Top Things to Do in Atlanta This Weekend and Beyond

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    Looks like the torrid pace that Atlanta seems to have been on won’t quite dissipate until after the Labor Day holiday next week. Below is another blizzard of weekend and weeklong activities that lead up to the final holiday for the summer.

    From barbecue outings to Boyz II Men concert performances to Reggae festivals to a rare appearance by former “The Tonight Show” legend Jay Leno, there are a plethora of options for ATL denizens to choose from.

    It becomes just a matter of if you have the time to get to all the events and happenings that your heart desires. Take a look at the top events taking place this weekend and beyond, according to atlanta.net, atlantaplanit.com and accessatlanta.com: 

     

    City of Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival. Aug. 22-23. Adams Park, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw. 770-422-9714, www.pigsandpeaches.com.

    Health & Wellness Reggae Music Festival. 12-9 p.m. Aug. 23. The Wren’s Nest, 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. www.wrensnest.org/events_upcomingpast.php.

    Red Hare Brewing 3rd anniversary party. 2-4 p.m. Red Hare Brewing, 1998 Delk Industrial Blvd., Marietta. www.redharebrewing.com

    3rd Annual Community Fun Day. 10 a.m. Aug. 23. Free admission. Wristbands for unlimited inflatables, climbing wall and bungee jumps, $10-$20. Collins Hill High School, 50 Taylor Road, Suwanee. 770-561-4054, www.chcommunityfunday.com

    Marietta Derby Darlins. The season’s third home bout. 2 p.m. Aug. 23. $8-$25. Cobb County Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway S.E., Marietta. www.mariettaderbydarlins.com.

    German Bierfest. 2-7 p.m. Aug. 23. $45. Designated driver tickets, $10. Woodruff Park, Atlanta. www.germanbierfest.com.

    Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. Aug. 23-24. Free. Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, 840 Cherokee Ave. S.E., Atlanta. www.summershadefestival.org.

    Festival Peachtree Latino. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 24. Free. Piedmont Park, 10th Street and Monroe Drive N.E., Atlanta. www.festivalpeachtreelatino.com.

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    PERFORMING ARTS

    “Right On.” Through Aug. 31. $20-$30. Horizon Theatre Company, 1083 Austin Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404- 584-7450, www.horizontheatre.com.

    “August: Osage County.” Aug. 22-31. $12-$15. Marietta Players, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 678-224-8095, www.mariettaplayers.com.

    “Shakespeare Follies.” 15 acts of dance/burlesque, music, vaudeville and circus arts compete. Aug. 23. $20 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

    “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Presented by the Henry Players. Through Aug. 24. $15-$18. Henry County Performing Arts Center, 37 Lemon St., McDonough. www.henryplayers.com

    “Fences.” August Wilson’s play is presented by New African Grove Theatre Company. Through Aug. 24. $20. The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church, 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur. 404-234-4927, www.newafricangrove.com.

    “Sunset Boulevard.” A staged reading of an adaptation of the Billy Wilder film. 8 p.m. Aug. 22. $10. Stillwell Theater, 1000 Chastain Road N.W., Kennesaw. 770-499-3214, arts.kennesaw.edu/theatre.

    An Evening with Jay Leno. 8 p.m. Aug. 27. $53-$200. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

    “Out of the Box: The Musical.” 8 p.m. Aug. 29-30. $15. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-542-7968, outoftheboxmusical.com.

     

    MUSIC

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    Michael McDonald and Toto. 7 p.m. Aug. 22. $56-$96. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. www.foxtheatre.orgRead an interview with Toto’s Steve Lukather here.

    Boyz II Men and En Vogue. 8 p.m. Aug. 22. $25.50-$69.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. www.classicchastain.com.

    Seven Handle Circus. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23. $15. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

    Unplugged In The Park: Callaghan, Julie Gribble . 7 p.m. Aug. 24. Free. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. N.E., Atlanta. www.parktavern.com.

    Chicago, REO Speedwagon. 7 p.m. Aug. 24. $36-$76. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W. 404-233-2227, www.chastainseries.com. Read an interview with members of REO Speedwagon and Chicago here.

    Aerosmith with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. $49.50-$149.50. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. 404-878-3000, www.philipsarena.com.

    OMG Music Festival. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. $25-$145. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

    Rhythm & Brews Concert Series: Packway Handle Band. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29. $5; $2 ages 13-20; 12 and younger free. Sandy Springs Heritage Green, 6110 Bluestone Road, Atlanta. 404-851-9111, www.heritagesandysprings.org.

     

    VISUAL ARTS & ATTRACTIONS

    “Whales: Giants of the Deep.” The exhibition  also takes a look at New Zealand’s Maori culture. Through Aug. 24. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-929-6400, fernbankmuseum.org.

    “Civil War in Sandy Springs.” Through April 1. Free. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle N.E., Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111, http://www.
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    “Imaginary Worlds: A New Kingdom of Plant Giants.” Through Oct. 31. $18.95; $12.95 ages 3-12; younger than 3 free. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

    “AIGA 100: A Century of Design.” Through Oct. 5. Museum of Design, 1315 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.museumofdesign.org.

    “Salvador Dalí: Trilogy of Love.” Through Aug. 31. $5. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, 4484 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-364-8555, museum.oglethorpe.edu.

    “Kimo Minton: Jazz Abstractions.” Through Aug. 31. $5. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, 4484 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-364-8555, museum.oglethorpe.edu.

    “Mid Century Modern: Works on Paper.” Aug. 31. $5. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, 4484 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-364-8555, museum.oglethorpe.edu.

    “Kongo Across The Waters.” Through Sept. 21. $6-$8. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100. www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov.

    “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas.” Through Sept. 14. $12-$19.50. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.high.org.

    “Bodies … The Exhibition.” Ongoing. $16-$24. Premier Exhibition Center at Atlantic Station, 265 18th St., Atlanta. 866-866-8265, www.atlanticstation.com.

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