From foodies to museum-goers and music fans to dog lovers, there are events that will appeal to many different personalities in Metro Atlanta this weekend.
The Attack of the Killer Tomato festival is back for its 10th year, and the Blue Heron Nature Preserve opens its gates to visitors with puppy pals.
KSU’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education hosts its second Summer Days family event, and MOCA GA opens a new exhibit to showcase works by its 2017-18 Working Artist Project Fellow.
You can see some music legends, Chicago and REO Speedwagon, on tour; view some art made of pieces plucked from the Krog Street tunnel; and enjoy a beachy new musical.
As you are out and about in the city, don’t forget that Sunday is National Ice Cream Day! Check out these 5 tasty ice cream shops in Atlanta to celebrate.
Enjoy your weekend in Atlanta!
When: July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
Cost: $29.50 to $275
What to Expect: According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. See them in Alpharetta this Saturday along with the 1970s and ’80s rock kings REO Speedwagon.
When: Opening Reception: July 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Exhibit: July 14 through Sept. 8, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
Cost: $5 to $8
What to Expect: Head over to MOCA GA on Friday for the opening reception for 2017-18 Working Artist Project Fellow Kirstin Mitchell’s solo exhibition titled “Miecznikowski.” The exhibit is a colorful and texturally playful installation that touches on identity and the interruption of atmosphere. If you miss Friday’s event, the exhibit is on view through Sept. 8.
When: July 15 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: Westside Provisions District
Cost: $75 adv
What to Expect: As tomatoes hit peak season they are plentiful and delicious! At this 10th annual festival enjoy tasty tomatoey treats from dozens of the Southeast’s top chefs and mixologists as well as live music from G. Love & Special Sauce!
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When: July 12 through 29: Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.
Where: ART Station
Cost: $24 to $28
What to Expect: For this show in Stone Mountain the girl group everybody loves is back, with all the sun and fun, and great songs they sang down on the Jersey Boardwalk in 1964. Reminisce and be transported back to a simpler time with favorites like “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “It’s Raining Men” and more.
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When: July 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Kennesaw State University, Museum of History and Holocaust Education
What to Expect: This museum is located at the KSU Center by the Kennesaw campus. Along with guided tours, highlights include museum activities for all ages, temporary and permanent exhibits to explore, and educators on-site to answer questions. Guided tours are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
When: July 14 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Where: Blue Heron Nature Preserve
What to Expect: Explore this event with your pup, play with adoptable dogs, participate in a doggie fashion show, and so much more! There will be a free yoga session (with dogs) and guided trail walks. Dogs must be on a leash at all times, and preregistration is available.
When: Opening Reception: Friday, July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.; July 13 through 21 from 12 to 4 p.m.
Where: Studio 249
What to Expect: This exhibit features works by Jac Painter. Featuring ‘found objects’ — chips of the Krog Street Tunnel that have been torn off by artists and passersby — each piece highlights the layers of art over the years.