10 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

A band performing at SweetWater Brewing's 25th Anniversary Party last year. This year's anniversary party will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 from 1-11 p.m.
Courtesy of SweetWater Brewing

This weekend in Atlanta, we’ve got lots of beer on the menu with Brewery Yoga, the anniversary of Sweetwater Brewing, and an Arbor Day celebration! Keep the Valentine’s Day spirit going with a Romance Literary Festival if you’re so inclined, continue to support Black-owned businesses during Black History Month, transport to the 80s and much more!

Electric Avenue: Galentine’s Day or 80s Music Soundtrack

Groove to the unforgettable tunes of the 80s, brought to life by ultimate new wave cover band Electric Avenue. Friday night’s theme is Galentine’s Day, promising a journey through love and heartbreak with your favorite 80s love songs. On Saturday evening, grab your popcorn as you immerse yourself into the iconic cinema soundtracks from the era.

Location: Variety Playhouse - 1099 Euclid Avenue; Date: Feb. 16 and 17; Time: 8 p.m.; Admission: Starting at $19.50; Website: variety-playhouse.com

Exhibition: Please Touch the Art (Woodstock)

Who said art just needs to be admired from afar? This exhibit seeks to break all the rules of modern museum exhibitions and let you get up close and personal with the artwork. That’s right – you’re encouraged to touch the artwork! Doing so allows you to have a deeper connection with the artwork. Here, there’s no scolding – only an invitation to explore art in a whole new dimension.

Location: Reeves House Visual Arts Center - 8534 Main Street; Date: Until March 24 (This weekend: Feb. 16 and 17); Time: All Day; Admission: Free; Website: woodstockarts.org

Spiders: From Fear to Fascination

Encounter a web of wonder as you dive into the captivating realm of over 250 real spiders. Step (or get caught) into the intricate world of these fascinating and sometimes misunderstood creatures. You’ll learn more about their anatomy, reproduction, growth, silk-spinning process, spidey senses and more.

Location: Fernbank Museum - 767 Clifton Road; Date: Until May 5 (This weekend: Feb. 16, 17 & 18); Time: Various times; Admission: See website; Website: fernbankmuseum.org

OUMA Collects 2024: Highlights from the Collection

Have you ever driven by the majestic castle nestled along Peachtree Road in Brookhaven and wondered about its story? That castle is part of Oglethorpe University, and it’s home to a hidden gem waiting to be explored – the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA). Come explore their current exhibition, focused on oil, fiber and sculpture from Japanese, French and American cultures and more.

Location: Oglethorpe University Museum of Art - 4484 Peachtree Street; Date: Feb. 16, 17 & 18; Time: All Day; Admission: Free; Website: museum.oglethorpe.edu

Sweetwater Brewing’s 27th Anniversary

Join Sweetwater Brewing in commemorating 27 years of their legendary status as one of Atlanta’s most iconic breweries. Groove to performances by Earthgang, Maddy O’Neal, Daniel Donato Cosmic Country, and Casual Cadenza as you sip on brews and bite on delectable eats at this psychedelic birthday bash.

Location: Sweetwater Brewing - 195 Ottley Drive; Date: Saturday, February 17; Time: 1:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Admission: $50 (General Admission); Website: bigtickets.com

Georgia Black Vendor Market (Powder Springs)

Come support local Black-owned businesses at the vibrant Georgia Black Vendor Market, featuring over 50 businesses spanning home improvement, fashion, healthcare and more. You can also participate in a free health fair offering vital services such as blood pressure and diabetes checks, as well as discussions on holistic wellness.

Location: Christian Village - 4665 Macland Road; Date: Saturday, February 17; Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: vonzarainc.com

Love Y’all Romance Book Festival

Calling all romance book lovers – this festival will sweep you off your feet! Head to Decatur for a festival that encompasses all topics of romance literature. With an impressive lineup of over 60 authors, this event keeps the Valentine’s Day spirit alive and thriving into the weekend.

Location: Courtyard Marriott Decatur Convention Center - 130 Clairemont Avenue; Date: Saturday, February 17; Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Admission: See website; Website: loveyallfest.com

Arbor Day Celebration

Calling all nature enthusiasts, tree lovers and eco-warriors alike. Come to Lawrenceville to honor Arbor Day in style, complete with educational activities that shed light on the vital role of trees in our ecosystem and teach how to make a difference in creating a greener tomorrow. And for those aged 21 and up, you’ll have the chance to unwind with refreshing brews!

Location: Slow Pour Brewing Company - 407 North Clayton Street; Date: Saturday, February 17; Time: 12 to 4 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: downtownlawrencevillega.com

Bottomless Brunch at Urban Tree Cidery

What’s better than brunch? Bottomless brunch! Say goodbye to the week in style and toast to the week ahead with Bottomless Brunch at Urban Tree Cidery. Bottomless mimosas, sangria and cider cost $20, while bottomless Bloody Mary’s and Boozy Cold Brews cost $30. Plus, there’s a special Sunday Brunch cocktail menu for even more options, and a food truck to satisfy your food cravings. You can also BYOF (bring your own food) if you feel included to do so.

Location: Urban Tree Cidery - 1465 Howell Mill Road; Date: Sunday, February 18; Time: 12:30 to 3 p.m.; Admission: Various prices; see website; Website: eventvesta.com

Brewery Yoga with Hops and Flows

Prepare to unite mind, body and hops as you join a Vinyasa Flow class at Elsewhere Brewing, complete with a chilled beer included for $16. Stretch your limbs, find your balance and savor the delicious contrast of relaxation and refreshment. It’s a Namaste-worthy experience like no other.

Location: Elsewhere Brewing - 950 West Marietta Street NW; Date: Sunday, February 18; Time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Admission: $16; Website: eventbrite.com

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