Red Baraat at Savannah Music Festival. Photo by Frank Stewart
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Top Festivals for Spring & Summer in Georgia

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.

Azalea Festival in Valdosta

Azalea Festival

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. March 14-15, 2020

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Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival

Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival

Conyers is cherry blossom happy, too, celebrating its festival at the Georgia International Horse Park in March. 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, the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival is free! March 21-22, 2020

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Steve Riley at Savannah Music Festival. Photo by Elizabeth Leitzell

Savannah Music Festival

Savannah celebrates with the citywide Savannah Music Festival, covering two weeks in March and April. Get into the groove with jazz, roots, blues and world music artists during Georgia's largest music festival. March 26-April 11, 2020

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International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia

International Cherry Blossom Festival

Macon has impressive bragging rights with its International Cherry Blossom Festival in March. 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. March 27-April 5, 2020

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Blessing of the Fleet in Darien, Georgia

Blessing of the Fleet

Each spring, Darien holds The Blessing of the Fleet Festival for the captains of local shrimp boats. 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. March 27-29, 2020

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Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park

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. April 17-19, 2020

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Thomasville Rose Parade float with Rose Queens. Photo by Seeing Southern Photography

Thomasville Rose Show and Festival

Since the 1920s, Thomasville has been celebrating spring by showing off roses at the Rose Show and Festival, and over the years, the festivities have grown to include a huge parade, fireworks, live music, food and much more. Spend the weekend in April admiring thousands of roses from all over the Southeast, strolling through the car show, finding new pieces for your collection at Art in the Park and enjoying the city's unique brand of Southern hospitality. April 23-25, 2020

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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Foodies and fans of adult libations descend upon Midtown Atlanta from around the world for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. You can graze in a tasting tent for a couple of hours or go all-in for a Connoisseur Experience. May 28-31, 2020

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Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival

Named in honor of the founder of the National Hydrangea Society, the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival, Garden Tour & Flower Show in June has grown to include garden tours, a flower show, hat parade, and markets for art, flowers and home goods. See Douglasville decked out in hydrangea blossoms, ribbons and more as residents and business owners decorate and compete for prizes. June 6-7, 2020

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Horses at gate of Georgia Mountain Fair

Georgia Mountain Fair

A trip to the Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee is the perfect 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 top recording artists over the two-week festival. Aug. 14-22, 2020

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Published: January 2020