Atlanta’s Memorial Day Weekend Festivals Packed with Family Fun

Metro Atlanta’s festival scene blossoms like flowering trees during the warm weather months. This Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30) will be no different.

Those visiting the Atlanta area for the long holiday will find no shortage of tourist-friendly events and attractions welcoming them with open arms.

And locals who opt to remain close to home _ due to economic concerns like gas prices or airfare increases _ can enjoy affordable diversions to make them appreciate the variety of entertainment options within short driving distances.

Atlanta’s Memorial Day weekend attractions hold out the promise of recreation for all ages, safe environments for family fun, great music and good food.

The running themes throughout Atlanta’s Memorial Day weekend are: carefree fun, safe family environments, great music, and good food.

Highlights include:

The Atlanta Jazz Festival (Piedmont Park, May 28-30): The city’s 34th annual, month-long celebration of jazz music culminates with a free series of concerts in the Midtown’s most beloved and spacious green space. Scheduled performers highlighted are: the J.C. Young Youth Jazz Ensemble (May 28, 1 p.m.); vocalist Audrey Shakir (May 28, 5 p.m.); violin virtuoso Regina Carter (May 28, 9 p.m.); the Sean Jones Quintet (May 29, 5 p.m.); the Gerald Clayton Trio (May 29, 7 p.m.); and the vocal trio Ninety Miles (May 29, 9 p.m.). The jazz fest is also co-sponsoring paid weekend performances at various Atlanta venues. Food and beverage vendors, as well as arts and crafts purveyors will fill the park’s walkways. Pets, tents, grills and parking are restricted.

Visit the Atlanta Jazz Festival web site for complete details:

The Decatur Arts Festival (Downtown Decatur, May 27-30): The quaint enclave just east of Atlanta stages its largest arts celebration with exhibitions on the sidewalks as well as in select galleries and retail shops for the 23rd year. Jurors approved more than 100 artists to showcase their creations. Festival attendees will be treated to free musical performances by wide-ranging acts on the Arts Festival Stage. Special arts appreciation stations will be designated for supervised children and teens. And there will be vendors aplenty offering food and beverages along the throughout the Artists Market.

Visit the Decatur Arts Festival web site for complete details.

The Georgia Renaissance Festival (May 28-29, Fairburn): Journey about six centuries back in time virtually, and 45 minutes west of Atlanta literally, for a revival of the era when knights ruled, maidens made life feel quaint and children frolicked amid animals and nature. Every weekend through June 5th, this festival revives the spectacles of old world conquests (jousting and sword fights) and rustic dining (craft beer and turkey legs). Gate prices range from $8.95 for children to $19.95 for adults. Senior (age 60 and older get $2 discounts). To keep current and hold kids’ fast-paced interests, the Renaissance Festival features such daredevil acts as roaring motorcyclists racing in iron-clad cages.

Visit the Georgia Renaissance Festival website for complete details.

For more Atlanta festival and tourism info, visit the Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website: