Atlanta events for January 2016. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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January 2016
January 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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.

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

January 1 - 2, 2016 (also Dec.)

82 miles SE

Fantasy in Lights is a spectacular holiday light and sound show, with eight million lights, displays, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens. Also visit New Year’s Eve Fantasy & Fireworks Celebration on Dec. 31.

Holiday lights - Centennial Park

January 1 - 3, 2016 (begins Nov. 21)

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.

Christmas at Stone Mountain

January 1 - 3, 2016 (also Dec.)

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.

Christmas at Lake Lanier

January 1 - 3, 2016 (also Dec.)

43 miles NE

Drive past colorful displays on Magical Nights of Lights to reach Holiday Village, where you can shop, dine, visit Santa, and take carnival rides at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

January 1 - 9, 2016 (also Dec.)

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.

Holidays around the world

January 1 - 10, 2016 (begins Nov. 20)

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 Celebration Days are Saturdays to Dec. 19.

Three Kings Day

January 10, 2016 (1 to 5 p.m.)

8 miles north

Three Kings Day features storytellers, music, live performances, family activities, a visit by the three kings, and free admission to Atlanta History Center.

Free children’s museum

January 12, 2016

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.

Cocktail hour

January 14, 2016 (5:30 to 8 p.m.)

0 miles

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

Boat Show

January 14 - 17, 2016

0.5 miles west

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

Wine party

January 16, 2016 (6 to 10 p.m.)

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.

MLK run/walk

January 16, 2016

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.

Train show

January 16, 2016

20 miles NE

The Atlanta Model Train Show features large working model train layouts and 300 vendors at North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross.

Western show

January 17 - 23, 2016

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 17 - 29, 2016

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.

MLK Day march & rally

January 18, 2016 (assemble at 1:15 p.m.)

0.2 miles north

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

MLK Day for kids

January 18 2016

0.4 miles NW

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

MLK Day commemoration

January 18, 2016 (10 a.m.)

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 Day in Marietta

January 18, 2016 (10 a.m.)

18.4 miles NW

The Cobb branch of the NAACP presents Pursuing Liberties in the Face of Injustice, with dance interpretations, dramatic readings, and musical performances to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., followed by a light reception at Turner Chapel A.M.E. Free.

MLK park day

January 18, 2016

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 18, 2016 (10 a.m.)

31 miles NE and SE

Choose from two parades beginning the same time.

Macabre musical

January 20 - Feb, 28, 2016

2.4 miles NW

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is Sondheim’s dark comedy about a barbaric barber and a beastly baker at Actor’s Express. Discount tickets Feb. 25 & 27, $31.

Black history light show

January 21 - 23, 2016

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.

Game festival

January 21 - 24, 2016

15 miles north

Enjoy playing board games for four days at the Atlanta Game Fest at the Holiday Inn, 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Repeats in Oct.

Modern dance

January 22 - 23, 2016

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.

Belgian beer & food

January 23, 2016

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+.

Cask ale festival

January 23, 2016 (2:30 to 6 p.m.)

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.

Indoor arts festival

January 23 - 24, 2016 (preview Jan. 22)

4 miles NE

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

Jewish film festival

January 26 - Feb. 17, 2016

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.

Drama of race & religion

January 27 - Feb. 14, 2016

2.2 miles north

Disgraced is a Pulitzer Price winning play “about the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves” at Alliance Theatre. Discount tickets $21.

Camping & RV Show

January 29 - 31, 2016

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.

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Homeowners’ expo

January 29 - 31, 2016

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 29 - 31, 2016

20 miles NE

The Great American Motorcycle Show features motorcycles, accessories, and southern rock at North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross. $1 off coupon

Drama about love & connection

January 29 - Feb. 21, 2016

32.1 miles NE

Two teenager strangers make surprising discoveries about human connections in I and You, a moving play by a local playwright at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville. Discount tickets $10.

Battle of the Bands

January 30, 2016

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.

Winter beer festival

January 30, 2016 (1 and 7 p.m.)

2.5 miles NE

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

Alternative wedding show

January 31, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

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+.
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