Spring officially begins on March 20 this year with the spring equinox. But, our city’s mild weather means there are a lot of spring activities in Atlanta to enjoy even sooner!
Soak up the sunshine and let your spirits bloom with these 11+ spring Atlanta activities. From festivals and food tours to sporting events and outdoor adventures, there’s something in this guide for everyone!
A few of our favorite Spring Activities in Atlanta 2022:
Read on for more details on these activities and more.
- Take a food walk through Grant Park
- Attend spring festivals in Atlanta
- Foster a dog for a day
- Head to Georgia’s state parks
In this post, you’ll find:
- Ideas and activities to make the most of spring in Atlanta
- Atlanta spring date ideas
- Family-friendly Atlanta activities
- Atlanta spring break ideas for kids and families
- Places to go for spring break in Atlanta
1. Take a Food Walk through Grant Park – One of Our Favorite Atlanta Spring Activities
Our 1.2-mile walking food and cocktail tour through Grant Park is the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful spring Atlanta day!
This Unexpected Atlanta experience allows you to explore the charming and historic Grant Park neighborhood, stopping for 8 tastings at 3 restaurants: Six Feet Under, Firepit Pizza Tavern, and The Little Tart Bakeshop.
Along the way, your expert guide will share fascinating stories of Atlanta’s history. Moreover, the tour includes a stroll through Historic Oakland Cemetery, the final resting place of many noteworthy Atlantans.
As a bonus, Oakland’s many daffodils tend to be in peak bloom during the start of spring in March!
2. Stroll Along the Atlanta Beltline
The Atlanta Beltline is a beloved mixed-use paved trail. On any given day, you can find plenty of locals and tourists alike who are walking, running, cycling, roller skating, and even unicycling this path.
Along the Beltline Eastside Trail, explore Atlanta’s Inman Park and Old 4th Ward neighborhoods. A few of our favorite stops include New Realm Brewing, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, and Krog Street Market.
For a less crowded experience, check out the Northside Trail, the West End Trail, and other parts of the Beltline.
3. Head to the Atlanta Botanical Garden
From daffodils to roses to orchids and more – there’s so much natural beauty to savor at the Atlanta Botanical Garden!
We especially love Orchid Daze, an annual event celebrating thousands of beautiful, fragrant orchids in bloom at the garden’s Fuqua Orchid Center. Orchid Daze will take place from February 12-April 10, 2022.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden boasts 30 acres of outdoor gardens in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. Here, you’ll also find an award-winning Children’s Garden, a scenic Canopy Walk area, and more.
If you’re “OTP” (Outside the 285 Perimeter), head to the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Gainesville location, home of the largest conservation nursery in the Southeast!
4. Tour Important Civil Rights Sites in Atlanta – One of Our Favorite Atlanta Spring Activities
On our King Historic District tour, you’ll learn all about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his leadership of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta.
This walking tour includes a leisurely 1.7-mile stroll – perfect for soaking up Atlanta’s spring weather as well as a history lesson.
Your tour guide will lead you through the story of Dr. King’s incredible life. See Dr. and Mrs. King’s memorials and hear immersive stories of Dr. King and other Civil Rights leaders.
Additionally, we’ll stop by the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and see Dr. King’s office in the Prince Hall Grand Lodge.
5. Foster a Dog for a Day – One of Our Favorite Atlanta Spring Activities
Don’t you wish you could snuggle up with a dog – without the commitment of adopting one? Thanks to LifeLine Animal Project, you can!
This local no-kill shelter offers a “Dog for the Day” program. Basically, it’s just what it sounds like: you can “rent” a dog for the day! Plan a fun adventure with a four-legged friend. Head to a local state park, visit a pup-friendly brewery, or just relax at home.
Moreover, your dog will be outfitted with an adorable “adopt me!” vest, helping tp boost the chances that your new friend will find a forever home.
6. Try New Brews at the Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest, March 19
Head to Town Center Park on Saturday, March 19, 2022 for the Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest!
This St. Patty’s Day tradition allows you to sample more than 350 beers from some of the best craft breweries in America. In fact, this was voted one of the top 10 beer festivals in the country by USA Today!
Purchase a day pass, or upgrade your ticket with a VIP experience. The event will also include live music and a home brew contest.
7. Cheer on the World Champion Atlanta Braves & Explore The Battery
Spring is the perfect time to catch a baseball game, before the summer heat sinks in. And, baseball in Atlanta is more exciting than ever, since the Braves won the World Series in 2021. Watch the home team play at Truist Park in northwest Atlanta.
While you’re in the area, be sure to explore The Battery. This complex features shops, restaurants, a concert venue, hotel, escape room, and more.
A few of our favorite food and drink spots include Punch Bowl Social, Terrapin Tap Room, El Super Pan, and Jeni’s Ice Creams.
8. Attend the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, April 8-10
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is back from April 8-10, 2022!
Held each year in Piedmont Park, this is one of Atlanta’s most well-known festivals. In fact, it’s been an Atlanta tradition for more than 80 years!
At the Dogwood Festival, you’ll find an artist market with “virtually every kind of art imaginable.” This festival also includes live entertainment, delicious festival food, a 5k, kids’ activities, and more.
The festival is free to attend. Additionally, you can purchase VIP experiences to access exclusive food tastings, private restrooms, and more.
9. Head to Georgia’s State Parks – One of Our Favorite Atlanta Spring Activities
Spring is a gorgeous time to visit Georgia’s state parks. The wildflowers and sunny skies make for beautiful hiking memories and photos. Additionally, you’re likely to see wildlife as animals awaken from their winter slumber!
To start your adventure, choose from dozens of state parks throughout Georgia. In most parks, the entry and parking fee is $5. For the sake of convenience and savings, frequent adventurers should consider an annual ParkPass for $50.
A few of our favorite Georgia state parks near Atlanta include:
- Sweetwater Creek State Park
- Red Top Mountain State Park
- Fort Yargo State Park
- Panola Mountain State Park
10. Try Delicious Foods at Taste of Marietta, April 24
Head to the Historic Marietta Square on Sunday, April 24, 2022 for Taste of Marietta!
This annual food festival showcases the best of Cobb County’s restaurants and caterers. As one of the largest and longest-running food festivals in the Atlanta area, this spring event is beloved by many foodies and families alike. In fact, more than 70 restaurants and food vendors participate each year.
Festival admission is free, with “tastes” ranging from $1-5 each. You’ll also find musical entertainment, a Kids Alley area, chef spotlight stages, and more.
11. Rock Out at the Shaky Knees Music Festival, April 29-May 1
From April 29-May 1, 2022, jam out with the sounds of Green Day, Billy Idol, Nine Inch Nails, My Morning Jacket, and more at the Shaky Knees Festival.
This festival takes place in Central Park, near the Old 4th Ward neighborhood of Atlanta. Other acts include Rainbow Kitten Surprise, CHVRCHES, Death Cab for Cutie, and many others.
Also appearing onstage at Shaky Knees is Atlanta’s own Faye Webster, a Grady High School alumna and growing folk music sensation.
Frequently Asked Questions to Enjoy Spring in Atlanta
What is the average spring temperature in Atlanta?
Atlanta’s average spring temperatures range from a low of 42 F to a high of 66 F in March, to a low of 65 F and a high of 87 F in June.
Generally, spring temperatures in Atlanta are mild, comfortable, and pleasant. If you’re traveling from out of town, be prepared for the possibility of rain and pollen.
When is Atlanta Public Schools’ spring break?
In 2022, Atlanta Public Schools will be on spring break from April 4-8.
In fact, many of the ideas on this list are fantastic spring break adventures to do with your kids and family!
When is spring pollen season in Atlanta?
According to the Allergy & Asthma Center, Atlanta’s pollen count tends to follow strong seasonal patterns.
For example, tree pollen tends to peak around late March through mid-April. Then, grass pollen can begin in late May through summer. Finally, ragweed and other weed pollen can occur in late August through winter.
The amount of pollen can vary each year as well as by location. To get the latest information, check out the daily pollen count on the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma website.
Wishing you a happy, healthy, and adventure-filled spring in Atlanta!