50+ Best Festivals in Atlanta: Spring and Summer 2018

The South known for fun, which is why one of the most popular events are festivals in Atlanta. We’ve got the perfect list of festival fun for your spring and summer, with dates, places and hints about their family-friendliness. Take note of those marked with “365 Favorite! as it notates the 10 festivals we love the most!

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97th Annual Rose Show and Festival

Held in historic Downtown Thomasville, the Rose Show and Festival has been a southwest Georgia tradition since the 1920s. Featuring several flower shows, parades, community events, concerts- and more!- the Rose Show and Festival is fun for the whole family. Most events are free!

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Georgia Apple Blossom Festival

Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit the North Georgia Mountains. It’s when blossoms create a snowy blanket on the apple trees. Come celebrate the beginning of spring at the Georgia Apple Blossom Festival in East Ellijay, Georgia. Shop at 50 hand-selected, regional vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more. The Festival is pet-friendly, charges no admission and offers plenty of free fun for the kids too!

Join us Saturday, May 5, 2018 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday, May 6, 2018 9 am – 4 pm

Craig Street, East Ellijay, GA, Georgia 30540

Rome Shakespeare Festival

Rome Shakespeare Festival is a two-week festival running May 24 – June 10. This free, family- friendly festival offers a full schedule of performances including Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing.  It’s the only Shakespeare Festival in Georgia. Enjoy beautiful river views and performances at the main stage located at the Town Green. Dining and shopping is located all-around the performance venues in Historic Downtown Rome.

Admission: Admission to the performances are free to the public. Those who wish to rent seats at a picnic table are encouraged to place their orders early. Table seating is limited. 706-331-1006

Festival Packages: Packages for groups of 10 include a table for 10 at the Town Green performance of your choice, dinner for 10 provided by Harvest Moon, and tickets to the Chieftains Museum. 706-331-1006

Main Stage Location: Town Green, West 1st Street & West 3rd Avenue, Rome, GA 30161


300 W. 1st St, Rome, Georgia 30161

Alpharetta Arts StreetFest

Dive into a world of art and creativity. 90+ talented artists from all over the country gather for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy the original artwork, whimsical crafts, local cuisine, children’s activities and musical entertainment during this three-day festival.

Downtown Alpharetta, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009

Makers Market in Central Park Atlantic Station

Maker’s Market features local vendors in Central Park every Saturday and Sunday through July 19 from noon – 6 pm. Support the work of the city’s entrepreneurs and shop for handcrafted jewelry, beautiful art, one-of-a-kind home décor and other local goods. The Makers will vary from weekend to weekend, so be sure to visit often.

1380 Atlantic Dr NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30363-1142

Twilight Jazz at Atlantic Station

Atlantic Station celebrates the Atlanta Jazz Festival taking place in Piedmont Park on Memorial Day weekend – May 27-28th. As part of this celebration, AS is hosting some of Atlanta’s best jazz artists in our Central Park each Friday in May. Here’s the lineup:

* May 4 – Greg Robbins gregrobbinsmusic.com

* May 11 – Brenda Morrer brendanicolemoorer.com

* May 18 – Julie Dexter juliedexter.com

* May 25 – Jacob Deaton jacoballendeaton.com

Concerts are FREE. Limited seating is provided but feel free to pack your own foldable chair or blanket to relax and enjoy the music. Enjoy food & beverage for purchase in Central Park from The Pig & The Pearl and our Twilight Jazz bar for refreshments and an adult cocktail.

1380 Atlantic Dr NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30363-1142

June Family Fun Month at Beech Mountain

The town of Beech Mountain is a fun getaway for the entire family located at 5,506 feet above sea level in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here you are free to unplug, unwind, reconnect. Families are encouraged to make their way up to the mountain in June for Family Fun Month. With 30 days of family activities plus discounted lodging specials like buy two nights, get a third night free, it is the perfect time of the year to get up to the mountains and enjoy some quality family time. Arranging visits is easy! Check out the calendar on the more information link, pick your dates, then select your preferred Family Fun Month lodging special and you are ready to go!

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The South known for fun, which is why one of the most popular events are festivals in Atlanta. We’ve got the perfect list of festival fun for your spring and summer, with dates, places and hints about their family-friendliness. Take note of those marked with “365 Favorite!“ as it notates the 10 festivals we love the most!


Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.

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