It’s not only a new year; it’s a brand new decade. Yes, the weather outside may be frightful, but that’s no reason to stay inside. Here are some January festivals in Atlanta sure to get you out of the house.
If you were too busy with the holidays to visit Stone Mountain Christmas, there's still time. Bring the fam. (📷 Stone Mountain Park)
Celebrate with a variety of events, festive music, millions of dazzling lights, the “Polar Express 4-D Experience” and the annual Snow Angel’s Christmas Parade (which starts at 6 p.m. nightly)
International Winter Wonderland, through Jan. 5
The Winter Wonderland includes a dazzling display of larger-than-life illuminated lanterns as well as breathtaking acrobatic performances. The theme, “Into the Wild,” features handcrafted lanterns of more than 25 different kinds of animals of both the land and sea, including depictions of endangered species, highlighting the importance of animal protection. In addition there are authentic Asian food selections.
Haven't made it yet to Atlanta Botanical Garden's extravaganza? No more excuses. (📷 Atlanta Botanical Garden)
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights promises a deLIGHTful start to the new year. See Nature’s Wonders, said to be the largest curtain of synchronized light and sound in the world. And, don’t forget to experience the Skylights Lounge in the Skyline Garden. You'll find several larger-than-life giant topiaries from the " Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland" exhibit. Try a warm beverage then be sure to see the Ice Goddess, Tunnel of Light and Orchestral Orbs.
Cask Ale Festival, Jan. 11
Sample from 55 rare cask-conditioned real ales from craft breweries at Bold Monk Brewing Co. Take home a free collector's pint glass.
If City Winery can't throw a wine festival, no one can. (📷 Winter Wine Festival)
Enjoy tasting from more than 50 wines, beers and ciders as you listen to live music at City Winery.
MLK Day 5K, Jan. 20
This is a USATF-certified race course and Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Run to the beat of a 3.1-mile drum line along the race course. Several organizations ranging from the Atlanta Girls School to Footie Mob to Black Men Run benefit from this race. To top it off, music and activities are on tap.
Slingin’ Wings Festival, Jan. 25
The ATL Wings Pub Crawl, presented by the Slingin’ Wings Festival, takes place at restaurants and bars in Midtown Atlanta. Among those participating are McCray’s Tavern, Hudson Grille, Taco Mac, City Tap, RiRa, Fado Irish Pub and Joe’s on Juniper. Check in locations are McCray’s Tavern and City Tap.
Celebrate Jewish and Israeli arts, food, music and culture at the Atlanta Jewish Life Festival.
The second annual Atlanta Jewish Life Festival is the city’s largest single-day festival promoting and celebrating Jewish and Israeli arts, food, music and culture while connecting the community to local synagogues, nonprofits and social actions groups to strengthen the bonds and understanding of Jewish beliefs, traditions and family. There is a kids' zone as well as live performances by several entertainers including the Atlanta Jewish Boys Choir, Hannah Zale, Friction and Rabbi Jake. Among the vendors are the Moshe Monzon Studio Gallery, Fisher Originals, Toco Grill and Kosher Gourmet.
Seishun Con, Jan. 31-Feb. 2
Seishun Con celebrates Japanese animation, manga and culture with celebrity guests, panels, vendors and workshops.
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