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Early Easter events: 16 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta

Easter is springing up early this weekend in metro Atlanta, so if you're looking for a family-friendly event or two, you'll find plenty to choose from. Markets and festivals are also in full swing as the weather warms up.

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Check out the following 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend:


Smyrna Earth Day Festival. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Free admission. Tolleson Park, 3515 McCauley Road, Smyrna. https://sites.google.com/prod/view/smyrna-earth-day-festival.

Learn more about environmental problems as well as ways in which you can help. Speakers, performances, vendors, educational booths, contests and hands-on kids' activities will be featured.

Marietta Easter EGGLOW Scramble. 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, April 12. Free. Franklin Gateway Sports Complex, 1034 Franklin Gateway SE, Marietta. 770-794-5601. http://mariettaga.gov/191/Easter-Egg-Scramble.

Kids can bring flashlights and baskets for this glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt, which features thousands of eggs, inflatables, the Easter Bunny, DJ entertainment, sports showcases and more.

Downtown Kennesaw's Big Shanty Festival will get underway this Saturday and Sunday.
Photo: From Big Shanty Festival's Facebook page/For the AJC

Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 13 and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Free admission. Historic Downtown Kennesaw. 770-423-1330. https://www.facebook.com/TheBigShantyFestival/.

Head to downtown Kennesaw for the Big Shanty Festival, where you'll find arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, festival food and children's activities.

Acworth Egg Hunt. 6:30 p.m. activities, first hunt starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12. Free admission. 770-917-1234. http://acworthegghunt.com/.

Over 50,000 Easter eggs will be hidden for kids to hunt at staggered times divided by age. Concessions are available, and the Easter Bunny will arrive at 7:15 p.m.


Matzah Mania. 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Free. Kroger, 2090 Dunwoody Club Drive, Dunwoody. 678-812-4161. https://atlantajcc.org.

People of all faiths are invited to shop for Passover and enjoy an afternoon of songs, crafts and activities. Passover shopping tours with rabbis and food and wine tastings are available for adults, and kids can learn about Passover and visit craft and activity stations.

Craft Savvy Market. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, March 13. Free admission. Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St., Decatur. https://www.facebook.com/craftsavvymarket/.

Check out wares from indie craft vendors, who have created clothing, jewelry, accessories, canvas art, home décor items and more.

Amplify Decatur Music Festival. 3:30 (doors open)-11 p.m. $45 general admission, $149.50 VIP, $249.50 premium. Downtown Decatur Square, 101 E. Court Square, Decatur. https://www.amplifydecatur.org/.

Rock out to music by Rock & Rock Hall of Famer Mavis Staples, two-time Grammy winner Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, acclaimed songwriter Julien Baker, Atlanta-based jam-rock band The Bitterroots and Kevn Kinney of Drivin N Cryin. Proceeds will benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry. Parking is limited, so festival organizers recommend taking MARTA to the Decatur stop on the East/West line, using a ride service or biking and using the festival's on-site valet.

Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens. 1-5 p.m. Friday, April 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. 1274 Ponce de Leon Ave., $25-$30. http://druidhillstour.org/.

The 51st Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens features six homes and one garden that showcase the community's diverse architectural and design styles.

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North Fulton

"Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook." 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13. $10. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-641-1260. http://get.org/.

The whole family will laugh along with Junie B. from the popular books by Barbara Park as she tries to avenge her furry mittens.

Lost Corner hike. 8 a.m. Saturday, April 13. Free. Lost Corner Park, Brandon Mill Road, Sandy Springs. https://www.facebook.com/events/230460797863936/.

Join in an hour-long hike of three miles through one of Sandy Springs' Hidden treasures, Lost Corner Park. The hike is organized by the Heritage Sandy Springs Outdoor Club, whose members will stay for about an hour after the hike to help clean up the parks and trails.

Heart & Sole 5K, Fun Run and Tot Trot. 7:30 a.m. 5K, 8:30 a.m. Fun Run, 9 a.m. Tot Trot. Saturday, April 13. $10-$35. Avalon, 400 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-1000. https://www.active.com/.

Run, walk or push your tot in a stroller to benefit The Lionheart School and Lionheart WORKS program. Stay for an after-race party that offers free cocktails.

Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market. 8:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 13. Free admission. 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111. https://www.facebook.com/SandySpringsFarmersMarket/.

Stop by the Sandy Springs Farmers Market for locally grown, freshly harvested produce, eggs, meats, artisan cheeses and much more.


Joyce Meyer Ministries. 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 pm. Saturday, April 13. Free. Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. https://www.infiniteenergycenter.com/events/detail/joyce-meyer-ministries.

Admission to the Joyce Meyer Ministries Conference is free, and a love offering will be received. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll hear a message from Meyer and worship with Natalie Grant.

Norcross Garden Club Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13. Free admission. Downtown Norcross, Norcross St. SW. http://norcrossgardenclub.org/events/.

Stock up on plants at great prices, and if you have any questions, master gardeners will be on hand to answer them. You can also buy a raffle ticket for the chance to win garden-themed décor.

Lilburn Easter Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. event start time with 11 a.m. start time for the first hunt, Saturday, April 13. Free. City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn. https://www.cityoflilburn.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=862.

Kids who are 12 years old and under can hunt eggs in groups divided into age categories, have a photo op with the Easter Bunny, play on inflatables and explore a petting zoo.

Bunny Bash. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Free. Buford Village, 33 Buford Village Way, Buford. https://www.facebook.com/events/383905242403309/?active_tab=discussion.

Bring the family out to fill a basket and collect prize-filled eggs from local merchants, take photos with the Easter Bunny, play games, make crafts and get your face painted. RSVP on the event's Facebook page.

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