Atlanta events for May 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do in May 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Decorators’ open house

May 1 - 10, 2015 (begins April 18)

7 miles north

Every year, the Southeast’s most talented interior and landscape designers work their magic on a chosen house. Tour it and attend special events during Decorators Show House and Gardens.

Atlanta Dog Jog

May 2, 2015

2 miles NE

Walk or run with your dog in the 1-mile or 5K Atlanta Dog Jog at Piedmont Park.

Green expo

May 2 - 3, 2015

0.5 miles west

Alive! Expo offers natural products and organic foods, green-lifestyle lectures, workshops, and health & wellness vendors at Georgia World Congress Center.

Women’s show

May 2 - 3, 2015

0.5 miles west

Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo features keynote speakers, shopping, classes, and beauty lounge at Georgia World Congress Center.

Discount tickets.

Muddy obstacle course

May 2 - 3, 2015

21 miles SW

To run this 10 to 12 mile obstacle course in mud, you’ve got to be one Tough Mudder. Spectators also require tickets.

Snellville festival

May 2 - 3, 2015

26 miles NE

Snellville Days features a parade, arts and crafts, food booths, and live entertainment at Briscoe Park. Free.

Cotton Pickin’ Fair

May 2 - 3, 2015

51 miles south

Enjoy art, antiques, crafts demonstrations, music, and kids’ shows near a 1910 farmhouse, cotton gin, and cotton warehouse at Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay. Repeats in Oct.

Renaissance festival

May 2 - 31, 2015 (April 18 - June 7)

24 miles SW

See knights and maidens, dine on turkey legs and ale, shop from 150 artisans, visit a medieval amusement park, and be entertained at the Georgia Renaissance Festival weekends and Memorial Day in Fairburn.

Discount tickets expire May 3.

Fiesta Atlanta

May 3, 2015

0.3 miles west

Fiesta Atlanta celebrates Latino culture and Cinco de Mayo with mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing, arts and crafts, a 5K run/walk, and authentic Latin-American foods at Centennial Olympic Park. Free.

Taste of the Nation

May 7, 2015

0.5 miles NW

Enjoy gourmet food, fine wine and beer, cocktails, local music, and a silent auction at Taste of the Nation Atlanta at the Georgia Aquarium for $250.

Taste of Alpharetta

May 7, 2015 (5 to 10 p.m.)

25 miles north

Taste of Alpharetta has tastes from 50 restaurants, chef competitions, a fun zone, and a music stage with rock, folk, and R&B bands. Free entry.

Sweet Auburn festival

May 8 - 10, 2015

0.5 miles SE

Sweet Auburn Springfest offers family fun, food, and entertainment on Auburn Ave. between Bell St. and Courtland. Free.

Shaky Knees Music Festival

May 8 - 10, 2015

1.4 miles NE

Shaky Knees Music Festival has dozens of indie-folk and soul-rock bands on multiple stages, plus local food and craft beer at Central Park. No chairs or pets.

Gem show

May 8 - 10, 2015

20 miles NE

The Georgia Mineral Society’s Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, and Fossil Show is Mother’s Day weekend at North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross.

Pet festival

May 9, 2015

33 miles SE

Pet Expo: Dog Days of McDonough has a pet parade, pet costume contest, art contest, trick show, food vendors, and kids’ events in McDonough. Free.

Mother's Day - garden tour

May 9 - 10, 2015

Atlanta locations

Tour 11 spectacular private gardens on Mother’s Day weekend at Gardens for Connoisseurs.

Art festival

May 9 - 10, 2015

9 miles north

See the work of 185 artists, hear local acoustic musicians, and visit food vendors at Chastain Park Arts Festival at Chastain Park. Repeats in Nov. Free.

Dunwoody Art Festival

May 9 - 10, 2015

15 miles north

Dunwoody Art Festival features 175 artist booths, a food court, kids’ zone, and live music. Free.

Duluth artist market

May 9 - 10, 2015

26 miles NE

Barefoot in the Park has artists, musicians, dancers, and children’s activities at the Town Green in Duluth.

Indian festival

May 9 - 10, 2015

38 miles north

Cherokee County Indian Festival features native dancing, drumming, singing, and storytelling, plus arts and crafts, food vendors, pony rides, animal shows, and native skills demonstrations in Canton.

Mother’s Day - brunch

May 10, 2015

0.5 miles NW

Treat Mom to an unforgettable catered Mother’s Day Brunch at the Georgia Aquarium.

Mother’s Day - brunch

May 10, 2015

14 miles north

Enjoy blooming flowers, kids’ activities, and a lavish buffet at Mothers Day Brunch at Villa Christina.
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Mother’s Day - mansion tour

May 10, 2015 (1 to 3 p.m.)

20 miles north

Take Mom on a tour of historic Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall, and Smith Plantation in Roswell during Mother’s Day Open House. Food donation.

Italian classical music

May 14 & 16, 2015

2.3 miles north

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs Italian and Italy-inspired music, led by its Italian conductor, in All Italian Night at Symphony Hall.

Discount tickets.

Magic show

May 15 - 16, 2015

0.4 miles west

Ivan Amodei involves the audience in his entertaining 90-minute magic show Intimate Illusions, with live cello accompaniment at Omni Hotel.

Discount tickets.

Wine tasting

May 15 - 16, 2015

5 miles north

Taste 120 wines and cocktails, eat local cuisine, and meet the winemakers and chefs at Capture Artisan Wine Tour at American Spirit Works in Buckhead.

Avant garde ballet

May 15 - 17, 2015

11 miles NW

Atlanta Ballet performs works from cutting-edge choreographers in its annual show Mayhem at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Greek festival

May 15 - 17, 2015

25 miles NW

Enjoy Greek food, music, dancers in costume, and a crafts market at the Marietta Greek Festival.

Circus in Marietta

May 15 - 25, 2015

23 miles NW

See a circus with clowns, bears, elephants, motorcycles, and acrobats plus a carnival midway with rides and food vendors at Yaarab Shrine Circus in Jim R. Miller Park.

Kirkwood festival

May 16, 2015

6 miles east

On Saturday, browse a free open-air artist market, hear live music, run a 5K, and shop food vendors at Bessie Branham Park. On Saturday or Sunday, buy a ticket to tour Kirkwood homes during Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes.

Mableton festival

May 16, 2015

16 miles NW

Mableton Day features local entertainers, arts and crafts, vendors, a car show, a kids’ corner, and a 5K at Mable House Amphitheatre.

Home and garden tour

May 16 - 17, 2015

2 miles SE

See homes that range from Folk Victorian to Queen Anne on the Grant Park Spring Home & History Tour.

Game-o-Rama

May 21 - 25, 2015

14 miles north

Game-o-Rama features board-game tournaments, panels on game design and player strategy, and a flea market of games at Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center.

Jazz Festival

May 22 - 24, 2015

2 miles NE

Atlanta Jazz Festival features local and national jazz greats on two stages, a youth jazz-band competition, arts and crafts, food vendors, and a kids’ zone in Piedmont Park. Free.

Science-fiction festival

May 22 - 24, 2015

15 miles north

Fans of the Doctor Who TV show and the Stargate movie can meet celebrities, hear talks, watch shows, play games, and go to a cabaret at TimeGate at the Holiday Inn on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road.

Memorial Day at the beach

May 22 - 25, 2015

82 miles SE

See a water-ski and wakeboard tournament, do beach activities, visit a kids’ zone, and hear live music at the Memorial Day Weekend Festival at Callaway Gardens.

Caribbean carnival

May 23, 2015

1.5 miles west

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival [sound] celebrates Caribbean culture, cuisine, and costumes with a parade at noon from near Civic Center Marta Station to the festival village at MLK Jr. & Northside Drives.

1960s music

May 23, 2015 (8 p.m.)

2.3 miles north

Two Broadway vocalists join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to perform music that ranges from bossa nova to Bacharach at Music of the Mad Men Era in Symphony Hall.

Discount tickets.

Brew at the zoo

May 23, 2015

4 miles NW

Brew at the Zoo is a fundraiser that features beer and wine tasting, food, live music, rides, and animal encounters at Zoo Atlanta. Requires age 21 ID.

Community barbecue

May 23, 2015

5 miles SE

Rock on the Grass is a free BBQ with local bands and games in east Atlanta, hosted by Edgewood Church.

Decatur Arts Festival

May 23 - 24, 2015

6 miles east

Decatur Arts Festival has an art walk Friday evening and an artists’ market with live music Saturday and Sunday at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. Free.

Memorial Day at the mountain

May 23 - 25, 2015

19 miles east

Salute The Troops includes live music, a patriotic laser show, and fireworks at Stone Mountain Park. Discount for active and retired military.

African festival

May 24, 2015 (uncertain)

17 miles NE

TAFEX celebrates diversity, culture, and people of African origin with live music, African food, vendors, fashion, and games at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody.

Memorial Day ceremonies

May 25, 2015

multiple locations

Comics & games

May 28 - 31, 2015

0.5 miles west

MomoCon is an animation, anime, comic, and gaming convention at Georgia World Congress Center Hall A.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

May 28 - 31, 2015

2 miles north

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival celebrates cuisine of the South and other southern regions of the world at Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown and nearby tents.

Chicken wing festival

May 30 - 31, 2015

27.7 miles north

Wing & Rock Festival offers chicken wings from local restaurants, two stages of music, arts and crafts vendors, and kids’ activities in Woodstock. Free.

Design week

May 30 - June 7, 2015

Atlanta locations

Design is Human Week celebrate design excellence and contemporary architecture with home tours, exhibits, lectures, and activities.

Mustache 5K race

May 2015 (undated)

2 miles north

Stache Dash is a race dedicated to mustaches, macarena-ing, and mariachi music that begins and ends at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina in Midtown.

Dance event

May 2015 (undated)

4 miles north

Dancers Unite Against Cancer includes a buffet dinner, dance performance, DJ, live music, dancing, and a children’s dance party at The Defoor Centre.

Rock festival in Dawsonville

May 2015 (undated)

56 miles north

Rock out to cover bands at Rockin’ it in the Sticks.

Superhero run

May 2015 (undated)

2.2 miles north

Wear your favorite super-hero costume for the 5K SuperCon Fun Run at Piedmont Park and after party.

Mother’s Day - tea & flowers

May 2015 (undated)

3.6 miles NE

Enjoy tea and snacks at Mother & Daughter Tea Time with Flowers while making a flower arrangement to take home at Faith Flowers - Flower Studio.

Mother’s Day - African style

May 2015 (undated)

12.6 miles west

This Mother’s Daughter is a traditional African concert to honor nurturing women at Southwest Arts Center.

Scavenger hunt

May 2015 (undated)

Downtown Atlanta

Solve clues that send you to downtown locations for points to win the Downtown Atlanta Scavenger Hunt.

Afro/Latin arts

May 2015 (undated)

12 miles SW

Flava Invasion includes workshops, parties, and shows that celebrate Latin and Afro-Latin dance, music, and arts at the Westin Atlanta Airport.

East Atlanta Beer Festival

May 2015 (undated)

4 miles SE

You can’t go wrong with 150 beers, a dozen food vendors, and live entertainment at East Atlanta Beer Festival in Brownwood Park.

Buckhead Restaurant Week

May 2015 (undated)

Atlanta locations

Get a special deal on a fixed-price meal for brunch, lunch, or dinner during Buckhead Restaurant Week.

Farm fair

May 2015 (undated)

7 miles SE

Bazaar Bizarro is a family friendly country fair with local crafters & artisans, circus performers, hayrides, local bands, and good food at Gaia Gardens farm.

Cinco de Mayo

May 2015 (undated)

43 miles NE

La Raza Festival is a big Cinco de Mayo event with Latin recording artist, Mexican folk dancers, mariachi music, and food vendors on the beach at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Outdoor movies

May 2015 (undated)

9 miles NE

Movies on the Town offers music followed by films on the green in Brookhaven. Free.

Music & food festival

May 2015 (undated)

3.5 miles east

Candler Park Music & Food Festival (formerly called Midsummer Music & Food Festival) offers live music, food trucks, and a Saturday 5K race. Free entry.
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May 2015 calendar of events in Atlanta, GA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.     steve.evans@events12.com