Atlanta events for January 2017. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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January 2017
January 2017

Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Resolution Run

January 1, 2017 (10 a.m.)

23 miles NW

Resolution Run is 1 and 4 miles (plus a kids’ dash) on New Year’s Day in Brookhaven. No pets or wheels.

Commitment Day

January 1, 2017

26 miles NE

Kick off the new year by running or walking 5K on Commitment Day beginning at Life Time Fitness in Lawrenceville.

Christmas at Lake Lanier

January 1 - 3, 2017

43 miles NE

Drive past colorful displays on Magical Lights to reach Holiday Village, where you can shop, dine, visit Santa, and take carnival rides at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Christmas at Stone Mountain

January 1 - 4, 2017

19 miles east

Stone Mountain Christmas [sound] features 2 million lights, holiday shows, a snow-angel palace, a parade with Santa, fireworks, and snowfall at Stone Mountain Park. Nearby Snow Mountain offers inner tube rides from Nov. 19, 2016 to Feb. 26, 2017.

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

January 1 - 7, 2017

2.5 miles NE

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights features one million colorful lights, costumed characters, attractions, and snacks at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

January 1 - 7, 2017

82 miles SE

Fantasy in Lights is a giant holiday light and sound show, with eight million lights, displays, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens.

Holidays at Centennial Park

January 1 - 8, 2017

0.3 miles west

Visit the Ice Rink & Holiday in Lights Display with thousands of lights in the north section of Centennial Park. The new Chinese Lantern Festival in the south section of the park is open Dec. 9 to Jan. 15, 2017.

Holidays around the world

January 1 - 8, 2017

4 miles NE

Winter Wonderland celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and other cultures with bright lights, decorated trees, ornaments, and emblems at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Closed Dec. 25.

Free children’s museum

January 10, 2017 (1 to 6 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Enjoy free admission from 1 to 6 p.m. on the Second Tuesday of the month at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Expect a line outdoors.

Cocktail hour

January 12, 2017 (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.

Boat Show

January 12 - 15, 2017

0.5 miles west

See hundreds of new boats, marine gear, and accessories at the Atlanta Boat Show at Georgia World Congress Center.

MLK breakfast

January 13, 2017 (8:30 to 10:30 a.m.)

0.2 miles north

Buy tickets in advance for the Martin Luther King Human Rights Prayer Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency.

MLK Day in Decatur

January 13, 2017 (10 to 11:30 a.m.)

6.5 miles east

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration includes a guest speaker at 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. Free.

Western show

January 14 - 21, 2017

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 parades

January 16, 2017

three locations

MLK Day march & rally

January 16, 2017

0.2 miles north

Martin Luther King, Jr., March and Rally assembles at 1:15 p.m. on Peachtree Street (participating groups assemble at specific street assignments), and the march begins at 1:45 p.m. to the King Center. Free.

MLK Day for kids

January 16, 2017 (11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

0.4 miles NW

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta has special events (music, stories, and performances). Admission cost.

MLK Day commemoration

January 16, 2017 (10 a.m.)

1 mile SE

Arrive very early to attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, featuring a gospel artist and keynote speaker. (The church does not have its own web page for this event.)

MLK museum day

January 16, 2017 (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

2 to 6 miles north

Admission is free at the Atlanta History Center and the Margaret Mitchell House (where Gone with the Wind was written) in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

MLK run/walk

January 16, 2017 (8 a.m.)

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.

MLK Day in Marietta

January 16, 2017 (10 a.m.)

17.2 miles NW

The Cobb branch of the NAACP present A tribute to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with dance interpretations, dramatic readings, and musical performances at Turner Chapel A.M.E. Free.

MLK park day

January 16, 2017

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.

Fayetteville celebration

January 16, 2017

19.2 miles south

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Parade & Program has a breakfast for sale at 9 to 10 a.m., a parade at 10:30 a.m., and an indoor program at 11:30 a.m.

MLK Day in McDonough

January 16, 2017 (11 a.m. to noon)

32 miles SE

The MLK Celebration includes a keynote speaker and youth performances at Henry County Performing Arts Center. Free.

Black history tour

January 16 - Feb. 26, 2017 (1:30 p.m.)

2 miles SE

The city of Atlanta leads an African-American History Tour of important graves at Oakland Cemetery. Free registration on their website.

Penguin day

January 21, 2017 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Meet a real penguin at the Party with the Penguins, which includes photo stations, a question-and-answer session with a penguin keeper, and penguin nest-building activities at Georgia Aquarium.

Wine party

January 21, 2017 (12 to 4 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+. Repeats in July.

Talk about life & death

January 21, 2017 (3 p.m.)

2 miles SE

Enjoy coffee, tea, and cake while talking about death in a safe space “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives” at Death Cafe at Oakland Cemetery. Free.

Cask ale festival

January 21, 2017 (2:30 to 6 p.m.)

14 miles north

Sample 50 cask-conditioned ales from U.S. and U.K. craft brewers at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting at 5 Seasons Sandy Springs & Taco Mac Prado. Bring ID.

Train show

January 21, 2017

26.4 miles NE

The Atlanta Model Train Show features large working model train layouts and 300 vendors at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Coupon saves $1.

Jazz in Buford

January 21, 2017 (8 p.m.)

37 miles NE

Jaimee Paul performs jazz standards of the ‘30s, pop standards of the ‘70s, and everything in between in her show “Always & Forever” at Sylvia Beard Theatre.

Anime convention

January 22, 2017 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

0.6 miles SE

NiseCon is a new student-run event promising anime screenings, capoeira demonstration, cosplay, costume contests, gaming, a parade, and free pizza at noon at Georgia State University. Free.

Indoor arts festival

January 22, 2017

4 miles NE

Callanwolde Arts Festival features 86 fine artists, demonstrations, live acoustic music, and gourmet food trucks at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

Attractions

January 22 - 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Country musical

January 24 - Feb. 12, 2017

2.2 miles north

The upbeat romantic comedy Troubadour is about a young singer and his band finding their way in 1950s Nashville at Alliance Theatre. Discount tickets $20-37.

Jewish film festival

January 24 - Feb. 15, 2017

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.

MLK event at Morehouse

January 25, 2017 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)

2.4 miles SW

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture and Conversation Series Program is a panel discussion in the Bank of America Auditorium at Morehouse College. Free.

Chilling witch hunt

January 25 - Feb. 19, 2017

2.4 miles NW

Set in 1692 during the Salem witch trials, The Crucible is a scorching indictment of intolerance written by Arthur Miller during the communist witch hunts of the 1950s, at Actor’s Express. Discount tickets $10 to $18.

Kids’ theater

January 26 & 28, 2017

7.6 miles NE

Based on the classic movie, Elf the Musical Jr. is about an orphan who crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole, with young actors at OnStage Atlanta. Discount tickets $10.

Classic comedy

January 26 - Feb. 1, 2017

26 miles NE

A neat freak and a slob become roommates in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, a classic comedy about mismatched personalitis at Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth. Discount tickets $13.

Family show

January 27 - 28, 2017 (6:30 p.m.)

11 miles NW

Wild Kratts Live features Martin & Chris Kratt of PBS TV in a funny show about animals at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Discount Friday tickets $24.

Marietta talent show

January 27, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

18.6 miles NW

Cheer for local dancers, singers, comedians, and musicians competing at Cobb's Got Talent, a variety show smackdown series at Theatre in the Square in Marietta. Discount tickets $8.

Camping & RV Show

January 27 - 29, 2017

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.

Homeowners’ expo

January 27 - 29, 2017

11 miles south

Meet vendors of home products and services, and see their exhibits at the Atlanta Build, Remodel & Landscape Expo at Atlanta Exposition Center North.

Exotic music

January 28, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.2 miles south

The Nile Project [website has sound] is 12 musicians who live along the Nile River in Egypt and play amazing melodies on a diverse set of instruments at Rialto Center for the Arts.

Magic night

January 28, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.4 miles west

Magic & Mystery is an evening of astonishing magic and mind reading by professional magician Mat LaVore at beautiful Omni Atlanta Hotel. Discount tickets $20.

Battle of the Bands

January 28, 2017

1 mile SW

Watch the eight best marching bands from colleges that are historically black competing in the Battle of the Bands at the Georgia Dome.

Motorcycle show

January 28 - 29, 2017

11 miles NW

The Great American Motorcycle Show features motorcycles, accessories, and southern rock at Cobb Galleria Centre. Coupon saves $1.

Oysterfest

January 28 - 29, 2017

15.6 miles NW

Oysterfest has live music with oysters and beverages for sale at Atkins Park Restaurant in Smyrna, age 21+.

Outdoor celebration

January 28, 2017 (1 to 5 p.m.)

5.9 miles NW

Your ticket to All Out includes REI Outdoor School classes, a mobile climbing wall, live music, and a fire with marshmallows to roast s’mores at Red Brick Brewing, plus beer if you are age 21+.
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