Looking for something to do this summer? Are arts and crafts one of your favorite hobbies? In Metro Atlanta, we have a ton of festivals that help soothe the itch for fun in the great outdoors while also meeting your arts and crafts fix. Atlanta has a lot of fun adventures for adults, singles and families. Make sure to enjoy yourself this summer and visit an Atlanta festival.
American Craft Council Craft Fair
When: March 10-13, 2011
Where: Cobb Galleria Centre – Marietta, GA
This is the Southeast’s largest indoor juried craft show! With hundreds of the country’s finest craftmakers, it exhibits contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home d©cor, all available for you to purchase for your home. They promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft and provide workshops and seminars.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
When: April 15 -17, 2011
Where: Piedmont Park – Midtown Atlanta, GA
75 years of springtime fun, The Atlanta Dogwood Festival still remains FREE. With an array of dogwood petals cascading in the wind and truly talented artists, The Atlanta Dogwood Festival has progressed into one of the largest events in the Southeast. Showcasing works from artists all across the United States, here is where you find the country’s best painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry makers, glass blowers and other artiste. It also includes live performance art exhibitions, interactive music workshops, and a food festival.
Inman Park Festival
When: April 30 – May 1, 2011
Where: Inman Park – Midtown Atlanta, GA
Starting with the Inman Park Butterfly, this weekend of family fun is led by the city’s most eccentric parade. Atlanta’s most spirited and eclectic community, the Inman Park Festival has a ton of events and crafts for every member of the family. The Inman Park Street Market offers a variety of things from antique furniture to handcrafted wares. It also has the Tour of Homes, featuring Victorian Painted Ladies as well as unique loft conversions.
Sweet Auburn Festivals
When: May 7-8, 2011 & October 1-2, 2011
Where: Auburn Avenue – Downtown Atlanta, GA
With over 25 years of great festivals on Auburn Avenue, Sweet Auburn Springfest and Fall festival are founded on principles of peace, joy, love and fun. Outstanding urban and ethnic artworks and crafts abound at this festival. Live entertainment, Southern hospitality and tons of activities all set the stage for a weekend of fabulous fun for all ages.
Decatur Arts Festival
When: May 28-29, 2011
Where: Decatur Square – Downtown Decatur, GA
The Decatur Arts Festival celebrates culture, community and creativity with a weekend busting with artistic endeavors. A 22-year tradition starts with the ArtWalk, a gingerly walk through the city as local shops host free receptions for new art collections. It is a weekend full of activities ranging from music, performance art, dancing and special events for kids, teens and adults.
National Black Arts Festival
When: July 15-17, 2011
Where: Centennial Olympic Park – Downtown Atlanta, GA
The national Black Arts Festival has an International Marketplace at Centennial Olympic Park that celebrates the contributions of people of African American Diaspora and their impact on world cultures. Over 100 artists and entertainers from around the world, travel to Atlanta to showcase their best artistry at the International Marketplace.
Asian Cultural Experience
When: July 23 – 24, 2011
Where: Gwinnett Center – Duluth, GA
With over 10 years of festivals, the Asian Cultural Experience has become one of Atlanta’s most popular multi-cultural events. Atlanta’s Asian communities share an array of native crafts, dancing, exotic food, fine art, fashion shows and music. Originated to showcase the Asian culture with fellow Atlantans, it is an experience of Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese and Vietnamese cultures along with much more!
Atlanta Arts Festival
When: September 17 – 18, 2011
Where: Piedmont Park – Midtown Atlanta, GA
Over 200 artists from all over the nation fill Piedmont Park. The goal of this festival is for the contribution of cultural life and community specific to the production of quality fine arts and crafts in Atlanta, GA. If you are a true artistic collector, this is a must attend event. Hands on demonstration and artistic activities are plentiful during this festival for anyone seeking to express themselves creatively.
This is just a sample of the many festivals that happen all year long here in the Metro Atlanta Area. So, if you are just looking to get out of the house or looking to find some fine arts and crafts, check out these and many more festivals offered to our community at large. For a full list check out Festivals at http://www.atlanta.net/festivals/index.aspx