Atlanta is blooming with festival fun this weekend. Take your pick between the Dogwood Festival and the Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival, and be sure to check out the opening weekend of the Renaissance Fair in Fairburn. Keep reading for details on these events, and more, below.

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Family Friday at Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Family Friday at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival features special family-oriented entertainment, and kids and adults can both have fun with unlimited ride wristband good for all rides and inflatables on Friday from 2-9 p.m and a 20% discount with select food and beverage vendors. Fri. Event details. 

Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat at Center for Puppetry Arts
“It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how!” says the Cat in the tall red and white hat. All of your favorite moments from the classic Dr. Seuss tale come to life on stage, with delightful rhymes and adventures that even your tiny tots with enjoy. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 


Toddler Jam at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Don’t miss the Atlanta History Center’s annual day of sheep shearing, barnyard animal interactions, open-hearth cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and live music. Kids will love the crafts, including spinning and weaving wool, candle making, and basket weaving. Fri. Event details. 


Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival
Restaurants from all over Atlanta will be serving up bites of melty, cheesy, goodness over the course of two days for your tasting pleasure, along with frosty brews, live local music, and all kinds of contests and activities to keep you entertained throughout the day. All ages are welcome to atted on Sunday, April 15th. For the all-ages day, kids 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult. Everyone else will need to purchase a ticket in order to be admitted. Sun. Event details.

Druid Hills

Engineering Day at Fernbank
Get in gear to celebrate all things innovative! Meet the people who build bridges, design dams, create computer systems and make our world more functional. Visitors can also enjoy engineering-themed crafts, games and demonstrations. Sat. Event details. 

East Atlanta

Free Skateboarding Classes
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. Confirm class schedule prior to arriving. Sat. Event details. 


Family Night Hike at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Spring is one of the best times of year to explore nature at night. Head to the CNC to listen for the sounds of winter and gaze up at the stars, while enjoying the crisp air of the season. Take a journey with naturalists along the river boardwalk or venture into the forest on your hike. A campfire will be waiting for you as you wrap up the evening. Registration required online or 770-992-2055 x237. Sat. Event details. 


The Georgia Renaissance Festival Opening Weekend
Ten stages provide a continuous schedule of music, comedy, juggling, and amazing feats of skill, and roaming performers will keep the kiddos entertained all day long. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 

What are your picks for the weekend ahead? Let us know in the comments below.

—Shelley Massey