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Spring Festivals Worth Driving To

Credit: Bill Russ - VisitNC.com

Credit: Bill Russ – VisitNC.com

Beer Month – All over North Carolina

April is Beer month in North Carolina, where locals and visitors alike celebrate their love of everything hoppy. North Carolina has the more breweries than any other state in the Southeast, so no matter where you’re going you’re bound to find a local brewery celebrating the best month in the year with events ranging from beer-making classes, to specialty beer-paired menus, or to unique one-off tastings. Follow the link below to see what breweries will be tapping something special for you. Click here to learn more.

Amelia Island Garden Festival – Amelia Island

Celebrate spring by getting in touch with your green thumb at the Amelia Island Garden Festival. The fifth annual event will be brightened by nature’s most vibrant plants, including many varieties of orchids, herbs, fruiting plants and an uncountable variety of flowers. This year will also feature The Raptor Experience, giving you a first hand experience with live birds of prey. The show will focus on raptors, their history and effect on the environment. The event is April 19th and 20th, and tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children. Click here for more info.

Atlanta Jazz Festival – Atlanta, GA

Celebrate 37 years of the best and biggest jazz music in Atlanta from May 23rd to 24th in Piedmont Park. Admission has been and always will be free, and features three stages to experience the best in local and international talent. The Atlanta Jazz Festival (Originally the Atlanta Free Jazz Festival) will be showcasing hundreds of up and coming artists, including a youth jazz competition. There’s no better way to spend Memorial Day Weekend in Atlanta than in beautiful Piedmont Park enjoying the best in music, art, and food. Learn more here.

Image Courtesy of Tybee Wine Festival

Image Courtesy of Tybee Wine Festival

Tybee Wine Festival – Tybee Island

For five days starting on April 9th, you can enjoy the finest local and international wines in Savannah’s Tybee Island. This charity event puts all of its proceeds towards to restoration and rehabilitation of the historic Tybee Post Theater. Friday evening features wine and oysters provided by Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill, and served six different ways. If that isn’t enough, stay for Saturday evening when the festival culminates in the Grand Wine Tasting, where the 75 different wines are brought out to taste all at once. Prices vary day to day. Check out the details here.

Image Courtesy of SCAD

Image Courtesy of SCAD

Sidewalk Arts Festival – Savannah, GA

This chalk-based event aims to beautify the already stunning Forsyth Park in Savannah with art both colorful and temporary. The Sidewalk Arts Festival has become a staple in the Savannah spring calendar, with this being the 33rd annual event. The sidewalk painters are all members of Savannah’s premier art school, Savannah College of Art and Design. The art begins on April 26th, and admission is free. Find out more here.

 

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