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Atlanta events May 2020

Film festival

May 1 - 10, 2020
(begins April 30)
Atlanta locations
The Atlanta Film Festival shows a wide variety of films, mostly at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages Theatre.

Kentucky Derby party

May 2, 2020
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 2, 2020
(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 2 - 3, 2020
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.

Small-town art fair

May 2 - 3, 2020
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 2 - 3, 2020
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.

Renaissance festival

May 2 - June 7, 2020
(begins April 18)
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.

Taste of Alpharetta

May 7, 2020
(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.

BBQ & fireworks festival

May 8 - 9, 2020
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.

Marietta garden tour

May 9, 2020
26 miles NW
Visit six inspiring gardens and meet Master Gardener volunteers on the Garden Tour. See the map and brochure.

Mother’s Day - garden tour

May 9 - 10, 2020
Atlanta locations
See 10 spectacular private gardens on Mother’s Day weekend at Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour.

Sweet Auburn festival

May 9 - 10, 2020
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 9 - 10, 2020
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 9 - 10, 2020
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 9 - 10, 2020
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 9 - 10, 2020
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 10, 2020
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 10, 2020
Atlanta area
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day mansion tour

May 10, 2020
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 15 - 17, 2020
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.

East Atlanta beer festival

May 16, 2020
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.

Kirkwood festival

May 16, 2020
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.

Seniors expo

May 16, 2020
(10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
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.

Mini train ride

May 16, 2020
(1 to 4:30 p.m.)
32.2 miles east
Pay $2 cash to ride a miniature train at North Georgia Live Steamers in Conyers. Minimum age is 18 months.

Air show

May 16 - 17, 2020
35.7 miles SW
Atlanta Air Show promises “some of the nation’s top military and civilian air show performers” at Atlanta Regional Airport in Peachtree City, with aircraft and helicopters displayed on the infield.

Art, wine, and jazz

May 16 - 17, 2020
64 miles north
Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival features artists’ booths, a wine garden, and live jazz in Dahlonega.

Garden tour

May 17, 2020
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.

Monthly family festival

May 21, 2020
(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 shuttle (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.

Comics & games

May 21 - 24, 2020
0.5 miles west
MomoCon is an animation, anime, comic, and gaming convention at Georgia World Congress Center.

Jazz Festival

May 22 - 24, 2020
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.

Memorial Day at the beach

May 22 - 24, 2020
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 22 - 25, 2020
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.

Caribbean carnival

May 23, 2020
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.

Brew at the zoo

May 23, 2020
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+.

Duluth art festival

May 23 - 24, 2020
25 miles NE
Duluth Spring Arts Festival offers art vendors, art demonstrations, live acoustic music, a children’s play area, and food trucks on Duluth Town Green. Free.

Alpharetta art festival

May 23 - 25, 2020
25 miles north
Alpharetta Arts Streetfest offers art, live jazz and acoustic music, cultural arts performances, children’s activities, and food booths. Free.

Bicycle festival

May 2020
(undated)
Atlanta locations
The Atlanta Cycling Festival offers bike rides, classes, and parties for riders of all ages and abilities.

Free movies - Atlantic Station

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Free movies - parks

May 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
See free films outdoors at Georgia Movies in the Park in Canton, Cumming, and Dawsonville.

Shaky Knees Music Festival

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Electronic music festival

May 2020
(undated)
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+.

Pink champagne party

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

May 2020
(undated)
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+.

Cinco de Mayo bar crawl

May 2020
(undated)
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+.

Concerts in the Garden

May 2020
(undated)
2.5 miles NE
See national acts at Concerts in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. You can’t bring food or drinks, but you can pre-order food on the website.

Garden party for adults

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Candler Park festival

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Picnic in the Park

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Malcolm X Festival

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Visit a designer home

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Pub crawl in Decatur

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Decatur Lantern Parade

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Charity wine & whiskey auction

May 2020
(undated)
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+.

Science-fiction festival

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Green expo

May 2020
(undated)
11 miles NW
Alive! Expo offers natural products and organic foods, green-lifestyle lectures, workshops, and health & wellness vendors at Cobb Galleria Centre.

Free movies - Mableton

May 2020
(undated)
14 miles NW
Watch a movie outdoors at the Free Movie Series at Mable House Amphitheatre. The doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk.

Free concerts in Sandy Springs

May 2020
(undated)
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. Food trucks arrive at 6:30, and the band plays at 7:30 p.m.

New art festival in Marietta

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Mimosa party in Roswell

May 2020
(undated)
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+.

Concerts in Alpharetta parks

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Vegan festival

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Pet party in the park

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Mother’s Day at the zoo

May 2020
(undated)
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 glassblowing

May 2020
(undated)
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+.

Mother’s Day in Riverdale

May 2020
(undated)
15.5 miles south
Hattitude Mother’s Day Brunch includes a meal and entertainment at Riverdale Town Center.

Cinco de Mayo

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Mother’s Day Brunch - Gainesville

May 2020
(undated)
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.

Free Memorial Day events

May 2020
(undated)
multiple locations

Decatur Arts Festival

May 2020
(undated)
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 2020
(undated)
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.

Circus in Marietta

May 2020
(undated)
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.

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