Top things to do this weekend (FREE movies, FunkFest, Beer Fest)

by: Nelson Hicks Updated:

Thursday

FREE Movies in Central Park

The film begins promptly at dusk, but you’ll want to get to Central Park at Atlantic Station a little early to get a good seat! Blankets and chairs are allowed. Watch for signs pointing to the designated seating sections for either! "Tremors" plays this Thursday.

This free movie series continues ALL SUMMER. Next week (May 25) is "Beauty and the Beast."

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Atlanta FunkFest

Three big days of music at Wolf Creek Amphitheater with performances by Erykah Badu (Friday), Bell Biv Devoe and En Cogue (Saturday) and Brandy and Babyface (Sunday), among others.

Saturday

Fire in the 4th

Fire in the Fourth returns to pay homage to the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 that devastated the Old Fourth Ward 100 years ago on May 21, 1917.  Celebrating the resurgence of the community through a one-day FREE street experience featuring history, performances, kids fun, live bands, food, craft beer and FIRE.

Atl Margarita + Taco Fest 

Experience the best specialty margaritas and tacos the Southeast has to offer as restaurants and food trucks battle it out for the top spot. Also, enjoy live music, craft vendors and more. FREE to enter. There will be a $6.00 wristband for drinking 21 and up.

East Atlanta Beer Festival

Sample more than 150 craft beers under the huge old trees of East Atlanta Village's Brownwood Park. $50

Slingin' Wings Festival

Restaurants from all over the city will be slingin' wings all day long at Brookhaven Park for your tasting pleasure!  Event includes frosty brews, live local music, and all kinds of contests and activities to keep you entertained. 

Saturday & Sunday

Georgia Renaissance Festival

It's Pirates Plunder weekend at the festival. Step inside the gates of Newcastle and find yourself transported back to 16th-century England! The 32-acre village is filled with over 150 artisan craft shoppes, 10 stages of entertainment, pubs and taverns, plus food galore!

Here's a report on the Renaissance Festival from a few years ago.

Sunday (and Wednesday, May 24)

Smokey & The Bandit

SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT turns 40 years old this month ... and it's celebrating the milestone anniversary by revving its engines and racing back into movie theaters nationwide for two days only! The movie is back on the big screen, including 11 cinemas in the Atlanta area like the Sugarloaf Mills 18 and the Parkway Point 15 Cinemas. 

 

Next week:

Immersion World Tour at Fox Theatre

Brit Floyd brings the music of Pink Floyd to life once again with its lavish new stage show, 'Immersion World Tour 2017’coming to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m. The spectacle of a Pink Floyd concert experience is truly recaptured in high-definition sound, and with a stunning million dollar light show and state of the art video design.