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.

February arrived pretty quickly, didn’t it? Although it’s the shortest month of the year, it’s still jam-packed with plenty of events to get into. This weekend, comedian Jim Gaffigan travels to Atlanta to hit the stage at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, and the legendary Bruce Springsteen can be seen at the State Farm Arena with the E Street Band. With it being the first Friday of the month, the High Museum again will provide attends with the perfect blend of art, music, and entertainment with it’s popular High Frequency series, and the 2023 Oyster Festival makes its may back to Atlantic Station for a day filled with food, family, and fun. The 404 is once again undefeated when it comes to things to do—just make sure to get out the house so you don’t miss out.

Saturday, February 4
Downtown
The largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) marching band and dance team exhibition in the world will return to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium this Saturday for a competition that you don’t want to miss. The event-packed, family-friendly day will be filled with marching band performances from six premier HBCUs: Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman, NC A&T, NSU, South Carolina State, and TSU. Also, for the first time ever, two local high school powerhouses representing homegrown talent.
Cost: $32 – $294

Saturday, February 4
Midtown
If you’re looking for a great place to fellowship with friends and indulge in some delicious food, then this festival at Atlantic Station is perfect for you. At the 2023 Oyster Fest, you can enjoy a great selection of oysters, beer, wine, mimosas, brunch punch, and seltzer, while vibing to plenty of live music the sounds of DJ Qtip. Although it may be a bit chilly this Saturday, your Tickets include entry and entertainment, a souvenir cup, and all alcohol samples, so make sure you sip away so you’ll stay warm.
Cost: $60

Sunday, February 5
Duluth
The Gas South Arena is home to Atlanta’s only professional hockey team, the Gladiators, featuring an international roster of the finest young talent and top NHL prospects. With the winter new year in full swing, this will be a fun experience as the home team faces off against the Savannah Ghost Pirates this Sunday. In addition to hosting this highly-anticipated game, GSA also has a delicious selection of food to choose from. Spots such as P.W.’s Cheese Steaks, Una Fettina, and Georgian Grill, are all popular destinations for fans, and have great menus. The matchup begins at 3 pm, so get there early and enjoy the game.
Cost: $15 - $40

Thursday, February 2 – Sunday, February 5
Cumberland
The six-time Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, three-time Emmy-winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist, Jim Gaffigan is no stranger to the big stage. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life. This weekend, he takes his talents to Atlanta for a highly-anticipated show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. His Dark Pale Tour comes with rave reviews, so don’t miss it.
Cost: $35 – $95

Friday, February 3
Downtown
Just a few days after arriving in the ‘States for the US leg of his world tour, Bruce Springsteen brings The E Street Band to the State Farm Arena in Atlanta to deliver a concert for the ages. If you’re in attendance, you can expect to hear some of the group’s many classics such as “Born In The U.S.A.,” “The Rising,” “Badlands,” and more. For many decades, The Boss and the rest of the band have been a staple in popular culture, and they continue to reinvent themselves year after year. So, buy that ticket, grab a drink, and enjoy the show.
Cost: $165 and up.

Friday, February 3
Midtown
Check out Atlanta’s favorite DJs every first Friday for a cultural experience designed to raise the vibration. Set out on a musical journey with the city’s most popular DJs. Take in the Museum’s collection, create a piece of art, and participate in a docent-led tour. Grab a drink and food and meet new friends where Atlanta and art collide. If you’d rather focus on the art side of things, you can make your way through the Museum as you visit exhibitions, including Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place, Deana Lawson, and Monir Farmanfarmaian: A Mirror Garden.
Cost: $25

Sunday, February 5
College Park
Established in 2008, The Black Beauty Expo brings together professionals and consumers from all facets of the black beauty industry including hairstylists, photographers, makeup artists, models, fashion professionals, and more. This Sunday the Georgia International Convention Center will host its Atlanta leg, which highlights vendors from across the country, and will also feature a cut, create, and shape barber competition; with a grand prize of $1000.
Cost: $10 – $50

Saturday, February 4
Downtown
The Soul II Soul Tour featuring R&B legends, Kem and Ledisi, is coming to Atlanta’s State Farm Arena on Saturday night. The Grammy Award-recognized artists will take the stage with special guest Musiq Soulchild, for a beautiful evening of love and life. The show starts at 8 pm.
Cost: $59 – $125

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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.