Atlanta events May 2019. Things to do in Atlanta.

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Atlanta events May 2019

Taste of Alpharetta

May 2, 2019
(5 to 10 p.m.)
25 miles north
Taste of Alpharetta has 60 restaurants selling tastes, chef competitions, a family fun zone, a beer garden, and three music stages. Free admission.

Mother’s Day glassblowing

May 2 - 26, 2019
7 miles east
Make a beautiful glass flower for Mom with one-on-one instruction in a Flower Class at Decatur Glassblowing for age 10+.

Garden party for adults

May 2 - Oct. 24, 2019
(Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
2.5 miles NE
Cocktails in the Garden invites you to explore the garden each week as you stroll with a cocktail, hear live music, and play games at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Admission fee, cash bar.

Shaky Knees Music Festival

May 3 - 5, 2019
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. Rules.

Science-fiction festival

May 3 - 5, 2019
9.2 miles south
Fans of the “Doctor Who” TV show can attend talks, meet celebrities, play games, hear music, dance, and see performances at Wholanta at Hilton Atlanta Airport.

Cinco de Mayo bar crawl

May 4, 2019
(7 p.m.)
2.2 miles north
A ticket to Tacos & Tequila Midtown gets you into 15 bars, with some free shots plus food and drink specials, for age 21+.

Kentucky Derby party

May 4, 2019
10 miles north
Dress up for Derby Day, which has a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, food, beverages, live music, an auction, and casino games at Chastain Horse Park.

Party for the puppies

May 4, 2019
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
10.5 miles NE
Party for the Paws features food trucks, a beer station, live music, a photo booth, vendors, and adoptable dogs at Puppy Haven in Brookhaven to support charity.

Snellville festival

May 4 - 5, 2019
26 miles NE
Snellville Days
Snellville Days features arts and crafts, food booths, and live entertainment at Briscoe Park. Free admission. Free shuttle bus on Saturday.

Pet party in the park

May 4 - 5, 2019
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. Held in May and September. Free.

Small-town art fair

May 4 - 5, 2019
40.5 miles north
Canton Festival of the Arts showcases painting, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, woodwork, textiles, and glass from 50 artists, with a kids’ zone, a plant sale, a food court, beer, wine, and entertainment. Free.

Cotton Pickin’ Fair

May 4 - 5, 2019
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. No pets. Repeats in Oct.

Picnic in the Park

May 5, 2019
(1 to 4 p.m.)
3.5 miles SW
Your ticket to Picnic in the Park includes a three-course picnic lunch and dessert from local restaurants, live music, lawn games, and optional beer and wine at Adair Park I to support charity.

Renaissance festival

May 4 - June 2, 2019
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.

Charity wine & whiskey auction

May 8, 2019
(7 p.m.)
7 miles north
A $50 ticket to Tower Lights Wine & Whiskey Auction gets you four drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to bid for wine and whiskey in a silent auction at The Estate in Buckhead for age 21+.

Visit a designer home

May 9 - June 2, 2019
5.9 miles north
Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens is a tour of a newly built Buckhead residence featuring the talents and creativity of 20 interior designers plus landscape architects. Also see related events. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Decatur Lantern Parade

May 10, 2019
(9 p.m.)
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.

Electronic music festival

May 10 - 11, 2019
1.3 miles NE
Shaky Beats Music Festival has 50 bands on four stages, bars, food trucks, and an art market in Central Park for age 18+.

BBQ & fireworks festival

May 10 - 11, 2019
32 miles NW
Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival has food vendors, live music, a kids’ zone, cooking competitions, and dance performances at Cauble Park in Acworth. Free entry.

Pink champagne party

May 11, 2019
1.8 miles NE
Dress in pink and white for La Fête du Rosé. Your ticket includes a bottle of rosé wine, live music, and art installations at Fourth Ward Park for age 21+. Snacks for sale or pre-order a picnic box.

Mother’s Day in Riverdale

May 11, 2019
(11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
15.5 miles south
Hattitude Mother’s Day Brunch includes a meal and entertainment at Riverdale Town Center.

New art festival in Marietta

May 11, 2019
18.5 miles NW
Celebrate the Mountain to River Trail, which goes from Kennesaw Mountain to Atlanta, at the M2R Trailfest. It features art performances, live music, food trucks, and visual installations spread along two miles of the trail in Marietta. Free.

Marietta garden tour

May 11, 2019
26 miles NW
Visit six inspiring gardens and meet Master Gardener volunteers on the Garden Tour [formerly called Through the Garden Gate]. See the map and brochure.

Dog festival

May 11, 2019
30.7 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 Lawrenceville Lawn. Free.

Mother’s Day Brunch - Gainesville

May 11, 2019
(11 a.m. & 1 p.m.)
58 miles NE
Enjoy a fine buffet with a no-host bar at the Mother’s Day Brunch, with admission included to the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville.

Mother’s Day - garden tour

May 11 - 12, 2019
Atlanta locations
See 10 spectacular private gardens on Mother’s Day weekend at Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour.

Sweet Auburn festival

May 11 - 12, 2019
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 11 - 12, 2019
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 11 - 12, 2019
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 11 - 12, 2019
16 miles north
Dunwoody Art Festival features 170 artists’ booths, a food court, a kids’ zone, and live music on a closed stretch of Dunwoody Village Parkway. Free.

Indian festival

May 11 - 12, 2019
38 miles north
Cherokee County Indian Festival and Pow Wow features native dancing, drumming, singing, and storytelling, plus arts and crafts, food vendors, pony rides, animal shows, and native skills demonstrations in Canton. No pets.

Bicycle festival

May 11 - 17, 2019
Atlanta locations
The Atlanta Cycling Festival offers bike rides, classes, and parties for riders of all ages and abilities.

Mother’s Day brunch

May 12, 2019
0 miles
If money is no object, consider taking Mom to the decadent Mother’s Day Brunch at the Ritz Carlton.

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 12, 2019
Atlanta area
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day at the zoo

May 12, 2019
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 12, 2019
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.

Cinco de Mayo

May 12, 2019
(12 to 8 p.m.)
23.2 miles NE
La Raza Fest is a big Cinco de Mayo event with Latin recording artists, Mexican folk dancers, mariachi music, and food vendors at Gwinnett Place Mall. Free.

Adult science night

May 14, 2019
(6 to 9 p.m.)
0.5 miles NW
Science on Tap begins with a reception at 6 p.m. that includes light hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine, followed by a science presentation at 7 p.m., and ending with a question and answer session at Georgia Aquarium for age 21+.

Monthly family festival

May 16, 2019
(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.

Greek festival

May 17 - 19, 2019
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.

Tasting event

May 18, 2019
2.5 miles NE
Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival includes wine tasting, craft beer, live music, and food for sale. It will be held twice in 2019:
  • May 18 - Historic Fourth Ward Park
  • Nov. 9 - Park Tavern in Piedmont Park

East Atlanta beer festival

May 18, 2019
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.

Pub crawl in Decatur

May 18, 2019
6.5 miles NE
Buildings Art and Brew “combines contemporary art and the historic buildings of Decatur all with a side of beer along the way” as you visit six bars located in historic buildings and drink a beer at each one.

Mimosa party in Roswell

May 18, 2019
(1 to 5 p.m.)
21 miles north
A ticket to Roswell Mimosa Festival includes unlimited mimosas, bloody Marys, punch, beer, and wine, with food for sale at Bulloch Hall for age 21+.

Vegan festival

May 18, 2019
25 miles NE
“Discover diverse vegan and vegetarian cuisine while shopping with local artisans” at the Indie Green Festival, which also has guest speakers, entertainment, and a kids’ zone at Duluth Town Green.

Free kids’ event

May 18, 2019
(10 a.m. to noon)
31.4 miles NE
The name says it all. Kids can Touch-A-Truck & Meet-A-Princess while you take their photos at Notre Dame Academy in Duluth. The trucks will be outdoors and Moana will be indoors. Free.

Seniors expo

May 18, 2019
32 miles NE
Generations Expo has health screenings and service vendors (health, finance, education, travel, housing) at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville for ages 50+. Free.

Malcolm X Festival

May 18 - 19, 2019
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.

Kirkwood festival

May 18 - 19, 2019
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.

Green expo

May 18 - 19, 2019
11 miles NW
Alive! Expo offers natural products and organic foods, green-lifestyle lectures, workshops, and health & wellness vendors at Cobb Galleria Centre.

Art, wine, and jazz

May 18 - 19, 2019
64 miles north
Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival features artists’ booths, a wine garden, and live jazz in Dahlonega.

Circus in Marietta

May 18 - 27, 2019
23 miles NW
See an 80-minute circus with clowns, elephants, motorcycles, and acrobats plus a carnival midway with rides and food vendors, and Saturday evening fireworks at Yaarab Shrine Circus in Jim R. Miller Park.

Concerts in Alpharetta parks

May 18 - Sept. 14, 2019
(Saturdays 7:30 p.m.)
24.9 miles north
Bring a blanket and a picnic to hear “family-friendly performances by different Alpharetta based entertainment groups” at Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series. Free.

Garden tour

May 19, 2019
(12 to 5 p.m.)
1.9 miles NE
Midtown Garden Stroll is a self-guided walk through “some of Midtown’s most impressive private gardens.” See the map. Free.

Comics & games

May 23 - 26, 2019
0.5 miles west
MomoCon is an animation, anime, comic, and gaming convention at Georgia World Congress Center.

Science-fiction convention

May 24 - 26, 2019
7.5 miles north
Treklanta offers panels, vendors, and celebrity guests for fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and Babylon 5 at Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel.

Memorial Day at the beach

May 24 - 26, 2019
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.

Memorial Day at the mountain

May 24 - 27, 2019
19 miles east
Memorial Day Weekend includes live music, a patriotic laser show, and fireworks at Stone Mountain Park. Discount for active and retired military.

Concerts in the Garden

May 24 - Aug. 25, 2019
2.5 miles NE
See national acts at Concerts in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. You can pre-order food on the website. The concerts on July 27 & Aug. 25 are in Gainesville.

Free concerts in Sandy Springs

May 24 - Sept. 27, 2019
(Fridays 6:30 p.m.)
14.6 miles north
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, food and drinks (except alcohol, which is sold onsite), and money for food trucks to City Green Live for free concerts on select Fridays.

Free Memorial Day events

May 25, 2019
multiple locations

Brew at the zoo

May 25, 2019
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+.

Caribbean carnival

May 25 - 26, 2019
Central Park is 1.3 miles NE
Atlanta Caribbean Carnival [website has sound] celebrates Caribbean culture, cuisine, and costumes with a parade (Saturday noon) to the festival village at Central Park. The village is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Jazz Festival

May 25 - 26, 2019
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 - 26, 2019
(art walk May 24)
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.

Alpharetta art festival

May 25 - 27, 2019
25 miles north
Alpharetta Arts Streetfest offers art, live jazz and acoustic music, cultural arts performances, children’s activities, and food booths. Free.

Free movies - parks

May 25 - Sept. 6, 2019
multiple locations
See free films outdoors at Georgia Movies in the Park in Canton, Cumming, and Dawsonville.

Free movies - Mableton

May 29 - July 24, 2019
14 miles NW
See an outdoor movie at the Free Movie Series at Mable House Amphitheatre.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

May 30 - June 2, 2019
2 miles north
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival celebrates cuisine of the South and other southern regions of the world with tasting tents, full meals, and classes in and near Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown for age 21+.

Game festival

May 30 - June 2, 2019
26 miles north
Enjoy playing board games for four days at the Atlanta Game Fest at Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta. Repeats in Oct.

Free movies - Atlantic Station

May 30 - June 27, 2019
Atlanta city parks
Watch Movies in the District beginning at dusk (usually 8:30 p.m.). It’s best to arrive early with a blanket or lawn chair. Free.

Candler Park festival

May 31 - June 1, 2019
3.5 miles east
Candler Park Music & Food Festival has a first-rate music lineup, food trucks, full bars, and arts & crafts vendors. No pets.

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