Along with the good weather comes a deluge of interesting, fun and sometimes very curious events in the heart of our peachy city. Here are a few for festival-goers but I summon you to surf the internet to find more local events offering guaranteed entertainment for all:
Oakhurst Village starts today with its Thursday jazz concerts. The free Atlanta Dogwood Festival, taking place at Piedmont Park from April 11-13, displays works from artists across North America and include live performance art exhibitions, interactive music workshops, and a food festival. And on a different note, the over-attended Sweetwater 420 Fest will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Centennial Olympic Park on April 18-20.
The Inman Park Festival follows on April 25-27. Its highlights include a well-known street market featuring local art, the Inman Park Tour of Homes showcasing the stunning Victorian homes of the late 1800s, a 5k run where participants are encouraged to come in costume and the famed Inman Park Festival parade of eclectic fun. The event includes children’s activities, live music, and a dance featuring some the finest ballet and modern dance companies Atlanta has to offer.
Pack your picnic, bring your quilts and blankets and enjoy free musical entertainment as the city of Decatur offers a series of lunchtime Blue Sky Concerts every Wednesday in May from noon to 1 pm as well as Concerts on the Square every Saturdays from 7-9.30 pm. In addition Decatur Arts Festival with its civic chorus, concert, fine arts exhibition, art walk, artists market and children’s festival will shake the Square on May 23-25.
Shaky Knees Festival 2014 will entertain the crowd – at least those willing to pay $150/ticket – at Atlantic Station from May 9-11.
And my favorite. so close to home: the 12th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes held in Bessie Branham Park (2051 Delano Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30317) and the surrounding areas on May 17th. Embrace life music on 2 stages, browse the open air Arts & Crafts Show and Street Market in the shade of giant trees, enjoy bites of local food, challenge yourself with the 5K road race, see what the kids area has to offer and of course explore the many different personalities and styles that make up the vivid and unique Kirkwood community through the tour of homes … from archetypal Victorian architecture to Modern style!
The fabulous Atlanta Jazz Festival - from May 23 – 25, 2014 – features local and national jazz greats on two stages, a youth jazz-band competition, arts and crafts, food vendors, and a kids’ zone in Piedmont Park. And it’s free!
Virginia Highland will also produce a few events like A Taste of the Highlands, with bites and drinks from the best neighborhood restaurants, benefits the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This afternoon event will be held on Saturday May 17th from 2-5 pm in John Howell Park (along the south side of Virginia Ave between Barnett Ave and Arcadia St). Its fabulous Summerfest will kick off with the acoustic stage & street party on Friday, June 6th from 8 pm to 11 pm and will be followed by a weekend full of activities: artist market, summerfest 5K Road Race inaugurating electronic chip timing, kidfest, food and more music!