10 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

The SweetWater 420 Fest rocked with crowds on Saturday, April 30, 2022. (Photo: Robb Cohen for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Atlanta is jam-packed with endless possibilities for fun and adventure this weekend! For those craving a taste of nature, celebrate Earth Day at Atlanta Botanical Garden or if your taste buds start tingling then definitely head over to Atlanta Wing Fest for some finger-licking food. You can also enjoy a live art show at Art & Soul Festival or spend the evening shopping at Mystic District Marketplace. With a diverse array of activities, Atlanta promises an exciting weekend for all.

Atlanta Wing Fest

The Atlanta Wing Festival is a flavorful celebration of all things chicken wings! Hosted in the heart of Atlanta, this festival transforms the city into a haven for wing lovers, offering a wide range of wing styles and flavors that your taste buds will love. Enjoy live music, good food and a vibrant atmosphere for all ages.

Location: Uptown Atlanta Atrium Towers - 570 Main St; Date: April 18; Time: 7-10 p.m.; Admission: $75; Website: atlantawingfest.com

Earth Day at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Celebrate Earth Day at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, a celebration of nature’s beauty. This special day brings together families to explore the wonders of the natural world. Visitors will get the opportunity to participate in educational exhibits and hands-on activities while learning about native plants and engaging in fun-filled workshops.

Location: Atlanta Botanical Garden - 1345 Piedmont Ave NE; Date: April 19; Time: 10 a.m. to noon; Admission: Free with garden admission; Website: atlantabg.org

Art and Soul Festival

The Druid Hills community is inviting everyone to the Art & Soul Festival, a family-friendly event where local painter C West will be creating live works of art. From hands-on crafts to art vendors, there will be plenty of activities kids can enjoy. Bask in the beauty of springtime while enjoying live music and food trucks.

Location: The Point - 1540 Avenue Place; Date: April 20; Time: Noon to 2 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: thepointatl.com

Mystic District Marketplace: The Dark Forest Edition

Atlanta, get ready to experience a mystical night market you won’t forget! Attendees can shop until they drop with over 40+ unique vendors, enjoy live performances, and experience interactive art installations. This event has an incredible lineup of things to do from a one-hour Drag & Burlesque show to $2000 raffle prizes.

Location: Westside Motor Lounge - 725 Echo St NW; Date: April 20; Time: 6 p.m. to midnight; Admission: $33.33; Website: universe.com

Unicorn World

Trying to figure out where to take your kids this weekend? Head over to Unicorn World, a whimsical and enchanting event that brings to life the magic of unicorns for both children and adults. From exploring the enchanted forest to unicorn-themed arts and crafts, Unicorn World offers an exciting escape into a world where dreams come true and imagination becomes reality.

Location: Cobb Galleria Centre - 2 Galleria Parkway SE; Date: April 20-21; Time: Saturday - 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday - 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Admission: $33.95; Website: eventbrite.com

SweetWater 420 Fest

This annual ode to music and great brews will bring out heavy-hitting entertainers like Beck, Grace Potter and Larkin Poe this year. Purchase a beverage fast pass and get your fill of the best beverages around the festival as you take in an unforgettable lineup of performers on the venue’s three stages.

Location: Pullman Yards - 225 Rogers St NE; Date: April 20-21; Time: Saturday and Sunday - Noon to 11 p.m.; Admission: $77-$1,170; Website: sweetwater420fest.com

Big Shanty Festival

Get ready to have some fun with the Kennesaw community at The Big Shanty Festival, a beloved tradition that brings together locals and visitors for a weekend of festivities. This event is special as it honors the city’s rich history and vibrant culture. Streets are transformed into a bustling marketplace, with vendors offering a wide range of arts, crafts and delicious food. Families can also enjoy carnival rides and games.

Location: Downtown Kennesaw - 2829 Cherokee St NW; Date: April 20-21; Time: Saturday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday - Noon to 5 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: kennesaw.com

Atlanta Comic Convention

Calling all comic fans! This convention is a haven for fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, and all things pop culture. From iconic superheroes to beloved characters from movies and TV shows, the Atlanta Comic Convention is a treasure trove of comics, collectibles, artwork and memorabilia. Attendees can meet their favorite artists, get autographs, and immerse themselves in panels and discussions about the industry.

Location: Marriott Hotel Northeast/Emory Area - 2000 Century Blvd NE; Date: April 21; Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Admission: $5; Website: atlantacomicconvention.com

Georgia Bridal and Wedding Expo

Looking for the perfect wedding dress? Head over to the Georgia Bridal & Wedding Expo, a dream-filled event that serves as a one-stop destination for couples embarking on the journey to their special day. This expo brings together a myriad of wedding professionals and vendors under one roof, offering a glimpse into the latest trends and timeless traditions of the wedding world.

Location: Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart - 240 Peachtree St; Date: April 21; Time: Noon to 5 p.m.; Admission: Free online, $10 at the door; Website: gabridalshows.com

SkyHigh Car Show

If you’re a car enthusiast or just enjoy admiring vintage cars, then the SkyHigh Car Show is perfect for you! This is an annual event that draws car lovers from all walks of life, showcasing a stunning array of vehicles that range from classic beauties to modern marvels. The SkyHigh Car Show is an exciting celebration of the automotive world, where the love for cars is on full display for all to enjoy.

Location: Aviation History and Technology Center - 555 Perrin Rd; Date: April 21; Time: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Admission: Free car show entry, $5 per person general admission; Website: ahtc360.org

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