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"Romeo and Juliet" is on stage at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.

Things To Do in Atlanta This Weekend

Note: Some attractions and events require masks for the safety of customers and employees. See the full list of weekend events here.

Here’s what’s going on in Atlanta this holiday weekend, Feb. 3, 4 and 5.

Around Town

Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival

You don’t have to know how to juggle to enjoy the Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival. (Photo courtesy Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival)

The Yaarab Shrine Center is the venue for this weekend’s Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival. The three-day festival features jugglers, of course, plus unicyclists, hoopers and kendama. It is family fun for all ages

First Friday, Underground Atlanta

On the first Friday of each month each of Underground Atlanta‘s eight art studios are open to the public. On the street, TheArtsAtlanta vendors bring performances, food and good vibes.

Friday is High Frequency Friday at High Museum of Art

Young professionals are invited to High Frequency Friday at the High Museum of Art. (Photo courtesy High Museum of Art)

The first Friday of every month is High Frequency Friday at the High Museum of Art. Young professionals are invited to gather in the Anne Cox Chambers Wing Lobby Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. to connect over music, drinks and an art activity. Capacity is limited and preregistration is required. 

HBCU All-Star Battle of the Bands

Head to Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday for the HBCU All-Star Battle of the Bands, the huge Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) marching band and dance team exhibition. Competing are six colleges and two high school bands.

Experience Harry Potter and ‘Stranger Things’

Harry Potter: The Exhibition, in Atlanta at 200 Peachtree, celebrates the films and stories of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and the expanded Wizarding World through environments that honor the iconic moments, characters, settings and beasts created by J.K. Rowling and as seen in the films and stories.

Stranger Things: The Experience is in Atlanta at the Pullman Yards through Sunday. The experience is based on the Netflix series, “Stranger Things.” Journey through Hawkins Lab alongside your favorite characters. Then enjoy a medley of locations and fan-favorite moments with merchandise, food and drinks, photo ops and interactive performers.

Family

‘Duke Ellington’s Cat’ Opens at Center for Puppetry Arts

One cool cat is on the road with jazz great Duke Ellington. From the early days in the pool halls to the concert halls performing before crowned heads, this Duke Ellington’s Cat has been at Duke’s side But one day when Duke is scheduled to play a suite in honor of the Queen of England, the score has been stolen.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta Explores the Ocean

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites families to an exhibit about the ocean. (Photo courtesy Children’s Museum of Atlanta)

The exhibit “Splash and Bubbles: Dive In, Lend a Fin!” is docked at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta through April 30. Based on the PBS KIDS TV show, “Splash and Bubbles,” the exhibit encourages children to explore ocean science and marine biology.

Sunday is Funday at Pullman Yards

Pullman Yards presents Sundae Fundays Feb. 5 from 1 until 5 p.m. What’s to do? There is an ice cream sundae bar at Dailes & Sides. More things to do are ice skating, marshmallow roasting, a kids’ DJ and mocktails. The inclusive package (for kids 16-years-old and younger) includes skating, sundaes and marshmallow roasting – all for $20.

Fernbank ‘AGLOW’

WildWoods AGLOW shines a light on Fernbank Museum of Natural History. (Photo courtesy Fernbank Museum of Natural History)

Fernbank Museum of Natural History presents WildWoods AGLOW. Highlighting the sometimes hidden stories that flourish in the forest, the experience brings together the natural environment with the latest innovations in immersive design and technology. Transformative illuminations, large-scale projections and original music compositions beckon you into a nighttime wonderland of biodiversity. The experience reveals the wonder of nature through a range of glowing, interactive and panoramic scenes across five distinct zones. WildWoods AGLOW runs through March 5.

Ice Skating

The Rink at Park Tavern is still open. Glide on Atlanta. (Photo courtesy Park Tavern)

The Rink at Park Tavern and The Rink at Pullman Yards are open through Feb. 15. Lace up your skates and find your inner Olympic champion.

On Stage

Alliance Theatre Presents ‘The Hot Wing King’

See “The Hot Wing King” at Alliance Theatre. (Photo courtesy Alliance Theatre)

On stage at Alliance Theatre Sunday through March 10 is “The Hot Wing King,” winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Making its regional debut at Alliance Theatre and directed for the first time by its award-winning playwright Katori Hall, “The Hot Wing King” has been called “flavorful and bitingly funny” by New York Stage Review and “a delicious new play to be applauded and savored” by Talkin’ Broadway. 

Shakespeare Tavern Stages ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Destiny Danielle Freeman stars as Juliet and Sariel Toribio plays Romeo in the Shakespeare Tavern production of the Shakespearean favorite. (Photo by Daniel Parvis)

“Romeo and Juliet” is on stage at Shakespeare Tavern Saturday through March 4. Adapted from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J.C. Trewin, the Shakespeare Tavern production features a brawl between the rival families of Montague and Capulet. The Prince threatens with death anyone who “disturbs our streets again.” Romeo, Montague’s heir, masked at a Capulet dance, becomes infatuated with Capulet’s daughter, Juliet. From the garden he overhears her avowal as she stands on her balcony and their love scene follows. Next afternoon Friar Lawrence marries them in secret. You probably know the rest, but it’s always worth seeing again.

Martha Graham Dance Co. Performs at The Rialto (First Time since 1939)

The Martha Graham Dance Company last performed in Atlanta in 1939. The company is back this weekend.

On Sunday, the Martha Graham Dance Company return to Atlanta after 84 years (to the day). The company last performed in Atlanta on Feb. 5, 1939, at the Erlanger Theatre. Martha Graham danced “Sarabande,” “Deep Song” and “Frontier,” and the group performed with her in “American Document.” Can you believe it?

Explore

‘Space: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond’ Open at Illuminarium

Journey through space at Illuminarium. (Photo courtesy Illuminarium)

Space: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond” is open at Illuminarium. Fly through a technicolor nebula, kick up dust on the moon, see Saturn’s rings up close and weave your way through an asteroid belt. The exhibit transports you to places you’ve only ever imagined.

Music and Comedy

Jim Gaffigan brings his Dark Pale Tour to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Sunday. Bruce Springsteen performs at State Farm Arena Friday night. State Farm Arena presents Ledisi & Kim’s Soul II Soul Tour on Saturday. Atlanta Symphony Hall presents the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band on Saturday and Forestella on Sunday.

Art in the A

Millennium Gate Celebrates the Earth

The Millennium Gate Museum presents an exhibit by artist Bruno Zupan. On view through April 8, the exhibit, “My Friend, The Earth,” is a collection of 35 paintings focused on the beauty of the Earth. Zupan is a
Slovenian-born American artist whose works range from the warmth of a Venetian sunset to the city lights of Boston. 

High Museum Presents Work of Iranian Artist

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Iranian, 1924–2019), Third Family: Heptagon,2011, mirror, reverse-painted glass, and plaster on wood and PVC. Photo byRobert Divers Herrick, courtesy the estate of the artist and Haines Gallery. ©Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaia

Monir Farmanfarmaian: A Mirror Garden,” is open at the High Museum of Art through April 9. It is the first posthumous exhibition at an American museum for Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1922–2019), one of Iran’s most celebrated and revered visual artists, known internationally for her geometric mirror sculptures that combine the mathematical order and beauty of ancient Persian architectural motifs with the forms and patterns of hard-edged, postwar abstraction. Objects on view will include a selection of sculptures, drawings, textiles and collages spanning four decades, from 1976 to 2019.

Deana Lawson Photography Exhibit

Coulson Family is among the Deana Lawson photographs on display at the High Museum of Art. (Photo courtesy High Museum of Art)

A photography exhibit featuring more than 60 works by Deana Lawson is open at the High Museum of Art through Feb. 19. Lawson is known for investigating and challenging conventional representations of Black identities and bodies through her photographs. The exhibit evokes a range of histories and photographic styles, including family albums, studio portraiture and staged tableaux. 

High Museum Exhibit Examines Joyful Living

Islands large cabinet, 2019, wood and marble, designed by Stephen Burks (American,born 1969), manufactured by Living Divani (Italy, established 1969), courtesy of LivingDivani. Photo by Joe Coscia.

The High Museum of Art presents “Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place,” through March 5. The exhibit surveys the last 10 years of Burks’ practice, which combines globally sourced handcraft with industrial design. The exhibition presents more than 50 works drawn from several of his key projects alongside a multifaceted new commission, also titled “Shelter in Place.” This new commission explores ideas concerning domesticity during a time of worldwide upheaval, tackling the question of how we can design interiors to enable joyful living while empowering creativity.

This article updates weekly with brand new things to do in Atlanta for the weekend. Feel free to bookmark it for next weekend. For more weekend events, check our calendar.

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