What to do in Atlanta for Memorial Day Weekend

21 things to do in metro Atlanta this Memorial Day weekend

If you're looking forward to a long Memorial Day weekend, you'll have plenty of time to find something fun to do as you go out and about in metro Atlanta. 

You'll be able to view Memorial Day ceremonies, enjoy outdoor concerts and stroll through displays of artwork.

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Check out the following 21 things to do in metro Atlanta over the long Memorial Day weekend:

Cobb

Memorial Day of Service at Kennesaw Mountain. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Start at Kennesaw Mountain National Park visitors' center, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Marietta. 770-427-4686. https://www.nps.gov/.

Honor a fallen service member by participating in a volunteer service project and other activities. You'll help put up fencing and clear underbrush and then compare and contrast Civil War soldiers with modern ones, take a guided hike to the top of Kennesaw Mountain and participate in a Memorial Day program at the summit. Pre-registration is required.

KISS 104.1 Flashback Series. 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. $41 and up. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. 770-818-3285. www1.ticketmaster.com.

Groove along with bands such as ZAPP, the S.O.S. band, Case, Morris Day and The Time and Sheila E.

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off." 8 p.m. Friday, May 24. $8-$9. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080. https://earlsmithstrand.com.

Kick off the end of the school year with the classic comedy "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." If you'd like to hear the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ, show up 30 minutes before the movie starts.

The annual Yaarab Shrine Circus and Fair features midway games and circus acts.
Photo: Andy Sharp / AJC/For the AJC

Yaarab Shrine Circus and Fair. 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. circus Friday, May 24, 11 a.m., 1:30, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25 and 1:30, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Midway opens Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday. $7 general admission, kids 10 and younger free. $5 parking, rides are extra. Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road SW, Marietta. http://www.2019shrinecircus.com/.

The 77th annual Shrine circus will stay through Memorial Day with carnival rides, food, an arts and crafts show, circus performances and more.

Acworth Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-noon Friday, May 24. Free admission. Logan Farm Park Expansion, 4405 Cherokee St. https://www.facebook.com/.

Browse through and buy goodies such as vegetables, eggs, cheese, fresh baked bread, pies, jams and bedding plants.

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DeKalb

Memorial Day Weekend at Stone Mountain. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. with Lasershow and fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 24-Monday, May 27. $19.95 in advance online, free for active duty, retired and veteran military personnel with valid ID. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. https://www.stonemountainpark.com.

Explore the park and stay for a special Lasershow that honors our military, followed by a patriotic fireworks finale.

Friends of Decatur Library Book Sale. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Free admission. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-3070. https://events.dekalblibrary.org/event/1876764.

Score some summer beach reading material plus CDs and DVDs at bargain prices. Proceeds go toward buying library materials or paying for programs.

The Decatur Arts Festival will include an ArtWalk on May 22. CONTRIBUTED BY MARCIA LAMPE

Decatur Artwalk. 5-10 p.m. Friday, May 24. Free. Various Decatur locations listed on website. http://decaturartsfestival.com/.

Many of Decatur's shops and galleries will host art exhibits during the one-night ArtWalk, and you'll also be able to nosh and sip on complimentary snacks and drinks.

Get Healthy, Get Social. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Kerwin B. Lee Family Life Center, 2197 Young Road, Stone Mountain. Free for survivors, $10 for caregivers. 404-583-7369. https://www.facebook.com/.

Help raise money for stroke and brain injury survivors as you play giant games, enjoy food and music and try to win prizes like Braves tickets.

"Perfect Little Planet." 3-3:45 p.m., Friday, May 26. Free. Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta. http://www.fernbank.edu/.

Get a unique perspective on our solar system as you watch a family from another star system travel through ours. They'll dive down the ice cliffs on Uranus' moon, sail through Saturn's rings and more.

North Fulton

The Alpharetta Arts Streetfest will be held Memorial Day weekend. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 25, Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27. Free. Village Green, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. https://www.splashfestivals.com/.

Join over 90 regional and national artisans as they display their colorful artwork and bring the kids to participate in activities designed just for them.

Roswell Remembers. 10 a.m. displays open, 10:15 pre-ceremony music, 11 a.m. program start. Monday, May 27. Free. Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St., Roswell. http://www.roswellmemorialday.com/.

This popular ceremony attracts about 6,000 to 7,000 people from across the Southeast. After the ceremony is held to remember veterans, stay if you'd like to listen to live music or purchase barbecue.

City Green Live: Steep Canyon Rangers. 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 24. Free. The Green at City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. 770-206-2022. https://www.visitsandysprings.org/.

Steep Canyon Rangers are a Grammy-winning bluegrass band that has collaborated with actor Steve Martin. You'll also be able to enjoy a sculpture gallery in the park.

Memorial Day Ceremony 10 a.m.-noon. Monday, May 27. Free. Freedom Park, 13200 Deerfield Parkway, Milton. https://www.cityofmiltonga.us.

Milton will salute veterans with a guest speaker, a roll call of the town's fallen veterans, a presentation of the colors by the Milton Public Safety Color Guard and local music.

Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Free. Brooke Street Park, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. 678-297-2811. https://www.alpharetta.ga.us.

Bring a blanket and a picnic to spread out and hear Home By Dark featuring Jill Paquette-DeZwaan and Jason Hoard.

Gwinnett

Pre-Memorial Half Marathon, 10K & 5K. 7:30 a.m. Sunday, May 26. $30 5K, $40 10K, $50 half marathon. Bay Creek Park, 175 Ozora Road, Loganville. https://www.active.com.

Take your choice of a half marathon, 10K or 5K and run on a wide paved path. The entire course is within scenic Bay Creek Park.

Concert on the Green – Sister Hazel with Sailing to Denver. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Free. Town Green, 5140 Town Center Blvd., Peachtree Corners. https://www.peachtreecornersga.gov.

Enjoy alternative rock band Sister Hazel along with Sailing to Denver, play lawn games and treat yourself to food from a vendor, bring your own picnic or visit a nearby restaurant.

Snellville Memorial Day Celebration. 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Free. Towne Green, 2437 Main St., Snellville. https://snellvilletourism.com/.

Celebrate Memorial Day with patriotic music, a reenactment by the Sons of the American Revolution and a program remembering members of the military who died for our freedom.

Summer Concert Series. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Friday, May 24. Thrasher Park, 93 Park Drive, Norcross. http://www.norcrossga.net/.

Listen to the music of The Voltage Brothers, who play everything from hip hop to Carolina beach music. If you'd like, bring canned goods and non-perishable items to drop off for local food pantries.

Porsche Car Show. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Free. Lillian Webb Park, 5 College St. NW, Norcross. http://www.norcrossga.net.

Check out beautiful, luxurious, fast and furious Porsches on display.

Gwinnett Stripers vs. Norfolk Tides. 6:05 p.m. Saturday, May 25. $8-$15, $5 parking. Coolray Field, 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville. https://www.milb.com/gwinnett/tickets/promotions.

Watch the Braves Triple-A affiliate in action and if you're one of the first 2,500 fans, score a bobblehead of National League Rookie of the Year (and current Braves and former Stripers outfielder) Ronald Acuna Jr.

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