Atlanta events for May 2016. 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 with this calendar of events.

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

Snellville festival

May 1, 2016 (begins April 30)

26 miles NE

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

Hip puppet show

May 1 - 22, 2016

2.5 miles north

Kids and their parents will enjoy the fun and funky Beauty and the Beast set in a modern city at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Renaissance festival

May 1 - June 5, 2016 (begins April 16)

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.

Cinco de Mayo Party

May 5, 2016 (6 to 11 p.m.)

0.8 miles SW

Socialize and celebrate with beer, margaritas, and barbecue at the Cinco de Mayo Party at Smoke Ring.

BBQ & music festival

May 6 - 7, 2016

2.2 miles SE

Pick’n in Grant Park has a BBQ contest (no samples), kids’ zone, street vendors, and live music ranging from rock to bluegrass in beautiful Grant Park. No pets.

BBQ & fireworks festival

May 6 - 7, 2016

32 miles NW

Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival includes country music and fireworks Friday night, kids activities and entertainment Saturday, and BBQ both dates at Cauble Park in Acworth. Free entrance.

Athens Twilight

May 6 - 7, 2016

70 miles east

Athens Twilight Criterium includes bicycle races, running/walking events, and a food court.

Sweet Auburn festival

May 6 - 8, 2016

0.9 miles east

Sweet Auburn Springfest offers family fun, food, and entertainment on Auburn Avenue & John Wesley Dobbs Avenue (between Hill and Hilliard). Free.

Gem show

May 6 - 8, 2016

17.2 miles NW

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

East Point festival

May 7, 2016 (3 to 9 p.m.)

8 miles SE

Taste of East Point and the South Metro Area has artists, live music, food trucks, restaurants, beer, and margaritas in downtown East Point. Free.

Kentucky Derby party

May 7, 2016

10 miles north

Dress up for Derby Day, which has a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, food, beverages, live music, an auction, and games at Chastain Horse Park.

Movie south of the airport

May 7, 2016

15.3 miles south

Bring snacks and a chair to watch the movie of the month at Movies Under the Stars in Riverdale. Free.

Marietta garden tour

May 7, 2016 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

26 miles NW

See inspiring gardens and parks maintained by Master Gardener volunteers at Through the Garden Gate.

Pets in the park

May 7, 2016 (12 to 7 p.m.)

32 miles NE

Woofstock features dogs that dive and perform tricks, pet adoptions, food trucks, a beer garden, inflatables for kids, and live music in Suwanee. Free.

Mother’s Day - garden tour

May 7 - 8, 2016

Atlanta locations

See 10 spectacular private gardens on Mother’s Day weekend at Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour.

Mother’s Day - rose show

May 7 - 8, 2016

2.5 miles NE

See the best roses in 65 categories at Atlanta Rose Show in the Day Hall at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Art festival

May 7 - 8, 2016

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 7 - 8, 2016

15 miles north

Dunwoody Art Festival features 140 artists’ booths, a food court, kids’ zone, and live music. Free.

Arts market in Buford

May 7 - 8, 2016

34.7 miles NE

Barefoot in the Park has artists, musicians, dancers, and children’s activities in Buford.

Indian festival

May 7 - 8, 2016

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.

Cotton Pickin’ Fair

May 7 - 8, 2016

51 miles south

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

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 8, 2016

Atlanta area

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day at the zoo

May 8, 2016

4 miles NW

Mothers get free admission with anyone who pays during Mother’s Day at Zoo Atlanta.

Mother’s Day Brunch

May 8, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

14 miles north

Enjoy a Mother’s Day Brunch buffet indoors or outside on the patio, which includes a pint-sized kids’ buffet plus games and activities at Villa Christina.

Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch

May 8, 2016 (12:30 p.m., doors 12 p.m.)

18.6 miles NE

Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch is a buffet with live music by Suite 10, featuring William Hanford Lee Jr. at Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross.

Mother’s Day - mansion tour

May 8, 2016 (1 to 3 p.m.)

20 miles north

Take Mom to Mother’s Day Open House at historic Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall, and Smith Plantation in Roswell. Bring a canned food donation for admission.

Cinco de Mayo

May 8, 2016 (12 to 8 p.m.)

23.2 miles NE

La Raza Festival is a big Cinco de Mayo event with Latin recording artists, Mexican folk dancers, mariachi music, and food vendors at Gwinnett Place Mall. Free.

Taste of Alpharetta

May 12, 2016 (5 p.m.)

25 miles north

Taste of Alpharetta has tastes from 60 restaurants, chef competitions, a fun zone, and a music stage with rock, folk, and R&B bands. Free entry.

Funny musical

May 12 - 22, 2016

40 miles SW

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is an “irresistible and riotously funny musical” [New York Times] about overachievers, in Newnan.

Decatur Lantern Parade

May 13, 2016 (gather 8 p.m.)

6.7 miles east

The free Decatur Lantern Parade lights the night and fills the air with music. You can pay to register for a lantern-making workshop.

Shaky Knees Music Festival

May 13 - 15, 2016

0.2 miles NW

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

Greek festival

May 13 - 15, 2016

25 miles NW

Enjoy Greek food, music, dancers in costume, and a crafts market at the Marietta Greek Festival at 3431 Trickum Road. No pets.

Taste of Brookhaven

May 14, 2016 (3 to 7 p.m.)

10 miles NE

Taste of Town Brookhaven includes samples from a dozen restaurants, beer and wine for sale, music, and cooking demonstrations on the green.

Air show

May 14, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

11.1 miles NE

Good Neighbor Day Airshow and Open House features airplanes up close and in the air, aerobatics, vendors, and rides for sale at DeKalb Peachtree Airport. Free except parking.

Food & music festival

May 14, 2016 (7 to 11 p.m.)

12.8 miles north

Food That Rocks features samples from 20 local restaurants, 3 local bands, and a tent with wine, beer, and cocktail tastes at Hammond Park for $55, age 21+.

Mableton festival

May 14, 2016

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.

Dog festival

May 14, 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

31.4 miles NE

Bring your dog on a leash to Pawfest, which includes a hike, Frisbee demos, contests, food, entertainment, and kids’ activities in Snellville. Free.

Elegant car show

May 14, 2016 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

38 miles north

See hundreds of timeless cars and motorcycles at The Atlanta Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance, a new event that includes live jazz, wine tasting, and children’s activities at Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta.

Women’s show

May 14 - 15, 2016

0.5 miles west

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

Kirkwood festival

May 14 - 15, 2016

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.

British car show

May 15, 2016 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

23 miles north

The members of a dozen car clubs will park British cars under the shade trees of the Roswell City Hall parking area on Atlanta British Motorcar Day. Free.

Classical music

May 19 & 21, 2016

2.3 miles north

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs music by Haydn, Mozart, and Prokofiev, with twins playing pianos at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Electronic music festival

May 20 - 22, 2016

0.3 miles west

Shaky Beats has 40 bands on three stages, bars, a food court, and an art market in Centennial Olympic Park for age 18+.

Avant garde ballet

May 20 - 22, 2016

11 miles NW

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

Paint Wars

May 21, 2016

1.7 miles south

Your ticket to Paint Wars includes a T-shirt to wear and three sponge balls covered in food dye to toss, plus a dance party and optional fitness challenge at Turner Field.

Beer, bourbon, barbecue

May 21, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)

3 miles north

Sample 60 beers and 40 bourbons, eat barbecue, and hear music at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival at Atlantic Station.

East Atlanta beer festival

May 21, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

4 miles SE

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

Family wellness festival

May 21, 2016 (5 to 11 p.m.)

31 miles NE

Spring Into Summer features family activities, wellness exhibitors, and a 3K glow-in-the-dark walk/run for $10 at 8 p.m., followed by a free movie on the lawn about 9 p.m. in Lawrenceville.

Get painted as you run

May 21, 2016 (9 a.m.)

33 miles east

Wear a white shirt and get bombarded by color as you run the Color in Motion 5K at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

Home and garden tour

May 21 - 22, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)

2 miles SE

See homes that range from Folk Victorian to Queen Anne on the Historic Grant Park Tour of Homes.

Art & wine festival

May 21 - 22, 2016

64 miles north

Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival (formerly Mountain Flower Art Festival) features handmade art, a wine garden, and live music in Dahlonega.

Circus in Marietta

May 21 - 30, 2016

23 miles NW

See an 80-minute 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.

Princess tea

May 22, 2016 (2 to 4 p.m.)

2.2 miles NE

Mommy and Me Princess Tea is a benefit with tea, lemonade, treats, and a show at The Carter Center.

Comics & games

May 26 - 29, 2016

0.5 miles west

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

Jazz Festival

May 27 - 29, 2016

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 27 - 29, 2016

9 miles NE

Fans of the Doctor Who TV show can meet celebrities, hear talks, watch shows, play games, and go to a Time Lord Party (Friday) and a cabaret (Saturday) at TimeGate at Marriott Century Center.

Memorial Day at the beach

May 27 - 29, 2016

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.

Memorial Day at the mountain

May 27 - 30, 2016

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.

Caribbean carnival

May 28, 2016

Village is 2 miles NE

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival celebrates Caribbean culture, cuisine, and costumes with a noon parade (parade map) to festival village at Fourth Ward Park. The village is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Brew at the zoo

May 28, 2016 (5:30 p.m., VIP 4:30)

4 miles NW

Brew at the Zoo is a fundraiser that features beer and wine tasting, food for sale, live music, and animal encounters at Zoo Atlanta for age 21+.

Decatur Arts Festival

May 28 - 29, 2016 (May 27 art walk)

6 miles east

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

Alpharetta art festival

May 28 - 30, 2016

25 miles north

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest offers art, live jazz and acoustical music, cultural arts performances, children’s activities, and food booths. Free.

Memorial Day ceremonies

May 30, 2016

multiple locations

Design events

May 31 - June 12, 2016

Atlanta locations

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