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Fun events happening in Georgia in May 2022

Paige Minds The Gap

There are plenty of fun events, spring festivals, and family-friendly entertainment taking place all over the state of Georgia this month. These are the best, can’t-miss events happening in Georgia this May.

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Decatur Arts Festival

Decatur, Georgia

Event Dates: May 6, 2022 through May 8, 2022

This annual arts festival kicks off Friday night with ArtWalk, where you can enjoy music on the square while you stroll between local businesses hosting free art receptions. On Saturday and Sunday, you can explore the Artists Market with 140 artists from all over the Southeast. There will be live music, comedy and theatre performances, dance presentations, chalk art, and food vendors. The festival is free to attend.

Sweet Auburn Springfest Festival

Atlanta, Georgia

Event Dates: May 7, 2022 through May 8, 2022

The Sweet Auburn Springfest is the largest free outdoor festival in the Southeast. This spring festival in Atlanta’s historic Sweet Auburn District offers a mix of live music, food, and family-friendly fun. The mile-and-a-half avenue will be lined with 10 stages and dozens of vendors selling art, jewelry, fashion, and more. Children can enjoy rides and games in the Fantastic Fun Zone. You can discover new artists playing on the numerous stages. And you’ll get the chance to explore the historic district rich in African American history.

Roswell Spring Arts and Crafts Festival

Roswell, Georgia

Event Dates: May 7, 2022 through May 8, 2022

During the Roswell Spring Arts and Crafts Festival, more than 125 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craftspeople, glass blowers, and jewelers come together to sell their creations. There will be artist demonstrations plus live acoustic music from local artists.

31st Annual Cherokee County Indian Festival and Mother's Day Powwow

Canton, Georgia

Event Dates: May 7, 2022 through May 8, 2022

Celebrate at this annual festival with a Native American dance competition, Aztec dancers, tepees, a living Indian village, a Creek encampment, wildlife displays, and Native American artisans.

Bon Temps Crawfish Festival

Dublin, Georgia

Event Date: May 14, 2022

This street party in Downtown Dublin will feature food, beer, music, good times, rides, slides, games, and fun, and 2,000 pounds of fresh, Louisiana crawfish. Advance tickets cost $20 and includes two pounds of crawfish with all the fixin's.

Suwanee Arts Festival

Suwanee, Georgia

Event Date: May 14, 2022 through May 15, 2022

This two-day celebration at Suwanee Town Centre features talented artists who will market a variety of high-quality art, from painting and ceramics to jewelry and glass works. The festival will feature live artist demonstrations, live entertainment, an Animation Academy and scavenger hunt for kids, and local food and beverage vendors.

Chastain Park Spring Arts & Crafts Festival

Atlanta, Georgia

Event Dates: May 14, 2022 through May 15, 2022

The 13th annual Chastain Park Spring Arts & Crafts Festival welcomes approximately 175 artists and artisans. Shop fine arts and crafts, let the kids play in the children's area, and dine on local food and beverage concessions from gourmet food trucks. There will be live acoustical performances from local musicians. The festival is free to attend.

Statesboro Hot Air Balloon Festival

Statesboro, Georgia

Event Dates: May 14, 2022 through May 15, 2022

Head to the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds for tethered balloon rides, a kids' zone, music, crafts, games, rides, and a balloon glow and laser show. General admission ranges from $8-$20

28th Annual North Georgia Fair Spring Carnival

Dalton, Georgia

Event Dates: May 19, 2022 through May 30, 2022

This fun spring carnival will feature live entertainment, carnival rides, racing pigs, a petting zoo, games, and food. Admission costs $5.

Hiawassee Pro Rodeo

Hiawassee, Georgia

Event Dates: May 27, 2022 through May 29, 2022

Head to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for a fun Memorial Day Weekend. There will be eight events, including barrel racing, bull riding, bronco riding, and steer wrestling. Enjoy food trucks, kids' activities, and shops all around the fairgrounds.

Gwinnett Hot Air Balloon Festival

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Event Dates: May 28, 2022 through May 30, 2022

Head to the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds for tethered hot air balloon rides, live entertainment, food vendors, a balloon glow, a laser show, and fireworks. Admission to the Gwinnett Hot Air Balloon Festival ranges from $8-$20.

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Atlanta, Georgia

Event Dates: May 28, 2022 through May 30, 2022

Attend one of the country's largest free jazz festivals. This annual musical showcase celebrates jazz legends and up-and-coming artists in venues across Atlanta during the whole month of May. The festival culminates on Memorial Day Weekend with show-stopping performances in Piedmont Park.

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