Spring is in the air, and it's time to get outside and enjoy it. Here are some annual events to enjoy at this time of year.
The jonquil is a yellow bulbous flower found throughout the Southeast. The city of Smyrna celebrates this plant annually with a weekend festival April 27-29 and features a crafts fair, entertainment, and children's activities. In 2018, over 175 arts and crafts booths manned by artisans from throughout the Southeast were filled with paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry, and other crafts. A grizzly bear show, interactive bird show, an escape artist, and robocars were among the family activities available at The Village Green. Admission is free.
Ready for some music? The SweetWater 420 Fest is three days of music and craft beer (the event's sponsor is a brewer), with a 5-kilometer run, charity
auction, and other activities offered. During April 19-21, more than 45 acts are scheduled to perform on four stages in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park in 2019. The festival started 15 years ago as an Earth Day celebration, and sustainability is still a focus with an area called Planet 420 offering workshops where you can learn how to be more eco-friendly. There's also an artists market offering various crafts and a food village. There is an admission charge, with tickets sold in advance.
On April 4-14, this 10-day event at locations around the downtown Atlanta area features more than 150 films, including documentaries, animation, foreign films, narratives, experimental films, and local productions. The festival, started in 1976, includes awards ceremonies and workshops where movie fans can meet and mingle with those in the business. Admission badges may be purchased for all or parts of the festival, or tickets may be purchased for single movies.
While this free-to-the-public festival takes place over two days on May 25-26 in Atlanta's Piedmont Park, the lead-up to it covers the month of May, with more than 100 jazz artists performing at various locales, including city parks, and even some MARTA transit stations. It all comes together on Memorial Day weekend with national and local artists performing on three stages and vendors offering crafts, food, and drink for sale. Among the national artists who have graced its stages since its start in 1977 are Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Spyro Gyra, Hiroshima, Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval, Freddy Cole, Herbie Hancock, Hugh Masekela, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Al Green, McCoy Tyner, Diane Schuur, and Gail Simone.
This first-time event aims to raise awareness of environmental issues and present ways that individuals can make a difference on April 13. It promises speakers, performances, and an eco-fashion show at Tolleson Park. Admission is free. If you were looking for an excuse to get out this spring, you now have a few. Need a nice vehicle to get you there? Go to Wade Ford and check out the huge selection of Ford cars and trucks.