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.

Inman Park festival

May 1, 2016 (begins April 29)

2 miles east

Inman Park Spring Festival features a tour of homes (Fri. to Sun.), street parade (2 p.m. Sat.), artists’ market, live music, food vendors, and kids’ activities (Sat. to Sun.) in Inman Park. Free.

Taco festival

May 1, 2016 (1 p.m.)

3 miles NE

Atlanta Taco Festival is a new event with local bands, Mexican wrestling, beer, tequila, and of course tacos at Candler Park.

Snellville festival

May 1, 2016 (begins April 30)

26 miles NE

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

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.

BBQ & music festival

May 6 - 7, 2016

2.2 miles SE

Pick’n in Grant Park is a new event with BBQ, street vendors, a kids’ zone, and live music ranging from rock to bluegrass in beautiful Grant Park.

Athens Twilight

May 6 - 7, 2016

70 miles east

Athens Twilight Criterium includes bicycle races, running/walking events, the Twilight Music Festival, and Saturday’s Georgia Brewed Festival.

Sweet Auburn festival

May 6 - 8, 2016

0.5 miles SE

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

Kentucky Derby party

May 7, 2016

10 miles north

Derby Day features a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, food, beverages, live music, an auction, and games at Chastain Horse Park.

Muddy obstacle course

May 7, 2016

25 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, at Bouckaert Farm in Fairburn.

Marietta garden tour

May 7, 2016

26 miles NW

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

Pet party in the park

May 7, 2016

32 miles NE

Woofstock features dogs that dive and perform tricks, pet adoptions, food trucks, a beer garden, inflatables for kids, and live music (2:30+) in Suwanee. Free.

Mother’s Day - garden tour

May 7 - 8, 2016

Atlanta locations

Tour 12 spectacular private gardens on Mother’s Day weekend at Gardens for Connoisseurs.

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 145 artist booths, a food court, kids’ zone, and live music. Free.

Duluth artist market

May 7 - 8, 2016

26 miles NE

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

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, crafts 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. We also recommend checking 25 Mother’s Day Brunches.

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.

Cinco de Mayo

May 8, 2016

43 miles NE

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

Taste of Alpharetta

May 12, 2016

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.

Decatur Lantern Parade

May 13, 2016

6.7 miles east

The free Decatur Lantern Parade lights the night and fills the air with music. Register for a $20 workshop if you want to make a lantern.

Shaky Knees Music Festival

May 13 - 15, 2016

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.

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.

Glowing night race

May 14, 2016 (7:45 p.m.)

2.2 miles NE

A Firefly Run ticket gets you a T-shirt, a 5K run/walk, 2 glowing LED bands, and after party with costume contest at Piedmont Park. Discount tickets $29.

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.

Elegant car show

May 14, 2016

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 [sound] 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.

Electronic music festival

May 20 - 22, 2016

0.3 miles west

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

Beer, bourbon, barbecue

May 21, 2016

3 miles north

Sip dozens of beer samples, taste bourbon, hear music, and eat barbecue at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival at Atlantic Station.

East Atlanta beer festival

May 21, 2016 (1 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 Beer Fest in Brownwood Park.

Family wellness festival

May 21, 2016

31 miles NE

Spring Break Out features family activities, wellness exhibitors, and a 3K glow-in-the-dark walk/run at 8 p.m. for $12, followed by a free movie on the lawn about 9 p.m. in Lawrenceville.

Art & wine festival

May 21 - 22, 2016

64 miles north

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

Circus in Marietta

May 21 - 30, 2016

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.

Comics & games

May 26 - 29, 2016

0.5 miles west

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


May 26 - 30, 2016

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 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 and the Stargate movie can meet celebrities, hear talks, watch shows, play games, and go to a Saturday cabaret at TimeGate at the Marriott Century Center.

Memorial Day at the beach

May 27 - 30, 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.

Caribbean carnival

May 28, 2016

Village is 2 miles NE

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival [sound] celebrates Caribbean culture, cuisine, and costumes with its noon parade to festival village at Fourth Ward Park.

Brew at the zoo

May 28, 2016

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.

Decatur Arts Festival

May 28 - 29, 2016

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 28 - 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.

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.

Cinco de Mayo

May 2016 (undated)

Buckhead & Midtown

Celebrate May 5 at these weekend bar crawls.

Home and garden tour

May 2016 (undated)

2 miles SE

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

Princess tea

May 2016 (undated)

2 miles north

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

Music & food festival

May 2016 (undated)

3.5 miles east

Candler Park Music & Food Festival offers live music, food trucks, and a Saturday 5K race. Free entry.

Community barbecue

May 2016 (undated)

5 miles SE

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

Beer festival

May 2016 (undated)

6 miles NW

Taste craft beer from 30 Georgia breweries, visit food trucks, play games, and see entertainment at Georgia Craft Beer Festival outdoors near Red Brick Brewing. Repeats in Oct.

West Indies festival

May 2016 (undated)

8 miles west

West Indian Heritage Celebration features food (including curry and jerk chicken), entertainment (steel band, drums, dancing, fire limbo), and vendors at St Paul’s Episcopal Church. Free entry.

Thursday outdoor movies

May 2016 (undated)

9 miles NE

Bring a blanket for family-friendly Movies on the Town at dusk on the green space at Town Brookhaven. Do not bring chairs, coolers, food, drinks, or pets. Free.

Taste of Brookhaven

May 2016 (undated)

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.

Dog festival

May 2016 (undated)

23 miles NE

Bring your dog on a leash to Pawfest, which includes hikes of 1 and 3.5 miles, frisbee demos, contests, food, entertainment, and kids’ activities in Lilburn. Free.

Kennesaw beer festival

May 2016 (undated)

28 miles NW

Kennesaw Craft Beer Fest features 100 beers, wine, cider, live music, and food for sale in Kennesaw.

BBQ & fireworks festival

May 2016 (undated)

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.

Pet festival

May 2016 (undated)

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 glassblowing

May 2016 (undated)

7 miles east

Make a beautiful glass flower for Mom during a class at Decatur Glassblowing.
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