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Updated: 2:31 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Posted: 9:53 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Atlanta festivals and fairs the weekend of April 25-27, 2014

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Sculptures are eye-catching elements in the garden of Lisa Bartlett, owner of Gramma B’s Home & Garden in Sandy Springs, which is part of the 2014 Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour on May 10-11. CONTRIBUTED BY ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN

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Lemonade Days. An old-fashioned town carnival in Dunwoody features rides, food, live music, face painting, petting zoo, games and family-friendly activities. 4-10 p.m. April 23-24; 4-11 p.m. April 25; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. April 26; noon-6 p.m. April 27. Free. Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, 4770 N. Peachtree Road. http://dunwoodylemonadedays.org.

Inman Park Festival and Tour of Home. Atlanta's Little Five Points and historic Inman Park neighborhood are the setting for this yearly festival favorite. On April 25-27, 2014 this granddaddy among intown festivals will be staged for the 43rd time. Visitors can do the Tour of Homes on April 25, and will discover modest bungalows and eye-popping Queen Anne, Italianate and Romanesque mansions. Festival hours: 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. April 26; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. April 27. Free admission. Parade is 2 p.m. Saturday April 26 (rain or shine). Detailed Inman Park Festival information, location, preview

Inman Park Tour of Homes. Tickets purchased online may be picked up at the main sales booth, located at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Elizabeth Street. The main Sales Booth will be open Friday Noon-4 p.m., and during Festival Hours Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday and Sunday you can also pick up your tickets at the Sales Booth near the MARTA Station. Please bring your printed purchase confirmation and a photo ID to pick up your tickets. Home Tour tickets are not refundable. When: April 25-27. Price: $15 in advance, $20 day of tour. Info:inmanparkfestival.org/events/tour-of-homes

2014 Garden Show (Formerly called the Southeastern Flower Show). This show in Buckhead will feature plant speakers on issues from landscaping to floral design, chefs, photography exhibit, a marketplace and food and drink. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 25-27. $16.74-$21.99, depending on number of days you choose to attend and whether you are a member of the Southeastern Horticultural Society. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-351-1074,www.sehort.org.

Taste of East Point. Downtown East Point comes alive for food and wine paired with a leisurely stroll past local art displays and talented musicians. Area restaurants take pride in their annual display. Artists who live and work in the East Point, Hapeville and College Park area show their wares in paintings, prints, handmade jewelry and more. 1612 W. Cleveland Ave., East Point. Located across from the East Point MARTA station and East Point City Hall. 2-9 p.m. April 26. Free but tastes are $1. www.downtowneastpoint.com/tasteofeastpoint.

Atlanta Motorama. More than 1,000 cars from numerous eras, some rarely seen by the public, will be joined by hot rods, rat rods, classics, imports, customs, motorcycles, big-rig trucks and other cars in addition to a massive vendor midway, seminars and activities.  9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26-27. Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Place, Hampton. $12 per day, $5 for kids.

World War II Heritage Days. From a swing dance and dinner to re-enactors and some of the fabulous flying machines and vehicles that helped the U.S. win the war, this event honors those who fought or sacrificed to help win the war. The theme for 2014 is “Honoring the Women of the Greatest Generation.” 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26-27. Free, but $5 donation for adults is suggested. $50 for dinner and dance, 6-11 p.m. April 26. 1200 Echo Court, Falcon Field, Peachtree City. 678-364-1110, www.wwiidays.org.

Alpharetta Arts StreetFest. Celebrate the arts at one of the city’s most popular events. Downtown streets are closed to traffic and opened to nearly 100 artists, musicians and performers from throughout the U.S. Outdoor galleries filled with fine art; a chance to create children’s art; live jazz, roots rock, Celtic music, cultural dancing and food. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26-27. Free. Milton Avenue and Main Street in Alpharetta.www.awesomealpharetta.com.

Atlanta Arab Festival. Food, singing, folk dancing, storytelling, books, arts and crafts, paintings, groceries, rugs, jewelry, traditional home accessories and traditional clothes. Come and immerse yourself in the sounds, smells and celebrations of the Mideast. Art exhibit and arts and crafts, henna and calligraphy, games and backgammon competitions, and of course, shopping at the souk (market). 11 a.m.-7 p.m. April 26; noon-6 p.m. April 27. $2 per person or $5 per family. At the Alif Institute, 3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta. 770-936-8770,www.alifinstitute.org.

Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival. The city of Smyrna welcomes spring April 26 and 27 on its downtown Village Green featuring music, art, handmade crafts and entertainment. The rain-or-shine festival brings in about 175 Southeastern artists to showcase and sell paintings, jewelry, clothing and furniture. The family-oriented entertainment includes Peter Hart’s Atlanta Puppet Show and acoustic music from Scott Thompson. A Jonquil City Jog 5K Run/Walk starts at 8 a.m. April 26, and a separate crawfish boil will be held at the Market Village. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26; noon-5 p.m. April 27. 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-434-6600, www.smyrnacity.com.

Good Mews Animal Foundation Spring Flea Market
Date: 9 a.m. April 25- May 25
Description: Spring Flea Market starting Friday, April 25 and continuing weekends until Sunday, May 25 until 5pm each day behind Quick Trip. New merchandise will be on display each weekend. Good Mews also needs your help collecting items to make the flea market a success. Donated items will be accepted at the storefront on Saturdays from 10-2 and Sundays from 12-3 through Saturday, May 10th. Check the website to see what items are(n't) needed and procedures for drop off. All donated items are tax deductible.
Venue: Sandy Plains (Publix) Shopping Center
Cost: FREE Admission
1862 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta
(770) 499-2287
www.goodmews.org

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art Open House
Date: 12 p.m. April 25- May 4
Description: OUMA will host a free open house to celebrate the opening of its two new exhibitions: OPTIC CHIASM: The Crossing Over of Art & Science, part of the inaugural Atlanta Science Festival, and BLIND/SIGHT: Conversations with the Visually Inspired. At 2:00 pm, join the three co-curators of OPTIC CHIASM: The Crossing Over of Art & Science for a riveting introduction to the exhibition. Free Admission.
Venue: Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
Cost: Free
4484 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta
(404) 364-8555
museum.oglethorpe.edu/ai1ec_event/open-house/?instance_id=16646

Duluth Fine Arts League presents Spring Art Walk
Date: 6 p.m. April 25
Description: Visit downtown Duluth business for Art, Demonstrations, and Activities Friday April 25th 6 - 8 pm
Venue: Duluth Fine Arts League
Cost: Free
Main Street, Duluth
(404) 922-6416
www.duluthfineartsleague.org

Road to ESSENCE Festival in partnership with Walmart
Date: 12 p.m. April 26
Description: ESSENCE and Walmart partner for Road to ESSENCE Festival a free day of live music, empowering conversations led by ESSENCE editors and special guests, cool give-aways and much more! Featuring performances from R&B artist Tank, Syleena Johnson, Avery Sunshine and more! Come enjoy a sneak preview of the ESSENCE Festival live in Atlanta for FREE!
Venue: Walmart
Cost: FREE
1105 Research Center Dr. SW, Atlanta
www.essencefestival.com

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