Atlanta events May 2018. Things to do in Atlanta.

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Atlanta events May 2018

Change your life

May 1, 2018
(7:30 p.m.)
1 mile north
Iyanla Vanzant hosts the life changing TV show “Iyanla, Fix My Life” and counts Oprah as a fan. In a workshop at Fox Theatre, she’ll lead you through meditations and exercises to help you overcome negative thought patterns and “heal the hard stuff.”

Ticket deal $45

Visit a designer home

May 1 - 13, 2018
(begins April 19)
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.
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Taste of the Nation

May 3, 2018
11 miles NW
Enjoy gourmet food, fine wine, beer, cocktails, local music, and a silent auction at Atlanta’s Taste of the Nation for $250 at Cobb Galleria Centre for age 21+.

Taste of Alpharetta

May 3, 2018
(5 to 10 p.m.)
25 miles north
Taste of Alpharetta has 60 restaurants selling tastes, chef competitions, a fun zone, and a music stage with rock, folk, and R&B bands. Free entry.

Flamenco music: Gipsy Kings

May 4, 2018
(8 p.m.)
16 miles SW
The Gipsy Kings play an irresistible blend of deep-heated flamenco, Catalan rumba, salsa, and pop at Wolf Creek Amphitheater.

Ticket deal $35 to $50

Motown music

May 4, 2018
(8 p.m.)
16.5 miles west
Hear the best of the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, etc. when the Legends Collection performs Motown & More at Seven Seas Event Hall in Austell.

Ticket deal $10

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. Rules.

Science-fiction festival

May 4 - 6, 2018
(movie May 3)
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.

Mother’s Day glassblowing

May 4 - 27, 2018
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+.

Pink champagne party

May 5, 2018
(12 to 8 p.m.)
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.

Ticket deal 2 for $70

Electronic dance music

May 5, 2018
(10 p.m.)
2 miles north
Dance dance dance to EDM when the popular duo Barely Alive performs at Opera Nightclub for age 18+.

Ticket deal $5 to $13

Beer & barbecue in the park

May 5, 2018
(1 p.m., VIP noon)
2.7 miles north
A ticket to Hogs and Hops includes beer, BBQ, a food sample, and live music at Atlantic Station. (This is the adults-only afternoon session of the Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival.)

Magic show

May 5, 2018
(8 p.m.)
3 miles NE
Watch three magicians perform with a combination of magic, mentalism, and humor at Atlanta Magic Night at Red Light Cafe.

Ticket deal $7.50

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 casino games at Chastain Horse Park.

Beer festival

May 5, 2018
(1 p.m., VIP noon)
34 miles NE
Gwinnett Beer Fest features 150 craft beers, margaritas, live music, food trucks, and games at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville for age 21+.

Kids’ obstacle race

May 5, 2018
45 miles NE
Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles during the Kids Obstacle Challenge at Lanier Islands. Parents can race for free.

Barbecue festival

May 5 - 6, 2018
2.7 miles north
Watch 30 teams compete, hear music, drink beer and bourbon, buy BBQ supplies, and visit a kids’ village at the Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival at Atlantic Station.

Ticket deal $5

Snellville festival

May 5 - 6, 2018
26 miles NE
Snellville Days features arts and crafts, food booths, and live entertainment at Briscoe Park. Free admission. Free shuttle bus on Saturday.

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. Held in May and September. 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.

Ticket deal $17

Picnic for a purpose

May 6, 2018
(1 to 4 p.m.)
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.

Picnic in the Park

May 6, 2018
(1 to 4 p.m.)
1.8 miles NE
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 Historic Fourth Ward Park.

International fashion show

May 6, 2018
(5 to 7:30 p.m.)
13.9 miles north
Watch Moms walk down the runway in designer clothes at the International Mothers Fashion Soiree at Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter.

Barbecue tasting

May 6, 2018
(3 to 5 p.m.)
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.

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, which features a “prom night” theme for age 21+. Buy tickets online because none will be sold at the door.

Decatur Lantern Parade

May 11, 2018
(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.

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+.

Murder mystery

May 11 - 20, 2018
39 miles north
Set in foggy London, Angel Street is a psychological thriller about a suave husband, a wife on edge, and a detective trying to solve a mystery at Canton Theatre.

Ticket deal $9

Dinosaur comedy for adults

May 11 - 26, 2018
16.4 miles SW
You’ve seen Jurassic Park, now check out Triassic Parq “a raucous retelling of that famous dinosaur-themed film, this time seen from the dinos’ point of view” with adult humor at Out of Box Theatre in Marietta.

Ticket deal $15

Pop-erotica show

May 12, 2018
(6 p.m.)
1.8 miles NW
The Sweet Spot is a high-energy celebration of the sexy arts that includes spoken word, burlesque dance, body painting, comedy, fashion, and DJ music at 595 North Event Center for age 21+.

Ticket deal $10 to $20

Chicken wings festival

May 12, 2018
(noon to 8 p.m.)
10 miles NE
Slingin’ Wings Festival promises restaurant food, a beer garden, and live local music at Brookhaven Park.

Greek wine & food class

May 12, 2018
(7 to 9:30 p.m.)
14.6 miles north
Begin with wine and appetizer dips, help the chef prepare chicken skewers and lamb meatballs, and then enjoy dinner with wine at $79 Global Cooking & Wine Pairing Series at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.

Marietta garden tour

May 12, 2018
26 miles NW
See inspiring gardens and parks maintained by Master Gardener volunteers on the Garden Tour [formerly called Through the Garden Gate].

Mother’s Day Brunch - Gainesville

May 12, 2018
(11 a.m. & 1 p.m.)
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.

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.

Magic show

May 12 - 13, 2018
0.4 miles west
Ivan Amodei involves the audience in his entertaining 90-minute magic show Intimate Illusions, with live cello accompaniment at Omni Atlanta Hotel.

Ticket deal $25 to $65

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.

Indian festival

May 12 - 13, 2018
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.

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 comedy dinner

May 13, 2018
(7 to 9 p.m.)
18.6 miles NE
Mother’s Day Dinner with Rodney Perry is a three-course dinner and show at Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross for age 21+.

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.

Cinco de Mayo

May 13, 2018
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.

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.

Prize-winning black drama

May 17 - June 3, 2018
18.6 miles NW
Fences is August Wilson’s powerful drama about a black man and his family who deal with challenges and a new spirit of liberation in the 1960s, at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square.

Ticket deal $20

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.

Family music concert

May 19, 2018
(3 to 5:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles SE
Black-Tie Children’s Concert begins at 3 p.m. with a dress-up party, including DJ music, treats, and photos on the red carpet. At 4 p.m., Orchestra Noir introduces instruments and plays a range of music from classical to pop in the main hall at Loudermilk Conference Center for age 4+.

Ticket deal $18

East Atlanta beer festival

May 19, 2018 (1 p.m., VIP noon)
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.

Air show

May 19, 2018
(12 to 5 p.m.)
11.1 miles NE
Good Neighbor Day Airshow and Open House features airplanes up close and in the air, aerobatics, vendors, and rides for sale at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. Free except parking.

Powerful poetry

May 19, 2018
(3 to 5 p.m.)
18.8 miles NE
Experience a 1920s speakeasy at Southern Renaissance, which features “performance poetry with a vintage flair, chic burlesque dancing, and live music” plus cocktails for sale at Orange Box Theater in Tucker.

Ticket deal $25 (VIP $38)

Beer & wine festival

May 19, 2018
(1 to 5 p.m.)
23 miles NE
A ticket to Lilburn Beer & Wine Fest includes samples of 100 beers and ciders plus 25 wines, with live music and food vendors in Lilburn City Park for age 21+.

Dog festival

May 19, 2018
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.

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.

Kirkwood festival

May 19 - 20, 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.

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.

Comedy about dating

May 24 - June 3, 2018
2.5 miles east
First Date is a funny romantic musical celebrating the search for love with humor & optimism at 7 Stages.

Ticket deal $13 on Thursdays

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
9.8 miles NE
Treklanta offers panels, vendors, and celebrity guests for fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and Babylon 5 at Atlanta Marriott Century Center.

Memorial Day at the beach

May 25 - 27, 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.

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.

Brew at the zoo

May 26, 2018
(5:30, VIP 4:30 p.m.)
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 26 - 27, 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.

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.

Jazz Festival

May 26 - 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.

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.

Free movies

May 26 - Sept. 15, 2018
multiple locations
See free films outdoors at Georgia Movies in the Park in Canton, Cumming, and Dawsonville.

Memorial Day ceremonies

May 28, 2018
multiple locations

Gospel musical

May 30 - June 6, 2018
13 miles SW
Crowns follows six black women in the South who share stories of love, loss, and sisterhood in dynamic gospel songs at Southwest Arts Center.

Ticket deal $25

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+.

New Peter Pan

May 31 - Aug. 26, 2018
32 miles SW
Peter Pan is a new version of the famous story about Peter, Wendy, Tinkerbell, pixie dust, and pirates at Serenbe Playhouse in Chattahoochee Hills.

Ticket deal $9

Free movies

May 2018
3 miles NE
Family friendly Flick-Nic begins with “picnic festivities and music” an hour before dusk in Candler Park.

Fun short plays

May 2018
8 miles NE
Spring Shorts is a series of nine one-act plays at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.