May in Atlanta means really great festivals.
The month of May is a star in the city’s lineup of festivals. Betcha can’t decide on just one.
- Shaky Knees Music Festival, May 4 – 6
This year’s line-up includes Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, the National, David Byrne and Tenacious D.
- La Fête Du Rosé, May 5
Celebrate all things rosé, along with live music, a DJ, food and games.
- Soil Festival 2018, May 5
Celebrate soil as a key source for building gardens and healthier communities.
- Atlanta BBQ Festival, May 5 and 6
Who can resist a two-day celebration of Southern BBQ? Not us! Many of Atlanta’s top restaurants will serve up their specialties, and more than 30 professional BBQ teams from around the region will compete in the cook off. In addition to the great food, there will be cooking demonstrations, live music and a Bourbon Experience (extra charge.) All sample sales at team booths are cash only. A portion of the proceeds go to charity.
- Georgia Renaissance Festival, through June 3
The romance of the Renaissance era comes alive with jousting, great food, music and entertainment for all ages.
- Picnic in the Park, May 6
Enjoy a catered lunch from some of Atlanta’s best chefs with beer, wine, live music, dancing and games at Historic Fourth Ward Park. Proceeds go to charity.
- MAD Festival, May 11 and 12
The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival (MAD) presents the best of the area’s modern/contemporary dance companies and artists. Created by Douglas Scott in 1995 to showcase the diversity and excellence of Atlanta’s dance scene, the festival is the only professionally juried dance festival in the Southeast. In addition to cultivating new audiences through the festival format, Full Radius Dance has presented more than 90 companies and independent choreographers on the MAD stage as well as featured more than 1,200 dancers.
- Shaky Beats Music Festival, May 11 – 13
Experience musical acts including Kygo, Marshmello, Zedd and Ludacris.
- Slingin’ Wings Festival, May 12
Restaurants from all over the city will be slingin’ wings in a benefit for Release Atlanta, a nonprofit that works to rescue dogs from high kill shelters across the state. In addition to the wings, there will be beer, live music and all sorts of contests and activities.
- Chastain Park Arts Festival, May 12 and 13
Named as one of the nation’s top 100 art festivals nationwide by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the Chastain Parks Arts Foundation will hold its ninth annual event highlighting 185 artists and artisans. Visitors will enjoy fine arts and crafts, a children’s area, and local food and beverage concessions including gourmet food trucks. Local acoustic musicians will enliven the atmosphere.
- Sweet Auburn Springfest, May 12 and 13
Come enjoy great fun at the Southeast’s largest free outdoor festival on and around one of the world’s most well-known streets — Auburn Avenue. Enjoy food, music, entertainment, shopping and people watching.
- East Atlanta Beer Festival, May 19
More than 175 craft beers from around the globe will be represented, and all proceeds support local nonprofit organizations. There will also be food trucks/vendors and great music.
- Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes, May 19
Enjoy the day with family-friendly fun. Expect a 5K, artists’ market, live music, local vendors, BBQ competition and a kids area. All proceeds go to the Kirkwood Neighborhood Association.
- Malcolm X Festival, May 19 and 20
This annual festival celebrates the birthday of Malcolm X. There will be speeches, solidarity statements, spiritual affirmations and musical performances that relate to Malcolm X’s message of human rights and self-determination. In addition, there will be vendors selling cultural artifacts, paintings, sculptures, carvings, jewelry, literature, clothing, crafts and food.
- Atlanta Cycling Festival, May 19 – 25
The Atlanta Cycling Festival is a week-long festival all about bicycling. Enjoy rides, classes and parties.
- MomoCon, May 24 – 27
MomoCon is one of the fastest growing conventions for fans of Japanese anime, American animation, comics, video games and tabletop games. Meet celebrity voice talent, designers and writers of shows, games and comics.
- Decatur Arts Festival, May 25 – 27
Downtown Decatur comes alive with an artists’ market, live musical performances, improvisational and stand-up comedy, a children’s festival and parade, literary events and dance performances.
- Old Fourth Ward Festival, May 26 and 27
There is something for everyone at this favorite neighborhood festival including fine arts and crafts, children’s play area, local food and beverage concessions and live acoustic entertainment on the lawn.
- Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, May 26 and 27
The 31st annual Atlanta Caribbean Carnival kicks off in a street parade downtown from noon to 3 p.m. starting at the MARTA Civic Center Station and ending at Festival Village at Central Park. Enjoy Caribbean cuisine, arts and crafts, and performing artists from all over the Caribbean, including Edwin Yearwood, Voice and Peter Ram.
- Atlanta Jazz Festival, May 26 and 27
Regarded as one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals, the Atlanta Jazz Festival will showcase performances with artists such as Dianne Reeves, Jazzmeia Horn, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, and Jon Batiste with the Dap-Kings.
- Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, May 31 – June 3
The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival spotlights the right food and beverage traditions of the Southern United States. There are taste testings, master cooking studio classes, a connoisseur dinner series and a Southern marketplace.
This article was first published here.