April 15-June 4
Georgia Renaissance Festival
16th-century entertainment include a medieval amusement park, jousting knights, Shakespearian plays, juggling, sword fighting, live music, entertainment, a 32-acre world bazaar and more than 1,000 costumed characters. Weekends 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Shag at the landmark Folly Beach fishing pier, which stretches 1,045 feet into the Atlantic, as DJ Jim Bowers spins oldies and beach music. Food and beverage vendors available. 7-11 p.m. $10. (843) 795-4386
Original Gullah Festival
Learn the history, customs, cultures, language and accomplishments of African-Americans of the Lowcountry. Includes live music, arts and crafts, storytelling and dance. (843) 525-0628
The entertainer performs three shows of his Total Blackout Tour at Fox Theatre. 8 p.m. $65-$450.
Atlanta Jazz Festival
One of the country’s largest free jazz festivals. Includes jazz legends, new artists, food vendors and family activities. Piedmont Park. (404) 546-7246
May 26-June 11
Spoleto Festival USA
Festival features more than 120 performances in Charleston’s parks, churches and historic theaters. Includes jazz, chamber, opera, symphonic and choral music; drama; musicals; dance and visual arts. Shows, venues and ticket prices vary.
EastWind Dragon Faire
EastWind Castle, Trenton
Renaissance Fair lets guests meet the king and queen, train with knights, witness a knighting ceremony, see battles and jousting, and watch artisans forge weapons and make glass beads. Includes food vendors, costumes, crafts and jewelry. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. $5 admission; children 3 and under are free. (706) 627-0068
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Taste Southern food and beverages prepared by award-winning chefs, pitmasters, sommeliers and mixologists. $45 and up. Various locations in Midtown Atlanta.
Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
Highway 23, SC
The 44-mile yard sale running through seven towns from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc features more than 160 vendors selling items from clothing and furniture to vinyl albums and cars. Includes Farmers’ and Artists’ Market. 8 a.m. (803) 275-0010
Sun Fun Festival
Two-day festival features concerts, contests, carnival games, professional sand sculptures, vendors, U.S. Army Golden Knights performance and fireworks. On the beach in front of Plyler Park, Ocean Boulevard and the boardwalk.
Dixie Highway 90-Mile Yard Sale
Sale spans 90 miles across Northwest Georgia on the historic Dixie Highway (U.S. Highway 41) from Marietta to Ringgold. 7 a.m.- dusk.
South Carolina Festival of Flowers
A Southeast Tourism Top 20 event. Features topiary displays, garden tours, flower shows, juried art show, arts and crafts, concerts, aviation expo, air show, family fun zone, theatre performance and sporting events.
Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival
Sweetgrass basket makers demonstrate weaving. Entertainment includes Gullah Geechee cultural musical groups, praise dancing, arts and crafts, Gullah cuisine and storytelling. Memorial Waterfront Park. Free. Noon-7 p.m., (843) 856-9732, sweetgrassfestival.org
Blues, Jazz & BBQ Festival
Festival on River Street includes fireworks Friday night and a weekend lineup of Southern blues, smooth jazz and smoky barbecue. Fri. 4-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. (912) 234-0295
June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
Georgia Wine Country Festival
Includes live entertainment, barbecue, food trucks, Georgia micro brews and wine garden. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and 12:30-5 p.m. Sun. Three Sisters Vineyards. (706) 865-9463
Through June 4
Georgia Renaissance Festival
16th-century entertainment includes a medieval amusement park, jousting knights, Shakespearian plays, juggling, sword fighting, live music, entertainment, a 32-acre world bazaar and more than 1,000 costumed characters. Weekends 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Music in the Vineyard
Family friendly event features live music, Southern wine, food trucks, vendor market and dancing. Bring chairs and blankets. 6-9 p.m. $5 admission. Georgia Winery. (706) 937-9463
Shaggin’ on the Cooper
Dance to live classic oldies and beach music by the Ocean Drive Party Band. Food and beverage vendors available. No outside alcohol or coolers. Gates open 7 p.m., music starts 8 p.m. $10. Mount Pleasant Pier. (843) 795-4386
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
The astrophysicist transports viewers of all ages to the nucleus of an atom and the farthest reaches of the universe as he explores humanity’s quest for understanding. 7:30 p.m. $49-$99. Fox Theatre.
Pews & Pulpits Ramble
Bus tour will visit seven historic churches in Greene, Hancock, McDuffie, Taliaferro and Warren Counties where narrators will share each church’s history. Tour begins and ends at Home Depot’s parking lot on Meadow Crest Road in Greensboro. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $45; includes box lunch. (706) 465-9604
Shag at the fishing pier as DJ Jim Bowers spins oldies and beach music. Food and beverage vendors available. 7-11 p.m. $10. (843) 795-4386
Mountain Top Rodeo
Features world-class rodeo competitions, midway, exhibits, vendors and live music. Gates open at 6 p.m., rodeo begin at 8 p.m. $15 adults, $5 ages 4-12; children 3 and under are free. Parking $5. R-Ranch in the Mountains Resort. (706) 864-6444
Ridge Peach Festival
Festival features fresh peaches, preserves, ice cream and homemade peach desserts, along with live music, antique autos, children’s area, hands-on demos, parade, arts and crafts, barbecue and fair food. Shuttle available from parking area. No pets. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission.
Shrimp & Grits Fest
Festival features unlimited shrimp and grits samples from participating restaurants, live music and door prizes. 6-10 p.m. $50.
Summer Beer Fest
Festival features samples of more than 200 beers from breweries all over the country and live music on two stages. 4-9 p.m. $30-$55. Must be 21 or older. Historic 4th Ward Park.
Four-day Caribbean culture and heritage celebration features authentic food, music, costumes and dance.
AthFest Music & Arts Festival
The Southeast Tourism Top 20 event showcases 100 local and regional artists, weekend artists’ market, local films, club crawl and kids’ fest. Various venues
“Bring It! Live”
Summer tour features Miss D and her Dancing Dolls performing original routines. 8 p.m. $29-$64. Fox Theatre.
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