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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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.

Star Wars party

May 1, 2015

2 miles NE

Bash of the Empire has music, entertainment, and a costume contest for age 18+ at The Masquerade.

Cinco de Mayo

May 1 - 2, 2015

Buckhead & Midtown

Celebrate May 5 early at these weekend bar crawls.

Druid Hills celebration

May 1 - 3, 2015

4 miles NE

The Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens features a ticketed tour of five homes and a garden (3 days), a free artist market (Sat./Sun.), and a 5K race (Sun.).

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.

Art in the cemetery

May 2, 2015

2 miles SE

The Cryptophonic Tour is an immersive arts event for all ages at Oakland Cemetery with 16 multimedia, sound, and performance artists, plus graveside chats.

West Indies festival

May 2, 2015

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.

Kentucky Derby party

May 2, 2015

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.

Atlanta Dog Jog

May 2, 2015

17 miles NW

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

Kennesaw beer festival

May 2, 2015

28 miles NW

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

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.

Muddy obstacle course

May 2 - 3, 2015

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.

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.

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

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.

BBQ & music festival

May 8 - 9, 2015

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.

BBQ & fireworks festival

May 8 - 9, 2015

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.

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.

Mother’s Day glassblowing

May 8 - 10, 2015

7 miles east

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

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.
May 2015

Taste of Brookhaven

May 9, 2015

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. 

Pet party in the park

May 9, 2015

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.

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

Mother’s Day - rose show

May 9 - 10, 2015

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 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 145 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 Duluth Town Green.

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 restaurants

May 10, 2015

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 10, 2015

4 miles NW

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

Mother’s Day - mansion tour

May 10, 2015

20 miles north

Take Mom to Mother’s Day Open House at historic Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall, and Smith Plantation in Roswell. Canned food donation.

Cinco de Mayo

May 10, 2015

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.

Decatur Lantern Parade

May 15, 2015

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.

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.

East Atlanta beer festival

May 16, 2015

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.

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.

Dog festival

May 16, 2015

23 miles NE

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

Family wellness festival

May 16, 2015

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.

Home and garden tour

May 16 - 17, 2015

2 miles SE

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

Country music concert

May 16 - 17, 2015

23 miles NW

Hear top country artists perform at the Shaky Boots Music Festival in Kennesaw.


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

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 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

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 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.

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.

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.

Thursday outdoor movies

May 28 - July 30, 2015

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.

Friday outdoor movie

May 29, 2015

14 miles NW

See Big Hero 6 outdoors at Mable House Amphitheatre. Admission is free.

Music & food festival

May 29 - 30, 2015

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.

Beer festival

May 30, 2015

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.

New age expo

May 30 - 31, 2015

11 miles NW

Awakened Spirit Expo has exhibitors and speakers, including psychics and holistic healers at Cobb Galleria Centre.

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.

Princess tea

May 31, 2015

2 miles north

Mommy and Me Princess Tea is a benefit with tea, lemonade, treats, and show at Atlanta Event Center.
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May 2015 calendar of events in Atlanta, GA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.