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

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May 2015

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.

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.

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.

Taste of Alpharetta

May 7, 2015

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

3 miles north

Shaky Knees Music Festival has 28 bands of indie-folk and soul-rock music on 3 stages, plus local food and craft beer at Atlantic Station. No chairs or pets.

Gem show

May 8 - 10, 2015

17 miles NW

The Georgia Mineral Society’s Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, and Fossil Show is Mother’s Day weekend at Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta.

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

Chastain Park Spring Arts & Crafts Festival [formerly Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival] features 175 artists and crafters, live acoustic music, a children’s area, and food vendors in Chastain Park. 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 - aquarium

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.

Mother’s Day - mansion tour

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

20 miles north

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

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.
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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 (uncertain)

2 miles SE

See historic homes that range from Folk Victorian to ornate Queen Anne on the Grant Park Home and Garden 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, enjoy 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.

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

Chicken wing festival

May 23 - 24, 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.

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 display, and games at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody.

Memorial Day ceremonies

May 25, 2015

multiple locations

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.

Design expo

May 2015 (undated)

6 miles NE

See speakers and celebrities unveil their new collections and share their design-industry experiences, and view sample design installations at Design ADAC at ADAC. Free registration.

Decorators’ open house

May 2015 (undated)

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.

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.

Zombie Run

May 2015 (undated)

94 miles east

Dodge zombies who try to pop your balloons (or be a zombie) at the Zombie Run 5K in Union Point.

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.

Pet festival

May 2015 (undated)

33 miles SE

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

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.

Taste of the Nation

May 2015 (undated)

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.

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.

Design week

May 2015 (undated)

Atlanta locations

Design is Human Week celebrate design excellence and contemporary architecture with home tours, exhibits, lectures, and activities.
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May 2015 calendar of events in Atlanta, GA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.     steve.adams@events12.com