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.

The weekend is here once again, and as the month of January winds down, there are plenty of events to attend in anticipation of the many festivities in February. To end the work week, Jeezy will have a live performance at the Atlanta Symphony Hall, and Saturday, you can see GloRilla tear down Center Stage, or you can watch the Hawks v. the Clippers at State Farm Arena. Haven’t fully worked off those holiday pounds? Sunday’s Hot Chocolate Run can definitely help you shed a few—just don’t eat too much at the post-party. Regardless of where you decide to go, you’ll definitely have an amazing time… it’s Atlanta, remember? If you’re still trying to make a decision, we can always point you in the best direction possible.

Friday, January 27
Last November, Rick Ross got together with Red Bull and Orchestra Noir to deliver a stellar performance at one of the city’s premiere establishments for art. This weekend, another Southern legend will hit the same stage with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra—arranged by Derrick Hodge—for the first installment of the Classically Ours concert series. Here, you can follow the trap music legend as he brings you back to the days of his debut album Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, up until now. Come experience the Symphony Hall for a completely unique experience that will be one of the hottest social events of the winter season.
Cost: $900 and up.

Saturday, January 28
The 23-year-old Memphis native had an amazing 2022 due to the success of her hit single, “FNF.” After linking up with Cardi B for “Tomorrow 2,” GloRilla’s star continued to rise, and now she’s sharing some of that shine with the 404. Originally scheduled for Hell at Masquerade, the concert was moved as an after-effect of the rapper’s immense popularity. You can look forward to Glo performing many of her chart-topping tracks, along with some songs from her debut EP, Anyways, Life’s Great… When her show concludes this weekend, the Grammy-nominated rapper will continue on her nationwide tour, hitting cities such as Charlotte, Houston, San Diego, and more—be there or be square.
Cost: $27 - $32

Saturday, January 28
Fresh off of a two-game road trip, the hometown Hawks will be back in the city to take on Kawhi Leonard at the Los Angeles Clippers. Currently sitting at eighth place in the Eastern Conference, each game Trae and the boys play is of the utmost importance. Stars such as Dejounte Murray and John Collins have been contributing well lately, making the 2023 playoff picture more exciting as each day passes. Be sure to get to the matchup as early as you can to grab a quick bite to eat, and a drink from one of the arena’s many in-house food spots.
Cost: $39 and up.

Friday, January 27 - Sunday, January 29
Although 2023 began a few weeks ago, the Lunar New Year is just getting started. You can catch the tail end of the New Year Spectacular in the United States at Stone Mountain Park. This brand-new festival features a Drone Show, a Light Show on the largest screen in the world, cultural craft activities, storytelling, puppetry, dance and drum exhibitions, parades, and other cultural elements, including a wide selection of food for everyone in attendance to enjoy.
Cost: $20

Sunday, January 29
Pull up to the Georgia World Congress Center this Sunday for a great cause. For one of its first city stops this year, the award-winning Hot Chocolate Run will finally make its way to Atlanta. Runners can choose to participate in a 5k or a 15k (yikes), and after finishing they’ll be able to enjoy a post-run party that includes a finisher mug with fondue, dippables, and of course—hot chocolate! Attendees can also purchase items from a group of vendors while listening to some amazing music. On the Friday and Saturday before the race, they’ll be an expo on Peachtree St, so be sure to check that out as well.
Cost: $54 - $74

Sunday, January 29
The Millennium Gate Museum in Midtown will house the upcoming exhibition of Bruno Zupan, titled My Friend, The Earth. This solo show includes his work that explores the beauty of nature through vibrant colors and spontaneous brushwork. Zupan’s art has been celebrated worldwide, so this new Atlanta exhibition comes with high anticipation for any lover of creativity. My Friend, The Earth is on display until April 8.
Cost: $12

Friday, January 27 - Sunday, January 29
The 25th anniversary production of Riverdance will continue its critically acclaimed tour in 53 cities across the country. The legendary play lands at the Fox Theatre this weekend as you’ve never seen it before. A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Twenty-five years on, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage, and costume designs.
Cost: $34 - $89

Sunday, January 29
One of the best parties in the city returns to Boggs Social on Sunday from 3 pm - 9 pm. What’s special about this celebration is that the music is strictly prosecuted from vinyl records—cool, right? Along with the dope vibes and great drinks, the sounds will be provided by a select group of DJs - Gorilltek, Rasyrious, DJ Cstyles, Dillon Maurer, and Lady Marauder—and an amazing atmosphere for any type of partygoers.
Cost: $10 - $20

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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.