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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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H0918ONTHETOWN 121) Sandy Springs Festival

You say, “Before Sandy Springs became a city, ‘The Festival’ was the one thing that unified our community. Whether one is young or old, it is the best place to see neighbors and friends, grab something to eat, and enjoy the fall weather. I always enjoy the heritage demonstrations, such as sheep shearing and blacksmithing, as well as the variety of crafters and food vendors.

2) Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival

3) Atlanta Dogwood Festival

4) Inman Park Festival

5) Sweetwater 420 Festival

6) Taste of West Cobb

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metdogwood0408a1) Atlanta Dogwood Festival

You say, “Nothing says spring to Atlantans quite like blooming dogwood trees and this annual celebration of those blooms really does have something for everyone. Visitors to the festival get great music, a wide variety of arts and crafts, tasty food and, best of all, a stroll through Piedmont Park in spring.”

2) Inman Park Festival

3) National Black Arts Festival

4) Yellow Daisy Festival

5) Atlanta Jazz Festival

6) Decatur Book Festival

234 comments Add your comment

RealSquawk

March 8th, 2010
11:03 am

Nominating the National Black Arts Festival

Lori

March 8th, 2010
11:05 am

I’ve always been a fan of the Yellow Daisy Festival. In part because the festival itself is usually better than other craft fairs of the same type. Also, the venue is better because there are plenty of other family activities at Stone Mountain than just the festival, so you can make a whole day out of it.

Kenbud

March 8th, 2010
3:28 pm

Inman Park Festival

KeithKNOWS

March 8th, 2010
7:44 pm

National Black Arts Festival, connect, inspire, transform(Arts, Culture) Be amazed! Be Dazzled! Be there..July 14-18 http://www.nbaf.org

snb

March 8th, 2010
7:53 pm

Decatur Book Festival

Rick

March 8th, 2010
10:00 pm

The Inman Park festival is my favorite!

JC

March 9th, 2010
6:07 am

Inman Park Festival

Nazan Yar

March 9th, 2010
7:31 am

Fire Ant Festival

Da Troof

March 9th, 2010
7:55 am

Da Inman Park Festival, shawty!!!

Frida

March 9th, 2010
8:01 am

Inman Park Festival

[...] just one more sign that spring has arrived: the AJC’s Best of the Big A blog is asking you to pick the best festival around Atlanta. After all the festivals and fairs we’ve discussed on this blog, I know you’ve got [...]

Podes

March 9th, 2010
8:05 am

The Greek Festival is by far the best…..great food made with LOVE!!!

CC

March 9th, 2010
8:07 am

Chomp & Stomp!

HometownGrirl

March 9th, 2010
8:11 am

Duluth Fall Festival

ATLlive

March 9th, 2010
8:14 am

Inman Park Festival!

EG

March 9th, 2010
8:17 am

The best festival in and around Atlanta has to be the Apple Festival in October.

Unimpressed

March 9th, 2010
8:26 am

Trae

March 9th, 2010
8:33 am

Inman Park Festival

Big E

March 9th, 2010
8:34 am

INMAN PARK FESTIVAL. Nothing compares!

Bob Herndon

March 9th, 2010
8:39 am

ATLANTA BBQ Festival Sept 11th at Atlantic Station. Our city can beat any other city when it comes To Q!!!

Sharon Foster Jones

March 9th, 2010
8:40 am

Inman Park!!

Liz Smith

March 9th, 2010
8:50 am

The Atlanta BBQ Festival! mmm

Amanda (A man duh)

March 9th, 2010
8:52 am

Why honey, it’s Pride!

Mary Barnett

March 9th, 2010
8:57 am

The Greek Festival!! Always so much fun

Jim

March 9th, 2010
9:01 am

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival After being banished to Lenox it has come back to Piedmont stronger and more dynamic.

Deanna

March 9th, 2010
9:14 am

Dogwood Festival!

Coastal Cavalier

March 9th, 2010
9:17 am

ATLANTA BBQ Festival …uhmmm barbeque

Ben

March 9th, 2010
9:18 am

Best: Inman Park Festival
Next best: Dogwood Festival

Andrew

March 9th, 2010
9:19 am

The Atlanta BBQ Festival

Virginia

March 9th, 2010
9:20 am

Hands all the way down —-Inman Park

Leesa

March 9th, 2010
9:21 am

Dogwood, Dogwood, Dogwood.

Keith

March 9th, 2010
9:22 am

Nominating the Pig Jig in Vienna…

Mark

March 9th, 2010
9:23 am

McDonough’s Geranium Festival is terrific!

Erin

March 9th, 2010
9:24 am

Yes, there are many great festivals around town, but the Dogwood is the Grand Daddy of them all… draws such an ecclectic mix of people from all around Atlanta to one (incredibly beautiful) central location.

Brian

March 9th, 2010
9:26 am

Reynoldstown Wheelbarrow Festival (wheelbarrowfestival.com). 15th Annual this year.

Lori

March 9th, 2010
9:28 am

McDonough’s Geranium Festival, really? You don’t get out much do you Mark? I live in McDonough, and I can tell you, it pretty much sucks.

Bumper

March 9th, 2010
9:28 am

Great answers – but let’s stick with LOCAL festivals, not NATIONAL festivals – this is about ATLANTA, people!

TH

March 9th, 2010
9:29 am

The Atlanta BBQ Festival!! Great BBQ in a great city

Eric

March 9th, 2010
9:44 am

It’s all about the Dogwood Festival – the one true sign that Spring has arrived in Atlanta!

Mike

March 9th, 2010
9:44 am

I vote Dogwood Festival, too!

Christopher

March 9th, 2010
9:46 am

Inman Park Festival

Jax

March 9th, 2010
9:50 am

It’s not in Georgia but the Shrimp Festival is hard to beat. Amelia Island, FL is the most beautiful place to visit in the northeast part of Florida.

Festival goer

March 9th, 2010
9:55 am

National Black Arts Festival – Hands down. Last for days AND there’s parties/performances/music all night!! The WORLD comes to this wonderful Atlanta gem

yodamonkey

March 9th, 2010
9:55 am

The Dogwood Festival is definitely Atlanta’s finest! While others have their niche, the Dogwood Festival is the granddaddy (literally) of ‘em all. I look forward to my first jaunt to Piedmont Park every spring to enjoy the Dogwood Festival and this year is no exception!

Randi

March 9th, 2010
9:56 am

Taste of Atlanta by far – so many great restaurants to try all in one place!

Charon

March 9th, 2010
9:57 am

Hands down Inman Park Festival

Emjay

March 9th, 2010
10:02 am

The Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival in Kennesaw

apple

March 9th, 2010
10:02 am

Geranium Festival in McDonough in May
Many vendors, food and music
only downside it is only 1 day.

SnewoDawg

March 9th, 2010
10:02 am

For Trill, it’s the Inman Park Festival. The Friday before festival was always like a holiday for those of us that grew up in Inman Park. All of the other neighborhood festivals are just trying to play catch-up to the original!

ME

March 9th, 2010
10:03 am

Pride for sure.

ziza

March 9th, 2010
10:03 am

national black arts festival, atlanta jazz festival

Scott

March 9th, 2010
10:04 am

Atlanta BBQ Festival!!!!

Kris

March 9th, 2010
10:04 am

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival, because it includes all Atlantans.

Sid Hetzler

March 9th, 2010
10:05 am

Inman Park. But Atlanta should have its own town festival all over town, like Spoleto in Charleston SC.

sarah price

March 9th, 2010
10:08 am

Roo Badley

March 9th, 2010
10:08 am

“The WORLD comes to this Atlanta gem”?
I don’t THINK so.

ER

March 9th, 2010
10:11 am

Having grown up in Atlanta I still love the Inmand Park Festival. But after being in Macon 12 years I have grown to love the Chery Blossom festival. It encompasses the ENTIRE city with events all over town every day for over a week. The focus of the festival is in Central City Park and downtown, with vendors on the weekends, a mini fair and vendors in the park everday, festivities (free cherry ice cream!) every daydowntown and free concerts every night at the park. Truly an amazingly good time for the family!

Ayesha

March 9th, 2010
10:15 am

ATLANTA BBQ FESTIVAL!

JT

March 9th, 2010
10:16 am

Atlanta BBQ festival!!!!!

fes

March 9th, 2010
10:17 am

corndogorama

Steve

March 9th, 2010
10:20 am

When voting for these festivals, how about we stick to those that have something for everyone. Pride and that Black Arts thing do not fit this criterion.

Inman Park, hands down.

Roo Badley

March 9th, 2010
10:23 am

Thanks, Steve – I agree.

Melody

March 9th, 2010
10:28 am

Inman Park Festival!

Melody

March 9th, 2010
10:31 am

To Steve: I’m a straight white woman and I love PRIDE and the Black Arts Festival

Madeline

March 9th, 2010
10:32 am

Definitely the Dogwood Festival!

Roo Badley

March 9th, 2010
10:34 am

To the “straight white woman” – you are a rarity in Atlanta – please don’t leave – you may be the only one left!

Fuzzy

March 9th, 2010
10:35 am

ATLANTA BBQ Festival. Hard to beat any type of festival that involves grilled meats. Sept 11th at Atlantic Station for those interested.

Close second… Big Green Egg – Eggtoberfest in October.

Steve

March 9th, 2010
10:36 am

Melody: that’s great. I am the father of three young children. Arts festivals bore them to tears, and Pride with its frequent, um, displays of “liberation”? Forget it.

Roo Badley: AMEN

diamond e

March 9th, 2010
10:39 am

anyone ever heard of the astro glide festival.i think it’s held at peidmont park sometime after dark

Chuck Walker

March 9th, 2010
10:41 am

BEAR ON THE SQUARE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL in Dahlonega. Good music, good food, arts, crafts,childrens acitivities, not overly crowded. Historic setting. No fee required. What more could you ask for?

Carleigh

March 9th, 2010
10:42 am

Wheelbarrow Festival in Reynoldstown! Great music, great people, amazing food, awesome neighborhood party…

Drew

March 9th, 2010
10:43 am

candler park midsummer music fest! I mean cmon…Guster played last year

WIZARDOFX

March 9th, 2010
10:45 am

Wheelbarrow Festival in Reynoldstown!

diamond e

March 9th, 2010
10:50 am

pretty sure there is some wheelbarrow action at the astro glide festival

mambera

March 9th, 2010
10:51 am

I can’t believe no one has mentioned Va-Hi’s Summerfest. That, the NBAF, Dogwood (at Piedmont Park), and Inman Park are my favorites. Though not a festival, Screen on the Green is great, too–but it needs to move back to Piedmont.

Atlanta Lawyer

March 9th, 2010
10:51 am

Atlanta BBQ Festival!

Roo Badley

March 9th, 2010
10:52 am

diamond e: and there is also some “in man” action and probably some “dog” and “wood”, too.

Andrew Ho

March 9th, 2010
10:52 am

No love for the 420 Fest? There ought to be!

THUNDER THUG

March 9th, 2010
10:57 am

FREAKNIK IS THE BOMB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amber Collins

March 9th, 2010
11:05 am

My vote is split between the Inman Park Festival and the Decatur Book Festival.

Kupe

March 9th, 2010
11:08 am

Inman Park Festival!!

Debbi H

March 9th, 2010
11:20 am

Bear on the Square Festival in Dahlonega. Take a drive up here – it is, by far, the best.

Jeffrey

March 9th, 2010
11:24 am

The Taste of the Highlands, a benefit for Children’s Healthcare is always a great time. Awesome food, no lines, groovy music and some of the coolest folks intown.

Kim Foster

March 9th, 2010
11:27 am

The Decatur Book Festival!!

Thomas

March 9th, 2010
11:28 am

The Duck Derby Festival in Cartersville! 20,000+ rubber ducks racing down the Etowah River for tons of great prizes…including a 2010 Kia Soul! Plus it supports a great cause, Advocates for Children. It’s spec-quack-ular!

Terry Kennedy

March 9th, 2010
11:31 am

I live in North Carolina now, but I always make it a point to travel back to Atlanta for the Decatur Book Festival.

Ganners

March 9th, 2010
11:38 am

I love Art in the Park at the Marietta Square.

Also any Taste of…..

So excited festival season is starting!!!

TreeHugger

March 9th, 2010
11:38 am

The Wheelbarrow Festival because it is still easily accessible and quite intimate. If I could choose two favorites, I would include the Black Arts Festival because of its diverse nature of events and locations around the city.

I still enjoy the Inman Park Festival, but it is hard to find parking, and the subsequent walk is difficult with two babies in tow. I miss the Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park, as that was my favorite for years… Relaxing in a huge meadow with jazz greats serenading our appreciative ears and spirits was a great way to kick off so many summers. I miss that one in its former venue.

Kim

March 9th, 2010
11:42 am

The Renaissance Festival in Fairburn. Every year, every weekend from April to June.

Lesley

March 9th, 2010
11:42 am

Gotta be the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. It’s still going strong at 74 years, and is a wonderful tradition here in Atlanta. It’s topical and constantly updating itself with the addition of the International community stage & events, and other exciting partnerships.

alan

March 9th, 2010
11:50 am

HotoberFest seems to be a great hybrid of beer festival and neighborhood festival, all to promote sustainability. Located at Glenwood park Neighborhood, minutes from downtown. What’s NOT to like?

LS

March 9th, 2010
11:53 am

I’m with Kim. The Renaissance Festival in Fairburn is for everyone, all ages.

Summit Dawg

March 9th, 2010
11:57 am

Hey now, it’s about a three hour drive, but you have to check out the “Washpot Festival” in Garfield, Ga.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s in May……….

The Duchess

March 9th, 2010
11:59 am

I went to the Inman Park festival for the first time last year…I truly enjoyed myself. I bought a beautiful walking stick. :) I will be returning for sure!!!!

koko

March 9th, 2010
12:01 pm

1. Inman Park Festival
2. Chomp and Stomp

Egger

March 9th, 2010
12:02 pm

East Atlanta Strut and Inman Park Festival

Michelle

March 9th, 2010
12:03 pm

70,000 people can’t be wrong- best fest = DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL every labor day weekend!

Mari Lee

March 9th, 2010
12:11 pm

The Renaissance Festival with the Lost Boys and the Tortuga Twins. My family is counting down the days!

Rog

March 9th, 2010
12:17 pm

Dogwood is the King of Spring, but I think the Va-Hi Summerfest is equally awesome. And in the Fall, a great time can be had at Hotoberfest…if you’re a beer lover it rocks!

GS

March 9th, 2010
12:24 pm

The Taste of West Cobb at The Avenue West Cobb is a community event that features outstanding music, good food, and family friendly fun. It is April 17th and this will be the 3rd year. Proceeds go to support a good cause…Hillgrove Bands Music Education Programs.

Stewart

March 9th, 2010
12:30 pm

Decatur Book Festival
Inman Park Festival

iRun

March 9th, 2010
12:33 pm

OK, so that’s twice I’ve tried to post and it didn’t show…

Twee

March 9th, 2010
12:34 pm

National Black Arts Festival…hands down!

Melissa

March 9th, 2010
12:40 pm

Cabbage Town’s Chomp and Stomp!

street smart

March 9th, 2010
12:45 pm

The Dogwood rates the HIGHest with me, the 2004 fest was the best one of em all. The one at Lenox being the worst, dont it always go to show that if it aint broke dont fix it. Never take it out of Piedmont again!

Mary

March 9th, 2010
12:53 pm

Taste of West Cobb, April 17th! Not only is it a blast, it benefits the Hillgrove High School Band programs.

Tru' Ga. Peach

March 9th, 2010
12:57 pm

When’s the Inman Park Festival? Any info on a informative website?

Emmett

March 9th, 2010
12:58 pm

Sandy Springs Festival!

PS

March 9th, 2010
12:59 pm

The Dogwood Festival of course. After the festival you can visit Dogwood Restaurant on Peachtree St. for a delicous meal.

Sherman

March 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

ATLANTA BBQ Festival

Liz

March 9th, 2010
1:14 pm

Enter your comments here

Liz

March 9th, 2010
1:15 pm

Reynoldstown has been hosting the Wheelbarrow Festival for more than 10 years. Coming up in June

woody

March 9th, 2010
1:16 pm

Whichever one has the most free stuff.

KCE

March 9th, 2010
1:23 pm

I love the Inman Park Festival, but I miss the Piedmont Park Arts Festival as it was in the ’80s.

Meredith

March 9th, 2010
1:23 pm

Chomp & Stomp!

Joseph

March 9th, 2010
1:27 pm

Taste Of West Cobb

CW

March 9th, 2010
1:30 pm

Went to Taste of West Cobb last year. Food was great and wide variety of choices to choose from. Tickets were $1 and most vendors charged 2-4 tickets but portions were very large, not the tiny taste portions I’ve seen at other events. Great event!

JA

March 9th, 2010
1:35 pm

Taste of West Cobb is great!!

Kristi

March 9th, 2010
1:39 pm

I enjoy the Renaissance Festival every year!

moons

March 9th, 2010
1:43 pm

Inman Park in the Spring, Chomp n Stomp in the Fall!

Keith

March 9th, 2010
1:43 pm

Inman Park Festival

Christy

March 9th, 2010
1:43 pm

Sandy Springs Festival in September!

Pam Polk

March 9th, 2010
1:47 pm

TOWC-Taste of West Cobb at The Avenue / Dallas Hwy April 17th. Featuring West Cobb’s premier bands from Hillgrove High School. Great food, vendors, and of course music. Visit http://www.tasteofwestcobb.org for ticket information-admission is free!!!!

da Judge

March 9th, 2010
1:50 pm

The Atlanta BBQ Festival is newer than some, but is already the greatest festival in Atlanta , , maybe the whole Southeast. It will be bigger and better than anything else that has been mentioned….

Jake

March 9th, 2010
1:57 pm

I can’t wait for 420 fest in Candler Park! I know life is good when my favorite local brewery is hosting a beer festival 3 blocks from home =D

Suzy

March 9th, 2010
2:00 pm

lovelylibra

March 9th, 2010
2:03 pm

Does anyone have any dates on these festivals or websites?

Norm

March 9th, 2010
2:05 pm

Taste Of West Cobb

Adam Stillman

March 9th, 2010
2:06 pm

Inman Park Festival all the way. April 24-25. http://www.inmanparkfestival.org/

KC

March 9th, 2010
2:09 pm

420 Fest in Candler Park is always good! Went last several years and it is a great mix of people, beer, and music.

Teri McLendon

March 9th, 2010
2:11 pm

The Taste of West Cobb and The Avenue West Cobb is the best event. You should check this out on April 17, 2010.

My T-shirt Says This

March 9th, 2010
2:14 pm

The gay black dog beer and barbecue festival in the park is my favorite.

MC

March 9th, 2010
2:15 pm

420 FEST!!!!!!!!

JFolster

March 9th, 2010
2:17 pm

Csam

March 9th, 2010
2:20 pm

Marietta Greek Festival in May…great food, great music!

Queenie the Collie

March 9th, 2010
2:26 pm

Where can I find one of them gay black dogs?

rob

March 9th, 2010
2:42 pm

Funny to see all the festival promoters pushing their festival.
Why not take a look at the crowds to tell you what the good festivals are.
Taste of West Cobb, Marietta Greek Festival and Sandy Springs festival combined are no where in the same league as 420 Fest, Candler Park Festival, Inman Park Festival, Dogwood Festival & Va. Highland

Denise

March 9th, 2010
2:43 pm

Hotoberfest in Glenwood Park the first weekend of October has been the BEST festival I have attended in Atlanta. The park is gorgeous, great music and beer, eco inspired artists, and spreading the word about sustainability on all levels. HOTOBERFEST ROCKS!

woody

March 9th, 2010
2:44 pm

The one that happens on the weekend.

Horsetoothedjackass

March 9th, 2010
2:47 pm

East Atlanta Beer Festival.

Alex

March 9th, 2010
2:50 pm

Inman Park Festival is the best….and still all volunteers from the hood!

Karleeki

March 9th, 2010
2:51 pm

I love the Sandy Springs Festival, great for families, and wonderful local artists.

GeorgiaBoy

March 9th, 2010
2:53 pm

The Va-Hi Summerfest, or the Stumphouse’s (Steamhouse’s) oyster festival.

GeorgiaBoy

March 9th, 2010
2:53 pm

Oh, and the Inman Park Fest, too!

baw

March 9th, 2010
2:55 pm

Sandy Springs Festival

Rog

March 9th, 2010
2:57 pm

Agree with rob, it’s always so obvious when someone is promoting and not just sharing an opinion! Why not post your yard sale info here while you’re at it? :>)

matt

March 9th, 2010
3:00 pm

420 Fest, hands down.

Paige

March 9th, 2010
3:05 pm

Sandy Springs Festival is the best!!! I have been going to the festival since I was a little girl. My favorite part of the show is the Artist Market- you can always count on finding handcrafted, original fine craft and fine art. The Sandy Springs Festival is a great place to take your whole family- something for everyone to do. Also, the volunteer staff is wonderful and very helpful.

Ginny

March 9th, 2010
3:08 pm

The Sandy Springs Festival the end of September…2-days of shopping (arts and crafts, jewelry, food items, clothes, outdoor art, etc.), awesome bands performing all day, great children’s area, hubby’s getaway at the antique car show, delicious festival food, a special georgia made and georgia grown area, a Silent Auction with GREAT deals on gift certificates, items, and trips…seriously, what doesn’t the Sandy Springs Festival have?!?

Oh, and best part–dogs are welcomed to attend (one of the few festivals that allow) and they even have a special pet parade Saturday morning with prizes!

Don’t miss it this year: September 25th and 26th. I hear they are celebrating their 25th anniversary…I bet they go all out this year. Oh and tickets are only like $5 for one-day or $7 for a two-day pass for an adult…I can’t even go see a movie for $5! And kids are just $2 with under 5 years free.

Ginny

March 9th, 2010
3:09 pm

Ok, sorry to promote–I am a long-time volunteer…after spending all the time on the Festival, we want people to show up! :-)

jam

March 9th, 2010
3:11 pm

BJ

March 9th, 2010
3:12 pm

The Sandy Springs Festival is one of the BEST! This will be it’s 25th year and it keeps growing. A great festival for families! There is something there for everyone……….Collector Car Show, Fine Arts/Crafts, Business Area, Children’s Area, Teen Section, wonderful Food Court, continuous Entertainment and a concert in the evening, GA Made GA Grown, Pet Parade, one of the largest Silent Auctions I have ever seen, Honey of SS Contest, a 5K/10K Run, sometimes a bike race, etc. New things are added each year. Great location for Buckhead, Dunwoody, Roswell, Alpharetta, Marietta — all to meet and have FUN!
Weekend of Sept. 25 and 26, 2010!!!!

melissa's mom

March 9th, 2010
3:18 pm

So many of these festivals are just alike – same food, same artists, etc. But the Corndogorama – now that’s different! Who doesn’t love a corn dog? I also have to give a shout out to the Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp. All that yummy home made chili, mmmm. Decatur Book Festival is another great one.

melissa's mom

March 9th, 2010
3:20 pm

Oh! Almost forgot. This weekend is the Booth Western Museum Cowboy Festival! Yee haw! Now that’s cool! It’s a little bit of a hike up 75 to Cartersville, but it’s worth it to listen to the cowboy poetry.

rlcookster

March 9th, 2010
3:27 pm

Oysterfest @ the SteamHouse……good food, cold beer, beautiful people!!

Coop

March 9th, 2010
3:28 pm

420 FEST!!! Definitely.

Bev Hogan

March 9th, 2010
3:31 pm

The Sandy Springs Festival is the BEST. It brings the community together working on a great family festival with something for everybody – food, children’s area, heritage education demonstrations, teen area, street vendors, car show, tours of Historic Williams/Payne House, Enjoying Sandy Springs Historic Site Park, business expo, performances on stage, Sandy Springs 5000, auction area and more. Great weekend for everybody!

Tru' Ga. Peach

March 9th, 2010
3:35 pm

What/When/Where is the 420 Fest?

Dayna

March 9th, 2010
3:36 pm

Reynoldstown Wheelbarrow Fest.

al

March 9th, 2010
3:43 pm

420 fest for sure!

JL

March 9th, 2010
3:44 pm

Taste of West Cobb! Great event with food, music and more. And it benifits the Hillgrove Band Program

RBM

March 9th, 2010
3:48 pm

The Decatur Arts Festival–great art–love the square and easily accessible from MARTA. Don’t miss it!

Judy Burkholder

March 9th, 2010
3:53 pm

My favorite festival is the Sandy Springs Festival, now in its 25th year. Before Sandy Springs became a city, “The Festival” was the one thing that unified our community. Whether one is young or old, it is the best place to see neighbors and friends, grab something to eat, and enjoy the fall weather. I always enjoy the heritage demonstrations, such as sheep shearing and blacksmithing,as well as the variety of crafters and food vendors. The children’s and teen areas are great for wholesome fun and the pet parade is always fun for the dog lovers among us. There is truly something for everyone at the Sandy Springs Festival.

Bill

March 9th, 2010
3:54 pm

The coolest festival I’ve been to is the Atlanta Barbecue Festival, Georgia and Atlanta is known for its delectable barbecue. One of the coolest things about the festival is the way it brings in people from all walks of life, backgrounds and heritage. Best of all it tastes great!!!!!

Courtney

March 9th, 2010
4:02 pm

Taste of West Cobb

Jay

March 9th, 2010
4:04 pm

Inman Park, then Dogwood, then Chomp N Stomp. The beer festivals are getting to be too crowded. Or I am getting too old. Or both!

Shane Harrison

March 9th, 2010
4:12 pm

And for anyone involved in promoting any local festivals (or for those helping organize them), please make sure your event is in our online events database. Go here to check and to add your event if it isn’t there:

http://entertainment.accessatlanta.com/listings

MJ

March 9th, 2010
4:17 pm

The Taste of West Cobb at The Avenue West Cobb on April 17th.

David

March 9th, 2010
4:41 pm

Enter your comments here

Hillary

March 9th, 2010
4:48 pm

The one I look forward to every year is Taste of Atlanta….delish!

Casey's mom

March 9th, 2010
4:52 pm

I can’t believe no one has mentioned the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival! This year will be number 8 and it is awesome!

Jeanne Flint

March 9th, 2010
5:00 pm

1) Dogwood Arts Festival
2) Decatur Art Festival
3) East Atlanta STRUT
4) Oakhurst Art & Music Festival
5) Telephone Factory Holiday Show

Jennifer

March 9th, 2010
5:00 pm

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival-great music, great artists, great food!

David

March 9th, 2010
5:01 pm

The Block party at Mercer is great for kids.

Robin

March 9th, 2010
5:15 pm

The Decatur Book Festival!

Bill

March 9th, 2010
5:19 pm

Dogwood in the spring and taste of atlanta in fall. Dogwood is the best!

Don

March 9th, 2010
5:37 pm

Summer Shade in Grant Park!

Deborah

March 9th, 2010
5:40 pm

The Taste of West Cobb is by far the best. It supports the Hillgrove HS excellent band program, so you get good music, good food and good fun.

Love the Bands

March 9th, 2010
5:41 pm

Taste of West Cobb was great fun last year. Have not attended any of the others, so I don’t know about them. This one was close to home and the restaurants were ones from the area that I would want to try.

fred

March 9th, 2010
5:57 pm

Macon Cherry Blossom Festival by far,

Christel Sundin

March 9th, 2010
6:14 pm

Absolutely Inman Park Spring Festival and Tour of Homes!
Wonderful homes on tour, 3 stages with great music, quality arts & crafts, good food and beer, the most beautiful neighborhood, and a fun children’s activity area to top it of.

teeia

March 9th, 2010
6:35 pm

Atlanta Jazz Festival, if I’m talking about the ‘enjoy a day outside’ kind of festivals…haven’t been to the BBQ fest though…that even sounds good. NBAF would be it if I’m looking for a cultural kind of thing…the film fest is cool too.

KR

March 9th, 2010
6:58 pm

Taste of West Cobb! (At the Avenues at West Cobb)

I’m not a Hillgrove band member but that festival is so much fun!

Shaquisha

March 9th, 2010
7:13 pm

Taste of West Cobb is the stuff!
http://www.allinonemgmt.com/towc/restaurants.htm check it out!

dmnhaynie

March 9th, 2010
7:14 pm

The Taste of West Cobb festival on Saturday April 17th is an awesome festival put on at The Avenue at Wst Cobb by the non-profit Hillgrove High Band program in Cobb County GA. It offers some of the finest selection of Jazz, Dance, Choir, Percussion, and Marching Band music, as well as prize opportunities and food from some of the best restaurants from around the area. All proceeds go to benefit the featured award-winning Hillgrove Band, and promote the musical and intellectual development of many students from around the area. Visit http://www.tasteofwestcobb.org for more info.

poniiiiiii

March 9th, 2010
7:22 pm

The taste of west cobb at The West Cobb Avenue :)

Jami

March 9th, 2010
7:41 pm

National Black Arts Festical (I hope they move it back to Centennial Olympic Park this summer instead of Woodruff Arts Center),Dogwood (love that it’s in Piedmont instead of Lenox and I hope it stays that way),Decatur Book Fest (parking!),Inman Park Festival, Chastain Park Festival, I like the Yellow Daisy Festival but only went once.Don’t drive to SM that much.

da Judge

March 9th, 2010
7:44 pm

I am not a promoter. i’m just a guy who appreciates some of the best BBQ you will ever taste. That’s why I believe the Atlanta BBQ Festival will outshine them all !!!

Anne Moshtael

March 9th, 2010
7:53 pm

Dogwood by far! Ring in Spring! Great Art! Good food!

Jenbug

March 9th, 2010
8:01 pm

Taste Of West Cobb, or TOWC. It’s the best, and it greatly benefits the Hillgrove High School marching band :)

Alyssa

March 9th, 2010
8:06 pm

Taste of West Cobb!

Bob

March 9th, 2010
8:38 pm

Sandy Springs Festival is out of this world. Festival makes sure there is something for all ages. Added a game zone and a really rad Georgia Made Georgia Grown display last year. Great staff runs it.

Leroy W.

March 9th, 2010
8:59 pm

The Taste of West Cobb at The Avenue West Cobb – Great Food and a Good Cause – Hillgrove Bands.

Danyel

March 9th, 2010
9:01 pm

Inman Park Festival!!

Steve

March 9th, 2010
9:05 pm

I’ve been to a ton of the festivals listed above. It would be better to break down the festivals into categories since there are so many different kinds. As far as “taste of …” I like Taste of Atlanta, Taste of East and West Cobb, Taste of Kennesaw and Marietta. All the beer festivals are usually good times with Dunwoody Beer Festival taking it with Decatur Beer Festival placing second. I’ve been going to 420 fest for ages. For arts/crafts I would have to go with the Yellow Daisy Festival held at Stone Mountain. Speaking of Stone Mtn, I’m surprised no one has put down the Chili Cookoff which is always good. Eggtoberfest is awesome as well. I’m a huge BBQ fan and go to every BBQ festival (too many to list) I can but my absolute winner for this contest is…

Atlanta BBQ Festival to be held @ Atlantic Station!!!

Spring Forward @ Perkerson Park

March 9th, 2010
9:07 pm

There is a new kid on the block. On Saturday, March 27 the first-ever Spring Forward Festival at Perkerson Park will take place beginning at 11 a.m. Most residents north of I-20 don’t even know this 50-acre park with rolling hills exists. It is in the up and coming Capitol View neighborhood and we are kicking off the 2010 Spring season. There will be bands and beer, tree seedlings, Disc Golf and a pie contest to give this festival a neighborly feel. This is a fundraiser for Perkerson Park. Check out our website for more info: http://tiny.cc/springforward

Molly

March 9th, 2010
9:54 pm

Sandy Springs Festival in September. There is something fun for everyone!

Niki

March 9th, 2010
9:58 pm

The Taste of West Cobb at The Avenue at West Cobb is a lot of fun for everyone in the community! and the food is superb! Also it benefits the Hillgrove high school band!

MCC

March 9th, 2010
9:59 pm

The Sandy Springs Festival each fall – if you love the arts, heritage crafters, all kinds of music, lots of good food, with civic organizations and the whole community participating – this is the festival for you!

Caroline

March 9th, 2010
10:52 pm

Taste of West Cobb!!! :D

Michelle

March 9th, 2010
10:59 pm

By no means a promoter… Really enjoyed the ATL BBQ FEST! Eat, drink and be Merry! It’s not your typical artsy-craftsy type fest… it’s meat market, no pun intended! JK! It really is a good way to get a taste of the best BBQ in ATL. The vendors were great, the food was great and the atmosphere was great, fun for families and all walks of life. That’s what I liked best, second to the great BBQ! Fantastic, cooks, chefs, professional and straight from the kitchen! I hope it continues to grow so our family can look forward to attending year after year!

Milton Gorman "Uncle Miltie"

March 9th, 2010
11:53 pm

The Sandy Springs Festival, Heritage Sandy Springs, will celebrate its 25 anniversary this September. This is the best because it is like a family gathering for the community and brings together the Sandy Springs artists, craftsmen, civic, and business organizations. There are multiple music artists, stage events, an annual Pet Parade, a children area. It is the best festival because it brings the community and the city together in a united bonding.

Juice

March 10th, 2010
6:31 am

The Atlanta BBQ festival and the Taste of Atlanta there are great events

Dryerbuzz

March 10th, 2010
6:39 am

Jesse

March 10th, 2010
7:38 am

The Decatur Arts Festival followed by the Decatur Wine Festival!

Tilly

March 10th, 2010
7:44 am

Nominating the Taste of West Cobb at The Avenue West Cobb. This is a great event where the community gets together for food and fun. All proceeds go to support the Hillgrove High School Bands, a truly spectacular program.

Troy Bronsink

March 10th, 2010
9:35 am

Yo, Spirng Forward Festival, SW Atlanta…. http://tiny.cc/springforward

Ellie

March 10th, 2010
10:37 am

Dogwood Festival! No question!

CWJ

March 10th, 2010
11:56 am

The Sandy Springs Festival!!! Great children’s area, outstanding crafters, good food, superb music! Has something for all ages.

EC

March 10th, 2010
12:51 pm

Virginia Highland Summerfest

Nikkeshia

March 10th, 2010
2:13 pm

Check out the Atlanta Festivals Examiner at examiner.com: the Inman Park Festival is nostalgic for me and, therefore, one of my favorites.

Andrea

March 10th, 2010
3:21 pm

Celebrating its 25th anniversary year, the Sandy Springs Festival is the largest annual event in Sandy Springs and boasts some of the southeast’s best artists, musicians, restaurants and more. To see what’s new this year check out http://www.sandyspringsfestival.com.

Katie

March 10th, 2010
3:36 pm

Fiesta Atlanta for Cinco de Mayo in Centennial Park- free, great Latin music, different and interesting cultural event

John

March 10th, 2010
3:56 pm

The Inman Park Festival.This is the best festival in the city’s greatest and most historic neighborhood and yes the street I live is right in the middle of this festival.

Kyle

March 10th, 2010
5:25 pm

Taste of West Cobb

GrapeGirls

March 11th, 2010
12:02 am

The 1st Annual Atlanta Winter Wine + Jazz Festival was a blast!

DB

March 11th, 2010
9:51 am

Cabbagetown’s Chomp and Stomp- the only festival i’ve never missed in all my years in atlanta.

Festival junkie

March 11th, 2010
11:07 am

Taste of Atlanta – I love festivals but this one is the most fun, draws a terrific mix of people, and has the best location now that it’s at Tech Square.

Jeryl Jusko

March 11th, 2010
11:39 am

TASTE OF ATLANTA! That is definitely my fav ATL Festival! Food, Music, Vendors – It’s the Festival Fancier’s opportunity to travel around the world in Flavorful Food! Never miss it – plan my year around it!

JF

March 11th, 2010
4:18 pm

The Taste of West Cobb is an awesome Event that feature awesome restaurants that are around! You get to hang out with friends, listen to music, and have fun all at the same time. It also goes to support the Hillgrove High School Band Program. Taste of West Cobb is on April 17th~

Moon

March 11th, 2010
4:57 pm

Strange Daze Music and Arts Festival will be great this year! Also Virginia Highlands Summer Fest.

susan

March 11th, 2010
8:03 pm

We have voted Taste of Atlanta the BEST festival in Atlanta. Each year it gets bigger and better!! The food, entertainment, sponsors, and the name brand chefs make the weekend one of a kind. My family looks forward to this foodie event each year.

Bob

March 11th, 2010
8:14 pm

Sandy Springs Festival rocks!! Art, games, children’s area, teen games, green promotion, music and Georgia Made Georgia Grown! Who could ask for anything more?!

Susan

March 11th, 2010
8:27 pm

I too love the Sandy Springs Festival and all of the fun activities, including the race, the Pet Parade, Georgia Made Georgia Grown, etc. It is a very pet and family friendly festival with a lot of local flavor. Indeed, I think the entire City of Sandy Springs was dancing to the tune of the Tams just a couple of years ago. I wonder what is in store for the Festival’s 25th year?!

randy

March 11th, 2010
8:42 pm

the biggest and the best is Taste of Atlanta, we loved the new location, I only hope to see a better stage for some of Georgia’s
hottest local talents

w | v | h

March 12th, 2010
7:11 am

Reynoldstown Wheelbarrow Festival! Great true local neighborhood festival run by Reynoldstown residents and volunteers…

JayBo

March 12th, 2010
3:32 pm

Nominate the Sandy Springs Festival = 25th Anniv. this year.

MunkyAngel

March 12th, 2010
3:49 pm

Eggtoberfest @ the Big Green Egg Store!

kIMwHIT

March 12th, 2010
4:15 pm

The Atlanta Jazz Festival now that it’s back in Piedmont Park again! It’s always the traditional kickoff to summer for my family. We have truly been lost for the past two years when it was held in alternate venues.

Andrea

March 12th, 2010
5:32 pm

Taste of Atlanta is by far the BEST festival!! So much great food and great chefs!! Gives you a great chance to taste test all of Atlanta’s best restaurants! Lots of FUN!!!

Ramona Clef

March 13th, 2010
2:57 pm

Decatur Book Festival over Labor Day weekend, nothing else like it.

My sentimental favorite, however, will always be the Inman Park Festival.

Scott Galt

March 14th, 2010
8:45 am

Hands down The Atlanta BBQ Festival.

Halie

March 14th, 2010
9:06 pm

Taste of West Cobb!

Kelsey

March 14th, 2010
9:15 pm

Taste of West Cobb!!