Welcome to Memorial Day.
Most important, it’s a day when we all should pause to honor the memory of those who died in service to this country. Fittingly, there are a number of ceremonies and other patriotic events taking place around metro Atlanta today.
For many of us, too, Memorial Day represents the unofficial official start of summer. Beyond the traditional holiday picnics and fireworks, here are some things-to-do this Monday that should help you get the best time of year off to a roaring start (and hey, if it’s picnics, fireworks and other Memorial Day stuff you’re after, we’ve got you covered here too.)
ALPHARETTA ARTS STREET FEST
The 14th annual version of this popular three-day event in the historic downtown area of Alpharetta. Check out more than ninety local and national artists working in everything from clay and glass to living plants and photography; chow down on tons of “street eats” and popular local restaurant fare in the al fresco food court, and let the kids take part in hands-on activities. Monday’s live music lineup runs all day, wrapping up with the Last Chance Riders. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Milton Avenue and Main Street, Alpharetta. www.splashfestivals.com
U2 EXPERIENCE + INNOCENCE TOUR 2018
Conclude your Memorial Day weekend celebration with the musical fireworks of Bono and the boys. The show, which AJC music writer Melissa Ruggieri, has written will be “intimate-ish,” is more than the only Atlanta stop on the Irish superstar band’s tour of North America and Europe — it’s their first performance here since 2009. Make sure to check out Ruggieri’s post-concert review on Atlanta Music Scene on AJC.com. 9 p.m. May 28. $45-$329. Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.
RED, WHITE, BLUEGRASS AND BACH
Patriotic orchestral music, ace parachutists from the Fort Benning Silver Wings, bluegrass banjos, big time food truck eats and a fountain to play in, all in the heart of downtown Suwanee. 7-10 p.m. Free. Suwanee Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. suwanee.com.
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