Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival
Atlantic Station, Atlanta
The Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival is coming to Atlanta in March with its unique menu of beer, bourbon and barbecue items. The festival touts an impressive number of products—60 beers, 40 bourbons and lots of barbecue. There are a few ticket options from regular admission to VIP. Children under 12 are free, but this is an adult-oriented event. Probably best to leave the kids at home for this one. BeerAndBourbon.com.
March 24- April 2
41st Atlanta Film Festival
Plaza Theatre, Atlanta
Atlanta is home to one of the longest-running film festivals in the country. See the next generation of cutting-edge directors and actors at the historic Plaza Theatre. You can go to the website for the festival at AtlantaFilmFestival.com, but also check out the website for the theatre, PlazaAtlanta.com, and see all of the great things they have going on during the year.
April 1 – 2 Spring
October 14 – 15 Fall
Festival On Ponce
Bring the family to Olmstead Linear Park and enjoy the art, food and pleasant weather. The Festival on Ponce is a great way to enjoy one of Atlanta’s historic parks. Check out the many different types of art available from fine art and crafts to “outsider art.” Admission is free. There will be a designated area for children, so everyone will be able to enjoy the event. The event is held two times a year. For all of the details and updates visit the festival website, FestivalOnPonce.com
May 12 – 14
Shaky Knees Music Festival
Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta
2017 marks the fifth year of the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta. The festival features independent music from a variety of genres from all over the country. Everything from alternative country and folk to indie rock and more will be present. The festival will also have food, drinks and a variety of vendors on hand to make it a complete experience. If you are looking for something different to try this year, this may be it. For a complete list of featured performers as well as ticket and contest information, visit ShakyKneesFestival.com.
May, 26 – 28
Atlanta Jazz Festival
Piedmont Park, Atlanta
The Atlanta Jazz Festival will be running for the month of May in various locations throughout the city. The festival features artists from all over the nation and the world. During the weekend of Memorial Day, there will be an extravaganza held in Piedmont Park to cap the event. Be sure and check out this festival of a uniquely American form of music. The festival is free. Visit the website for information about specific performances and artists as the event gets closer. AtlantaFestivals.com.
June 1 – 4
Atlanta Food and Wine Festival
Calling all connoisseurs! Turn off Food Network and experience the real thing for yourself. Now is your chance to enjoy the best there is in food and wine at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. Don’t miss this opportunity to try great wine and gourmet food. There are a variety of experiences available from tasting tents and meals to learning about proper food preparation techniques from master chefs. AtlFoodAndWineFestival.com.
Atlanta Back 2 School Food Festival
The Mable House Amphitheatre, Mableton
Make the end of summer, and going back to school, a little less dreary for you and your kids by attending the Atlanta Back 2 School Festival. This event is geared toward getting the whole family, especially children, ready to head back to class with some fun activities. There will be food, and inflatables as well as a rock climbing wall. Look for the competitions, a parade and other opportunities to participate! For a complete list of start times and schedule of activities, visit AtlFoodFest.com.
August 19 – 20
Piedmont Park Arts Festival
Piedmont Park, Atlanta
Enjoy the summer sun in beautiful Piedmont Park as it hosts the Piedmont Park Arts Festival. The festival will showcase many fine artists and their works including paintings, sculpture, glassblowing, jewelry and more. Take in the atmosphere with plenty of great food, live music and a special children’s area. You may just find that one-of-a-kind item that makes your day! If you are a budding artist, now is your chance to show your work.For relevant information including times and information for interested vendors and attendees, visit PiedmontParkArtsFestival.com.
September, (Dates TBA)
Piedmont Park, Atlanta
Music Midtown is probably the biggest and most anticipated music festival all year, and this year will likely be no exception. Nationally known music groups and regional acts will perform for two days of music, food and fun. Some past acts have been Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters. Check out the website for the complete lineup of groups and scheduled performances, as well as ticket information, food court vendors and a map of where everything will be happening. MusicMidtown.com.