Photo courtesy of Alpharetta Art in the Park
1.) Decatur Arts Festival (Decatur, GA) – When you plan your Memorial Day weekend, plan on making a stop in Decatur, Georgia for the annual Decatur Arts Festival. On Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, an artist market, live musical performances, improvisational and stand-up comedy, a children’s festival and parade, literary events, dance performances and more will take over the downtown area.
2.) Spring Arts in the Park (Blue Ridge, GA) – On May 23 and 24, 2015, this twice-annual celebration of the arts comes to Downtown City Park in Blue Ridge, Georgia. In addition to the festival fun, the community invites visitors to enjoy the Blue Ridge Community Theater, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, Swan Drive-In Theater, and surrounding forested hiking opportunities.
3.) Blairsville Arts, Crafts, & Music Festival (Blairsville, GA) – Gospel music is presented alongside arts and crafts by regional vendors during the Memorial Day weekend festival. While you’re there, be sure to make time to explore nearby Brasstown Bald, the highest mountain peak in Georgia and Vogel State Park which is a the base of Blood Mountain where a loop trail takes you to Trahlyta Falls.
4.) Alpharetta Art in the Park (Alpharetta, GA) – This monthly festival features local artists and artisans on the last full weekend of each month, May through September. The first event of 2015 will be in downtown Alpharetta May 30 & 31. When you’re done shopping the festival goods, be sure to stop by downtown’s quaint businesses to shop for clothing and gifts.
5.) Flower & Liturgical Arts Festival (Clayton, GA) – St. James Episcopal Church in Clayton will serve as the home for this unique festival on June 12 & 13, 2015, which celebrates the scenery and surroundings of the North Georgia town along with religious artwork.
6.) Roswell Lavender Festival (Roswell, GA) – On June 13, 2015, the grounds of Barrington Hall will again transform into Roswell Lavender Festival. The family-friendly event will feature children’s activities, The Zen Zone, live music, food, arts and crafts for sale, a beer and wine garden, and more. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the historic home that was once owned by the co-founder of the City of Roswell.
Photo courtesy of Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival
7.) Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival (Atlanta, GA) – June 27 & 28, 2015, Atlanta’s beautiful Historic Fourth Ward Park will come alive with the sights and sounds of this festival that features all things local. The event, which runs along the Atlanta BeltLine, will feature fine arts and crafts, a children’s play area, local food and beverage concessions, live acoustic entertainment in the amphitheater, plus a new “Emerging Artists” pavilion for new artists and artisans.
8.) AthFest Music & Arts Festival (Athens, GA) – Music, art, kid-centric fun, and film all come together for AthFest happening June 24-28, 2015 in downtown Athens. Three stages dot the festival landscape along with an artist market, club crawl, and a KidsFest celebration across the city at more than 10 venues. All proceeds directly benefit AthFest Educates.
9.) Sunshine Festival Arts & Crafts Show (St. Simons Island, GA) – Taking over Postell Park Pier Village on Mallory Street the Show brings St. Simon’s Island guests and residents to the water’s edge to enjoy. Over 80 vendors will set up shop July 3-5, 2015 selling goods including jewelry, pottery, photography, vintage clothing, children’s books, birdhouses, prepared dips, snacks and spices.
10.) Homespun Festival (Rockmart, GA) – This annual festival serves as an emerging artists showcase for locals and brings in regional artists and artisans to round out the bill each year. This year’s event takes place on July 17-18, and in addition to arts and crafts will feature live music, a parade with classic cars, 5K run on the Silver Comet Trail, and fireworks display.
Photo courtesy of Piedmont Park Arts Festival
11.) Piedmont Park Arts Festival (Atlanta, GA) – August 14-17, one of Atlanta’s biggest arts festivals takes center stage at the city’s Piedmont Park. The event promises to feature up to 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers, crafters, artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, an Emerging Artists Pavilion, children’s play area, festival food and beverages, and more.
12.) National Black Arts Festival (Atlanta, GA) – On various dates throughout the summer, year, the Atlanta Black Arts Festival celebrates artists of African descent by showcasing performing arts, literature and visual arts. 2015’s events kick off with the annual gala in July.
Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.