Whether you just moved to Atlanta with Bellhops help, or you’re simply getting your upcoming social calendar filled in, here is a collection of Atlanta festivals you can’t miss. Let us reiterate the “can’t miss” part of that last sentence!

There is no shortage of Atlanta festivals. Indeed, it would be hard to find a southeastern city with a more diverse and fun collection of festivals than ATL. Are you into music? Atlanta has you covered. Are you a foodie? Atlanta has you covered. Libations (aka, adult beverages)? Atlanta has you covered. What about lifestyle festivals—are you into those? Well, guess what? Atlanta…ahem, you get the point.

The truest rule of thumb when it comes to Atlanta festivals is this: as the weather warms, so does the Atlanta festival scene. There are so many Atlanta festivals of all stripes that we’ll soon break down our festival recommendations by category. Until then, here is a quick list of 5 can’t miss Atlanta festivals that you’ve got to be a part of.

Bonus points: make sure your koozie game is strong, you’ve got some dependable sunscreen on hand, and that you’ve found the most comfortable lawn chair imaginable.
Now, as promised, here are those Atlanta festivals:

1. Shaky Knees Music Festival (May 12-14, 2017)

a field with a ton of people sitting down at the Atlanta Shaky Knees music festival.

2017 is the third year for this Atlanta festival, but it already feels like it’s a mainstay. Bringing a list of artists that compare to other world renown music festivals like Bonnaroo and Lalapalooza. Some of the headliners include The XX, LCD Soundsystem, and The Pixies. Pair the amazing music with local artists and food, the Shaky Knees festival is building the foundation to make Atlanta one of the world’s most artistic cities.

2. Imagine Music Festival (Sept 23-25, 2017)

a crowd standing in front of the stage at the IMF (Image used in our Atlanta Festivals blog).

Over the past few years, the electronic music scene as exploded across the country. One of the few festivals devoted to this certain genre is the Atlanta festival, Imagine. It brings the most prominent electronic artists from around the world to the same stage over a three day period in September. Every good electronic music festival has a theme and this one is definitely unique. Once you enter Imagine, you’re entering the lost city of Imaginarium. Here you’ll experience the art and music of the lost city amplified by lights and pyrotechnics.

3. Taste of Atlanta (Oct 20-22, 2017)

People crowd a street during Atlanta Festival, Taste of Atlanta.

This one is for the foodies: Taste of Atlanta. It brings out more than 90 local restaurants, breweries and bars to show off their signature dishes and drinks. There are hands-on cooking classes, interactive cooking demonstrations, and conversation opportunities with local chefs. This is the best festival in Atlanta for the food lover.

4. Georgia Renaissance Festival (April 14-June 5, 2017)

A group of performers pose during the Georgia Renaissance Festival.

The Georgia Renaissance Festival is a unique festival hosted in Fairburn, GA, just twenty miles from downtown Atlanta. Take yourself back a thousand years to a time when knights and royals ruled the world. Once you walk through the gates, you’ll instantly be surrounded by elves, kings, and witches. Watch the knights joust and eat roasted turkey legs at one of the most unique festivals Atlanta has to offer.

5. Atlanta Jazz Festival (May 27-29, 2017)

Crowd standing in front of the stage at the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

This Atlanta festival is revered as one of the largest free jazz festivals in the world. Although it celebrates jazz legends throughout the entire month of May, the real party spans Memorial Day weekend at Piedmont Park. The Atlanta Jazz Festival has hosted Gregory Porter, Jose James, and many other contemporary jazz artists. They also provide room for the local ensembles to play and show off their skills. Take time to learn to swing dance in the park during this awesome event.



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