Atlanta events for January 2017. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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January 2017
January 2017

Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Commitment Day

January 1, 2017

11 miles north

Kick off the new year by running or walking 5K on Commitment Day beginning at Life Time Fitness in one of three locations.

Resolution Run

January 1, 2017

23 miles NW

Resolution Run is 1 and 4 miles (plus a kids’ dash) on New Year’s Day in Brookhaven. No pets or wheels.

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

January 1 - 7, 2017 (begins Nov. 12)

2.5 miles NE

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights features one million colorful lights, costumed characters, attractions, and snacks at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Free children’s museum

January 10, 2017 (1 to 6 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Enjoy free admission from 1 to 6 p.m. on the Second Tuesday of the month at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Expect a line outdoors.

Boat Show

January 12 - 15, 2017

0.5 miles west

See hundreds of new boats, marine gear, and accessories at the Atlanta Boat Show at Georgia World Congress Center.

MLK Day march & rally

January 16, 2017

0.2 miles north

Martin Luther King, Jr., March and Rally begins at Peachtree and Baker Streets. Free.

MLK Day for kids

January 16, 2017

0.4 miles NW

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta has special events (music, stories, and performances). Admission fee.

MLK Day commemoration

January 16, 2017

1 mile SE

Arrive very early to attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, featuring a gospel artist and keynote speaker Dr. William Barber, II.

MLK run/walk

January 16, 2017 (uncertain)

2.3 miles north

Drummers line the course of the MLK Day 5K Drum Run, which is preceded by music and dancing and followed by a party at Piedmont Park.

MLK Day in Marietta

January 16, 2017

17.2 miles NW

The Cobb branch of the NAACP present their annual celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with dance interpretations, dramatic readings, and musical performances to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Turner Chapel A.M.E. Free.

MLK park day

January 16, 2017

19 miles north

Enjoy Free Entrance Days in the National Parks, including Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

MLK Day parade

January 16, 2017

31 miles NE and SE

Choose from two parades beginning the same time.

Indoor arts festival

January 20 - 22, 2017

4 miles NE

Callanwolde Arts Festival features 86 fine artists, demonstrations, live acoustic music, and gourmet food trucks at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

Cask ale festival

January 21, 2017

14 miles north

Sample 50 cask-conditioned ales from U.S. and U.K. craft brewers at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting at 5 Seasons Sandy Springs & Taco Mac Prado. Bring ID.

Train show

January 21, 2017

26.4 miles NE

The Atlanta Model Train Show features large working model train layouts and 300 vendors at at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

Camping & RV Show

January 27 - 29, 2017

11 miles south

Meet RV dealers and manufacturers, and see the latest models of motor homes, fifth wheels, campers, and travel trailers at the Atlanta Camping & RV Show at Atlanta Exposition Center South.

Winter beer festival

January 28, 2017

Location uncertain

Sample 150 beers, hear live music, and play games at Atlanta Winter Beer Fest.

Cocktail hour

January 2017 (undated)

0 miles

Enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, entertainment, drinks, and restaurant tastes at the Culinary Futures Event at AmericasMart to support students.

Jewish film festival

January 2017 (undated)

Atlanta locations

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival shows films from around the world that explore themes of Jewish life, culture, and history. Vote for your favorites and see guest filmmakers, actors, authors, and academics. Films that sell out may be repeated on the last day.

Modern dance

January 2017 (undated)

0.2 miles south

See world premieres by 10 emerging choreographers when Dance Canvas presents Introducing the Next Generation at Rialto Center for the Arts.

Battle of the Bands

January 2017 (undated)

1 mile SW

Watch the eight best marching bands from colleges that are historically black competing in the Battle of the Bands at the Georgia Dome.

Alternative wedding show

January 2017 (undated)

2 miles SW

Find vendors of handmade items and innovative services for unique weddings at Lovesick, plus fashion makeovers, neo-burlesque performances, live music, and a bar at Ambient + Studio for ages 21+.

Wine party

January 2017 (undated)

2 miles north

Atlanta Wine Party offers 50 wines to taste with live music, a DJ, and food for sale at Opera Nightclub. Repeats in July.

Belgian beer & food

January 2017 (undated)

2.9 miles NW

Sample Belgian beers with small plates from Atlanta restaurants at Nuit Belge at The Foundry at Puritan Mill for age 21+.

Homeowners’ expo

January 2017 (undated)

11 miles south

Meet vendors of home products and services, and see their exhibits at the Atlanta Build, Remodel & Landscape Expo at Atlanta Exposition Center North.

Motorcycle show

January 2017 (undated)

20 miles NE

The Great American Motorcycle Show features motorcycles, accessories, and southern rock at North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross.

Western show

January 2017 (undated)

150 miles east

Augusta Futurity has horseback competitions, music, dancing, arts and crafts, and vendors of western clothing and riding equipment at James Brown Arena in Augusta. The last day includes a “family fun fest.”

MLK celebration

January 2017 (undated)

2.4 miles SW

The King Celebration events at Morehouse College include a march, a film, an archives day, and speakers honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Black history light show

January 2017 (undated)

5.5 miles NE

Black History Laser Tribute includes music from legendary singers (Louie Armstrong, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin) plus a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Fernbank Science Center.

Holiday lights - Centennial Park

January 2017 (undated)

0.3 miles west

Stroll through a winter wonderland at Centennial Olympic Park when it’s lit by thousands of lights for Holiday in Lights. Free.

Holidays around the world

January 2017 (undated)

4 miles NE

Winter Wonderland celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and other cultures with bright lights, decorated trees, ornaments, and emblems at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Winter Wonderland are Saturdays.

Christmas at Stone Mountain

January 2017 (undated)

19 miles east

Stone Mountain Christmas features 2 million lights, holiday shows, a snow-angel palace, a parade with Santa, fireworks, and snowfall at Stone Mountain Park. Nearby Snow Mountain offers inner tube rides.
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