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

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

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

Discount tickets marked green are from trusted sellers (Goldstar, Groupon, and LivingSocial).

Aquarium holiday

January 1, 2017 (begins Nov. 19)

0.5 miles NW

Festival of the SEAson features a light and music show, tree-lighting ceremonies, Santa and SCUBA Claus, and live entertainment at Georgia Aquarium. See schedule.

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 (10 a.m.)

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 at Lake Lanier

January 1 - 3, 2017 (begins Nov. 18)

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.

Christmas at Stone Mountain

January 1 - 4, 2017 (begins Nov. 12)

19 miles east

Stone Mountain Christmas [sound] 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 from Nov. 19, 2016 to Feb. 26, 2017.

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.

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

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

82 miles SE

Fantasy in Lights is a giant holiday light and sound show, with eight million lights, displays, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens.

Holidays at Centennial Park

January 1 - 8, 2017 (begins Nov. 23)

0.3 miles west

Visit the Ice Rink & Holiday in Lights Display with thousands of lights in the north section of Centennial Park. The new Chinese Lantern Festival in the south section of the park is open Dec. 9, 2016 to Jan. 15.

Holidays around the world

January 1 - 8, 2017 (begins Nov. 18)

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. Closed Dec. 25.

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.

Cocktail hour

January 12, 2017 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)

0 miles

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

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.

Monster trucks

January 14, 2017 (7 p.m.)

1 mile SW

Big trucks with big wheels make big noise and excitement at Monster Jam at the Georgia Dome.

Western show

January 15 - 21, 2017

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 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 museum day

January 16, 2017 (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

2 to 6 miles north

Admission is free at the Atlanta History Center and the Margaret Mitchell House (where Gone with the Wind was written) in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

MLK run/walk

January 16, 2017

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 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 at 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.

Wine party

January 21, 2017

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.

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 Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

Jewish film festival

January 24 - Feb. 15, 2017

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.

Fake wedding

January 26, 2017 (7 to 9 p.m.)

7.1 miles east

Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, eat a light dinner, and dance at a reception to see wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta in Three Taverns Craft Brewery.

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.

Coupon saves $1.

Homeowners’ expo

January 27 - 29, 2017

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.

Magic night

January 28, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.4 miles west

Magic & Mystery is an evening of astonishing magic and mind reading by professional magician Mat LaVore at beautiful Omni Atlanta Hotel. Discount tickets $10.

Battle of the Bands

January 28, 2017

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.

Motorcycle show

January 28 - 29, 2017

11 miles NW

The Great American Motorcycle Show features motorcycles, accessories, and southern rock at Cobb Galleria Centre. Coupon saves $1.

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), a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and dazzling laser animation at Fernbank Science Center.
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