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Sip & Swine BBQ Festival: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Events are popping up throughout the metro area that offer a wide array of possibilities for a great weekend. 

Although it's been a little rainy lately, this forecast is looking up.

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Enjoy the coming sunshine and lift your spirits by experiencing one of the many performances, festivals, classes or community events taking place around Atlanta.

Check out what's happening near you:

Cobb

Opera's Night Out for Young Professionals. 7 p.m. Friday, March 2. $40 per person. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 404-881-8736. www.atlantaopera.org.

Join the Atlanta Opera for a special night for young professionals on Friday, complete with a performance, Brie, champagne and plenty of conversation.

The Daughter of the Regiment. 8 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2 and 4. Ticket prices vary. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

Don't miss the Daughter of the Regiment this Friday, the story of a spirited tomboy who was brought up within a French army regiment and discovers what it means to be true to herself.

Marietta Square Art Walk. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 2. Free. Marietta Square. 50 North Park, Marietta. 404-668-2436. www.mariettaartwalk.com.

Explore the Marietta Square Art Walk this Friday, which will feature live performances, a self-guided walking tour and local art on display.

Scaryetta Haunted Trolley Tour. 8:30 p.m. Friday March 2. $27 for adults, $14 for children ages 12 and under. Ghosts of Marietta. 131 Church St., Marietta. 770-425-5755. www.ghostsofmarietta.com.

Get spooked this Friday on the Scaryetta Haunted Trolley Tour, which takes place around Historic Marietta and includes a 90-minute ride, stories about actual events from the past, a walk among headstones and more. 

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DeKalb

Concert for World Peace. 8 p.m. Friday, March 2. Free. Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. 1660 North Decatur Road NE, Atlanta. 404-272-2051. www.glennumc.org.

Enjoy a concert by the Chancel Choir of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church in an effort to raise money for the Mar Elias Peace Study Center by way of United Methodist Global Ministries.

Sausage Making Class. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3. $125 per person. Pine Street Market. 4 Pine St. Unit A, Avondale Estates. 404-296-9672. www.culinarylocal.com.

Find out what it takes to create your own delicious homemade sausage at Pine Street Market this Saturday. This full-day class will include lunch and 2 pounds of handmade sausage to take home.

English Country Dancing. 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3. $9 per person. Decatur Recreation Center Studio. 231 Sycamore St., Decatur. ecdatlanta@gmail.com. www.ecdatlanta.org.

Put on your dancing shoes because you won't want to miss out on English Country Dancing this Saturday. New dancers welcome and no partner needed. 

Backyard Builders: All About Mason Bees. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, March 4. $5 per member child, $10 per non-member child. Wylde Center. 435 Oakview Road, Decatur. 404-371-1920. www.wyldecenter.org.

Bring your children to discover how Mason bees help pollinate the flora in early spring at this hour-long class hosted by the Wylde Center. 

Gwinnett

3rd Annual Sip & Swine BBQ Festival
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3rd Annual Sip & Swine BBQ Festival. 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2 and 3. Free. Coolray Field. 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville. www.sipandswine.com.

Save your appetite for this weekend because the Annual Sip & Swine BBQ Festival is back at Coolray Field. This free event will feature a barbecue competition with 78 teams, craft and food vendors, live music and more. 

Thai Massage Workshop. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3. $50 per person. Infinite Energy Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. massage09@yahoo.com. www.events.accessatlanta.com.

Find out how to give a relaxing Thai massage at this two-hour-long workshop held at the Infinite Energy Center. You'll learn about specific techniques and positions at this class designed for people with a little exposure to the art of massage.

Southern Ballet Theatre: Maleficent + Aurora: The Beginning. 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3 and 4. Ticket prices vary. Infinite Energy Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464. www.infiniteenergycenter.com.

The Southern Ballet Theatre performs Maleficent + Aurora: The Beginning this weekend, a tale of a kind, loving fairy who becomes disheartened and cold and places a curse on the daughter of the king. In the end, it is this princess who can actually mend her heart. 

Make a Difference in the Life of a Gwinnett Child. 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Free. Gwinnett County Public Library Norcross Branch. 6025 Buford Highway, Norcross. 678-367-8257. www.gwinnettpl.org.

Find out how to help the more than 450 Gwinnett children in foster care at this important presentation hosted by the Gwinnett County Division of Family and Children Services and Gwinnett County Public Library.

North Fulton

Baby Bargains Sale. 8 a.m. Saturday, March 3. Free to shop, $16 fee per booth for residents, $24 fee per booth for non-residents. Roswell Town Square. 610 Atlanta St., Roswell. www.visitroswellga.com.

Sell all those baby items or find a few you need at the Baby bargains Sale taking place at the Roswell Town Square this Saturday. It's free to shop and only $16 to $24 to have your own booth. 

Introduction to Himalayan Singing Bowls. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3. $60 per person. Phoenix & Dragon Bookstore. 5531 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.phoenixanddragon.com.

Discover the art and practice of Himalayan Singing Bowls this Saturday, which will feature instruction on techniques and history as well as spiritual and therapeutic uses. 

Heritage Sandy Springs Outdoors Club East Palisades Hike. 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, March 3. Free to hike, $3 parking fee. East Palisades.1425 Indian Trail NW, Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111. www.heritagesandysprings.org.

The HSSOC will hike East Palisades this Saturday, which will include a 3-mile hike with views of the bamboo forest along the Chattahoochee River.

Verizon Amphitheatre Job Fair. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March. 4. Verizon Amphitheatre. 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010. www.livenation.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com.

Take the next step towards a career in music and apply for open positions with Live Nation at the Verizon Amphitheatre Job Fair this Sunday.

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