Atlanta events May 2018. Things to do in Atlanta.

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Atlanta events May 2018

Charity wine & whiskey auction

May 3, 2018
(7:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
7 miles north
A $50 ticket to Tower Lights Wine & Whiskey Auction gets you wine, beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to bid for wine and whiskey in a silent auction at the Estate in Buckhead.

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.
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Visit a designer home

May 3 - 13, 2018
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.

Tequila bar crawl

May 4, 2018
(7 to 11:30 p.m.)
9.4 miles north
A ticket to Tacos & Tequila Buckhead Block Party gets you into 15 bars, with some free shots plus food and drink specials, starting at Buckhead Saloon, age 21+.

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.

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.)

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.

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
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. On the ticket page, enter “castle” in promo box to save 10% on adult or child.

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 to support charity.

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 pig, brisket, and chiken) plus side items, beer, and wine at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.

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 dance performances at Cauble Park in Acworth. Free entry.

Electronic music festival

May 11 - 13, 2018
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+.

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.

Mother’s Day in Riverdale

May 12, 2018
(11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
15.5 miles south
Hatitude: Mother’s Day Brunch includes a meal and entertainment at Riverdale Town Center.

Marietta garden tour

May 12, 2018
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.

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.

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
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 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 brunch

May 13, 2018
(10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
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 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 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
(1 to 4 p.m.)
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
(12 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.

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.

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.

Free movies - Candler Park

May 19, 2018
3 miles NE
Family friendly Flick-Nic begins with “picnic festivities and music” an hour before dusk in Candler Park.
  • May 19 - Wonder

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.

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.

Free kids’ event

May 19, 2018
(10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
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. 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.

Small-town art fair

May 19 - 20, 2018
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.

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.

Garden tour

May 20, 2018
(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 24 - 27, 2018
0.5 miles west
MomoCon is an animation, anime, comic, and gaming convention at Georgia World Congress Center.

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 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.

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.

Free Memorial Day events

May 26 & 28, 2018
multiple locations
  • May 26 - Memorial Day Service includes a singer, a speaker, and a ceremony at 6 p.m. on Duluth Town Green.
  • May 28 - Memorial Day Ceremony has displays, a band, a speaker, and a military ceremony at Roswell City Hall.
  • May 28 - Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Smyrna, followed by a ceremony at Wright Municipal Park.

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 - parks

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

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 tasting tents, full meals, and classes in and near Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown for age 21+.