Smyrna Oysterfest: 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend

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Smyrna Oysterfest: 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend

From Chinese New Year festivals to food tours, metro Atlanta will yet again be abuzz with happenings this weekend.

Make sure you check out this list of events before you head out on this chilly weekend in Atlanta.

Cobb

Kennesaw Parks and Recreation Book, CD and DVD Swap. 8 - 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Free. Ben Robertson Community Center. 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw. 770-422-9714. www.kennesaw-ga.gov.

If you have overflowing bookshelves in your home, stop on by the Kennesaw Parks and Rec Book, CD and DVD Swap this Saturday. It all takes place at the Ben Robertson Community Center - simply bring your used books, DVDs and CDs by on Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and pick up a ticket for the swap on Saturday. This traditional swap is totally free.

Pirate and Princess Ball. 2 - 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. $10 per person. Due West United Methodist Church Family Life Center. 3956 Due West Road NW, Marietta. 770-427-3835. www.mariettacalendar.com.

Argh Matey - don your best pirate's hat and get ready for a swash buckling good time at the Pirate and Princess ball on Saturday. This family-friendly event includes all ages, and will feature dancing, singing, music and food, served at 2 p.m. or 4:30. Make sure to dress up and prepare to meet special Pirate and Princess characters.

Get your motor runnin' at The Great American Motorcycle Show this weekend in Cobb. COURTESY OF NATC SHOWS/For the AJC

The Great American Motorcycle Show. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29. $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 6 through 14, free for children ages 5 and under. The Cobb Galleria Centre. 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. 770-279-9899. www.northatlantatradecenter.com.

If you love to hit the road, don't miss The Great American Motorcycle Show this weekend at the Galleria. At this indoor bike show, you'll see motorcycles from the leading dealers in Georgia, get a chance to talk to experts and get unbeatable deals on bikes, trikes, trailers, ATVs, scooters and more.

6th Annual Smyrna Oysterfest. 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29. $10 per person, free for children ages 12 and under. Atkins Park Smyrna. 2840 Atlanta Road, Smyrna. 770-435-1887. www.smyrnaoysterfest.com.

Shucks, folks, you don't want to miss the 6th Annual Smyrna Oysterfest at Atkins Park this Saturday and Sunday. This Mardi Gras themed event will feature a delicious array of fried, raw and grilled oysters to sample from while you enjoy listening to live New Orleans style music.

DeKalb

Brookside Park Off-Leash Dog Area Ribbon Cutting. 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Free. Brookside Park. 3661 North Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-371-3643. www.patch.com.

If you love letting your dog run free, sans leash, don't miss the Brookside Park Off-Leash Dog Area Ribbon Cutting this Friday. This free event will celebrate the opening of a special off-leash area of the park, a sought-after addition to the seven-acre green space.

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Downtown Decatur Food Tour. 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. $65 for adults, $45 for children. Downtown Decatur. 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur. 770-996-9663. www.atlanta.net.

Don't ruin your appetite before hitting the Downtown Decatur Food Tour on Saturday. You'll enjoy sampling tasty dishes from some of the top local restaurants around Decatur while enjoying a 3-hour informative walking tour throughout one of Georgia's oldest towns.

2017 Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. $5 per person, free for children under 3 and 1/2 feet tall. Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta. 5377 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee. 404-870-9375. www.events.accessatlanta.com.

It's the Year of the Rooster, and Atlanta will celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in style at the Cultural Center of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta. Enjoy traditional Chinese folk songs, live performances, lion and dragon dances, ethnic foods and more at this cultural festival.

Sunday for the DOGS at Pallookaville. Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Food prices vary. Pallookaville. 17 North Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates. 404-500-1785. www.facebook.com.

Raise a little money for REleash Atlanta Rescue while enjoying food with friends at Sunday for the DOGS at Pallookaville this Sunday. Along with food, drinks and music, there will also be a few adoptable dogs on site looking for loving homes.

Gwinnett

Southeastern Stamp Expo. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 through 29. $5 per family. Hilton Atlanta Northeast. 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Peachtree Corners. sestampexpo@gmail.com. www.sefsc.org.

If you collect stamps, or know someone who does, don't miss the Southeastern Stamp Expo in Peachtree Corners this weekend. With 22 dealers, rare stamp exhibits, seminars and kids activities, this family-friendly event has stamp lovers covered.

Add to your stamp collection this weekend at the Southeastern Stamp Expo in Gwinnett. COURTESY OF SOUTHEAST FEDERATION OF STAMP CLUBS/For the AJC

7th Annual Norcross Blue Devils Run. 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. $30 per racer, free to watch. Pinckneyville Middle School. 5440 West Jones Bridge Road, Norcross. bluedevilsrun@gmail.com. www.bluedevilsrun.wixsite.com.

Run your heart out while raising money for the Norcross High School cross country and track teams at the 7th Annual Norcross Blue Devils Run. This Peahctree Road Race Qualifier takes place at Pinckneyville Middle School and will help generate funds to cover uniforms, competition fees and travel expenses for the teams.

Celebration Talent Competition. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday Jan. 28. Infinite Energy Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 888-610-8882. www.celebrationtalent.com.

Get ready to have a blast this Saturday at the Celebration Talent Competition, which will include some of the most talented children and students throughout the South. If your family loves watching talent shows on television, don't miss seeing this regional competition in person.

Atlanta Tet Festival for the Vietnamese Year of the Rooster. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. $5 per person. The Space Ballroom. 6100 Live Oak Parkway, Norcross. 678-820-8822. www.vac-ga.org.

The United Vietnamese American Community of Georgia will celebrate the Year of the Rooster this Sunday at the Atlanta Tet Festival. Enjoy traditional games, food and pageants with special Vietnamese luminaries Melody Bandy, Thuy Ni, Don Ho, Anh Minh, Bao Vy and Michael Thai.

North Fulton

Battle and BrewLadies Night. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Free for ladies. Battle and Brew. 5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 678-560-1500. www.battleandbrew.com.

Get ready to game, ladies, because it's time for the Battle and Brew Ladies Night on Friday. All ladies will enjoy gaming for free at this top game bar, which features a wide range of gaming options, from TableTop to Wii.

Atlanta Build, Remodel andLandscape Expo Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 trough 29. $5 for adults, free for children ages 18 and under. Atlanta Exposition Center North Building. 3650 Jonesboro Road SE, Atlanta. 952-881-5030. www.homeshowcenter.com.

Whether you're planning to remodel your home, or looking for landscaping ideas for your yard, the Atlanta Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo has you covered. Get a chance to talk to experts, take part in seminars, watch demonstrations and peruse flooring, cabinetry, finished, siding and more.

Panchabhootam Fundraiser for CRY America. 3 - 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. $16.29 per person. Roswell Cultural Arts Center. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 678-419-0429. www.panchabhootam.ticketbud.com.

Experience the five elements of nature in a beautiful way this Sunday at the Panchabhootam Fundraiser for CRY America. With colorful costumes, Hindustani and Carnatic dancing and thematic performances, this event will feature music composed by Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar and orchestrated by Sri L. Vaidyanathan.

Unity Concert featuring The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Free. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. 888 Zion Circle, Roswell. 770-641-3705. www.roswellgov.com.

Join your community for a special Unity Concert featuring The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia this Sunday. This unforgettable event will feature choirs and soloists from many local churches, including the host church, Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

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