Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
When: May 30-June 2
Where: Loews Atlanta Hotel
Cost: Tasting tents: $100; day/weekend passes: $75-$500
Details: The ninth annual Southern food festival returns to Midtown with tasting tests in a new location this year: Historic Fourth Ward Park. This year’s theme is “Off the Eaten Path,” so expect plenty of surprising pairings. Day and weekend passholders can choose from a variety of classes lead by chefs, sommeliers, brewers, and other industry pros before hitting the tasting tents, or opt for a tasting tent wristband to sample dishes, beer, and wine from all over the South.
Candler Park Music and Food Festival
When: May 31 and June 1
Where: Candler Park
Details: Neighborhood festival season is in full-swing, including in Candler Park, which feature food from more than 20 vendors, full bars, an artist market, and live music from rock bands Dispatch and Greensky Bluegrass and Grammy-winning Stephen Marley, son of Bob Marley. Jive Mother Mary and Cycle will take the stage at Aisle 5 for the after-parties.
When: June 1 and 2
Where: Along Virginia Avenue, between North Highland Avenue and Ponce
Details: Speaking of neighborhood festivals, this year’s circus-themed neighborhood parade will kickoff the Virginia-Highland festival’s 36th year, followed by a free showing of The Greatest Showman in John Howell Park. Expect a cornhole tournament along with Summerfest’s annual 5K & Tot Trot, an artist market, and live music.
Atlanta Fringe Festival
When: June 3-9
Where: Various locations
Cost: $3 festival admission button, $10 per show, $43 for six shows, $63 for 10 shows
Details: For its seventh year, more than 60 artists will perform showcasing their talents in puppetry, theater, dance, improv, and more.
Westside Wing Festival at Grove Park
When: June 1, noon-6:30 p.m.
Where: Grove Park Recreation Center
Details: Wings, live music, wings, artist showcases, and did we mention wings? Amateur chefs will represent different Westside neighborhoods and compete for a $2,000 grand prize. Ticket holders will be the judges to determine who has the best wings in the west.