If you are hungry, this is the weekend to be in Atlanta, as you can take advantage of some of the best food festivals of the year. There will also be some great talent on display at the Voices and Vibes Festival at the Woodruff Arts Center and Off Broadway Dance's performance of Disney's "High School Musical Jr." Don't forget Georgia Tech women's softball on The Flats and a 5K run with your dog. It's all this weekend, April 26-28, in Atlanta.
Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m.-8 p.m.
Woodruff Arts Center
1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta
One of the largest vocal and talent contests in the country hits Atlanta this weekend. Friday night, it's all about the singers and poets, as prizes will be awarded in vocal and spoken word categories. Saturday, talent, dance, and acting competitions will be held.
Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m.
Off Broadway Children's Theatre
12315 Crabapple Road, Alpharetta
$10 adults, $7 students and seniors
This is the stage version of Disney's popular musical performed by some talented Atlanta performers. It doesn't matter if you are a member of the Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians, or Skater Dudes, they will all be on stage this weekend.
Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna
The jonquils are in bloom in Smyrna, so that means it's time for the annual Jonquil Festival. Enjoy food, arts and crafts, Peter Hart and his puppet show, and country musician J. Scott Thompson. It's fun for the whole family in downtown Smyrna -- make sure you try the roasted corn. This is the biggest festival of the year in Smyrna.
Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Euclid Avenue and Elizabeth Street, Atlanta
Free, $20 for Tour of Homes
The Inman Park Festival is all about art, food, and music. This annual festival features one of the largest street markets of the year in Atlanta, a variety of food vendors, and a mix of music. The headliner on Saturday night is Mingo Fishtrap.
Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.; Sunday, April 28, 1 p.m.
Mewborn Field at Georgia Tech
935 Fowler St., Atlanta
Softball is one of the fastest growing and most exciting sports in the country. Watch fast-pitch softball at the highest level as two rivals, Florida State and Georgia Tech, battle. The ball moves fast and so does the action.
Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
1612 W. Cleveland Ave., East Point
$1 per food ticket
It's a food festival, music festival, and custom car show all in one. It takes place on Saturday in downtown East Point, and with all food priced at $1, you can get a taste of everything. This is one of the biggest gatherings of the year in East Point, and beer and wine will be served.
Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m.
$40 in advance, $45 on site
Many times, a city or neighborhood is defined by its food. This Saturday, you can find out what Decatur is all about by sampling food and beverages from close to a dozen different restaurants. It's $40 in advance for the entire food crawl, and the proceeds go to Breakthru House, a long-term residential recovery program for women. Get advance tickets now -- as of publication, only 31 were left.
Sunday, April 28, 8 a.m. 5K start, 9 a.m. 1-mile start
Lake Forest Elementary School
5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs
$30 for the 1-mile walk/run, $40 for the 5K walk/run
This event's mission is to promote a healthy and fit lifestyle for pets and their owners. The walk/run benefits the Petco Foundation, which has helped train companion animals in the U.S. since 1999. Bring your dog and have some fun this Sunday morning.
Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Marietta Square, Marietta
This is a massive event that takes over downtown Marietta for the entire day. More than 100,000 people are expected again this year to sample food from close to 80 restaurants from all over Cobb Country. Come hungry, because the food is good, and the variety will amaze you. There will also be a kids corner, music stages, and a sunset concert featuring Atlanta's own Banks and Shane. Park at the Cobb County Parking Deck or at schools in the area, and an old-fashioned trolley will take you to and from the event.
Rick Limpert is an Atlanta-based writer who covers events, sports, and technology. You can follow him on Twitter at @RickRoswell.
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