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.

With the arrival of yet another weekend, we find ourselves staring down the fourth quarter of 2022. Somehow, we’ve already made it to the final three months of the year, and from here on out, things are only going to start moving faster as we head into the holidays. A bunch of great fall and winter exhibitions and experiences are on the horizon, so just think of this weekend as the calm before the storm. From hanging out at the Georgia State Fair to attending a chamber music concert inside of an unlikely local attraction, here are seven chill, but fun things to do in Atlanta this weekend.

Thursday, September 29
Buckhead
Making it through the work week is hard, so if you need an early dose of weekend tranquility, head over to Spaceman—the Hyatt Centric Buckhead's gorgeously designed rooftop bar and lounge—this Thursday evening. There will be a complimentary Vinyasa flow led by CorePower Yoga that starts at 6 pm, and make sure you arrive early with your own yoga mat because space is limited. After the community yoga session, you can stick around to check out some pop-up shops from Kendra Scott and Pottery Barn, and while you’re there, you can also treat yourself to some cocktails and bites from Spaceman.
Cost: Free to attend

Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2
Hampton
It wouldn’t be fall in Atlanta without the return of the Georgia State Fair. As expected, the beloved annual event is back at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and this year, it will be there from Friday, September 30, to Sunday, October 9. Whether you’re thinking about taking your special someone on a date or planning some fun for your family, you can’t go wrong with the Georgia State Fair, so go enjoy the rides, shows, petting zoos, games, and food—those turkey legs, candy apples, and funnel cakes are calling your name!—while the fair is still in town.
Cost: $5 - $10+

Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2
Buckhead
Buckhead Village is bringing in the new season with Gallerie 88 Design House. From Friday, September 9, to Sunday, October 9, Gallerie 88 will lead an ongoing immersive exhibition and event series that will highlight art, fashion and design featuring both local and national innovative Black artists across various mediums. This weekend, there will be an opening night celebration on Friday, a free art stroll on Saturday, and both an intriguing dance and fashion showcase and a Black women's photography mixer on Sunday. There will be more events throughout the coming week as well.
Cost: Price varies

Saturday, October 1
Downtown
If you’re a fan of R&B music, then the Atlanta R&B Music Experience should definitely be on your radar this weekend. Renowned R&B singers and groups—including Monica, Tevin Campbell, H-Town, and Next—will be taking over State Farm Arena on Saturday for an evening of soulful and sensual tunes, so grab your tickets and get ready to sing some of your favorite R&B throwbacks.
Cost: $60 - $250+

Saturday, October 1
Avondale Estates
This Saturday, My Parents’ Basement—aka the city’s coolest neighborhood nerd bar and comic book shop hybrid—is holding its first-ever beer festival, and from 1 pm to 6 pm, attendees can expect an all-out party in Avondale Estates. In addition to the usual fun that comes with a bar that boasts an assortment of comics and pinball machines, MPBeer Fest will also bring live DJ sets, beer samples from visiting breweries, food trucks, and more into the fold. General admission tickets include access to all the fun of MPBeer Fest and unlimited 6oz pours from 25 breweries, and VIP tickets include all the perks of general admission with the added bonus of a limited edition tasting glassware, an inclusive VIP lunch, and a printed swag tote that’s stuffed with an MPBeer Fest T-Shirt and goodies from breweries and local businesses. Atlantucky, Bold Monk, Hip Hop Heads, Pontoon, Variant, and several other breweries will be in the building, so come get your fill of beer samples.
Cost: $45 - $85

Sunday, October 2
Downtown
Despite its unusual name, Schubert's Trout isn’t a pet or a fish that can be found at the Georgia Aquarium.It’s actually a quintet created by classical composer Franz Schubert, and this Sunday, a group of acclaimed Atlanta musicians—including pianist Julie Coucheron, violinist Amy Moretti, violist Yinzi Kong, cellist Charae Krueger, bassist Jonathan Colbert, tenor Timothy Miller, and pianist William Ransom—will be performing it live from inside the Georgia Aquarium. This exclusive experience is being held in honor of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta’s 30th anniversary season, and access to the concert is free with admission to the aquarium.
Cost: Free with aquarium admission ($39.99 - $44.99)

Sunday, October 2
West Midtown
You know that feeling when you get home from brunch and realize that you and your friends didn't get any good pictures together? Needless to say, it’s not a great feeling, so avoid that altogether this weekend by hitting up the Brunch Xperience’s Selfie Museum event on Sunday. The experience includes access to the stunning selfie museum, unlimited mimosas, and live tunes courtesy of a DJ, and there will also be delicious brunch items—from red velvet chicken and waffles to cajun shrimp and grits—available for purchase on-site.
Cost: $52

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Joshua Robinson is an Atlanta-based contributor for Thrillist.