Food festivals and more: 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend

Taste of Soul Atlanta is a four-day festival held in Vine City, across from Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The event includes lots of live music, including Chante Moore. This is a family friendly festival, with lots of things for kids to do. If you work up an appetite, don't worry. There will be food vendors on site. The event is free, but you can buy a VIP pass to enter the concert area, which has tables and chairs.

Looking for something to do in metro Atlanta this weekend? Whether you like oysters, chili or Mediterranean foods or would prefer to try a restaurant special, you’ll be able to sample them this weekend.

The following are 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend:

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Cobb

Atlanta Braves Chop Fest. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Free admission, extra charge for player-specific autograph sessions with advance purchase required. Truist Park, 755 Battery Ave., Atlanta. 800-745-3000. https://www.mlb.com.

Celebrate the National League East-winning Braves with fun activities like baseball clinics, player photo opportunities, on-field activities, family attractions and games, live entertainment and more.

Smyrna Oysterfest. 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26. $8-$15, kids 12 and under free. Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar Smyrna, 2840 Road, Smyrna. 770-435-1887. https://smyrnaoysterfest.com/.

The 9th Annual Smyrna Oysterfest is a Mardi Gras-inspired party that features raw, grilled and fried oysters as well as live music. It’s held in a heated tent so the weather won’t be too much of a concern.

The Great American Motorcycle Show. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. Adults 15 and up $12, two-day pass $20, kids 6-14 $7, kids 5 and under free. Parking $7. Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. natcshows.com.

See and buy everything to do with motorcycles, including accessories, parts, leathers, helmets, jewelry, boots and more. A BMX bicycle stunt show and live music will be held.

Trains! Trains! Trains! 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26. $4-$9. Southern Museum, 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-427-2117. 770-427-2117. southernmuseum.org.

This 10th anniversary event has a Lego Building Challenge as well as a free-play Lego area, new model train layouts and train-related merchandise for sale.

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DeKalb

"Mama Makes Up Her Mind." 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. $20-$34. ART Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. 770-469-1105. artstation.org.

This humorous yet touching play is adapted from Bailey White’s memoir of her life in South Georgia.

Run with the Dogs '20. 8:30 a.m. Pup Trot and 9 a.m. 5K. Saturday, Jan. 25. $30-$40. Starts and finishes on Commerce Drive by Decatur High School Stadium. http://www.rwtd5k.com/.

Bring your dog to walk or run a course through Decatur’s residential areas. The course will be well-marked and supervised by volunteers and police.

"The Glass Menagerie." 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. $16-$34. North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-396-1726. stagedoorplayers.net.

The Stage Door Players present Tennessee Williams’ classic play, which tells the story of Laura, an introvert who lives in her own world of make believe, and her brother and mother.

Discover the Mediterranean Food & Wine Festival. 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. $59 per person. Vino Venue, 4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-668-0435. https://www.vinovenue.com.

Walk through this mini-festival to taste regional cuisine and wines from countries including Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Lebanon and Israel.

North Fulton

Roswell Restaurant Week. Through Wednesday, Jan. 29. Various restaurants in Roswell. http://www.roswellrw.com/.

Try a prix fixe menu at your favorite Roswell restaurant or discover a new place to dine.

The Beatles & Friends Cartoon Pop Art Show. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. Free admission, with art for purchase. Ann Jackson Gallery, 1101 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 610-389-1807. https://annjacksongallery.com.

Enjoy a reception with legendary animator Ron Campbell, the director of the Beatles’ 1960s TV series and animator of the film “Yellow Submarine.” In addition to his Beatles’ work, paintings from other cartoons Campbell worked on, including “Scooby Doo” and “The Flintstones,” are also on display. An online RSVP is strongly suggested.

Mommy and Me Giraffes Set. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. $25. Painting with a Twist, 11770 Haynes Bridge Road, #801, Alpharetta. 470-294-0051. paintingwithatwist.com.

Bring your child age 4 and up along to create a giraffe painting with you.

A Night with Jazz. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. $20 general admission, $15 student/senior/military. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-641-3705.  https://ev2.evenue.net.

Artists and musicians will celebrate the history of jazz through music, song, storytelling and dance.

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Gwinnett

Cookies & Cocoa 5K Fun Run. 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. $38. Buford High School, 2455 Buford Hwy. NE., Buford. runsignup.com.

Run the Cookies & Cocoa 5K, which donates all proceeds to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Lincoln's 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off. 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. $10 to enter your chili, $15 for all you can eat. The Lincoln Fill Station, 2280 Henry Clower Blvd., Snellville. 678-580-1203. https://www.facebook.com.

Enter your chili in the cook off or sample others’ chili masterpieces and vote for your favorite. All money will be donated to charity.

Chinese New Year Family Day. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Free. Hudgens Center for Art & Learning, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, Duluth. 770-623-6001. thehudgens.org.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a family day featuring related crafts you can make.

Georgia Bridal Show. noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. $10. Infinite Energy Forum, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 1-833-WED-SHOW. georgiabridalshow.com.

Meet every type of wedding professional you’ll need and get inspiration from a bridal fashion show at 4 p.m.