A huge Atlanta perk is the weather. It has four legitimate seasons, providing some needed justification for my coat addiction, the longest ones being Spring + Fall. This lends itself perfectly to patios and festivals, both of which are plentiful in the ATL.
If you find yourself in Atlanta during one of these seasons, be sure to check the festival calendar. Now for a list of some of my favorite festivals:
1. Dogwood Festival – The Dogwood Festival occurs in Piedmont Park each Spring. (Except for that pesky year when we had the terrible drought.) Local bands, artists, and dogs entertain. Yep, dogs. My favorite part of the festival is the Disc Dog Exhibition, although it does shine a rather unflattering light on Sonny + Stella’s lack of skills.
2. Taste of the Highlands – I love this festival because food (+ drink) is the focus. Unlike most of the festivals this one does require an entry fee, but it benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. (A fantastic local non-profit…) Chefs from popular and delicious in-town restaurants set up shop and you get to sample their creations. All. Day. Long.
3. Chomp n’ Stomp – This is a great fall festival located in Cabbagetown. The highlight is the chili cook-off. But, get there early, the chili runs out quick.
4. Inman Park Festival – I may be a bit biased, but this is MY NUMBER ONE FAVORITE FESTIVAL. For two days I look out our front window to see a festival set up in the front yard. The fun starts with Butterfly Ball on Friday night and doesn’t stop until Sunday evening. Creative Loafing has consistently voted this as Atlanta’s BEST Festival. If you are in town the last full weekend of April, make your way over to my stomping grounds.
Parking for these puppies can be a NIGHTMARE. Take MARTA when you can. Soon you will be able to travel between in-town neighborhoods (+ festivals) via the Beltline. The connectivity it will provide can only be described as an urban dwellers dream come true.
Photo credits: History 4220, Perennial Gourmand, Jeff Herr Photos