Top 18 Atlanta Happenings This Weekend

From new flavors all over town to two iconic Home Tours, we have you covered with the Top Happenings Around Atlanta This Weekend: Thursday, May 18th – Sunday, May 21st, 2017.

With 18 unique events all over town, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to take in all the beauty of the city with our list of the Top 18 Atlanta Happenings This Weekend!

This weekend offers an exciting variety of springtime fun from several food and beer festivals to art, flavor, music, and design. Explore a new neighborhood – or even explore new art and flavor within your own! Whatever you decide, Atlanta has enough excitement to feel like an exciting oasis right at home.

  1. Alpharetta Food Truck Alley
    Thursday | May 18th
    Alpharetta
    The Alpharetta Food Truck Alley will feature 11 of Atlanta’s premier food trucks, local shopping, a live band, bouncy fun for the kids – and of course beverages for the adults! Invite your friends to taste some of your favorite foods and meet the newest trucks on the block!
  2. Cocktails in the Garden
    Thursday | May 18th
    Atlanta Botanical Garden
    Atlanta’s most beautiful cocktail party features specialty cocktails, live music and entertainment, games, and an after-hours look at The Curious Garden! Throughout Cocktails in the Garden, guests are also invited to make dinner reservations at the beautiful Garden restaurant, Longleaf.
  3. Movies in Central Park
    Thursday | May 18th
    Atlantic Station
    Part of our 2017 Guide to Atlanta’s Best Summer Movies, this Thursday evening features Tremors at Central Park in Atlantic Station. Grab a bite to eat, pack some blankets, and enjoy an outdoor movie with the whole family!
  4. Marietta Greek Festival
    Friday – Sunday | May 19th – 21st
    Marietta
    Explore Greece as you jump, play, taste, cook, and dance your way through the Marietta Greek Festival! Highlights include: authentic Greek food, incredible performances, Greek Marketplace, interactive dances, demonstrations, and 3 days worth of family fun!
  5. Avalon Nights Live
    Friday | May 19th
    Avalon · Alpharetta
    Kick back and unwind after a long week with live music at Avalon Nights Live! This Friday features the high-energy showmanship and down-to-earth charm of Wesley Cook! Listeners are sure to hear the familiar world and rhythmic influences of Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, Jason Mraz and many more in his music, although he captures a sound that is very much his own. 
  6. Tap into Georgia
    Saturday | May 20th
    Dunwoody Nature Center
    Guests 21 and over will celebrate local beer makers with over 100 beers, cider, mead, and wine – all from Georgia. In addition to all the Georgia libations you can sample, the event will feature live music from The Geeks, food, and fun!
  7. Dunwoody Nature Concerts in the Park
    Saturday| May 20th
    Dunwoody Nature Center
    Continue the fun well into the evening with the FREE concert series at Dunwoody Nature Center! Bring your chair, blanket, and picnic dinner as you cool off with a rotation of select craft beers in the Meadow. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis across Dunwoody Nature Center’s beautiful meadow and back porch of the new deck.
  8. Atlanta Margarita + Taco Festival
    Saturday | May 20th
    Grant Park
    Experience the the best specialty margaritas and tacos in the Southeast! With 10 margarita bars, roughly 20 vendors at the Artist Market, and even flavor-changing ice cubes – there will be something for everyone at the festival! Take in the beauty of historic Grant Park as you listen to live music, cool down with a specialty margarita, and shop among home goods, jewelry, handmade art, and much more. 
  9. Slingin’ Wings Festival
    Saturday | May 20th
    Brookhaven Park
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    estaurants from all over Atlanta will be slingin’ wings all day long for your tasting pleasure. Come out for a full day of good eats, frosty brews, a Beer Garden, live music, and all sorts of fun activities!
  10. Taste of Town Brookhaven
    Saturday | May 20th
    Town Brookhaven
    It’s the toast of the town! The 3rd annual event celebrates culinary delights from a collection of its very own restaurants with tastings, live demonstrations, music, prizes, and more. Make your way to the Green Space at Town Brookhaven as you relish in the flavor of tastings from local restaurants alongside delicious wine and beer. Want to recreate the flavor at home? Cooking demonstrations will be provided by local restaurateurs, celebrity chefs, and participating restaurants.
  11. East Atlanta Craft Beer Festival
    Saturday | May 20th
    Brownwood Park
    Lounge under the beautiful old trees of East Atlanta Village as you sip on delicious craft beer and enjoy music, food vendors, and plenty of room to relax! Tickets include access to 200+ beers with VIP options available.
  12. Decatur Concerts on the Square
    Saturday | May 20th
    Decatur
    Unwind after a long week and bring your friends and family along to enjoy the beautiful evenings of late Spring and early Summer. Set against the scenic backdrop of the Community Square, the concert series is a great time to pack a picnic or purchase a delicious meal from a nearby restaurant while enjoying the live performances from a variety of artists each week.
  13. Grant Park Spring Tour of Homes
    Saturday – Sunday | May 20th -21st
    Grant Park
    Grant Park residents welcome you to tour their homes and gardens throughout the neighborhood. Join the community and explore the homes, businesses, and historic sites of Atlanta’s original streetcar suburb. Tour guests will also receive a complimentary tour booklet full of coupons and specials to bring back on your next visit to Grant Park!
  14. Kirkwood Spring Fling Festival & Tour of Homes
    Saturday – Sunday | May 20th – 21st
    Decatur
    Start the weekend off with the Festival 5K, stroll through the artists market, and catch some live music! Kids can work up an appetite at the kids area before enjoying delicious food from local vendors or at the BBQ competition. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome!
  15. Dixie Purvis Solo Show
    Through May 27th
    Anne Irwin Fine Art
    Anne Irwin Fine Art proudly presents abstract painter, Dixie Taylor Purvis! The solo show will showcase Purvis’ remarkable abstracts, highlighting her bold colors and strong, varied marks.
  16. Memorable Events at Atlanta Botanical Garden
    Thursday – Sunday | May 18th – 21st
    Atlanta Botanical Garden

    This weekend, Atlanta Botanical Garden will host a variety of exciting events! The Curious Garden exhibit features 11 site-specific installations created to share a story about the Garden’s plant collections and plant conservation work. Garden Chef Demos showcase fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs in simple and mouthwatering recipes. And enjoy the warm spring air of the woodlands, and explore a detailed palette of plants at Wine in the Woodlands!
  17. WonderRoot Artists Market
    Sunday | May 7th
    Ponce City Market

    Featuring 40 artists each week, WonderRoot hosts an active market for creative people to sustain themselves and illuminate their skills. The Shed at Ponce City Market is a covered platform off of the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail, making the Artists Market easily accessible for a lovely afternoon of shopping and browsing.
  18. Explore a Farmer’s Market!
    Metro Atlanta
    We’ve compiled a list of 17 Must-See Farmer’s Markets in 2017! Whether you are looking for some local food, a leisurely Saturday morning excursion, or unique wares, we have you covered.