Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Friday, Apr. 7, 12-11 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 8, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday, Apr. 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Atlanta’s annual celebration of the blooming of its native dogwood trees. For more than 75 years, the Dogwood arts festival has filled Piedmont Park with live music, arts and crafts, food booths and family-friendly activities. One festival highlight is the U.S. Disc Dog Southern Nationals, a world-class competition starring the top Frisbee dogs in the nation. Free admission. Piedmont Park, near Piedmont Ave. and 10th St. Get the details at

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza 2017

Saturday, Apr. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Presented by The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, Artsapalooza is a festival by artists for artists. Explore your creative side as you enjoy local musicians, interactive art stations, plus up to 150 arts and crafts participants in every discipline. Held in the heart of Sandy Springs, 6100 Lake Forrest Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. More info at

Roswell Cycling Festival

Sunday, Apr. 22-30. This week-long festival celebrates all things cycling in the first Georgia city to receive the prestigious League of American Bicyclists Bike Friendly Community designation. Recreational rides, educational events and races are some of the highlights. Activities will be provided for all ages and skill levels. Kick-off party Go to for a full list of events and other details.

Big Shanty Festival

Saturday, Apr. 22, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The festival combines the best of the rich heritage of Kennesaw and the Civil War era with fun filled activities. The parade starts downtown at 9:30 a.m. and the festival follows. Depot Park, Cherokee St. NW at S. Main St., Kennesaw, 30144. For more info, visit

Spring Jonquil Festival

Saturday, Apr. 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, Apr. 30, 12-5 p.m. The festival features over 175 arts and crafts booths, 15 food booths, an entertainment stage and a variety of activities. Bring the family and shop, play, eat, drink and have a great day together. Friends of the Smyrna Library will hold a book sale during the festival, so plan to get some phenomenal deals. Free admission. Village Green in downtown Smyrna, next to the Market Village, 2840 Atlanta Rd., Smyrna 30080. Visit for more.

Inman Park Festival

Saturday, Apr. 29, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sunday, Apr. 30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tour of Homes, Friday, Apr. 28, 12-4 p.m, Saturday and Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Inman Park is one of the city’s oldest and most striking neighborhoods. The neighborhood hosts an annual celebration with a parade, a street market that features local art, the Inman Park Tour of Homes, and a costumed 5k run. Free admission to festival; check website for Tour of Homes ticket prices. Inman Park is roughly 3 miles northeast of Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. Check for directions and more info at

Gwinnett Beer Fest

Saturday, May 6, 1-5 p.m. Enjoy unlimited samples of 200+ American craft beers, food and activities, as well as live music and entertainment. Tickets start at $99 (and include the Suwanee Wine Fest, Nov. 4). Coolray Field, 2500 Buford Dr. NE, Lawrenceville 30043. Tickets and info at

Kathy Dean is a freelance writer and editor based in metro Atlanta.