5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: April 3-9 

Carnivals, video games, and a colorful run

Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival things to do in Atlanta
The former Baconfest has been transformed into the “Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival”

Photograph courtesy of Dad's Garage

Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival
When: April 6, 1-6 p.m.
Where: Dad’s Garage
Costs: $10-$55
Details: Dad’s Garage Theatre Company has transformed their annual Baconfest fundraiser into a new, carnival-themed event with food, beer (or boozy slushies), hobo wine tastings, a wheelchair obstacle course, and an exotic petting zoo. 

Brookhaven Beer and Wine Fest
When: April 6, 2-6 p.m.
Where: Brookhaven Park
Cost: $45 in advance, $50 at the door
Details: Relax at Brookhaven Park for this 9th annual festival, which features more than 150 beer samples from both national and local brewers, along with wine, food, and entertainment. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition.

Color Run 5k Atlanta things to do
The Color Run comes to Atlanta this weekend.

Photograph courtesy of The Color Run

The Color Run 5K Atlanta
When: April 7, 8 a.m.
Where: Six Flags Over Georgia
Cost: $30-$35
Details: The early bird gets the worm at this colorful 5k race, with pre-run festivities that include music, dancing, and stretching. This beginner-friendly run, where runners are showered in colorful powder dyes along the route, is not timed, but leave the furry friends at home. P.S.: If you want to spend the rest of the day at Six Flags, you can order a half-off ticket for April 7th here.

Spring Festival on Ponce
When: April 6-7
Where: Olmsted Linear Park
Cost: Free
Details: Grab the kids and enjoy this 2-day arts festival in the historic Olmsted Linear Park in Druid Hills. Expect more than 125 arts vendors selling jewelry, paintings, photography, and more; a kids’ area, and plenty of food and drink options.

SCAD GamingFest 2019
When: April 4-6
Where: SCADshow
Cost: $30, free for SCAD cardholders
Details: SCAD’s School of Digital Media and School of Entertainment arts are hosting this 3-day festival, primarily aimed at students looking to break into the video game industry and industry professionals. Enjoy demonstrations and workshops on gaming development, virtual reality, motion capture performance, and more. There’s even a Super Smash Bros. tournament.