11 April

Enjoy FREE Spring Festivals all Around Metro Atlanta

Enjoy FREE Spring Festivals all Around Metro Atlanta

Courtesy of Chastainparkblog.wordpress.com

Courtesy of Chastainparkblog.wordpress.com


Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival -April 2nd & 3rd, 2016. 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road.

Dogwood Festival – April 8, 9, 10, 2016. Piedmont Park

Sandy Arts a Palooka – April 16-17, 2016. 6100 Lake Forrest Drive NE Sandy Springs, GA

Inman Park Festival –  April 30 – May 1, 2016. Elizabeth @ Waverly Way Edgewood @ Waddell Street


Inman Park Festival –  April 30 – May 1, 2016. Elizabeth @ Waverly Way Edgewood @ Waddell Street Alta @ Euclid Avenue

Chastain Park Arts Festival – May 7th & 8th, 2016. 4469 Stella Dr NW, Atlanta, GA

Bare Foot in the Park – May 7th & 8th, 2016. Buford Town Park, 2200 Buford Drive, Buford, GA

Taste of Alpharetta – May 12th, 2016. Downtown Alpharetta, GA 2 South Main Street Alpharetta, GA

Decatur Arts Festival – May 28 & May 29th, 2016. Downtown Decatur, GA

11 April

Free Spring Art Exhibits

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Artist Exhibit: “For the Love of Romeo: Urban Peace” – Monday, March 14, 2016 – Friday, May 13, 2016 10:00 AM-6:00 PM East Atlanta Branch Library 400 Flat Shoals Avenue, S.E. Atlanta, GA 30316
Google Maps – MapQuest An award winning photo documentary show about a tragic event and its healing aftermath will run from March 14th through May 13th. Sponsored by the Friends of the East Atlanta Library.


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EXHIBITION:UNCOMMON THREADS XIII – April 22, 2016 to May 20, 2016

Opening reception – Friday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26 – Friday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pmThe SewJourner Quilters Guild evolved from a class its founding members took years ago at Southwest Arts Center. Its annual exhibition of traditional and contemporary quilts features some of the area’s finest quilters. This event is free and open to the public. Southwest Arts Center 915 New Hope Road Atlanta GA, 30331


EXHIBITION OPENING: “BLACK FLIGHT 144” – Dates April 15, 2016 to June 30, 2016

Opening Reception – Friday, April 15, 2016 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A conceptualized body of work, illustrated through the grouping of 144 black paper airplanes in various recognized symbols. The work addresses 144 years of emancipation, presented within a contemporary artistic context. Here, Hutchinson’s work offers a new dialogue, furthering the intellectual continuum spearheaded by the Harlem Renaissance in the 20th Century. Aviation Community Cultural Center 3900 Aviation Circle NW Atlanta, GA 30336 404-612-8600

Exhibit: Shocophoto Imagery & Connie Cross – April 1-April 30, 2016. Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

This photography exhibit reflects the body as a delicate subject. Capturing images with fluidity, creative angles, and dynamic spatial structure. This embodiment has formed into the creation of Shocphoto Imagery. South Fulton Arts Center, Butner Road, College Park, GA, United States


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Exhibition: Carolyn Grady Opening Reception – 

Tuesday, April 19 – Friday, May 13, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm

Opening Reception – Friday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Carolyn Grady is a photographer who documents and explores hip-hop culture by capturing live performances of classic, “golden age” rap legends and icons. Examples of her work can be seen at www.rhythmicimages.com. This exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information and to schedule group tours, call 404-613-3220Southwest Arts Center 915 New Hope Road Atlanta GA, 30331


Looking Forward and Backward: The View from my Grandmother’s Porch – Sunday, April 3, 2016 – Friday, April 29, 2016 Central Library Lower Level, Art Gallery 1 Margaret Mitchell Square Atlanta, GA 30303
Google Maps – MapQuest

This is a fiber arts exhibition of both traditional and art quilts featuring Aisha Lumumba with Marquetta Johnson, O.V. Brantley, and Elaine Parker. The exhibit is a journey through the progression of quilts through time in the African American community.


Current Exhibit: Between the Sweet Water and the Swarm of Bees: Works by Susanne Wenger on view at the Carlos Museum – 571 South Kilgo Circle NE Atlanta, GA 30322 FREE – April 17th May 15, 22, 29.

Between the Sweet Water and the Swarm of Bees brings together nine screen prints and one waxbatik by Austrian artist, Susanne Wenger (1915—2009),who lived and worked in Nigeria for nearly 60 years. These prints and batik are syncretic compositions of oriki (praise poetry about Yoruba deities such as Obàtálá and Osun) and European mythology. The depictions are extensions of the Osun sacred grove, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which Wenger redesigned in the 1960s. Although Osun was a significant figure in Wenger’s work, Obàtálá, who is charged with forming every human being, ultimately influenced her the most. Six months after Wenger arrived in Osogbo, she fell ill with tuberculosis. She attributed her recovery one year later to the god Obàtálá and not only created work depicting his stories, but also became a priestess in the Obàtálá society.

The series was given to the Carlos Museum by Graham and Maryagnes Kerr, who purchased the works from the artist at her home in Osogbo, Nigeria in 1965. The prints, ephemera, and batik in this collection are rare and have never before been exhibited together.


High Museum of Art – High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street, N.E.

Atlanta, Georgia 30309

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via: high.org

Vik Muniz  – until  August 21, 2016 –  Free On select Days at the High Museum of Art. (Free Second Sundays, Bank of America Free First Full Weekend, Fulton County First Saturday)
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via: high.org

Iris van Herpen Transforming Fashion – until May 15th – Free On select Days at the High Museum of Art. (Free Second Sundays, Bank of America Free First Full Weekend, Fulton County First Saturday)
via: High.org

via: High.org

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks – Until May 29th  – Free On select Days at the High Museum of Art. (Free Second Sundays, Bank of America Free First Full Weekend, Fulton County First Saturday)
8 April

Dogwood Festival 2016

This is a free event! We visited the Dogwood festival and it did not disappoint. There were lots of Artisans, Family, rides & fun with a wristband price of $15.00, plus al kinds of yummy food for sale (some for free, we got free plant-based ice cream from So Delicious)!

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Here’s a sampling of some of the artisan handcrafted designs. The festival is running until 11pm Friday and all Day Saturday & Sunday. Don’t miss one of Atlanta’s biggest free & fun event!


Mind's Eye Journals from Westcliffe, CO -- Booth 246

Mind’s Eye Journals from Westcliffe, CO — Booth 246


Very impressive framed art – Marisol Spoon


Affordable Ceramics by Valentine Studios – Booth 252


Chris Seeman Cincinnati - Metal Booth #211

Chris Seeman Cincinnati – Metal
Booth #211


Eugene Perry, PA – Booth #250

1 April

30 Popular Playground Parks in Atlanta





Trammel Crow Park – 4980 Cascade Road, Atlanta, GA 30331  – Playground, tennis courts, grills, pavilions, walking trails, Outdoor circuit equipment.

West Manor Park (Anthony Flanagan Memorial Recreation) – 3240 West Manor Circle. S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30311
404-505-3110 – Playground, Baseball diamond, grills, pavilions.

Wilson Mill Park –  300 Wilson Mill Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30331 – Playground, Basketball Courts, Baseball diamond

Perkerson Park – 770 Deckner Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. Playground, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, Baseball diamond, Disc golf, Pavilion & grills.

Sandtown Park – 5320 Campbellton Rd., SW Atlanta, Georgia 30331
404-346-8360, Playground, tennis courts, grills, pavilions, walking trails, soccer field.

Adams Park – 1620 Delowe Drive S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30311 – Playground

Mozley Park  (C A Scot Recreation) 1565 Martin Luther King Jr Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30314 – Playground, basketball, soccer,

J.P. Moseley Park – 1041 Miller’s Mill Road Stockbridge, GA 30281 – Playground, disc golf, football field, softball field, walking trails.

Kids at work Park – 1622 Ware Avenue East Point, GA 30344 – Very creative swings, obstacle course for older kids, rockers, benches for adults. It’s a cool park.



Bessie Branham Park – 2051 Delano Avenue Atlanta, GA 30317 –  Newly renovated recreation center (see below); cyber center; baseball/softball field; basketball court (indoor and outdoor); tennis courts; picnic tables with benches; Urban Tree House; playground (see below); greenspace

Brownwood Park – Emerson Ave at Brownwood Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30316 – Great little park bocce ball, basketball, tennis, and playground for the kiddos.

Cabbagetown Park – 701 Kirkwood Ave Atlanta, GA 30316 – Playground, green space.

Grant Road Park – 4255 Grant Road , Ellenwood, GA 30294 · Phone: (770) 473-3800 – Pavilions, Basketball, Softball, Pavilions, Playground.


Piedmont Park – Several Playgrounds, trails, pond, baseball diamond, nature, pool, seating, pavilions.

Springvale Park – 922 Euclid Ave Atlanta, GA 30307 – Playground, trails, ducks, geese.

Grant Park – Houses the zoo. Pavilions, playgrounds, trails, green space.

Central Park  400 Merritts Ave. NE, Atlanta Georgia i Community park with Playground, 2 basketball courts, 4 tennis courts

Freedom Park  Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta Georgia – Regional park with Playground

Centennial Olympic Park – 265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313-  Splash Pad (Fountain Rings).



Nickajack Park –  3630 Oakdale Rd Mableton, GA 30126 – Baseball/softball diamonds, picnic tables and shelters, tennis courts, and basketball courts

SweetWater Park – 2447 Clay Road Austell 30168 – 4 Softball fields, Sweetwater Tennis Center(8 courts), Picnic pavilion, Batting cage

Terrell Mill Park – 480 Terrell Mill Road Marietta 30067 –  2 Picnic pavilions, Playground, 4 Softball fields, Terrell Mill Tennis Center (8 courts), Concession building, Soccer field

Hurt Road Park – 990 Hurt Road Marietta 30008, 4 Softball fields, Batting cages, 1 Picnic pavilion, 2 Concession blds., 4 Tennis courts, Basketball court, Walking trail, 1 Playground


Morgan Falls Park – 200 Morgan Falls Road Sandy Springs, GA 30350 – Fishing, Picnic Tables, Playground, Restrooms, Walking/Hiking Trails.

Frank Allen Park –  100 Bagley Street, Atlanta, GA 30305 – Tennis Courts, baseball diamond, playground, green space,

Hammond Park – 705 Hammond Drive Sandy Springs, GA 30328 – Basketball Courts, Gymnastics Center, Pavilion, Picnic Tables, Playground, Restrooms, Sports Field, Tennis Courts

Brook Run Park – 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, GA Community Garden, Dog park, Skate park, playground.

Peachtree Dekalb Airport Park

Bernard Halpern Park – 4150 Tilly Mill Road, Doraville, GA – Playground, pavilion, tennis courts.

Chicopee Park – Play area, playground, Pavilion






31 March

Enjoy FREE outdoor Spring Music All Around Atlanta


Credit: musicinparkatl.org

Atlanta is a great place to hear all kinds music outdoors. Jazz, Gospel, Bluegrass, and Country are just a few genres Atlantans enjoy from Spring all the way up until Fall. It’s time to dance, sing, chomp, and enjoy free music all throughout the city:  Here is a compilation of free music events happening around the Metro Area:


Music in the Park – Visit the Music In The Park Atlanta stages located at The Wren’s Nest, West Hunter Church, West End Performing Arts Center and 992 Abernathy.

Glover Park Concert Series – Kicks off in Marietta April 29th.

Music at Noon at Centennial Park on Tuesday & Thursday at noon. April until October.

After Work Cool Down – Sponsored by the City of Riverdale. Expect live music & great fun.

Norcross Summer Concert Series –  10 College Street, Norcross, GA 7pm -9pm.

Groovin’ on The Green –  Kicks off April 17th 7:30pm Ray Nunley Pavilion, Covington St, Loganville, GA 30052

Woodstock Concert Series – Woodstock, GA

Concerts By the Springs – 7 – 8:30pm  The Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Blue Stone Road. Sandy Springs, GA.

Lawrenceville Summer Concert Series –

Chamblee Summer Concert Series – 6:30 pm to 10:00pm  Peachtree Park  (5468 Peachtree Road next to City Hall)

Sunset Session Returns: Every Sunday Night 7-9pm Kicks off April 17th. Park Tavern, 500 10th St NE Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Alive After Five Roswell – Every 3rd Thursday 5- 9pm April – October Downtown Roswell


Oakhurst Jazz nights – Kicks off April 7th, 2016 at 7pm. Blankets only.

Music in the Park – Visit the Music In The Park Atlanta stages located at The Wren’s Nest, West Hunter Church, West End Performing Arts Center and 992 Abernathy.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival – Huge festival which includes music, arts, food & fun at Piedmont Park. It’s an Atlanta Favorite!

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival –  3493 Ashford Dunwoody RoadBrookhaven, 30319 United States


Sweet Auburn Springfest – Featuring many live musical acts, vendors, food, and Kids activities.

Music in the Park – Visit the Music In The Park Atlanta stages located at The Wren’s Nest, West Hunter Church, West End Performing Arts Center and 992 Abernathy.

Atlanta Jazz Festival – Memorial Day weekend festival Filled with Jazz Headliners. This event is huge and amazing!

Blue Sky Concerts Series – Decatur at the Square Wednesdays at noon.

Concerts on The Square – Evening concerts on the Decatur Square 7pm on Saturdays.
Chris Stapleton at Turner Field – May 29th. Concert FREE with PAID Braves Baseball game admission.

Credit: musicintheparkatl.org/

Credit: musicintheparkatl.org/