There’s a reason mayhem starts with May. But before end-of-the year activities segue into the slower days of summer, take a minute to celebrate all that you’ve accomplished this year. Keep reading for the details on a half-dozen festivals just a stone’s throw away, and a circus—just for good measure! You’ve earned a weekend of fun.

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Marietta Greek Festival
Take the kids to the Marietta Greek Festival for traditional dancing, food, and of course, inflatables, face painting, and playground fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Shriner’s Circus
The World’s Largest Shrine Circus & Midway Carnival is as classic a circus experience you can get, with high-flying trapeze acts, aerials and acrobats, show horses, elephants, bears, daredevil acts, thrilling carnival rides and, of course, world-famous Shriner clowns. There are also more than 40 carnival rides and attractions, plus all the carni food you can dream of. Be sure to check the schedule before you go. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Kirkwood Spring Fling
Don’t miss this community festival and tour of homes celebrating historic and eclectic Kirkwood. This family-friendly festival includes a 5K run, artist market, diverse line-up of live music, creative kids’ activities, including the Georgia Bubble Man, Circus Camp (balloon animals, magic shows, trapeze & more), bounce houses, and face painting. Be sure to grab a plate from the award winning Blue Ribbon BBQ champ. Sat. Event details.


Canton Festival of the Arts
This juried show for artists and craftsmen has something for the kids, too. The Kid’s Zone will offer plenty of free make-and-take art stations and activities designed for the little ones. Don’t miss the opportunity to bounce and slide in the inflatable area (small fee to participate). Enjoy food trucks, artist demonstrations, and a serenity garden, where a beekeeper will be on-hand to explain the importance of pollinators. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 

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Gibbs Gardens Arts Festival
Over 50 select artists and artisans will offer their work for purchase during this two-day arts festival, located on 220 acres of spectacular gardens. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 


Maker’s Festival at Red Top Mountain State Park
The annual Maker’s Festival at Red Top Mountain State Park is a family-friendly event where all ages can interact with makers, see things being made, and purchase handcrafted products. Makers of all types will offer hands-on experience in making music, science, art, crafts, clothes, homesteads and sustainable living. Sat. Event details. 


Georgia Renaissance Festival
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. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Are you headed to a festival we didn’t list? Tell us about it in the comments below.

—Shelley Massey