Atlanta events for January 2018. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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January 2018
January 2018

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.


January 1, 2018

1 mile SW

Watch an exciting college football playoff between college teams at this year’s Peach Bowl in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Resolution Run

January 1, 2018

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, 2018

26 miles NE

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

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

January 1, 2018 (begins Nov. 17)

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.

Christmas at Lake Lanier

January 1 - 2, 2018 (begins Nov. 17)

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 - 3, 2018 (begins Nov. 11)

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. See schedule.

Free children’s museum

January 9, 2018

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.

MLK Day parades

January 15, 2018

three locations

MLK Day march & rally

January 15, 2018

0.2 miles north

Martin Luther King, Jr., March and Rally assembles at 1:15 p.m. on Peachtree Street, and the march begins at 1:45 p.m. to the King Center. Free.

MLK Day for kids

January 15, 2018

0.4 miles NW

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

MLK Day commemoration

January 15, 2018

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 run/walk

January 15, 2018

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 park day

January 15, 2018

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 15, 2018

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.

Boat Show

January 18 - 21, 2018

0.5 miles west

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

Cask ale festival

January 20, 2018

2.2 miles NW

Sample 50 cask-conditioned ales from U.S. and U.K. craft brewers at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting at 5 Seasons Westside Restaurant and Brewery.

Train show

January 20, 2018

26.4 miles NE

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

Indoor arts festival

January 20 - 22, 2018

4 miles NE

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

MLK event at Morehouse

January 24, 2018 (5:30 p.m.)

2.4 miles SW

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture and Conversation Series Program is a panel discussion in the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College. Free.

Jewish film festival

January 24 - Feb. 15, 2018

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.

Antiques show

January 25 - 27, 2018

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 tour of homes is Jan. 21, 2018.

Camping & RV Show

January 26 - 28, 2018

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.

Winter beer festival

January 27, 2018

2.9 miles north

Sample 150 beers, hear live music, and play games at Atlanta Winter Beer Fest at Atlantic Station.

Motorcycle show

January 27 - 28, 2018

11 miles NW

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

Cocktail hour

January 2018 (undated)

0 miles

Enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, entertainment, drinks, and restaurant tastes at the Culinary Futures Event at the Ritz-Carlton to support students.

Penguin day

January 2018 (undated)

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.

Anime convention

January 2018 (undated)

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.

Battle of the Bands

January 2018 (undated)

Location uncertain

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

Wine party

January 2018 (undated)

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 April and August.

Talk about life & death

January 2018 (undated)

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.

Outdoor celebration

January 2018 (undated)

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+.

Homeowners’ expo

January 2018 (undated)

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.

Oyster festival

January 2018 (undated)

15.6 miles NW

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

Western show

January 2018 (undated)

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 breakfast

January 2018 (undated)

0.2 miles north

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

Black history tour

January 2018 (undated)

2 miles SE

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

MLK museum day

January 2018 (undated)

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 Day in Decatur

January 2018 (undated)

6.5 miles east

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

MLK Day in Marietta

January 2018 (undated)

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 Day in McDonough

January 2018 (undated)

32 miles SE

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

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

January 2018 (undated)

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.

Holidays around the world

January 2018 (undated)

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.
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