This Weekend in Atlanta: Imaginary Worlds; Wings; A Parade & More

Spend a day strolling the Atlanta Botanical Garden's summer exhibit of giant, fanciful sculptures.
Spend a day strolling the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s summer exhibit of giant living plant sculptures. Photo by Kaitlin Kolarik/PBA.

This weekend in Atlanta celebrate veterans in Alpharetta, chow down on some wings at The Fairmont or hear some country music stars in Duluth.

Atlanta Botanical Garden features giant living plant sculptures, and it is a great weekend to learn more about Atlanta author Margaret Mitchell by touring the home where she lived and wrote “Gone With the Wind.”

As Dad’s Garage closes its summer show “Black Nerd,” Sandler Hudson Gallery celebrates the opening of a new exhibit with a reception Friday.


Old Soldiers Day Parade

When: Aug. 4 from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Historic Downtown Alpharetta – See the parade route map>

Cost: Free!

What to Expect: The Old Soldiers Day Parade honors war veterans and recognizes their service to the country. The day begins with music at 9:15 a.m. followed by a program at 10 a.m. The parade runs from 10 to 11:45 a.m. and ends at the American Legion Post 201 where there are free Varsity hot dogs, sodas, entertainment, dancing and children’s activities.



When: Aug. 3 at 6 p.m.

Where: Infinite Energy Center

Cost: $31.50 to $101

What to Expect: See country music duo Sugarland with Frankie Ballard and Lindsay Ell in concert in Duluth.

The Southern Wing Showdown takes place on Aug. 5.
Chef Blake Hartwick participates in 2017’s Southern Wing Showdown. Photo by Cliff Robinson.


Southern Wing Showdown

When: Aug. 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. (VIP Entry at 1 p.m.)

Where: The Fairmont

Cost: $55 to $70

What to Expect: This event serves up the 30 unique wing flavors – from 15 Atlanta chefs and 15 Southern chefs – craft beer, Southern spirits and local music by Alex Gutherie. Tickets are all-inclusive!


Imaginary Worlds

When: Through Oct. 28, Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden

Cost: Free to $21.95

What to Expect: Spend a day strolling the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s summer exhibit of giant, fanciful sculptures. These living plant sculptures – ranging up to 26 feet tall and 21 feet wide – include an enchanting mermaid, a beautiful peacock, a trio of gigantic camels, and much more. Also on Saturday, at 8 p.m. Mary Chapin Carpenter takes the garden stage for the summer “Concerts in the Garden” event.

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Margaret Mitchell House and Museum

When: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday from 12 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Margaret Mitchell House and Museum

Cost: Free to $13

What to Expect: See the Midtown home where Margaret Mitchell wrote the novel “Gone With the Wind” to learn more about the author, the book’s transition to a movie, and the movie’s premiere in Atlanta in December 1939.


Black Nerd

When: Through Aug. 4, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.

Where: Dad’s Garage

Cost: $17.50 to $33.50

What to Expect: Its closing weekend for “Black Nerd” at Dad’s Garage! What happens when a black kid prefers to listen to Weird Al over Kendrick Lamar, watch Pokemon over Empire, or Star Wars over Tyler Perry? This is the story of Marcus and his journey navigating the expectations of his black family and white friends. When race and nerdom collide you get a Black Nerd.


The Portrait of a Landscape Under Construction, From the Scaffold to Thicket We Build

When: Aug. 3 through Sept. 8: Opening Reception: Friday, August 3 from 7 to 9 p.m., Exhibit: Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m.

Where: Sandler Hudson Gallery

Cost: Admission is free

What to Expect: “The Portrait of a Landscape Under Construction, From the Scaffold to Thicket We Build” by Brett Smith explores our interactions with nature via complex, layered drawings. The starting point for this work is the tension between urban expansion and the parallel struggle of the natural world to grow and flourish. Attend the opening reception on Friday, or see the exhibit at your leisure through Sept. 8.

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