This Weekend in Atlanta: Robots Day, Mamma Mia! & More!

"Mamma Mia!" runs through June 24.
This is the last weekend to see Aurora Theatre’s version of “Mamma Mia!,” which it brought to Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts after a sold out run on its Lawrenceville stage. Photo by Chris Bartelski courtesy of Aurora Theatre.

Looking for something to do in metro Atlanta this weekend?

Our list of highlights this week includes two encore theater shows – “Freaky Friday” and “Mamma Mia!” – that are back for a second run in new locations just in case you missed them the first time. There are also several other notable plays and shows around town that you can find in the Theater section of our site.

Robots take over Fernbank Museum of Natural History for a special event on Saturday, and there is a new giant screen movie about oceans playing as well.

Country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are in concert in Duluth on Saturday, or you can catch some free live music in the monthly Alive in Roswell festival on Thursday evening.

Kai Lin Art also opens a new exhibit on Friday featuring lots of interpretations of the South from more than 60 artists working in the region.

Wherever you go, enjoy your weekend in Atlanta!

FESTIVALS

Alive In Roswell

When: June 21 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Historic Canton Street, Historic Roswell Square, and the Roswell City Hall Grounds

Cost: Free!

What to Expect: Alive in Roswell is a free, family friendly festival that takes over the downtown Roswell area the third Thursday of each month. It includes activities, live entertainment and food for purchase. There is also a free trolley you can use to navigate the activities.

FREE

Freaky Friday in Piedmont Park

When: June 20 through 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Piedmont Park

Cost: Free to $200

What to Expect: Horizon Theatre Company brings its Spring show “Freaky Friday” from the indoor stage to one of Atlanta’s most popular parks for this event. Lawn seating is free, and reserved or table seats are available for purchase. Based on the Disney films the show follows a mother and daughter who wake up to discover they have magically switched bodies, and each is forced to adapt to the other’s life, literally walking in each other’s shoes, for one freaky Friday.

Robots Day takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
Robots Day takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Photo courtesy of Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

FAMILY

Robots Day

When: June 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Cost: Free to $20

What to Expect: Get up close with real robots to investigate artificial intelligence and enjoy crafts, activities and demonstrations with local robotics groups. View the schedule of activities>

While you are at Fernbank, check out the new giant screen movie “Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D,” which opens this weekend.

GALLERIES

The New South III

When: June 22 through July 27: Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m.

Where: Kai Lin Art

Cost: Free!

What to Expect: Kai Lin Art’s third iteration of “The New South” opens with a reception Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. The show explores the contemporary South through the perspectives of 60 artists living and working throughout the Southeast.

MUSIC

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

When: June 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Infinite Energy Center

Cost: $69.50 to $119.50 adv

What to Expect: Calling all country music fans! Head over to Duluth to see two of the biggest names in country music this Saturday!

THEATER

Mamma Mia!

When: Through June 24: Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Where: Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech

Cost: $30 to $85

What to Expect: This is the last weekend to see Aurora Theatre’s version of this hit broadway show, which it brought to Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts after a sold out run on its Lawrenceville stage. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s hit songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” “Mamma Mia!” combines timeless tunes with a sunny, funny tale that unfolds on a small Greek island.

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