Top 12 Happenings Around Atlanta This Weekend: May 12th – 15th

Atlanta Botanical GardensThe month of May is officially in full swing, and the city is really heating up with festivals, unique date nights, outdoor entertainment, and delicious food! Don’t miss what’s going on around the city with our Top 12 Happenings Around Atlanta This Weekend: Thursday – Sunday, May 12th – 15th, 2022.

From cocktails in Atlanta’s premier locations (think oceanic views at the Georgia Aquarium and skyline views over at Park Tavern and the Botanical Gardens!) to one of our favorite festivals over in the Virginia Highlands, we have you covered all weekend long!

Kick off the weekend by catching the last few days of Fernbank Museum’s Knights in Armor, and get some more family fun at the Chastain Arts and Crafts Festival for some great gifts and inspiration!  The weekend ahead is filled with festivals for all ages, art, delicious craft cocktails, and so much more.

We have a lineup with exciting ways to experience the beauty and bustle of the city – whether you’re flying solo this weekend, looking for some time to connect as a family, or even sneak in a cocktail or morning brew with your special someone. However you choose to kick off the weekend, join us as we enjoy art, fresh food, and more!

  1. Cocktails in the Garden
    Through Sunday
    Back by popular demand, the beloved weekly event  features another gorgeous season of bubbles and botanicals. Treat yourself to specialty cocktails, live music and entertainment, and an after-hours look at the newest Origami in the Garden exhibit while spectacularly lit after dark!
  2. Sips Under the Sea: Pirate Party
    Friday, May 13th
    The one-of-a-kind event invites you to climb aboard and join the creatures akin to Davy Jones himself. There’s no better way to experience one of Atlanta’s top destinations – after hours without the kids! Guests 21 and up will have access to the entire Aquarium and all six galleries while enjoying cocktails, dining options, and festive music on the dance floor.
  3. Fernbank After Dark: Booze and Botanicals
    Friday, May 13th
    Join along for an unforgettable evening with the spotlight on interactive science and live music. Guests will discover botanicals and their uses in gin and other spirits through demonstrations and special activities! Don’t miss live music, hands-on activities for grownups, craft beer and cocktails, and more at this month’s cocktails
  4. Virginia Highland PorchfestSaturday, May 14th
    In a neighborhood like no other, Virginia Highland welcomes you to celebrate the neighborhood through music – So get ready to turn up the volume for an unforgettable day! In addition to 75 bands across 55 porches throughout the neighborhood, the family-friendly event features a Kids’ Corner, food trucks, a VIP event, Fun Run, and more. 
  5. Kirkwood Spring Fling
    Saturday, May 14th
    Start the weekend off with the Festival 5K, stroll through the artists market, and catch some live music! Kids can work up an appetite with fun and activities before enjoying delicious food from local vendors. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome!
  6. Brookhaven Bolt
    Saturday, May 14th
    On your mark, get set… The Brookhaven Bolt is back! Winding through the beautiful Ashford Park neighborhood of Brookhaven, the race has become one of the largest in the area and an annual family event enjoyed by everyone!
  7. Chastain Spring Arts & Crafts Festival
    Saturday – Sunday, May 14th – 15th

    With approximately 175 artists, Chastain Park will transform into an outdoor gallery against the backdrop of fresh spring colors! Festival highlights include: Fine Arts and Crafts, Children’s Area,  Local Food & Beverage Concessions, Gourmet Food Trucks, Local Acoustic Musicians, Live Artist Demonstrations , Hands-on Art Activities, and fun for all ages!
  8. Crawfish Boil at Park Tavern
    Sunday, May 15th

    If there’s anything Atlantans love, it’s crawfish and skyline views! Come out for piping hot crawfish with a side of live music and Park Tavern’s incomparable atmosphere – even try your hand at the silent auction.
  9. Sunset Summers
    Sunday, May 15th

    Wind down your weekend with live music from Dee Oh GEE and Jive Talk! Located conveniently off of the Atlanta BeltLine, performances will be held under the spacious, air conditioned Garden Tent of Park Tavern. With Piedmont Park and the Midtown Skyline as its backdrop, it’s the perfect way to spend a summer evening in Atlanta.d more!
  10. Knights in Armor
    Through May 15th
    Don’t miss the last weekend of this remarkable exhibit! The Museum is journeying back to Medieval and Renaissance times, discovering what fairy tales are made of – showcasing the iconic history of knights through weaponry, armor, and more! 
  11. Taste Your Way Through Inman Park
    What better way to experience Atlanta than to delve into its hub of flavor? With over 70 incredible bars and restaurants within walking distance, Inman Park is home to Atlanta’s best flavors and dining experiences. We’ve compiled a list to help you get the most out of your dining experience with our favorite stops along the way!
  12. Explore Atlanta’s Best Farmers’ Markets!
    Through 2022
    Grab those market bags and get ready to experience the city’s local flavors at their very best with our 2022 Guide to Atlanta’s Best Farmers Markets.Enjoy a leisurely Saturday morning sipping hot brewed coffee as you stroll through a rainbow of organic produce, listening to live music and exploring local art. Even the kids will enjoy the variety of family-friendly options, including activity centers, baby animals, picnics, and more!  Shopping local has never been easier, and Atlanta turns a weekly stop for food into a remarkable experience for everyone.