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7+ Best Festivals in Atlanta: Spring and Summer 2019

The South is known for fun, which is why one of the most popular events is festivals in Atlanta. We’ve got the perfect list of festival fun for your spring and summer, with dates, places, and hints about their family-friendliness. Take note of those marked with “365 Favorite!“ as it notates the 10 festivals we love the most!

1. Celebrate Spring at the Georgia Apple Blossom Festival!

Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit the North Georgia Mountains. It’s when blossoms create a snowy blanket on the apple trees. Come celebrate the beginning of spring at the Georgia Apple Blossom Festival in East Ellijay, Georgia. Shop at 50 hand-selected, regional vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more. The Festival is pet-friendly, charges no admission, and offers plenty of free fun for the kids too!

2. June Family Fun Month at Beech Mountain

The town of Beech Mountain is a fun getaway for the entire family located at 5,506 feet above sea level in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here you are free to unplug, unwind, and reconnect. Families are encouraged to make their way up to the mountain in June for Family Fun Month. With 30 days of family activities plus discounted lodging specials like buy two nights, and get a third night free, it is the perfect time of the year to get up to the mountains and enjoy some quality family time. Arranging visits is easy! Check out the calendar on the more information link, pick your dates, then select your preferred Family Fun Month lodging special and you are ready to go!

3. Experience the Rose Show and Festival in Thomasville, GA

Held in historic Downtown Thomasville April 25-27, 2019, the Rose Show and Festival has been a southwest Georgia tradition since the 1920s. Featuring several flower shows, parades, community events, concerts, and more, the Rose Show and Festival is fun for the whole family. Most events are free!

4. Taste of Alpharetta Will Have Your Mouth Watering

Come to Downtown Alpharetta on May 2, 2019, for one of the most delicious festivals of the year. Voted a Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society, the Taste of Alpharetta brings over 50,000 festival goers and foodies to the downtown Alpharetta streets each. Taste dishes from over 60 restaurants for one night only. Arrive hungry so you can try scrumptious samples from locally-owned and chef-driven restaurants. Free admission with food samples ranging from $1 to $4 each. It’s an event the locals never miss!

5. Let the Celebrate Freedom Rodeo Wow You This Spring

Come enjoy the Celebrate Freedom Rodeo in downtown Alpharetta’s Wills Park on May 10 & 11, 2019. This fun, family-friendly event will feature the Wild Together Trick Riders made up of the sister team of Shanae and Hannah Ritter. Enjoy festival food, BBQ from award-winning Sam’s BBQ-1 vendors, kids’ activities, and more. Gates open at 6 pm. The rodeo starts at 8 pm and includes bull riding, trick riding, roping, and more. Admission: General – $15, Kids age 5-12 – $10, Kids age 4 and under – Free

6. Unleash Your Creativity at the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest

Over 90 artisans will come together at Alpharetta’s Village Green, May 25-27, 2019 for the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest. It is a three-day festival where art enthusiasts will find a plethora of art mediums including mixed media, photography, pottery, jewelry, textiles, wood, metal, glass, paper art, and more. Meet the artists and watch many of them bring their craft to life. Grab a local brew or glass of vino from beverage vendors to enjoy as you stroll from booth to booth. Treat yourself to some delicious food at one of the local eateries throughout downtown. Free admission.

7. Bear on the Square Festival, Historic Downtown Dahlonega

Bear on the Square Festival, Historic Downtown Dahlonega Square, April 27-28: The uniquely named event is always a big draw for crowds to experience an authentic Appalachian Festival. Held in and around Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square, the free celebration features bluegrass and old-time music, a juried Artists Market Place featuring traditional mountain crafts, storytelling, free music workshops and demonstrations, dance team performances, an old-time mountain dance, and more. Visit www.bearonthesquare.org for more information.

This family-friendly event has so much for kids to do that they won’t think to ever utter ‘I’m bored.’ Activities include: building a special project at the Home Depot booth; panning for gold, taking in a blacksmithing demo, learning how to weave a cloth or make a broom, visiting the Pick & Bow jam tent to see how well kids can play music or enjoying the balloon and face-painting booth.