Can’t Miss Atlanta Events: April 2017

After a wacky winter, it’s safe to say that we are more than ready for full-time spring weather. The April event lineup is packed with opportunities to get out and enjoy it, too. Don’t miss more flower power, extravagantly cute Easter activities, food trucks, puppets and sheep and all the things that make spring in Atlanta great.

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All of April (and beyond): Dinosaur Explore at Stone Mountain Park

Extinct from Earth for millions of years, 15 species of prehistoric dinosaurs are making their way to Stone Mountain Park. “Dinosaur Explore” will run throughout the 2017 season. The prehistoric creature collection features more than 20 life-size dinosaurs with special effects allowing them to move and roar just like their ancient ancestors. Families will find their favorites among them including the giant Tyrannosaurus Rex, often referred to as the king of the dinosaurs. Two gentle, plant-eating brachiosaurus will tower above guests over 20 feet tall and 33 feet long. The collection also includes the three-horned triceratops, a ferocious allosaurus, a winged pteranodon and many more scientifically accurate species.

All of April (and beyond): Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan

The High Museum of Art is the sole venue for this retrospective, which will celebrate the 50-year career of children’s book author and artist Ashley Bryan (American, born 1923). Bryan has published children’s books in a dizzying array of styles that reflect a wide variety of influences, from African folktales to jazz and poetry. The exhibition will introduce viewers to Bryan’s prolific production through more than 70 original artworks from 20 of his books. In addition to surveying Bryan’s adaptations of poetry, folklore and spirituals, the exhibition will explore the artist’s fascinating biography and the important role that family heritage plays in his work.

All of April: Atlanta Blooms

Brace yourself for welcoming spring with a colorful bang of flower power throughout the Garden during March and April. Celebrate the new season with hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and perennial bulbs.

April 1 (+additional dates): Princess Brunch: Aladdin 25th Anniversary at Venkman’s

Join us at the V on the mornings of April 1st, 15th, 22nd, and 29th in celebration of Aladdin’s 25th Anniversary! In this dazzling fantasy based on the Arabian Nights folktale, street urchin Aladdin comes into possession of a magic lamp and uses its power to woo a princess; as the lamp’s wisecracking Genie, Robin Williams is at his stream-of-consciousness best. Free with RSVP. Enjoy a royal brunch feast complete with bottomless mimosas ($18/person) for the adult kids. For seating at a FREE show, please make reservations for the appropriate time at www.venkmans.com(see “Reservations”), or by calling 470-225-6162.

April 1: April Fools Comedy Night at Three Taverns Brewery

Sample the latest batch of laughs and hand-crafted beers. The Decatur Arts Alliance and Three Taverns Brewery host a night of local joking. Ticket price includes a night of stand-up entertainment, brewery tour, Three Taverns tastings, and a tasting glass to take home. Please drink responsibly.

April 1: Food-O-Rama Food Truck Extravaganza

Grant Park will be hosting its second Food-o-Rama on April 1, 2017. We are delighted to announce this year that the event has NO admission fee. The event will be one of high spirits, community bonding, and great food! Grant Park is ecstatic to welcome people of all ages for an event that will bring together the past and present by playing on the park’s historical value and the new innovations in the food truck industry.

April 4 (and beyond): Pete the Cat at the Center for Puppetry Arts

This new show is a groovy adventure of one cool, skateboarding, surfing, rocking blue cat and his fine friends. A new show based on the New York Times Best Seller series.

April 8: Easter Eggstravaganza at The Rock Ranch

This FREE Easter Egg Hunt in The Rock, Ga. is our gift to the community. Children can hunt for more than 40,000 plastic prize eggs. This event will include a presentation of the Easter story from the Bible just before the egg hunt. Kids can also get photos with the Easter Bunny (no charge) at this popular Georgia event. Don’t forget your camera! Concessions are available. Purchase a Farm Fun wristband to enjoy activities like pony and locomotive train rides.

April 8: Puppet Brunch! The Adventures of Brer Rabbit

Join Brer Rabbit and his friends for 40 minutes of stories, music, and humor in this new production by solo puppeteer, David Stephens. The New Adventures of Brer Rabbit combines the classic characters with new, original stories. Brer Rabbit has his toughness put to the test in Brer Rabbit and the Fly. Brer Bear falls for one of Brer Fox’s tricks in Brer Bear and the Beehive. You’ll learn Brer Rabbit’s special fishing technique in Brer Rabbit Goes Fishing. Finally, Brer Rabbit learns to play the banjo in Brer Rabbit Tries to Sing. This all ages show features hand and rod puppets.

April 8: Sheep to Shawl at the Atlanta History Center

Starting with sheep needing to shed their fluffy winter coats, the time-tested rural crafts tradition of cloth making comes to vivid life in the heart of the city during the Atlanta History Center program Sheep to Shawl on Saturday, April 8, 2017The annual family program explores the cloth making process though demonstrations and activities ranging from sheep shearing and dyeing to spinning and weaving. Gather the entire family for a full day of fun that also includes open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, candle making, and more at the 1860s Smith Family Farm. New this year will be a dedicated kid-friendly zone in the lot beside Swan House, featuring a petting zoo, rides on a trackless train, and carnival games.

April 8: Spring EGG-stravaganza at Fernbank

This festive annual event is the perfect way for families to welcome spring with opportunities to meet live baby animals, find prize-filled eggs, play fun games, participate in special activities and more. Enjoy a petting zoo, fun with the Georgia Bubbleman, an egg basket craft and more!

April 9: Create ATL Free Family Festival

The Woodruff Arts Center is excited to present another Free Family Festival just in time for Spring on April 9 from 1 – 4 PM! As part of the initiative, families will be able to experience educational and artistic programming for FREE at The Woodruff. The Alliance Theatre’s world premiere of Cinderella and Fella—a retelling that’s more high-tops than glass slipper—is sure to delight audiences of all ages, while the family-favorite Move + Groove Workshop will introduce families to new songs, instrument exploration, circle dancing and more with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. At the High Museum of Art, families may enjoy Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan, a new children’s picture book art exhibition. To commemorate the day, families can stop by the Smilebooth photo booth for a free print and digital copy of their own family photo. Free tickets for this can’t-miss event can be reserved online at woodruffcreateATL.org or by calling The Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404.733.5000.

April 14-15: Paddle South

The two days will consist of the 2017 USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships, and a beer and barbeque festival.  On Friday evening, the 2017 USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships will start the weekend’s festivities. Kayakers from all over the country will compete for the national title in Columbus Ga Whitewater’s Good Wave, located in front of RiverWalk Island. On Saturday at 4:00 p.m. the barbeque and beer festival will open its gates at the Eagle & Phenix water tower. Guests will be met with different southern barbeque vendors, an Omaha Brewing biergarten and live music. Entrance into the festival is $5 and all food and drinks are for purchase.

April 14-16: Atlanta Braves Opening Weekend

The Atlanta Braves will celebrate the Inaugural Season at SunTrust Park with a robust schedule of giveaways, theme nights, ticket packages and more. The 2017 season leads off with Opening Weekend festivities which begin on Friday, April 14 and continue through Sunday, April 16 versus the San Diego Padres. Opening Weekend will feature pre and postgame concerts in the Plaza, special on-field ceremonies and flyovers, and during Sunday’s game the Braves will celebrate a special kids Opening Day.

April 14-29: Act3 Productions Presents Urinetown

Need a date night? Act3 Productions presents Urinetown, a hilarious comedy farce. An irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann. April 14-29. 6285-R Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs.

April 15 (and beyond): Ribbit the Exhibit

Ribbit the Exhibit hops into the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville this spring with 23 whimsical frog sculptures sure to bring smiles to the young and young at heart. The exhibition of copper sculptures is the creation of North Carolina artist Andy Cobb, who left the corporate world after 21 years to focus on his art, including frogs, birds, and fish.

April 15: Callanwolde’s Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt

Bring your basket and your camera for a family-friendly Easter egg hunt amidst Callanwolde’s beautiful spring gardens and grounds. Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt features thousands of candy-filled eggs to find (including three golden “prize” eggs) and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. There will be family-friendly games, a LEGO building station provided by LEGOLAND Discovery Center, face painting, and a kids’ dance floor with DJ J&M Sound Design

April 15: FREE Kids Day at Mitsubishi Electric Classic

The Mitsubishi Electric Classic will be held April 10-16 at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth. Children 16 and under receive free admission all week with a credentialed adult. Saturday, April 15th, join us for Kids Day, where we’ll have free kids activities such as face painting, crazy hair station, mascot visits, crafts, games, and more. Don’t miss the legends of golf such as Bernhard Langer, Miguel Angel Jimenez, and Tom Watson!

April 16: Easter Brunch at the St. Regis

Enjoy a sumptuous Easter Brunch in Astor Court, overlooking the magnificent hotel lobby. Savor exquisite cuisine, live jazz, a Mimosa & Bloody Mary station, an Easter egg hunt, fun (supervised) crafts for children & more. Make your reservation today!

April 21-29: ArtFields in Lake City, South Carolina

What was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural communities now becomes a living art gallery as we continue to demonstrate the best of the Southeast and recognize the incredible talent we have to offer. Over 400 masterpieces will be displayed in locally-owned venues, from renovated warehouses from the 1920’s to Smithsonian-qualified art galleries to upscale restaurants and start-up boutiques, in a mutual celebration of art and community. ArtFields honors Lake City’s rich agricultural history and its burgeoning creative community. The festival is part of a larger effort on the part of the town to spur visitation and economic vitality.

April 22: King of Crops Nursery Grand Opening and Earth(worm) Day

It’s the Grand Opening of the Nursery at King of Crops Farms and Earthworm Day! Events include: Nursery open from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with special deals on native trees for Earth Day! FREE King of Pops pops starting at 3 p.m. while supplies last! Kids and Family Games and Activities starting at 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Farm and Compost Tours from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Music and drinks 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Food options available!

April 29: FREE Family Fun Festival

Come out and enjoy this family friendly event featuring: Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Bounce House, Face Painting, Free Food, Cotton Candy. Hotdogs, Popcorn, Fun Activities for kids and Alpharetta Fire Department Truck. Giveaways from local Crabapple neighborhood businesses, too! From 11:00am – 3:00pm at Crabapple Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.

April 29: Atlanta Baby & Child Expo

New parents and those who are ‘expecting’ won’t want to miss the annual Atlanta Baby and Child Expo, planned this year for April 29th at the Atlanta Sheraton Downtown. The event runs from 11:00am until 2:30pm. This annual event has established a reputation as  THE event of the year for anyone expecting a baby, or couples with little ones.

Paige Sullivan | Travel and Calendar Editor

Paige Sullivan recently completed her MFA at Georgia State University, where she studied, wrote, and published poetry. She now works as a marketing professional in the nonprofit sector, and in her spare time, she freelance edits and dabbles in food and travel writing. Find her on social media at @bpaigesullivan.

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