Looking for quality wholesome activities and family events in your community? Check this page for ideas!
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Atlanta Current Events and Activities
October 5-6, 2019: Enjoy local music, arts & crafts, food vendors, a chalk art contest (Sat. 1 to 3 p.m.), a non-motorized boat parade (Sat. 3:30 p.m.), a pet parade (Sun. 1:15 p.m.), and a children’s sand sculpting contest (Sun. 1 to 3 p.m.) in friendly Pine Lake. Free. Visit http://pinelakefest.com/ for more information.
North Georgia Live Steamers
Saturdays starting April 27, 2019: The Steamers will be open to give train rides during our 2019 season! Train rides are $2 per person per ride and riders must be 18 months old or older. Cash only. Trains operate from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following Saturday's in 2019: April 27th, May 18th, September 7th, October 12th, November 2nd. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/449868142161741/ for more information.
Free National Park Day
August 25, 2019: Entry is free at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area during Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, 1978 Island Ford Pkwy, Sandy Springs. Visit https://www.nps.gov/chat/index.htm for more information.
September 8, 2019: The Fall Market of the Indie Craft Experience features 60 curated vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor, and home goods at Yaarab Temple. $5 cash at the door, kids 12 & under free. 400 Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta. 11am-6pm. Visit http://www.ice-atlanta.com/about-fall-market for more information.
2019 Brownwood Bike Rally
September 21, 2019: This festive event is about cycling, fitness & health for kids & adults. It includes street-bike races, a bike safety rodeo for kids, cyclocross races for adults, a health fair, a food court & family-friendly activities at Brownwood Park. Races are free for children, $10-$25 for adults. 607 Brownwood Ave E, Atlanta. Visit http://www.brownwoodbikerally.com/ for more information.
Halloween Festival & Parade
October 19, 2019: Little 5 Points offers entertainment on two stages, food vendors, an artists’ market, and a costume parade. Free. Euclid and Moreland Ave, Little Five Points, Atlanta. 4-6pm. Visit https://www.events12.com/atlanta/october/ for more information.
Seasonal and "Any Time" Happenings Around Atlanta
Alpharetta Art In the Park
Last Saturday of the Month, May-September: Creativity hits the park! This outdoor artists market features handcrafted work by local artists who create masterpieces right before your eyes. Come enjoy the pottery, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry creations, handmade children’s clothing, photography, watercolor, oil, soaps & lotions, mosaic art and much more. Downtown Alpharetta. 9am-4pm. Visit https://www.awesomealpharetta.com/event/alpharetta-art-park-2/2018-06-30/ for more information.
Alpharetta Farmers Market
Saturday's April-October: "Best Saturday Morning Excursion"- Farm fresh veggies, fruits & meats are available every Saturday along with stalls of flowers, herbs & local edibles! And enjoy live music as you shop outdoors. 1 South Main, Alpharetta. 8:30am-1pm. Visit http://alpharettafarmersmarket.com/ for more information.
Alpharetta Food Truck Alley
Thursday's May-October: Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week! Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music & kick off the weekend a little early! 37 Old Roswell St, Alpharetta. 5-9pm. Visit https://www.alpharetta.ga.us/government/departments/recreation-parks/special-events/alpharetta-food-truck-alley for more information.
Alpharetta Walk of Memories American Legion Post 201
Daily: Pick up a complimentary brochure at the Alpharetta Welcome Center and explore the only attraction of its kind in Georgia! Travel a walkway composed of more than 7,000 bricks - this is a memorial to all Georgians who served in the military and died. Also see a tank, helicopter and Navy gun on display. 8am-8pm. 201 Wills Rd., Alpharetta. Visit http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/4975-alpharetta-walk-of-memories-by-american-legion-post-201 for more information.
Avalon Nights Live
Friday's April-October: Unwind after a long week with live music in The Plaza! Grab your friends & family & get ready to dance the night away! 2200 Avalon Blvd, Alpharetta. 6-8pm. Visit http://www.experienceavalon.com/events/eventitems/avalon-nights-live/ for more information.
Free Day at The Children's Museum of Atlanta
Second Tuesday of the Month: Enjoy free admission from 1 pm to closing on the Second Tuesday of the month at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Expect a line outdoors. Located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. Visit http://childrensmuseumatlanta.org/ for more information.
Friends of the Milton Library Weekly Book Sale
Wednesdays: This non-profit organization holds weekly book sales to raise money to support the programs & events at the Milton Library. Come shop for book bargains & support your neighborhood branch! 855 Mayfield Rd, Alpharetta. 3:30-7:30pm. Visit http://www.afpls.org/events/events-calendar for more information.
Milton Log Cabin, Alpharetta
Open Mon, Wed, Fri year round: Built during the 1934-35 school year by the Future Farmers of America (FFA) students, the Milton Log Cabin is the only remaining FFA-constructed log cabin still in use today in the United States. The cabin was a hands-on project that involved the entire community. A great way to share a bit of history with the kids. Open Monday 11-2pm; Wednesday 10-2pm; Friday 10-2pm year round. Free. Located at 86 School Dr., Alpharetta. Visit http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/3198-milton-log-cabin for more information.
Sunday Socials at Autrey Mill
Sundays: Join us Sunday from 1-3pm on the porch of the Summerour House for a quick activity and open house led by our Heritage staff as we make these refreshing classics: Oct 8th Lemonade Social; Nov 5th Butter Churning; Dec 3rd Old Fashion Ice Cream. This is a free family member benefit or $5 fee for non-members. All ages welcome, but children must be accompanied by a parent. Drop-ins ALWAYS welcome, but please register online as space can be limited. Visit http://autreymill.org/sunday-socials/ for more information.
Archive of Some Past Events
BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass
August 10, 2019: Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of classic southern BBQ from metro Atlanta staples along with 7+ hours of original live blues and bluegrass music from aspiring and accomplished local/regional/and national acts. This is a family friendly event that is fun for all ages! Legacy Park, 500 S Columbia Dr, Decatur. 1-9pm. Visit http://www.decaturbbqfestival.com/ for more information.
Atlanta African Dance & Drum Festival
July 26-28, 2019: The Festival offers dance and drum classes, an African inspired craft market with food vendors, a kids’ camp (Friday 9 a.m.), and a concert (Saturday 8 p.m.) at Sylvan Hills Middle School. 1461 Sylvan Rd., SW, Atlanta. Visit https://www.aaddf.org/ for more information.
Waiters Race Atlanta
July 14, 2019: A century old French tradition that tests the skills a waiter uses every day to provide quality service in a timely manner. Center plaza at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, 3035 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta. 3-7pm. Visit their website for more information.
YInMn Atlanta 2019
June 29, 2019: A new-music festival designed to showcase the breadth of styles new music can constitute, bringing an awareness of contemporary classical music to new audiences through experiential, visually oriented performances. The project harkens back to its namesake—YInMn Blue! Whitespace Gallery, 814 Edgewood Ave NE Atlanta. 12-10pm. Visit https://www.cassidygoldblatt.com/concerts/yinmnatl2019 for more information.
Atlanta Parade & Music Festival
June 14-16, 2019: Juneteenth is a free three-day music festival with vendors and children’s activities at Mozley Park. On Saturday, a parade leaves Morris Brown College at noon and follows MLK Drive to the festival. The festival ends Sunday night with fireworks. 1 Backyard Way, Atlanta. Visit their website for more information.
Memorial Day at the Mountain
May 24-27, 2019: Salute the troops as the skies above light up in a specially choreographed musical tribute honoring the brave men and women who protect our country. includes live music, a patriotic laser show & fireworks at Stone Mountain Park. Discount for active and retired military. The special patriotic fireworks finale will immediately follow the Lasershow. $25+. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain. 10:30am; fireworks 9:30 pm. Visit https://www.stonemountainpark.com/events/Memorial-Day-Weekend.aspx for more information.
Decatur Lantern Parade
May 10, 2019: Make your own lantern at home or attend a lantern-making workshop where supplies & guidance are provided. Gather at Color Wheel Studio at 508 E. Howard Ave, Decatur, after 8 pm, then parade to the downtown square. Visit http://decaturartsfestival.com/festival-events/lantern-parade/ for more information.
ALive In Roswell Family Festival
April 18, 2019: This Family Festival has live bands, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, and socializing in three locations connected by a free trolley (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free. 5-9pm. Visit https://www.facebook.com/AliveInRoswell/ for more information.
Pillow Fight In the Park
April 6, 2019: Come join the rest of the world in this annual international event!! Where to meet: Grant Park corner of Cherokee Ave SE and Sydney St. SE. This is a free event for adults and kids but donations are appreciated. 2pm. Visit https://www.events12.com/atlanta/april/ for more information.
Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival
March 23-24, 2019: We are Tickled Pink to invite you to the Spring Celebration - the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival! Shop among hundreds of unique art and craft exhibitors, eat your way through the multiple food courts, enjoy cultural performances, listen to live music, and play in the children's area. Admission is Free with $5 daily parking. No Pets Please! 10am-5pm. Visit http://www.georgiahorsepark.com/p/calendar-of-events/293 for more information.
Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 16, 2019: Atalanta's longest running event! The Parade has 2,000 dancers, musicians, and Irish enthusiasts, plus giant balloons, floats, and marching bands in Midtown that go south on Peachtree St. from 15th St. NE to 5th St. NE. 12 Noon. Visit http://atlantastpats.com/ for more information.
Atlanta Jewish Music Festival
March 7-16, 2019: The Festival shares & celebrates Jewish heritage through quality music and artistic experiences. On March 7, Bill Charlap Trio @ Atlanta History Center, 7:30pm; March 9, Lawrence - A Jewish-led brother/sister musical phenomenon @ Vinyl at Center Stage, 9pm; March 10, Salute To Hollywood: Jewish Contributions to Academy Awards® Best Original Songs (Feat. Bob Spiotto), for tickets select the “adult non-member” ticket option & use code “AJMF” at checkout for $36 tickets @ Breman Museum, 5pm; March 14, Ben Sidran 'There Was A Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream' @ AA Synagogue, 7:30pm; March 15, Friday Night w/Alan Light (Rolling Stone rock critic), Jewish Contributions to American Music: Bob Dylan, Beastie Boys & Beyond @ Temple Sinai 6:30pm (service), 8:15pm (conversation); March 16, ATL Collective Relives The Sounds of Chess Records @ Venkman's, 6 & 9:30 pm. Visit https://www.atlantajmf.org/ for more information.
Black History Month Parade in Atlanta
February 23, 2019: Celebrate African American History! Featuring marching bands, entertainers, and dignitaries, the Black History Month Parade will be spectacular! It begins at Hurt Park & ends at the north end of Centennial Olympic Park. Free. Visit Historic Sweet Auburn District Downtown; watch the parade along Peachtree Center Ave, Marietta and Peachtree Street near Five Points Station or at Centennial Olympic Park Drive & Baker Street. Parade Start Time @ 1- 4pm. Visit https://www.blackhistorymonthparade.com/ for more information.
February 11, 2019: Using our sprawling 33-acre campus as inspiration, we create fun opportunities to enrich youngsters and encourage a sense of creativity and play. Each Magic Monday has a unique monthly theme designed for toddlers and preschoolers. $6.50 adults; $5.50 children, free for members. 10am-1pm. Atlanta history Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. Visit http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/ for more information.
Fly Fishing Show
February 1-2, 2019: The Third Annual Atlanta Fly Fishing Show will be the largest fly fishing-only extravaganza in the Southeast! See the newest rods, reels, clothing, accessories, lodges & camps along with non-stop fly-tying & casting demonstrations. There'll be new 2019 products from manufacturers, programs & learning opportunities for youngsters and families, casting demos & instruction with Gary Borger, Mac Brown, Kevin Howell & more! Tickets are cash at the gate only! Adults $15 for One-Day Pass, $25 for Two-Day Pass; children under 5 free, under 12: $5; scouts under 16 in uniform: free; military with ID: $10. Also, the International Fly Fishing Film Festival will be one night only! Friday, February 1, at 6:30pm. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day. Infinite Energy Center (formerly Gwinnett Center) 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 9-5:30pm. Visit https://flyfishingshow.com/atlanta/ for more information.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 21, 2019: Enjoy free admission to the Atlanta History Center & Atlanta History Center Midtown in honor of Martin Luther King Day! Featuring special programming highlighting the contributions & stories of African-Americans in Atlanta, Atlanta History Center guests enjoy immersive museum theatre performances & inspiring activities for all ages. 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 10am-5:30pm. Visit http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/ for more information.
Noon Years Eve
December 31, 2018: Kick off your New Year’s celebration early & come out to Avalon’s inaugural Noon Year’s Eve Party at The Hotel at Avalon! This family friendly event invites partygoers of all ages to ring in 2019 with live music, face painting, crafts & countdown to Noon when a giant balloon drop will welcome in the New Year! 9000 Avalon Blvd, Alpharetta. 10am-1pm. Visit https://www.awesomealpharetta.com/ for more information.
Magical Winter Village
December 8, 2018: The Magical Winter Village will include visits with Santa, strolling holiday characters, musical performances, snow, children’s crafts & festive foods. Return your bag for the Holiday Food Drive in exchange for fun discounts to local businesses. 2 Park Plz, Alpharetta. 4-8pm. Visit https://www.alpharetta.ga.us/ for more information.
Menorah Lighting at Avalon
December 2, 2018: Join the Chanukah celebration this holiday season! Guests are invited to Avalon’s Courtyard (located in Boulevard East) for a traditional Menorah lighting ceremony as well as refreshments, music, and entertainment for all ages. 2200 Avalon Blvd, Alpharetta. 5-6pm. Visit http://www.awesomealpharetta.com/events/ for more information.
Christmas Tree Lighting
December 1, 2018: All the magic of the holidays glistens at the annual lighting of the 45’ live spruce tree with 10,000 white lights! The tree lighting will take place at 7pm. Kids can have fun in the Snow Playground, get a picture with Santa & Mrs. Claus, roast marshmallows & enjoy 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' reading! Downtown Alpharetta, 35 Milton Ave. 5-9pm. Visit their website for more information.
Atlanta Christkindl Market
November 30-December 23, 2018: Come and enjoy authentic German food and beverages in a festive atmosphere! The market sells food, drink & seasonal items from open-air booths, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing. Find great holiday gifts! Tower Street NW at Atlantic Station. Visit http://www.christkindlmarket.org/#event for more information.
Peach State Chili Cookoff
November 17, 2018: Join us as we raise money for the Gift of Adoption Fund - in just 3 years we have raised almost $15,000 to help Georgia families complete their adoptions & bring families together forever. Come & sample Georgia's Best Chili as a cook, an attendee or a judge! Suwanee Town Center, Suwanee. Visit http://www.peachstatechili.com/home.html for more information.
2nd Annual Veteran's Day Car Show
November 10, 2018: Come out & enjoy a great car show, food, live music, children’s activities & vendor village. This event is free for the public to attend. If you are interested in being involved in the car show, please reach out to Tom Youngblood. American Legion, 201 Wills Rd, Alpharetta. 11am-2pm. Visit http://www.legion201.org/ for more information.
Family Halloween Hike
October 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2018: A unique Halloween adventure where a guide leads you on a well-lit trail to meet non-scary costumes creatures of the woods! With drumming, dancing & a campfire! It’s the perfect non-scary alternative to traditional Halloween events. $10/person; kids under 2 free. Cash only. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell 7-10pm. Visit http://www.chattnaturecenter.org/special-events/festivals/halloween-hikes/ for more information.
Georgia State Fair
September 28 - October 7, 2018: The Fair offers rides, shows, music, animals & vendors! Come see the pig racing, enjoy pony rides, camel rides & petting zoo. This year there'll be a butterfly exhibit, too! Adults 13 yrs and older, $10; Youth 5-12 yrs, $5; 4 yrs and under free. Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Pl, Hampton. Hours vary. Visit https://www.georgiastatefair.org/hours for more information.
Free National Park Day
September 22, 2018: Entry is free at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area during National Park Day! The river valley attracts us for so many reasons. Take a solitary walk to enjoy nature’s display, raft leisurely through the rocky shoals with friends or fish the misty waters as the sun comes up. 150 Columns Dr, Marietta. Visit https://www.nps.gov/chat/index.htm for more information.
6th Annual Grilling & Gridiron
September 8, 2018: Celebrate the longstanding SEC tailgating tradition when the UGA Bulldogs take on the SC Gamecocks! Dress in your team colors, reserve a table to decorate, or bring your stadium chairs & enjoy southeastern football, great food & libations, all for a great cause! 35 Milton Ave, Alpharetta. 3:30-8:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Miss Mary's Ice Cream Crankin' 2018
August 26, 2018: Taste over 100 flavors of homemade ice cream! Lots of fun for the whole family! Come enjoy music by DJ Neezy Team & the Kids Korner with face-painting, bouncy houses, popcorn, ice cream contests and all the ice cream you can eat! $6/pp; $25/families (up to 5 people). Roswell Square, 600 Block of Atlanta St, Roswell. 2-4pm. Visit http://missmarysicecream.org/ for more information.
Old Soldiers Day Parade
August 4, 2018: Alpharetta’s historic parade marches on as a tribute to all Veterans of All Wars. Nearly 150 units with floats, marching bands, military units, classic cars, clowns – and of course, candy. The City band will begin on Roswell St at 9:15am, the Memorial service at 10:00am & the parade begins at 10:30am. To view the parade, the Grandstand will be on Roswell St. You may also bring a chair or a blanket & head south on Roswell St for the parade; or take a right onto Old Milton Pkwy from Roswell St. The parade ends at American Legion Post 201 on Wills Rd where there will be free hotdogs, drinks & lots of activities. 37 Old Roswell St, Alpharetta. 9:15am. Visit https://www.awesomealpharetta.com/old-soldiers-day-parade/ for more information.
Libraries Rock: Zoo Library Visit
July 11, 2018: Learn about exotic animals from one of our favorite animal experts Mr. Suarez. Registration required for groups of 10 or more. Ages 3-12. South Fulton Branch Library, 4055 Flat Shoals Rd, Union City. 10:30-11:30am. Visit http://www.afpls.org/events/events-calendar for more information.
July 4th Festivities & Fireworks at Wills Park
July 4, 2018: Celebrate Independence Day with family & friends! There will be musical entertainment throughout the park, with three DJ’s providing a variety of tunes to dance the night away. Food vendors will serve festive fare until 10pm, including classics like barbeque, hot dogs & hamburgers, as well as Mediterranean-style dishes, wood-fired pizza & tacos. Old fashioned lemonade, Italian ice, snoballs & ice cream will also be available (cash only). Wills Park, Wills Rd, Alpharetta. 6-10pm. Visit https://www.alpharetta.ga.us/government/departments/recreation-parks/special-events for more information.
Dive-In Movie Nights
Jun 23, Jul 21 & 28, Aug 18: Catch this season’s hottest family movies! Bring floats & enjoy cool water on a hot summer night! Alpharetta City Pool, 1815 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta. 9-10:30pm.
Celebrate National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
June 15, 2018: Be introduced to Carline Smother's multicultural children's book series which includes the richness of the Haitian culture. It will be a fun-filled morning of stories, music & activities! Wolf Creek Branch Library, 3100 Enon Rd, Atlanta. 10:30-11:30am. Visit http://www.afpls.org/events/events-calendar for more information.
Youth Fishing Derby
June 9, 2018: Bring your fishing gear, bait & other outdoor supplies! Enjoy a fun morning of fishing in the pond near Brookside Office Park. The annual Youth Fishing Derby for children age 4 to 12 years (accompanied by an adult). 3625 Brookside Pkwy, Alpharetta. 7-10am. Visit their website for more information.
Grand Opening Splashtacular
May 26, 2018: Enjoy a day of fun breaking in our new pool. Dj, Games, Music and Prizes! $3. Alpharetta City Pool, 1815 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta. 10am-5pm. Visit https://www.alpharetta.ga.us/government/departments/recreation-parks for more information.
Celebrate Freedom Rodeo
May 11 & 12: Come enjoy the Celebrate Freedom Rodeo featuring the Wild Together Trick Riders made up of the sister team of Shanae & Hannah Ritter! Enjoy BBQ from Shane’s Rib Shack, funnel cakes, vendors, kids activities and more. Rodeo includes bull riding, trick riding, roping & more. Stadium Arena & Sports Venue, 11915 Wills Rd, Alpharetta. 6-10pm. Rodeo begins 8pm. Visit https://www.facebook.com/CelebrateFreedomRodeo/ for more information.
Fulton County 4-H Club Monthly Meeting
April 15, 2018: The Fulton County 4-H Club at the Atlanta History Center is having a monthly meeting. Community service projects, leadership training, and other opportunities will be available. Activities include shooting sports, judging teams, public speaking competitions, weekend trips, and statewide summer camps at Rock Eagle. For grades K through 12 & families. Events and competitions are offered for 4th to 12th grade 4-Hers throughout the year. 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 2-3:30pm. Visit http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/programs for more information.
Harp Concert Honors Volunteers & Friends
March 4, 2018: Come help us celebrate the following Friends and Volunteers! Kathy Keramidis, Padma Komerath, Nancy Via, Jerry Lee, and Sally and Charles "Coach" Goldgeier. They have a total of 70 volunteer years together! We shall honor them and our adult and teen Volunteers and Friends. Light Refreshments. Suggested for ages 6 and older. Reservations required. Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch Library 9560 Spruill Rd., Alpharetta. 3-4:30pm. Visit http://www.afpls.org/events/events-calendar for more information.
Family Movie Night @ the Northside Branch Library
February 5, 2018: Come in your pajamas to view the animated feature of Beauty and the Beast! We will provide snacks and drinks for the whole family! 3295 Northside Parkway, N.W., Atlanta. 5:30-7pm. Visit http://www.afpls.org/events/events-calendar for more information.
The Watsons Go To Birmingham Movie
January 10, 2018: The East Roswell Branch Library hosts Movie Night! Come out and enjoy a great movie! Feel free to bring food and snacks. Ages 6 and up. 5-6pm. 2301 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell. Visit http://www.afpls.org/ for more information.
Winter Break Game Night
January 4, 2018: Come out for a fun evening of board games, puzzles and Bingo. All ages. 5-6pm. Library at Northwest Branch Crossing 2489 Perry Boulevard Northwest, Atlanta. Visit http://www.afpls.org/ for more information.
Christmas Tree Lighting & Downtown Festivities
December 2, 2017: The Alpharetta Downtown Historic District kicks off the holiday season with the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting! Celebration fills the downtown streets with musical performances, Santa, snow, food trucks, roasting marshmallows, a farmer’s market and more! Located at Old Roswell St., Alpharetta, GA. Festivities begin 5pm with lighting of the tree at 7pm. Visit https://www.alpharetta.ga.us/government/departments/recreation-parks/special-events/season-of-celebration for more information.
Atlanta Christkindl Market
November 24, 2017: The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages! The market sells food, drink, and seasonal items from open-air booths, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing. The Atlanta Christkindl Market is taking place in Central Park at Atlantic Station. Atlantic Station is located in Midtown Atlanta – off 17th Street, just west of the I-75/85 Connector. Nov. 24-Dec. 23. Mon-Thurs, 11-9pm; Fri-Sat, 11-10 pm; Sun, 1-8pm. Free admission. Visit http://www.christkindlmarket.org/#event for more information.
Atlanta Trumpet Festival
November 19, 2017: Experience the fun of listening to trumpet players in an enjoyable atmosphere at Lakeside Auditorium Performing Arts. Middle school, high school and adult trumpet players will come together to present you with a lively recital! Located at 3801 Briarcliff Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA. Sunday at 4pm. Visit http://festival.atlantatrumpetensemble.com/ for more information.
Atlantic Station Tree Lighting
November 18, 2017: Enjoy kids’ activities, hear live music, watch Santa arrive in a parade, and see the Christmas tree lighting at 8:30 p.m. followed by fireworks! 1-10pm. 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1697143407271997/ for more information.
Sunrise Detox Alpharetta hosts: Free Naloxone Training
November 15, 2017: LEARN HOW TO PREVENT OVERDOSE FROM HEROIN AND PRESCRIPTION PAIN PILLS USING NALOXONE IN AN OPIOID OVERDOSE EMERGENCY. Naloxone (commonly known as Narcan) can reverse the effects of opiates almost immediately when administered. This free training will provide detailed information about Naloxone, including how and when it can be properly used to reverse overdose. The training will also address the rights and responsibilities of those who utilize Naloxone kits in emergencies. A Free Naloxone kit will be available to all attendees. The Berman Center, 1200 Ashwood Parkway, Suite 400, Atlanta. 7-8:30pm. Visit http://events.accessatlanta.com/event/sunrise-detox-alpharetta-hosts-free-naloxone-training-1htstqxwga for more information.
October 20, 2017: The Chattahoochee Nature Center offers a unique Halloween adventure! Take your child on a well-lit hike through the forest to meet woodland creatures and hear about how they live. It’s the perfect non-scary alternative to traditional Halloween events! Meet costumed characters including everyone’s favorites, the Box Turtle and Dragonfly during your ~45-minute hike. $10/person, kids 2 & under free. Located at 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, GA. October 20, 21, 27 & 28 from 7-10pm. Visit http://www.chattnaturecenter.org/special-events/festivals/halloween-hikes/ for more information.
October 14, 2017: The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art presents Chalktoberfest, an exciting combination of a Chalk Festival with Marietta's premier Craft Beer Festival! Enjoy your afternoon sampling craft beers, live music from locals, watching professional Chalk Artists chalk the streets and eating great food at the beautiful downtown square of Marietta. Located at 30 Atlanta St., Marietta, GA. A great day out for all the family, the Chalk Fest is free to attend. Saturday, 10-5pm; Sunday 11-5pm. Visit http://www.chalktoberfest.com/ for more information.
September 30, 2017: Visit Downtown Alpharetta, Georgia! Free family fall festival includes live music, hayrides to the Log Cabin, quirky face painting, festival food, artsy activities, stimulating storytelling & engaging inflatables! Visit http://www.alpharetta.ga.us/ for more information.
North Georgia State Fair
September 21, 2017: Visit the State Fair at Jim R Miller Park in Marietta. Great rides, free concerts and daring spectacles await you! Kiddie land, petting zoo and horses are just a few of the activities for the kids. Located at 2245 Callaway Rd. SW, Marietta, GA. Sept 21-Oct 1 Hours vary: check the website. Visit http://www.northgeorgiastatefair.com for more information.
7th Annual Noshfest
September 3, 2017: Celebrate Jewish food & culture in a fun two day festival. Learn about the Jewish culture through interactive exhibits & tour the synagogue. There will be a kid's zone with inflatables, games & face painting. Enjoy special demonstrations, dancing, live music and vendor booths. There is no admission charge; we ask patrons to bring two canned goods to be donated to the local food bank. Visit us at Temple Kol Emeth-Marietta 1415 Old Canton Rd., Marietta. Visit http://www.noshfest.com for more information.
Grant Park Summer Shade Festival
August 26th & 27th: Visit Atlanta's oldest park for two days of outdoor fun planned for all ages at the 15th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. Festival activities include a kids zone, live music and the Run for the Park 5k run. This is an annual fundraiser for the Grant Park Conservancy, a non-profit organization committed to the beautification and maintenance of historic Grant Park. Free admission. August 26th (10am to 10pm) - August 27th (11am to 7:30pm). Visit http://www.summershadefestival.org/ for more information.
Mayor's Corporate Challenge 5K Run & Block Party
August 24, 2017: Food trucks, live music & festivities mark the 21st annual running of The Mayor's Corporate Challenge! The race will start & finish in front of the new City Hall in the heart of downtown Alpharetta. There is a Kids Fun Run beginning 6:30pm with the 5K race beginning 7pm. Visit http://www.mayorschallenge.com/ for more information.
Old Soldiers Day Parade & Road Race
August 5, 2017: This event is hosted by the City of Alpharetta and American Legion Post 201. The parade honors our country's war veterans and recognizes their service to our country. The City Band will begin on Roswell St at 9:15am, the Memorial Service at 10am, and the Parade begins 10:30am. The parade ends at American Legion Post 201 on Wills Rd where there will be free Varsity hot dogs, drinks and lots of activities. Rain or shine!
Alpharetta: Avalon Nights Live
August 4, 2017: All ages! Unwind after a long week with live music in The Plaza Friday from 6-8pm at Avalon Nights Live! Grab your friends and family & get ready to dance the night away! Visit http://www.experienceavalon.com/events/ for more information.
Yaarab Shrine Circus
UNTIL OCT 28: At the Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market you'll find farmers with fruit, veggies, & natural meat. Gardeners will be selling fresh flowers & herbs. Plus, there will be makers of all sorts of edible home goods - yummy desserts, breads, local raw honey & homemade sauces, jellies & soaps. Hours are 8:30-1pm. Located in Historic Downtown Atlanta, off Old Canton Street, near Milton Avenue. Visit http://www.alpharettafarmersmarket.com for more information.
Alpharetta Food Truck Alley
UNTIL OCT 19: Every Thursday from 5-9pm, a variety of food trucks will roll out some amazing eats! Seating will be available on the street and there will also be live music! (ends October 19th) Follow Alpharetta Food Truck on facebook for more info. Located at 37 Old Roswell St. - enter at the corner of Roswell St. Visit https://www.alpharetta.ga.us/government/departments/recreation-parks/special-events/alpharetta-food-truck-alley for more information.
18th Annual Butterfly Festival
June 3rd & 4th: Join us for the 18th annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, GA. Live butterfly releases, plant sales and a butterfly exhibit make this event fun for the whole family. The event features crafts, face painting, food trucks, live music and local vendors. General Admission: $12, CNC Member Admission: $8. Saturday, June 3rd (10am to 3pm) - Sunday, June 4th (Noon to 5pm). Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell.
Movies at Newtown Park
June 10th, July 8th, August 12th: “Movies at Newtown Park” is a free summer outdoor series of family-friendly movies presented on a huge inflatable screen. Pre-show activities include an inflatable moonwalk, face painting, children's activities, giveaways, and music. Movie starts at dusk. Pre-Show activities begin at 7 p.m. Free admission. Saturdays, June 10th, July 8th, August 12th. 3150 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek. Visit https://www.johnscreekga.gov/RecreationandParks/Special-Events/Movies-at-Newtown-Park for more information.
Alpharetta Arts Street Fest
May 27th-29th: The 13th annual Alpharetta Arts Streetfest is a three-day event that hosts more than 90 regional and national artisans displaying their artwork in historic downtown Alpharetta. Featuring live music, great cuisine from local eateries, and hands-on children's activities, the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest is fun for the whole family! Parking is available at City Hall, Milton Center, and Downtown Parking lots on Roswell and Old Roswell streets. 10am-5pm. Visit http://alpha.splashfestivals.com/ for more information.
Yaarab Shrine's Circus
May 19th-May 29th: Yaarab Shrine is known for having the World’s Largest Shrine Circus, this year is Yaarab Shrine's 75th Annual Shrine Circus. It is a popular annual family event that offers an affordable, safe, and wholesome environment for adults and children of all ages. In addition to the 25 (80-minute) circus performances under The Big Top, there are more than 40 exciting carnival rides and attractions, as well as lots of food such as hot wings, funnel cakes, cotton candy, fried Oreos, snow cones, elephant ears, and more. General Admission: $7, Parking: $5. J.R. Miller Park, Marietta. Visit their website for more information.
Avalon Nights Live
Friday's April 7th-October 27th: Unwind after a long week with live music in The Plaza every Friday from 6PM to 8PM at Avalon Nights Live! Grab your friends and family and get ready to dance the night away! Free admission. Fridays, April 7th through October 27th, 6pm to 8pm. Visit http://www.experienceavalon.com/events/eventitems/avalon-nights-live/ for more information.
Bluegrass in Newnan
March 31, 2017: The Barefoot Movement of Nashville plays lush, heartfelt, and harmonious bluegrass jams at The Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. Discount tickets are $9.00. The Donald W. Nixon Centre for the Arts, 1523 Lower Fayetteville Rd., Newnan. 7pm. Visit http://www.thenixoncentre.net/ for more information.
The Atlanta Film Festival
March 24th- April 2nd: Over 150 award winning films will be shown in the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival. Hailing from Austria, Brazil, China, France, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and USA, these films showcase a tremendously diverse swath of work, both artistically and geographically. Various venues around Atlanta. For more information, please visit their website. Visit http://atlantafilmfestival.com/ for more information.
WelshFest in Rockmart
March 18, 2017: WELSHfest is the only Welsh centered festival in Georgia and has Welsh music, stories, vendors, a 5K, kids’ area, and kilt contest in tiny Rockmart. Featured are great Welsh & Local entertainment, plus... Hymn Singing, Welly Wanging, Men in Kilts, Medieval Activities, Brenda's Welsh Tearoom, Vendors & Crafts, a decorated bicycle parade & Fun Ride, Children's activities, tours of town & the Historic Van Wert Church and so much more. Free admission. 9am-5pm. Downtown Rockmart. Visit http://welshfest.vpweb.com/ for more information.
The Junior League of Atlanta Sponsors The Shamrock ‘N Roll Road Race
March 12, 2017: The Shamrock ‘N Roll Road Race is a walk or run (kids fun run, 5K, and 10K) with Irish entertainment that begins at Atlantic Station and features a family friendly 5K Run, 10K Run, and 1K Belk Kids Run. Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Dr NW, Atlanta. See website for details. Visit https://www.jlatlanta.org/shamrock-n-roll-road-race/ for more information.
135th Annual Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade
March 11, 2017: The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade has 2,000 dancers, musicians, and Irish enthusiasts, plus giant balloons, floats, and marching bands in Midtown that go south on Peachtree St. from 15th St. NE to 5th St. NE. 12:30-1:30pm. Visit http://atlantastpats.com/ for more information.
Kennesaw State Festival of New Music, Music of Origin
March 6th-9th: Performances include jazz and choral ensembles the first evening, and then a symphony orchestra and wind ensemble the second evening in Kennesaw. The Kennesaw State University School of Music is comprised of over 200 incredibly vibrant, creative, and talented music majors and 80 faculty members and professional staff devoted to the development of music education, performance, and scholarship within our community. March 6, 8 and 9 tickets are $10 - %15/ per person. March 7 performance is Free. Bailey Performance Center, Morgan Hall, Kennesaw State University, 488 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw. Visit http://arts.kennesaw.edu/music/concerts-and-events/performances.php?page=4 for more information.
Cardboard*Con in Atlanta
March 4, 2017: Want to do something really different? Grab a cardboard box and come to downtown Atlanta. Promoted as "The World’s Most Affordable Sci-Fi/Fantasy Cardboard Costuming Convention", Cardboard*Con is about making cheap science-fiction and fantasy cardboard costumes to wear, and then roaming among downtown hotels. Encompassing more than 3 Atlanta downtown hotels, Cardboard*Con has become a tradition among all fun-loving nerds. The secret of Cardboard*Con is that there really isn't a plan - you have to make it fun all by yourself, using your imagination and your manners. 7-8pm - OPENING: Meehan's Irish Pub at the Westin Peachtree Plaza followed by the parade to the Marriott Marquis from 8-8:30pm - PARADE: to Marriott Marquis. 210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta. Free. Visit http://www.cardboardcon.com/ for more information.
Atlanta Camping & RV Show at Atlanta Exposition Center South
February 27th-29th: Get ready for spring and summer travel! Meet RV dealers and manufacturers, and see the latest models of motorhomes, fifth wheels, campers, and travel trailers! Friday, January 27th from 11am-7pm, Saturday, January 28th from 9am-7pm and Sunday, January 29th from 10am-5pm. Atlanta Exposition Center South, 3850 Jonesboro Rd., Atlanta. Visit https://atlantarvshow.com/ for more information.
Black History Month Parade in Atlanta
February 25, 2017: The Black History Month Parade Route starts on the corner of Jackson Street and Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The Black History Month Parade will begin at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site located at 450 Auburn Avenue Northeast Atlanta. Parade Participants Sign In Time: 10am - Parade Start Time: 1pm. Parade begins at the King Center National Park, 450 Auburn Ave NE and ends at Woodruff Park, 94 Peachtree Street, Atlanta.Festival Hours 12-6:00pm. Visit https://www.blackhistorymonthparade.com/ for more information.
7th Annual Georgia Law Enforcement Polar Plunge Benefiting Special Olympics Georgia
February 25, 2017: The Polar Plunge is the largest fundraising effort benefiting Special Olympics. Participants collect pledges from friends and family in exchange for the opportunity to jump into icy waters in the middle of winter. All proceeds collected by “plungers” will benefit the 26,702 athletes of Special Olympics Georgia. It begins with live music, food, and fire pits at 11 a.m. Gates open at 11:00am and Plunge starts at 1:30 pm. Acworth Beach at Cauble Park, 4425 Beach St NW. Acworth.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Out of this World in Atlanta and Duluth
Feb 15th-20th in Atlanta & Feb 23rd-Mar 3rd in Duluth: Oh my! This year's circus theme is an interstellar space story of good versus evil with video projection, acrobats, aerialists, and animals. In Atlanta, discount tickets are $11.00 and in Duluth, discount tickets are $16.00. Visit https://www.ringling.com/ for more information.
Valentine's Day at Dad's Garage
February 14, 2017: This Valentine's Day at Dad's Garage, it's all about two teams taking your suggestions to create scenes about amore. This is the perfect show for that deeply in love couple that forgot to make restaurant reservation 3 months ago or that sad single who is looking to turn that frown into a crazy threesome.* *Dad's Garage cannot legally guarantee that you will have a threesome or that it will be crazy. Just Seats: $25.50 online, $27.50 phone & door. Fancy Pants Seats (reserved): available for an additional $10 online and by phone. Dad's Garage Theatre Company, 569 Ezzard St., Atlanta. 8pm. Visit https://dadsgarage.com/ for more information.
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Contemporary Cuban dance with Malpaso in Atlanta
February 11, 2017: Havana-based contemporary dance company Malpaso — whose name, jokingly, means “misstep” in Spanish—skillfully blend unfussy ballet, their native Afro-Cuban tradition, and intensely physical modern dance. Don't miss their evocative interpretation of our tiny, complex neighbor to the south! Discount tickets $24. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta. 8pm. Visit http://rialto.gsu.edu/ for more information.
The Cathedral Antiques Show at the Cathedral of Saint Philip in Atlanta
February 9th-11th: The Cathedral Antiques Show is a festival of art, antiques, and floral and interior design held annually to benefit a designated charity. The Antiques Show has raised more than $5 million for Atlanta-area nonprofits since its inception in 1969. The 2017 Cathedral Antiques Show beneficiary is First Step Staffing. Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta. Visit https://www.cathedralantiques.org/about-b for more information.
The Bach Bowl at Emory University
February 5, 2017: Not into football? The Bach Bowl is a performance of solo and chamber music by Johann Sebastian Bach on Super Bowl Sunday. This is a free event! Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall, 1700 North Decatur Road, Atlanta. 4pm. Visit http://www.emory.edu/home/index.html for more information.
The One and Only Ivan at Synchronicity in Atlanta
February 3rd-26th: Synchronicity brings a local legend to life with The One and Only Ivan. For 27 years, Ivan the gorilla has lived in a cage at the Big Top Mall, content to paint pictures and people-watch. Then Ivan meets Ruby, a captured baby elephant who’s been separated from her family. Determined to protect his new friend, Ivan must use his creativity to find a new home and become the mighty silverback he was always meant to be. An enthralling adaptation, with movement and puppetry, of Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Award-winning novel, based on the true story of Ivan, who found a home at Zoo Atlanta from 1994 to 2012. Each Friday is PJs & Play! Kids can wear pajamas and enjoy milk and cookies while watching the show! Show Times: 7pm Fridays, 1pm and 4pm on Saturdays and 2pm and 5pm on Sunday. Synchronicity, One Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta. Visit https://synchrotheatre.com/ for more information.
Callanwolde Arts Festival at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
January 20th-22nd: Featuring 86 fine artists, demonstrations, live acoustic music, and gourmet food trucks. Friday, January 20th from 6-9pm, Saturday, January 21st from 10am-6pm and Sunday, January 22nd from 11am-5pm. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd., NE, Atlanta. Visit http://callanwoldeartsfestival.com/ for more information.
Martin Luther King Day Parade in Lawrenceville
January 16, 2017: Bring out your whole family to celebrate the life and legacy of one of our greatest Americans. 2017's Theme - 'Striving For Excellence' - Excellence in education and in service. A brief program will start at 11–11:25 am on Langley Drive in front of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. The parade line-up will start at 11:30. The parade will begin on the Lawrenceville Highway route at Noon. The parade concludes at Moore Middle School located at 1221 Lawrenceville Highway (HWY 29) at the intersection of Johnson Road. Visit http://www.gwinnettmlkparade.com/ for more information.
Monster Trucks at the Georgia Dome!
January 14, 2017: Featuring: Grave Digger driven by Morgan Kane, Max-D driven by Tom Meents, Gas Monkey Garage driven by BJ Johnson, Lucas Oil Crusader driven by Linsey Weenk, Hooked driven by Bryan Wright, Avenger driven by Jim Koehler, Brutus driven by Brad Allen, Fluffy driven by Kevin King, Slinger driven by Scott Hartsock, Saigon Shaker driven by Ryan Disharoon, Scooby-Doo driven by Brianna Mahon, Additional trucks/drivers to be announced, El Toro Loco driven by Chuck Werner, Stone Crusher driven by Steve Sims. Tickets start at $20. 1 Georgia Dome Dr, Atlanta. 7pm. Visit https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/ for more information.
Georgia Addiction Recovery Awareness Day
January 12, 2017: Join many of our treatment and advocacy partners at the Georgia State Capitol to celebrate Georgia Addiction Recovery Awareness Day. Let your legislators and top policy-makers know that there are people in recovery, professional helpers, family members and other allies of recovery who envision a Georgia where all people have opportunities to get and stay well in communities that care! The key message is: "Recovery is REAL!" All proceeds support future Addiction Recovery Awareness Day events. This event is organized by the Georgia Association of Community Service Boards. Georgia State Capitol, 206 Washington St SW, Atlanta. 10am-3pm. Visit http://gasubstanceabuse.org/arad-2017/ for more information.
Atlanta Boat Show at Georgia World Congress Center
January 12th-15th: There’s something for everyone! In addition to great deals on boats and marine gear, a day at the show promises plenty of family friendly entertainment. There’s a Kids’ Zone featuring fun activities for young mariners. If you're interested in improving or enhancing your boating skills, the boater education program offers a terrific line-up of free boating, fishing and sailing seminars every day of the show. Thursday, January 12 through Sunday, January 15. Thursday hours 11am-9pm. Friday hours 11am-9pm. Saturday hours 10am-9pm. Sunday hours 10am-6pm. Adults: $14, children ages 15 & younger: FREE* must be accompanied by a paid adult. Georgia World Congress Center - Hall C, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta. Visit http://www.atlantaboatshow.com/ for more information.