If you’re a festival-lover, Atlanta should be on your summer bucket list. Each year the city plays host to an eclectic mix of events that brings a diverse group of Atlantan’s out to enjoy the warm weather months. Whether you’re a brunch connoisseur, music lover, or film buff, there is something for you. Check out this list of the best festivals to attend in 2018.
Music Midtown is a festival that was held in Atlanta from 1994 to 2005 and returned to Piedmont Park after a six-year hiatus. The two-day event has hosted acts like Bruno Mars, Elton John and 2 Chainz. This year’s line-up and dates have not yet been announced, but this is an outdoor festival that’s worth checking out rain or shine.
The Dogwood Festival celebrates its 81st year this April. With spring in the air (beware of the pollen) this Atlanta staple brings more than 250 of the best artists from around the country to exhibit their wares, including painting, glass, clay, wood and mixed media. If you’re a runner or want a mimosa with a side of exercise, take a morning run at the annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival Mimosa 5K on April 14, 2018.
Sweet Auburn Springfest
The Sweet Auburn Springfest is the longest running festival in the historic Sweet Auburn District. Attracting over 350,000 festival-goers for the last thirty-four years, the festival is a great time for Atlantan’s to come out of hibernation just in time for the lovely spring weather. With unique vendors and delicious fare, you’ll want to hang out in the Sweet Auburn District this Mother’s Day weekend.
420 Fest is where music, beer and the environment collide. Hosted by Atlanta brewery, Sweetwater, there won’t be a shortage of great beer. Not only does this festival create the perfect spring event, but Sweetwater also hosts the festival each year the same week as Earth Day. Mark your calendars for the three-day event coming to Centennial Park, April 20-22.
Atlanta Film Festival
The Atlanta Film Festival is an international film festival held in Midtown, Atlanta. Since the boom of the Atlanta television and film industry, the festival has become a staple for seasoned actors, writers and directors, as well as up-and-comers. If you’re a film buff, ATLFF will take you to well-known Atlanta venues like Midtown Art Cinema, the Rialto Center and the Plaza Theatre to take in films from local talent.
Taste of Atlanta
Taste of Atlanta brings the city’s most sought-after chefs and food lovers from Atlanta, and it’s neighboring cities together near Georgia Tech. With more than 90 restaurants showcasing coveted food, wine and cocktail options, the three days festival is worth the investment. If you’re interested in elevating your experience, opt for the Grand Tasting Experience.
Atlanta Food and Wine Festival
May 31-June 3, 2018, the best and brightest culinary talent across the southeast will descend on Atlanta for an upscale festival experience. With an eight-year history of hosting one of the most exclusive culinary events in the city, you’ll want to put on your best brunch outfit and rub shoulders with Atlanta’s foodie community.
Shaky Knees Festival
Founded in 2013 to bring the indie music scene to Atlanta, the Shaky Knees Festival attracts over 40,000 indie music lovers from across the country. This year the three-day event will take place at Centennial Park, May 4-6, 2018. If you’re a concert-goer that enjoys indie rock, indie folk, country music and alternative rock genres, this festival is tailor-made for you.
Atlanta Brunch Festival
Atlantan’s loves brunch, so it only makes sense to have a Brunch Festival, highlighting the best restaurants in the business. If you brunch for the bottomless mimosas, there is a $45 ticket that gets you bottomless drinks, from 12 pm to 3:45 pm! The 2018 restaurants haven’t been announced yet, but we suggest adding March 10, 2018, to your Google calendar, so you don’t miss out.
Atlanta Jazz Festival
The Atlanta Jazz Festival is one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country. Each Memorial Day weekend, over 150,000 Atlantan’s take in the sounds of prominent jazz performers at Piedmont Park. Over the festivals forty year history, musical legends such as Miles Davis, Dizzie Gillespie and Nina Simone have graced the stage.