Everything Fun to Do in Atlanta This Weekend

These are all your local must-hit music and food festivals, events, movies, markets, deals, and concerts to help you make the most of your weekend.

As we kick off the first long weekend of summer, our hearts and minds are in Uvalde, Texas, mourning the 19 children and two adults who lost their lives in yet another mass shooting. If you’re feeling similarly hopeless and frustrated, know that there are ways to help the families of the victims, including donating blood and supporting verified fundraisers. You can also contact your Congress Members and demand sensible gun reform or get involved with organizations like Everytown that are working to prevent gun violence in America.

We get it if you’re not in the mood to celebrate this weekend, but we also think that getting outside and enjoying beautiful weather, spending time with loved ones, and remembering all of the things that make living in this city so great are some of the best ways to honor the memories of those who can no longer experience such simple joys. If you do decide to venture out, we’ve got a full slate of activities, including cosplay, free jazz, a local vegan market. Here’s everything you can eat, drink, and do in Atlanta over the long weekend.

Thursday, May 26 - Sunday, May 29
Every year, MomoCon proves to be one of the biggest and best pop culture conventions in Atlanta, and if you still haven’t experienced one for yourself, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so over the next several days. The four-day event will unite fans of Japanese anime, American animation, comics, video games, and tabletop games and put them face to face with celebrity guests such as Bill Farmer, Khary Payton, BeeNerdish, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Greg Baldwin, L L McKinney, and more. One day and weekend passes are available, so all you have to worry about is getting the perfect membership package for you and figuring out what character you’re going to cosplay as.
Cost: $35 - $85

Friday, May 27
Old Fourth Ward
Venkman’s is an Atlanta gem, and if you’ve never been, this Friday’s Saved by the Band event will be the perfect show to get acquainted with the soulful O4W venue. The late-night event is set to be a nostalgic revelry filled with live performances of classic tunes from decades past, including the ‘80s, ‘90s, and beyond. Doors open at 8 pm, and the show starts at 9 pm.
Cost: $15 - $25

Saturday, May 28 - Monday, May 30
Piedmont Park
They say the best things are free, and the Atlanta Jazz Festival may just be proof of that. The 45th annual event has been around longer than most locals have actually been in Atlanta, and thanks to its consistently diverse lineup of jazz musicians, it has grown to become one of the largest free jazz festivals in the United States. This weekend, the Atlanta Jazz Festival returns, and attendees look forward to mouthwatering food trucks, a vast assortment of vendors, and an impressive list of performers—including Grammy-nominated and world-renowned acts like Masego, The Baylor Project, Makaya McCraven, Rhonda Thomas, Julie Dexter, the legendary Herbie Hancock, and more.
Cost: Free

Saturday, May 28
While Memorial Day will undoubtedly be the main event this weekend, there is another holiday that’s still worth celebrating—National Burger Day. Atlanta’s burger scene is loaded and much better than many outsiders would ever expect, so you can’t really go wrong with supporting any local burger joint. However, if you’re in the Dunwoody area, you might as well celebrate National Burger Day with NFA Burger, which has previously been crowned as the Best Burger in Georgia by Food & Wine and the Best Burger in ATL by both the AJC and Atlanta Magazine.
Cost: Price varies

Saturday, May 28 - Monday, May 30
The 37th annual Georgia Renaissance Festival is set to wrap up in Fairburn this weekend, and since Memorial Day is ushering in a long weekend, the beloved annual event will stick around until Monday. For those who have never had the pleasure of attending, the Renaissance Festival is a medieval-era fanatic’s dream where cosplay is always welcomed. Expect everything from jousting, jesters, and giant turkey legs to live artisan demonstrations, costume contests, and pub crawls. And in honor of Memorial Day, active military, veterans, first responders, and their families can enjoy special discounts when attending the Georgia Renaissance Festival on Monday.
Cost: $21.95 - $35

Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29
Although you probably don’t typically plan to go to Six Flags Over Georgia to try a bunch of tequilas, that can be your reality this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the Tapas and Tequila will welcome guests to a six-course tasting of tapas—including shrimp tacos, Mexican street corn, nachurros, and more—and premium tequilas. The festival is sure to be an epic fiesta, and don’t feel pressured to get on rides after all that tequila, you can purchase event-only tickets or park admission-inclusive tickets if you act fast.
Cost: $59.99 - $94.99

Sunday, May 29
Sandy Springs
Summer is knocking at our doors this weekend, and if you want to enter the new season feeling your best, make sure you attend Bien Vegano’s Vegan Market at Pontoon Brewing Company this Sunday. The event is set to take place from 1 pm to 5 pm, and in addition to delicious and affordable $5 vegan food options, there will be incredible local vendors, live music, art, kid-friendly activities, and more.
Cost: Free to attend

Monday, May 30
The Interlock
If you’re off on Memorial Day and looking for a non-cookout-related move, Puttshack has you covered. In honor of the holiday, the tech-infused mini-golf spot will be open from 11 am to midnight, and if you play a game before 4 pm, you can get another game half off. And with that money that you save, you’ll be able to really get into Puttshack’s expertly crafted cocktails—whether it be a Hennessy Island, a Smokin’ Painkiller, or a Very Berry Mule—and mouthwatering bites—order the honey-drizzled Pepperoni Buzz flatbread, and thank us later.
Cost: Price varies

Monday, May 30
From Memorial Day to July 1, the World of Coca-Cola will be hosting the Enjoy! Patio Party—an ongoing outdoor summer celebration that takes place every day from Monday to Friday on the popular Atlanta attraction’s covered patio and second-floor deck. Attendees can expect laid-back vibes, yard games (we’re talking corn hole and giant Jenga), colorful photo ops, a new Pop Culture Gallery interactive exhibit, and fresh summer-inspired sips like AHA sparkling water and Minute Maid Aguas Frescas.
Cost: $15 - $19

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Joshua Robinson is an Atlanta-based contributor for Thrillist.