2017 Marietta Greek Festival: 16 things to do in Atlanta this weekend


It's really warming up out there, so don't spend your weekend cooped up indoors.

Spend a little time exploring your community with a few of these exciting and culturally rich events around Atlanta.

Cobb

2017 Marietta Greek Festival. 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19 through 21. $5 for adults, free for children ages 12 and under. Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. 3431 Trickum Road, Marietta. 770-924-8080.www.mariettagreekfestival.com.

Experience Greek culture this weekend with the Marietta Greek Festival taking place at the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. You'll watch traditional Greek dancing, see ornate costumes, observe live demonstrations and eat delicious Greek foods, like Gyro wraps, Souvlaki-on-a-Stick and Loukoumades.

Opa! Here’s what to know for the Marietta Greek Festival this weekend

Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20 and 21. $15 per day for adults, $25 for the weekend for adults, $5 per day for children, ages 3 through 12, $7 for the weekend for children ages 3 through 12, free for children under 3, $35 Sunday family pass for up to 2 adults and 6 children. Cobb Galleria Centre. Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-955-8000. www.gfafexpo.com.

If you're gluten free (or trying to be), don't miss the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo hitting the Galleria this weekend. You'll find answers to all your allergy-related questions, talk to experts in the celiac community, watch educational sessions, shop from vendors and more.

75th Annual Yaarab Shrine Circus and Midway Carnival. Multiple showtimes available, Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21. $7 per person, free for children ages 10 and under, ride tickets $1.25 each. J.R. Miller Park. 2245 Callaway Road SW, Marietta. 404-872-5818. www.yaarabshrine.net.

Stop by the Big Top this weekend for the 75th Annual Yaarab Shrine Circus and Midway Carnival in Marietta. See world-famous circus acts and wild animals at the circus, then enjoy an exciting afternoon with the rides at the carnival.

Backyard Campout at Swift-Cantrell Park. 5 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday, May 20-21. $20 per camp site. Swift-Cantrell Park. 3140 Old 41 Highway NW, Kennesaw. 770-422-9714. www.kennesaw-ga.gov.

It's a whole community of campers this weekend when the Backyard Campout takes over Swift-Cantrell Park. With storytelling, a campfire, entertainment, stargazing, field activities and s'mores, you'll want to pitch your tent early to take part in all the exciting events happening at this family-friendly campout.

DeKalb

15th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Free. Bessie Branham Park. 2051 Delano Drive NE, Kirkwood. Contactwww.kirkwoodfling.com.

Explore your neighborhood with the Kirkwood Spring Fling this Saturday. In its 15th year, the Spring Fling will feature a 5K race, artist marketplace, live music, food and a kids area. After all the fun, discover the beauty of Kirkwood by going on the Annual Tour of Homes.

Take in all the flavors of metro Atlanta at these 2017 "Taste of" events

Taste of Town Brookhaven. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20. $20 per person. Town Brookhaven. 4330 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven. Contactwww.townbrookhaven.net.

The 3rd Annual Taste of Brookhaven takes place this Saturday and will include delicious food tastings from some of the top local restaurants in town, craft beer, live music, games, prizes and more. Proceeds will benefit the LifeLine Animal Project.

Slingin' Wings Festival. Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20. $20 per person. Brookhaven Park. 4158 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. linginwingsfestival@gmail.com. www.slinginwingsfestival.com.

If you love wings, don't miss the Slingin' Wings Festival in Brookhaven Park this Saturday. Along with savory wings, guests will also enjoy an unbeatable array of brews, live music, exciting contests and activities. Proceeds will benefit Releash Atlanta.

The Little Golden Bus Tour. Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21. Free. Little Shop of Stories. 133 East Court Square # A, Decatur. 404-373-6300. www.littlegoldenbooks.com.

Celebrate 75 years with Little Golden Books by attending the Little Golden Bus Tour this Sunday in Decatur. This free event will feature an interactive exhibit, costumed characters, kid-friendly activities and story time. Don't forget your camera for this one.

Gwinnett

Spring into Summer Wellness Festival. 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Free. Rhodes Jordan Park. 100 East Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-822-3197. www.events.exploregwinnett.org.

Start your summer off on the right foot with the Spring into Summer Wellness Festival taking place at Rhodes Jordan Park. You and your family can watch fitness demonstrations, talk to wellness experts and have a blast with inflatables, live entertainment and interactive activities.

Eastman's Gun and Knife Show. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20 and 21. $10 per person, free for children ages 12 and under with adult. Infinite Energy Forum. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 229-425-9881. www.eastmangunshows.com.

Calling all gun enthusiasts out there - Eastman's Gun and Knife Show hits the Infinite Energy Forum this weekend with a massive selection of weaponry. You can shop from hundreds of vendors selling firearms, holsters, knives, accessories and more at this one-stop-shop.

Classic Cars in the Park. 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20. Free. Lilburn City Park. 76 Main St., Lilburn. 770-883-0160. www.cityoflilburn.com.

Come on down to Lilburn City Park this Saturday for the free Classic Cars in the Park show. You'll see classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and more at this trophy-issuing show.

Tie-Dye Day. 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Free. George Pierce Park. 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee. 678-277-0910. www.events.exploregwinnett.org.

Nothing says summer like a tie-dye t-shirt. Make yours for free this Saturday at Tie-Dye Day. It all takes place at George Pierce Park to celebrate National Kids to Park Day.

North Fulton

15th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Festival. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Free. Riverside Park. 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. tbates@chattahoochee.org. www.chattahoochee.org.

Celebrate the Chatthoochee River this Saturday with the 15th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Festival. Throughout Riverside Park in Roswell, you and your family will enjoy live music, art and produce vendors and exciting exhibits.

Health Festival and 5K Scrub Run. 8 a.m. Saturday, May 20. $25 per 5K racer, free to participate in the Fun Run, free to watch. Emory Johns Creek Hospital. 6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek. 678-474-8018. www.active.com.

Get a little healthier this Saturday at the Health Festival and 5K Scrub Run, courtesy of Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Along with an invigorating race, attendees will get a chance to take part in free health screenings and chat with physicians on site.

Pups and Pints 2.0. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21. Free. 5 Seasons Brewing Company. 5600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-255-5911. www.5seasonsbrewing.com.

Prepare for the dog days of summer early at the Pups and Pints 2.0 event taking place at 5 Seasons Brewing. Dogs are welcome at this species-inclusive event, which features menus for you and your dog, a photo booth, a charity raffle, vendors and more.

Painting with a Purpose. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 21. $35 per person. Painting with a Twist. 6780 Roswell Road D-120, Sandy Springs. 470-239-6704. www.paintingwithatwist.com.

Create art for a cause this Sunday at Painting with a Purpose. While you enjoy making your own amazing work of art and mingling with new friends, you'll also help raise money for the Hydrocephalus Association at this adults-only event.


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