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Things To Do in Atlanta This Weekend

Here’s what’s going on in Atlanta this Memorial Day Weekend, May 24, 25, 26 and 27. 

Around Town

Atlanta Jazz Festival Brings Tunes to Piedmont Park

Join music enthusiasts all weekend at Piedmont Park for the 47th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. (Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Jazz Festival)

If it’s Memorial Day Weekend (and it is), that means the Atlanta Jazz Festival takes over Piedmont Park. Bring a blanket, stretch out and relax to tunes from, on Saturday, New Jazz Underground and Butcher Brown, to name two; on Sunday, Lauren Henderson and Olatuja, to name two more; and on Monday, Groove Centric and Liz Wright, two more. There will be an artists’ market and a food and beverage market. There are rules such as no pets. Check the website for more. It’s been an Atlanta tradition for nearly 50 years. Be a part of it.

Animation, Comics, Games: MomoCon Comes to the City

The Georgia World Congress Center is headquarters this weekend for MomoCon, featuring Japanese anime, comics, tabletop games, video games and cosplay. Browse the exhibits, meet celebrities, have more fun that you thought possible. It all happens Friday through Sunday.

Stone Mountain Park Plans Memorial Day Salute to Military Personnel and Families

It will be a patriotic weekend at Stone Mountain Park. (Photo courtesy of Stone Mountain Park)

Stone Mountain Park’s annual Memorial Day extravaganza runs Friday through Sunday. Spend the day enjoying Stone Mountain Park’s many attractions (including a possible hike up the mountain) then stick around for the evening salute to the troops with an extended fireworks finale immediately following the Music Across America Drone & Light Show.

Zoo Atlanta Presents Brew at the Zoo

Brew at the Zoo returns to the Atlanta Zoo on Saturday. Enjoy beer and wine samples, live music throughout the zoo, yard games and so much more while saying hello to the residents of the zoo. It all happens from 6 until 9:30 p.m.

Hammonds House Displays Works by Sam Middleton

Hammonds House Museum presents “Rhythm of Resilience: The Artistry of Sam Middleton” through Aug. 18. A master of collage, Middleton’s compositions weave together musical scores, photographs and graphic elements in a dance of color and form. His art is a testament to the enduring influence of jazz.

UniverSoul Circus Vaults into Atlantic Station

UniverSoul Circus flies high at Atlantic Station through June 2. Featuring stars from five continents, all backed by the beat of World Music, UniverSoul Circus reimagines itself this year with more than a dozen culturally diverse performances. The circus features never-before-seen acts from Ethiopia, the Dominican Republic and Mongolia as well as an 18-person flying trapeze act from China..

National Center for Civil and Human Rights Presents ‘Threads of Justice’ Pop-up

“Threads of Justice,” a pop-up exhibit at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, celebrates American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The exhibit, inspired by the 1985 Garment Workers’ strike in Chinatown, showcases the work of 12 artists to honor Asian American experiences. See it through May 31.

Learn about the Roots of Little 5 Points

Learn all about the roots of L5P this weekend.

Little 5 Points celebrates the Roots of Little 5 Points on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Findley Plaza. The event honors the heritage and traditions of the indigenous people who first called the area home. In addition to food and an artisans’ market, there will be a flute circle and open mic.

Alice in Wonderland Returns to Atlanta Botanical Garden

“Alice’s Wonderland Returns” is on display at Atlanta Botanical Garden. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden)

The Atlanta Botanical Garden presents “Alice’s Wonderland Returns” through Sept. 15. The exhibit features seven installations of 22 of the topiary-like mosaiculture pieces throughout the garden. The garden first introduced the sculptures in 2013 when it presented the United States’ first major exhibition of mosaiculture produced by International Mosaiculture Montreal.

Alice and company first debuted at the Garden in 2019’s “Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland.” The exhibition returned in 2020 along with several new sculptures for a revival called “Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined.”

The sculptures are created through the centuries-old art of mosaiculture in which steel forms are covered in fabric, filled with soil and planted with thousands of living plants to form a colorful carpet.

For this new show, look for a towering Alice to twirl in Howell Fountain, the giant White Rabbit to hold court in the Skyline Garden pond and a colorful chess set to marvel at in the Skyline Garden’s event Lawn. The enormous Red Queen will dominate one edge of the Great Lawn, three giant Storybooks will greet you after you pass through the Visitor Center and the Cheshire Cat will keep an eye on it all from its perch in Alston Overlook. New this spring will be the addition of Singing Flowers along the Flower Walk, blooming to recorded music as you pass by.

Georgia Aquarium Entertains with Sound Waves Music Series

The Sound Waves Music Series at Georgia Aquarium might make you want to dance. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Aquarium)

The Sound Waves Music Series happens every Friday night in May at Georgia Aquarium. The series celebrates the arts, diversity and local talent. Enjoy live music with enhanced lighting and atmospheric elements in the atrium to complement the artists. You will have access to the aquarium’s galleries, included with general admission. Sound Waves occurs from 5 until 8 p.m.

See ‘Dutch Art in a Global Age: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’ at High Museum of Art

Gerrit Dou (Dutch, 1613-1675), Dog at Rest, 1650, oil on panel, Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston, promised gift of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, in support of the
Center for Netherlandish Art. Photo © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The exhibit “Dutch Art in a Global Age: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston” is open at the High Museum of Art. The exhibition includes more than 60 paintings — still lifes, portraits, seascapes, landscapes, architectural views and genre scenes — by the period’s leading Dutch artists, including Rembrandt, Jacob van Ruisdael, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Willem Kalf and Rachel Ruysch. Also on display are prints, maps and decorative objects in silver, porcelain and more from the 17th and the first half of the 18th centuries. See the exhibit through July 14.

MODA Cooks Up Pasta Exhibit

The new exhibit at MODA is all about pasta. (Photo by Bozhin Karaivanov/Unsplash)

MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta) has opened the exhibit “Al Dente: The Design of Pasta.” Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the design of pasta shapes, mechanical and technical advancements in pasta making, pasta advertising, designer pasta and the future of pasta. Learn all about pasta through Sept. 1.

Atlanta History Center Opens Hank Aaron Exhibit

Baseball fans won’t want to miss the Hank Aaron exhibit at Atlanta History Center. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta History Center)

“More Than Brave: The Life of Henry Aaron” is open at Atlanta History Center. The exhibition features images and artifacts from the collections of the Aaron family, Atlanta History Center, the Atlanta Braves, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Emory University, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and personal collections from throughout the United States. Just about every Atlantan knows that on April 8, 1974, Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record right here in Atlanta. See the exhibit through September 2025.

Back to the 16th century: Georgia Renaissance Festival

The Georgia Renaissance Festival, a trek back to the 16th century, runs weekends through June 2. See jugglers, jesters and jousters, visit the artisan market, enjoy music, comedy and shows. Refresh with a roasted giant turkey leg. Find the festival in Fairburn, Ga.

Flora, Fauna & Flight Returns to Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Flora, Fauna & Flight returns to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. (Photo courtesy of Fernbank Museum of Natural History)

The popular exhibit Flora, Fauna & Flight has returned to Fernbank Museum of Natural History and is on display through June 23. Among the things to do are (1) explore the difference between gliding and flying; (2) pose for photos in front of features including butterflies and bats; (3) discover the physics of flight; and (4) see plant and animal sculptures among the trees, grasses, plants and flowers of WildWoods.

Balloon Museum Pops into Pullman Yards

See balloons like you’ve never seen them before at the Balloon Museum, which has floated into Pullman Yards. (Photo courtesy of the Balloon Museum)

The Balloon Museum at Pullman Yards is flying high through June 9. The Let’s Fly exhibition features inflatable installations created by 17 international artists. Among the exhibitions is “A Quiet Storm” by Quiet Ensemble. The audience passes through an environment that awakens childlike wonder and the magic of small things. One more of the 15 exhibitions is “Floating Giants” by Max Streicher. The giant’s bodies are held in a state of perpetual flight, transcending from the earth to reach a state of serenity.

CDC Museum Presents Exhibit about Segregation

Atlanta’s CDC Museum has opened the exhibit, “Ghosts of Segregation: Photographs of Rich Frishman.” The exhibit explores the lingering presence of segregation, slavery and institutional racism hidden in everyday American architecture. From segregated schools to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama to a church firebombing in Louisiana, Frishman’s photographs show how our surroundings bear witness to history. See it through May 24.

Family

‘The Selfish Giant’ Playing at Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts is showing “The Selfish Giant” this weekend. Based on the classic story by Oscar Wilde, this tale follows the journey of a selfish giant who learns about the true meaning of friendship and generosity through the innocence of children. 

Sports

Atlanta United Plays at Home on Saturday

The May 18 game pitting Atlanta United against Nashville SC ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta United)

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Atlanta United plays LAFC (Los Angeles Football Club) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta United is ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference; LAFC is ranked fifth in the Western Conference.

Atlanta Dream Hosts Minnesota Lynx Sunday

The Atlanta Dream and the Minnesota Lynx tip off at 6 p.m. Sunday at Gateway Center Arena. Atlanta is ranked eighth in League standings; Minnesota is ranked fourth.

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