Atlanta events for May 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

Taste of Alpharetta

May 4, 2017

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.

Cocktails at the aquarium

May 5, 2017

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.

Electronic music festival

May 5 - 7, 2017

0.3 miles west

Shaky Beats has 40 bands on three stages, bars, a food court, and an art market in Centennial Olympic Park for age 18+.

Science-fiction festival

May 5 - 7, 2017

9 miles NE

Fans of the Doctor Who TV show can meet celebrities, hear talks, watch shows, play games, and go to a Time Lord Party (Friday) and a cabaret (Saturday) at Wholanta [formerly TimeGate] at Marriott Century Center.

Kentucky Derby party

May 6, 2017

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.

Food & music festival

May 6, 2017 (7 to 11 p.m.)

12.8 miles north

Food That Rocks features samples from 20 local restaurants, 3 local bands, and a tent with wine, beer, and cocktail tastes at Hammond Park for $55, age 21+.

Beer festival

May 6, 2017 (1 to 5 p.m.)

34 miles NE

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

Art festival

May 6 - 7, 2017

9 miles north

See the work of 185 artists, hear local acoustic musicians, and visit food vendors at Chastain Park Arts Festival at Chastain Park. Repeats in Nov. Free.

Snellville festival

May 6 - 7, 2017

26 miles NE

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

Pets in the park

May 6 - 7, 2017

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 6 - 7, 2017

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 6 - June 4, 2017 (weekends from April 15)

24 miles SW

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

Decatur Lantern Parade

May 12, 2017 (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 & music festival

May 12 - 13, 2017 (uncertain)

2.2 miles SE

Pick’n in Grant Park has a BBQ contest (no samples), kids’ zone, street vendors, and live music ranging from rock to bluegrass in beautiful Grant Park. No pets.

BBQ & fireworks festival

May 12 - 13, 2017

32 miles NW

Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival includes country music and fireworks Friday night, kids activities and entertainment Saturday, and BBQ both dates at Cauble Park in Acworth. Free entrance.

Shaky Knees Music Festival

May 12 - 14, 2017

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 Centennial Olympic Park. No chairs or pets.

Sweet Auburn festival

May 12 - 14, 2017

0.9 miles east

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

Gem show

May 12 - 14, 2017

17.2 miles NW

The Georgia Mineral Society’s Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, and Fossil Show is Mother’s Day weekend at Cobb Civic Center in Marietta.

East Point dinner show

May 13, 2017 (7 p.m.)

8.5 miles SW

Jazz Age Jeopardy is a 1920s whodunit with a buffet-style dinner, a few glasses of wine, and audience participation solving a crime. Discount tickets $30.

Mableton festival

May 13, 2017

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.

Marietta garden tour

May 13, 2017

26 miles NW

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

Muddy girl run

May 13, 2017

30 miles south

Dirty Girl Mud Run is a 5K obstacle course for women age 14+ at Atlanta Motor Speedway. No pets.

Dog festival

May 13, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

31.4 miles NE

Bring your dog on a leash to Pawfest, which includes a hike, Frisbee demos, contests, food, entertainment, and kids’ activities in Snellville. Free.

Mother’s Day - garden tour

May 13 - 14, 2017

Atlanta locations

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

Mother’s Day - rose show

May 13 - 14, 2017

2.5 miles NE

See the best roses in 65 categories at Atlanta Rose Show in the Day Hall at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Dunwoody Art Festival

May 13 - 14, 2017

15 miles north

Dunwoody Art Festival features 140 artists’ booths, a food court, kids’ zone, and live music. Free.

Arts market in Buford

May 13 - 14, 2017

34.7 miles NE

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

Indian festival

May 13 - 14, 2017

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 14, 2017

Atlanta area

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

Mother’s Day at the zoo

May 14, 2017

4 miles NW

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

Mother’s Day Brunch

May 14, 2017

14 miles north

Enjoy a Mother’s Day Brunch buffet indoors or outside on the patio, which includes a pint-sized kids’ buffet plus games and activities at Villa Christina.

Mother’s Day racing

May 14, 2017

multiple locations

Moms Race Free with the purchase of a race of equal or greater value at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Marietta and Roswell.

Mother’s Day - mansion tour

May 14, 2017

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.

Greek festival

May 19 - 21, 2017

25 miles NW

Enjoy Greek food, music, dancers in costume, and a crafts market at the Marietta Greek Festival at 3431 Trickum Road. No pets.

Elegant car show

May 20, 2017

24 miles NE

See hundreds of timeless cars and motorcycles at The Atlanta Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance, with live jazz, wine tasting, and children’s activities at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek.

Family wellness festival

May 20, 2017

31 miles NE

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

Home tour

May 20 - 21, 2017

2 miles SE

See homes that range from Folk Victorian to Queen Anne on the Historic Grant Park Tour of Homes.

Kirkwood festival

May 20 - 21, 2017

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.

Gluten-free expo

May 20 - 21, 2017

11 miles NW

Sample and purchase products from 100 vendors at Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo at Cobb Galleria Centre.

Discount tickets $12.

Art & wine festival

May 20 - 21, 2017

64 miles north

Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival (formerly Mountain Flower Art Festival) features handmade art, a wine garden, and live music in Dahlonega.

East Atlanta beer festival

May 21, 2017

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.

Comics & games

May 25 - 28, 2017

0.5 miles west

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

Game festival

May 25 - 29, 2017

14.2 miles north

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

Jazz Festival

May 26 - 28, 2017

2 miles NE

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

Memorial Day at the mountain

May 26 - 29, 2017

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 26 - 29, 2017

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 27, 2017

Village is 2 miles NE

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

Brew at the zoo

May 27, 2017

4 miles NW

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

Decatur Arts Festival

May 27 - 28, 2017 (art walk May 26)

6 miles east

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

Alpharetta art festival

May 27 - 29, 2017

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 29, 2017

multiple locations

Cinco de Mayo Party

May 2017 (undated)

0.8 miles SW

Socialize and celebrate with beer, margaritas, and barbecue at the Cinco de Mayo Party at Smoke Ring.

Princess tea

May 2017 (undated)

2.2 miles NE

Mommy and Me Princess Tea is a benefit with tea, lemonade, treats, and a show at The Carter Center.

East Point festival

May 2017 (undated)

8 miles SE

Taste of East Point and the South Metro Area has artists, live music, food trucks, restaurants, beer, and margaritas in downtown East Point. Free.

Taste of Brookhaven

May 2017 (undated)

10 miles NE

Taste of Town Brookhaven includes samples from a dozen restaurants, beer and wine for sale, music, and cooking demonstrations on the green.

Air show

May 2017 (undated)

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.

Woman survivors

May 2017 (undated)

18.5 miles NW

Hear 10 women who survived cancer tell their moving stories of hope and healing at My Second Act at Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

British car show

May 2017 (undated)

23 miles north

The members of a dozen car clubs will park British cars under the shade trees of the Roswell City Hall parking area on Atlanta British Motorcar Day. Free.

Cinco de Mayo

May 2017 (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.

Get painted as you run

May 2017 (undated)

33 miles east

Wear a white shirt and get bombarded by color as you run the Color in Motion 5K at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch

May 2017 (undated)

18.6 miles NE

Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch is a buffet with live music by Suite 10, featuring William Hanford Lee Jr. at Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross.

Circus in Marietta

May 2017 (undated)

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.
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