You’ve survived a week of Spring Break and now it’s time to round third base and slide into summer. Before you set your sights on pool openings, camping trips, and summer camps, however, be sure to slow down and enjoy the final few weeks of Atlanta’s mild temperatures and springtime events. This weekend we have everything from the opening of the Georgia Renaissance Festival to a Symphony Safari with the ASO, and plenty of Main Street festivals within 30 minutes of downtown. Go on. Roll down your windows and let the breeze ruffle your hair. There’s plenty of spring left to enjoy!

Ga Renaissance Festival


Rock the Renaissance Festival 
The Georgia Renaissance Festival is an art and entertainment festival held each spring combining outdoor theater, circus-style entertainment, and an arts and craft marketplace, all set inside a recreated 16th-Century European village. Held at Georgia Renaissance Festival, 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Rd. Adults $19, Kids 6 & up $8, Kids 5 & under free. Sat. and Sun. from Apr. 18 through Jun. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Create Nigerian Painted Screens
Create Nigerian Mambila painted screens, called baltu, using natural fibers and pigments like those used in the baltu featured in the exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts. Held at Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Cir. NE. $15/ members, $20/ non-members. Sun. from 2 to 4 p.m. Ages 6-8. Event details.


Party in the Streets at Streetfest
Streetfest features national artists, as well as live jazz and acoustical music, cultural arts performances, children’s activities (including a pottery wheel demonstration, balloon art, face painting, and free crafts), and festival cuisine. Held in Downtown Alpharetta at Milton Ave. and Main St. Free. Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Learn about Ladybugs
They’re everywhere! In the bushes, on the ground, in our houses… The ladybugs are here! Head to the Botanical Garden to learn about these cute critters, and about their role in the garden. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE. $6/child plus Garden admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child 3-12, free for kids under 3). Sat. from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Go on a Symphony Safari with ASO
The kids will roar with delight at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s final Family Concert, Symphony Safari. Enjoy music inspired by the animal kingdom, including Flight of the Bumblebee, Carnival of the Animals, and Peter and the Wolf. Held at Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Tickets start at $20/ person. Sat. at 11 a.m. All ages. Event details.


Learn about Earth Day at Children’s Museum
Join the Can Man for story time, create green crafts, and celebrate Mother Earth in honor of Earth Day. Held at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, NW. $12.75/ person. Sat. at 12 & 3 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Hop to the Granite Grasshopper Festival 
Head to Stone Mountain for this 5K, music, and arts and crafts festival in Stone Mountain Village. Held at Stone Mountain Village, 875 Main St. Free. Sat. all day. All ages. Event details.


See Seussical the Musical
Watch as your favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination explore the silly, swirly world of the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus. Held at Mabel House Barnes Amphitheater, 5239 Floyd Rd. $8 for adults 13 & up, kids 12 & under are free. Fri. at 7 p.m., Sat. at 2 and 7 p.m., Sun. at 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

West End

Rock Out at the Wren’s Nest
Head to the Historic West End for an eight-stage music festival with over 50 performances, including a grand finale by local middle and high schools. Held at The Wren’s Nest, 1050 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. SW. Free. Sun. from 2-7 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Go to the Big Shanty Festival 
Don’t miss downtown Kennesaw’s family-friendly Big Shanty Festival, including over 200 homemade craft booths, an enormous kids zone with inflatables, puppet shows, and demonstrations by a master chainsaw artist.  Held in downtown Kennesaw on both sides of Main St. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. from 12-5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

What did we miss? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey

Photo: Georgia Renaissance Festival