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

People enjoy the rides at the Atlanta Fair on Sunday, March 6, 2022. This was the opening weekend for the annual fair that runs through April 10. (Photo by Steve Schaefer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Don’t miss out on some of the hottest events in Atlanta this weekend!

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Whether you’re looking to participate in a collection of talks and conversations at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, stumble around at a beer-chugging 5K, or experience an underground night market, there’s something for everyone in the 404. So take a look at our top picks below and find the event that fits your vibe.

Celebrate the start of spring with the Atlanta Fair

Spring is here, and so is the Atlanta Fair from Mar. 3 to Apr. 9. Located across from Georgia State Stadium, it’s time for classic carnival games, yummy food, and thrilling rides like the Alien Abduction and Drop Tower. Plus, new rides like the Kiddie Pirate Ship are waiting for you. Clear bags only, and kids under 17 after 6 p.m. must be with a parent. Don’t miss out on the fun — and funnel cake!

Location: Summerhill - 688 Central Ave SW; Date: Friday, Mar. 3 through Sunday, Apr. 9; Admission: $3+; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Attend a super cool Underground Atlanta night market

Underground Atlanta is about to get even more remarkable with the return of its First Friday series on Mar. 3! Get ready to see some of Atlanta’s best artists, vendors, and curators as you tour the studios and enjoy a variety of events and spectacles. And the best part? This is a FREE event!

Location: Downtown at Underground Atlanta - 50 Upper Alabama St; Time: 10 p.m.; Date: Friday, Mar. 3; Admission: Free; Website: instagram.com

Eat your heart out at Atlanta Brunch Fest

Get ready to brunch it up at Brunch Fest! This year, it’s going all out with two Saturdays of brunch bites from Atlanta’s best food vendors. Sip on mimosas, Bloody Marys, Brunch Punch, beer, and wine while grooving to Davis & the Love and DJ Q-Tip. Bottomless drinks for only $50 from noon to 3:45 p.m. Just remember, this is a 21+ event with no kids or pets allowed, and tickets are only valid for one weekend.

Location: Midtown - 241 20th St; Time: Noon to 4 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Mar. 4 and Saturday Mar. 11; Admission: $50; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Get ready to stumble at a beer-chugging 5K

The second annual Suwanee Beer Fest Beer Chaser 5K is perfect for anyone, from the serious runner aiming to break their personal record to those who want to walk and sip beer with their friends. The race is timed and qualifies for the Peachtree Road Race. Choose the ticket option that suits you best, either with non-stop running or with beer stops along the way.

Location: Gwinnett at Suwanee Greenway Trail - 1170 Buford Hwy, Suwanee, GA 30024; Date: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 4; Admission: $55; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Defend rights and realize dreams

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and explore how rights can create new possibilities for politics, culture, and ethics at Night of Ideas. You’ll hear from some amazing people, like Dr. Bernice A. King, philosopher Felwine Sarr, and freestyle rap collective Soul Food Cypher. Best of all, it’s free and open to the public.

Location: Downtown at National Center for Civil and Human Rights - 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW; Time: 7 p.m. to midnight; Date: Saturday, Mar. 4; Admission: Free; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

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