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Spring Festival Guide


Spring has come to Atlanta and that means we have a variety of festivals and entertainment to choose from. Check out our Festival Guide if you're looking for something to do! We've got a rundown of the city's biggest events and how to get to each quickly and safely on MARTA.

Stop One

Atlanta Film Festival

Highland Inn Ballroom

March 24th - April 2nd

The Atlanta Film Festival is one of the region's largest and longest-running preeminent celebrations of cinema in the southeastern United States. More than 25,000 festival attendees enjoy independent, animated, documentary, and short films each year.

Check AFF website for events at various venues. Most venues are in the Poncey Highlands area

Stop Two

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Piedmont Park

April 7th - April 9th

An Atlanta festival staple for almost a century, The Atlanta Dogwood Festival celebrates the best of art and music in Piedmont Park. The event spans a full weekend and offers something for art lovers of all ages, with a nationally recognized art market and music acts from across the country.  

A 15 minute walk from either Midtown or Arts Center station

Catch the following bus routes from Midtown Station

Stop Three

Sweetwater 420 Fest

Centennial Olympic Park

April 21st - April 23rd

This is one of the most popular festivals hosted by Atlanta-owned SweetWater Brewing Company. The three-day event features a variety of music, art, comedy and SweetWater beers.

Stop Four

Inman Park Festival

Inman Park

April 29th - 30th

During the last weekend in April each year, Inman Park proudly presents a neighborhood festival widely regarded as Atlanta’s most spirited and eclectic.

Your best bet is walking from Inman Park – Reynoldstown Station

Stop Five

Shaky Beats Music Fest

Centennial Olympic Park

May 5th - 7th

Crank up the volume and join the party at the Shaky Beats Music Festival May 5-7.

More than 40 top electronic, indie and hip-hop performers will take over three stages at Centennial Olympic Park for three days.

Stop Six

Chastain Park Arts Festival

Chastain Park

May 6th - 7th

Located at beautiful Chastain Park, the Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival features more than 175 artists and artisans, live music, activities for children and much more. 

Stop Seven

Shaky Knees Music Festival

Centennial Olympic Park

May 12th - 14th

Shaky Knees Music Festival features more than 30 bands, comprised of national, regional and local favorites, over three days at Centennial Olympic Park in Old Fourth Ward. In addition to a stellar musical lineup, the festival includes food trucks, artisans and more.

Stop Eight  

Sweet Auburn Springfest

Auburn Avenue 

May 13th - 14th

Sweet Auburn Springfest is a celebration of more than 25 years of great festivals on Auburn Avenue. Live entertainment, Southern hospitality and tons of activities are just a few sweet things you'll find.

Sweet Auburn venues are served by

Stop Nine

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Piedmont Park

May 26th - 28th

Break out the pork pie hats for this city favorite. This free event is held on Memorial Day weekend and features rising young talent and many respected veterans in the jazz community. 

A 15 minute walk from either Midtown or Arts Center station

Stop Ten

Decatur Arts Festival

Downtown Decatur

May 26th - 28th

This year’s festival will be bursting with artful opportunities and events — artist market, live musical performances, improvisational and stand-up comedy, a children’s festival and parade, literary events, dance performances and more.

Blue Line exit at Decatur Station
Downtown Decatur is also served by these routes:

  • Route 15 “South DeKalb / Candler Road / Forest Parkway”
  • Route 19 “Clairmont Road”
  • Route 36 “North Decatur Road / Virginia Highland”
  • Route 123 “North DeKalb Mall / Decatur / East Lake”
  • Route 823 “Belvedere / Decatur”

Stop Eleven  

Atlanta-DeKalb Carnival

Kensington Station – Covington Highway 

May 27th

Atlanta Carnival Bandleaders council presents Atlanta DeKalb Carnival 2017 on Saturday May 27th. Live entertainment & performances, arts & crafts, and authentic Caribbean cuisine, cultural displays and much more!


Stop Twelve

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival

Central Park

May 27th

The annual Caribbean Carnival continues to offer even more music and marvels. Kick off this Memorial Day weekend with a celebration of Caribbean culture, cuisine and costumes. Festival highlights include the annual parade of bands through downtown, an artist market and tons of dance demos.

Central Park is served by

  • Route 16 “Ralph McGill Boulevard / North Highland / Lenox”
  • Route 99 “North Avenue / Boulevard”
  • Route 102 “North Avenue / Candler Park”

Stop Thirteen

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Loews Atlanta Hotel

June 1st - 4th

Centrally located in Midtown Atlanta, the seventh annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will bring together more than 180 chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, and pit-masters from Texas to the District of Columbia June 1 – 4 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Through in-depth Learning Experiences, all-you-can indulge Tasting Tents, distinct Dinners and Events, and a talented Advisory Council, the four-day event provides guests with countless ways to know the South. Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is part conference, part party and one delicious Southern experience! #KnowtheSouth #AFWF17
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