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Best of the Fests

It’s festival season, which means live music, food trucks, flowing brews, art aplenty and so much more. Our advice: Don’t let this month pass by without visiting some of the mega-fun festivals Atlanta has in store this spring.

Bands, brews and more at SweetWater 420 Fest

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., sweetwater420fest.com

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, dogwood.org

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, inmanparkfestival.org

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, festivalonponce.com

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, magneticmusicfestival.com