Family & Community Calendar for Alpharetta and the Greater Atlanta Region

Summer events Alpharetta and Atlanta

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Atlanta Current Events and Activities

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 their website 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 their website for more information.

Seasonal and "Any Time" Happenings Around Atlanta

Alpharetta History Walk

Daily: Step back in time using the complimentary Alpharetta History Walk brochure, available at the Alpharetta Welcome Center and explore the earlier days of this beautiful city. Nineteen historical markers, located within walking distance of one another, tell the story of Alpharetta’s past. You can do the tour as a self-guided activity or join an organized tour with moderator. The Alpharetta Welcome Center is open every day, year round: 9-5pm Sat-Thurs; 9-4pm on Friday. Park Plaza - 178 S. Main St., Ste. 200, Alpharetta. Visit their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website for more information.


Archive of Some Past Events

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 their website 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 their website 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. Festivites begin 5pm with lighting of the tree at 7pm. Visit their website 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, 11-10pm; Sun, 1-8pm. Free admission. Visit their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website for more information.

Halloween Hikes

October 20, 2017: The Chatahoochee 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 their website for more information.

Chalktoberfest 2017

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 their website for more information.

Scarecrow Harvest

September 30, 2017: Visit Downtown Alpharetta, Georgia! Free family fall festival includes live music, hay rides to the Log Cabin, quirky face painting, festival food, artsy activities, stimulating story-telling & engaging inflatables! Visit their website 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 their website 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., Marieta. Visit their website 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 fundreaiser 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 their website 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 their website for more information.

Old Soldier's 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 hotdogs, 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 their website 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 their website for more information.

Alpharetta Farmer's Market

UNTIL OCT 28: At the Downtown Alpharetta Farmer's 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 & homemeade sauces, jellies & soaps. Hours are 8:30-1pm. Located in Historic Downtown Atlanta, off Old Canton Street, near Milton Avenue. Visit their website for more information.

18th Annual Butterfly Festival

June 3rd & 4th: Join us for the 18th annual Flying Colors Butterly 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, facepainting, 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 their website for more information.

Alpharetta Art's 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 their website 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.

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 their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website 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. 7:00pm - 8:00pm - OPENING: Meehan's Irish Pub at the Westin Peachtree Plaza followed by the parade to the Mariott Marquis from 8:00 pm - 8:30pm - PARADE: to Marriott Marquis. 210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta. Free. Visit their website 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 motor homes, 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 their website 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.

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 their website for more information.

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 their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 millk 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 their website 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 their website 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 11–11:25am 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website for more information.