It’s officially spring, and Atlanta is open for business. With a chuck wagon festival, a basketball fan fest, and a cherry blossom festival, you have plenty of reasons to celebrate. Or—if you prefer the arts—Galapagos George and Little Hansel and Gretel will leave you satisfied. And did you know that the artist behind The High’s recent Infinity Mirrors exhibit also has a current installation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden? So. Much. To. Choose. From! Keep reading for the details on these events, and more, below.

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Atlanta International Auto Show
Calling all auto fanatics! This annual showcase of over 400 new 2018 import and domestic cars, light trucks, vans and sports utility vehicles is sure to delight anyone who likes to make things go “vroom!” Just remember that it’s cash only. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Atlanta Fair
The rides are in gear and there will soon be cheer; get ready, Atlanta- the fair is near! Enjoy the Giant Fun Slide, Ferris Wheel, and rides for younger children, while thrill seekers will love The Nemesis 360. Check FB for updates on weather closures. March 8-April 14. Mon.-Fri. 5-9 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 1-9 p.m. See website for tickets. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Science March and Exploration Expo at Piedmont Park
March for Science Atlanta is back by popular demand, so grab your signs and bring your friends to march along the Beltline to the final event of the Atlanta Science Festival in Piedmont Park! Join the global movement to let your leaders and lawmakers know that you value science and evidence-based policies, then hit Atlanta’s biggest interactive science event, featuring 100 interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments, and mind-blowing demos from local universities, businesses, and community organizations! Sat. Event 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.

Little Hansel and Gretel at Atlanta Symphony Hall
Musicians and storytellers lead your little drama kings and queens through songs and stories inspired by classics. This Theatre for the Very Young production will have them dancing, playing and engaging with music. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Galapagos George, The Little Tortoise Who Could at Center for Puppetry Arts
Once upon a time, there was a not-so-little tortoise named George in the Galapagos Islands. Learn about geography, history, science, and Latin culture in this artful eco-tale at the nation’s best spot to catch a puppet show. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Touch-a-Truck Decatur
Get up close and personal with all things heavy and mobile. Trucks, construction equipment, rescue vehicles, and more will be there for you to check out. Sat. Event details.


EcoTinker at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Flying into the Future is where science and nature collide to bring you activities focused on STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The CNC is all about forward-thinking at this Family Fun Day! Come ready to learn about flying animals as well as test your tinkering skills with STEM-themed partners and activities. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering at Booth Western Museum
Gather up your cowpokes and head to Cartersville, a mere 45 minutes North of Atlanta, and enjoy crafts, kids activities, singing, cooking out, and other activities during this Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering. Sat. Event details.


Cherry Blossom Festival
Check out hundreds of arts and crafts booths, children’s activities, musical entertainment and food vendors. Don’t miss Lady Houdini’s daring escapes and magic, join in on the “pink out” by wearing all pink to win a prize, and taste food from around the world. Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey