Atlanta BBQ Festival
Saturday, Saturday, May 5–Sunday, May 6, Atlantic Station. atlbbqfest.com
As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, we take our BBQ real seriously in the South! We use it to celebrate with family and friends and we argue about which family members and restaurants makes it best. If you’re not prepared to eat a lot and take sides, tread carefully! This festival will introduce you to some of Atlanta’s best BBQ, both from natives’ kitchens and restaurants extraordinaire. And on top of all this goodness, there is also live music!
Chastain Spring Arts Festival
Saturday, May 12–Sunday, May 13, 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!
Sweet Auburn Springfest
Saturday, May 12–Sunday, May 13. 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.
Kirkwood Spring Fling
Saturday, May 19, Bessie Branham Park. kirkwoodfling.com
If you haven’t visited Atlanta yet, you’ll soon come to find that it is comprised of many neighborhoods that each have their own history, their own character, and most importantly, their own festivals! This marks the 16th year that the Kirkwood neighborhood will welcome all Atlantans and visitors to its streets and neighborhood park to grab a bite from local vendors while listening to live music and strolling through the artists market. You don’t want to miss it!
Atlanta Jazz Festival
Saturday, Saturday, May 26–Sunday, May 27. 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. 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 some alternate options to consider are Lyft and MARTA. MARTA is Atlanta’s public transportation system and both the Midtown station and the Arts Center station are about equal walking distance to Piedmont Park.
‘Til next month!
Farish Jerman 11C
Senior Assistant Dean of Admission
Office of Undergraduate Admission