Atlanta Festivals: Spring festivals during May 2014

World War II Heritage Days. From a swing dance and dinner to re-enactors and some of the fabulous flying machines and vehicles that helped the U.S. win the war, this event honors those who fought or sacrificed to help win the war. The theme for 2014 is "Honoring the Women of the Greatest Generation." 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26-27. Free, but $5 donation for adults is suggested. $50 for dinner and dance, 6-11 p.m. April 26. 1200 Echo Court, Falcon Field, Peachtree City. 678-364-1110, www.wwiidays.org.

Alpharetta Arts StreetFestCelebrate the arts at one of the city's most popular events. Downtown streets are closed to traffic and opened to nearly 100 artists, musicians and performers from throughout the U.S. Outdoor galleries filled with fine art; a chance to create children's art; live jazz, roots rock, Celtic music, cultural dancing and food. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26-27. Free. Milton Avenue and Main Street in Alpharetta.www.awesomealpharetta.com.

Atlanta Arab Festival. Food, singing, folk dancing, storytelling, books, arts and crafts, paintings, groceries, rugs, jewelry, traditional home accessories and traditional clothes. Come and immerse yourself in the sounds, smells and celebrations of the Mideast. Art exhibit and arts and crafts, henna and calligraphy, games and backgammon competitions, and of course, shopping at the souk (market). 11 a.m.-7 p.m. April 26; noon-6 p.m. April 27. $2 per person or $5 per family. At the Alif Institute, 3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta. 770-936-8770,www.alifinstitute.org.

Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival. The city of Smyrna welcomes spring April 26 and 27 on its downtown Village Green featuring music, art, handmade crafts and entertainment. The rain-or-shine festival brings in about 175 Southeastern artists to showcase and sell paintings, jewelry, clothing and furniture. The family-oriented entertainment includes Peter Hart's Atlanta Puppet Show and acoustic music from Scott Thompson. A Jonquil City Jog 5K Run/Walk starts at 8 a.m. April 26, and a separate crawfish boil will be held at the Market Village. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26; noon-5 p.m. April 27. 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-434-6600, www.smyrnacity.com.

May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival. More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their paintings, pottery, jewelry and more at the annual two-day festival put on by the Marietta Parks and Recreation Department. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 3; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4. Free. Glover Park on the Marietta Square. www.mariettaga.gov.

Fiesta Atlanta. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the eighth annual Fiesta Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park. International, national and local recording artists, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing, a 5K Run/Walk, youth soccer, arts and crafts and authentic international foods. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 4. Free. Olympic Centennial Park, 265 Park Ave W. N.W. Atlanta. 404-350-0200, http://fiestaatlanta.com.

Taste of Alpharetta. Attracts more than 50,000 to sample from over 50 restaurants who come out to shop their appetizers, bite-size entrees and desserts during the town's largest annual social stroll. The day includes culinary competitions, cooking demonstrations, music and entertainment. Free entrance, but restaurants charge $1-$3 per sample. 5-10 p.m. May 8. 2 South Main St., Alpharetta.http://awesomealpharetta.com.

Dunwoody Art Festival. On Mother's Day weekend, May 10-11, the stretch of Chamblee Dunwoody Road across from Dunwoody Village transforms into an artist's market, with music, face painting, inflatables and other kid-friendly fun. The pet-friendly festival drew 70,000 visitors last year. 10 a.m.-6 p.m May 10; 12:30-5 p.m. May 11. Free. 5501 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody.http://dunwoodyartfestival.splashfestivals.com.

Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival. Enjoy this two-day outdoor festival in Chastain Park, one of the largest parks in Fulton County, featuring up to 200 artists and crafters as well as live entertainment and food. There also will be a children's area that will include inflatables, face painting, sand art and other activities. Chastain Park. The address 4469 Stella Drive marks the beginning of the festival route. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 10; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 11.www.buckheadartsfestival.com.

Suwanee Arts in the Park. Thousands of people come to Suwanee Town Center Park to see artists at work, enjoy their completed works in all fields from fine art to performance art. Food, music and fun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 17. Free. Town Center Park at the intersection of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Buford Highway.www.suwaneeartsinthepark.com.

Mableton Day. Start the day with the Mableton 5K and Mableton Jr. Fun Run, and then take in the car show, arts and crafts, vendor booths, food and kids entertainment area. Live music and entertainment, from hip-hop to clogging. This community celebration is billed as a block party and time to meet your neighbors and have some fun. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17. Mable House Complex at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton. Free. 678-590-2803, www.mabletonday.com.

Kirkwood Spring Fling. Part neighborhood stroll and tour of homes, part concert and arts market, the 12th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling is a beautiful day spent in the shade of giant trees. Bands and singers perform all day and into the night. Kids area, food. 5K race, 8 a.m.; festival, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; music in Bessie Branham Park, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and downtown, 8-11 p.m.; barbecue competition, noon-3 p.m. May 17. Free. Tour of homes, noon-6 p.m. May 17-18. www.kirkwoodfling.com/.

Canton Festival of the Arts. A juried show for fine arts and crafts that features an artist's market, serenity gardens, interactive children's experience and live entertainment. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 17 -18. Free. Historic Brown Park, 151 Elizabeth St., Canton.www.cherokeearts.org/festival.

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival. Come celebrate the Caribbean culture through music, art and the annual parade of bands that the entire family can enjoy. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. May 24. $15 advance tickets. Morris Brown College's Herndon Stadium, 643 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta. 404-519-6120, www.atlantacarnival.org.

Memorial Day at the Mountain. Stone Mountain Park blows it up to salute the troops for three days in May, featuring free concerts, the laser show, special fireworks finale and other patriotic activities. For in-park activities, all active and retired military personnel will receive one free Adventure Pass with valid military ID and will save up to $10 off per person for immediate family members and 20 percent off food and merchandise. Parking $10. Adult $29.95, child $24.95 but discounts given for buying tickets online. Gates are open 6 a.m.-midnight May 24-26. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Eat, eat, eat, drink and be merry at this gastronomic celebration. Tastings, classes, meals from some of the best chefs from Texas to the Chesapeake Tidewater. You can pick and choose how much to eat, spend and visit based on your budget. May 29-June 1. A variety of tickets and prices from $55 for a Pig Out party to $2,000 for a three-day connoisseur pass. Midtown.http://atlfoodandwinefestival.com.

Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts. A two-day outdoor local arts and crafts market will be held May 31-June 1 in the heart of Atlanta along a tree-lined thoroughfare near Peachtree Hills Park. It usually features 150 craftsmen and artists and includes demonstrations, food, music and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 31; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 1. Free. Peachtree Hills Recreation Center‎, 308 Peachtree Hills Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-237-2756, www.peachtreehillsfestival.com.

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