10 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Midtown Atlanta on May 13, 2022
Katrina Merto

Hey Atlanta! It’s Barbenheimer weekend! That means the two most anticipated movies of the summer, “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer,” have finally arrived in theaters. But if you’re looking for more excitement after your movie marathon or not feeling the Barbenheimer hype, fear not. Atlanta has a variety of other fantastic events for you.

Catch a glimpse of Atlanta’s very own Wimbledon sensation, Christopher Eubanks, indulge in a delightful Barbie-inspired brunch, and enjoy the ultimate summer party at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Check out our curated list below and get ready for an unforgettable weekend:

Family Fun Night ‘Return To Hogwarts’

Get ready for an enchanting evening at Family Fun Night in lively Downtown Woodstock! Just a short hop from Atlanta, this FREE family escapade is filled with exciting activities like face painting and costume contests throughout downtown. Plus, don’t miss the movie, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” playing at 7 p.m. under the starry sky on the Woodstock Arts Event Green.

Location: Cherokee at Downtown Woodstock - 8594-8624 Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188; Time: 5-10 p.m.; Date: Thursday, July 20; Admission: Free; Website: facebook.com

Friday Jazz

Indulge in a glamorous Friday night experience at the High! Sip on drinks, savor delicious bites, and immerse yourself in the museum’s captivating galleries all while being serenaded by the mesmerizing live jazz melodies of Atlanta native, Joe Alterman.

Location: Midtown at the High Museum of Art - 1280 Peachtree St NE; Time: 6-10 p.m.; Date: Friday, July 21; Admission: Members free, non-members $25; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

The 13th annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival is back in beautiful Piedmont Park this Saturday! Satisfy your sweet tooth with more than 85 local restaurant delights, non-food vendors, live music, and fitness and wellness engagement activities. It’s a scrumptious family affair you won’t want to miss, and best of all, admission is free.

Location: Midtown at Piedmont Park - 10th Street & Charles Allen Drive; Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Date: Saturday, July 22; Admission: Free; Website: atlantaicecreamfestival.com

Let’s Go Party: Barbie-Inspired Brunch

Calling all ATL Barbie fans! On Saturday, head to Wild Leap Atlanta for an epic Barbie-themed brunch extravaganza. Strike a pose, dance to your favorite hits from the “Barbie” soundtrack, and sip on dreamy-themed cocktails and slushie flights. Don’t forget to flaunt your best Barbie or Ken outfit for a chance to win the costume contest.

Location: Downtown at Wild Leap Atlanta - 125 Ted Turner Dr SW; Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Date: Saturday, July 22; Admission: $15+; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

The Happy Black Parent Children’s Book Festival

Don’t miss The Happy Black Parent’s 2nd annual Children’s Book Festival on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at Pittsburgh Yards. Meet amazing children’s book authors, enjoy performances, shop local, and savor delicious food. Fun and FREE for the whole fam!

Location: Southwest Atlanta at Pittsburgh Yards - 352 University Ave SW; Time: Noon to 5 p.m.; Date: Saturday, July 22; Admission: Free; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Margarita and Taco Fest

Spice up your Saturday evening at the Margarita and Taco Fest, hosted by Live! at the Battery Atlanta. This fiesta features local food trucks, live music, and vibrant decorations. General admission includes entry, access to multiple venues, one complimentary margarita, and three drink tickets. This event is for 21+ attendees only.

Location: Cobb at Live! at the Battery Atlanta - 825 Battery Ave SE #600, Atlanta, GA 30339; Time: 3-10 p.m.; Date: Saturday, July 22; Admission: $30; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Summer Party: Enchanted Garden

Step into a magical night at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Summer Party! Immerse yourself in a world of goddesses, trolls, fairies, and enchantment. With live music, captivating live painting, cocktails, chef demonstrations, kids’ activities, and captivating garden art, the fun knows no bounds.

Location: Midtown at Atlanta Botanical Garden - 1345 Piedmont Ave NE; Time: 5-9 p.m.; Date: Saturday, July 22; Admission: General Admission Member $50, Non-Member, $55; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

BackYARD Fest

Get ready for a summer bash at The Home Depot Backyard’s BackYARD Fest, happening this Saturday night. Enjoy the movie “Drumline” under the stars, performances from the Atlanta Falcon’s drumline and break dancers, live music, an outdoor roller-skating rink with demonstrations and lessons by Atlanta Roller Derby, and plenty more family-friendly activities. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable summertime extravaganza!

Location: Downtown at The Home Depot Backyard - 1 Backyard Way; Time: 6:30-11:30 p.m.; Date: Saturday, July 22; Admission: Free; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

City of Atlanta Farm Tour Experience

Hop aboard the City of Atlanta’s inaugural Farm Tour Experience! For just $60 per person, this inspiring round-trip adventure includes delicious food, wine, lively entertainment, and a chance to support locally-grown produce and products. Best of all, your contribution will benefit the AgLanta “Grows-A-Lot” program, which supports urban gardens, farms, and food forests to bridge the food security gap and promote sustainability.

Location: Downtown at City Hall - 55 Trinity Ave SW; Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Date: Saturday, July 22; Admission: $60; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

Atlanta Open

Hot off the heels of Wimbledon, the Atlanta Open is set to take over Atlantic Station from July 22-30. Prepare for thrilling tennis showdowns as the hottest stars on the court, including Atlanta sensation Christopher Eubanks, Ben Shelton, and six-time Atlanta Open champion and former Georgia player John Isner, deliver an unforgettable tournament.

Location: Midtown at Atlantic Station - 221 20th St; Date: Saturday, July 22 through Sunday, July 30; Admission: $30+; Website: events.accessatlanta.com

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