Cool Things To Do In Atlanta In May

May is a happening time in Atlanta. Here are a few cool things to do during May in Atlanta.
  • MomoCon kicks off with cosplay, gaming and more. (📷 MomoCon)
    MomoCon kicks off with cosplay, gaming and more. (📷 MomoCon)
  • Atlanta Jazz Festival is a must for May. (📷 Matt Alexandre Photography)
    Atlanta Jazz Festival is a must for May. (📷 Matt Alexandre Photography)
  • Stone Mountain pulls out all the stops for Memorial Day.
    Stone Mountain pulls out all the stops for Memorial Day.

April showers have wrought tons of May flowers, so get out there and enjoy them. Explore all the cool events and things to do in Atlanta during May.

  • Wholanta is for fans of the "Doctor Who" TV show who want to attend talks, meet celebrities, play games, hear music, dance and see performances. May 3-5. 
  • Grammy Award-winning Al Green returns to the stage to perform some of his most iconic hits and fan favorites (including "Let’s Stay Together") at his first concert in more than seven years. Fox Theatre, May 3. 
  • Tacos & Tequila Midtown features shots, food and drink specials at 15 bars. May 4. 
  • The Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl on the BeltLine offers complimentary food and drinks at multiple locations on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. May 4.
  • Derby Day invites you to dress up to watch a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, as well as enjoy refreshments, live music, an auction and casino games at Chastain Horse Park. May 4. 
  • The 4th Annual Party for the Paws features food trucks, a beer station, live music, a photo booth, vendors and adoptable dogs at Puppy Haven in Brookhaven. May 4.
  • Picnic in the Park invites you to enjoy a chef-crafted, three-course picnic lunch and dessert from local restaurants, live music, lawn games, and optional beer and wine at Adair Park to support charity. May 5. 
  • The Social Shake-Up Show is for innovators who want to leverage social media to move themselves and their brands forward. May 6-8.
  • The King of Pops Run Club meets on Tuesday nights, is free, is open to all experience levels and ages, and is a kid-friendly event. Tuesdays.
  • Double Dare Live is coming to Atlanta, bringing all the action and excitement of Nickelodeon’s hugely popular 1990s' TV show to the stage, including plenty of slime. May 9. 
  • The free Decatur Lantern Parade invites you to make your own lantern at home or attend a lantern-making workshop and then parade through Decatur Square. May 10. 
  • Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama brings the former first lady of the United States to State Farm Arena to talk about her book. May 11. 
  • La Fête du Rosé invites you to dress in pink and white for a posh event that includes a bottle of rosé wine, live music and art installations at Fourth Ward Park. May 11. 
  • The 62nd Annual Atlanta Rose Show showcases cut roses of every variety and color, with consulting experts on hand to answer rose-related questions. May 11-12. 
  • Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical brings the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons to the stage. May 15. 
  • Xperimental Puppetry Theater finds artists of all disciplines joining forces to create interesting, original puppetry works for adult audiences. May 16-19. 
  • The 44th Annual Grant Park Spring Tour of Homes invites you to tour homes that range from a craftsman bungalow to a Queen Anne. May 18-19. 
  • Aids Vaccine 200 is a two-day, 200-mile ride that raises money to stop HIV/AIDS. May 18-19.  
  • The 17th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes brings an open-air artist market, live music, a 5K and food vendors to Bessie Branham Park. May 18-19. 
  • The 6th Annual Midtown Garden Stroll is a self-guided walk through some of Midtown’s most impressive private gardens, including formal gardens, casual gardens, backyard beekeeping, fountains, espalier, intricate brickwork and family yards. May 19. 
  • Tyler Perry’s Madea's Farewell Play Tour is Tyler Perry’s 21st stage play-and the last one featuring his iconic character Madea. May 23-26.
  • MomoCon celebrates all things animation, anime, comic books and gaming at Georgia World Congress Center. May 23-26. 
  • The 1986 classic teen comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off screens at The Strand to celebrate the end of the school year. May 24. 
  • Concerts in the Garden brings national acts to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. May 24-Aug. 25. 
  • Treklanta is an annual Star Trek convention that places special emphasis on fan-based events, activities, programming and productions. It includes the the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant, the Treklanta Star Trek Fan Film Festival and The Bjo Awards. May 24-26. 
  • Memorial Day Weekend at Stone Mountain Park honors U.S. troops and their families during Atlanta’s largest four-day Memorial weekend event, which includes an extended fireworks finale following the Lasershow Spectacular. Discount for active and retired military. May 24-27. 
  • Brew at the Zoo features beer and wine tastings, food for sale, live music and animal encounters at Zoo Atlanta. May 25. 
  • European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection. Touring this exhibit at the High Museum of Art is like going to Europe without ever leaving Atlanta. See paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh, Degas and many more. Through July 14. 

April showers also bring May festivals to Atlanta.  

  • The Atlanta Jazz Festival is a 31-day music event that takes place in venues around Atlanta and culminates in a festival featuring local and national jazz greats on multiple stages, a youth jazz-band, arts and crafts, food vendors and a kids’ zone in Piedmont Park. Free. May 1-31. 
  • The Shaky Knees Music Festival brings dozens of indie-folk and soul-rock bands on multiple stages, plus local food and craft beer to Central Park. May 3-5.
  • The 34th Annual Georgia Renaissance Festival is the perfect place to spy (or become) a knight and maiden, nosh on turkey legs and ale, shop from hundreds of artisans and see a live jousting match. Fairburn. Weekends through June 2. 
  • The 10th Annual Laughing Skull Comedy Festival brings 60 of the best stand-up comedians from all over the country to Atlanta at seven of the city's best venues. May 9-12.
  • Shaky Beats Music Festival features 50 bands on four stages, plus bars, food trucks and an art market in Central Park. May 10-11. 
  • Sweet Auburn Springfest features family fun, food and entertainment in Historic Sweet Auburn District. Free. May 11-12. 
  • The Atlantic Station Tiny House Festival includes tours of 20 tiny houses, shipping container homes, school bus homes, a tiny travel area, a kid's interactive area, food trucks and more. May 11-12. 
  • The 9th Annual Chastain Park Arts Festival invites you to browse fine art and crafts, hear local acoustic musicians, shop at food vendors and visit the children’s area at at Chastain Park. May 11-12. 
  • The 6th Annual Atlanta Cycling Festival offers bike rides, classes and parties for riders of all ages and abilities. May 11-17. 
  • Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival includes wine tasting, craft beer, live music and food for sale at Historic Fourth Ward Park. May 18. 
  • The East Atlanta Craft Beer Festival brings 150 beers, a dozen food vendors and live entertainment to Brownwood Park. May 18. 
  • The 30th Annual Malcolm X Festival celebrates the birthday of an international icon with music, food booths and craft vendors at West End Park. Free. May 18-19.
  • The Memorial Day Weekend Festival at Callaway Gardens invites you to watch the 60th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, do beach activities, visit a kids’ zone and enjoy live music. May 24-26.
  • The 32nd Annual Atlanta Caribbean Carnival celebrates Caribbean culture, cuisine and costumes with a J'ouvert, parade and festival village at Central Park. May 25-26.
  • The Decatur Arts Festival has an art walk Friday evening, plus an artists’ market with live music Saturday and Sunday in downtown Decatur. Free. May 25-26.
  • The Atlanta R&B/Neo Soul Wine Festival features live bands, vendors and unlimited wine tastings. May 26. 
  • The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival celebrates cuisine of the South and Southern regions of the world with tasting tents, full meals and classes. May 30-June 2.
  • The Candler Park Music & Food Festival offers live music, food trucks, full bars, and arts & crafts vendors, plus a VIP lounge. May 31-June 1.

Here's a full list of May festivals. 

Check out these free outdoor concerts:

  1. Live From Woodruff Park concert series: free Wednesday night jazz each week in May 
  2. Wine Down Weekends free outdoor concert series at City Winery
  3. The Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park

Beth Clark is a writer and foodie who loves to roam around Atlanta, uncovering the city's quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Curiosity is her compass, and you'll find her writing on


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