MLK Day events in Atlanta 2013

Here is our list of events that are taking place on or around Martin Luther King Day 2013.

King Youth Expo and Showcase – The King Youth Expo and Showcase is on Saturday, January 12, 2013.  The event takes place in the MLK Jr. Recreation Center gym, located at 90 Boulevard NE in downtown Atlanta.  Event hours are from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.  Young performers will be able to showcase their talents and creativity, and there will also be exhibits and activity stations for kids and young adults to learn about youth-focused clubs, achievements, initiatives, and organizations.  The event is free and it open to the public.

King Celebration Concert – The MLK Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College will host the King Celebration Concert on Thursday, January 17, 2013.  The concert begins at 8:00 pm and general admission tickets are $25.  Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be performing a beautiful tribute to Martin Luther King, and the Morehouse College Glee Club and the Spelman College Glee Club will be performing, as well.

Annual “Salute to Greatness” Awards Dinner – The King Center’s primary fundraising initiative is the Annual “Salute to Greatness” Awards Dinner.  The event takes place on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta.  The reception begins at 5:30 pm and the dinner begins at 6:30 pm.  The award recognizes individuals who exemplify excellent leadership and who have demonstrated a commitment to social responsibility in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Tickets are $250 per person, and table reservations are also accepted.

MLK 5k Drum Run – On Monday, January 21, 2013 the MLK 5k Drum Run will take place in Piedmont Park.  The entire course will wind through the park, and runners will go over bridges, grass, gravel, road, and dirt paths.  The race begins at 9:00 am, and the highlight of the race will be a drumline playing throughout the course which will get runners pumped up and motivated. There will also be a post-race party at Piedmont Park with live music and other MLK-related activities.  Race registration fee is $25.

King Week Holiday March and Rally – On Monday, January 21, 2013 the annual MLK March and Rally will begin at 2:00 pm.  The march takes place on Auburn Avenue from Peachtree Street to Jackson Street and the rally will be held on Auburn Avenue in the King National Park Area.  The event is free and open to the public and some of the areas and topics that will be presented are: education, technology, transportation, housing, job creation, peace, and justice.

Atlanta History Center – The Atlanta History Center will be offering free admission on Monday, January 21, 2013 in celebration of MLK Day.  The free admission ticket will include access to all parts of the museum including: the Swan House, the Smith Family Farm, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, and all 22 acres of gardens and trails.  Museum hours are from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Cobb County 27th annual Martin Luther King Celebration – The Cobb County Civic Center, located at 548 South Marietta Parkway in Marietta, will host a tribute to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The event is from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday, January 21, 2013.  Auditions for the event are being held up until January 10, but the acts at the event will include musical presentations, dance interpretations, and dramatic readings.