March
optimist crawfish boil
the optimist's crawfish boil | Andrew Thomas Lee

March

Thursday
Mar 9
The Pinewood
Cocktails & Comedy starts tonight at 10pm and happens every Thursday night, with new comics weekly. Your $12 ticket at the door comes with a $10 credit towards your food, and you'll save $10 on advance tix.
Saturday
Mar 11
Park Tavern
It's Lepre*CON again, the big booze-filled St. Paddy’s fest, where you're encouraged to wear your "wittiest green attire" and go nuts.
Sunday
Mar 19
The Optimist
For $20 you'll get live Cajun tunes from a band, $5 specials on select canned beers, and a variety of Fish House punch specials. Remember that this is The Optimist -- that's a deal.
Sunday
Mar 12
Bellina Alimentari
Steve Whitmire, farmer/partner at Brasstown Beef, hosts the first installment of BA's new "Meet the Farmer" dinner series, where you'll eat "the best meat in the Southeast" in a four-course dinner with wine pairings.
Monday
Mar 13
Joystick Gamebar
This is the day S3 (Simply, Savory & Spiced) opens at ATL's first barcade. The food's South Asian small -- and large -- bites include veggie samosas, "naanchos," and more. Go play with food.
Friday
Mar 17
Hampton + Hudson
Five-dollar Jameson shots and Guinness, plus Irish-themed food specials and a live Irish music performance will be your weekend plans.
Tuesday
Mar 21
The Lawrence
It's BNF (Birthday Number Five) at the great little Midtown restaurant and bar. Go there and help celebrate -- you'll probably get a gift or two yourself.
Wednesday - Saturday
Mar 22-25
The High Museum
There'll be 113 wineries represented at this three-day auction at the art museum, starting today. Buy you some fancy wine! You probably deserve it.
Thursday
Mar 23
Parish and TWO Urban Licks
Parish and TWO Urban Licks are hosting the Rock, Wine, and Stroll After Party, at which you'll be able to stroll the BeltLine between the restaurants drinking that good, full-bodied fermented grape juice.
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April
sweetwater festival
SweetWater 420 Fest | Addison Hill

April

Saturday
Apr 1
Three Taverns Brewery
Your ticket gets you a night of stand-up jokes, a brewery tour with Three Taverns beer selections, and a tasting glass to take home.
Saturday
Apr 1
Eat food from trucks without paying entry
Eat food from trucks without paying entry
Tired of paying admission for festivals just to pay for food again? Go to Food-o-Rama Grant Park, with 35 food trucks, a music stage, an artist market, and local brews. No cover!
Saturday - Sunday
Apr 1-2
Olmsted Linear Park
See more than 125 displays of local and regional fine art and crafts at Festival on Ponce, as you eat from gourmet food trucks, drink, and hear live music with your dog. Entry's free!
Thursday
Apr 6
Aisle 5
Have you ever attended a sketch show performed to a beat? Lyricist Lounge is doing that, with Dungeon Family members Big Rube, Cool Breeze, and others.
Thursday
Apr 6
Atlanta Marriott Century Center
There is nothing you could possibly be doing that's better than TribalCon's four days of belly dancing.
Saturday
Apr 8
Grant Park
Run Before You Crawl can be taken literally and figuratively -- it's a 5K that ends with a pub crawl.
Saturday - Sunday
Apr 15-16
6100 Lake Forrest Dr; Sandy Springs
The sixth annual Sandy Springs Artsapalooza will feature 150 local and regional artists (painting, ceramics, glass, woodwork, handcraft, mixed media), and will also have food AND offer free admission.
Sunday
Apr 16
Park Tavern
Enjoy chef-attended omelet and carving stations, plus various traditional foods (cheese grits!), and maybe even hug the Easter bunny. Maybe.
Friday - Sunday
Apr 21-23
Centennial Olympic Park
Starting Friday night, SweetWater 420 Fest brings you live shows from Widespread Panic, Talib Kweli, and other big-time artists. Oh, there's beer too! A lot of it.
Sunday
Apr 23
Georgia Ave and Ralph David Abernathy Blvd
Starting at 2pm Atlanta Streets Alive dominates the Southside with biking, skating, walking, and rolling down carless streets.
May
shaky beatz
shaky beatz music fest | Courtesy of aLIVE Coverage

May

Friday - Sunday
May 5-7
Centennial Olympic Park
Save three days in early May for Shaky Beats, the hip-hop/EDM music festival.
Friday
May 5
ADAC
The 34th annual ADAC sample sale features discounted pricing on some of the flyest high-end indoor and outdoor home furnishings, rugs, lighting and more, and only for three days.
Saturday - Sunday
May 6-7
Upper Chastain Park
The seventh annual Chastain Park Arts Festival returns! More than 185 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers, and more! Art demos! Live tunes! Food trucks! Activities and shit!
Friday - Sunday
May 12-14
Centennial Olympic Park
Shaky Knees is celebrating its fifth year and LCD Soundsystem is headlining the three-day get-down.
Saturday
May 13
John Wesley Dobbs Ave
You'll know when you've arrived at Sweet Auburn Springfest, because traffic will absolutely stop. Park, get out, and high-five your neighbor.
Wednesday
May 17
Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel
Expect "unexpected hotel events and neighborhood experiences centered on mixology, gastronomy, nightlife, and entertainment" -- in other words, a good time.
Saturday
May 20
Old 4th Ward
Just get to Edgewood and Auburn around Boulevard to attend a free block party with over 30 live performances, "fire games" (YES), sculptures, history presentations, and things to eat and drink.
Saturday
May 20
Hancock Park Pavilion, Dahlonega
The second annual Arts & Wine Festival will have arts, crafts, a wine garden for sampling pours, and live jazz. Plus this year you can buy wine by the bottle (or case) at the festival.
Saturday
May 20
Grant Park
This is the first annual Atlanta Margarita + Taco Fest, where restaurants and vendors from all over Atlanta and the Southeast will feed and booze you.
Friday - Sunday
May 26-28
Piedmont Park
Possibly Atlanta's greatest event, the Atlanta Jazz Festival will restore your faith in jazz and humanity. You're neither too old nor too young. BYOB!
Saturday
May 27
Zoo Atlanta
No, not your college friends -- real wild animals who welcome you to Brew at the Zoo!
June
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival | Raftermen Photography

June

Thursday - Sunday
Jun 1-4
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Midtown
The city's undeniably best food festival starts today. Get tickets when they go on sale March 17 -- they’ll sell out.

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