Celebrate Mardi Gras: 16 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta

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Looking for something for the entire family to enjoy this weekend? You'll be able to celebrate Mardi Gras, welcome baseball's return or conquer three granite mountains in one day. And that's just a sampling of what's going on in throughout the metro Atlanta area.

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The following are 16 events worth a look in metro Atlanta this weekend:


Atlanta Record & CD Show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 3. $4 general admission at 10 a.m. or $10 early bird admission at 7 a.m. DoubleTree Atlanta-Marietta, 2055 S. Park Place NW, Atlanta. 770-463-2727. https://www.facebook.com/Records.Shows/.

Add to your music collection as you browse through vinyl and CDs that are new and old, rare, promos, imports and more. Music memorabilia is also available for purchase.

Join in or watch the Mead Rd. Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, March 2 in Decatur.
Join in or watch the Mead Rd. Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, March 2 in Decatur.

Credit: From Mead Rd. Mardi Gras' Facebook page

Credit: From Mead Rd. Mardi Gras' Facebook page

Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Fun Run + Walk. 8 a.m. 5K, 9 a.m. 1K and 9:15 a.m. Tot Trot. Saturday, March 2. $15-$40. Glover Park – Historic Marietta Square. 50 N. Park Square, Marietta. https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Marietta/MariettaMardiGras5K.

Hit Marietta Square for the 10th annual Marietta Mardi Gras 5K, a festive-family friendly race that also features a 1K and Tot Trot. The race is an AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier and raises money for the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta.

Considering Maya: A Performance Dialogue. 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Adults $20, Marietta High School students free with ID. Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta. 770-428-2631, ext. 5046. www.mariettacity.org.

Performers will dance, sing and present poetry to honor the life and work of Dr. Maya Angelou. Proceeds will benefit the domestic violence and sexual abuse prevention programs at the Marietta Student Life Center.

Bridal Open House. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Smith-Gilbert Gardens, 2382 Pine Mountain Road NW, Kennesaw. 770-919-0248. http://smithgilbertgardens.com/.

Drop in at Smith-Gilbert Gardens to tour the property for a potential wedding location and talk with vendors including photographers and caterers. An RSVP to ccollins@kennesaw-ga.gov is required.


Monadnock Madness Triple Hike Challenge. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2. $15 plus fees for adults, $7 plus fees for children 10 and under. Stone Mountain Park Walking Trails Parking Lot, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 404-998-8384, ext. 6. https://monadnockmadness.com/triple-hike-challenge/.

See unforgettable views and ecosystems as you climb Stone, Arabia and Panola mountains in one day. You'll get insider information from local guides, have a snack break, get a souvenir and end the day with s'mores by a fire.

Red Devil Dash 5K/1-mile fun run. 8 a.m. race-day registration and 9 a.m. start. Sunday, March 3. $10-$30. Druid Hills High School, 1798 Haygood Drive NE, Atlanta. https://www.active.com/atlanta-ga/running/distance-running-races/red-devil-dash-5k-1mile-fun-run-2019.

Lace up your shoes and get ready to run the Lullwater Park trails located behind Druid Hills High School. Proceeds go to support the Philip Hicks Memorial Sportsmanship Awards, which benefits DHS athletes.

Brookhaven Community Yard Sale. 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 2. Free admission. Briarwood Community Center, 2235 Briarwood Way, Atlanta. 404-637-0512. https://www.brookhavenga.gov/parksrec/page/events.

Find great deals on treasures all in one place at Brookhaven's annual community yard sale. Or, if you've decluttered and would like to rent a table, you can sell your unwanted items and earn some extra cash.

Mead Rd. Mardi Gras. 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2. $5 food tokens. Parade starts at 4/5 Academy, 101 5th Ave., Decatur. http://www.meadrdmardigras.org/.

Watch or join in a festive Mardi Gras parade, which ends at The Imperial. Tokens are available in advance or at the event, and each buys a designated item like an adult or kids' meal or a beer.

North Fulton

Painting class. 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3. $25 per person. Painting with a Twist, 11770 Haynes Bridge Road #801, Alpharetta. 470-294-0051. https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/alpharetta/event/1934293/.

Bring the family and paint together as create your own Pug the Pup. If you'd like, bring your own finger foods to enjoy during the break.

Feeding Friday. 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 1. Free admission. Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek. 678-366-3511. http://autreymill.org/.

Bring your kids to feed Autrey Mill's snakes, turtles, frogs, rabbits, ducks and chickens as you learn about their care.

Load up on a variety of fiction and non-fiction books at the Friends of the Alpharetta Library Book Sale this Saturday.
Load up on a variety of fiction and non-fiction books at the Friends of the Alpharetta Library Book Sale this Saturday.

Credit: Friends of the Alphabetta Library Facebook page

Credit: Friends of the Alphabetta Library Facebook page

Book sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Free admission. Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. 770-740-2425. http://www.fotal.org/.

Load up on a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, reference books, paperbacks, kids' books, books on tape, rare editions and more as you help raise money for the Alpharetta Library.

Let's Glow Crazy 5K. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2. $30. Kids-R-Kids, 3835 Johns Creek Parkway, Johns Creek. https://www.active.com/johns-creek-ga/running/distance-running-races/let-s-glow-crazy-5k-2019.

Bring your glow-in-the-dark items for this evening race, which is flat and fast.


Gwinnett Stripers Preseason Party. Noon-3 p.m. Sunday, March 3. Free. Coolray Field, 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville. https://www.milb.com/gwinnett/news/gwinnett-stripers-to-host-preseason-party-on-march-3/c-303871722.

Join the Gwinnett Stripers as they celebrate the return of baseball season with a free open house. You can tour the ballpark, enjoy free hot dogs and sodas and let the kids play on inflatables, get their faces painted and visit with Chopper the Groundhog. For $20, you can also take 10 on-field batting practice swings.

Gwinnett's Sip & Swine BBQ Festival features many samples of barbecue for you to taste.
Gwinnett's Sip & Swine BBQ Festival features many samples of barbecue for you to taste.

Credit: From Gwinnett Sip & Swine's Facebook page

Credit: From Gwinnett Sip & Swine's Facebook page

Sip & Swine BBQ Festival. 3-9 p.m. Friday, March 1 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Free admission. Coolray Field, 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville. https://sipandswine.com/.

You'll find plenty of live music, as well as over 80 food and craft vendors, at the Sip & Swine BBQ Festival. And if you'd like to take part in the people's choice judging, buy a $10 taster kit ticket on Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. You'll receive nine samples chosen at random, with proceeds benefiting The Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter.

First Friday Concert. 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 1. Free. City of Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center, 10 College St. NW, Norcross. 678-421-2049. http://www.norcrossga.net/index.aspx?NID=151.

Make a reservation in advance to join the Xtreme Party Band for a free indoor concert. Bring your own food and beverage if you'd like or treat yourself to a meal from one of downtown Norcross' restaurants.

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