10 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

State Farm Arena Sign on August 25, 2022
Brandon McKeown

Atlanta’s weekend festivities this weekend have it all, and the good news is that most of it will take place in an indoor environment to beat the cold. From comfy, cozy onesie bar crawls to Mean Girls brunches, comedy shows, museum visits, Hawks games and more, you’ll find something that you’ll love this weekend.

And take special note, on Saturday night, experience the epitome of operatic romance as The Atlanta Opera presents “La bohème.” Set against the enchanting backdrop of 1890s Paris, Giacomo Puccini’s timeless masterpiece unfolds the poignant tale of love, loss, and the pursuit of artistic dreams. Fall in love with the bohemian life as four friends navigate the challenges life can bring, their stories brought to life by the soul-stirring melodies of Puccini.

With an immensely talented and star-studded cast, this production promises an unforgettable evening of friendship, passion, and captivating arias that will enchant your senses. The Atlanta Opera’s production of “La bohème” will transport you to a world where love is a grand opera, and every note resonates with emotion. Don’t miss the chance to witness the grandeur of “La bohème” at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre from January 20-28. Secure your seats online at atlantaopera.org or call the ticket office at 404-881-8885.

Free Comedy Show at Schoolhouse Marietta

Prepare to LOL this Friday for a free comedy show at Schoolhouse Brewing Marietta. In addition to seeing some of the funniest faces in metro Atlanta, you’ll have access to some of the finest brews. Comedy and craft beers will make the ultimate dynamic duo for an unforgettable Friday evening.

Location: Schoolhouse Brewing - 840 Franklin Ct Suite 100; Date: Friday, January 19; Time: 7 - 9 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: Free Comedy Show at Schoolhouse Marietta

Mean Girls Movie Brunch at Wild Leap Atlanta

Dust off that burn book and join the Mean Girls Movie Brunch at Wild Leap Atlanta. This brunch has plenty of seats (so you CAN sit with us) and promises to be totally fetch, thanks to live DJ beats, crafted cocktails and slushie flights, a photobooth decked out with Mean Girls movie props, and more. There will even be a costume contest for you to channel your most innermost Plastic.

Location: Wild Leap Brewing Company - 125 Ted Turner Drive SW; Date: Saturday, January 20; Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $10 to $60; Website: wildleap.com/meangirls

The Official Onesie Bar Crawl

Looking for a reason to wear your onesie in public? This Saturday gives you a chance to do so at the Official Onesie Bar Crawl in Midtown Atlanta, the “comfiest party of the year.” Crawl locations include Establishment, The Nook, Sugar Factory, Traffik Kitchen and Cocktail, X Midtown, and Koo Koo Room, providing the most snuggly and coziest bar crawl experience you’ve ever had.

Location: The Nook on Piedmont Park - 1144 Piedmont Ave NE; Date: Saturday, January 20; Time: 4 p.m. to midnight; Admission: $20 for group; $25 for individual; Website: The Onesie Bar Crawl — Crawl With US

Tiny Doors Open Studio

If you’ve stumbled upon colorful tiny (to be exact: 7 inch) doors across Atlanta, you may be curious about the creative genius behind the magic. This weekend, meet Karen Anderson Singer and learn more about the whimsical art project that has taken the city by storm. You can even shop some Tiny Doors merchandise!

Location: Atlantic Station - 1380 Atlantic Dr NW; Date: Saturday, January 20; Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: Tiny Doors ATL Open Studio - Atlantic Station

Atlanta Winter Wine Festival

Wine not warm up your soul and spirits by heading to the Atlanta Winter Wine Festival at Guardian Works, offering over 50 different wines, beers and White Claws for sampling. Enjoy live music and DJ beats as you sip on your souvenir acrylic wine glass.

Location: Guardian Works - 775 Echo St NW; Date: Saturday, January 20; Time: Noon to 4 p.m.; 6 - 10 p.m.; Admission: $55 before the event or $65 day of event; Website: Winter – Atlanta Wine Festivals

Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

On Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at State Farm Arena. It’s a home game you won’t want to miss, so clear your schedule and gear up for a Saturday basketball extravaganza.

Location: State Farm Arena - 1 State Farm Dr; Date: Saturday, January 20; Time: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: Various prices; Website: Atlanta Hawks | State Farm Arena

Outside the Box at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Embark on a journey of imagination at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s spring 2024 exhibit, “Outside the Box.” Kicking off this Saturday, Jan. 20, and running until May 5, it’s a chance for both kids and adults to “unbox their imagination” by diving into innovative and fun STEQAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) concepts.

Location: Children’s Museum of Atlanta - 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW; Date: Starting Saturday, January 20; Time: Various times; Admission: Varies; check website; Website: Outside the Box Exhibit | Children’s Museum of Atlanta (childrensmuseumatlanta.org)

Atlanta Opera: La Boheme

This weekend, head to the Atlanta Opera to watch one of the most popular operas ever written. Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece La Boheme has inspired everything from the Tony Award-winning musical Rent and the classic film Moonstruck. Experience the beautiful melodies and unforgettable storyline of this timeless classic at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

Location: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center -2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy; Date: Saturday, January 20; Time: 8 p.m.; Admission: Various Prices; Website: La bohéme | Cobb Energy Centre

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

The final shows of Onstage Atlanta’s “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” will take place this weekend. Bring the whole family to experience the story of Percy Jackson, the half-blood son of Greek gods, live on stage in this enthralling adaption of the book and film.

Location: Onstage Atlanta - 3041 N Decatur Rd; Date: Until Sunday, Jan. 21; Time: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; Admission: See website; Website: OnStage Atlanta Theatre Company - Atlanta, GA

Fun and Slutty with Jonathan Von Ness

Queer Eye hairstylist and personality Jonathan Von Ness will be gracing the Atlanta Symphony Hall stage this Sunday. Get ready for a Sunday Funday full of side-splitting queer laughs and comedy that you won’t forget.

Location: Atlanta Symphony Hall - 1280 Peachtree Street NE; Date: Sunday, January 21; Time: 7 p.m.; Admission: Various prices; Website: Tour - Jonathan Van Ness

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