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Best of the Fests

Deryka Bowe | April 5, 2013 | Articles

1. SweetWater 420 Fest
Treat yourself to an event heavy on the live tunes, complete with an all-you-can-play gaming center and—of course—signature beers samples flowing freely throughout the day. April 19-23, free ($5 to drink, VIP tickets from $150), 1500 McClendon Ave.,

2. Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Attempting to figure out what to do with your beautiful weekend? Trek down to Piedmont Park to enjoy a live performance by award-winning country singer Sara Evans, scrumptious fair food and hundreds of artsy vendors, all while shaded by the beautiful blooming Dogwood trees. April 19-21, free, 887 West Marietta St. NW, 404.817.6642,

3. Inman Park Festival
Hosted in Atlanta’s oldest and most spirited ’hood, this festival brings something for the whole fam to enjoy—expect a fun parade, live bands, food from local restos, a dance performance and the Rocket Run 5K—with surprises in store. April 26-28, free, Inman Park,

4. Festival on Ponce
Get reeled in by 185 displays of folk and outsider art stretched across Olmstead Linear Park, accompanied by acoustic local musicians and a plethora of delicious eats. (Plus, we give this fest bonus points for allowing leashed dogs!) April 13-14, free, 1451 Ponce De Leon Ave., 404.845.0793,

5. Magnetic Music Festival
Enjoy a jam-packed day of musical bliss surrounded thanks to three stages and 30-plus performers ready to rock the mic. With big-name headliners like Kid Cudi and Flux Pavillion, this event is rain or shine—and guaranteed to have you busting a move. April 20, from $70, 3200 Busbee Pkwy., Kennesaw,


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