Normalcy returns to Atlanta this weekend, April 12-14, as the Final Four moves out and the warmer weather and pollen moves back in. That means there are a ton of springtime events, like the Sandy Spring Farmers Market and the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest. If you still want more basketball, the Hawks play on Friday night, and this weekend also marks the debut of Atlanta's newest professional sports franchise, the Atlanta Steam of the Legends Football League.
Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
From $14, plus fees
The Hawks are playing for improved seeding in the playoffs, and the Bucks are playing to get into the playoffs. This is a great NBA rivalry dating all the way back to the '70s. There should be a lot of points scored on Friday at Philips Arena, so get your tickets now.
Saturday, April 13, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
235 Sandy Springs Cir NW, Sandy Springs
It's the opening weekend of the popular Sandy Springs Farmers Market, and that means more than 45 vendors, live music, activities for the kids, and all the fresh fruits and vegetables you could want. The weather should be seasonable, so come out and meet your neighbors and farmers from the surrounding communities.
Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Alpharetta Historic District
2 S. Main St., Alpharetta
Some of the best artists from all over Georgia and various parts of the country are heading to Alpharetta for this weekend's art festival. The streets in downtown Alpharetta will be closed, and paintings, sculptures, and folk art will dominate the landscape. Parking will be available in various lots around downtown Alpharetta.
Olmsted Linear Park
1451 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta
It's a beautiful park and a beautiful festival that takes place every spring. You will find arts and crafts from many local artists, as well as food vendors and games for the kids.Salvage Vintage Marketplace
Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ambient Plus Studio
585 Wells St., Atlanta
This huge show at Ambient Plus Studio will include a DJ, a mason jar decorating competition, craft activities, and food. Vintage vendors from all over the country will be showing off and selling their wares.
Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Seven Arts Center
6714 Highway 85, Studio i6, Atlanta
$25 for singles, $40 for couples
Let your creativity flow this Saturday night at the Painting for Singles and Couples event. There will be music and free appetizers, and you can BYOB. Admission fee includes instruction, an easel, brushes, a palette, and a paint board. Reserve your seat online.
Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m.
The Arena at Gwinnett Center
6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth
This is the first ever Legends Football League game in the metro Atlanta area. The teams are made up of women, and this is full-contact tackle football with players wearing pads and lingerie. Atlanta is the 12th franchise in this league, and they are expecting a big crowd for opening night as Omaha comes to town.
Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14, 8:30 p.m.
1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta
$22.50 in advance, $25 day of, $40 for two-night pass
This Brooklyn band has been around for 30 years, and they are still going strong. Founded by John Flansburgh and John Linnell, the Grammy Award-winning band is touring with a new album. This is alternative music at its best in a great venue.
Rick Limpert covers events, sports, and technology in and around Atlanta. You can follow him on Twitter at @RickRoswell.
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