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5 Ways to Enjoy Spring in Atlanta

Updated: Mar 31

The dogwoods and azaleas are in bloom, and sunbathers are planting themselves on every spare patch of grass. It's time to get out of your house and enjoy spring! If you're looking for ideas, here are some fun things to do in Atlanta.

 

1. Find Your Festival in Atlanta

Atlanta is a town of gatherings, and you can find a festival celebrating just about anything - from wine to jazz to bacon. Two of the biggest are the Inman Park Festival, April 23-24, and the Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park, April 8-10.


Piedmont Park
Piedmont Park

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is legendary. It signals the beginning of spring, and showcases a huge art scene in the heart of Piedmont Park, from sculpture to paintings to jewelry. Music and food round out the experience. There's no better place to see Atlanta in bloom than Piedmont Park.


On the other side of town is he Inman Park Festival, which has surpassed its 50th year. Lining the streets of Atlanta's oldest suburb, artists' booths are nestled in between Victorian mansions that once belonged to the city's pioneers, including Asa Candler, the founder of Coca-Cola. If you want to get a peek inside some of these gorgeous houses, take the Tour of Homes. And don't miss the parade on Sunday - it's worth seeing the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable.


There are plenty more festivals happening, from Shaky Knees to the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, so you can find a festival for any interest you have. Here are more.


A former railroad turned into a walking/biking trail, the Atlanta BeltLine is a place to see and be seen, and on the first warm days in spring, it feels like the entire city is out there. You can thank the BeltLine for much of the development in Atlanta's inner neighborhoods, including an explosion of new restaurants in the hip Old Fourth Ward.


To fully experience the BeltLine, take a BiteLines Food and Street Art Tour. Starting at

Food and Art Tour of the Atlanta BeltLine
Food and StreetArt Tour onthe Atlanta BeltLine

Krog Street Market, named one of the world's best food halls by Travel & Leisure, you walk down the BeltLine, stopping at different restaurants to sample the food. Along the way, explore Atlanta's famed street art scene, discovering the stories behind the art and artists, including ties to Hollywood.


A tour of a chocolate micro-factory is included, along with a margarita tasting. This is a great way to experience the BeltLine, and a fun way to entertain out-of-town guests.



3. Picnic in Atlanta's Fourth Ward Park

The most scenic spot for a picnic is Historic Fourth Ward Park, across from Ponce City Market. For gourmet eats, head to Savi Provisions in Inman Park and pick up French and Spanish cheeses, salami and a crispy baguette (and maybe some wine), and then walk down the BeltLine to Historic Fourth Ward Park. You can picnic on the lawn, and your kids can frolic on the playground. The park wraps around a pond stocked with fish and ducks and the occasional blue heron. It's a nice place to stroll, and you can toss your left over bread crusts to the fish. (If you're worried about their stomachs, bring some lettuce or rice for them).


Historic Fourth Ward Park
Historic Fourth Ward Park

4. Chill on an Atlanta restaurant patio

Spring is margarita season in Atlanta. It's the perfect time to chill on a patio, sipping margaritas. Or wine or beer. Or cocktails. Or...does it matter?


Guac y Margys patio on Atlanta BeltLine
Enjoy margaritas on the Guac y Margys patio on the BeltLine

Enjoying patio dining in Atlanta


Wine on the BeltLine

A great place to hang out is Barcelona Wine Bar in Inman Park, where you can find European wines and tasty tapas.


Beer on the BeltLine

Microbrew lovers can head to New Realm Brewing Co. for beer made onsite, along with good pub food.


Cocktails on the BeltLine

If I had you at margaritas, one of the widest selections is at Guac y Margys on the BeltLine.


A fantastic skyline view in Atlanta

If you are looking for a great place for date night in Atlanta, check out Drawbar at the Bellyard Hotel in West Midtown. Get a prime spot on the terrace if you can for gorgeous skyline views, or sink into their plush couches inside and soak in the vibe.



5. Date Night at the High Museum


Jazz night at the High Museum
Jazz night at the High Museum

Spring is beautiful, but if you're checking the pollen count in between sneezes, maybe you'd rather head indoors. I bet you never had allergies until you moved to Atlanta, right? You're not alone.


Did you know the High Museum has DJs on the first Friday night of every month, and jazz on third Fridays? There are bites and cocktails, and you can access the exhibits.


However you spend spring in Atlanta, enjoy it while it lasts. Because the too-hot summer will last a lot longer.



Nicole Gustin BiteLines Food and Art Tours

An Atlanta native, Nicole Gustin is the Founder and CEO of BiteLines, which offers walking Food and Street Art Tours on the Atlanta BeltLine and a one-of-a-kind Doggie Crawl on the BeltLine. She considers the BeltLine her backyard, and is excited to see how Atlanta is reinventing itself. Follow us on Facebook, TikTok and Instagram @bitelinesatl.







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