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Top 10 Atlanta Festivals Throughout the Year

Whether the weather is cold and gray or sunny and warm, there undoubtedly are going to be Atlanta festivals happening somewhere in the city. In fact, Atlanta’s myriad festival offerings are sure to keep you in a celebratory mood year-round. Here, we spotlight the top Atlanta festivals in each season of the year. Some may be familiar, while others could become new traditions for you.

Atlanta Festivals: Winter

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Callanwolde Arts Festival

The incredible work of nearly 100 painters, photographers, sculptors, glass artists, jewelers and artists of all mediums are on display during this distinctive two-day event. Held at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, the festival also features art demonstrations, live music, food and more. callanwoldeartsfestival.com

Atlanta Winter Beer Fest

A cold beer on a cold day? Why not? More than 150 beers from Atlanta and Georgia breweries, as well as breweries from around the country, take center stage during this festive event, which also includes food trucks, live music and heated tents. atlantawinterbeerfest.com

Atlanta Festivals: Spring 

Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Foodies flock to this spring staple among the most anticipated Atlanta festivals. The four-day extravaganza welcomes attendees to experience the most scrumptious Southern fare out there, with tasting tents, cooking classes, dinners, special events and so much more. atlfoodandwinefestival.com 

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

One of the season’s most beloved events, the three-day Atlanta Dogwood Festival celebrates the blooming of the city’s beautiful dogwood trees by welcoming attendees to Piedmont Park to shop fine arts booths, listen to live music, delight in delicious food booths, enjoy family-friendly activities and more. dogwood.org

Dogwood Festival

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

What could be better than all-you-can-sample beer and bourbon on a spring day? Coupling it with a selection of the best barbeque around. This annual event, held at Atlantic Station, is a can’t-miss proposition that also features seminars with master distillers, brewmasters and pit masters from across the South. beerandbourbon.com

Atlanta Festivals: Summer

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

You don’t have to scream for ice cream at this cool, family-friendly event, held each July in Piedmont Park. Local and national vendors share their best ice cream treats (and an ice cream eating contest!) alongside an array of health and wellness activities. atlantaicecreamfestival.com

Piedmont Park Arts Festival

Nearly 250 painters, sculptors, photographers and visual artists bring their best work to Atlanta’s premier arts festival every summer. The two-day August event at Piedmont Park also includes an Emerging Artists Pavilion, live music, artist demonstrations, a children’s play area, a variety of food options and more. piedmontparkartsfestival.com  

Festival Peachtree Latino

One of the largest multicultural events in Georgia, this exciting August festival features local and world-renowned singers, musicians and performers, as well as exhibitors, arts and crafts vendors, international food and more. The event is held at Piedmont Park, and a portion of the proceeds is donated to local charities. festivalpeachtreelatino.com

Atlanta Festivals: Fall

Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park

A family favorite, the Pumpkin Festival is the perfect place to celebrate fall. The event includes attractions, shows, storytelling and a kids’ carnival with inflatables and boardwalk games, among many other fun-filled activities. The festival is held on weekends throughout October, and those who attend in costume receive a discounted adventure pass. stonemountainpark.com/events/pumpkin-festival

Cabbage Town Chomp & Stomp

A cool day calls for a hot bowl of chili, so head over to the Chomp & Stomp Chili Cook-Off and Bluegrass Festival for some delicious, all-you-can-eat fare. The annual November event features chili from more than 70 chili teams and 25 local restaurants, as well as live music and an artist market. The day kicks off with the highly anticipated Romp & Stomp 5K. chompandstomp.com

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