Annual Festivals/Fairs in Atlanta, GA
Not exactly shrouded in secrecy, but certainly not something talked about freely, somehow the Atlanta Underground Film Festival has managed to continue to thrive. Now in its ninth year, the festival hosts some of the city's most interesting and most odd filmmakers and they do it in some of the more lovely locations in the city. The festival features a variety of genres as well as full length and short films, art, live music and late night parties. Traditionally held in September, it's certainly worth a peek. You can buy passes or pay per event, but make sure you come with an open mind and an open heart to view the works of the city's contemporary filmmakers.
For the last 42 years Atlanta has been home to the Pride Festival, a week-long celebration meant to promote unity, visibility and self-esteem for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It is also a fantastic time to enjoy the culture, learn about others and connect with people in Piedmont Park. From the serious to the silly, the festival hosts speakers, entertainers, booths and more. The big event is the annual parade that shuts down the streets and draws crowds from all over. Atlanta is home to a large LGBT community and the city opens its arms even wider during the annual celebration of pride. Typically held during October, make sure to check the list of entertainers and the parade route. You won't want to miss this event.
For the last seven decades the Atlanta Dogwood Festival has been entertaining citizens of all ages. With entertainment, shopping, food, games and prizes and a general festive atmosphere, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is a great way to spend a warm day in the park. An official sign that spring has indeed sprung in the south, there are literally hundreds of things to see at this festival. An area for kids with inflatables keep the little ones happy while you shop for everything from art and jellies to jewelry and clothing. The festival has been drawing crowds from not only Atlanta, but from all over the state.
In one of the ritziest areas of Atlanta lies Chastain Park, and one weekend a year for the last three years this area has invoked the craft fairs from downtown Atlanta with their own version of a arts festival. Local artists and many from around the state come to the festival to share their high-end art, jewelry, clothing and other items. The event is very child and family friendly and timed each year so as not to interfere with concerts at the famed Chastain Amphitheatre. Held in the spring, with the park canopied by trees, just strolling and "window" shopping is more then enough to make your weekend.
Held every year at the park tavern, the annual Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival - also called the 3B Fest - takes place Memorial Day weekend. You can enjoy beer, BBQ and bands inside a air-conditioned tent at the tavern. With cover bands from classic rock to R&B, there is always plenty of music to enjoy - usually something you know the words to - which makes beer and BBQ even more fun. Reserved seating is always available but act quick, this super popular event is in its fifth year, and the competition gets lethal in a run for the best seats in the house. Spend the weekend enjoying one of the best events in the city.