Atlanta Jazz Festival: 5 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

There are plenty of things to do this Memorial Day weekend to take advantage of the three-day weekend.

From learning about the video game industry at Momocon to celebrating Caribbean culture at Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, here are five things to do in Atlanta this weekend:


Momocon is expected to bring tens of thousands of people to the Atlanta area for three days of exhibits, contests, panels and more, according to event organizers.

Cree Summer (“Rugrats’” Susie Charmichael and “A Different World’s” Freddie Brooks) and Ben Diskin (“Hey Arnold!’s” Eugene) are amongst the voice actors, animators, online personalities and others that will serve as special guests during the festival, which will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center.

ExploreJon Waterhouse spoke with Momocon co-founder Jessica Merriman recently about the evolution of the event over the past decade, as well as what attendees can expect this year.

If You Go: times vary. May 26-29. Prices vary. Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., Atlanta.

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival

Celebrate Caribbean culture at the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival this weekend. Kick off the festivities with a free parade, starting at the intersection of Central Park Place and Linden Avenue.

Caribbean and American food vendors and performers such as Burning Flames will help attendees keep the celebration going in Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Parade If You Go: noon. May 28. Free. Central Park Place and Linden Avenue intersection.

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival If You Go: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 28. $20 (in advance), $25 (at the door). Historic Fourth Ward Park, 680 Dallas St., Atlanta.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Listen to the musical work of Carole King while learning about her life and career in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” The Broadway production won a Grammy in 2015 for “Best Musical Theater Album.”

In addition to featuring music from King, the soundtrack also features music by The Drifters and Phil Spector.

ExploreRead AJC music critic Melissa Ruiggieri’s review of the musical here.

If You Go: times vary. Through May 29. $30-$125. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta.

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Spend Memorial Day Weekend enjoying live music in Piedmont Park.

ExploreThe 39th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will bring several performers to three stages within the park, including headliners Benny Golson, Eliane Elias and Jamison Ross.

This year, event organizers set out to ensure the free, three-day festival offers a variety of musical acts that will appeal to Atlanta’s diverse demographic.

In addition to live music, attendees can visit local food and artist vendors, as well as the Kidzone, during the festival.

ExploreAJC’s Bo Emerson recently spoke with 87-year old jazz legend Benny Golson before he and his quartet help close the festival on Sunday, May 29.

If You Go: 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. May 27-29. Free. Piedmont Park, along 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue in

Related links: Restaurants near Piedmont Park | Piedmont Park Events

Decatur Arts Festival

Explore the galleries, shops and restaurants of downtown Decatur with Artwalk at the Decatur Arts Festival. Then, visit the Artist Market and Community Bandstand to take in art and live entertainment.

Local food trucks will provide a variety of dining options for the festival. Decatur’s Three Taverns is developing a Three Day Festival Pale Ale that will be sold exclusively during the event.

If You Go: 5 p.m. May 27; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 28; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 29. Free admission. Downtown Decatur, 101 East Court Square, Decatur.

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