Free festival: The Festival on Ponce will feature food trucks, beer, wine, art, crafts and more. This free spring event will be held from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2 and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, April 3 at Olmsted Linear Park (1451 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta). Bring a blanket or a basket filled with your favorite goodies if you intend to kick back and relax on the grass.
Best brisket competition: Some of Atlanta's top restaurants and chefs will be "pitted" against each other in an attempt to create their best-barbecued brisket for a panel of experts and the public during the third annual Chef Thunderdome hosted by Smoke & Glory. Participating restaurants include BoccaLupo, Leon's Full Service, Rising Son, Farm Burger and many more. A variety of breweries will be on-site including Three Taverns, Second Self, Wild Heaven and more. The pit party will begin at 12 p.m. Sunday, April 3 at Steinbeck's (659 E. Lake Drive, Decatur). Tickets, which are $60, may be purchased here.