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The weather’s good, the sun is out, and there’s always something to do — looks like May is finally around the corner. There’s so much to do next month in Atlanta that we had a hard time squeezing so much action into one article. May your May be full of friends, frivolity, food and fun!

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Cheers to May! There are some great events coming to Atlanta, including the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival at the very end of the month! Image: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Through May 13, 2018: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles: Southeastern Designer Showhouse and Gardens

Do not miss this amazing home sure to draw people from across the Southeast. This seven-bedroom, six-bath home is situated in the heart of Buckhead. The estate was inspired by the English country homes designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in the early 1900s. Fifteen of Atlanta’s most talented interior designers and four landscape architecture firms worked together to create a home that takes your breath away. To get more information on tour days, times and ticket prices, visit

May 3, 2018: Atlanta’s Taste of the Nation

Do some good for your soul, community and last, but not least, your tastebuds! On Thursday, May 3, attendees at Cobb Galleria will get to sample wonderful bites from the best chefs and restaurants in Atlanta. Now in its 30th year, Atlanta’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry gives 100 percent of its proceeds to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Get tickets and details on the website.

May 4-6, 2018: Shaky Knees Music Fest

If you’ve never been to Shaky Knees, it’s time to buy your tickets and prepare your ears, heart and soul for some earth-shattering sounds. This year’s performers include Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, The National and many more. As with any reputable music festival, there’s way more to do than just jam out to your favorite bands, so make sure you get to Central Park when the festival gates open at 11:30 a.m. each day.

May 5 & 6, 2018: Atlanta BBQ Festival

It’s time to show that pig who’s boss … of the barbecue pit, that is! Come by Atlantic Station on Saturday, May 5 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 from noon to 6 p.m. for lots of good food and great fun. Besides Atlanta’s top barbecue restaurants showing off what they do best, more than 30 professional competitive barbecue teams will compete in the cook-off for a cash prize! Buy your tickets and get the details online now.

May 8-11, 2018: ADAC Annual Sample Sale

If your goal in life is to find a great deal, you’ll hit the mother lode with ADAC’s annual sample sale. For three days, get awesome savings on designer brand, high-end furniture, lighting, accessories, rugs and more. This monster sale is open to the public so be ready to hustle throughout showrooms at ADAC and ADAC West.

May 12 & 13, 2018: Chastain Park Arts Spring Festival

Combine your love for the arts with the urge to be outdoors at the Chastain Park Arts Spring Festival. Enjoy the wonderful creations of over 180 artists and artisans on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free to attend, and there will be gourmet food trucks, live musicians and a children’s area.

May 12 & 13, 2018: Sweet Auburn Springfest

Come out for the Sweet Auburn Springfest, a celebration of the season as well as the historical Sweet Auburn District, birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This free event will feature an international food court, a fun zone for kids, live musical performances and more. The fun happens Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit the website to see which streets will be closed in the downtown area, who will be performing and other important details.

May 17, 2018: The Tasting

The Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program (Z-H ILP) helps individuals with disabilities live independently, thanks to hardworking staff who teach clients important lessons and give them the tools to succeed. The Tasting is a wonderful benefit that helps Z-H ILP and treats ticket holders to the best food, drinks and auction items in Atlanta – this year held at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead. Tickets range from $50-100 (and donations are always accepted).

May 18-20, 2018: Atlanta Funk Fest

Take a trip to Funkytown at the Atlanta Funk Fest! This three-day event features some of your favorite performing artists from back in the day and now, including Lil Kim, Nas, Goodie Mob, Charlie Wilson and more. The fun(k) happens at Wolf Creek Ampitheater, but check the website to get the specific performance schedule for each day, cost of tickets and other details.

May 19, 2018: Rockin’ at the River

Spend a night rockin’ at the river with this fabulous event at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) in Roswell from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The CNC aims to connect people with nature and preserve the Chattahoochee River. In addition to dinner, dancing and fun, attendees will have an opportunity to bid on the live and silent auctions items.

May 19 & 20, 2018: Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo

If you’re living a gluten-free lifestyle, have food allergies or just want to learn more about what you’re putting your body, check out the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly (GFAF) Expo. Besides hearing about cool products and getting tasty samples, the GFAF Expo offers classes to help the whole family follow a more wholesome life. The fun happens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 at the Cobb Galleria, and you can buy your tickets on the website.

May 19-25, 2018: The Atlanta Cycling Festival

If human-powered transportation and Atlanta celebrations are your thing, make sure to attend the Atlanta Cycling Festival! It’s a week-long event focused all on bicycling – the culture, classes and commonalities of these time-tested vehicles. Last year’s event welcomed over 3,300 cyclists over the course of the week, and this year expects even more enthusiasts. Keep checking the official website for the ride calendar!

May 24-27, 2018: MomoCon

Atlanta may not have a Little Tokyo, but MomoCon is our way to celebrate Japanese animation and video games, as well as comics, tabletop games and other stuff of fan dreams. Over the course of four days at the Georgia World Congress Center, convention goers will get to browse the exhibit hall, meet celebrity voice talent and talk with artists and writers of their favorite anime series and pop culture outlets.

May 25-27, 2018: Decatur Arts Festival

Decatur knows how to throw a festival, and this pedestrian-friendly city does it up right when it comes to May’s Arts Festival. Besides the lovely art, food and music at this free event, some other highlights include the Artwalk, the Theater & Literary Arts Tent, the Artists’ Market and so much more! Check the website for the specific days and times of the various events.

May 26-27, 2018: Atlanta Jazz Festival

Whether you’ve been listening to jazz for years or just started getting into this genre, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect place to enjoy America’s sound. The free festival, taking place at Piedmont Park, welcomes some of the biggest names in the music industry as well as up-and-comers. Going out of town Memorial Day weekend? The festival offers jazz events every day in May leading up to the big Memorial Day weekend blowout, so check the website and to see all of the events happening this month.

May 26, 2018: Brew at the Zoo

Drink a brew with 1,400 Atlanta party animals! Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 (an hour earlier for VIP tickets), Brew at the Zoo will welcome live bands located on stages throughout Zoo Atlanta. And of course, the “brew” part of this event will be samplings of more than 70 beers and wines. Brew at the Zoo tickets are $45 for members and $50 for non-members (with an additional cost to those seeking VIP status).

May 31 – June 3, 2018: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

In one of our favorite foodie events of the year, it’s time to celebrate Atlanta’s top culinary talents at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Taking place at Piedmont Park and the Loews Hotel over the course of four days, ticket holders will get to eat, learn, drink, cook, socialize and so much more. Get tickets and the festival schedule online.


There are many more events taking place all over our fair city that we just couldn’t squeeze into our May Happenings article. Make sure to check out our Happenings page with even more things to do this month!

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