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Spring to Life Family Festival

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us at Oakland for one of the best Saturdays of the year! On Saturday, April 13 celebrate spring with us at our Spring to Life family festival at Magnolia Square! Come for the Spring Plant Sale and stay for the festival. Participating in our Run LIke Hell 5K? Come early and enjoy this free event!

Schedule of Events

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Spring Plant Sale. Reservations required for shopping from 9 a.m. through noon. Open to the public from noon to 1:30 p.m.)

10 a.m., 12 p.m. &  2 p.m. – Gardens tour: Join our Horticulture tour guides for a family-friendly garden and nature tour of Oakland. Learn about plants, trees, and some of the animals that depend on them for survival.

10:30 – Mushroom Walk with Mushroom Club of Georgia. Tour Oakland with Mushroom Club of Georgia to see examples of fungi and learn about their importance to the environment. 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Meet the Animal Ambassadors of AWARE Wildlife Center, hear their stories, and get tips on peaceful coexistence with wildlife.

11:30 a.m. – Pollinator Gardening talk by Georgia Native Plant SocietyLearn about the importance of supporting our pollinators and what types of plants are pollinator-friendly. 

12:00 p.m. – Plant sale opens to the public

1:00 p.m. – Invasive plants of Atlanta presentation by ReForest ATLLearn how to identify and remove invasive plants from your yard. 

2 p.m. – Presentation: History of Black Gardens. Join Oakland’s director of horticulture, Abra Lee, to learn about heirloom plants significant in Black gardens.

4:30 p.m. – Run Like Heck 1k – Fun Run (register here)

5 p.m. – Run Like Hell 5k (register here)


Happening throughout the day (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.):

Meet representatives and get take-home resources from local environmental organizations:

  • Monarchs Across Georgia 
  • Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association 
  • Georgia ForestWatch 
  • ReForest ATL 
  • Xerces Society 
  • Woods Keeper 
  • Mushroom Club of Georgia 
  • BirdsGeorgia 
  • Georgia Tech Beekeeping Club 
  • Fulton County 4-H and Extension 
  • Georgia Native Plant Society 
  • and more!

Crafts and gamesMake your own seed paper, build a paper planter box, decorate a “flying snake”, play bird bingo, go on a nature scavenger hunt, and more! 

Vendor market – More than 30 artisans and vendors!

Abena Designs, Abigail Frank Art, Ash and Crow Creations, Bella Creaciones, Checkered Bakehouse,Cloudy Clovers, Crypt Smyth, EcoLogic LLC, Enrapturing Entertainment, Ever Lost Spring, Finarosa Jewelry, Lilla Rose, MarRay foods, LLC, Max Eremine Photography, M.E.G. Has Issues, Mental Bokeh, Midge Man Vintage Vinyl Records, Miss Lulu’s Shop, MuseFire Art, Odd Little Birdie, Omelette Du Fromart, Riki In Stitches, Sweet Soul Sister, Through Telescope Eyes, Toni D Studio, Twin Ravens Studio, Unexpected Atlanta, Under the Slab Jewelry, and Unique Vintages

Food and drink


April 13
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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