Springtime in Atlanta
We may be in the midst of winter – one that has seen some pretty epic cold temperatures across the country. But fear not…spring is on the way! And, once those warm sunny skies finally get here, we don’t want you to waste a moment of it trying to figure out what to do to get out and about in Atlanta!
Before we even get into the list of all the great springtime activities in Atlanta, we’re just going to be totally honest. There is no better time of year for a party bike ride on Southern Pedaler! Whether you are celebrating a springtime wedding or bachelorette party, want to enjoy a patio brunch, or you’re just itching to get outside and have fun, nothing beats pedaling the ATL under sunny skies and 70-degree temperatures with the dogwood flowers blooming all around!
Okay, now that the shameless plug is over, what should you do when you aren’t pedaling the ATL this spring? Here are a few suggestions…
1. Festivals, Festivals, Festivals!
Any Atlantan will tell you that spring means festival season. There is some sort of festival going on literally every weekend all over the metro area. Piedmont Park – just around the corner from us – in Midtown is the epicenter of the Atlanta festival universe. The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the unofficial start of festival season, just as The Masters is the unofficial start of golf season. For over 80 years, Atlanta has celebrated the Dogwood Festival, which completely takes over Piedmont Park from April 12-14th featuring hundreds of artists, great food, and live music for the whole family to enjoy.
The annual follow up to the Dogwood Festival is the Inman Park Festival, which is headlined by its epic annual parade. And when we say epic, we mean EPIC! Consistently named one of the 10 best things to do in Atlanta, the Inman Park Parade is an unapologetic celebration of community, diversity, and just plain old fun while snaking through one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods!
Finally, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival caps off spring in early June, signaling the start of summer with the ultimate foodie (and wine-o) experience in the Southeast! Also centered on Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is like a grown up version of “Taste of (enter city name here)”. It is a true culinary experience offering classes, gourmet tastings, and craft cocktail demonstrations.
2. Play Ball!
Nothing screams springtime like the start of baseball season. Whether you are a die hard fan or just enjoy having a beer and a hot dog in the sunshine, you can’t help but get nostalgic about baseball season. Of course, the Braves have become synonymous with Atlanta after their historic run in the 90s and 2000s. The legends like Chipper and Smoltz have moved on to the Hall of Fame, and now the “Bravos” boast one of the most talented young teams in all of baseball, all the more reason to spend a spring afternoon at the ballpark. And if you haven’t been to Sun Trust Park and The Battery yet, you really are missing out!
The Braves aren’t the only game in town though! College baseball is one of the best budget and family-friendly activities around. Georgia Tech is a perennial national power, while Georgia State and Kennesaw State also field highly competitive teams. You can trade in the expensive seats and upper deck binoculars for seats right behind home plate for just a few dollars. Trust us, the kids will love getting so close to the action!
3. Sweetwater 420 Fest
Yes, we already talked about spring festivals in Atlanta. But…420 Fest is a little different. If arts and crafts aren’t really your thing, maybe you will prefer craft beer and live music! Sweetwater is Atlanta’s most widely known brewery – though far from our only great brewery – and Sweetwater 420 is their signature brew. The 420 Fest has grown from a small hippy-ish music and beer fest to a giant weekend long party in Centennial Park. This year’s lineup includes big name acts such as Widespread Panic and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. Naturally, the festival occurs over the weekend of April 20th. We will let you read what you will into the date innuendo…
4. Speaking of Breweries…
Recent changes in state laws have led to an explosion of breweries popping up all over Metro Atlanta. The neighborhood brewery has taken the place of the local pub in many Atlanta neighborhoods and suburbs. Nearly all of Atlanta’s breweries are very dog and kid friendly and have great outdoor spaces perfect for enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Some of our favorites include Eventide (Grant Park), Reformation (Woodstock), Wild Heaven (Decatur/Avondale), and Gate City (Roswell).
5. Slow Down and Soak It All In
Last but not least, don’t forget to take Ferris Bueller’s advice and just slow down and soak it all in! You will drive yourself crazy trying to make it to check every single thing off your Atlanta springtime bucket list. Sometimes, the best thing to do is just take a stroll (or a nap) in the park. Atlanta has been nicknamed the “City in the Forest” because of our immense green space. While it can get very crowded, the Atlanta Beltline is one of the best ways to casually experience the outdoors and multiple Atlanta neighborhoods. If you are looking to get a little further out of the city, check out the Silver Comet Trail, when starts in Smyrna and extends all the way into Alabama!