10 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Atlanta, Ga: Fidlar plays the Criminal records stage to enormous groups of moshing fans. Photo taken Sunday May 7, 2023 Central Park @ Shaky Knees Music Festival. AAJC 050723 shaky knees Sunday (RYAN FLEISHER FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION)

Coming up with plans for the weekend has never been easier! From food festivals to family-friendly events, there is something going on in Atlanta that everyone can enjoy. If you’re in the mood for some fun, register to join Whine Walk Run or bring the kiddos to the Latino Family Festival where you can embrace cultures from all over the world. Now, if you’re looking to do some shopping while supporting local entrepreneurs then head over to Truist Night Market: Passport Edition or Hello Spring Artisan Market by Hola Amiga Experience. Whether you’re a local seeking new experiences or a visitor exploring the city for the first time, these upcoming events promise an unforgettable experience.

And take note! The Latino Family Festival is back at Stone Mountain Park for the first three weekends in May. This family-friendly event celebrates Latino music, dance, food, and culture with a diverse lineup of international talent, including dancers, singers, musicians, a marching band, and a dazzling drone and light show on Stone Mountain, the largest screen in the world. Be sure not to miss the all-new festive parade and Sunday concerts featuring Los Cadetes de Linares(May 5), LaSonora Dinamita(May 12), and Triny, La Leyenda(May 19). The festival promises a fun-filled experience for the whole family, with delicious food, vibrant performances, and cultural activities to enjoy.

Join us for the Latino Family Festival and Light Show every Saturday and Sunday from May 4 to May 19. Add park attractions like the Scenic Railroad and Summit Skyride to your day for even more fun. For more information and tickets, visit stonemountainpark.com.

Truist Night Market: Passport Edition

Truist Night Market is returning to Atlanta and attendees are in for a treat! Enjoy a wide-range of food, cocktails, music, live art by SwayArt, a cigar lounge and dozens of vendors. This 21+ event transforms the streets into a global marketplace, inviting attendees on a culinary journey around the world.

Location: The Home Depot Backyard – 1 Backyard Way; Date: May 2; Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Admission: $45-$80; Website: bigtickets.com

Alpha Derby Weekend

The Alphas of Atlanta, Inc., a non-profit based in metro Atlanta, is gearing up for their ninth edition of the Alpha Derby Weekend. This annual event, themed around the Kentucky Derby, serves as a destination benefit weekend series aimed at shining a light on the organization’s initiatives for service and outreach to underserved communities in elementary, middle, and high schools. Attendees can enjoy a golf tournament, kickoff party and concert, main watching/viewing event and Sunday brunch, all while supporting an amazing cause.

Location: Delta Flight Museum – 1060 Delta Blvd; Date: May 2-5; Time: 8 a.m. to midnight (Friday); 3:30-8:30 p.m. (Saturday); 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sunday); Admission: $40-$225; Website: alphaderbyweekend.com

Shaky Knees Music Festival

This is another classic you just shouldn’t miss if music is important to you. Wheezer, Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Switchfoot - need we say more? These are just a few of dozens of bands and artists lined up to bring exceptional music to the ATL! And from barbecue to vegetarian food trucks, you’ll find something to satisfy your palette as you listen.

Location: Central Park Atlanta – 400 Merritts Ave NE; Date: May 3-5; Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Admission: $165+; Website: shakykneesfestival.com

Johns Creek International Festival

The Johns Creek International Festival is a dynamic celebration of global cultures, uniting communities in a spirit of diversity. This annual event transforms the city into a melting pot of traditions, offering a variety of music, dance, cuisine, and art from around the world.

Location: Atlanta Athletic Club – 1930 Bobby Jones Dr; Date: May 4; Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: johnscreekga.gov

Whine Walk Run

Get your cardio in and celebrate Caribbean culture all at the same time! The Whine Walk Run is a unique fusion of fitness and fun while promoting a healthy lifestyle for all families. Embrace the sights and sounds of the islands with a 5k and also enjoy live music, delicious food and community.

Location: Piedmont Park – 1322 Monroe Dr; Date: May 4; Time: Starts at 8 a.m.; Admission: $35-$55; Website: inclusiffitness.com

Tequila Fest

If you love Tequila and are looking for plans this Cinco de Mayo weekend then keep reading! This event offers attendees the chance to sample a wide array of tequilas and indulge in complimentary barbecue and jerk chicken. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or new to the world of tequila, this festival promises an exciting journey of flavor and culture.

Location: Atlantic Station – 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW; Date: May 4; Time: 3-10 p.m.; Admission: $60; Website: eventbrite.com

May-Retta Daze

May-Retta Daze is a family-friendly community festival that features a diverse lineup of arts and crafts vendors, delicious food trucks and lively performances from local musicians. This two-day festival will also feature dozens of handmade goods including painting, pottery, woodwork, metal, glass, fabric, soap, candles and more.

Location: Marietta Square – 99 S Park Square NE; Date: May 4-5; Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Saturday); 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday); Admission: Free; Website: mariettaga.gov

Latino Family Festival

Stone Mountain Park is preparing to host its second annual Latino Family Festival and you won’t want to miss it! This fun-fill event will include a Drone and Light show, a parade with floats, live experiences and a talent show featuring Aztec Dancers, Colombian Ballet, Mexican Ballet, Flamenco Dancers, Mariachi, Pleneros, Mexican Bands, Charros, Stilt Walkers, and a Panamanian Marching Band. Not only is this the perfect family event, but it’s also a great way to learn more about the Latino culture.

Location: Stone Mountain Park – 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd; Date: May 4-5; Time: 4-10 p.m. (Saturday); 3:30-9:30 p.m. (Sunday); Admission: $19.99; Website: stonemountainpark.com

Taco Palooza

There’s no better way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo weekend than at a taco festival! This mouthwatering event brings together local vendors, chefs, restaurants and food trucks for everyone to indulge in a wide range of creative and traditional tacos. From classic street style to incorporating fusion flavors, attendees can enjoy live music, games, festive entertainment and above all delicious tacos.

Location: Westside Motor Lounge – 725 Echo St NW; Date: May 5; Time: noon to 4 p.m. (Session 1); 6-10 p.m. (Session 2); Admission: Free; Website: eventbrite.com

Hello Spring Artisan Market by Hola Amiga Experience

Hello Spring Artisan Market is an immersive series spanning over three months curated by Latina entrepreneurs Eva Lester and Jazmin Guerrero. Local, women-owned and minority-led businesses will be showcasing their work and creativity all while highlighting Atlanta’s diverse community. From handcrafted jewelry to sustainable home goods and botanical beauty products, attendees can expect a unique shopping experience.

Location: The Green at Phipps Plaza – 3500 Peachtree Rd NE; Date: May 5; Time: Noon to 6 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: eventeny.com

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