Atlanta and its surrounding areas always have events going on, perfect for the whole family. Enjoy these festivals in Georgia.

Looking to do something different with the whole family? There’s always something going on in the Atlanta area, no matter the time of year. The Empire State of the South is made up of dozens of suburbs and neighborhoods, each with their own diverse selection of activities, festivals, and events. So pack up the kids and go exploring at these festivals in Georgia!

Spring

Atlanta Dogwood Festival – An Atlanta favorite for over 80 years, this festival brings the region’s best artists to Piedmont Park. Hundreds of vendors loop around the park while music stages and food tents are also available to everyone.

Georgia Renaissance Festival – Long live the days of yore! All ages will enjoy the medieval festivities at the annual fair, which is inspired by 16th-century England. Attractions include jousting, costumes, games, shows, and, of course, those massive turkey legs!

Summer

Virginia Highland Summerfest – Held in one of Atlanta’s most beloved neighborhoods, this is one of only a handful of events during the dog days of summer. The festival includes an artist market, live music, and kid-friendly activities. Best of all, it’s completely free to attend!

Tunes From the Tombs – Set in the iconic Oakland Cemetery, the one-day festival features dozens of local and national acts with headstones in the background. The city’s best food trucks set up, as do the city’s best artisans.

Fall

DragonCon – Perhaps the most well-known of festivals in Georgia, the multiday event encompasses aspects of film, television, comics, video games, and more. Even if you don’t attend the panels and other aspects, you must see the parade, which is open to the public. Encourage your little ones to dress up as well, but warn them about some scarier costumes.

Decatur Book Festival – In celebration of the written word, this annual Labor Day festival brings together authors from around the world. Booths line the historic square with booksellers, author signings, and more. There’s also a children’s section where authors for younger readers will share stories.

Winter

Children’s Christmas Parade – Kick off the holiday season with this event, sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Watch the balloons and marching bands as they make their way down Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta.

Callanwolde Arts Festival – This festival is held over the course of two days in a former Tudor home. Over eighty painters, photographers, sculptors, and glass artists sell and demonstrate their work. Live music, dance performances, and food trucks are also part of the fun.

Atlanta and its surrounding areas always have events going on, perfect for the whole family. So gather the family, take a road trip, and enjoy these festivals in Georgia.

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About the AuthorCaroline Eubanks

She's a freelance writer based in Atlanta, Georgia but also considers Charleston and Sydney home. Her past writing credits include AFAR.com, National Geographic Traveler and US Airways Magazine. She is the Atlanta Local Expert for AFAR.com and contributor to Her Packing List. She specializes in travel writing, specifically food and budget travel in the Southern United States.