5 of the best things you can do in Atlanta this weekend

Piedmont Park in Midtown on May 2, 2022
Katrina Merto

What we love most about Atlanta is that there’s always something to do. So whether you’re looking for a good time with friends at a free concert or want to go on a sensory journey to South Africa, Atlanta’s got it all — and this weekend is no exception.

Here are five of the best things to do in Atlanta this weekend (Aug. 12-14).

Experience the Wine and Culture Fest

Spend your entire weekend with Wine and Culture Fest, which bills itself as “the most inclusive wine festival dedicated to consumer education, brand awareness, industry advancement and cultural experiences through the Black lens.” The festival begins on Thursday, Aug. 11, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 14, at various locations. Every day brings a new experience, such as “Exploring South Africa Food & Wines,” “R.I.C.E.,” “The Cookout,” and a “Roses and Rosé Awards Brunch.”

Location: Various locations - Smyrna, East Atlanta and West Midtown; Date: Thursday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 14; Admission: $75+; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Solve a murder mystery

Who’s working with Voldemort? You’ll have to figure out who — and why — at the Village Theatre’s “Very Potter Prov” improvised murder mystery. So grab your wand and join Harry, Hermione and the rest of your favorite characters for an unforgettable improv show.

Location: East Atlanta - 349 Decatur St SE; Time: 8:30-10 p.m.; Date: Friday, Aug. 12; Admission: $16; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Take the kids to an “End of Summer Celebration”

It’s time to bid a fond farewell to summer and usher in the new school year. We know this can be a tough transition for some, but we’ve got you covered with this free, family-friendly event, with delicious food trucks, live performances and music, art vendors, an interactive kid’s zone and more.

The Atlanta International Night Market, which “weaves a tapestry of cultural arts, education, and cuisine to both enrich and display the vibrant multicultural diversity that is Atlanta,” is new to Roswell’s annual “End of Summer Celebration” this year.

Location: Roswell - 9000 Fouts Rd, Roswell, GA 30076; Time: 2-10 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Aug. 13; Admission: Free; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Listen up: Pod Save America comes to town

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor of Pod Save America will stop in Atlanta this weekend at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

The former aides to President Obama will engage in a round of no-holds-barred discussions about politics, the press and the imminent threats to our democracy (but in a fun way!). Stacey Abrams, who is running for governor of Georgia this year, will join them.

Location: Northwest Atlanta - 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339; Time: 8 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Aug. 13; Admission: $36.50+; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Catch a free show at Park Tavern

End your weekend with live music at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park. This Sunday’s Sunset Sessions features Acid Dad, Death Valley Girls, and Shehehe from Athens, Georgia. Although admission to the event is free, guests can purchase VIP tables, food and drinks. We recommend you bring your own blanket to sit on in the park or near the side stage and listen to the music.

Location: Midtown - 500 10th St NE; Time: 7-11 p.m.; Date: Sunday, Aug. 14; Admission: Free; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

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