As preparations begin for next week’s Independence Day festivities, there are plenty of things to do around Atlanta this weekend that have little to do with the holiday.
Lots of this weekend’s activities are free as well, including a screening of “Hidden Figures” at The Wren’s Nest, the opening of an exhibit about Little Golden Books at Georgia Tech, and a sidewalk performance by gloATL.
In the theater realm, Actor’s Express continues its run of “The Color Purple” and “Paw Patrol Live!” takes center stage at the Fox Theater.
Three big names in music — Zac Brown Band, Def Leppard and Journey — are performing at SunTrust Park.
But if you are in the mood to celebrate the Fourth of July early, head to Kennesaw State University’s Kennesaw campus for its “Star-Spangled Spectacular” and use our comprehensive map to find fireworks and festivities near you in the coming days.
When: June 30 at 6:30 p.m., July 1 at 6 p.m.
Where: SunTrust Park
Cost: $33 to $695 adv
What to Expect: Hold the baseball – SunTrust park is all about music this weekend! Saturday see Zac Brown Band live on the field, and Sunday fans can see Def Leppard with Journey.
When: June 30: Gates open at 7 p.m., movie begins at dusk
Where: The Wren’s Nest
What to Expect: Home of Joel Chandler Harris, creator of Uncle Remus, The Wren’s Nest museum is known for its history and storytelling. This Saturday the story hits the big screen in a free, outdoor viewing of “Hidden Figures.” Picnics and lawn chairs are welcome. The movie series continues the second Saturday of each month through September with different movies each month.
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When: Opening Reception: Friday, June 29 from 4 to 7 p.m.;
Exhibit: June 29 through Sept. 7: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking at Georgia Tech
What to Expect: Head to Midtown on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. for the opening reception of this exhibit centered on Little Golden Books. Sixty-five masterpieces of original illustration art — chosen from the vast Random House archive — are featured in the exhibition, including art from such picture-book classics as “The Poky Little Puppy,” “Tootle,” “Home for a Bunny,” “The Kitten who Thought He was a Mouse,” “The Color Kittens,” “I Can Fly,” and more.
When: Through July 29: Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Where: Actor’s Express
Cost: $21.60 to $48.60
What to Expect: A great American novel becomes a great American musical. Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning triumph bolts joyously to life with soaring music and unforgettable characters. Celebrating the very best of the human spirit, “The Color Purple” tells the uplifting story of Celie, a woman who struggles through adversity to find strength, love and the power of her own voice.
When: June 30 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: 643 MLK Jr. Drive SW, 30314
What to Expect: If you find yourself along MLK Jr. Drive on Saturday you can see a free performance by gloATL along the sidewalks. glo describes it as a migrating structure of complex choreography with spoken word artist Big Rube, Soul Food Cypher, and glo female moving artists. There are more performances in various locations around Atlanta through July 11.
When: June 30 and July 1 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Fox Theatre
Cost: $22.50 to $68.50
What to Expect: See Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of the group live on the Fox’s stage this weekend. This show is a must-see for any kids who love Nickelodeon’s “PAW Patrol!”
When: June 30 from 5 to 10 p.m.
Where: Kennesaw State University
What to Expect: This free, annual event is held on the Campus Green in the heart of KSU’s Kennesaw Campus and features a patriotic concert with performances by the KSU Big Band and KSU Summer Orchestra followed by a spectacular fireworks finale. Come early to enjoy traditional family festival activities.