Pirate Day: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Jan 19, 2018
  • By Kelly Sundstrom
  • For the AJC

You may feel chilled to the bone now, but you'll want to get out and experience the city during the warming trend happening this weekend. With full sun and temperatures in the 50's, there's no excuse for missing out on the many community-centered events and activities taking place all over the Metro area. 

Dancing, festivals − you'll even find a couple hikes on the list during this warm weather spike. 

So, throw on a jacket and tell Jack Frost to wait until Monday, because you have things to do this weekend. Here's what's happening around you this weekend in Atlanta.


Georgia RV and Camper Show. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 to 21. $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 through 15, free for children ages 5 and under. Cobb Galleria Center. 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. 770-279-9899. www.natcshows.com.

Come out to the Georgia RV and Camper Show this weekend to see a huge selection of campers, motor homes, 5th wheels, travel trailers, haulers and more. You'll talk to experts and get a chance to apply for special onsite financing. 

Photo: Contributed by Atlanta Trails

Gold Branch Trail Hike. 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Free, $3 parking. 5960 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. 404-851-9111. www.heritagesandysprings.org.

The Heritage Sandy Springs Outdoors Club will be in Cobb this Saturday for a special hike around Gold Branch Trail. Join other hikers for a rugged and adventurous trek with views of the Chattahoochee River and unbeatable landscapes.

Girl Scouts Cookie Rally. 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 800-771-1139. www.girlscoutsatl.org.

Save your appetite because the Girl Scouts Cookie Rally hits the Galleria on Saturday. This rescheduled event from 2017 will bring you all your favorite cookies, a rally parade, plus exciting opportunities for Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts to earn badges and learn how to increase cookie sales. 

Millionairess Conference. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. $159 per person. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 888-553-9358. www.jeweltankard.com.

Learn the secrets to success as a woman in the world at the Millionairess Conference this Saturday. Experts Keri Hilson, Jewel Tankard and Dr. Hevenly Kimes will present strategies and techniques to increase your wealth and grow your investments. 


Contra Dance at the Decatur Recreation Center. 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19. $10 per person, $5 per student with ID. Decatur Recreation Center. 231 Sycamore St., Decatur. www.contradance.org.

Come on down to an old-fashioned community dance on Friday. You'll find out how to Contra Dance to live music with other brave souls like yourself and have a blast, courtesy of Chattahoochee Contra Dancers. 

Pirate Day at Fernbank. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, $18 for children ages 3 through 12, free for members and children ages 2 and under. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. www.fernbankmuseum.org.

Calling all pirates -- Fernbank will host their Pirates Day this Saturday with a full day of crafts, hands-on projects, games, costumed characters and more. Don't forget to dress up for this one.

Sun catchers designed by Julia Dressler sit on display during the Callanwolde Arts Festival in Atlanta on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The three-day festival featured numerous local and regional artists with their booths set up throughout the fine arts center. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL Photo: Jonathan Phillips

5th Annual Callanwolde Arts Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 and 21. $5 per person. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. info@affps.com. www.callanwoldeartsfestival.com.

Visit Callanwolde this weekend for the 5th Annual Callanwolde Arts Festival. This year's event will feature around 86 artists showcasing paintings, metalwork, sculpture, blown glass, jewelry and more. Guests will also enjoy live music, food trucks and artistic demonstrations.

Seed and Scion Exchange. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. Free. DeKalb County Public Library. 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-371-1920. www.wyldecenter.org.

Gardeners can swap seeds and share knowledge at the Seed and Scion Exchange taking place at the DeKalb Public Library on Sunday. Guests will get a chance to talk to expert gardeners and growers and listen to Athens-Clarke County Agriculture and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension Agent and Extension County Coordinator Amanda Tedrow talk about backyard seed saving at this free event.


Women's Wellness Expo. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. $10 per person. Infinite Energy Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. www.gmcwomenswellness.com.

Discover how to become the happiest, healthiest you at this one-day conference devoted towards women's wellness. You'll get a chance to take self-defense classes, watch cooking demonstrations and receive free health and wellness screenings at this exciting expo.

Children's Author Carmen Agra Deedy and Musician John McCutcheon. 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Free. Christ the King Lutheran Church. 5575 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners. 770-978-5154. www.gwinnettpl.org.

Celebrated children's book author and storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy will join Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John McCutcheon for an afternoon of entertainment suitable for the whole family this Saturday. It all takes place at Christ the King Lutheran Church with books and music available for purchase and signing onsite.

54th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana Show and Sale Photo: Courtesy of Golden Spike Enterprises, Inc./For the AJC

54th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana Show and Sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. $9 for adults, free for children under 12. The Arena at Gwinnett Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth. 813-949-7197. www.gserr.com.

Explore over 350 tables filled with some of the best modeler and railbuff displays in the South. From working layouts to one-of-a-kind artifacts, train enthusiasts won't want to miss this one.

Sunday Salsa and Bachata Dance Class. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. $20 per person. Dancing 4 Fun Dance Studio. 6025 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners. 770-855-4396. www.salsaatl.com.

Get ready for a fun night of dancing this Sunday as you learn salsa and bachata. This dance class is suitable for every dance ability level, from beginner to expert, and bringing a partner along isn't necessary.

North Fulton

North Fulton High School Art Exhibit and Reception. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19. Roswell Visual Arts Center. 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 770-594-6122. www.roswellgov.com.

Support young aspiring artists this Friday at the Art Exhibition for North Fulton High School, courtesy of Roswell Visual Arts Center and the Roswell Fine Arts Alliance. 

Introduction to The Shamanic Path to Awakened Living. 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19. Free. Phoenix & Dragon Bookstore. 5531 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. 404-255-5207. www.phoenixanddragon.com.

Discover the Shamans way of life at an Introduction to The Shamanic Path, which takes place at Phoenix & Dragon on Friday. This free event will feature Don Simmons, who will guide you to an understanding of the Shamanistic principals. Reservations required.

Flashlight Friday Night Urban Hike and Movie. 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug 4. Free to hike, $11.50 per person for the movie. The Springs Cinema & Taphouse. 5920 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-851-9111. www.heritagesandysprings.org.

Join the HSSOC for a 3-mile long hike through the Heritage Green and Sandy Springs City Walk, followed by an optional movie at the Springs Cinema.

80s Skate at Avalon On Ice. 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. $2 off ticket price. Avalon. 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-1000. www.experienceavalon.com.

Tease your hair and throw on your jelly bracelets because it's 80s Skate at Avalon this Saturday. Guests wearing 80s attire will receive a $2 discount off tickets.