Atlanta’s begging you to come out and play this weekend! With festivals that celebrate everything from garden gnomes to strawberries, your party people will be perfectly delighted at all the fun in store. Keep reading for the inside scoop on the best family festivals, performances, and more.

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Inman Park

Inman Park Spring Festival
Atlanta’s most spirited and eclectic festival is back, complete with a dedicated space for kids to play that includes slides, obstacles courses, crafts, a great playground, riding toys for the youngest guests and the chance to join a circus—and it’s all free! The Kids’ Zone is located in Springvale Park, off Elizabeth Street and Waverly Way, behind the main music tent. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


The Giving Garden’s BBQ, Blooms, & Brews
Join The Giving Garden in Mableton for a family festival, “BBQ Blooms and Brews.” With free admission (including children’s crafts, a bounce house, balloon art and live music), there will also be a plant sale. Great food and drink will be available for purchase, including treats from Sabores, H&F Bread, St. Angelo’s Pizza, King of Pops, Urban Tree Cider and more. Sat. Event details. 

Spring Jonquil Festival
Head to the Village Green in downtown Smyrna for over 175 arts & crafts booths, 15 food booths, an entertainment stage, and a variety of children’s activities, which includes big and small inflatable activities, sand art, slides, Quad Bungee, Rockwall, bounces and much more. Sat. & Sun. 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. 

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. 


ECO TINKER: Interactive STEAM Exhibits at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Head outdoors to the Chattahoochee Nature Center for nature-inspired tech and outdoor tinker stations presented by Northside Hospital. There are Five S.T.E.A.M. themed stations where you can experiment and explore the science of water. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 


The Georgia Renaissance Festival
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. 

The Rock

DIY Craft Day and Saturday on the Farm at The Rock Ranch
Make the most of your Spring with a day of family fun on the farm, including all the activities at The Rock Ranch—Locomotive Train Rides, Pedal Carts, Cane Pole Fishing, Tiny Town, Petting Zoo, Giant Jumping Pillow, Paddle Boats, Cow Train, Cow Belly Bouncer, Slide Hill, Volleyball, Horse Shoes, and Farm Market Playground. And for the crafters, register in advance for Pinterest-inspired projects all day on the farm. Sat. Event details

Worth the Drive: Oxford

Mitcham Farm Strawberry Festival
Don’t miss Mitcham Farm’s 5th Annual Strawberry Festival featuring pick-your-own and pre-picked strawberries, food, craft vendors, live music, tractor demonstrations, helicopter rides, wagon rides, pony rides, kids’ play area, farm animals, and other fun for the whole family! Sat. Event details. 

Which of the above events most quenches your thirst for family fun? Let us know in the comments below.

—Shelley Massey