Atlanta events, festivals, things to do – May 2018

May 2018
best events in Atlanta

Designer home

May 1 - 13, 2018 (begins April 19)

9.1 miles north

Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens is a tour of a classic 1960s estate in Buckhead’s Kingswood neighborhood featuring the talents and creativity of 25 designers from the southeast. Also see related events. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Taste of the Nation

May 3, 2018

11 miles NW

Enjoy gourmet food, fine wine, beer, cocktails, local music, and a silent auction at the $250 Taste of the Nation Atlanta at Cobb Galleria Centre for age 21+.

Taste of Alpharetta

May 3, 2018

25 miles north

Taste of Alpharetta has tastes from 60 restaurants, chef competitions, a fun zone, and a music stage with rock, folk, and R&B bands. Free entry.
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Shaky Knees Music Festival

May 4 - 6, 2018

0.2 miles NW

Shaky Knees Music Festival has dozens of indie-folk and soul-rock bands on multiple stages, plus local food and craft beer at Central Park (400 Merritts Ave. NE). Rules.

Science-fiction festival

May 4 - 6, 2018

9.2 miles south

Fans of the “Doctor Who” TV show can attend talks, meet celebrities, play games, hear music, dance, and watch a cabaret and masquerade at Wholanta at Hilton Atlanta Airport.

Kentucky Derby party

May 5, 2018

10 miles north

Dress up for Derby Day, which has a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, food, beverages, live music, an auction, and games at Chastain Horse Park.

Snellville festival

May 5 - 6, 2018

26 miles NE

Snellville Days features arts and crafts, food booths, and live entertainment at Briscoe Park. Free.

Pets in the park

May 5 - 6, 2018

32 miles NE

Woofstock features dogs that dive and perform tricks, pet adoptions, food trucks, a beer garden, inflatables for kids, and live music in Suwanee. Free.

Cotton Pickin’ Fair

May 5 - 6, 2018

51 miles south

Enjoy art, antiques, craft demonstrations, music, and kids’ shows near a 1910 farmhouse, cotton gin, and cotton warehouse at Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay. Repeats in Oct.

Renaissance festival

May 5 - June 3, 2018 (weekends from April 14)

24 miles SW

See knights and maidens, dine on turkey legs and ale, and shop from 150 artisans at Georgia Renaissance Festival, a medieval amusement park open weekends & Memorial Day in Fairburn.

Discount tickets $17.

Cocktails at the aquarium

May 11, 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.

BBQ & fireworks festival

May 11 - 12, 2018

32 miles NW

Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival has food vendors, live music, a kids’ zone, cooking competitions, and Friday night fireworks at Cauble Park in Acworth. Free entry.

Electronic music festival

May 11 - 13, 2018

1.3 miles NE

Shaky Beats Music Festival has 40 bands on three stages, bars, food trucks, and an art market in Central Park (400 Merritts Avenue NE) for age 18+.

Decatur Lantern Parade

May 12, 2018

6.7 miles east

The free Decatur Lantern Parade lights the night and fills the air with music. You can pay to register for a lantern-making workshop.

Marietta garden tour

May 12, 2018

26 miles NW

See inspiring gardens and parks maintained by Master Gardener volunteers at Through the Garden Gate.

Mother’s Day - garden tour

May 12 - 13, 2018

Atlanta locations

See 10 spectacular private gardens on Mother’s Day weekend at Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour.

Sweet Auburn festival

May 12 - 13, 2018

0.9 miles east

Sweet Auburn Springfest offers family fun, food, and entertainment in Historic Sweet Auburn District. Free.

Mother’s Day - rose show

May 12 - 13, 2018

2.5 miles NE

See the best roses in 65 categories at Atlanta Rose Show in the Day Hall at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and take a walk in their rose garden.

Art festival

May 12 - 13, 2018

9 miles north

See fine art and crafts, hear local acoustic musicians, shop at food vendors, and visit the children’s area at Chastain Park Arts Festival at Chastain Park. Repeats in Nov. Free.

Dunwoody Art Festival

May 12 - 13, 2018

15 miles north

Dunwoody Art Festival features 140 artists’ booths, a food court, kids’ zone, and live music on a closed stretch of Dunwoody Village Parkway. Free.

Arts market in Buford

May 12 - 13, 2018

37 miles NE

Barefoot in the Park has artists, musicians, dancers, and children’s activities in Buford.

Indian festival

May 12 - 13, 2018

38 miles north

Cherokee County Indian Festival features native dancing, drumming, singing, and storytelling, plus arts and crafts, food vendors, pony rides, animal shows, and native skills demonstrations in Canton.

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 13, 2018

Atlanta area

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day at the zoo

May 13, 2018

4 miles NW

Mom enters free with any regular adult or child ticket purchase on Mother’s Day at the Zoo at Zoo Atlanta.

Mother’s Day - mansion tour

May 13, 2018

20 miles north

Take Mom to Mother’s Day Open House at historic Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall, and Smith Plantation in Roswell. Bring a canned food donation for admission.

Monthly family festival

May 17, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m.)

22 miles north

Alive in Roswell has live bands, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, and socializing in three locations connected by a free trolley (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.

Game festival

May 17 - 20, 2018

27 miles north

Enjoy playing board games for four days at the Atlanta Game Fest at Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta. Repeats in Oct.

Kirkwood festival

May 18 - 19, 2018

6 miles east

On Saturday, browse a free open-air artist market, hear live music, run a 5K, and shop food vendors at Bessie Branham Park. On Saturday or Sunday, buy a ticket to tour Kirkwood homes during Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes.

Greek festival

May 18 - 20, 2018

25 miles NW

Enjoy Greek food, music, dancers in costume, and a crafts market at the Marietta Greek Festival at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. No pets.

Malcolm X Festival

May 19 - 20, 2018 (12 to 8 p.m.)

3.8 miles SW

Celebrate the birthday of an international African icon at the Malcolm X Festival, which features music, food booths, and craft vendors at West End Park. Free.

Art, wine, and jazz

May 19 - 20, 2018

64 miles north

Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival features artists’ booths, a wine garden, and live jazz in Dahlonega.

Bicycle festival

May 19 - 25, 2018

Atlanta locations

The Atlanta Cycling Festival offers bike rides, classes, and parties for riders of all ages and abilities.

Circus in Marietta

May 19 - 28, 2018

23 miles NW

See an 80-minute circus with clowns, bears, elephants, motorcycles, and acrobats plus a carnival midway with rides and food vendors at Yaarab Shrine Circus in Jim R. Miller Park.

Comics & games

May 24 - 27, 2018

0.5 miles west

MomoCon is an animation, anime, comic, and gaming convention at Georgia World Congress Center.

Jazz Festival

May 25 - 27, 2018

2 miles NE

Atlanta Jazz Festival features local and national jazz greats on multiple stages, a youth jazz-band competition, arts and crafts, food vendors, and a kids’ zone in Piedmont Park. Free.

Decatur Arts Festival

May 25 - 27, 2018

6 miles east

Decatur Arts Festival has an art walk Friday evening, plus an artists’ market with live music Saturday and Sunday in downtown Decatur. Free.

Science-fiction convention

May 25 - 27, 2018

16.4 miles NE

Treklanta offers panels, vendors, and celebrity guests for fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and Babylon 5 at the Doubletree Hilton Atlanta Northlake.

Memorial Day at the mountain

May 25 - 28, 2018

19 miles east

Salute The Troops includes live music, a patriotic laser show, and fireworks at Stone Mountain Park. Discount for active and retired military.

Memorial Day at the beach

May 25 - 28, 2018

82 miles SE

See a water-ski and wakeboard tournament, do beach activities, visit a kids’ zone, and hear live music at the Memorial Day Weekend Festival at Callaway Gardens.

Caribbean carnival

May 26, 2018

Central Park is 1.3 miles NE

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival [sound] celebrates Caribbean culture, cuisine, and costumes with a noon parade (parade route) to the festival village at Central Park. The village is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Brew at the zoo

May 26, 2018

4 miles NW

Brew at the Zoo features beer and wine tasting, food for sale, live music, and animal encounters at Zoo Atlanta for age 21+.

Arts festival

May 26 - 27, 2018

2 miles NE

Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival features fine arts and crafts, a street market, children’s play area, food vendors, and live acoustic music at Historic Fourth Ward Park. Free.

Alpharetta art festival

May 26 - 28, 2018

25 miles north

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest offers art, live jazz and acoustic music, cultural arts performances, children’s activities, and food booths. Free.

Memorial Day ceremonies

May 28, 2018

multiple locations

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

May 31 - June 3, 2018

2 miles north

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival celebrates cuisine of the South and other southern regions of the world with tastings, dinners, brunch, and classes at Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown and nearby tents for age 21+.

Picnic for a purpose

May 2018 (undated)

1.8 miles NE

Enjoy a catered lunch at Picnic in the Park, while enjoying beer and wine, live music, dancing, and games at Historic Fourth Ward Park to support charity.

Margarita tasting

May 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles NE

Taste margaritas from 10 makers and vote for your favorites at Margarita Wars, which has music and food for sale at Park Tavern.

Music and beer party

May 2018 (undated)

2.6 miles NW

Tour de Fat is “a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs” with Fat Tire beer and music by Corey West at Terminal West for age 21+.

Free movies

May 2018 (undated)

3 miles NE

Family friendly Flick-Nic begins with “picnic festivities and music” an hour before dusk in Candler Park.

Super Hero Pub Crawl

May 2018 (undated)

3.2 miles NE

Dress as a criminal or a crime fighter for the Super Hero Pub Crawl at five pubs in Virginia Highland, beginning at Diesel Filling Station for age 21+.

East Atlanta beer festival

May 2018 (undated)

4 miles SE

You can’t go wrong with 150 beers, a dozen food vendors, and live entertainment at East Atlanta Craft Beer Festival in Brownwood Park.

Party for the puppies

May 2018 (undated)

10.5 miles NE

Party for the Paws features food trucks, a beer station, DJ music, a photo booth, vendors, and adoptable dogs at Puppy Haven in Brookhaven to support charity.

Food & music festival

May 2018 (undated)

12.8 miles north

Food That Rocks features samples from 20 local restaurants, a band, a DJ, and a tent with wine, beer, and cocktail tastes at Hammond Park for age 21+.

Mableton festival

May 2018 (undated)

16 miles NW

Mableton Day features local entertainers, arts and crafts, vendors, a car show, a kids’ corner, and a 5K at Mable House Amphitheatre.

Beer festival

May 2018 (undated)

17 miles NE

Sample 100 types of beer, cider, mead, and wine at Tap into Georgia, with live music and food vendors at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody for age 21+. No pets.

Barbecue tasting

May 2018 (undated)

17.1 miles NE

Cork & Pork is an indoor/outdoor walk-around tasting of barbecue (whole hog, baby back ribs, brisket, smoked chicken, and pulled pork) plus side items (fried green tomatoes, mustard potato salad, BBQ deviled eggs, and grilled artichoke salad) plus 50 beverages to sample at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.

Family wellness festival

May 2018 (undated)

31 miles NE

Spring Into Summer at 5 p.m. features wellness exhibitors and family activities, plus a 3K glow-in-the-dark walk/run for $10 at 8:15 p.m., followed by a free movie on the lawn about 9 p.m. in Lawrenceville.

Dog festival

May 2018 (undated)

31.4 miles NE

Bring your dog on a leash to Pawfest, which includes a morning hike, a noon fashion show for dogs, Frisbee demos, contests, food, entertainment, and kids’ activities at Briscoe Park in Snellville. Free.

Beer festival

May 2018 (undated)

34 miles NE

Gwinnett Beer Fest features 150 craft beers, live music, and food at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

Music & dance show

May 2018 (undated)

7.5 miles NE

Watch Ballethnic Dance Company perform at Fusion: L’Espirit De La Danse while you listen to a mix of live jazz and classical music in Decatur.

Fun short plays

May 2018 (undated)

8 miles NE

Spring Shorts is a series of nine one-act plays at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.

Mother’s Day Beer Tour

May 2018 (undated)

10.5 miles NW

For something different, join Hopspot Beer Tours for a Mother’s Day Beer Tour at Scofflaw Brewing, Urban Tree Cidery, and ASW Distillery with the author of “The Chick’s Guide to Beer,” beginning at Thrive Beyond Fitness.

Mother’s Day in Riverdale

May 2018 (undated)

15.5 miles south

Hattitude: Mother’s Day Brunch includes a meal and entertainment by jazz vocalist Ken Ford at Riverdale Town Center.

Mother’s Day jazz brunch

May 2018 (undated)

18.6 miles NE

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet & Live Jazz is a buffet with live music by William Hartford Lee at Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross for all ages.

Cinco de Mayo

May 2018 (undated)

23.2 miles NE

La Raza Festival is a big Cinco de Mayo event with Latin recording artists, Mexican folk dancers, mariachi music, and food vendors at Gwinnett Place Mall. Free.

Mother’s Day Brunch - Gainesville

May 2018 (undated)

58 miles NE

Enjoy a fine buffet with a no-host bar at the Mother’s Day Brunch, and then take a walk in the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville.