Around Town (and Beyond): April 2017

It’s no joke! We’ve put together a list of great, family fun adventures to have around town and beyond this month. As always, April is FULL of great, fun things to do. Maybe we’ll see you at some of them? Enjoy!

April 6-7 — Writers Festival at Agnes Scott College — teens/adults; distinguished writers visit the campus to read from their work, teach, and talk to students. Free and open to the public.

April 7-9 — 81st Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival all ages; held in Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s longest-running festival features hundreds of fine artists alongside live music, gourmet and festival food, rides and games, the disk dog competition and more.

April 7-16 — Glass Easter Egg Class at Decatur Glass Blowing  — 10+ with adult; in this intro class, students will make their own glass paperweights. No experience necessary. $45 per person.

April 8 — Spring EGG-stravaganza at Fernbank all ages; at this annual spring event, visitors have the opportunity to meet live baby animals, find prize-filled eggs, play fun games, participate in special activities and more.

April 8 — STEM Wars all ages; a one-day conference, held at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, featuring fast-paced academic competitions, interactive presentations, hands-on workshops, a S.T.E.A.M. focused college and career fair, Robotics & Drone competitions, website, video game and mobile application design, Special Invited Guests and much more.

April 8-9 — Acworth ArtFest all ages; this annual arts festival features over 100 talented artisans from around the country, along with a variety of foods, a KidsZone, and more.

April 10 — Egg Hunt on the Farm toddlers/preK; celebrate springtime on the Smith Family Farm at the Atlanta History Center during their annual egg hunt. Join the search for colorful eggs, win prizes, participate in fun and games and create spring crafts. There will even be a visit from the Easter Bunny.

April 14 — Easter Egg Hunt at Smith Plantation all ages; annual egg hunt featuring candy-filled treasures hidden around the grounds of this historic home. Children should bring their own baskets. Photos will the Easter Bunny will be available.

April 15 — Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt at Callanwolde all ages; this springtime event features thousands of candy-filled eggs to find (including three golden “prize” eggs) and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. There will be family friendly games, a LEGO building station provided by LEGOLAND Discovery Center, face painting, a kids’ dance floor, and more.

April 15-16 — Sandy Springs Artsapalooza — all ages; this festival is a two-day outdoor festival bringing art to the streets of the city, and includes a children’s play area, local musicians, interactive art stations, plus up to 150 arts and crafts participants in every discipline.

April 15-June 4 — Georgia Renaissance Festival — all ages; step inside the gates and find yourself transported back to 16th-century England. This festival, filling a 32-acre village is home to over 150 artisan craft shoppes, 10 stages of entertainment, costumed characters, a variety of food stalls (with everything from fish and chips to chocolate covered strawberries to giant roasted turkey legs), carnival games, human-powered rides for kids of all ages, jousting tournaments and more.

April 16 — Art on the Chattahoochee Art Market all ages; this day-long event features an art market, fun run, live entertainment, art demonstrations, food trucks, kids activities, and more, alongside the Chattahoochee in Simpsonwood Park, Peachtree Corners.

April 18-23 — Matilda the Musical upper elementary and older; this award-winning musical based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel comes to the Fox Theatre for eight shows as part of its Broadway in Atlanta series.

April 19-23 — Lemonade Days at Brook Run Park all ages; featuring more than 30 full-scale carnival rides, more than 20 food and beverage vendors, a 5K Run, three days of center stage performances and the popular Dunwoody Idol contest, this annual festival is Dunwoody’s most popular family event of the year.

April 22 — Zoos Go Blue — all ages; in support of Autism Awareness Month, Zoo Atlanta will open early at 8 a.m. for families with children or individuals affected by autism, giving them a unique opportunity to experience the Zoo before general admission hours. In addition to early admission, the day will include educational activities, a specialized World of Wild Theater bird presentation, animal viewing and demonstrations, and character meet and greet opportunities. A Quiet Zone space will also be provided for any families who need to take a break. Volunteers from Georgia Autism Speaks will be on grounds to answer questions and assist visiting families. Advance tickets are required.

April 22-23 — ALIVE! Expo all ages; this health and wellness consumer event, at the Cobb Galleria Center, features local and national vendors that specialize in natural and organic products, including foods, environmental, Green and Eco products for the home, pets, and the whole family, and recyclable products, along with naturopathic & alternative practitioners, chiropractors, health food retailers and community non-profit organizations.

April 22-23 — Atlanta Arab Festival all ages; this weekend festival is filled with Arabic flavors, sights and sounds. Visitors can enjoy live performances, a culinary tour at the Arab world food court, shopping for little treasures at the bustling souk, fun activities, games, and rides, and more.

April 23 — Atlanta Streets Alive all ages; on April 23, Atlanta Streets Alive takes over Georgia Avenue and Ralph David Abernathy. The event kicks off at 2:00 p.m. with a bicycle parade, and it continues until 6 p.m. Enjoy biking, skating, walking and rolling down the streets and take part in this fun, free, family-friendly event!

April 27-29 — Wesleyan Artist Market all ages; this 19th annual artist market showcases the work of 95 artists, and includes fine art, jewelry, and crafts. Food trucks, live entertainment, and more are also part of the show weekend.

April 28-30 — Inman Park Festival all ages; this popular neighborhood festival is celebrating its 46th year with a tour of homes, festival parade, live music on three stages, kids activities, dance performances, arts market, community corner, a variety of food, and more.

April 28-30 — Treklanta all ages; annual fan-focused, science-fiction convention celebrating all things Star Trek; includes the Miss Klingon Beauty Pageant, the Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards, and more.

April 29 — Symphony on the Sand all ages; the Columbus Symphony Orchestra kicks off Callaway Gardens’ annual Symphony on the Sand series. Proceeds from Symphony on the Sand benefit the not-for-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation in its mission to offer fine arts, educational and horticultural programs.

April 29-30 — Spring Jonquil Festival all ages; the festival is held on the Village Green in downtown Smyrna, next to the Market Village, and features over 175 arts & crafts booths, 15 food booths, an entertainment stage, and a variety of children’s activities.

April 30 — Atlanta British Motorcar Day all ages; this annual showcase of British cars has partnered with the Roswell Cycling Festival this year, to provide a full day of fun and activities around Roswell City Hall.

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