10 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

The Inman Park butterfly group takes part in the Inman Park festival parade.
Raymond Hagans

If you live in Atlanta or are simply visiting, there are various events to attend this weekend! From cultural attractions to outdoor adventures, the city offers an array of activities to suit every interest. Explore the historic neighborhoods of Inman Park for the Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes, or enjoy a night of laughter at the ATL Comedy Fest. With so much to see and do, Atlanta promises an unforgettable weekend for locals and visitors alike.

And take note! Looking for an unforgettable experience in Atlanta? Immerse yourself in the mythical world of gods and heroes in “Die Walküre.” Journey to Valhalla and beyond as bass-baritone Greer Grimsley leads an exceptional cast in the second installment of Richard Wagner’s magnum opus, the “Ring” cycle. With stunning visuals, breathtaking music, and world-class performances, this epic opera experience transports audiences to a realm where love, betrayal, and destiny collide. Featuring the famed “Flight of the Valkyries,” you can see the music you know come to life onstage as never before in this all-new production. Whether you’re a seasoned opera enthusiast or a newcomer to the art form, this production promises an unforgettable night out. Join us for an extraordinary journey into the heart of Wagner’s masterpiece – it’s an experience you won’t want to miss!

Johnny’s Hideaway 45th Anniversary Party

Celebrate 45 years of being in business with Johnny’s Hideaway! For decades, this iconic nightclub has been a cornerstone of the city’s nightlife scene, drawing in locals and visitors to a lively atmosphere. Enjoy exclusive drink specials, music and more.

Location: Johnny’s Hideaway – 3771 Roswell Rd NE; Date: April 25; Time: 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Admission: Free; Website: johnnyshideaway.com

Atlanta Film Festival

The Atlanta Film Festival is more than just a cinematic event; it’s a celebration of storytelling and creativity. As the festival marks another year of showcasing diverse voices and innovative filmmaking, attendees can expect to enjoy captivating films that will grace the screen. Among them: Ann Hathaway in “The Idea of You,” a supernatural TV world in “I Saw the TV Glow” and the story of icon Luther Vandross in “Luther: Never Too Much.” And catch educational programming with the festival’s Creative Conference.

Location: Plaza Theatre and Tara Theatre and virtual; Date: April 25-May 5; Times: Showtimes vary - see website; Admission: badges and passes - $75-$875; Website: atlantafilmfestival.com

Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes

The Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes returns in April! The festival is free to attend and highlights a street market, local art, food, live music and much more. The Tour of Homes starts at $35 where you can take in the beauty of stunning Victorian homes of the late 1800s.

Location: Atlanta’s historic Inman Park neighborhood – Inman Park; Date: April 26-28; Time: 2024 Tour of Homes: April 26-28 from noon to 4 p.m.; Festival: April 27 & April 28 starting at 11 a.m.; Admission: Tour of homes starting at $35; Festival admission is free; Website: festival.inmanpark.org

Georgia Spring State Fair

As the warm weather starts to heat up so are the fairs! As families gather to enjoy the thrill of rides and the indulgence of fair foods, the fairgrounds buzz with excitement. From classic carnival games to exciting attractions, there’s something for everyone at this beloved annual event.

Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway – 1500 Tara Pl; Date: April 26-May 5; Times: 4-11 p.m. (Friday); noon to 11 p.m. (Saturday); noon to 10 p.m. (Sunday); Admission: $10 for Adults and $5 for Youth; Website: georgiastatefair.com

ATL Comedy Fest

Get ready for a night full of laughter! From seasoned veterans to up-and-coming stars, this event showcases the best and brightest in the comedy scene. Enjoy a star-studded lineup of comedians including Sommore, Lavell Crawford, Tony Roberts, Don DC Curry, Bill Bellamy & Teddy Carpenter. The ATL Comedy Fest promises an unforgettable experience filled with joy for all who attend.

Location: State Farm Arena – 1 State Farm Dr; Date: April 27; Times: Starts at 8 p.m.; Admission: $59 to $175; Website: statefarmarena.com

Atlanta Seafood Festival

In the mood for tasty seafood? Enjoy the day indulging in a wide selection of food, beer and wine! From shrimp to flavorful fish tacos, this festival offers something to satisfy every seafood craving. With live music, cooking demonstrations and a vibrant atmosphere, the Atlanta Seafood Festival brings people together to savor the flavors of the sea.

Location: Atlantic Station –1380 Atlantic Dr NW; Date: April 27; Time: 1-5 p.m.; Admission: $55; Website: bigtickets.com

Die Walküre

Die Walküre is a captivating masterpiece that enthralls audiences with its dramatic storyline and powerful music. Set in the world of Norse mythology, the opera follows the intertwining fates of gods, heroes, and mortals, exploring themes of love, betrayal, and redemption. As audiences are swept away by Richard Wagner’s music and the exciting performances, “Die Walküre” proves to be an unforgettable theatrical experience that leaves a lasting impression.

Location: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center – 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy; Date: April 27-May 5; Time: Various times, see website; Admission: Various prices, see website; Website: atlantaopera.org

Duluth Spring Arts Festival

The Duluth Spring Arts Festival is a vibrant celebration of creativity and culture that transforms the streets of Duluth into an outdoor gallery. Featuring the works of talented artists and artisans from across the region, the festival offers a diverse array of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and more.

Location: Duluth Town Center - 3167 Main Street; Date: April 27-28; Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday); 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday); Admission: Free; Website: duluthartsfestival.com

Smyrna Jonquil Festival

Small flower/big event! This annual spring festival will bring out 150 arts and crafts vendors alongside a food booth full of delicious festival food - think corn dogs, snow cones and barbecue. And there’s fun for all with kids’ activities and on-stage entertainment.

Location: The Village Green – 1250 Powder Springs ST SE; Date: April 27-28; Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday); noon to 5 p.m. (Sunday); Admission: Free; Website: cobbcountyevents.com

Taste of Marietta

Get ready to have fun at the largest and tastiest event in Georgia! Taste of Marietta is a food festival that shines a light on Cobb County restaurants and caterers. Attendees can sample a variety of cuisines, indulge in gourmet treats, and discover new favorite dishes as they stroll through the festival grounds.

Location: Historic Marietta Square – 99 S Park Square NE; Date: April 28; Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: tasteofmarietta.com

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