Decatur Lantern Parade

Mother's Day: 16 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

It's time to celebrate all the mothers out there with events and activities to make mom feel special.

From a relaxing day at the spa to a potluck dinner with friends, you'll find that perfect way to show mom that you care at some of these events around metro Atlanta.

Take a look at what's in store for you this weekend around metro Atlanta:


Marietta Tree Keepers Spring Tree n' Stroll. 5 p.m. Friday, May 11. Free. Glover Park. 50 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-424-4664.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the trees with the experts from Marietta Tree Keepers this Friday and learn about the care and keeping of some of the Marietta Squares most cherished residents. 

The Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival in Acworth provides free entertainment for Mother’s Day weekend. Photo: courtesy Smoke on the Lake
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival. 4-10:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Cauble Park at Acworth Beach. 4425 Beach St., Acworth. 770-714-7135.

Hang out on Lake Acworth May 11 and 12 during the Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival, which will feature mouth-watering food, family-friendly performances and entertainment, inflatables, dance competitions and live music.

50th Annual Mother's Day Weekend Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, and Fossil Show. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, May 11-13. Free. Cobb Civic Center. 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta.

It's the 50th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show on Mother's Day Weekend, which will include over 30 dealers, door prizes, demonstrations and more. 

Women…Brewed to Perfection: Tea and Fashion Show. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12. $25 per person. Marietta Garden Center. 505 Kennesaw Ave., Marietta. 770-765-3365.

Celebrate your mother with a special tea and fashion show, hosted by the Divine Order Church at the Marietta Garden Center. Make sure to wear your fanciest hat.


Don't miss the Lantern Festival in Decatur this weekend.
Photo: Courtesy of Beate Sass/For the AJC

Decatur Lantern Parade. 9 p.m. Friday, May 11. Downtown Decatur Square. 404-371-9583.

Join in on the fun at the Decatur Lantern Festival with the Decatur Arts Alliance and Decatur Education Foundation. Create your own lantern at the workshop on site, or bring your own.

Slingin' Wings Festival. Noon-8 p.m. May 12. $14-$35 per person. Brookhaven Park. 2660 Osborne Road, Brookhaven.

Enjoy some of the best wings in Atlanta at the Slingin' Wings Festival taking place at Brookhaven Park on Saturday. Along with great eats from local restaurants, guests will enjoy cool drinks, live music, contests and activities to benefit Releash Atlanta.

Dunwoody Art Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 13. Free. 1449 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody.

With over 50,000 visitors last year, the Dunwoody Art Festival will fill Dunwoody Village with a sweeping array of arts and crafts, live music, a Kidz Zone that includes rides, crafts and games, local food and entertainment.

Moms and Mimosas. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Prices vary. Angela Michael Skincare & Spa. 2500-C Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. 678-731-9611.

Make your moms feel special with a day of mimosas and a relaxing makeover at Angela Michael Skincare & Spa. Guests can enter to win a full spa day, get 10 percent off products and enjoy a complimentary makeover.


Loganville Carnival. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday, May 11-13. Loganville City Hall. 4303 Lawrenceville Road, Loganville. 770-466-1165.

Loganville City Hall will transform into a carnival of fun all weekend with full-sized rides, games and food.

Braselton is accepting proposals for a new water spray park similar to this one in downtown Norcross. Courtesy City of Norcross
Photo: For the AJC

Braselton Beach Bash. 3-10 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Free. Braselton Park. 126 Harrison St., Braselton. 706-684-0369.

Get ready for a day at the beach without even leaving town this Saturday at the Braselton Beach Bash. Along with tons of sand, guests will enjoy live music, food trucks and giveaways. 

Mother's Day Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. 7:30 a.m. Sunday, May 13. $30-$55 per racer, free to watch. Bay Creek Park. 175 Ozora Road, Loganville.

Get fit with mom this Mother's Day with a half marathon, 10K or 5K that takes you through Bay Creek Park. All finishers receive medals. 

Music On Main Street Mother's Day Potluck. 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13. $15 per person, free for moms and children ages 12 and under. Music on Main Street. 113 Main St. NW, Lilburn.

Enjoy live music, art vendors and a $5 all-you-can-eat dinner with friends at this special Mother's Day Potluck hosted by Music on Main Street. 

North Fulton

Celebrate Freedom Rodeo
Photo: Courtesy of Celebrate Freedom Rodeo/For the AJC

Celebrate Freedom Rodeo. 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 11. Wills Park Equestrian Center. 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta. 678-297-6122.

Get a chance to see the Wild Together Trick Riders in action at the Celebrate Freedom Rodeo, which takes place at the Wills Park Equestrian Center this Friday. Along with the show, guests will enjoy barbecue, funnel cakes, kid's activities and more. 

Chastain Park Arts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 13. Free. Chastain Park. 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta.

Don't miss the Chastain Park Arts Festival with over 185 artists and crafters showcasing their works, a children's area, gourmet food trucks, acoustic musicians, local food and beverage concessions and more.

Mother's Day Free Open House at Roswell's Southern Trilogy Historic House Museums. 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 13. Free with donation of canned goods. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. 770-640-3855.

Explore three of Roswell's most beloved historic buildings for free on Mother's Day with a donation of canned goods for North Fulton Charities. 

American Girl Mother's Day Tea. 2-3 p.m. Sunday, May 13. $28 per person. American Girl. 1202 North Point Circle, Alpharetta. 877-247-5223.

Connect with your daughters at an American Girl Mother's Day Tea this Sunday, which will include games, crafts and treats. 

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