Dozens of Atlanta festivals take place throughout the year—so it should be easy to find one that caters to your particular interests. If that happens to be food, there’s perhaps no better sampling of the city’s cuisine than at Taste of Atlanta. More than 90 area restaurants bring in their best foods, which means attendees can sample cuisines from Mexican to Italian. For food-and-drink pairings, consider the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. It's a more formal outing to be sure, though events like the Atlanta Fair and its spinning rides offer up more carefree family fun. Summertime is also when the city comes alive with jazz, rock, and other tunes at an Atlanta music festival, of which there are many.

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