Spring is truly right around the corner, making its 2017 debut on Monday, March 20. It’s been feeling like the season of new beginnings for some time with mild, sunny days and the emergence of daffodils and budding trees throughout our communities.
While spring may mean an abundance of yard work and spring cleaning for many, it’s also the time when festivals throughout the county lure people to take a break and come outside for a variety of activities.
Here are some that are worthy of neglecting household chores for:
Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days
Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days is an annual, five-day festival held each spring to celebrate the spirit of community and introduce visitors to local Dunwoody vendors. This year it takes place April 19-23 at Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road in Dunwoody.
More than 30 carnival rides, 20 food and beverage vendors, stage performances, the Dunwoody Idol contest and, of course, lemonade is featured. Other activities include arts and crafts, antique car show, Kiddie Land featuring pony rides, a petting zoo, train rides and other rides suitable for small children. There’s also a Craft Beer and Wine Garden in the big tent in front of the pavilion for one day each year, where a variety of local craft beers and wine are on hand for sampling, and a 5k race. Rides cost $20 on Wednesday; $25 Thursday-Sunday.
Hosted by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, Lemonade Days proceeds go to charities within the community, including educational programs such as History Alive! and a historic preservation program that continues the restoration of Dunwoody’s old buildings and cemeteries. For ticket prices, directions, and parking information, go to www.dunwoodylemonadedays.org.
Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival
In 2014 the city of Brookhaven planted 240 Yoshino and Kwanzan cherry trees in Blackburn Park. The official tree of Brookhaven, the Cherry Tree is a symbol of peace and goodwill. The Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, March 25 and 26 at the park includes live music, a 5k run and 1k walk, classic car show, children’s village, food, art and crafts and pet events such as pet parade, stunt dogs and pet costume contest.
For more information, go to www.brookcherryfest.org.
Clarkston’s Tell Me A Story Festival
Lovers of children’s stories from around the world will want to make tracks to the 5th Annual Tell Me a Story, a cultural, literacy and language festival in Clarkston. The event takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. on May 13 at the Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave. in Clarkston.
Rail Arts District Studio Cruise
The Rail Arts District (RAD) spans the rail line from Avondale Estates to Decatur. Studios such as MudFire, Atlanta Hot Glass, Little Tree Art Studios, and Garage Door Studio offer classes in pottery making, glass blowing, paper arts, leather crafts, sewing and more. Studios also offer gallery space, special event rentals, and access to fun local restaurants, breweries, bakeries, and even a butcher. The 11th annual RAD Studio Cruise is coming up on April 1 from 11 a.m. to 7p.m. Trolleys are available to take visitors from studio to studio.
Chamblee Fun Mud Run
The Chamblee Fun Mud Run, a 5K run and 3K run, is scheduled for April 29. The timed 5K course winds through the Keswick Village and Sexton Woods neighborhoods as participants complete multiple obstacles that involve simple challenges. For more information and registration, visit chambleefunmudrun.com. To date more than $65,000 from the Chamblee Fun Mud Run has benefited the Chamblee Middle School Education Foundation.
Decatur Senior Game Day
Senior citizens are invited to participate in Senior Game Day on March 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The activities take place at Ebster Recreation Center, 105 Electric Ave., Decatur. Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe will provide lunch and JenCare will provide cake and take blood pressure readings. RSVP is required. Contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 553-6559.
Clarkston Bird Watch
Lovers of birds are invited to come to Friendship Forest Wildlife Sanctuary on March 19 at 8 a.m. for a hike and bird watch event. Participants will be looking for wintering bids and spring migrants. The sanctuary, one of Atlanta Audubon’s habitat restoration projects, is located at 4399 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. in Clarkston. For more information, contact Adam Betuel at (407) 492-1139.
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