February is party time in Atlanta, with Mardi Gras events, oyster and beer festivals, jugglers, steampunkers and more.
Now in its 10th year, the Winter Beer Festival features more than 150 beers, highlighting Atlanta and Georgia breweries as well as a few from around the country. Enjoy live music and grab a bite.
Midtown Mardi Gras Block Party, Feb. 1
Enjoy the New Orleans-themed festival with comped shots plus food and drink specials from 17 bars and clubs in Midtown.
Seishun Con celebrates Japanese animation, manga and culture with celebrity guests, panels, vendors and workshops.
The Days of the Dead Festival includes films, panels, celebrity signings and contests. Among the celebrities are Richard Dreyfuss, John Cusack, Linda Blair, Steve Guttenberg, Kathleen Turner and Lisa Loring.
Enjoy a weekend of juggling, juggling lessons, competitions, unicyclists, hoopers, kendama and live music at this family-oriented festival.
Callanwolde Artist Market, Feb. 7-9
Join more than 70 fine artists who display their works for sale along with food, dessert and bar refreshments at this indoor winter festival.
This favorite festival is the place where you can get steamed, fried and raw oysters-all of which are flown in just for the festival. Fried shrimp and chicken also are available. Slurp as you listen to music.
The 2020 AJFF features 48 full feature and 16 short films, three world premieres, five North American premieres and two U.S. premieres. The films hail from from 17 countries. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the AJFF also presents guest speakers and visiting filmmakers.
AnachroCon is all about steampunk, science, history, music, classic sci-fi literature and costumes. This year’s theme is Roaring ‘20s. Among the performers are The T-Tones, NeverMoore and Antler Hill Arts.
SweetWater 23rd Anniversary Throwdown, Feb. 15
Enjoy a full day of music, featuring Arrested Development and B-Real, as well as lots of draft options and specialty brews. Don't miss the unveiling of the new taproom. Eat hearty from a food truck.
This annual festival includes wine tasting, craft beer, live music and food.
Beads & Booze Festival, Feb. 22
The Beads & Booze Festival is the largest Mardi Gras party in Virginia-Highland and features complimentary New Orleans-themed shots as well as food and drink specials from at least 10 participating restaurants and bars in this historic neighborhood.
Steamhouse Lounge Oysterfest, Feb. 22 and 23
Enjoy buckets of fresh roasted oysters as well as the Steamhouse Lounge's legendary lobster bisque. Sister restaurants Fontaine’s Oyster House, Highland Tap and Vickery’s Glenwood Park plan to be on site serving up more local favorites. The festival benefits Giving Kitchen, which provides emergency assistance to food service workers.
The Atlanta Salsa Bachata Festival brings the best Latin teachers and performers in the world to Atlanta to celebrate salsa, bachata and Latin dance. Among the lineups are Tropical Gem, Ernesto & Denise, Adolfo & Ameris, and Jessica Patella.
Oyster Crawfish Festival, Feb. 29
Crawfish are the main attraction but there also are lots of Bluepoint and Gulf oysters and a fried station with oysters, shrimp and chicken. The Dirty Guv’ Nahs perform
The title says it all-beer, bourbon and BBQ-but look for a few more B’s including bluegrass, biscuits and bacon. Add to that more than 40 bourbons, 60 beers and 15 tasting stations.
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