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Sip and Swine Barbecue Festival: 16 best things to do in Atlanta this weekend

With the weather feeling a little warmer out there, don't just sit inside your house − enjoy some live music, Southern culture and a little barbecue this weekend.

These 16 fantastic community-inspired events will have you busy all around the Atlanta area.

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A Night at the Southern. 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 3. $40 per person. Southern Museum. 2829 Cherokee St. NW, Kennessaw. 770-427-2117. www.southernmuseum.org.

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Spend a night at the Southern this Friday in Kennessaw to enjoy drinks, food, a silent auction and entertainment from composer and music historian, Bobby Horton. Proceeds benefit the education programs, events, exhibits and artifact acquisition at the Southern Museum.

Georgia Symphony Orchestra Sensory-Friendly Concert. 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Marietta Performing Arts Center. 1171 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta. 770-429-2390. www.mariettacalendar.com.

If you're the parent of a child with autism, or if you're autistic yourself, make sure to attend the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Sensory-Friendly Concert taking place in Marietta this Saturday. In collaboration with Autism Speaks, this performance specifically caters to a sensory-sensitive audience and features violinist, John Irrera.

Red Hare's BrewWatch 5K. 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4. $35 per racer, $15 for a non-racer beer pass, free to watch. Red Hare Brewing. 1998 Delk Industrial Blvd., Marietta. 678-735-5220. www.redharebrewing.com.

Strap on your sneakers because it's time for Red Hare's BrewWatch 5K. Runners receive a souvenir Red Hare BrewWatch 5K pint glass and the race ends with a Red Hare Beach Bash Beer Garden with food, beer tasting and live music.

The Sleeping Beauty. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4 and 5. Tickets between $10 and $35 per person. J. Alton Keith Theater, McEachern High School. 2400 New MacLand Road, Powder Springs. 770-528-0881. www.travelcobb.org.

Enjoy a performance of "The Sleeping Beauty" this weekend at McEachern High School, courtesy of The Georgia Ballet. This classic fairy tale will entertain the entire family with magic, adventure and true love.

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Oakhurst Wine Crawl. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 4. $25 per person. Oakhurst Village. 321 West Hill St., Decatur. 404-713-5850. www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com.

Experience over 100 wines while perusing local Oakhurst businesses at the Oakhurst Wine Crawl happening in Decatur this Saturday. This community event benefits local organizations and activities, including the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association, Jazz Nights and the Community Center of South Decatur. All guests must be at least 21 years of age.

Butcher Boot Camp at Pine Street Market. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4. $375 per person. Pine Street Market. 4A Pine St., Avondale Estates. 404-296-9672. www.avondaleestates.org.

Don't just let your local butcher prepare your meat for you -- get into the action by attending the Butcher Boot Camp at Pine Street Market this Saturday. In this 3-hour class, you'll learn in-depth techniques and hands-on butchering skills so that you can have confidence in preparing meat at home.

Celebrate the coming of spring at the Dunwoody Nature Center this weekend. (Courtesy of Dunwoody Nature Center/For the AJC)

Dunwoody Nature Center First Saturday: Spring Time. 11 a.m. to noon. Saturday, March 4. Free. Dunwoody Nature Center. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. 770-394-3322. www.cvbdunwoody.com.

Welcome the coming of spring at the Dunwoody Nature Center at their "First Saturday" event, "Spring Time." While looking for the first signs of spring, guests will also go on an exciting Geocaching treasure hunt.

Caffeine and Octane Car Show. 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, March 5. Free. Perimeter Mall. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Contactwww.cvbdunwoody.com.

Come down to Perimeter Mall this Sunday to check out some of the best classic, vintage, exotic and sports cars in the South. You'll see hundreds of vehicles at this free community event.

Gwinnett

Southeastern Railway Museum 4th Annual Photo Competition. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4. Free with museum admission. Southeastern Railway Museum. 3595 Peachtree Road, Duluth. 770-476-2013. www.train-museum.org.

Jon the Southern Railway Museum for their Annual Photo Competition this weekend, which will feature works hosted by the Georgia State University Graphic Design Club. This event allows attendees to vote on their favorite photos for a "People's Choice" award.

2nd Annual Sip and Swine Barbecue Festival. 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3 and 4. Free. Coolray Field. 2500 Buford Drive NE, Lawrenceville. 678-277-0300. www.sipandswine.com.

Get your taste buds ready, because the 2nd Annual Sip and Swine BBQ Festival will hit Coolray Field this Friday and Saturday. Along with live music and vendors, you'll sample delicious barbecue from over 100 different teams competing for the title of Grand Champion.

Log and Timber Home Show. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3 and 4. $20 per person. Infinite Energy Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-814-2929. www.thelogandtimbershow.com.

Whether you're thinking of building your own log or timber frame home, or simply interesting in learning about these traditional styles of construction, you won't want to miss the Log and Timber Home Show taking place at the Infinite Energy Center this weekend. You'll get a chance to talk to experts, find resources and see different building methods at this not-to-miss event.

Park'nership Park Cleanup. 9 a.m. Sunday, March 5. Free. Mountain Park. 5050 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lilburn. 678-277-0900. www.events.exploregwinnett.org.

Help beautify Mountain Park this Sunday with the Park'nership Park Cleanup, courtesy of the Gwinnett Parks Foundation. Each volunteer should bring a water bottle, gloves and closed-toed shoes.

North Fulton

Come out and see the Easter Bunny in Alpharetta this weekend. (Courtesy of Awesome Alpharetta/For the AJC)

Free Photos with the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday, March 4. Free. Alpharetta Welcome Center. 178 South Main St. Suite 200, Alpharetta. 678-297-0102. www.awesomealpharetta.com.

The Easter Bunny will make an appearance in Alpharetta this Saturday for a free photo opportunity at the Welcome Center. Along with free refreshments, each family group will also get a chance to have a free photo taken with Easter Bunny.

Johns Creek Symphony Presents A Night at the Opera. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4. $32 per person. Johns Creek United Methodist Church. 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 678-748-5802. www.calendarwiz.com.

Experience a Night at the Opera in Johns Creek, courtesy of the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra. This event, under Maestro J. Wayne Baughman, will feature the JCSO, The Johns Creek Chorale, radio host John Lemely and guest soloists performing works by Rossini, Puccini, Wagner and Verdi.

Diggery Digger's Dino Show. 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4. $10 per person. Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Roswell Cultural Arts Center. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-641-1260. www.get.org.

Join Paleontologist Diggery Diggers as he uncovers a "top secret" box containing the DinoSauroScope 3000. While using this device to travel back to the time of dinosaurs, Diggers accidentally uses it on a dinosaur egg and causes it to hatch. Adventure and hilarity ensues in this family-friendly dino show.

Disney's Moana Paint Party. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5. $35 per person. Painting With A Twist. 6780 Roswell Road NE Suite D-120, Sandy Springs. 470-294-2926. www.visitsandysprings.org.

If your little ones love Moana, don't miss the Disney's Moana Paint Party taking place at Painting With a Twist in Sandy Springs. Each guest will get to create their own "Ocean Dreams" painting at this celebration perfect for Disney fans of all ages.

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