Head to the Fair, a Balloon Museum, or a Brunch Fest in Atlanta This Weekend

Kick off March with these fun things to do.

Atlanta Fair
Photo by Jonathan Phillips
Photo by Jonathan Phillips

The first weekend of March has arrived, and we know that you all are here for it. With festival season upon us and the weather beginning to break a bit, the next few days will be full of fun and exciting activities for all. For starters, the Atlanta Fair opens back up for its annual appearance in the heart of the city’s downtown area, and on Saturday you can take your pick from one of the many food fests happening throughout Atlanta. Spend your weekend however you would like, but if you’re still searching for the most fun things to do—look no further.

Atlanta Fair
Photo courtesy of Atlanta Fair

Festivals in Atlanta

March 1, Times vary
Old Turner Field, $10 and up
The Atlanta Fair returns to Center Parc Stadium—formerly Turner Field—this Friday through April 7. As Georgia’s only urban fair, this event will include all your fairground favorites, including deep-fried Oreos, funnel cakes, and exciting rides with an amazing view of the city from the ferris wheel.

March 1–2, Times vary
Lawrenceville, Free
The 9th Annual Sip & Swine BBQ Competition is two days of contests that feature a blend of amateur and professional competitors from all over the world. Located in the parking facilities of Coolray Field, there will be numerous options for food and refreshments, plus live music performances. While the BBQ is good, the cause is even greater—100% of the proceeds benefit Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, a local charity devoted to the well-being of unhoused children, their mothers, and teens aging out of the foster care system.

March 2, Noon
Atlantic Station, $55 and up
Brunch has become a staple in the city of Atlanta. And this weekend locals are taking it to the next level with the Atlanta Brunch Festival, where visitors can enjoy food from some of the best restaurants in the area. There’ll be bite-sized portions of delicious brunch dishes, plus bloody marys, mimosas, Brunch Punch, and live music from Davis and the Love and DJ Qtip.

Balloon Museum
Balloon Museum | Photo by Bebeto Matthews

Art Events in Atlanta

March 2, 6 pm
Whitespace, Free
This weekend, the work of two talented artists arrives at Whitespace. Matt Haffner’s second solo show at the venue, Half Light, features art created from newspaper, spray paint, cardboard, salvaged street signs, wheat paste, and industrial pencils. While Michael Jones, a savant of mixed media, will have an exhibition at the adjacent Whitespec titled Doughnuts in the Night. Both shows will have opening receptions on Saturday, so don’t miss out.

March 1–3, Times vary
Pullman Yards, $31 and up
Located in the city’s area of Kirkwood, a new Balloon Museum promises a fun time. The museum exhibit, titled Let’s Fly, features installations from several international artists who specialize in the contrasts of light and darkness, as well as the exploration of gravity. It previously appeared in locations like Rome, London, and New York City, now it aims to take visitors to another stratosphere during its run in Atlanta.

Jon Batiste
Jon Batiste | Photo by Erika Goldring

Live Music in Atlanta

March 2, 7 pm
Center Stage, $80 and up
Earlier this year, Andrè 3000 embarked on a nationwide tour in support of his surprise album New Blue Sun. Saturday, you can find the Outkast member in his home city of Atlanta at Center Stage for two shows. In addition to 3 Stacks, audiences can also see Carlos Niño, Nate Mercereau, Surya Botofasina, and Deantoni Parks, for a performance like none other.

March 3, 8 pm
Tabernacle, $58 and up
World Music Radio, the seventh studio from Jon Batiste, began its live concert treatment earlier this month with an opening show in Portland. Now fans can catch the five-time GRAMMY Award winner at Tabernacle for the Atlanta stop of his first ever headlining road trip.

March 3, 8 pm
Buckhead Theatre, $36
A few weeks ago, the highly accomplished singer and songwriter Eric Bellinger celebrated the 10th anniversary of his classic debut album, The Rebirth, by releasing its third installment. On March 3, fans can check him out at Buckhead Theatre for a proper retrospective of previous releases, along with a performance of some of his most recent works.

Fifth Place Comedy
Photo courtesy of Fifth Place Comedy

Comedy Shows in Atlanta

March 2, 8 pm
Joystick Gamebar, $7 and up
When Fifth Place Comedy started in 2019 at one of the oldest bars in Atlanta, it was a small event attended by some of the city’s true comedy fans. Now, it has grown to feature nationally touring headliners, brutal roast battles, down to carefully curated showcases. This Saturday, they are taking over Joystick Gamebar's private back room and bringing out some of your favorite comedians, along with creating an after-show karaoke party. If you love to laugh, head over to Edgewood for one of the funniest nights of the year.

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Okla Jones is an Atlanta-based journalist who writes about food, fine arts, and entertainment. His work also appears in ESSENCE, Creative Loafing Atlanta, and Consequence of Sound. Follow him on Instagram at @coolhandoak.