Chastain Spring Arts Festival
Saturday, May 6–Sunday, May 7, Chastain Park. chastainparkartsfestival.com
There are arts festivals aplenty in Atlanta neighborhoods, and Chastain Park’s is certainly one you won’t want to miss. Between the live entertainment, food, music, and art, you’ll have plenty to do while enjoying a beautiful fall weekend in Atlanta!
Pick’n in Grant Park BBQ and Music Festival
Friday, May 12–Saturday, May 13. grantparkbbq.org
Grant Park is another of Atlanta’s great neighborhoods steeped in history and tradition. Atlanta residents who call this neighborhood home are some of the city’s most active members in conservation and sustainability efforts. Don’t miss a chance to experience a variety of homemade BBQ from Atlanta’s proud citizens in the much anticipated BBQ competition. There will be two stages hosting live musicians throughout the entire event, an Artist Market with over 60 vendors, and plenty of activities for all.
Sweet Auburn Springfest
Saturday, May 13–Sunday, May 14. sweetauburn.com/sweetauburnfestivals
Informally known in the city as the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., this single avenue is home to much history and activity, including this festival, which is one of the largest outdoor festivals in the Southeast. The entertainment includes local and well-known musical and dance acts as well as a walking tour through the district, which includes many historic sites, like the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Plenty of food and drink are available at the renowned international food court as well.
Atlanta Jazz Festival
Friday, May 26–Sunday, May 28. atlantafestivals.com
Widely recognized as one of the best annual events in Atlanta and an absolute favorite for residents, this is a can’t-miss festival if you are visiting Atlanta over the Memorial Day weekend. Starting at 7pm on Friday and running well into the night on Sunday, there will be multiple stages around the park hosting famous Jazz legends as well as new, up-and-coming musicians. Similar to many other Piedmont Park based festivals, there will be a traditional Artist Market if you are looking for some new collectibles. There will also be a variety of food and drink offered throughout the park. A tip from me to you: parking can get hairy around Piedmont Park during this busy weekend, so Uber or Lyft are great options. You can also use MARTA (Atlanta’s public transportation system) since both the Midtown station and the Arts Center station are about equal walking distance to the park.
‘Til next month!
Photos & videos courtesy of Atlanta Foundation of Public Spaces, Pick’n in Grant Park BBQ and Music Festival, Spirit of Sweet Auburn, and City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.