Atlanta welcomes spring with festivals

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The wonders of science are on full display with over 100 activities at the Atlanta Science Festival. Courtesy of Atlanta Science Festival.

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The wonders of science are on full display with over 100 activities at the Atlanta Science Festival.  Courtesy of Atlanta Science Festival.

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The wonders of science are on full display with over 100 activities at the Atlanta Science Festival. Courtesy of Atlanta Science Festival.

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Atlanta Science Festival. More than 100 events, as well as the Exploration Expo, bring science to life for children and adults. Various times. March 12-26. Free, with a few exceptions. Various locations. 770-322-4992, atlantasciencefestival.org.

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Cheers! Friends clink glasses and have a good time at the Georgia Food and Wine Festival in Marietta. Courtesy of Georgia Food and Wine Festival.

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Cheers!  Friends clink glasses and have a good time at the Georgia Food and Wine Festival in Marietta.  Courtesy of Georgia Food and Wine Festival.

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Cheers! Friends clink glasses and have a good time at the Georgia Food and Wine Festival in Marietta. Courtesy of Georgia Food and Wine Festival.

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Georgia Food and Wine Festival. Celebrate the masters of wine, food and cuisine. March 24-27. $39 to $80. Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road SW, Marietta. 770-423-1330, georgiafoodandwinefestival.com.

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival. Headliners Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Anderson East will be joined by Drivin N Cryin, Howie Day and more. The festival includes an artist’s market, children’s area, pet area, classic car display and food trucks. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 26 and 27. Free. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven. BrookCherryFest.org.

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Choose your spot on the grass, listen to music and people watch at the Spring Festival on Ponce. Courtesy of Spring Festival on Ponce.

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Choose your spot on the grass, listen to music and people watch at the Spring Festival on Ponce.  Courtesy of Spring Festival on Ponce.

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Choose your spot on the grass, listen to music and people watch at the Spring Festival on Ponce. Courtesy of Spring Festival on Ponce.

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April

Spring Festival on Ponce. 125 fine arts and crafts exhibits, children’s area, food and beverage options. 10am-5pm on April 2; 11am-5pm April 3. Free. 1451 Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta. 404-873-1222, festivalonponce.com.

Georgia Craft Brewers Festival. Over 60 breweries serving over 250 varieties of beer accompanied by music and food. 1 to 5 p.m. April 2. $35 to $60. Atlantic Station, 241 20th St. NW, Atlanta. 888-318-2752, georgiacraftbrewersfestival.com.

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A large crowd wonders outside the artist’s booth during the 47th Inman Park Spring Festival on Sunday, April 29, 2018. STEVE SCHAEFER / AJC SPECIAL

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A large crowd wonders outside the artist's booth during the 47th Inman Park Spring Festival on Sunday, April 29, 2018. STEVE SCHAEFER / AJC SPECIAL

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A large crowd wonders outside the artist’s booth during the 47th Inman Park Spring Festival on Sunday, April 29, 2018. STEVE SCHAEFER / AJC SPECIAL

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Inman Park Festival and house tour. Admire the historic homes of Inman Park as well as food, music, dance, arts and crafts, and the People’s Festival Parade, which begins at 2 p.m. on April 23. Noon to 4 p.m. April 22; 11am-9pm on April 23 and 24. Free (home visit $25 to $30). Inman Park, Atlanta. inmanparkfestival.org.

Atlanta Spring Wine Festival. Taste over 50 wines plus beer, live music and food. 1 to 5 p.m. April 9. $35 to $50. 680 Dallas St. NE, Atlanta. 404-889-2113, atlantawinefestivals.com.

Shaky Knees Music Festival. One of the city’s biggest music festivals, with Green Day, Billy Idol and Nine Inch Nails among the featured musicians. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. April 29-30; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. May 1. $100 to $7,500. Central Park, 311 North Avenue NE, Atlanta. www.shakykneesfestival.com.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Join hundreds of artists during the festival’s 85th anniversary. Artists’ market, food kiosks, music and children’s activities. 12pm-9pm on April 8; 10am-9pm on April 9; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 10. Free. Piedmont Park. 404-817-6642, cornouiller.org.

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There are plenty of rides and games, plus great artwork at Sandy Springs Artsapalooza. Photo courtesy of Sandy Springs Artsapalooza. Courtesy of Sher Pruitt.

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There are plenty of rides and games, plus great artwork at Sandy Springs Artsapalooza.  Photo courtesy of Sandy Springs Artsapalooza.  Courtesy of Sher Pruitt.

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There are plenty of rides and games, plus great artwork at Sandy Springs Artsapalooza. Photo courtesy of Sandy Springs Artsapalooza. Courtesy of Sher Pruitt.

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Sandy Springs Artsapalooza. Hands-on art, acoustic performances as well as food and 150 artists. The Easter egg hunt is at 2 p.m. on April 17. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 16; 11am-5pm on April 17. 6100 Lake Forest Drive, Sandy Springs. 404-873-1222, sandysprintsartsapalooza.com.

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Crowds flock to SweetWater 420 Fest. Courtesy of SweetWater Brewery.

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SOY & 420 Fest Toast - SweetWater 420 Festival 4/21/18 - Centennial Park, Atlanta GA - Photo © Dave Vann 2018

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Crowds flock to SweetWater 420 Fest. Courtesy of SweetWater Brewery.

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SweetWater 420 Fest. The craft beer-centric event features over 25 styles of SweetWater beer and ready-to-drink cocktails. Musical performances include Oysterhead, Snoop Dog, Dirty Heads and Gov’t Mule. There will be a 5k run with a food court, artists’ market and Planet 420 eco-market. April 29-May 1. Varied prices. All participants under 17 must be accompanied by an adult 25 or older. Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. sweetwaterfest.com.

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Duluth Arts Festival-goers will see artist demonstrations and enjoy local food trucks, live acoustic music, dance performances and games. Courtesy of Duluth Arts Festival.

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Duluth Arts Festival-goers will see artist demonstrations and enjoy local food trucks, live acoustic music, dance performances and games.  Courtesy of Duluth Arts Festival.

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Duluth Arts Festival-goers will see artist demonstrations and enjoy local food trucks, live acoustic music, dance performances and games. Courtesy of Duluth Arts Festival.

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Duluth Spring Arts Festival. The two-day event features 86 performers along with demonstrations, food and music. 10am-5pm on April 30; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 1. Free. 3167 Main Street, Duluth. 404-873-1222, duluthartsfestival.com.

Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival. Feast on the best grilled cheese sandwiches in town, live music, and access to the Adult Play Zone and Bloody Mary Garden. 3:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. April. $35. Atlantic Station, 241 20th St. NW, Atlanta. 888-318-2752, atlantagriledcheesefestival.com.

May

Sweet Auburn Springfest. This marks the 36th year of the downtown festival of music, food and vendors. 11am-9pm May 7; 1-8 p.m. May 8. Free. 230 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Atlanta. 678-667-1375, sweetauburn.com.

Spring Taste Festival. Arts and crafts, shows and food vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 7. Free. 901 Railroad Street, Conyers. 770-929-4299, conyersga.com.

Yellow Pollen Street Festival. Have fun as a family with arts, crafts and rides. 9am-5pm May 14. Free. 17 E. Main St. S., Hampton. 770-946-4306, hamptonga.gov.

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival. Music, parade (11:30 a.m. 98 William Holmes Borders Senior Drive, Atlanta) and West Indian culture. 10am-11pm on May 28. Free. 400 Merritts Ave, Atlanta. 404-519-6120, atlantacarnival.org.

Atlanta Hot Air Balloon Festival. Rides, food, arts and crafts and, of course, balloons. Noon-9:30 p.m. May 28-30. $8 to $20. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 706-978-1349, ballonshows.com.

Roswell Spring Arts and Crafts Festival. Gourmet food trucks, live music and around 100 performers. 10am-5pm May 7; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 8. Free. 38 Hill Street, Roswell. 404-873-1222, roswellartfestival.com.

Chastain Spring Arts and Crafts Festival. Now in its 13th year, it offers 175 performers, food and a kids’ area. 10am-5pm on May 14; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 15. Free. 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, 404-873-1222, chatainparkartsfestival.com.

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