Be sure to save some time between short-sheeting your kiddos cribs and freezing their morning cereal to check out this weekend’s springtime festivals, hit a giant pillow fight in Grant Park, and get folksy at a farmer’s fair in Roswell. Read on for our favorite bets fun fun. We guarantee our picks to be more fun than a weekend of whoopee cushion humor.


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Grant Park

International Pillow Fight Day at Grant Park
Bring your best friends or your worst enemies to this annual event in Grant Park for an epic all-ages pillow fight in honor of International Pillow Fight Day. Sat. Event details.

Food-O-Rama
Don’t miss an epic food truck festival—Food-O-Rama—in Grant Park, featuring 35 of the Southeast’s top-rated food trucks, a music stage, local brews, a makers’ market featuring the works of more than 20 local artists, a kids’ zone and more. The event will be the only food truck festival with no entry fee in Atlanta city limits this year. In order to allow people to try a variety of dishes, trucks will serve half-portions at half the price. Sat. Event details.

Midtown

The Dragon King at Center for Puppetry Arts
Watch the tale of one fearless Grandmother who travels to the bottom of the sea to ask the Dragon King why he is withholding the rain from her village, which needs it desperately to survive. The Dragon King is a tale of love and courage, and a family favorite. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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Cinderella and Fella at The Alliance Theatre
This rendition of the Cinderella story is more high-tops than glass slipper, and is fueled by the magic of lightning bugs, singing cicadas, and oozing mud. The young prince, who was raised by an overbearing parent, searches the kingdom for a best friend ready for adventure. Cinderella, who has spent countless days pulling her ungrateful stepmother around in her tiny house, fits the bill. Filled with humor and wonder, this is a world-premiere adaptation by Atlanta’s own Janece Shaffer with music by Renee Clark. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Downtown

Final Weekend of The Atlanta Fair at Turner Field
The rides are in gear and there’s plenty of cheer; get ready, Atlanta- the fair is near! Wrapping up another season, the Atlanta Fair at Turner Field is without a doubt the most reasonably priced fair in the land (admission ranges from $.50 on select dates to $3). Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Buckhead

Easter Egg Hunt at The Governor’s Mansion
Reserve your spot at the annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by First Lady Sandra Deal, complete with hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny, and an appearance by the Governor. Email mansionevents@georgia.gov beginning March 20 for this annual elegant affair. Sat. Event details.

Druid Hills

Spring Festival on Ponce
The Festival on Ponce is an arts and crafts festival in the historic Olmsted Linear Park with over 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk and “outsider art,” a children’s games area and local food and beverage. Sat. Event details.

East Atlanta

Free Skateboarding Classes on the BeltLine
Head to the BeltLine for a one-hour skateboarding class sponsored by Coca-Cola and led by expert instructors. The beginner class will walk you through topics such as learning to balance, the stance, and your first turns. The intermediate class will cover topics such as how to turn, how to drop in, and basic tricks. Sat. Event details.

Roswell

Back to Your Roots Farm Fair at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Get back to the earth at the CNC this Sunday! Hang out with farm animals from Farmer Sue’s Art Barn, enjoy live music from Bach to Rock, explore the Unity Garden, and get hands-on with activities suitable for the entire family. Littles will love the face painting, cow milking demonstrations, and crafts. Sun. Event details.

Winder

18th Century Colonial Faire
Learn from a little living history at the 8th Annual 19th Century Colonial Market Faire in Winder, complete with re-enactors, military drills, children’s activities, trading posts, Native American warriors, and frontier camps. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

What’s up your sleeve this first weekend in April? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey