Spring festivals: 16 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta

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You know the seasons must have changed when spring festivals and bazaars are sprouting up in the Atlanta area. Even Easter is getting off to an early start with an egg hunt scheduled for your dog this weekend.

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To find out more about these and other metro Atlanta events going on this weekend, check out the following 16 things to do:


Atlanta Home Show. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, March 22, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 24. One day admission: Adults $8 (online) or $10 (box office), seniors 65 and up and children 12 and under free. Active military personnel, veterans, police, fire and first responders free on Friday. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. 800-395-1350. https://atlantahomeshow.com/.

Get ideas and information about everything home related at the Atlanta Home show. Exhibitors, speakers, contests and more are featured.

Spring Arts Festival. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Free. Kennesaw State University School of Art & Design, 411 Bartow Ave., Kennesaw.470-578-6557. https://arts.kennesaw.edu/visual-arts.

This annual community event features many visual and performing arts activities, including the chance to create three-panel comics, digital animation and more.

Science for Everybody. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 22. Free. Chattahoochee Technical College, North Metro Campus, Building D Room 400, 5198 Ross Road, Acworth. https://atlantasciencefestival.org/.

Learn about the human body to better understand how it works. You'll have the chance to touch a real brain, see the inside of a real heart and more.

"Look Don't Touch." 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24. $22 and up. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800. https://www.cobbenergycentre.com/.

Atlanta Ballet presents three works that reveal the playful side of dance.

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"Dark Night." 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and 2 p.m. March 24. $12 general admission, $6 students, $4 DeKalb School of the Arts students. DeKalb School of the Arts, Kyle Theater, 1192 Clarendon Ave., Avondale Estates. 678-676-2502. http://www.dsa.dekalb.k12.ga.us/.

DeKalb School of the Arts students will perform and direct a series of five-minute plays they've written. The performance is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Cherry Blossom 5K. 6:30-7:15 a.m. registration and packet pickup and 7:30 a.m. 5K start. Saturday, March 23. $30 adults 14 and over, $25 kids age 13 and under. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven. https://www.active.com/.

Race through Blackburn Park in this AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier. All proceeds will benefit Children's Hospital of Atlanta.

Frühlingsfest. 1-10 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Free admission. Franklin Avenue from Olive Street to Lake Street, Avondale Estates. https://www.goethefruehlingsfest.com/.

Enjoy a European-style spring festival with the flavors, arts, music, food, drinks and traditions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Credit: From decaturga.com

Credit: From decaturga.com

Touch A Truck. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 23. East Lake MARTA station, north lot, 2260 College Ave., Atlanta. 678-553-6541. http://www.decaturga.com/city-government/city-departments/active-living/touch-a-truck.

See, touch and explore vehicles from the City of Decatur and DeKalb County. You can also get your bike registered and bring a canned or non-perishable food item to help feed the hungry.

North Fulton

E's Club 5K run/walk. 6:30 a.m. registration and 7:30 a.m. run/walk start. Saturday, March 23. $30. Wills Park, 11925 Wills Road, Alpharetta. 423-506-6530. http://erinshopeforfriends.org/5k-run/.

E's Club third annual race is an AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier that benefits Erin's Hope for Friends. This organization helps teens and young adults on the high functioning autism spectrum.

Spring Craft Bazaar. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Free admission. Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell. 770-641-3950. https://www.roswellgov.com/.

Shop for unique handmade items from local vendors, with proceeds benefiting seniors and people with special needs. You'll be able to buy jewelry, fine arts, photographs, quilted items and more.

St. Paddy O'Pedal Charity Bike Ride. Staggered start times on Sunday, March 24. $30 and up. Milton City Hall, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton. 678-361-0111. https://www.choa.org.

Choose from a variety of distances for this third annual ride, ranging from 25 to 64 miles. A family fun ride of 5.5 or 11 miles is also available, along with a bike fest for the kids. Proceeds from the rides will benefit the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Anastasia" and "Peter Pan." 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday March 24. $20-$28. Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs, Byers Theatre, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. 770-206-2022. https://citysprings.com/.

With one ticket, you can see the Roswell Dance Theatre and Atlanta Dance Theatre perform a one-hour production of both "Anastasia" and "Peter Pan."

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Italian Car Day. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 23 (postponed from earlier date). Free. Lillian Webb Park, 5 College St., Norcross. 770-932-2380. https://www.italiancardayatlanta.com/.

Check out exotic Italian cars and motorcycles, vendors' merchandise and dealer demos. You'll also be able to weigh in on which cars should win prizes.

Dog Gone Egg Hunt. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. $6 per dog. Rock Springs Park, 550 Rock Springs Road, Lawrenceville. Pre-register online with code RSP11405. 678-277-0900. https://www.gwinnettcounty.com/.

Bring your fur baby out for a doggie egg hunt, vendors, contests and photos with the Easter Bunny.

Peachtree Corners/Norcross Restaurant Week. March 23-30. Various locations. http://www.peachtreecornersrestaurantweek.com/.

Peachtree Corners and Norcross are joining together for Restaurant Week, when you'll be able to take advantage of specials as you try a new (or already favorite) restaurant.

Atlanta Humane Society Run for the Rescues 5K & Fun Run. 8:30 a.m. fun run and 9:15 a.m. 5K. Saturday, March 23. $20-$30. Suwanee Town Center Amphitheatre, Town Center Avenue, Suwanee. https://runsignup.com/atlantahumanesociety.

Bring your dog if you'd like to run with him or her and help benefit rescue pets.