May is here in a major way, and we’ve got the scoop on places to play! With loads of festivals—from chalk to barbeque—plus the Georgia Renaissance Fair, in-town farm tours, and more, you’ll be screaming “Mayday” by Sunday. Keep reading for everything you need to know to make the best of it, below.

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Duluth Art Week and Food Truck Fridays
Enjoy live music, food trucks and free art activities on Duluth Town Green on Friday and Saturday as part of Duluth Art Week. On Saturday, make a free Lantern with SKA Academy from 6-8 p.m. and then show off your lantern by parading around Town Green at 8:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, the Duluth High School Wildcat Theater presents Godspell on Duluth Town Green from 8-10 p.m. Fri.-SatEvent details.


Cars and ‘Q for a Cause
Join Choate Construction for the 10th annual Cars and ‘Q for the Cause, a family-friendly event featuring 120-plus stellar cars, tasty BBQ from Jim ‘n Nicks, continuous pours of your favorite craft brews, a silent auction, and live music—all to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation. Children under 8 are free. 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.


Canton Festival of the Arts
Held in Brown Park in historic downtown Canton, Georgia, the 16th annual Canton Festival of the Arts features a chalk walk, juried Artist Market, live entertainment, make and take art stations the Canton Chalk Walk and a food court. Activities are appropriate for all ages and most are free. There is plenty of free parking all with in walking distance to the festival. Sat. Event details.


Art in the Park
Stroll through Downtown Alpharetta for Alpharetta’s Art in the Park! Enjoy an outdoor artists market featuring pottery, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry creations, photography and other handmade artwork. Rain or shine come see the handcrafted masterpieces made by local artists with your family and friends. Sat. Event details.


Spring Arts & Crafts Festival
Welcome spring with this community festival with live acoustic music, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, and more. SatEvent details.


Baby Book Club at The High
Baby Book Club meets at 11:15 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month. The more you talk, the more they learn! The High Museum of Art is the perfect place to start a conversation with your baby. Baby Book Club is designed for caregivers with infants from newborns through age 14 months. In each 20-minute session, a High Museum teaching artist will pair a book with an artwork to get you and your baby talking. Sat. Event details.

Spring Chamber Concert at Woodruff Arts Center
Thirty-seven exceptionally talented middle and high school musicians will present a diverse collection of works ranging from the traditional string quartet and piano quintet to a wind quintet and even the rare and beautiful cello quartet. Audiences will enjoy chamber works by Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Dvorak, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Rudolf Matz. Sat. Event details.


Farms on the BeltLine Walking Tour
The “Farms in Living Color ” tours guides participants through urban farms and gardens via the Atlanta BeltLine Westside trail. Learn about farming, gardening, food access, the BeltLine, healthy food, citizen engagement and many more. Three uniquely produced tours are available Saturdays starting at 10:00am. You will visit 2 farms on each tour and will walk about 2 miles. Tours last 1.5 – 2 hours. Farmers and farms vary in purpose and size—all demonstrating the possibilities for food production in urban environments. Sat. Event details. 


Regular pools are so last year. This year, Marshmallow Pools are in! Come take a dip, or let it rain marshmallows by activating the maelstrom. With over a dozen whimsical and wild environments, at Candytopia—an outrageously interactive candy wonderland—there is something for everyone to enjoy. 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