7 Top Georgia Springtime Festivals for Kids
Red Hot Chili Cookoff (St. Simons Island) – My family loves anything that has to do with a taste test. Not only is the Red Hot Chili Cookoff sure to fill them up, it lets them explore a variety of tastes and vote for a winner. The 2018 festival is set for March 3 at Postell Park. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the gate.
Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival (Hagan) – If snakes make you squirm, this may not be the festival for you, but if your child loves animals, this event is one you won’t want to miss. The 2018 festival will run March 10-11. Admission is $7 for adults. Children 5 years old and younger get in free.
Irish Balloon Fest & Glow (Dublin) – The night sky will come alive with the glow at night. During the day, numerous balloons float across the Georgia sky in a race to the finish. This unique event gives kids a great opportunity to take pictures and videos with their tablets. The 2018 festival will be March 9-10. Admission to the event is free.
International Cherry Blossom Festival (Macon) – Two weeks of family-friendly fun are planned for the annual festival. From the parade to the bed races to trying new foods at the Food Truck Frenzy, there is something to fill every day of the festival that your children will love. The 2018 festival runs March 16-25. Admission to many events and the parade is free.
Atlanta Science Festival (Atlanta) – The two-week-long celebration features demonstrations and learning activites throughout the Atlanta metro area, but the big, can’t-miss event is the Exploration Expo. Set up in Piedmont Park, the free event offers children and adults the opportunity to see science in action and even participate in a few experiments. The 2018 festival runs March 9-24, with the Expo on March 24.
Sheep to Shawl (Atlanta) – Each year, the Atlanta History Center brings into focus the traditions, people and work that made Georgia what it is today. Sheep to Shawl welcomes guests to enjoy a day "on the farm" where they can be entertained by a bevy of live animals, listen to storytelling, watch blacksmithing, participate in candle making and much more. The 2018 festival is April 7, and admission to the event is included with regular admission.
Strawberry Festival at The Rock Ranch (The Rock) – Visit with Strawberry Shortcake and the Strawberry Princess, pick your own strawberries, and don't miss the strawberry ice cream and other delicious treats! Kids will love riding the pedal carts, ponies, jumping on the giant pillow and so much more at The Rock Ranch. The 2018 festival date is TBD. Cost: $15 per person over age 2.
Eileen Falkenberg-Hull is Georgia's official Festival Explorer. Find more of her festival trip ideas on ExploreGeorgia.org.