Top 13 Atlanta Happenings This Weekend

From jam-packed flavor to family fun, this weekend has the city of Atlanta in the Spring spirit! Get the most out of the beautiful weekend ahead with our list of the Top 13 Happenings Around Atlanta This Weekend: Friday – Sunday, April 20th – 22nd, 2018.

In the mood for some major design inspiration? Explore the immaculate homes and gardens of Druid Hills before popping over to Buckhead for this year’s remarkable Showhouse and Gardens! Hungry for flavor? This weekend is filled with tasting events from wine to Atlanta’s renown festival flare. With several fundraising events, there’s also no better time for partying for a great cause. Lace up your tennis shoes, sip on cocktails, or enjoy an outing with the kids – This weekend has something for everyone!

Whether you feel like staying close to home or venturing out into a new neighborhood, we have you covered with 13 unique happenings all weekend long!

  1. Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens
    Friday – Sunday | April 20th – 22nd
    Druid Hills Neighborhood
    Featuring 5 homes and 6 gardens, the premiere tour explores the evolution of the architecture and design of the Druid Hills neighborhood in Atlanta. he tour will also feature a series of events including small bites of southern fare, performances from local musicians, and the opportunity to shop local farmstand produce.
  2. Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens
    April 19th – May 13th
    Produced by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, the house will host a variety of events, from book-signings to history lessons and festive celebrations! Guests will also be regaled with the talents and creativity of 25 designers from the Southeast. This year’s showhouse features the work of 15 top Southeast designers and four landscape architects for the gardens on a deep 1.13-acre lot in Buckhead.
  3. Sweetwater 420 Fest
    Friday – Sunday | April 20th – 22nd
    Centennial Olympic Park
    The 3-day extravaganza is Georgia’s leading environmental, music, and arts festival. Highlights include a 5K on Saturday morning, the Sweetwater Experience, 420 Disco, and of course an incredible music lineup!
  4. Wine Chastain Event
    Saturday | April 21st
    Chastain Park
    Enjoy the company of friends and neighbors while enjoying the premier wine and food-themed event. Guests will enjoy wine from local Atlanta Distributors, catered tastings, and a silent auction.
  5. Heart & Sole 5K
    Saturday | April 21st
    Avalon – Alpharetta
    Benefiting the Lionheart School, the 4th Annual Heart & Sole 5K, Fun Run, and Tot Trot is fun for all! All ages are welcome to join the race and enjoy post-race festivities. Many of Lionheart School’s own students, families, and staff will be at the event. There will also be items from The LionheARTisans Cottage and produce from The Lionheart Gardens, the school’s organic garden, available for purchase.
  6. Superhero Day at Georgia Aquarium
    Saturday | April 21st
    Georgia Aquarium
    This Earth Day, you can be a superhero for the sea! With a series of interactive activities, learn how to protect marine life – and enjoy special admission deals! Special activities will be held in the atrium, including a recycling and compost prize wheel, pot decorating craft, The Home Depot kids workshop, a photo station, and Superhero Academy!
  7. Barbara Flowers Solo Show
    Through May 5th
    Anne Irwin Fine Art
    Anne Irwin Fine Art proudly presents the newest works of Barbara Flowers in her dense complexity and sophisticated use of color. Barbara’s works must truly be experienced in person to appreciate her gorgeous richness in every painting! Using energetic brush work and a palette knife, she captures the beauty of her subjects through building a textural surface throughout her works. This exhibition is one that is genuinely breathtaking!
  8. Free Entry to National Parks
    Saturay | April 21st
    Various Locations – Metro Atlanta
    With free admittance to all National Parks, the first day of National Parks Week is the perfect time to celebrate all that America’s beautiful parks have to offer! All National Park Service entrance fees will be waived in honor of the 2018 “Park Stars” week.
  9. Party for the Paws
    Saturday | April 21st
    The fundraiser helps raise money for local rescues in hopes of helping dogs find a forever home – So come celebrate for a great cause! There will be live music, vendors, food trucks, a raffle, a silent auction, dog pools, and much more! All ages and guests are welcome.
  10. FairyTale Tea
    Sunday | April 22nd
    Lenox Square – Buckhead
    The Mother-Daughter event includes a seated tea, children’s fashion show by Neiman Marcus, special prizes, and much more. Enjoy a fun bonding activity with your little girl – all while celebrating a huge success for CHOA! Doting from hairstylists and makeup artists will having each girl feeling like a fairy princess.
  11. Atlanta Film Festival
    Through April 22nd
    Metro Atlanta
    The 10-day event will feature over 200 films, an incredible Kickoff Party, Writers Summits, and more. This Fest plays host to a multitude of events throughout the city, where guests will enjoy viewing parties, happy hours, live music, multi-media art, and in-person dialogs with directors. Audiences will enjoy a look behind the scenes and engage in meaningful networking opportunities with industry professionals!

  12. Center for Puppetry Arts Family Series
    Through May 13th
    Center for Puppetry Arts – MidtownDon’t miss the last weekend as kids 4 and up will enjoy seeing all of your favorite moments from the classic Dr. Seuss tale come to life on stage at Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat!! Your all-inclusive ticket includes: the live performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ or To-Go Kit, and admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum.
  13. The Secret World Inside You
    Through May 6th
    Fernbank Museum of Natural History
    Throughout the special exhibition, visitors will discover more about the Secret World Inside You through larger-than-life models, videos, interactive experiences, unique games, and immersive displays. You’ll learn more about what these microbes are, where they go, what they do, and how they affect us!