20 Atlanta festivals to enjoy in May

From the Atlanta Jazz Festival to the Decatur Arts Festival, find the summer event for you
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Festival season is in full swing by May, when you can celebrate everything from craft beer to Greek culture.

Beer Bashes
Kennesaw Craft Beer Fest

5/2
Sample more than 100 craft brews—including local and gluten-free—while listening to Stonewall Station and Katie Barnette.
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East Atlanta Beer Fest
5/16
Sip on more than 175 beers, with ticket price proceeds going to help improve the neighborhood.
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Georgia Craft Beer Festival
5/30
30 Peach State breweries tap kegs at the third year of this hops happening hosted by Red Brick Brewing.
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Cultural Celebrations
Georgia Renaissance Festival

Through 6/7
For 30 years, the Fairburn tradition has been selling turkey legs the size of your head. Chomp on one while watching jousts, juggling, live music, acrobatics, and the new Wheel of Death.
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Fiesta Atlanta
5/3
Experience Mariachi music and Mexican folk dancing at the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Southeast in Centennial Olympic Park.
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Marietta Greek Festival
5/15-17
Can we get an “Opa!” for this event where you can snack on souvlaki, buy Greek goods, and watch some traditional dancing.
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Neighborhood Happenings
Snellville Days

5/2-3
Superheroes take over at the 42nd year of this festival. Expect to see them at the 10 a.m. Saturday parade that kicks off the event.
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Sweet Auburn Springfest
5/8-10
Zoom down a 150-foot zipline at one of the largest festivals in the Southeast. If you aren’t a thrill-seeker, check out the international food court or kids zone.
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Kirkwood Spring Fling
5/16
Run at the 5K, walk through the tour of homes, and dance to live music at the 13th annual neighborhood festival.
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PAWFest
5/16
Leash up Rover for this Lilburn Fido festival that starts with a pack hike and includes contests for best costume and kisser.
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Music Fests
Atlanta Jazz Festival

5/22-24
Hear the likes of the Alfredo Rodrìguez Trio, Banda Magda, and more at one of the largest jazz fests in the country at Piedmont Park.
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Candler Park Music and Food Festival
5/29-30
Athens’s Drive-By Truckers and South Carolina’s Shovels & Rope headline this food truck and tunes show.
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Geek Get Togethers
TimeGate Convention

5/22-24
Watch out for daleks at this “Dr. Who” convention, featuring celebrity Q&As, a masquerade, a cabaret, and a game night.
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MomoCon
5/28-31
Cosplay your favorite anime character at this cartoon and video game event, including a Q&A with “The Simpsons” writer Mike Reiss and a villain rave.
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Food Fetes
Pick’n in Grant Park

5/8-9
Pork, ribs, and chicken compete for best barbecue while Michelle Malone and other local musicians play at this Grant Park shindig.
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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
5/28-31
Chefs from across the Southeast cook up tastings and classes at this food fete.
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Wing & Rock Fest
5/30-31
Enjoy the best part of the chicken at this Woodstock bird bash. If you really love your wings, see how many you can eat in two minutes at the daily competition.
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Art Parties
Barefoot in the Park

5/9-10
Take a spin at the pottery wheel, dabble in watercolors, or get tips from national artists in the adult learning village at this 11-year-old Duluth festival. Also expect local dance troupes and an artist market.
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Chastain Park Arts Festival
5/9-10
More than 185 artists take over the largest park in Atlanta.
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Decatur Arts Festival
5/23-24
Spoken word, stand-up, an artists market—if it’s an art event, this weekend has it.
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