Sunday is Resurrection Day, also known as Easter, a day when followers of Jesus Christ believe he rose again after being beaten and nailed to a cross and thrown in a tomb.
For many kids in the United States, it’s often a time for Easter egg hunts, pastel-colored dresses for girls and little suits for boys. It’s also a time for delicious Easter brunch and dinner spreads for the whole family. If you're looking for Easter events this weekend, you've found them.
Check out what's happening this Easter weekend in and around Decatur/Avondale Estates Patch.
Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church Lakeside Service
7:30 a.m. Lakeside Easter Morning Service (at Lake Avondale)
9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages
11:00 a.m. Easter Sunday Worship with Living Cross
6:00 p.m. Restoration
Rainbow Park Holy Week Festivities
Rainbow Park Baptist Church, 2941 Columbia Drive, Decatur
Wednesday, March 27: Passover Meal, Christian Feast commemorating the Last Supper (6 p.m.) and Worship Service (7 p.m.); Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday Service, option of participating in a foot washing ceremony (7 p.m.); Friday, March 2: Good Friday Services include 14 dynamic spiritual leaders delivering mini-sermonettes (noon and 7 p.m.); Saturday, March 30: Easter Egg Extravaganza (10 a.m. to noon); and Resurrection Sunday Service (Sunrise Service – 6:30 a.m. and Second Service – 10 a.m.).
City of Avondale Estates Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Dog Parade
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lake Avondale, 59 Lakeshore Drive
Children of all ages up to 10 years old are welcome to participate in this annual event. Raffle items include state-of-the-forest bird houses donated by the Avondale Estates Mens Club, and you'll enjoy music by Kahle Davis of Event
Technology Team throughout the day!
The dog parade is a free event, costumes are not required to participate. Award categories include: Best Costume, Best Owner/Dog Duo, Most Spirited/Enthusiastic, Best Behaved. The first 50 registrations will receive a bag of goodies. For more information contact Keri Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - On-site Registration/Check-In for the Dog
Parade - Community Club parking lot
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - Dog Parade
Fabulous Easter Egg Hunt at Biltmore Estate and Grape Stomp
Sunday, March 31 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The estate’s annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place on the front lawn of Biltmore House. Enjoy children’s music and stories, magic shows, games and take photos with the Easter Rabbit. Registration begins two hours before each hunt, and closes 15 minutes before each hunt. Activities at Antler Hill Village will include music and a Grape Stomp at the Winery from 2 to 5 p.m.
Annual Ormewood Park Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m.
The neighborhood’s annual Easter egg hunt will take place at Jacci Fuller Woodland Garden Park.
The Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead Easter Egg/Brunch Extravaganza
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Offering a $99 Easter brunch buffet extravaganza with tons of fun for the kids, such as a visit from the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, an afternoon petting zoo and even a magician.
Photos with the Easter Bunny, Phipps Plaza
Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Through March 30, children can have their photos taken with the friendly Easter Bunny in the Monarch Court on the second level of Phipps Plaza. Additionally, Pink Pastry Parlor and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta are hosting fun Easter-related events each day until Easter, like an Easter Bunny spa day, an Easter egg hunt and brunch for the kids. For more details on photo packages and to reserve a spot for these Easter experiences, visit Pink Pastry Parlor and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta.
Zion Hill Baptist Church Resurrection Celebration
Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m.
Several distinguished Morehouse students will serve as guest preachers for the evening, focusing on the topic “Objects of the Crucifixion.”
The pinnacle of observance will be the celebration of the resurrection on Easter Sunday, March 31. Easter Sunrise Service will begin at 7 a.m., followed by the Easter Program at 9 a.m., themed "Arise, He is King.” The Zion Hill Youth and Children will be featured with recitations of verse, liturgical dance, and melodious singing. At 10:30 a.m., the regular morning Worship Service will commence. Pastor Aaron L. Parker will preach a thought-provoking Resurrection Day message for both worship services. All events will be held at the church.
Ben Hill United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. to noon
Children 5-12 years of age are welcome to the egg hunt at the church and asked to bring their own baskets and buckets. Ben Hill UMC also welcomes the public to join us for Easter Sunday Sunrise worship service at 6 a.m. and additional services at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Looking for Easter brunch options?
Our Way Cafe, Twin Oaks Shopping Center at 2831 E. College Ave.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* Pine Street Market bacon
* Grit soufflé
* Roasted potatoes
* Scrambled eggs
* Assorted quiche
* Sausage, gravy and biscuits
* Meatloaf, roasted chicken, chicken pot pie
* Chili cheese dog casserole
* Creamed corn, butter peas, green beans
* Steamed cabbage, honey glazed carrots
* Collard greens, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole
* Cherry Crunch and Peach Cobbler
Watershed on Peachtree, 1820 Peachtree Road NW
Serving a $35 three-course Easter brunch prix-fixe menu, which includes blinis with salmon and caviar, coconut pancakes, chimichurri steak, chocolate cake, and more. Reserve here.
Rosebud, 1397 N. Highland Ave. NE
Chef Ron Eyester is offering a special Easter brunch menu, which includes fried oysters and grits with smoked bacon, benne seed chicken gravy and a poached egg, and the Riverview Farms sausage benedict with soft poached eggs, horseradish aioli and hollandaise sauce. Info and reservations here.
Davio’s Atlanta, Phipps Plaza
Offering a $45 Easter brunch prix-fixe buffet menu, which includes an appetizer buffet and a la carte items like pan seared sea scallops, Gulf red snapper, lobster ravioli, and veal scallopini along with a dessert spread. Required reservations can be made by calling (404) 844-4810.
Know of other Easter events going on in your community? Is your church, neighborhood or organization hosting an Easter egg hunt or other Easter event? Let us know by adding it below in the comments!