Earth Day weekend events | News
ATLANTA -- Half a million people are expected to pour into metro Atlanta for several festivals this weekend.
However, the possibility of severe weather has organizers keeping their eyes on the sky.
The 27th annual Georgia Renaissance Festival is in full swing, and this weekend is bring-your-pet weekend. Admission is $19.95 for adults and $5 for dogs and cats. The festival is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Fairburn.
The Sweetwater 420 Fest will celebrate its 8th year with activities, music, a 5K and plenty of Sweetwater beer. Festival organizers expect 40,000 people to attend through the weekend. The fun starts Friday at 4:20 p.m. and runs through Sunday. Admission is free, but drinking adults need a $5 wristband. The festival is held in Candler Park; organizers advise taking MARTA (Edgewood station), as parking is limited.
The granddaddy of Atlanta events -- the 76th annual Dogwood Festival -- will also be held this weekend. Its artists market, music and food will draw 200,000 people to Piedmont Park. The festival begins Friday at noon and runs through Sunday at 5 p.m.
The stage collapse that killed seven people at the 2011 Indiana State Fair has Dogwood Festival organizers re-thinking emergency plans. The festival's executive director told 11Alive they don't expect bad weather, but have a plan in place just in case.