Atlanta events January 2020. Things to do in Atlanta.

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Atlanta events January 2020

Resolution Run

January 1, 2020
3.1 miles NE
Resolution Run (5K, one mile, kids’ dash) is New Year’s Day at Piedmont Park. No pets or wheels.

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

January 1 - 4, 2020
82 miles SE
Fantasy in Lights is a giant holiday light and sound show, with 8 million lights, 15 scenes, 2 shows, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens. Open every night, sometimes with special events. Reserve holiday meals.

Holidays at Six Flags

January 1 - 5, 2020
12.5 miles west
Holiday in the Park has holiday entertainment, carolers, Christmas lights, and a 6 p.m. tree lighting at Six Flags Over Georgia.

Christmas at Stone Mountain

January 1 - 5, 2020
19 miles east
Stone Mountain Christmas has millions of lights, holiday shows, a snow-angel palace, snowfall, and a nightly tree lighting and parade at Stone Mountain Park. Nearby Snow Mountain has tube rides. Schedule.

Holidays around the world

January 1 - 12, 2020
4 miles NE
Winter Wonderland celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holidays with twinkling lights and trees hung with ornaments and cultural objects at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

January 2 - 11, 2020
2.5 miles NE
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights features illuminated attractions, synchronized light and sound, model trains, s’more roasting, and food for sale at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden. Open every day.

Cask ale festival

January 11, 2020 (2:30 to 6 p.m.)
5 miles NW
Sample 55 cask-conditioned ales from U.S. and U.K. craft brewers at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting at Bold Monk Brewing Co.

Cocktail party

January 16, 2020 (5:30 to 8 p.m.)
0 miles
Enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, entertainment, drinks, and restaurant tastes at the Culinary Futures Event at the Ritz-Carlton to support students.

Wine party

January 18, 2020 (12 & 6 p.m.)
1.8 miles NE
Atlanta Winter Wine Fest offers 50 wines to taste with live music, a DJ, and food for sale at City Winery for age 21+. Held in Jan., April, Aug.

Chinese New Year dinner

January 18, 2020 (6:30 p.m.)
12.1 miles NE
Feast on an multi-course dinner of traditional Chinese dishes at Chinese Lunar New Year Tasting Dinner at Canton House Restaurant in Chamblee, which includes food history, cultural trivia, calligraphy, and audience participation for age 12+.

Train show

January 18, 2020
26.7 miles NE
Shop from 350 model-train vendors and see a few large working layouts at the Atlanta Model Train & Railroadiana Show at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Held in January and August.

Boat Show

January 18 - 19, 2020
0.5 miles west
See hundreds of new boats, marine gear, and accessories at the Atlanta Boat Show at Georgia World Congress Center.

Fun basketball show

January 18 - 19, 2020
0.6 miles SW
The talented Harlem Globetrotters perform ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedy bits in an entertaining show at State Farm Arena.

MLK Day in McDonough

January 18 & 20, 2020
32 miles SE
MLK Celebration in McDonough includes a breakfast on Saturday and a parade on Monday at 10 a.m.

Senior comedy

January 18 - Feb. 1, 2020
8.9 miles NE
Like “Golden Girls,” Four Old Broads features four funny women. In this case, they go undercover to investigate an evil nurse working at the assisted living center at OnStage Atlanta.

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The making of “Gone with the Wind”

January 18 - Feb. 1, 2020
37 miles NE
Moonlight & Magnolias is a comic play that goes behind the scenes of the famous film as its producers act out scenes and debate issues of class and race at Marietta's New Theatre in the Square.

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Snow sports

January 18 - Feb. 23, 2020
45 miles NE
Play in the snow, ice skate, go snow tubing, take carnival rides, join a scavenger hunt, and visit the fire pits during License to Chill Snow Island at Lanier Islands. Closed on weekdays after Jan. 5 (except Jan. 20 & Feb. 17).

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Western show

January 19 - 25, 2020
150 miles east
Augusta Futurity has horseback competitions, music, dancing, arts and crafts, and vendors of western clothing and riding equipment at James Brown Arena in Augusta. The last day includes a “family fun fest.”

MLK Day for kids

January 20, 2020
0.4 miles NW
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta has special events (music, stories, and performances). Admission cost.

Free museum day

January 20, 2020
2 to 6 miles north
See the historic houses, gardens, and exhibitions at Atlanta History Center, with “inspiring performances, programs, and historical simulations that highlight contributions and stories of African Americans in Atlanta” in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Free.

Free tour on MLK day

January 20, 2020 (SOLD OUT)
2 miles SE
We Shall Overcome: Free MLK Day Tour is a walking tour at Oakland Cemetery that features stories about African Americans from the Civil War to Civil Rights. Register on Jan. 6 since it’s likely to fill quickly. Free.

MLK run/walk

January 20, 2020
2.3 miles north
Drummers line the course of the MLK Day 5K Drum Run, which is preceded by music and dancing and followed by a party at Piedmont Park.

Celebration in Sandy Springs

January 20, 2020 (1 to 4 p.m.)
17 miles north
The family friendly Martin Luther King Day Celebration features “interactive art projects and a film designed to celebrate, educate, and share the teachings of Dr. King” at 1 Galambos Way in Sandy Springs. Free.

MLK Day in Marietta

January 20, 2020 (10 a.m.)
17.3 miles NW
The Cobb branch of the NAACP presents A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with musicians, singers, rappers, and spoken word at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. Free.

Free national park day

January 20, 2020
19 miles north
Enjoy Free Entrance Days in the National Parks, including Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

MLK celebration in Fayetteville

January 20, 2020 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
23.4 miles south
MLK Parade & Commemorative Program has a breakfast for sale in the parking lot of Fayette County High School (8:45 to 9:30 a.m.), a parade (10 to 11:30 a.m.), and a free commemorative program in Ferrol A. Sams Auditorium (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.).

Antiques show

January 23 - 25, 2020 (preview Jan. 22)
7 miles north
Shop from dozens of dealers of period furniture, jewelry, art, and accessories at Cathedral Antiques Show at the Cathedral of Saint Philip. The “young collectors” home tour is held on Saturday, and the main home tour is held on Sunday.

Camping & RV Show

January 24 - 26, 2020
11 miles south
Meet RV dealers and manufacturers, and see the latest models of motor homes, fifth wheels, campers, and travel trailers at the Atlanta Camping & RV Show at Atlanta Exposition Center South.

Oyster festival

January 24 - 26, 2020
15.6 miles NW
Oysterfest has “live New Orleans inspired music” with oysters and beverages for sale at Atkins Park Restaurant in Smyrna.

Tony-winning best musical

January 24 - Feb. 8, 2020
2.4 miles NW
Fun Home tells the story of Alison at three different ages interacting with her dysfunctional family in “a blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention” [Newsday] at Actor’s Express.

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Dinner show

January 24 - April 26, 2020
2.4 miles SW
Jazz Age Jeopardy is a whodunit set in the 1920s, with a buffet-style dinner and audience participation solving a crime at 675 Metropolitan Parkway SW.

Discount tickets $48

Battle of the Bands

January 25, 2020 (3 p.m.)
1 mile SW
Watch the eight best marching bands from colleges that are historically black competing in the Battle of the Bands at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Chicken wings & beer

January 25, 2020 (1 to 5 p.m.)
1.8 miles north
A ticket to ATL Wings Pub Crawl includes your first beer and 10 chicken wings (2 each at 5 bars) in Midtown Atlanta.

Korean dinner & cooking class

January 25, 2020 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)
14.6 miles north
Begin with wine and appetizers, help the chef prepare BBQ beef, a rice dish, and Shitake mushrooms, and then dine with wine during $85 Fusion Flavors Series: Korean Fusion at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.

Taste of the Mediterranean

January 25, 2020 (3 to 5 p.m.)
14.6 miles north
A $59 ticket to Mediterranean Wine & Food Festival includes wines from Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Lebanon, and Israel plus regional cuisine from live chef stations at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.

Game festival

January 30 - Feb. 2, 2020
26 miles north
Enjoy playing board games for four days at the Atlanta Game Fest at Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta. Repeats several times each year.

Opera music

January 31, 2020 (7:30 p.m.)
5.4 miles north
Hear “opera hits sung by two top-notch virtuosi, lushly accompanied by the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra’s formidable instrumental ensemble” during A Night at the Opera at the Cathedral of St. Philip.

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Fly Fishing Show

January 31 - Feb. 1, 2020
26.4 miles NE
The Fly Fishing Show has casting demonstrations, films, classes, celebrity speakers, fly-tying materials, rods, and reels at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) on Friday evening requires a separate ticket.

Anime convention

January 31 - Feb. 2, 2020
0.2 miles NE
Seishun Con celebrates Japanese animation, manga, and culture with celebrity guests, panels, vendors, and workshops at Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Wine weekend

January 31 - Feb. 2, 2020
72 miles NE
Athens Wine Weekend includes a chef reception Friday evening; seminars, a grand tasting, and a gourmet dinner Saturday; and a brunch Sunday at The Classic Center in Athens.

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