It’s festival season in Atlanta, and this weekend’s line-up of fun spring festivals—from eclectic neighborhood flings to city-wide celebrations—is going to keep you busy. Read on for the details on our favorite ways to play.

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Lemonade Days
Featuring more than 30 full-scale carnival rides (wristbands for unlimited rides are available), more than 20 fabulous food and beverage vendors, a 5K Run, three days of center stage performances and the popular Dunwoody Idol contest, Lemonade Days is a Dunwoody Signature Event that has become a highlight of the city’s calendar and its most popular family event of the year. Fri.-SatEvent details.


Garden Faire at Bulloch Hall
Once again, the North Fulton Master Gardeners, in partership with Historic Bulloch Hall and the 2019 Roswell Azalea Festival, will present their annual Garden Faire. Don’t miss the Children’s Corner, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All activities in the children’s section are free and garden-related for kids of all ages. Sat. Event details

Family Canoe Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center
This introduction to canoeing is for first-time paddlers, families with young kids, or adults coming back to the sport. Canoe instructors will spend extra time going over paddling techniques and equipment and will provide races games and water-squirters. SatEvent details.


Taste of Marietta
Marietta’s annual food festival showcases around 75 Cobb County restaurants and caterers in Historic Marietta Square. Besides food, enjoy live music, fun and games at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Kids Alley, and a cooking stage with culinary demonstrations. Sat. Event details.


Spring Jonquil Festival
Head to the Village Green in downtown Smyrna for over 175 Arts & Crafts booths, 20 food booths, an entertainment stage, and a variety of children’s activities, including big and small inflatable activities, sand art, Jurassic Kingdom, and a chainsaw performance by “Master of the Chainsaw.” Sat. Event details.

Inman Park

Inman Park Arts Festival
This spirited and eclectic neighborhood festival is held annually in April, and you’ll find a tour of historic and beautiful neighborhood homes, the best festival parade in town, three stages of music all weekend, dance performances by local professional dance groups, plus a kid’s zone space for kids to play. SatEvent details.


Yayoi Kusama at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Narcissus Garden is a signature work of contemporary art created by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The installation is a joint effort between the Atlanta Botanical Garden and The High Museum, which hosts Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors through Feb. 17. Approximately 1,400 stainless steel spheres carefully arranged by staff from Kusama’s studio in Japan can be viewed in their current location at the Atlanta Botanical Garden from the Canopy Walk, and along many of the trails leading into and out of Storza Woods. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Stone Mountain

MEGABUGS Adventure Encounters
Some colossal crawlers are taking over Stone Mountain Park, featuring more than 70 new exhibits of larger-than-life insects. MEGABUGS! Adventure Encounters is an immersive and interactive area for ‘bugologists’ of any age to explore. They can crawl like a spider, fly like a bee, and dig like an ant while interacting with these enormous insects. In a special habitat at the park, guests will come face-to-face with a giant 15-foot Emperor Dragonfly, a 20-foot Hissing Cockroach, a 50-foot Madagascan Fire Millipede, and more! Fri.-Sun.Event details. 


Spring Chicken Festival
Head to Longwood Park on Lake Lanier for a chicken-packed afternoon including Georgia’s Official Chicken Cook-off, live music, entertainment, and chicken-inspired art market. The event is free and open to the public. Sat. Event details.


Georgia Renaissance Fair
The Georgia Renaissance Festival is one of the Southeast’s Top 20 Events, and 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 re-created 16th-Century European village. 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. Be sure to check out the website for themed weekend events. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey