Valentine’s Day dance: 16 best things to do this weekend

Spend this weekend with your sweetheart at some of the heartwarming festivals, music events and food tours going in every corner of metro Atlanta.

Even if you're not in the mood for love, Gwinnett, Cobb, North Fulton and Dekalb counties have a bevy of superb ways to spend your weekend.

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Here are 16 options across metro Atlanta this weekend:

Cobb

Valentine's Dance Party. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. $15 per person, free for children ages 2 and under. Ben Robertson Community Center. 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw. 770-422-9714. www.kennesaw.com.

Children love spending one-on-one time with a parent, especially at a Valentine's Day party filled with dancing, games, sweet treats and prizes. At this all-you-can-eat event, you'll also enjoy character entertainment, a live DJ, a special photo op and delicious desserts.

Credit: Courtesy of Georgia Philharmonic

Credit: Courtesy of Georgia Philharmonic

Georgia Philharmonic present Young Artists Concerto Competition. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Tickets starting at $10 per person. Lassiter Concert Hall. 2601 Shallowford Road, Marietta. 404-500-9276. www.mariettacalendar.com.

Come out and support young musicians this Saturday at The Samuel Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition taking place in Marietta. Known as one of the largest competitions in the South, you'll hear some of the best young soloists in the region compete.

Tree Planting at Marietta City Club Golf Course 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 11. Free. 510 Powder Springs St. SW, Marietta. 770-424-4664. www.mariettacalendar.com.

Help beautify the Marietta City Golf Course this Saturday for the February Tree Planting. Tool will be provided, so all you need to do is show up and get ready to plant trees. Arrive for free coffee, hot chocolate and donuts before the planting.

Greater Atlanta Coin Show. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb.12. Free. Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel and Conference Center. 500 Powder Springs St., Marietta. 770-772-4359. www.travelcobb.org.

Add to your coin collection this Sunday by attending the Greater Atlanta Coin Show in Marietta. Not only can you find rare and collectible coins, but you'll also get a chance to have coins appraised and talk to experts in the field.

DeKalb

Seishun Con. Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center. 10 a.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10-12. $20 per day, $30 for a 3-day ticket. 246 Perimeter Center Parkway NE, Atlanta. 770-394-6500. www.seishun-con.com.

Calling all Mange and Anime fans - Seishun Con will hit Atlanta this weekend with tons of fan fun. From panelists to dancing, this event will surround you with the atmosphere you crave.

Daddy Daughter Dance. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. $30 per couple, $5 for each additional daughter. Chamblee Civic Center. 3540 Broad St., Chamblee. 770-986-5010. www.chambleega.com.

Daddies, bring your daughters to a dance that they will always remember. This Friday, the Chamblee Civic Center will host a semi-formal dance filled with plenty of dancing, food, games, a photo booth, prizes and more.

Downtown Decatur Food Tour. 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. $65 for adults, $45 for children. Downtown Decatur. 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur. 770-996-9663. www.downtowndecaturfoodtours.com.

Prepare your palate for some truly delicious fare this Saturday on the Downtown Decatur Food Tour. Local top restaurants will provide samples for you to savor as you stop by specialty shops and tour the town.

Big Band Night. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Free. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Emerson Concert Hall. 1700 North Decatur Road, Atlanta. 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu.

Enjoy a night of Big Band Swing this Saturday at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. This event will feature Carl Allen and Rodney Whitaker from The Gary Motley Trio.

Gwinnett

20th Annual North Atlanta Home Show. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10-12. $8 for adults, free for seniors and children ages 12 and under, BOGO for military and first responders. Infinite Energy Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 678-822-9801. www.atlantahomeshow.com.

Whether you're planning a remodeling project, or simply wanting to get a few ideas for the future, don't miss the 20th Annual North Atlanta Home Show. You'll get a chance to shop, ask questions and see seminars at this all-in-one event.

Suwanee Sweetheart Sprint. 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. $35 per racer, free to watch. Suwanee Town Center Park. 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. 678-640-3223.www.events.exploregwinnett.org.

This Valentine's weekend, do something out of the ordinary with your special someone - go running. The Suwanee Sweetheart Sprint takes place at Suwanee Town Center Park, and all participants are encouraged to dress in their best Valentine's costume.

Queen of Hearts Mother's Valentine Dance. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11. $8 per person. Rhodes Jordan Park. 100 East Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 678-277-0890. www.events.exploregwinnett.org.

Mother's, take your sons on a special date night filled with dancing, fun crafts, refreshments, a photo booth and more. Space at the Queen of Hearts Mother's Day Valentine Dance fills up fast, so make sure to register as soon as possible.

Sangria, Tapas and Flamenco. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. $30 per person, $50 per couple, $150 per table of 10. Stars and Strikes. 1700 Winder Highway NE, Dacula. 678-226-6222. www.auroratheatre.com.

Spend your Valentine's weekend will great music and dancing at Sangria, Tapas and Flamenco taking place in Dacula. You'll enjoy the passion and emotion of the Caló Gitano Dance Company while sampling delicious food.

North Fulton

Credit: Courtesy of Act 3

Credit: Courtesy of Act 3

And Then There Were None. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10-12. Act 3. 6285-R Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 770-241-1905. www.act3productions.org.

If you love a good murder mystery, don't miss the Act 3 production, "And Then There Were None," which takes place this weekend in Sandy Springs. This intriguing play, which follows 10 strangers stranded together on an island, will have you on the edge of your seat all evening long.

Oysterfest at Park Tavern. 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. $12 per person. Park Tavern. 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-249-0001. www.parktavern.com.

Indulge in your love of oysters this Saturday when the Park Tavern hosts Oysterfest. This event will feature live music, live DJs, drinks and as many fried, steamed and raw oysters as you can eat. Ticket price includes admission but not food or drinks.

Namaste for a Beer Tour. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. $20 per person. Jekyll Brewing. 2855 Marconi Drive, Alpharetta. 844-453-5955. www.awesomealpharetta.com.

Calling all yoga and beer lovers out there - Jekyll Brewing will host the Namaste for a Beer Tour this Saturday to combine the best of these worlds. Ticket price will include a yoga session, a souvenir glass to keep, a tour of the brewery, 36 ounces of beer samples and a 32 ounce crowler of beer to take home.

Cupid's Undie Run. Noon, Saturday, Feb. 11. $35 per racer, free to watch. Big Sky
3201 Cains Hill Place NW, Atlanta. Contactwww.cupidsundierun.org.

This Valentine's Day, try something that's both romantic and out of the ordinary with your sweetheart - like Cupid's Undie Run. This hilarious event has a party atmosphere and encouraged rac

ers to complete for the 1 mile finish line in their skivvies. Proceeds will benefit the Children's Tumor Foundation.

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