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.

Comedy festival

May 1 - 8, 2017

Atlanta locations

See 101 comedians in a dozen venues at the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival.


May 1 - Aug. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Taste of Alpharetta

May 4, 2017 (5 to 10 p.m.)

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.

Designer home

May 4 - 14, 2017 (begins April 20)

9.1 miles north

Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens is a tour of a classic 1960s estate in Buckhead’s Kingswood neighborhood featuring the talents and creativity of 25 designers from the southeast. Also see related events. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Shakespeare comedy

May 4 - 21, 2017

0.6 miles north

A fast, funny, and wild play by William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors features slapstick comedy about mistaken identity at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. Discount tickets $10 to $17.

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+.

Irish Riverdance

May 5 - 7, 2017

1 mile north

Riverdance is an exhilarating celebration of Irish music, song, and dance at Fox Theatre. Discount tickets $44 to $101 including fees.

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.

Fun short plays

May 5 - 14, 2017

8 miles NE

Spring Shorts is a series of nine one-act plays at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur. Discount tickets $9.


May 5 - 27, 2017

1 mile east

Professional magician Peter Morrison performs classic magic and comedy at the Atlanta Magic Theater. Discount tickets $10 to $23.

Free movies

May 6, 2017 at dusk (also April & Aug.)

3 miles NE

Family friendly Flick-Nic is outdoors in Candler Park.
  • May 6 - Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

East Point festival

May 6, 2017 (3 to 9 p.m.)

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.

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 (7:30 p.m., VIP 6:30)

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 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 at Georgia Renaissance Festival, a medieval amusement park with entertainment on weekends and Memorial Day in Fairburn. Discount tickets $15.

Improvised comedy

May 11 - 13, 2017

1.2 miles SE

Village Theatre hosts seven local comedy groups, six national comedy groups, and three celebrity comedians during the Atlanta Improv Festival.

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

2.2 miles SE

Pick’n in Grant Park has a BBQ contest, 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.

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.

Celebrate families day

May 13, 2017 (12 to 3 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Family Ties promises carnival-like activities and games that celebrate family structures of all types (create a family tree, design a family collage, or build a house) at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Free to age 18 with a paying adult.

Pop-erotica show

May 13, 2017 (6 and 9 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+. Discount tickets $10 to $20.

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.

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.

Sweet Auburn festival

May 13 - 14, 2017

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 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.


May 14, 2017 (6 p.m.)

0.8 miles SW

Rub-A-Dub is reggae music (ska, rocksteady, lovers rock, Roots, dub, and dancehall) with live DJ sets and live music at WildPitch Music Hall. Discount tickets $5.

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 jazz brunch

May 14, 2017 (12 to 3 p.m.)

18.6 miles NE

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet & Live Jazz is a buffet with live music by William Hartford Lee at Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross.

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.

Cinco de Mayo

May 14, 2017 (12 to 8 p.m.)

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.

The making of Peter Pan

May 16 - 21, 2017

1 mile north

Based on the film starring Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland is a magical story about how Peter Pan was created, at Fox Theatre. Discount tickets $34 to $74.

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.

East Atlanta beer festival

May 20, 2017 (1 to 5 p.m.)

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.

Chicken wings festival

May 20, 2017 (12 to 8 p.m.)

10 miles NE

Slingin’ Wings Festival promises restaurant food, a beer garden, and live local music at Brookhaven Park.

Taste of Brookhaven

May 20, 2017 (3 to 7 p.m.)

10 miles NE

A ticket to Taste of Town Brookhaven includes five samples from restaurants, with DJ music, cooking demonstrations, and beer and wine for sale on the green.

Family wellness festival

May 20, 2017

31 miles NE

Spring Into Summer at 5 p.m. features wellness exhibitors and family activities, plus a 3K glow-in-the-dark walk/run for $10 at 8:15 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.

Malcolm X Festival

May 20 - 21, 2017 (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 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 $7.50.

Art, wine, and jazz

May 20 - 21, 2017

64 miles north

Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival features artists’ booths, a wine garden, and live jazz in Dahlonega.

Circus in Marietta

May 20 - 29, 2017

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.

Princess tea

May 21, 2017 (2 to 4 p.m.)

9 miles north

Mommy and Me Princess Tea is a benefit with tea, lemonade, treats, and a stage show by Disney dressed princesses at The Buckhead Theatre.

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.

Shakespeare comedy

May 25 - June 11, 2017

0.6 miles north

Two friends love the same woman in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare’s comedy about first love by Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Discount tickets $8 to $17.

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 route) 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

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