Atlanta events, festivals, things to do – January 2018

January 2018
best events in Atlanta

Football: Peach Bowl

January 1, 2018 (12:30 p.m.)

1 mile SW

Watch an exciting college football playoff between the Auburn Tigers and the UCF Knights at this year’s Peach Bowl in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Resolution Run

January 1, 2018 (10 a.m.)

3.1 miles NE

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

Run on New Year’s Day

January 1, 2018 (10 a.m.)

21 miles NE

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

Christmas at Stone Mountain

January 1 - 3, 2018

19 miles east

Stone Mountain Christmas has 2 million lights, holiday shows, a snow-angel palace, a nightly parade with Santa, and snowfall at Stone Mountain Park. Nearby Snow Mountain has tube rides.

Christmas at Lake Lanier

January 1 - 3, 2018 (5 to 10 p.m.)

43 miles NE

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

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

January 1 - 6, 2018

82 miles SE

Fantasy in Lights is a giant holiday light and sound show, with eight million lights, 15 scenes, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens. Special events are held on some nights. Reserve breakfast and dinner shows.

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

January 1 - 7, 2018

2.5 miles NE

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights features high-tech light displays, illuminated attractions, model trains, and restaurants at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Holidays around the world

January 2 - 7, 2018

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.

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. Their web page tells how to register.

Cocktail hour

January 11, 2018 (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.

MLK Day in McDonough

January 13 & 15, 2018

32 miles SE

The MLK Celebration in McDonough has three events.
  • Jan. 13 (10 a.m.) - prayer breakfast
  • Jan. 15 (10 a.m.) - parade/peace march
  • Jan. 15 (11 a.m.) - celebration with a speaker

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 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.

Celebration in Sandy Springs

January 15, 2018 (10 a.m.)

14.5 miles north

Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. will acknowledge volunteers who help children, and it features a pastor sharing inspirational thoughts at Heritage Sandy Springs. Free.

Martin Luther King play

January 15, 2018 (8 p.m.)

18 miles NE

Martin Luther King Jr. meets Malcolm X to debate the future of the civil rights movement in the fictional drama The Meeting at Mark Squared Studios in Tucker.

Free national 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.

Western show

January 19 - 20, 2018

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.”

Boat Show

January 19 - 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.

Slapstick comedy

January 19 - Feb. 4, 2018

18.6 miles NW

Dearly Beloved is about the silly shenanigans of a Texas family trying to cope when the bride runs off on her wedding day, at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square.

Discount tickets $20 to $28.

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Wine party

January 20, 2018

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.

Cask ale festival

January 20, 2018 (2:30 to 6 p.m.)

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 - 21, 2018 (preview Jan. 19)

4 miles NE

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

Fake wedding

January 21, 2018 (5 p.m.)

36 miles SW

Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta at Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club in Douglasville. No gift required!

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. 28, 2018.

Rock legends concert

January 26 - 27, 2018 (8 p.m.)

11 miles NW

Million Dollar Quartet recreates the night Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins played together at Sun Records, with 21 rock hits performed live at The Legacy Theatre in Tyrone.

Discount tickets $25.

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.

Battle of the Bands

January 27, 2018

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.

Mardi Gras Ball

January 27, 2018 (doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.)

1.7 miles south

Atlanta Mardi Gras Ball is a dress-up dance party “with live entertainment, food, drinks, and vendors” at the Ivy Center. You are allowed to bring your own bottle.

Winter beer festival

January 27, 2018 (1 to 5 p.m.)

2.9 miles north

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

Mardi Gras bar crawl

January 27, 2018 (6 p.m.)

3 miles NE

Beads & Booze includes beads, food & drink specials, and a drink at multiple bars within walking distance in Virginia Highlands.

Chinese New Year dinner

January 27, 2018 (6:30 p.m.)

12.1 miles NE

Feast on an multi-course dinner of traditional Chinese dishes at Chinese Lunar New Year Banquet with Chinese Southern Belle at Canton House Restaurant in Chamblee, which includes food history, cultural trivia, calligraphy, and audience participation for age 12+.

Oyster festival

January 27 - 28, 2018

15.6 miles NW

Oysterfest has “live New Orleans inspired music” with oysters and beverages for sale at Atkins Park Restaurant in Smyrna for age 21+.