendly evening of spook-facular fun, including Trick-or-Treating in the Heritage Village, a haunted house, ghostly games and more! autreymill.org Johns Creek Arts Center Exhibits - Year Round The Johns Creek Arts Center kicks-off every new exhibit with an opening reception where you can mix and mingle with the artists while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and live music. This event is free an open to the public. johnscreekarts.org MARIETTA Taste of Marietta - Last Sunday in April Marietta’s fabulous food festival, which features tastes from over 70 restaurants and entertainment throughout the day. 770.429.1115; www.tasteofmarietta.com Art in the Park - Labor Day Weekend Juried fine-art festival held in the beautiful Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square. 770.429.1115; www.artparkmarietta.com Marietta First Friday Art Walk - First Friday of the month, April-October This free, fun, self-guided walking tour through galleries, shops & restaurants, all featuring art and artists, is the perfect way to spend an evening exploring Marietta’s eclectic art scene. 770.429.1115; www.artwalkmarietta.com Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour - First Weekend in December This charming historic home tour features private historic houses and public buildings and has been named a Top 100 Event in North America and a Top Twenty Event in the South. 770.429.1115; www.mariettapilgrimage.com PEACHTREE CITY Peachtree City Wine Fest - March Enjoy hosted wine tastings from all around the world. www.visitpeachtreecity.com 4th of July Golf Cart Parade & Fireworks Celebration - July 4 Thousands of red, white and blue golf carts line up for the annual 4th of July parade followed that evening by an unforgettable fireworks display over Lake Peachtree. 678.216.0282; www.visitpeachtreecity.com International Festival and Dragon Boat Races - September Each September, this fun festival combines international culture, food, and dance along with dragon boat races! Compete as a team in the races, or just enjoy the festival and entertainment. 678.216.0282; www.ptcdragonboats.org Shakerag Arts & Crafts Festival - September Located in a lovely wooded setting every September is the Shakerag Arts and Crafts Festival. This festival features a tremendous array of hand-crafted items, kids activities, music, food and family fun! www.peachtree-city.org Hops & Props Beer Festival - first Saturday in November This festival brings several local Georgia brews under one roof. The WWII Dixie Wing Aircraft museum is the perfect setting to taste beer, listen to live music, and play cornhole. www.visitpeachtreecity.com Hometown Holiday - first Saturday in December Enjoy holiday music, crafts, meet Santa, and see the lighting of the Great Tree! All activities take place at City Hall Plaza. www.peachtree-city.org ROSWELL Alive in Roswell A monthly family-friendly FREE festival held concurrently at Historic Canton Street and Historic Roswell Square every 3rd Thursday evening (5:00-9:00 pm) from April through October. Live bands, food trucks, kids games, face painting, balloons, etc. 800.776.7935; www.visitroswellga.com Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony & Picnic - Memorial Day Georgia’s largest Memorial Day Celebration, held on the grounds of Roswell City Hall. Military displays, Military Ceremony, concert on the lawn follows the ceremony. 800.776.7935; www.roswellmemorialday.com Roswell Arts Festival - 3rd weekend in September True Community Tradition for residents and visitors when artists from throughout the southeastern U.S. offer their creations for show and sale; Historic Town Square. 800.776.7935; www.roswellartsfestival.com Christmas In Roswell - November - December Enjoy Roswell during the holiday season as history comes alive, tours are abundant, and we festively celebrate our art and culture. 800.776.7935; www.visitroswellga.com ArtAround Roswell Roswell Arts Fund, the City of Roswell, and ArtAround Roswell proudly host ten established works of art on loan to the city by their artists. The sculptures are on display in select Roswell parks with a variety of special events and celebrations complimenting them throughout the year. 800.776.7935; www.artaroundroswell.com SANDY SPRINGS Food That Rocks - May For one night only, more than 20 of the best local restaurants rock the big tents in the heart of Sandy Springs. This all-inclusive event features food, wine, beer and cocktails, local musicians and benefits Sandy Springs-based charities. www.foodthatrocks.org Sandy Springs Lantern Parade - June Participants “Take It To the River” for an illuminated night of fun at this parade of colorful lanterns that ends at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. www.visitsandysprings.org Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebration - July Fireworks illuminate the skies above the King and Queen buildings in Sandy Springs at this annual event in celebration of our nation’s independence. www.visitsandysprings.org Sandy Springs Festival - September A two-day mega annual event attracting more than 20,000 people. Highlights include a children’s park, fast-paced Doug Kessler Lightning 10K, 5K, food courts, heritage crafters, juried and judged artist’s market. 404.851.9111; www.sandyspringsfestival.com The Elegant Elf Marketplace - November Featuring fine artisan-crafted clothes, crafts, holiday décor, foods and other gift items. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your holiday shopping done under one festive roof. www.sandyspringssociety.org
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