Spring has sprung and there is a ton of family-fun in bloom this weekend. Don’t miss the annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park or Sandy Springs’ annual Artsapalooza if you are feeling “fest”-ive. Check out a porcine puppet show as the Center for Puppetry Arts adapts the classic E.B. White tale. Hop over to the Fernbank’s Dinosaur Egg Hunt or the Atlanta History Center’s Sheep to Shawl event. Or, let your princess be royally engaged with the Easter Bunny Brunch at Olivia’s Dollhouse on Sunday.

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Atlanta Dogwood Festival 
In 1936, a few dozen spunky citizens decided to spruce up Atlanta by planting dogwoods throughout town and hosting the first annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Today, the festival has blossomed into a weekend-long event featuring artists, musicians, a kids’ village, good food, and gorgeous blooms. Be sure to read all about it before you go to make the most of your visit. Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Piedmont Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte the friendly spider has a plan to save Wilbur the pig: she’s going to make him famous using her wits, words, and webs! With a colorful cast of barn-yard characters including the old sheep and Templeton the gluttonous rat, E.B. White’s gentle tale of unlikely friendship will have you cheering: “Terrific, terrific, terrific!” Fri., 10 & 11:30 a.m.; Sat., 12 & 2 p.m.; Sun., 1& 3 p.m., Center for Puppetry Arts, $9.25 for members, $16.50 for non-members. Recommended for ages 4 & up. Event details.

Dinosaur Egg Hunt
Hippity-hop over to the Fernbank Museum for the 5th annual Dinosaur Egg Hunt. The Georgia Bubbleman and Radio Disney will kick off the event at 8:30 a.m., and there will be special events and activities throughout the day. Hunts and start times are broken down by age groups (Ages 2-3: 9:30 a.m., Ages 4-5: 10:15 a.m., Ages: 2-3: 11:00 a.m., Ages 6-8: 11:30 a.m., Family hunt at 12 p.m.). Sat., 8:30 a.m., Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Tickets are $5 in advance per child in addition to museum admission. All ages. Event details.

Sheep to Shawl
Step back in time for a day of sheep shearing, barnyard animal interactions, open-hearth cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and musical performances. Plus interactive craft activities include spinning and weaving wool, candle making, and basket weaving. Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.., The Atlanta History Center, Adults, $16.50; ages 4-12, $11; ages 3 and younger, free. All ages. Event details.

Easter Bunny Brunch
Treat your little princess to playing dress-up, mini-makeovers, photos with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, Easter craft activity and a keepsake to take home. In addition, princesses will receive an exclusive tour of the Dollhouse. Sun., 2 to 4 p.m., Olivia’s Dollhouse, $45 per child. 5-12 years old. Event details.

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza 2014
Equal parts art show, music festival and street party, Sandy Springs Artsapalooza is the perfect way to kick of spring festival season in Atlanta. This festival will feature up to 150 local and regional artists and an amazing lineup of gourmet food trucks, live acoustic music, children’s activities, making for the perfect spring destination for the entire family. Sat., 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ; Sun., 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. NE, Sandy Springs, Free. All ages. Event details.

How will you spend the weekend? Tell us what your plans are below!

–Phebe Wahl

Photo courtesy of Atlanta Dogwood Festival via Facebook