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Fun Atlanta Events for Spring and Summer 2014

Fun Atlanta Events for Spring and Summer 2014

A calendar of Atlanta’s 2014 spring and summer festivals, art shows, races, concerts and more
Taylor Arnold

RUN/WALKS

March 8

Dental Dash at Dawn 5K www.dddfoundation.org

This 5K will take place at Historic Fourth Ward Park and benefits the Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled Foundation, Inc. This is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier event.

 

March 9

Shamrock 'N Roll Race www.jlatlanta.org

Kick up your kilt on the streets of Atlantic Station to help raise funds for the Junior League of Atlanta.

"Participants can expect not only a fun race experience but a great party as well. Throughout the 5K and 10K course, racers will be motivated by the music of bands and DJs and hydrated by the great course support at each mile. At the end of the race, finishers will leave with a Peachtree qualifier time."

– Amy McClain, Shamrock 'N Roll Road Race Chair, 2013-2014

The 30th Annual Hunger Walk/Run www.hwr2014.org

The 5K benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and five other local non-profits with hunger relief programs.

 

color-run-atlMarch 15

Badass Dash www.badassdash.com

Run, jog or walk through more than 25 obstacles over a 7K course. The event includes different divisions and proceeds support Autism Speaks.

 

March 22

Andee's Army 5K Run/Walk www.andeesarmy.com

Honoring 17-year-old Andee Poulos, this 5K supports families and children who are receiving medical treatment for non-traumatic brain injuries.

Bacon Chase 5K www.baconchase.com

Enjoy bacon-themed activities, music and more at this fun 5K. Bacon Chase has partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

jazz-on-the-green-bryan-meltzMarch 23

Publix Georgia Marathon and Expo www.marathon2014.com

Run with more than 16,000 runners through the city's historic neighborhoods.

 

March 29

Gwinnett Medical Center Obesity Awareness 5K Walk www.gwinnettbariatrics.org/walk

All proceeds will help the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation fight obesity.

 

April 5

Great Urban Race www.greaturbanrace.com

Teams solve clues, tackle challenges and compete for cash prizes in this race.

The Color Run www.thecolorrun.com

The "Happiest 5K on the Planet" concludes with massive color throws.

ROC Race 5K www.rocrace.com/atlanta

This untimed race features 12 larger-than-life obstacles and is open to anyone ages 13 and up.

 

Peachtree-Road-RaceApril 12

Atlanta Georgia Dirty Girl Mud Run www.godirtygirl.com

Dirty Girl empowers women to be proactive with their breast and ovarian health and provides free registration to cancer survivors.

 

April 19

Fight for Air Climb www.lung.org

Benefiting the American Lung Association, this unique challenge invites participants to tackle 51 floors at One Ninety One Peachtree Towers.

 

April 26

March for Babies www.marchofdimes.com/georgia

Join people passionate about reducing the number of Georgia's premature births.

Atlanta 2014 Great Amazing Race www.greatamazingrace.com

This family-friendly obstacle course is modeled after the TV show "The Amazing Race."

 

May 3

Stache Dash Atlanta www.onelovestachedash.com

Come participate in a race dedicated to mustaches, the Macarena and Mariachi music. Registration is $25, and all proceeds benefit One Love Generation.

 

May 10

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure www.komenatlanta.org

This race, which starts at Lenox Square Mall, includes 5K and 1-mile options.

 

Bacon-Chase-5KMay 31

Kidney Walk www.donate.kidney.org

Take part in the nation's largest walk to fight kidney disease, held at Turner Field.

 

June 7

Strong4Life Superhero Sprint www.choa.org

Held at Piedmont Park, this event will benefit the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Strong4Life movement.

 

July 4

Peachtree Road Race www.peachtreeroadrace.org

Don't miss one of the premier Fourth of July traditions in Atlanta. Sponsored by The Atlanta Track Club, this is the world's largest 10K road race.

 

FESTIVALS/PARADES

March 8

Taste and Brews www.tasteandbrews.com

Come enjoy unlimited tastings of over 100 beer and wine offerings and sample food from local food trucks.

 

March 15

Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade www.stpatsparadeatlanta.com

The parade will feature Irish dancers, musicians, parade balloons, floats and marching bands.

 

March 20-23

Southern Fried Burlesque Festival www.southernfriedburlesquefest.com

This four-day event features a creative and talented group of variety performers.

 

Peachtree-Road-Race-runnersMarch 22-29

Atlanta Science Festival www.atlantasciencefestival.org

Atlanta residents of all ages will explore the science and technology through activities, facility tours and more.

 

March 22-23

The 33rd Annual Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival www.conyerscherryblossomfest.com

Enjoy a free weekend of music, dance, games, food and crafts.

 

March 28 – April 6

The Atlanta Film Festival www.atlantafilmfestival.com

Take in a diverse range of independent, animated, documentary and short films selected from more than 3,000 submissions.

 

March 28-30

Laughing Skull Comedy Festival www.laughingdevil.com

This five-day event welcomes comedy industry professionals from all over the U.S. and Canada.

 

March 29

Baconfest www.dadsgarage.com

Founded in 2000, the festival combines cold beer and sizzlin' bacon with live music, carnival games and unforgettable entertainment. This year it has moved to a new location at The Masquerade.

"This year's event is basically the same kind of experience as last year only turned up to an 11. Like beer? Well, we're going have more of it! We're also inviting more community partners, so that we can offer more interactive booth experiences with the help of cool, local businesses. If you are all about the bacon, we will be serving up by far the most bacon in the history of Baconfest, so people will be guaranteed all the savory pork strips they can handle."

– Kevin Gillese, Artistic Director, Dad's Garage Theatre

 

Atlanta-St-Patricks-Day-ParadeApril 5

The Beer Carnival www.thebeercarnival.com

At Atlantic Station, enjoy games, carnival rides and more than 100 beers.

 

April 5-6

Spring Festival on Ponce www.festivalonponce.com

Enjoy the landscape of Olmsted Linear Park along with over 125 displays of both fine arts and crafts.

 

April 11-13

Atlanta Dogwood Festival www.dogwood.org

The festival features a juried Fine Artist Market and a Backyard Barbecue & Brews VIP experience.

 

April 12-13

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza www.sandyspringsartsapalooza.com

Experience art in the streets of Sandy Springs along with a children's play area, musicians and interactive art stations.

 

April 18-20

Sweetwater 420 Fest www.sweetwater420fest.com

In addition to fantastic music and beer, this three-day festival is an Earth Day celebration.

"We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary, and we've moved the festival to Centennial Olympic Park. The weekend will be jam-packed with a diverse lineup of great live music, a comedy tent, The SweetWater Experience craft beer event, tasty beers, a KidsZone, local artist market, Planet 420 – a non-profit and environmental village – and even a dedicated 5K road race."

– Jennifer Bensch, Sweetwater 420 Festival Promoter and Principal at Happy Ending Productions

 

Sweetwater-420-FestApril 25-27

Inman Park Festival www.inmanparkfestival.org

Atlanta's largest street market offers music, kids' activities, a tour of homes, a street parade and an artists' market.

 

April 26-27

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest www.alpharetta.ga.us

This is a yearly celebration of the arts in the Alpharetta Historic District.

 

April 26

Heritage Sandy Springs BeerFest www.hssbeerfest.com

Sip a selection of over 70 specialty beers at this fun fest.

 

April 26-27

Spring Jonquil Festival www.smyrnacity.com

Held on the Village Green in Smyrna, the festival will feature over 175 arts and crafts booths, puppet shows and live music.

 

April 27

Taste of East Point www.downtowneastpoint.com

Taste an eclectic mix of food from local restaurants and food trucks from the South Metro area.

 

Baconfest-2013April 27

Taste of Marietta www.tasteofmarietta.com

Held at the Historic Marietta Square, this annual food festival showcases Cobb County restaurants and caterers.

 

May 4

Fiesta Atlanta www.fiestaatlanta.com

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Centennial Olympic Park with Mexican folk dancing, a 5K run/walk and international food.

 

May 10-11

Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival www.buckheadartsfestival.com

Join 175 artists and artisans for two days of live acoustic music and delicious local food.

 

May 17-25

Buckhead Restaurant Week www.atlrestaurantweek.com

Atlanta Restaurant Weeks is comprised of three nine-day events where you can take advantage of fixed-price menus at popular restaurants.

 

May 20-June 8

Decatur Arts Festival www.decaturartsfestival.com

This annual event includes a juried arts exhibition, an art walk and an artist market.

 

May 24

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival www.atlantacarnival.org

The Parade of Bands begins on Ralph McGill and ends with the Festival Village on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

 

May 29-June 1

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com

Take part in the first culinary weekend in the nation dedicated to showcasing the food and beverage traditions of the Southern region.

"This year's event will take guests even deeper into the South and our rich food and beverage traditions. We'll explore colonial cuisine, highlight immigrant farmers and showcase our region's Asian influence. We are particularly excited to explore the notion of culinary diplomacy and to feature a select group of award-winning international chefs who, like our wonderful Southern chefs, share an interest in breaking bread, giving back and improving communities one meal at a time."

– Elizabeth Feichter, co-founder of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

 

May 31-June 1

Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts www.peachtreehillsfestival.com

This free, two-day arts and crafts event is held along a tree-lined area near Peachtree Hills Park.

 

June 6-8

Through the Veil: Metaphysical & Spiritual Festival www.throughtheveil.org

Explore your beliefs in spirituality, metaphysics and the supernatural with the most notable presenters in the field at the Marriott Marquis.

 

June 7

Rock the Cure Brews and Blues www.jdrfrockthecure.org

This annual brews and blues event at Sweetwater Brewery features live music, local beer, food and raffle prizes.

 

June 7-8

Virginia Highland Summerfest www.vahi.org/summerfest

Join in the excitement of this non-profit event which includes the artists' market, live music, a food market and the 5K road race and Tot Trot.

 

June 11-14

AtlantaFest2014 www.atlantafest.com

Take in four days of music and ministry from today's top Christian artists at Stone Mountain Park.

 

June 15

Real Men Cook www.realmencook.com/atlanta.html

Celebrate Father's Day at the Georgia World Congress Center by sampling 150 dishes and mixing with celebrities.

 

Atlanta-Food-Wine-FestivalJune 28-29

Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival www.oldfourthwardparkartsfestival.com

This two-day celebration is presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and honors the rich history of the community.

 

July 3-5

Fantastic Fourth Celebration www.stonemountainpark.com

Enjoy fun-filled summer entertainment and the must-see fireworks show.

 

July 19-20

Black Culinary Expo Tour www.blackculinaryexpo.com

This expo features everything from Creole and Cajun to American and African cuisines.

 

August 23-24

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival www.summershadefestival.org

Enjoy live music, activities for kids and a 5K Run for the Park which raises money for the Grant Park Conservancy.

 

August 29-31

Labor Day Weekend at Stone Mountain Park www.stonemountainpark.com

Take in the Lasershow Spectacular and a special fireworks display on all three nights.

 

August 29-31

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival www.callawaygardens.com

Float above Callaway Gardens at their annual hot air balloon festival, which kicks off with a Friday Night Balloon Glow.

 

August 30-September 1

Art in the Park in Marietta Square www.artparkmarietta.com

This annual event has been a Labor Day Weekend tradition in Marietta since 1986 and celebrates local and national artists.

 

CULTURAL EXHIBITS/CONCERTS

March 1-2

Meditation Retreat www.meditationcircle.org

Hosted by the Georgia Meditation Center, this two-day retreat introduces the basics of meditation skills and their application to improve your life.

 

March 4-9

Once www.foxtheatre.org

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once makes its Atlanta debut at the Fox Theatre.

 

March 14-16

Atlanta Craft Council Show www.craftcouncil.org/shows/2014

Celebrate all things handmade and explore the ACC's annual juried marketplace.

 

March 21-23

The 36th Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show www.atlantahomeshow.com

This is Georgia's largest home show and will feature 350 exhibitors, speakers, live radio broadcasts, giveaways and demonstrations.

"While the show is certainly educational, it's also a lot of fun. The SeeThru House is larger than ever and staffed with experts who can walk you through what's behind the walls, under the floor and over the ceiling in a typical home. The Beer Garden is a lively gathering place for attendees to get ideas on how to create a landscaped leisure area in their own landscape, and enjoy a beer tasting and silent auction with proceeds benefiting Hope Atlanta."

– Michael Schoppenhorst, director of the Atlanta Home Show and president of SEMCO Productions

 

March 21

The Moody Blues www.foxtheatre.org

Don't miss the Timeless Flight Tour at the Fox Theatre.

 

Stache-DashMarch 22

Crosby, Stills & Nash www.foxtheatre.org

Visit the Fox Theatre to see folk rock super group Crosby, Stills and Nash.

 

March 26-30

Atlanta International Auto Show www.goautoshow.com

Come see this annual showcase of over 400 new 2014 imported and domestic cars, light trucks, vans and sports utility vehicles.

 

March 29-30

Legacy Wine & Culinary Experience www.lakelanierislands.com

Tour Wolf Mountain Vineyard and Winery and taste unique wine and food pairings during this weekend retreat at the Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

 

April 10

Jazz on the Green at Emory www.arts.emory.edu

The Emory Jazz Combos present an evening of free, outdoor jazz on Patterson Green.

 

April 10-27

The Lion King www.foxtheatre.org

Experience the Tony Award-winning adaptation of the Disney classic.

 

April 19

Atlanta Steeplechase www.atlantasteeplechase.org

The most exciting horse racing in Georgia takes place at Kingston Downs and benefits the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

 

April 22

Earth Day at The Garden www.atlantabotanicalgarden.com

Attend ladybug releases and learn about the Garden's conservation programs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

April 25

Symphony on the Sand www.callawaygardens.com

Join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Callaway Gardens' Robin Lake Beach for their Symphony on the Sand.

 

April 26-27

Alive! Expo www.aliveexpo.com

Get your green on at this wholesome expo featuring natural, organic food, fashion and products for your family, pets and home.

 

April 27

Be the Model Fashion Show www.mannafund.org

Manna Fund's fashion show event promotes positive relationships with food and a healthy body image for youth.

 

May 1-11

Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things www.museumofdesign.org

Learn about the design of 36 ordinary objects that have revolutionized the way we live.

 

May 3

Dancing Stars of Atlanta www.dancingstarsofatlanta2014.com

Reinventing the TV show "Dancing with the Stars," this event raises funds for the Georgia chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

"This year, you can expect to see some of Atlanta's favorite news anchors on the judges' panel. Former 'Dancing With the Stars' choreographer Jonathan Doone will serve as our professional dance judge."

– Lisa Fuller, 2014 Dancing Stars of Atlanta Chair

 

May 17

Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" www.foxtheatre.org

See a live broadcast performance of the famed radio variety show.

 

May 17-18

Gluten & Allergen Free Expo www.gfafexpo.com

Explore new products and attend educational sessions at this expo.

 

May 31

Bubble Palooza Breast Cancer Survivor Event www.komenatlanta.org

This celebration of survivorship takes place at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

 

June 3-8

Evita www.foxtheatre.org

Don't miss Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning musical.

 

June 7-8

Atlanta Southeastern Women's Expo www.womensexpoatlanta.com

Plan to attend this expo that includes shopping, delicious food, fashion shows, free health screenings, cooking demonstrations and even relaxing facials.

 

June 14

Lost Oasis 2014 - South Pacific Soirée www.fernbankmuseum.org

Join the Artemis Guild for their annual Lost Oasis benefit at the Fernbank Museum. Come wearing your island attire.

 

August 25

22nd Annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta www.jeffreyfashioncares.com

The annual event benefits the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate and the Atlanta AIDS Fund.

 

SPORTS/SPORTING EVENTS

April 8

Braves vs. Mets, Season Opener www.atlanta.braves.mlb.com

The Braves take on the Mets at their first home game of the season, beginning at 7:10 p.m.

 

April 19

Lee Haney's Sports & Fitness Challenge www.leehaney.com/fitnesschallenge

This challenge has age divisions for everyone. A portion of proceeds from this event benefits Haney's Harvest House Mentoring Program.

 

April 19

Atlanta Silverbacks Season Opener www.atlantasilverbacks.com

Watch Atlanta's own soccer team take on the San Antonio Scorpions for one of only four home games in their spring season.

 

July 19-27

BB&T Atlanta Open www.bbtatlantaopen.com

This Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour 250 Event takes place at Atlantic Station, with Atlanta being the first men's event in the nine-tournament series leading up the U.S. Open.