Spring Festivals in Georgia:
Fun things your family can do in the spring
Southern winters are mostly mild, but we still love it when spring arrives with its warm sunshine, beautiful blooms and lots of festivals. Here is a list of our favorite spring festivals in Georgia.
March 25 – April 3, 2016
Each March, Macon becomes a pink cotton-spun paradise of delight as over 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees bloom in all their glory. For 10 days, festival-lovers are treated to one of the most extravagant displays of springtime color in the nation as they visit the city referred to by Congressional Records as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.
April 8-10, 2016
One of Chehaw Park’s largest and most popular events, the Native American Cultural Festival, runs from April 8-10. The Festival educates visitors on the history of the Native American people through dance, music, demonstrations, and vendor booths showcasing and selling Native American crafts and jewelry throughout the Americas. Friday is special Kids’ Day, 9″30-2pm. Saturday 9:30-6pm and Sunday 9:30am-5pm. Chehaw Zoo entrance is include with admission fee.
April 16-June 5, 2016 (Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day)
The Georgia Renaissance Festival, now in its 31st year, is a Renaissance themed amusement park set in a 16thCentury English Village, just south of Atlanta. The Kingdom comes to life every Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day for eight spectacular weekends! Inside the Village, you’ll find Knights in shining armor, the Queen and her Court, all welcoming you to a marketplace filled with 150 artisan shops and a full day of endless entertainment. Features include 10 stages of circus-style shows, jousting knights, strolling musicians and comedic storytellers.
The Georgia Renaissance Festival was voted as one of the top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2010.
April 8-10, 2016
An Atlanta staple for 80 years, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival (the city’s oldest outdoor event) features a nationally renowned-juried Fine Artist Market that includes sculpture, paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and more. Enjoy music from two stages. Plus, there is a Kids Village featuring huge inflatables, arts & crafts and face painting for all ages, as well as the ever-popular 24-foot rock-climbing wall. Admission is free except for one VIP event, Backyard Barbecue and Brews, that requires the purchase of a ticket.
April 21-23, 2016
Enjoy roses, roses and more roses! A Southwest Georgia Tradition for 95 years, the Thomasville Rose Show & Festival held in historic downtown Thomasville attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year. Apart from the roses, highlights of the festival include two parades, live music and street dance, fantastic food, arts & crafts, car and truck show, and more.
April 21-24, 2016
Come celebrate the official state vegetable — the sweet Vidalia. Events include outdoor music concerts, arts and crafts festival, children’s parade, carnival, fireworks, street dance, an onion eating contest, and the Vidalia Onion Culinary Extravaganza.
The Vidalia Onion Festival has been featured on The Food Network and recognized as one of the Five Don’t-Miss Festivals Across the U.S. by MSNBC and a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event.
April 30 – May 1, 2016
Widely regarded as Atlanta’s most spirited and eclectic neighborhood event, the Inman Park Festival offers something for everybody – three stages of live music, kids activities, a tour of homes, a marvelous street parade, an artists’ market and some of the city’s best people-watching! Come early, stay late, and be our guests at Atlanta’s best street festival.
May 7-8, 2016
Traditionally, this Festival falls on Mother’s Day weekend and each year, they pull out all the stops to honor Mom. Considered the #1 Mother’s Day event in Metro Atlanta, the Chastain Spring Arts and Craft Festival is a two-day outdoor event with an emphasis on the visual arts and family fun, located in the largest public park in Fulton County.
The event features over 175 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craftspeople, glass blowers, jewelers and more. The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a fantastic children’s play area plus festival foods and beverages with healthy alternatives.
May 7-8, 2016
Return to 1910, where the Farmhouse, the Cotton Gin, and the Cotton Warehouse form a unique backdrop for a great day of 21st century fun. The Cotton Pickin’ Fair is Georgia’s original AgriTourism Event that began in 1972. Since then it has developed loyal patrons in the tens of thousands. come watch a variety of skilled artisans and antique specialists, sharing remnants of farm life in days gone by. New talent keeps the festival fresh and interesting while returning artists welcome loyal customers seeking to add to individual collections.
The Cotton Pickin’ Fair was voted one of the top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2015.