Top Festivals for Spring/Summer
Georgia's winters are mostly mild, but we still jump for joy when spring arrives with its warm sunshine, beautiful blooms and lots of festivals.
Celebrating begins at the Valdosta-Lowndes Azalea Festival in Drexel Park
each March. Fun abounds with a Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show and the Wild Adventures Theme Park stage. Run a 5K race, try to outlast a mechanical bull, play in the KidZone and marvel at the rainbow of azalea colors.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Macon has impressive bragging rights with its Cherry Blossom Festival.
The city’s 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees have earned it the title of “Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.” Over the last three decades, the festival has grown from a weekend event to 10 days of parades, live music and fireworks.
Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival
Conyers is Cherry Blossom
happy, too, celebrating its festival at the Georgia International Horse Park
. Wear pink, and you might win a prize. Kids are big winners here with an interactive play area, puppet shows and a scavenger hunt. Best of all, it’s free!
Savannah Music Festival
Savannah celebrates with a citywide music festival
covering two weeks in March and April. Get into the groove with Rosanne Cash, Bela Fleck, Dianne Reeves, Mavis Staples, Lucinda Williams, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and other jazz, roots, blues and world music artists during Georgia’s largest music festival.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival
in April heralds the arrival of spring and the city’s ubiquitous white and pink blooms at Piedmont Park
. Brighten your abode with an original sculpture or a painting from the juried artist market. Chill out or dance to musical stars under the evening sky, expand your world view at the International Village Cultural Exchange Pavilions and marvel at the high-flying canines at Disc Dogs.
Blessing of the Fleet
Each April, Darien holds The Blessing of the Fleet
for the captains of shrimp boats for a safe season. The largest event of its kind on the East Coast, it’s also a great time to get some exercise with the 5K run, admire automotive masterpieces at a classic car show and salute seagoing ships during the maritime parade.
Head to Waycross for April’s Swampfest
. Celebrating all things boggy, you’ll hear rock and country music, fly high yourself on a zip line, and learn all about snakes, alligators and other reptilian swamp dwellers.
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Foodies and fans of adult libations descend upon Midtown from around the world for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
in May. You can graze in a tasting tent for a couple of hours or go all-in for a Connoisseur Experience.
Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival
Named in honor of the founder of the National Hydrangea Society, this Douglasville festival in June
has grown to include garden tours, a flower show, hat parade, and markets for art, flowers and home goods. See the town decked out in hydrangea blossoms, ribbons and more as residents and business owners decorate and compete for prizes.
Georgia Mountain Fair
A trip to the Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee is the perfect July getaway from summer in the city. Cool breezes whisper through the pines while the strains of country music and the scent of funnel cakes fill the air. See performances by Neal McCoy, Rhonda Vincent, The Bellamy Brothers and Herman's Hermits over the two-week festival.
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Beautiful Drexel Park is home to the annual Azalea Festival, an event that draws hundreds of vendors & thousands of visitors every March. A Century Bike Ride, a 5K... Find Out More
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Located just 28 miles from Atlanta, this 1,400-acre complex is the home to many equestrian and sporting events, not to mention year-round fairs, festivals, car shows... Find Out More
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Every year, Piedmont Park hosts major festivals such as the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and Atlanta Pride. But the 211-acre park is open year-round to athletes, nature... Find Out More