Call a gal pal or two and bring your inner artist along for one (or more) of these Atlanta events.
- Contemporary Cocktails
Every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., Atlanta Contemporary hosts Contemporary Cocktails where you can experience an exhibition, attend a special event or performance, play Ping-Pong or enjoy a nice cocktail with friends. Each month, Atlanta Contemporary invites a local bartender to be the mixologist-in-residence while stories are shared over a finely crafted drink. Admission is free with cash bar.
- High Museum’s Annual Highball & Wine Auction Events
It’s a cocktail showdown at the High Museum’s grand mixology event, Highball. Here, Atlanta’s most distinguished bartenders compete drink for drink as they concoct their finest boozy creations. Sip on craft cocktails, grab a light bite, enjoy time with friends and vote for your top mixologist. If that’s not enough, you can also attend The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction. This is the museum’s largest fundraising event and takes place in March. Leading up to the auction there also are a number of other fun wine events for you to enjoy.
- Chocolate and Art Show
Art, cocktails and chocolate? Count me in. The Chocolate and Art Show in Atlanta will feature some of Atlanta’s finest up-and-coming artists as well as live body painting, live music and free chocolate. A night full of entertainment and artistry, this event takes place at the B Complex. The Chocolate and Art Show also benefits Artists for Trauma, a nonprofit that aims to aid in recovery through artistic expression and human connection. Enjoy your art and chocolate while also supporting a great cause.
- Serenity’s Steps Art Show Benefit // human•ness
Want to support even more great causes? Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by attending Serenity’s Steps Art Show Benefit // human•ness. This art show is sponsored by Serenity’s Steps, an Atlanta based nonprofit that supports those who have been exploited in the commercial sex industry as they pursue hope, dignity and self-sufficiency. The event will have both a live and silent auction featuring printmaking and works on paper by national and international artists. Wear green, make memories and enjoy a night of creativity and cocktails at this St. Paddy’s Day art show.
- Art Over Dinner at the Art Farm at Serenbe
Located not far outside the perimeter of Atlanta — or OTP — the Art Farm at Serenbe is a vibrant artist complex that provides a place for engagement and inspiration. See the beautiful complex for yourself by participating in Art Over Dinner, a series of intimate gatherings with artists and the organizations that support them. Engage in creative conversation while savoring a seasonal meal brought to you by Serenbe’s chefs and farmers that showcases local winemakers and brewers. Enjoy good food, quality drinks and the company of others as you engage in this unique dinner experience surrounded by creative conversation.
- LEGO + Local Brew at MODA
Thought you were too old for LEGOs? Think again. Get in touch with your creative side at The Museum of Design Atlanta as it hosts its LEGO + Local Brew event every few months. And what makes playing with LEGOs even more fun as an adult? You can build while drinking a cold one. At MODA, enjoy a tasty local beer as you and your friends revisit old days of childhood imagination. Test your building skills as you form teams or participate in a building challenge. Oh and don’t worry about the anticipated clean up time we all know we dreaded as little kids. MODA will happily do it for you.
- Paint Nite
At Paint Nite, let the art come to you. Paint Nite is a global paint and sip company with events in Atlanta. However, rather than hosting paint classes in a studio, classes take place at a popular local bar. Fill Atlanta’s bar scene with your creative energy, whether you’ve been painting for years or you’ve never picked up a brush in your life. These events are a great way to meet new people and for restaurant and bar owners to collaborate with local artists and the creative community. So get creative, get social and get a little buzzed at Paint Nite.
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Laura Relyea of ArtsATL is a guest blogger for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.