This weekend is a great opportunity to experience the arts in Atlanta with live music, dinner theater, a poetry reading and marionette show. Looking for laughs? Why not see one of Comedy Central's Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time or have a blast at the 123rd Atlanta Fair. Here are some of our favorite events going on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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- Johnny Mercer Celebration 2016, Friday
Ever hum “Autumn Leaves” or break out into “Moon River” while showering? Do you ever sing “One for my Baby” or “Jeepers Creepers?” How about “Fools Rush In?” All of those songs – and about one thousand others -- were written by Savannah native Johnny Mercer. So imagine the great show Kathleen Bertrand and Joe Gransden will put on at the Rialto when they celebrate this native son. I say, “Goody Goody” that the Rialto is doing this.
- National Parks Adventure at Fernbank, through June 16
Tour our nation's national parks without ever leaving Atlanta. How? Just hurry on over to Fernbank and visit national parks via IMAX. You will soar over red rock canyons and climb steep mountain peaks. The film is a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service. After the show, maybe you'll be inspired to visit an actual national park, too.
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- "The Secret Garden" at The Center for Puppetry Arts, Feb. 23 through Sunday
For one week only, puppeteer David Simpich brings Frances Hodgson Burnett’s famous British novel, "The Secret Garden" to life using hand-carved marionettes. This special performance is geared toward audiences ages 10 and up.
- Atlanta Fair, through April 2
This is the 123rd anniversary of the Atlanta Fair at Turner Field and one of my favorite Atlanta traditions. I'm looking forward to the yummy fair food, fun and lots of laughs.
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- Shemekia Copeland, Saturday
In her 30s and already a two-time Grammy-nominated blues star who has opened for the Rolling Stones and headlined the Chicago Blues Festival, Shemekia Copeland comes to the Rialto for a performance you won't want to miss.
- David Cross, Sunday
Rightly named one of Comedy Central's Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, David Cross comes to Atlanta Symphony Hall this weekend. See the "Making America Great Again!" tour.
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- Morris Robinson Recital, Friday
If you're looking for something amazing and romantic – and that won't break the bank – reserve your tickets ASAP for this free Morris Robinson Recital at Morehouse College. With a program of bass singer Morris Robinson's favorite tunes, this concert will be a treat for you and your SO.
- Free Poetry Reading with Pulitzer Prize Winner Rita Dove, Sunday
I know what you're thinking – not one but two events that are free and romantic in Atlanta this weekend? I know it seems too good to be true, but Rita Dove's poetry reading will likely make you laugh and maybe even get you a little choked up. Plus, how often do you get the chance to hear a world-renowned poet read her work?
- Romeo & Juliet, all weekend
I know Deadpool is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but maybe spice up the dinner-and-a-movie ritual with dinner-and-a-Shakespeare show. "Romeo & Juliet," the classic tale of young love, is running all weekend at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.
For the ACVB Editor's Picks along with a look at all of the events happening this weekend in Atlanta, check out our full events calendar. Then head over to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to share how you will #DiscoverATL this weekend.