Guide to Georgia’s Spring Festivals

Dogwood Festival in Atlanta

Dogwood Festival in Atlanta

Celebrate springtime at one (or all) of these family-friendly Georgia festivals in 2013!


4/18-4/21: Vidalia Onion Festival in Vidalia

4/19-4/21: 77th Annual Dogwood Festival in Atlanta

4/19-4/20: Downtown Moultrie Spring Fling & Backyard BBQ Festival in Moultrie

4/19-4/20: National Mayhaw Festival in Colquitt

4/19-4/20: The Cornelia Apple Blossom BBQ Festival in Cornelia

4/20-4/21: Jasper ArtFest in Jasper

4/20-4/21: 17th Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega

4/21: Spring Arts Festival in McDonough

4/25-4/27: 92nd Annual Thomasville Rose Show and Festival in Thomasville

4/26-4/28: Sacred Heart Garden Festival in Augusta

4/26-4/27: Woodbine Crawfish Festival in Woodbine

4/26-4/27: Georgia Strawberry Festival in Reynolds

4/27: Dogwood Music Festival in Moultrie

4/27: Madison Fest in Madison

4/27: Midway Arts Festival in Midway

4/27: Color the Grove 5K & Music Fest in Albany


5/3-5/5: Southern Blooms Festival at Rock City in Lookout Mountain

5/4-5/5: Shady Days in Gay Arts & Crafts Festival in Gay

5/4-5/5: Art in the Garden Festival & Spring Fling Car Show in Dawsonville

5/4: Tifton Turfgrass Festival in Tifton

5/17-5/18: Adel Daylily Festival in Adel

5/18: 36th Annual Geranium Festival in McDonough

5/18: 51st Mountain Laurel Festival in Clarkesville

5/30-6/2: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in Atlanta

5/31-6/2: Wing & Rock Fest in Woodstock


6/1: Dairy Festival in Eatonton

6/1-6/2: Georgia Sea Island Festival on St. Simon’s Island

6/1-6/2: Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival in Douglasville

6/1: Brew Moon SummerFest in Alpharetta

6/8: Tunes from the Tombs in Atlanta

6/8-6/9: Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Blairsville

6/8-6/9: Peachtree Corners Festival in Peachtree Corners

6/8: Roswell Lavender Festival in Roswell

6/19-6/23: AthFest Music & Arts Festival in Athens

Georgia’s Spring Blooms

We can all agree that the sound of spring in Georgia isn’t birds singing or mowers humming. Instead, the sound of Spring is the sniffle. With that sound, however, comes the welcome sights of blossoms.



We’re entering prime blooming season (you may have noticed the pollen film on your vehicle), and thanks to Melodie McDanal, a Pike Nurseries GGIA professional, I have all the information you need to know about what’s blossoming in Georgia. McDanal says south Georgia is on the cusp of prime

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When can you expect your allergies to kick into high gear? Keep your eye out for the rising pollen count numbers on your local news broadcast, or visit for information that is updated daily.

Trying to identify a blossom or bloom you found in Georgia? Visit where you can use the Plant Finder to search for plants by type, flower or foliage color, size or sun exposure.

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10 Reasons We Love Springtime in Georgia

Georgia is on our mind year-round, but we especially love the Peach State during the spring months. From the blooming flowers to the delightful temperatures, there is plenty to love about springtime in Georgia!

Festival Season: Nothing says spring quite like chowing down on a turkey leg while meandering through booths selling organic soap, handmade jewelry and bottle cap artwork. Georgia is home to such popular spring festivals as the 78th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival and the famous Macon Cherry Blossom Festival. No matter where in Georgia you go, your chances of finding a spring festival between March and June are high. Our advice? Pack up the car and spend a weekend exploring Georgia.

St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah: The city’s famous St. Patrick’s Day festivities attract more than 400,000 Irish and honorary Irish visitors each year! Perhaps the most famous Savannah St. Patrick’s Day celebration is the three-hour parade featuring U.S. military divisions, award-winning bands, marching units, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales and much more. Want a prime parade-viewing spot? We suggest arriving on Bull Street by the cathedral by 6 a.m.

The beautiful Georgia Coast

Mild Temperatures:  Georgia’s spring weather is perfect for backyard barbeques, front porch sitting, driving with the windows down on the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway or visiting Georgia’s Golden Isles. Georgia’s spring weather is so perfect, in fact, we think even Goldilocks would find it to be just right.

Pick-your-own Farms: Grab a bucket and head to one of Georgia’s many pick-your-own farms for a true Southern springtime tradition. Pick fresh peaches at Gardner Farms in Locust Grove or stock up on strawberries when you visit Smith Farms in Caldwell. The whole family will have fun picking their favorite springtime treats fresh from farms throughout the state.

Georgia State Parks: Take advantage of the perfect spring weather with a trip to one of Georgia’s state parks. Whether hitting the hiking trails, paddling the waterways, or sleeping under the stars, Georgia’s state parks have programs the whole family will love.

Spring Break: When Spring Break rolls around, students of all ages are restless for outdoor fun. Luckily for them (and their parents), Georgia is filled with theme parks, attractions, outdoor adventures and more. Treat your little one to a day at Wild Adventures in Valdosta, a hike up Stone Mountain in Atlanta or have an adventure on the water in Rabun County. No matter which activity choose, your child will return to school with a story to share!

Atlanta Braves

Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia

Braves Baseball: When April arrives, fans across the Southeast don their jerseys, paint their faces, and do the tomahawk chop in honor of the Atlanta Braves. A game at Turner Field, affectionately called “The Ted,” is a must-see when in Georgia.

Patio Dining: We’re of the firm belief that food always tastes better when eaten on a patio. Whether you’re sipping a cocktail at Atlanta’s Park Tavern or enjoying an intimate sunset dinner at the Meritage Café in Columbus, Georgia’s springtime weather makes for the perfect patio dining experience.

Lake Season: When the temperatures warm up, folks everywhere flock to Georgia’s lakes for weekends full of water skiing, tubing and more. Rent a pontoon boat on Lake Sinclair, camp on the shore of Lake Oconee or book a weekend at the luxurious lake Lanier Islands Resort to get your lake fix this spring.

Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Flowers in Bloom: Our springtime list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our beautiful blooming flowers, including azaleas, peach blossoms, magnolias and more. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the season with a visit to one of Georgia’s famous gardens, such as Guido Gardens in Metter, Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground and Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. You’ll discover displays of floral beauty like you’ve never seen before when you explore Georgia!


Lauren Cleland



Lauren Cleland is the voice of Explore Georgia on social media. She loves ice cold sweet tea, anything peach flavored, channeling Scarlett O’Hara in her daily life and sharing the wonders of her beloved Georgia with all of you!