Top things to do in and around Atlanta this week

ATLANTA — Here is a look at some of the upcoming events in the Atlanta area.

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Thursdays-Sept. 12

Cocktails in Wonderland

Things get even “curiouser and curiouser” when exploring the Garden’s Alice’s Wonderland Returns! Enjoy the magical topiary-like cast of characters dramatically lit while sipping an Alice-themed specialty drink during Cocktails in Wonderland. The evening features live music, scavenger hunts, discovery stations, yard games and even photo ops with a real-life Alice. Come on down the rabbit hole!

May 24-27


MomoCon brings together fans of Japanese Anime, American Animation, Comics, Video Games, and Tabletop Games to celebrate their passion by costuming / cosplay, browsing the huge exhibitors hall, meeting celebrity voice talent, designers, and writers behind their favorite shows, games, and comics and much much more over this 4 day event.

Wild Heaven Avondale Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Celebrating 10 years of success in Avondale Estates, the crew at Wild Heaven Beer is hosting a Memorial Day Weekend bash with frosty brews, delicious eats, drink specials, music and more

May 25

Free show by Five For Fighting

Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling artist, Five For Fighting will be playing a free show at Peachtree Corners Town Green in Peachtree Corners. Get ready to dance the night away under the stars at the Summer Concerts! Join Peachtree Corners for their 6th annual Summer Concert Series at the Town Green. Admission is FREE to enjoy live music on the last Saturday of the month between May and October. Fans are invited to bring lawn chairs and come early to grab takeout from one of the more than 15 restaurants located at Town Center and picnic on the Green.

Brew at the Zoo

The 21-and-up event will feature more than 80 samples from over 35 of Georgia’s top breweries and cideries; live music at venues throughout the Zoo; evening wildlife viewing until dusk; special Keeper Talks; and more.

Food and Street Art Tour on the Atlanta BeltLine

Discover the flavors of Atlanta with a stroll down the Atlanta BeltLine! Starting at Krog Street Market, named “one of the world’s best food halls” by Travel + Leisure, sample the diverse cuisines that make Atlanta a foodie town, while relaxing over refreshing margaritas. As you walk the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, uncover secrets behind the iconic street art, including ties to Hollywood, and see for yourself why the BeltLine is called the South’s largest outdoor art gallery.

ATL Dessert Festival

Enjoy sweet treats from 100 of Atlanta’s dessert makers! Free admission.

Silent Disco Party

Silent disco parties are back with your favorite local DJs and drink specials!

706 R&B Picnic & Food Truck Festival

Indulge your taste buds with a variety of mouthwatering delights from a wide range of food trucks. From savory burgers to sweet treats, there’s something for everyone! Grab a plate and enjoy the tasty offerings while basking in the serene surroundings of the Oakfuskee Conservation Center located on Kingfisher Lane in LaGrange.

May 25-27

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Atlanta Jazz Festival is regarded as one of the largest FREE jazz festivals in the country. An annual celebration of the music, culture and art of jazz begins in April and culminates each Memorial Day weekend, with an outdoor festival featuring jazz artists from all over the world. Piedmont Park hosts the event May 25-27.

May 26

Get out of town for Memorial Day

Enjoy a meaningful escape this Memorial Day Weekend to the Omni Grove Park Inn with curated experiences including The 1913 Barbecue dinner on May 26th featuring activities for all ages and local live music. Keep the whole family entertained in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains with pool games, outdoor crafts, movie screenings, golf tournaments and more.

May 30-June 1

Helen Balloon Race

The South’s oldest balloon event and the United States’ only long distance hot air balloon race will begin (weather permitting) with a mass ascension of around 20 bright and colorful hot air balloons, in North Georgia’s Alpine Village – Helen. Race competitors and local flyers will take to the sky at 7:00 am on the 30th.

May 31

Summer Kick-off Party

Head to Halcyon for a Summer Kick-off Party for the whole family. The blowout party to kick off Summer will be spread across the green space at Halcyon and Cherry Street. There will be games and prizes for kids, face painting, Don Q pouring samples, cotton candy characters, a dessert cart, live music and select adult and kids drinks from Cherry Street’s outdoor bar.

My 31-June 2

Sneaker Stories at Museum of Graffiti

The Miami-based Museum of Graffiti proudly announces its latest traveling exhibition, “Sneaker Stories” presented by Modelo, will come to Atlanta’s Ponce City Market for one weekend only, May 31 – June 2, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. This free experience will explore the historical ties and evolving relationship between graffiti art and sneaker culture through informative displays featuring rare sneakers and their corresponding art inspiration.

June 1

Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest

Rock the night away in Downtown Alpharetta with a true “Dancing in the Street” party featuring your favorite beers, and live music from Chuck Martin and the Line Up!Bring your own chairs or purchase a table and enjoy the night with your closest friends!

Hot Wheels Legends Tour

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour, the world’s largest traveling car show, rolls into the Atlanta area for the second U.S. stop of 2024. Celebrating its seventh year, this epic global contest offers custom car builders the unique opportunity to have their passion projects turned into the next Hot Wheels die-cast toy car.

June 1-2

Museums on Us

The Bank of America Museums on Us program offers Bank of America, Merrill, or Bank of America Private Bank credit and debit cardholders FREE general admission to 225 cultural attractions the first full weekend of every month. There are 11 attractions in Georgia.

25th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival

Celebrate pollinator power with the Chattahoochee Nature Center! The season takes flight on June 1 and 2 at the 25th annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival. This North Atlanta tradition invites visitors to get a close-up view of the colorful butterflies and learn about the power of pollinators

June 3-9

Atlanta Fringe Festival

The Atlanta Fringe Festival is thrilled to announce its biggest, most ambitious outing yet with 28 performance groups from seven different states and Taiwan -- presenting live theater, dance, puppetry, comedy, storytelling and more. This year’s festival, which takes place June 3-9, 2024 across seven local venues, will also feature a free performance venue for family-friendly shows and activities; a free outdoor festival featuring Atlanta street performers; a variety benefit featuring local Atlanta talent; and audio artists whose work will be available exclusively on the Atlanta Fringe podcasting network.

June 4-9

Les Miserables at the Fox Theatre

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless statement to the survival of the human spirit.

June 8-9

39th-Annual Virginia-Highland Summerfest

The festival includes activities for kids, crafts, music, a 5K and more!

Food Is Art

The event offers a unique experience where guests can stroll through the beautiful gardens of Barrington Hall, surrounded by live entertainment and engaging activities that enhance the culinary experience. This isn’t just a food event; it’s an elevated social garden party that celebrates the creativity and passion of our chefs.

June 14

20,000 beers under the sea

Celebrate the arrival of summer at Georgia Aquarium on Friday, June 14th by enjoying unlimited beer, hard seltzer, and cider samples in a souvenir tasting cup. You’ll have access to a summer-inspired buffet dinner, live band and DJ performances and over 500 aquatic species to discover.

June 15

Bourbon Battle

Scofflaw Brewing Co. is thrilled to host their first-ever Bourbon Battle at their MacArthur Taproom. Local community teams will go head-to-head in the ultimate whiskey barrel-picking challenge.

Tequila on the Terrace

Showcasing more than 20 rare and exceptional brands, attendees will be able to immerse themselves into the world of tequila and mezcal craftsmanship to discover the unique flavors and nuances of each carefully selected brand for an evening of indulgence, fun, and discovery. The event is at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta.

June 16

Father’s Day BBQ Brunch

The Hamilton Hotel in Alpharetta hosts the event which includes live music, ribs and bourbon-tasting stations.

June 17

Ed Lover at City Winery

Ed Lover, American deejay, radio personality, actor, musician, and former MTV VJ, will take guests on a captivating journey through the golden era of hip-hop and R&B with his unique event, “Ed Lover Presents The Live Mixtape Band” at City Winery Atlanta on Monday, June 17.

Fridays through May 31

Sound Waves! at Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium is bringing back its music series, Sound Waves! Enjoy live music, enhanced lighting, and atmospheric elements along with access to the Aquarium’s galleries – all (yes, all!) included with General Admission or membership. The music kicks off Friday, April 26 running each Friday through May 31 from 5- 8 p.m. and is open to all ages. Specially-themed food and cocktails will also be available for purchase.

Now-June 2

Universoul Circus

Experience breathtaking acrobatics, thrilling motorcycle stunts and cultural dances as the UniverSoul Circus celebrates its 30th anniversary back in Atlanta and its first time at Atlantic Station with a family reunion extravaganza! Reimagined with over a dozen culturally diverse presentations, including a never-before-seen trapeze show and motorcycle flips mid-air, plus an enhanced state-of-the-art lighting and sound system – Circus Cousins from Around the World brings amazing entertainment and fun to the Heart of Atlanta.

Weekends now-June 2

The Georgia Renaissance Festival

As soon as the gates to the village of Newcastle open, visitors are transported to a magical medieval theme park full of fun and whimsy. Over 100 skilled artisans inhabit charming cottages, creating unique one-of-a-kind treasures for your shopping pleasure. Strolling minstrels fill the air with music, and our colorful village characters are always ready to regale you with a joke, a story, or just plain silliness!