The terror attack in Boston will have an impact on security this weekend in metro Atlanta — when more than 500,000 people are expected to attend a number of festivals — but it may not be uniform.
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Staff writer Mike Morris contributed to this article.
Here’s a rundown of festivals going on this weekend:
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
The festival attracts visitors and artists from all over the Southeast to Piedmont Park. Features include art, jewelry and handmade crafts, and music on two stages. Noon-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive N.E., Atlanta. 404-817-6642, www.dogwood.org.
Big Shanty Festival
Kickoff parade that starts at Adams Park and runs through downtown starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Features include more than 400 booths with arts and crafts, food vendors, merchants and live entertainment. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Main Street, Kennesaw. Facebook: Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival, 770-423-1330, www.kennesawbusiness.org.
Georgia Renaissance Festival
Costumed characters roam the 32-acre “kingdom” in Fairburn, inviting all comers to play along. Activities include shows such as juggling, music and comedic storytelling, a bazaar with more than 150 artisans, a petting zoo and amusement park rides. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and Memorial Day, through June 2. 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Road, Fairburn. 770-964-8575, www.garenfest.com.
Amusement park rides and games, music and a weekend arts and crafts festival and petting zoo. Through Sunday. Times vary. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. 770-396-8023, www.dunwoodylemonadedays.org.
Sandy Springs Artsapalooza
150 artists and crafters, music, children’s play area. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 6100 Lake Forrest Drive N.E., Sandy Springs. 404-845-0793, www.sandyspringsartsapalooza.com.
Sweetwater 420 Fest
Part Earth Day celebration, part music festival and, of course, plenty of beer. 4:20-11 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, 12:30-7 p.m. Sunday. 585 Candler Park Drive N.E., Atlanta. 404-691-2537, sweetwater420fest.com.