Forsythia Festival. Like its namesake flowering shrub, this event is one of the first signs of spring. You’ll find a 5K, arts and crafts, sporting tournaments and more. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 12; Noon-5 p.m. March 13. Free. 68 N. Lee St., Forsyth. 770-887-6461, forsythiafestival.com.
Atlanta Science Festival. More than 100 events, plus the Exploration Expo, bring science alive for children and adults. Various times. March 12-26. Free, with some exceptions. Various locations. 770-322-4992, atlantasciencefestival.org.
Georgia Food and Wine Festival. Celebrate wine, food and culinary masters. March 24-27. $39-$80. Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road SW, Marietta. 770-423-1330, georgiafoodandwinefestival.com.
Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival. Headliners Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Anderson East will be joined by Drivin N Cryin, Howie Day and more. The festival includes an artists’ market, kids zone, pet area, classic car show and food trucks. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 26-27. Free. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven. BrookCherryFest.org.
Spring Festival on Ponce. 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, children’s area, food and beverage options. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 2; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 3. Free. 1451 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. 404-873-1222, festivalonponce.com.
Georgia Craft Brewers Festival. More than 60 breweries serving more than 250 varieties of beer along with music and food. 1-5 p.m. April 2. $35-$60. Atlantic Station, 241 20th St. NW, Atlanta. 888-318-2752, georgiacraftbrewersfestival.com.
Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes. View Inman Park’s historic homes plus food, music, dance, arts & crafts and the popular festival parade, which starts at 2 p.m. on April 23. Noon-4 p.m. April 22; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. April 23-24. Free (Tour of Homes $25-$30). Inman Park, Atlanta. inmanparkfestival.org.
Atlanta Spring Wine Festival. Sample more than 50 wines plus beer, live music and food. 1-5 p.m. April 9. $35-$50. 680 Dallas St. NE, Atlanta. 404-889-2113, atlantawinefestivals.com.
Shaky Knees Music Festival. One of the city’s biggest music festivals, with Green Day, Billy Idol and Nine Inch Nails, among the featured musicians. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. April 29-30; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. May 1. $100-$7,500. Central Park, 311 North Ave. NE, Atlanta. shakykneesfestival.com.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Join hundreds of artists at the festival’s 85th anniversary. Artist market, food booths, music and children’s activities. Noon-9 p.m. April 8; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. April 9; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 10. Free. Piedmont Park. 404-817-6642, dogwood.org.
Sandy Springs Artsapalooza. Hands-on art, acoustic performances as well as food and 150 artists. Easter egg hunt is at 2 p.m. April 17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 16; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 17. 6100 Lake Forest Drive, Sandy Springs. 404-873-1222, sandysprintsartsapalooza.com.
SweetWater 420 Fest. Craft beer-centric event features more than 25 styles of SweetWater beers and ready-to-drink cocktails. Music performances include Oysterhead, Gary Clark Jr., Dirty Heads and Gov’t Mule. There will be a 5K run along with a food court, artist market and Planet 420 Eco-Market. April 29-May 1. Various prices. All attendees under 17 must be accompanied by an adult 25 years or older. Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. sweetwaterfest.com.
Duluth Spring Arts Festival. Two-day event features 86 artists as well as demonstrations, food and music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 30; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 1. Free. 3167 Main St., Duluth. 404-873-1222, duluthartsfestival.com.
Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival. Delight in the city’s best grilled cheese sandwiches, live music and access to the Adult Game Zone and Bloody Mary Garden. 3:30-10 p.m. April 30. $35. Atlantic Station, 241 20th St. NW, Atlanta. 888-318-2752, atlantagrilledcheesefestival.com.
Sweet Auburn Springfest. This marks the downtown festival’s 36th year of music, food and vendors. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 7; 1-8 p.m. May 8. Free. 230 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Atlanta. 678-667-1375, sweetauburn.com.
Taste of Spring Festival. Arts and crafts, live entertainment and food vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 7. Free. 901 Railroad St., Conyers. 770-929-4299, conyersga.com.
Yellow Pollen Street Festival. Family fun with arts, crafts and rides. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14. Free. 17 E. Main St. S., Hampton. 770-946-4306, hamptonga.gov.
Atlanta Caribbean Carnival. Music, a parade (11:30 a.m. 98 William Holmes Borders Senior Drive, Atlanta) and Caribbean culture. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. May 28. Free. 400 Merritts Ave., Atlanta. 404-519-6120, atlantacarnival.org.
Atlanta Hot Air Balloon Festival. Rides, food, arts and crafts and, of course, balloons. Noon-9:30 p.m. May 28-30. $8-$20. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 706-978-1349, balloonshows.com.
Roswell Spring Arts and Crafts Festival. Gourmet food trucks, live music and approximately 100 artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 7; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 8. Free. 38 Hill St., Roswell. 404-873-1222, roswellartfestival.com.
Chastain Spring Arts and Crafts Festival. Now in its 13th year, it features 175 artists, food and children’s area. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 15. Free. 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, 404-873-1222, chastainparkartsfestival.com.