Atlanta events, festivals, things to do – February 2018

February 2018
best events in Atlanta

Game-o-Rama

February 1 - 4, 2018

27 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 Alpharetta.

Jewish film festival

February 1 - 15, 2018 (begins Jan. 24)

Atlanta locations

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival shows films from around the world that explore themes of Jewish life, culture, and history. Vote for your favorites and see guest filmmakers, actors, authors, and academics. Films that sell out may be repeated on the last day.
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Horror convention

February 2 - 4, 2018

0.5 miles east

Days of the Dead includes films, a monster ball, panels, celebrity signings, contests, and after parties, at Sheraton Atlanta.

Juggling festival

February 2 - 4, 2018

2 miles NE

Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival features jugglers, juggling lessons, competitions, unicyclists, hoopers, kendama, live music, and family fun at Yaarab Shrine Center. Free except Sat. night cabaret.

Wine weekend

February 2 - 4, 2018

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.

Mardi Gras in Midtown

February 3, 2018 (7 p.m.)

2 miles north

Midtown Mardi Gras Block Party “includes New Orleans themed comp shots” plus food discounts at 15 bars and clubs, beginning at the Lava Lounge for age 21+.

Tasting event

February 3, 2018 (12 to 4 p.m.)

2.5 miles NE

Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival includes wine tasting, craft beer, appetizers, and live music at the Park Tavern. Held in February and November.

Classical music

February 4, 2018 (4 p.m.)

5 miles NE

Bach Bowl is a performance of solo and chamber music by Johann Sebastian Bach on Super Bowl Sunday in the Schwartz Center at Emory University. Free.

Cocktails at the aquarium

February 9, 2018 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and appetizers at Sips Under the Sea. Visit the website to buy tickets and see the theme.

Anime convention

February 9 - 11, 2018

0.4 miles NE

Seishun Con celebrates Japanese animation, manga, and culture with celebrity guests, panels, vendors, and workshops at Hilton Atlanta.

Home show

February 9 - 11, 2018

27 miles NE

More than 150 companies display the latest home improvement products and services at the North Atlanta Home Show at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Repeats in Oct.

Valentine’s Day getaway

February 9 - 17, 2018

44 miles NE

Lanier Islands resort is offering romantic packages that include dinner, a room, and breakfast on Feb. 9, 10, 14, 16, and 17.

Bar tour

February 10, 2018 (noon)

1 mile west

Mardi Gras Streetcar Adventure is a tour of 11 bars and restaurants on the streetcar route, including a travel pass, complimentary drinks, and food specials.

Valentine’s Day garden party

February 10, 2018 (7 to 11 p.m.)

2.5 miles NE

Let romance bloom with an elegant evening of cocktails, dancing, dessert, and live entertainment at Valentines in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Big Band Night

February 10, 2018 (8 p.m.)

5 miles NE

Big Band Night in the Schwartz Center at Emory University is free if you pick up tickets at the box office, and you can get them in advance.

Valentine’s Day cemetery tour

February 10 - 11, 2018

2 miles SE

The one-hour Love Stories of Oakland tour recounts the loves, lives, and losses of former Atlantans at Oakland Cemetery.

Valentine’s Day improv

February 10 - 17, 2018

1.5 miles SE

Dad’s Garage offers adult humor about the ups and downs of love based on audience suggestions at 569 Ezzard Street. [They have not yet posted the 2018 shows on their website.]

Black history tour

February 10 - 22, 2018

2 miles SE

The city of Atlanta leads an African-American History Tour of important graves at Oakland Cemetery. Register attendees one at a time on the website. Free.

Valentine’s Day burlesque

February 13, 2018 (9 to 11:30 p.m.)

3 miles NE

Tease Tuesday Burlesque is a sultry striptease variety show with 10 acts by Syrens of the South at the Red Light Cafe for age 21+.

Mardi Gras in Alpharetta

February 13, 2018

25.1 miles north

Mardi Gras Pub Crawl turns Avalon Boulevard into a suburban version of Bourbon Street with live music and New-Orleans-style food and drink for sale. Free.

Valentine’s Day dinner

February 14, 2018

Atlanta area

OpenTable lists restaurants in greater Atlanta that offer special menus for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day comedy dinner

February 14, 2018 (7 p.m.)

18.6 miles NE

Lover’s Night & Comedy combines a comedy show with a dinner of steak, lobster, salad, and dessert at Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross for age 21+. Two drink minimum.

Children’s choir

February 16 - 17, 2018

8 miles north

The highlight of the Georgia Boy Choir Festival is a Grand Finale Concert on Saturday at United Methodist Church on Peachtree Road.

Science-fiction convention

February 16 - 18, 2018

12.7 miles north

AnachroCon is about Steampunk, science, history, music, classic sci-fi literature, and amazing costumes at Wyndham Atlanta Galleria.

Oyster festival

February 17, 2018 (1 to 9 p.m.)

2.5 miles NE

Oysterfest has live music with oysters, fried shrimp, and beverages for sale at the Park Tavern.

Rock musical “Rent”

February 20 - 28, 2018

1 mile north

Rent is a modern La Bohème that Theatremania calls a “passionate, exuberant, uplifting, and joyous” story of young New York artists living in the shadow of AIDS at Fox Theatre.

Discount tickets $40 to $70.

Rodeo

February 22 - 24, 2018

108 miles south

Watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in riding, roping, racing, steer wrestling, and bull fighting at Georgia National Rodeo in Perry.

Flower show

February 23 - 25, 2018

2.5 miles NE

See thousands of plants, small garden displays, and prize winners at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show at Atlanta Botanical Garden. The design theme in 2018 is Georgia’s film industry.

Belly dance festival

February 23 - 25, 2018

8 miles NE

TribalCon offers classes, parties, workshops, vendors, and shows in Decatur.

Black history parade

February 24, 2018 (1 p.m.)

0.6 miles SE

Black History Month Parade [website has sound] features marching bands, entertainers, and dignitaries. It begins at Hurt Park and ends at the NE corner of Centennial Olympic Park. Vendors are in Woodruff Park. Free.

Run in your underwear

February 24, 2018

7 miles north

Cupid’s Undie Run includes a half-naked run through the streets and a party at Big Sky for charity.

Polar Plunge

February 24, 2018

32.6 miles NW

Watch pledges run into the frigid lake for charity at the Polar Plunge at Acworth Beach. It begins with live music, food, and fire pits at 11 a.m.

Monster trucks

February 24 - 25, 2018

1 mile SW

Big trucks with big wheels make big noise and excitement at Monster Jam at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Oyster festival

February 24 - 25, 2018

1.7 miles north

Oysterfest has live music with oysters and beverages for sale at Steamhouse Lounge for age 21+.

West Coast wine tasting

February 25, 2018 (3 to 5:30 p.m.)

14.6 miles north

Discover Best of the West is a walk-around tasting event with unlimited samples of food and wine from the West Coast (Washington, Oregon, and California) and bottles for sale at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.