10 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Atlanta Dream fans react during the second half at the Gateway Center Arena on July 2, 2024, in Atlanta. (Hyosub Shin / AJC)

Whether you’re a local looking for new experiences or a visitor eager to explore the city’s vibrant culture, Atlanta offers a diverse range of activities to suit every interest. From cultural festivals to outdoor adventures and family-friendly attractions, here’s a curated list of 10 things to do that promise to make your weekend in Atlanta memorable and enjoyable!

And mark your calendars! Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) continues its newest industry-focused programming series with SCAD TVfest: True Crime on Friday, July 12, spotlighting the explosion in true crime shows on TV and streaming platforms. The event welcomes Andrea Canning and Josh Mankiewicz, correspondents from Dateline — the top-rated and longest-running primetime NBC series. Attendees will also enjoy panel discussions with top entertainment executives from DiscoveryID, Jupiter Entertainment, York and Wilder, and more as they dive into the process of mining for the right combination of murder and mayhem to create a successful true crime series. For schedule and ticket information, visit SCADshow.com.

Scott Antique Market

For more than 30 years, the Scott Antique Market has grown into the world’s largest monthly indoor antique show. It’s the premier destination for antique enthusiasts, showcasing an extensive collection of unique treasures. This market offers everything from vintage furniture to rare collectibles and fine art.

Location: South Atlanta – 3650 Jonesboro Rd SE; Date: July 11-14; Time: Various Times; Admission: $5 per person; Website: scottantiquemarket.com

Movies Under the Stars

Grab a lawn chair or blanket and join the Hapeville community for an evening of outdoor entertainment with a screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. Families and friends can gather under the night sky to enjoy this animated adventure on the big screen.

Location: Downtown Hapeville - 680 S Central Ave; Date: July 12; Time: 7:30-10 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: hapeville.org

Atlanta Dream vs Las Vegas Aces

Atlanta Dream, known for its resilience and skill, faces off against the Las Vegas Aces, making for an electrifying atmosphere as supporters cheer on their favorite players. Fans can expect an intense game filled with fast-paced action and excitement.

Location: College Park - 2330 Convention Center Concourse; Date: July 12; Time: Game starts at 7:30 p.m.; Admission: Prices vary, see website; Website: ticketmaster.com

SCAD TVfest: True Crime

This event features panel discussions, exclusive screenings and insightful Q&A sessions with prominent figures in the field. Attendees have the unique opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes insights into the making of true crime documentaries and series while also engaging in thought-provoking conversations.

Location: Midtown - 1470 Spring St NW; Date: July 12; Time: Various show times, see website; Admission: $5-$10; Website: scadshow.com

5K Run, Walk, and Stroller Roll

The 5K Run, Walk, and Stroller Roll is a fun and inclusive event designed for participants of all ages and fitness levels. This event invites families, friends strollers and even your furry friends to participate in a fun 3.1-mile race. You can also enjoy live music, free race photos, vendors, giveaways and prizes along the way.

Location: Austell - 135 Riverside Pkwy; Date: July 13; Time: Race starts at 8 a.m.; Admission: Prices vary, see website; Website: runsignup.com

Afro Latino Foodies Fest

Come out and explore the rich culinary traditions and cultural heritage of the Afro-Latino community! This lively event brings together foodies to indulge in delicious dishes that blend African, Caribbean, and Latin American flavors. Attendees can explore food vendors, enjoy live music, dance performances, and art exhibitions that highlight the Afro-Latino culture.

Location: Lilburn - 405 Pleasant Hill Rd; Date: July 13; Time: 1-7 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: afrolatinofoodies.com

Bluey’s Big Play

Get ready to have some fun with Bingo and Bluey! This live stage show captivates audiences with its vibrant puppetry, heartwarming storytelling, and playful humor. Perfect for families, Bluey’s Big Play offers a delightful experience that resonates with both children and adults.

Location: Northwest Atlanta - 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy; Date: July 13-14; Time: Various show times, see website; Admission: $27-$135; Website: cobbenergycentre.com


Repticon is an exciting event that brings together a diverse selection of reptiles, amphibians, and exotic animals for a weekend of discovery and education. Attendees can enjoy live animal presentations, educational seminars, and hands-on experiences making it a perfect outing for families and friends.

Location: Lawrenceville - 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy; Date: July 13-14; Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday); 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sunday); Admission: $5-$15; Website: repticon.com

Breakfast With Butterflies

Enjoy the beauty of nature with a delicious breakfast at Chattahoochee Nature Center! This enchanting experience offers guests the chance to learn about various butterfly species, their life cycles, and the important role they play in our ecosystem.

Location: Roswell - 9135 Willeo Rd; Date: July 14; Time: 10 a.m. to noon; Admission: $25; Website: chattnaturecenter.org

Atlanta Comic Convention

The Atlanta Comic Convention features an extensive lineup of activities where guests can browse through vendor booths offering a wide range of comic books, collectibles, artwork, and memorabilia. This event also provides a unique opportunity for fans to meet their favorite creators, participate in interactive workshops, and connect with other comic lovers.

Location: Northeast Atlanta - 2000 Century Blvd; Date: July 14; Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Admission: $5; Website: atlantacomicconvention.com

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