Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. An annual, two-day arts and crafts festival, May-retta Daze draws artists and craftspeople from across the Southern states. The festival also offers free music and entertainment. Glover Park, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta 30060. For more info, go to mariettacalendar.com.
Brookhaven Community Day
Saturday, May 6, 12-5 p.m. A parade starts at noon from the Lynwood United Church of God in Christ to the Lynwood Community Center. The event is free and includes a cookout, music, games and activities. Lynwood Park Recreation Center, 3360 Osborne Rd., Brookhaven 30319. More at brookhavenga.gov.
Sweet Auburn Springfest
Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. & Sunday May 14, 1-8 p.m. The largest free outdoor festival in the Southeast offers a great mix of live music, food and fun for all. The mile-and-a-half avenue is lined with 10 stages and dozens of vendors with art, jewelry and fashion. The neighborhood includes the famed Ebenezer Baptist Church the Auburn Avenue Research Library. Free and open to the public. Sweet Auburn Historical District, 230 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Atlanta 30303. Find out more at sweetauburn.com.
Dunwoody Art Festival
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The largest art festival in Dunwoody brings more than 60,000 people each year to check out the amazing array of arts and crafts. There’ll also be a food court with food trucks from throughout the area. On-site parking is free. Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody 30338. More info at dunwoody.splashfestivals.com.
Atlanta Jazz Festival
Friday, May 26, 6-11 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. This is one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals. Hundreds of acts take the stage each year during a month long celebration of Atlanta jazz before coming to a close on Memorial Day weekend at Piedmont Park. Arts and crafts, as well as food and drinks, are also available. Free and open to the public. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Dr., Atlanta 30309. Go to the facebook.com page to learn more.
Decatur Arts Festival
Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, May 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The annual Artists Market is known for its high quality of artists from all over the Southeast. Don’t miss the collections from Georgia Goldsmith’s Guild, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and Atlanta Glass Guild. General admission is free. Decatur Square, 125 W. Trinity Pl., Decatur 30030. More at decaturartsfestival.com.
Alpharetta Arts Street Fest
Saturday-Monday, May 27-29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Festival goers can stroll through the outdoor gallery featuring more than 95 artists from across the U.S. Downtown Alpharetta, Milton Ave. between Main St. and Roswell-Canton St., Alpharetta 30009. Visit alpha.splashfestivals.com for more info.
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Thursday-Sunday, June 1-4. An entire weekend dedicated to Southern cuisine. Exclusive wine and food tastings feature more than 250 restaurants, artisans, chefs and producers. More than 90 classes are offered, including cooking classes at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Tickets range from $85 to $1,800. Check out the schedule and purchase tickets at atlfoodandwinefestival.com.
Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Artist Market closes 6:30 p.m.) & Sunday, June 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Summerfest 5K Road Race starts 8 a.m. on Saturday. Presented by the Virginia-Highland Civic Association, Summerfest celebrates with an Artist Market and a Local Market. There’ll be also be live music and delicious food and drink. Free. Virginia Ave. between North Highland Ave. and Park Dr., Atlanta 30306. Find out more at vahisummerfest.com and on facebook.com.
Flying Colors Butterfly Festival
Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. & Sunday, June 4, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. The air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of butterflies at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) at this fundraising event. It includes live butterfly releases, crafts, sidewalk art, food trucks and entertainment. Tickets are $12. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell 30075. For more info, visit chattnaturecenter.org.