This is your friendly reminder that The Dogwood Festival, the grand poobah of all spring festivals in Atlanta, is THIS weekend! I can't believe it's already time for this annual tradition.
Highlights of the Dogwood Festival include a giant artists market, yummy fair food, live music all weekend and, of course, an unbeatable Piedmont Park location. New to this year's lineup is a ticket Barbecue and Brews event where you can enjoy local craft beers, wine, moonshine and barbecue and picnic fare from some of the city's favorite restaurants and chefs. Single day tickets to this event are already sold out, but two day VIP passes are available.
The majority of activities at The Dogwood Festival are free, so go and enjoy some sunshine! The festival kicks off on Friday afternoon and runs all weekend long.
Mother's Day is just about a month away, and it's time to get planning! Whether it's picking out the perfect gift, booking reservations at her favorite restaurant, or planning your own special outing - you don't want to leave this one until the last minute.
Check out our 2014 Mother's Day event calendar for fun Atlanta happenings on May 11, plus some dining recommendations, too. If you're looking for gifts, here are a few of my favorite spots to shop. A spa gift certificate always goes over well, and if she has little ones at home you get bonus points for including a "babysitting coupon" so mom doesn't have to worry about a thing!
There are so many great festivals around town, and new ones - like this year's Beltline Boil - popping up every year. Of all the spring festivals, there are a few that capture our heart year after year. Since these things always seem to sneak up, we wanted to make sure you mark your calendar for the following can't miss spring festivals:
- 2014 Dogwood Festival: April 11 - 13
- 2014 Inman Park Festival: April 26 - 27 (my personal favorite!)
- 2014 Sweetwater 420 Fest: April 19 - 21 (new location in Centennial Park)
- 2014 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: May 29 - June 1
Which Atlanta festival is your favorite?
It's April, and that means festival season is go! Kick off spring with a brand new festival on The Beltline this weekend. The inaugural Beltline Boil happens this Saturday and Sunday, featuring a low country boil competition with some of Atlanta's top chefs.
On Saturday, sample tasty bites and from 4th & Swift, Bantam Pub, Barcelona, Loca Luna, MetroFresh, One. midtown kitchen, Parish, Serpas, and Two Urban Licks and vote on your favorite as they compete for the best boil. There will be live music from some amazing bands, art displays, and a bloody mary bar (bloody marys are on Sunday only).
Admission is $20 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Enter at Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park.
Prom season is just around the corner, and every girl knows it's all about the dress. Unfortunately, those frilly prom dresses can cost a pretty penny. For girls who can't afford a gown, The Enchanted Closet offers some hope. This Saturday they are holding their annual dress event at the Rialto Center on Georgia State's campus.
Girls who can show financial need can walk away with a gently used, absolutely gorgeous prom dress for just $10. To participate you must live in the Metro Atlanta area (their definition is quite generous, including all surrounding counties). Each student must be there in person and present a valid school ID or other picture ID and proof of grade level, such as a report card or transcript.
Get registered and get shopping!
Shopping for vintage - whether it's clothing or furniture and decor - is always a fun treasure hunt. Luckily, Atlanta is home to many vintage shops and shows. Some of my personal favorites for housewares are Scott Antique Market, Kudzu Antiques in Decatur, and The Classy Flea in Marietta.
There is an event coming up that vintage lovers won't want to miss. Salvage is a vintage craft market from the creators of Indie Craft Experience. Sellers gather to show off all kinds of items, from jewelry to clothing to decor. There is a mix of pure vintage items and upcycled handcrafted items with a vintage flair. Admission is $5 and the first 100 guests get fun swag bags. Inside, shop the vintage marketplace, snap a photo at the photo booth and have fun!
Salvage takes place on April 12 at Ambient Plus Studio.
Do you have a dino-obsessed dude or dudette? They will be head-over-heels for this weekend's Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit at the North Atlanta Trade Center! This engaging exhibit consists of 8-10 dinosaur scenes representing dinosaurs from different periods. The scenes come alive with sound and motion (warning: exhibits may include fog). Kids can touch and interact with a number of non-moving dinosaurs on display.
In addition to the main exhibit there are also a number of other activities including a fossil dig, inflatables, mini golf and a ride on a moving dino.
Ticket prices are as follows: Adults are $18.00 (13yrs & older), Children are $25.00 (2-12yrs) for EXHIBIT PLUS or $16.00 (2-12yrs) for EXHIBIT ONLY, Seniors are $16.00 (65+), Children 1 and under are free. The event takes place this Saturday (9 a.m. - 9 pm.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.) in Norcross.
Easter is one of those holidays that hops around (maybe that's why there's a bunny involved?!), and sometimes it can be hard to keep track of. Last year it was early, taking place in late March. This year it's April 20 - so you still have some time to plan your activities.
Many of your favorite Easter traditions are returning in 2014, from brunch to Easter egg huts to sunrise services. Several of the egg hunt take place earlier in the month, freeing up Easter Sunday to attend church and spend time with family. Check out our guide to Easter activities to find out when you can take part in these fun events for Easter in Atlanta.
Spring is so close you can feel it... and with it comes a slew of awesome outdoor festivals. On April 5 beer lovers will head to Atlantic Station for the Annual Beer Carnival. You may remember this as the Winter Beer Carnival, but organizers have wised up and realized we Southerners prefer to sip our suds in the sun.
Carnival go-ers will enjoy 100+ beers, carnival games, activities, DJs and great food for sale from your favorite food trucks. Breweries will bring everything from traditional staples to premium craft beers to the best seasonal brews, ciders and even gluten-free options. What's so special about this beer festival? This one comes with fun, old-fashioned carnival games - try testing your skills before and after a few brews to see if you improve!
Beer Carnival is Saturday April 5 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $40 ($50 at the door). VIP ticket packages are also available.
With a name like BaconFest, need I say more? You already know you need to head to this spring festival hosted by improv favorites Dad's Garage. The outdoor festival includes lots of yummy bacon, live music, an festival games and activities. Fun times will include crazy things like Hobo Wine Tasting, Terrible Caricatures, Naughty Face Painting, an Adult Bounce House, and more. The entertainment lineup is comprised of Thimblerig Circus, Blast Off Burlesque, The Seed and Feed Marching Abominable, The Dirt Poets, and The Soggy Top Boys.
BaconFest is March 29 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Masquerade Music Park. Tickets are on sale now starting at $25 and the event usually sells out. Ticket options include:
- Portioned Porking ($25): Admission to the festival, 5 game tickets, and three cups full of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, bacon or both.
- Bottomless Bacon ($45): Admission to the festival, unlimited game playing, and unlimited Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and bacon.
- Go Whole Hog! Still not enough swine? For $40 more, attendees can upgrade from 'Bottomless Bacon' and ham it up with some serious style by getting access to whole pig roasted to perfection by Bone Lick BBQ, several kegs of specialty beer, and some exotically flavored bacon. Whole Hoggers also get a special BaconFest 2014 t-shirt.