Nearly one hundred years to the day of the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917, the Old 4th Ward Business Association will commemorate the incident with a festival. Enjoy live music, food and, yes, fire, before learning about the history of the community this weekend.
Here are our five suggestions for things to do throughout metro Atlanta:
Kirkwood Spring Fling
The 15th annual Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes takes place this weekend. Visit the festival’s artist market before witnessing the BBQ competition and enjoying live music. Select neighborhood homes will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.
Tour of Homes: noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Festival: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. May 20-21. Free admission. Bessie Branham Park, 2051 Delano Drive, Atlanta. kirkwoodfling.com.
East Atlanta Craft Beer Fest
Sample more than 150 craft beers alongside fellow beer enthusiasts at the 14th annual East Atlanta Beer Fest at Brownwood Park on May 20. In addition to beer, attendees can enjoy tasty treats from food trucks and live music during the event.
Proceeds from the beer festival will go towards local organizations in East Atlanta.
1 p.m.-5 p.m. May 20. $40-$75. Brownwood Park, 602 Brownwood Ave., Atlanta. Eastatlantabeerfest.com.
Atlanta Party for Prevention
Eventide Brewing will host a party to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on May 20. The event will feature live music, a tour of the brewery, a silent auction, food and, of course, beer.
7 p.m. May 20. $40. Eventide Brewing, 1015 Grant St., Atlanta. Afsp.donordrive.com.
Fire in the 4th
The Old 4th Ward Business Association will commemorate the “Great Atlanta Fire of 1917” with a festival that will offer attendees a chance to enjoy art, live performances, food, alcohol and, yes, a fire show.
The festival will also feature a new “interactive installation of the 100-year history of Boulevard.”
3 p.m.-11 p.m. May 20. Free (general admission), $50-$70 (VIP). Edgewood and Auburn Avenue. Fireinthe4th.com.
Funk Fest Atlanta
Soul music will be celebrated in southwest Atlanta at Wolf Creek Amphitheatre towards the end of May. Funk Fest Atlanta will offer sets from popular R&B acts including Erykah Badu, Babyface and Brandy.
Three-day passes have sold out, as well as single-day passes for Saturday’s show. Friday and Sunday passes are still available.
May 19-21. $63-$158 (single-day passes for Friday and Sunday. Wolf Creek Amphitheatre, 3025 Merk Road, Atlanta. Ticketmaster.com.