: Young dancers perform at the Marietta Greek Festival in Marietta. BRENDA J. TURNER_KACOM.COM.
Photo: Brenda J. Turner
Photo: Brenda J. Turner

Things to do in and around Atlanta this weekend

You can get your Opa! on this weekend during the 28th annual Marietta Greek Festival. 

The popular festival will be held Friday through Sunday at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. 

 Festival goers can feast on dolmades, spanakopita, Greek sausage, pita bread and plenty of feta cheese. 

 In addition to food, the festival offers authentic Greek entertainment, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and shopping. 

There are also tours of the Byzantine church, which has about 365 families. 

Last year, more than 17,000 people attended the festival over the three days. 

There will be free parking and shuttles all weekend. 

3-11 p.m. Friday, May 18; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 19; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20. $5 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. 3431 Trickum Road, Marietta. mariettagreekfestival.com 

If festivals aren’t your thing, there’s much more to do this weekend: 


Learn how to weave an heirloom gathering basket during a session at Callaway Gardens. 

The basket is often used to gather vegetables and flowers from a garden or to take to a farmer’s market. Instruction will include basic basket weaving techniques and would be appropriate for both beginner and intermediate basket weavers. Weave the basket then use your creativity with natural materials to decorate. All materials and supplies will be provided. Suitable for all experience levels of weavers. Attendees should bring heavy shears and an old bath towel. 

The instructor is Sharon Hynes. 

9 a.m. Saturday, May 19. $60. Callaway Gardens, 17800 US 27, Pine Mountain.  www.callawaygardens.com 


Fans of the genre of silent film may want to check out the Strand Theatre. 

“Wings,” directed by William A. Wellman and the winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture, will be screened on the Marietta Square this weekend. 

This classic, released by Paramount Pictures in 1927, two young men — one rich, one middle class — who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I. 

It stars Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, and Richard Arlen. Gary Cooper also has a small role that helped launched his Hollywood career. 

All silent films are accompanied live on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ by Strand organist Ron Carter. 

The organ was originally purchased by private owners in 1999 for installation in their Columbus, Ohio home. It was built by the Allen Organ Company of Macungie, Penn. 

3 p.m. Sunday, May 20. $10. 117 N. Park Square N.E., Marietta. Sunday 3 p.m. www.earlsmithstrand.org.


There aren’t too many people who would say no to a shopping event. 

Zuvaa, which sells a variety of fashions made in Africa and the diaspora, will open a mini- pop-up shop featuring fashions from Lagos and Abuja including print dresses, ankara hand-beaded blazers and reversible sun hats. 

1-7 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Free. Rose Couture Boutique, 1296 Highway 138 S.W., Suite 106, Riverdale. www.facebook.com/shopzuvaa

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