Top 12 Atlanta Happenings This Weekend

The summertime fun is still going strong all weekend long, and this weekend has some of our favorite local events! Get the most out of the sunshine ahead with the Top 12 Happenings Around Atlanta This Weekend: Thursday – Sunday, August 16th – 19th, 2018.

Kick of the weekend with an outdoor garden party, explore some new art while listening to jazz on the sax, and even sample your way throughout the city!

From dancing to dinosaurs, there is definitely a variety of fun for all ages. Whether you feel like a day of family fun, relaxation, or getting active outside, we have you covered with 12 unique happenings all weekend long!

  1. Cocktails in the Garden
    Thursday, August 16th
    Atlanta Botanical Garden
    Cocktail season has officially begun! Kick off the beloved monthly series at Atlanta Botanical Garden by mixing and mingling in the warmer weather. Atlanta’s most beautiful cocktail party features specialty cocktails, live music and entertainment, games, and an after-hours look at ImaginaryWorlds
  2. Friday Jazz
    Friday, August 17th
    High Museum of Art – Midtown
    Friday Jazz returns to the High Museum of Art for an evening with a brilliant blend of jazz, blues, and R&B from saxophonist Marquis Hare. Relax with a cold cocktail, explore the museum’s permanent collections, and enjoy some incredible music! No matter the month, guests will enjoy music, drinks, and art. Drawing in the Galleries also takes place during each Friday Jazz from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  3. Can Can Ball
    Friday, August 17th
    Hyatt Regency Atlanta
    Mix and mingle as over 2,000 guests dance to music from one of Atlanta’s hottest live bands, enjoy light fare from local restaurants, and participate in a silent auction filled with considerably unique items. The night to remember is dedicated to The Atlanta Community Food Bank. 
  4. Wine Riot
    Friday – Saturday, August 17th – 18th
    The Fairmont – West Midtown
    Calling all thirsty and curious! Grab a glass and travel the world of wine all under one roof, sampling varietals you’ve never tasted before. Learn more about these incredible new flavors at the Interactive booths and crash courses, which will be loaded with tips and tricks of the modern wine world. Guests will also enjoy a temporary tattoo booth, photo booth, Wine Riot’s famous Bubbly Bar, and mingling among a few thousand fellow winos!
  5. Rosé Fest 2.0
    Saturday, August 18th
    Ponce City Market
    $15 gets you access to the Roof at Ponce City Market, a free round of Rosé, and a keepsake glass for a toast at 8:00 p.m.! Morgan Sandlin from ATL Girl Gang hosts the event with plenty of photo ops and more to come.
  6. Dinosaur Birthday Bash
    Saturday, August 18th
    Fernbank Museum
    Adults and kids alike will enjoy a day filled with themed activities, featuring: games, crafts, and a variety of hands-on activities. Attendees are also encouraged to come dressed up as their favorite dinosaur character! As they learn about these extinct creatures, kids will love discovering dinosaur footprints around the museum, digging for mock fossils, wearing dinosaur masks, and enjoying all the dinosaur and birthday-related activities!
  7. Wine Fest Atlanta
    Saturday, August 18th
    Southern Exchange
    Guests will enjoy an upscale fine art and wine tasting experience with live music, premium varietals of wine, and options for hors d’oeuvres. The party is sure to stay lively during the premier all-night, all-day experience! 
  8. Piedmont Park Arts Fest
    Saturday – Sunday, August 18th – 19th
    Piedmont Park – Midtown
    Featuring nearly 250 regional artists, the festival emphasizes visual arts and family fun. Highlights include: Artist Demonstrations, Live Acoustic Music, the Emerging Artists Pavilion, a Children’s Play Zone, Hands-on Crafts, food, and more!
  9. Sunset Sessions
    Sunday, August 19th

    Park Tavern | Piedmont Park
    This Week: The Vegabonds | The Tito’s
    The weekly concerts continue all summer long with alternative performances from Atlanta’s most buzz-worthy artists through September. In addition to specialty seasonal cocktails, house-brews, 1/2 off sushi from 10:00 p.m. – Midnight, concert goers can also enjoy giveaways throughout the series.
  10. Anne Irwin Emerging Artists Show
    Through August 31st
    Anne Irwin Fine Art – Buckhead
    The Show will feature works from talented up-and-coming artists, including our team’s personal favorites! The exciting exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with local artists, enjoy uniquely new art, and connect with your local art community.
  11. Center for Puppetry Arts Family Series
    Through September 23rd
    Center for Puppetry Arts – Midtown
    Kids 4 and up are invited to join Aseop’s circus as the animals take the stage in this cheerful, interactive production – specially designed for a very young audience! Your all-inclusive ticket includes: the live performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ or To-Go Kit, and admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum.
  12. Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic
    Through September 29th
    High Museum of Art – Midtown
    Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the exhibition places original sketches, photographs, memorabilia, and letters on display alongside interactive elements to bring the illustrations to life. Through July 8th, the Alliance Theater at The Woodruff Arts Center will also present “Winnie-the-Pooh,” a musical based off the beloved stories.