April 2017


All month
Third Annual Roswell Azalea Festival
Numerous activities throughout April 30. Events will take place all across Roswell as organizers pay tribute to the beauty of Roswell during the springtime and to the abundant azaleas, a native Georgian flower. Activities include plant sales, art exhibits, bicycle races, ghost tours, comedy night and more.

2017 Plant Sale
8 a.m.-4 p.m. The annual Forsyth County Master Gardener Plant Sale offers a wide variety of southern plants and garden accents. Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice. The Barn at Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road in Cumming.

Roswell Historical Society’s Theater Night
5:30-7:30 p.m. The Roswell Historical Society will host its annual theater night fundraiser at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. This year's production is “The Million Dollar Quartet.”

“Million Dollar Quartet”
Through April 23. Four guys walk into Sun Records, only this isn't just any four guys. It's December 4, 1956, and early rock 'n roll stars Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, along with newcomer Jerry Lee Lewis, find themselves in the legendary Memphis recording studio in this musical.

Forsyth Senior Expo
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Forsyth County Senior Services will host the 15th annual Forsyth Senior Expo. Free admission to the event with vendors from home care, senior living, legal services and more. Free health screenings, prizes and refreshments. Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming.    

Children’s Easter Eggstravaganza
10 a.m.-noon. Enjoy face painting, balloon art, the Red Barn petting zoo and rides on a trackless train.  An egg hunt for ages 3-6 will start at 11 a.m. Instead of a hunt area, a special goody bag will be given to the first 250 children ages 2 and younger, and 7 and older. This event is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. 13450 Cogburn Road, Alpharetta.

Joe Gransden and & His Big Band
8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents Joe Gransden and his 16-piece big band. At just 42, Gransden is renowned for the hard bop approach of his trumpet and a singing voice that has been compared to Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St.  $20 to $30.

RUMC Mini Job Fair
12:30 p.m. Employers from throughout greater Atlanta will meet in person with possible candidates for their job openings. Explore a multiple of job openings all across the Atlanta area. The mini job fair will be held in the evening with workshops throughout the day. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell

“The If Project”
7-10 p.m. The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers will present “The If Project,” which documents incarcerated women. The film follows a Seattle police officer and the writing workshop she created with a group of inmates at a maximum security women’s prison. A Q&A session with the filmmaker will follow the free showing. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Alpharetta’s weekly gathering returns on Old Roswell Street with rotating food trucks and music each week. Six to eight food trucks from the Atlanta area come out with a variety of great eats. Kick off the weekend every Thursday.

Community Easter Egg Hunt
10 a.m.-noon. This family event will include egg hunts for all ages beginning at 10 a.m. Games, face painting, music and a visit from the Easter Bunny will be a part of the festivities ending at noon. Food trucks will be at the park with treats for sale, and the Milton Police and Fire Departments will be on hand to display their vehicles and equipment.

Tea with Beatrix Potter
1-3 p.m. This springtime tradition features beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter, portrayed by Atlanta actress Holly Stevenson, as she brings to life her friends Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Tom Kitten and other characters through captivating storytelling and puppet mastery. $10 fee. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.  

Atlanta Bird Fest
Through May 15. Presented by the Atlanta Audubon Society, activities will continue across the metro area. The event will feature exclusive, bird-centered field trips, workshops and speakers for both casual and experienced nature and bird observers. Early registration access is available.

Autrey Mill Unplugged
Local soulful songwriter and vocalist Ben Wade Marcum will perform at the Autrey Mill Unplugged concert series, 7 p.m. pre-concert gathering in the Summerour House, complimentary light refreshments. Concert at 8 p.m. at Warsaw Church, 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek. Tickets start at $15.

Opening Day Celebration, Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market
8 a.m. – noon. Don’t miss the opening day of the Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market. Mix and mingle with friends, shop for wonderful fresh items and enjoy talking to the vendors. Ribbon cutting at 8 a.m. then the festivities begin.

Feel Beautiful Today Fashion Show
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feel Beautiful Today, providing arts in health programs to cancer patients and survivors at 15 local hospitals, will host a day of hope and fashion. The Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. Tickets are $30 with all proceeds benefiting FBT.

Alive in Roswell
5-9 p.m. The annual festival returns once more to Historic Canton Street in Roswell. Enjoy live bands, food trucks, kids’ games, face painting and balloons, and visit the many boutiques, small businesses and restaurants surrounding the venues. Free regular trolley service. This monthly event runs every third Thursday evening from April through October.

Earth Day Festival
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Milton’s annual festival offers sustainability information and inspiration on building a green community. Family booths, educational groups, entertainment and foods.

Alpharetta Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
8:30 a.m. Plants grown by members as well as plants from the Mansell House gardens will be available for sale. Mansell House, 1835 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta.

Run the River 5K/10K
7-11 a.m. Enjoy a scenic run/walk along the Chattahoochee River in the 15th Annual Choate Construction Run the River 5K/10K. Proceeds will be used to continue HomeStretch's mission of providing housing, hope, and life skills to homeless families. St. Andrew Catholic Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell.

Roswell Cycling Festival
Through April 30. This week-long festival celebrates all things cycling in the first Georgia city to receive the prestigious League of American Bicyclists Bike Friendly Community designation. Recreational rides, educational events and thrilling races highlight some of the many events and activities available for all ages and skill levels.

One-day Junior Beekeeper Program
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association will sponsor a one-day session for kids 6-13 to “suit up” and learn about pollinators and, more specifically, honeybees in Alpharetta. Learn how they work and live, how they make honey, watch them fly, how they pollinate flowers, how they talk. $30 per child. Safety clothing with be provided.

Fulton Golden Games
10 a.m.-3 p.m., through May 31. For over 20 years, the Fulton Golden Games has helped mature adults stay physically active, socially engaged, and competitive, thus improving their quality of life. After a grand opening ceremony at Milton's Bell Memorial Park, 15245 Bell Park Road, North Fulton cities will join forces to bring this event to local senior citizens.

Party on the Plaza
1-10 p.m. Celebrate the opening of Milton's new City Hall with a grand party. During the day, join for guided tours of City Hall. Saturday evening, dinner will be served, followed by dancing on the plaza to music from The American Flyers. 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton.

Garden Faire
9 a.m.-4 p.m. The North Fulton Master Gardeners is hosting their biggest fundraiser of the year. Come see gardening demos, shop garden selections, hear live music and find flea market treasures. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell.

Cornhole Challenge
1:30-5 p.m. Gather a team of four and come out to the inaugural cornhole challenge. All teams will be competing for a free cornhole set and free entry to next year’s tournament. Music, food trucks and other vendors will be on site. Team registration for residents is $40; $60 for non-residents. Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta St., Roswell.

Looking Ahead to: May

May 4
Taste of Alpharetta
5-10 p.m. Taste of Alpharetta has become an annual tradition for festivalgoers, families and food connoisseurs. Dine at over 60 restaurants in one night in Historic Downtown Alpharetta while listening to live bands on stage. Sample appetizers, entrees and desserts from the best restaurants in town. Samples are typically $1-3.


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