Whether film, music, art, or Sherlock Holmes is your passion, Atlanta and the surrounding area have some great festivals in store for April.
With more than 50 bands, including Angel Olsen and Crystal Castles, Athens lives up to its musical reputation. Also find art installations and comedy.
Rhythm & Brews
Enjoy local bands like Chelsea Shag and Sam Burchfield and beers from Jekyll Island, Red Hare, and Monday Night on Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn.
SweetWater 420 Fest
Kid Rock is the top-billed headliner for the Centennial Olympic Park concert this year. Also playing are Ludacris, The Roots, Atmosphere, and more.
From a petting zoo to a classic car show, all proceeds from this Brook Run Park festival go to the Dunwoody Preservation Trust.
Atlanta Streets Alive
West End goes carless for an afternoon for this Atlanta Bicycle Coalition event. Bike, skateboard, or walk through Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, West End, Westview, and Grant Park.
Atlanta Film Festival
Now in its 40th year, this cinema event screens more than 200 feature, documentary, and short films; hosts panels on screenwriting, acting, entertainment law, and more; and gives master classes with filmmaker James Ponsoldt, documentary director James Moll, and actor Shuler Hensley.
Cinema Italy Atlanta
See eight Italian films at the Plaza for the 10th consecutive year of this movie marathon.
International Cherry Blossom Festival
300,000 cherry trees blossom in Macon, but that’s just the beginning of this fest, which also has live music, rides, animal shows, fair food, extreme pogo stick shows, and more.
Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival
Blackburn Park’s flower fest is back for a second year with a 5K; pet parade; art market; kids village; music by The Whiskey Gentry, Wesley Cook, and more; and a classic car show.
Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival
For 35 years, this Georgia International Horse Park event has celebrated international culture with performances and food, but you can also join in on the “Pink Out!” (dress in cherry blossom colors) or watch an alligator show.
Festival on Ponce
More than 125 artists take over Olmsted Linear Park, along with a kids area and food.
Novelist Dani Shapiro and poet Richard Blanco headline the Agnes Scott celebration of literature, now in its 45th year.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
It’s been 80 years since the first arts event in Piedmont Park. Expect 260 artists in mediums from paint to leather, music from artists like Jerry on the Moon and The Bitteroots, a 5K, the Disc Dog competition, and more.
Big Shanty Festival
Besides the 250 art booths at this Kennesaw party, watch pigs race for Oreos, parades, jugglers on stilts, and more.
Grab your pipe for the annual Sherlock Holmes convention at Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center, featuring panels on BBC’s Sherlock, Alan Rickman, Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s Mycroft Holmes book, and more.
Georgia Renaissance Festival
Jousting is going to the next level with chariots and crossbows at this year’s incarnation of the Fariburn fete. Watch while chomping on a one-and-a-half-pound turkey leg.