They say April showers bring May flowers, but April deserves way more credit than just being filled with overcast skies and thunderstorms. This month there is so much happening in and around Atlanta that, rain or shine, you’ll have something to do every day of the week! Here are some top events to fill your calendar this month!

Add strolling through Atlanta’s gorgeous neighborhoods as part of your “things to do in April” list! It’s hard to get much prettier than this time of year.

April 5-7, 2018: Atlanta Improv Festival

The Atlanta Improv Festival brings together the funniest, most creative people who, let’s be honest, are probably some of the bravest to perform in front of huge audiences on the fly. Check out the show schedule, then join the audience at The Village Theatre for a hysterical night!

April 7, 2018: Food-o-Rama

If cocktails and brews, vegetarian or carnivore meals and music and fun sound like your perfect Saturday, then, no-foolin’, head to Old Fourth Ward Park on Saturday, April 7, for the Food-o-Rama event. There is no admission charge! With 35 food trucks from around the Southeast, live music and more, this is sure to please families, couples and groups of friends alike. It’s an all-day affair, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., so be sure to bring friends … and an appetite.

April 7, 2018: Rhythm & Brews

Showing pride for Atlanta has never been easier than with the Rhythm & Brews festival. Held on the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m., this daylong event celebrates Atlanta music and beer in one big outdoor concert series. Tickets are $25 in advance and include two drinks (for those over 21). Those ages 13-20, or designated drivers, can access tickets for $15.

April 7 & 8, 2018: Festival on Ponce

In celebration of Atlanta’s thriving art scene, the Festival on Ponce is an annual arts and crafts event that promotes the work of artisans from Atlanta and across Georgia. The two-day festival is free for all ages and includes over 125 displays of various arts and crafts in different styles, including folk art and “outsider art.” Set in gorgeous, historic Olmsted Linear Park, this a great opportunity to explore Atlanta for free.

April 8, 2018: Indie Craft Experience Spring Market

Indie Craft Experience (ICE) starts off its crafty year with the 2018 Spring Market! This one-day event, taking place at Yaarab Temple, runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $5 at the door (kids under 12 are free). Check out the wares and creations from over 50 vendors as well as delish local food, DJ Zano and free swag bags for the first 100 attendees.

April 13-15, 2018: Atlanta Dogwood Festival

It’s time for the annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park, and this one promises to be bigger and better than ever with plenty of activities for people of all ages. In addition to the talented artists showing their wares, festival goers can participate in the 5K, buy tickets for the Kids Village rides and taste some fabulous food. Don’t miss out on this spring celebration!

April 13-22, 2018: Atlanta Film Festival 2018

Whether you’re a film geek to the core or just like a two-hour visual escape, make sure to get tickets for the 42nd Annual Atlanta Film Festival. The festival’s organizers receive thousands of submissions, introducing audiences to new independent, international, animated, documentary and short films. In addition to screenings, there will be panel discussions, analysis and more as part of the Creative Conference track. Learn more about the festival schedule, location and details by visiting

April 18, 2018: Sue Wasserman: Wandering in Wonder

Come to the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. and meet Sue Wasserman, freelance writer and photographer, who will share her adventures and inspiration of time spent in gardens and woods. She’s the author/photographer of Walk With Me: Exploring Nature’s Wisdom and A Moment’s Notice and will be signing books after her session.

April 18-22, 2018: Lemonade Days

One of the best family events to hit Atlanta all year is Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days! The fun happens in Brook Run Park for five laughter-filled days, where kids and adults can ride more than 30 carnival rides, get their faces painted, chow down on great food and drinks (obviously lemonade) and check out performances from some of the most talented people around Atlanta. This is the largest fundraiser for Dunwoody Preservation Trust so make sure to attend!

April 19 through May 13, 2018: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles: Southeastern Designer Showhouse and Gardens

Do not miss this amazing home sure to draw people from across the Southeast. This seven-bedroom, six-bath home is situated in the heart of Buckhead. The estate was inspired by the English country homes designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in the early 1900s. Fifteen of Atlanta’s most talented interior designers and four landscape architecture firms worked together to create a home that takes your breath away. For information on the preview party (April 18 for $175), the Sip and Stroll Tour and for general admission ($30 if purchased before April 18), visit

April 20-22, 2018: SweetWater 420 Fest

Music festival season has officially begun now that the last of the winter chill has faded, and that means SweetWater 420 Fest is back in Atlanta. Always held on the weekend closest to Earth Day, this year’s lineup is packed with big names and is a fantastic way to spend a weekend. An advance, general admission three-day pass is $123. You’ll get dozens of concerts for the price of one (but single-day tickets are also available).

April 21, 2018: Skyline Park’s Annual Spring Fling

Nothing says spring quite like the return of April weather and celebrating Atlanta’s beautiful greenery. Head up to The Roof at Ponce City Market to have a great time at Skyline Park’s Spring Fling event! From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., kids can get their faces painted, play games, blow monster bubbles and have an awesome family-friendly time; from 4 p.m. to close, the celebration turns into an over-21 affair with spring-themed cocktails, DJ Fadef and other activities sure to make Mother Earth want to party, too!

April 21 & 22, 2018: ALIVE! Expo

This expo is ALIVE! The natural products and green-living consumer event focuses on bringing people together with companies that specialize in natural and organic products, as well as naturopathic and alternative practitioners, chiropractors, non-profit organizations and more. Celebrate Earth Day at Cobb Galleria Centre with hundreds of others looking to lead a clean, green lifestyle at the ALIVE! Expo.

April 24-26, 2018: DESIGN ADAC

Our favorite annual design series gets better every year! Immerse yourself and indulge in the beauty and inspiration of interior design, while celebrating designers, tastemakers, product innovation and more. Come for one event or all of them, but you’ll walk away with new knowledge and great advice no matter what.

April 27 & 28: Second Annual Pinners Conference & Expo

All you Pinterest addicts, the mothership has landed! On Friday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., “pinners” from all across Georgia and the Southeast region will get to learn, create and connect together. Attendees can attend classes about anything and everything crafty and will rejoice in the awesomeness that is Pinterest! The fun takes place at Cobb Galleria Centre. General admission tickets (no classes) are $8; attending classes can vary from $19-$49 so check the website for more details.

April 27-29, 2018: Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes

Neighborhood festivals are a great way to mingle with your neighbors and friends while giving your kids a chance to spend an enjoyable day outdoors, and the Inman Park Festival provides just that each spring. Featuring home tours for grownups and music, activities and a parade for kids (and also grownups), this annual event is one of Atlanta’s favorites. Whether you stop by for an hour or a whole day, memories are waiting to be made here. Tickets for home tours are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour.

April 29, 2018: Taste of Marietta

Taste of Marietta brings out anyone who loves a good meal to enjoy the best restaurants and caterers in Cobb County. Of course, you have to experience great food in a great locale, and Historic Marietta Square hosts this delicious event every year. Head to Marietta from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and enjoy this free festival all day – the only cost is the food itself. There will also be live music, games and activities for the kids so make sure to attend the event!


Happy April! For more events, please visit our Happenings page.

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