Friday, May 12
Contrary to what Willie Nelson would have you believe, it's OK for mamas to let their babies grow up to be cowboys, and the Southern K Ranch's sixth annual SOUTH FULTON COMMUNITY RODEO & FESTIVAL is dedicating Friday and Saturday to proving it. Events include barrel racing, calf roping and steer wrestling, and proceeds benefit the nonprofit ranch's youth rodeo programs. $5-$12. 7:30 p.m., Through May 13. 3203 Demooney Road, College Park. 770-964-3601. www.southernkranch.com. (Russell McLendon)
Friday, May 12
For this year's festival, the Sweet Auburn Historic District is "Fulfilling the Dream" with the SWEET AUBURN SPRINGFEST 2006. Dedicated to the memory of Coretta Scott King, the weekend event includes seven stages -- on one you'll find Kelly Rowland of the disbanded Destiny's Child -- three food courts, a vendors market and a fun zone for kids. Fri., 5-11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 2-8 p.m. Check www.sweetauburn.com/springfest2006 for complete schedule of events. (Yvonne T. Prabhu)
Saturday, May 13
Sensing the confusion and anger that would erupt if a beer festival occurred in some month other than October without pithily highlighting that fact in its title, Sweetwater Brewing Company and East Atlanta Village present the third annual NOTOBERFEST: EAST ATLANTA BEER FESTIVAL. Sample more than 100 craft beers while groovin' on two acres of grassy grounds to Entropy and Earthshaking Samba. Keep your glass and koozie. $25. 1-6 p.m. East Atlanta Village, 1205 Metropolitan Ave. www.notoberfest.com. (RM)
Saturday, May 13
American culture is teeming with Celtic heritage, and were it not for the Celts who occupied much of Western Europe millennia ago, today we wouldn't have golf, bluegrass or Steve McQueen. We also wouldn't have the 20th annual ATLANTA CELTIC FESTIVAL, which features 12 bands, language workshops, blacksmithing, ethnic foods, children's activities and more. $6-$12. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Downtown Duluth at the Town Green. 404-572-8045. www.atlantacelticfestival.org. (RM)
Monday, May 15
Beginning today, Gwinnett County hosts GWINNETT RESTAURANT WEEK. For $18.18 (the year Gwinnett was founded), you can get a three-course meal at top restaurants in the county. Participating restaurants include Sperata, Kurt's, Vreny's, Pappadeaux, Little Gardens, Barcelona, Park Cafe, the Grayson House, Hi-Life, Dominick's, Third Coast Grille, Aqua Terra Bistro and Carrabba's Sugarloaf. Through May 18. Call the restaurants directly for reservations, or for more info, call 770-623-3600. (Besha Rodell)
Thursday, May 18
PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES has come a long way since forming in Seattle five years ago. It began as a smart but raucous punk band, and grew into a musical, thoughtful and politically oriented group that's difficult to categorize, though lead singer Andrea Zollo remains its most distinctive sound. Indie rockers also on the bill include L.A. dream-rock duo Giant Drag and Portland's the Joggers. $12-$14. 9 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. (Mosi Reeves)
MAY 18 ICE CUBE plays EarthLink Live. www.earthlinklive.com.
MAY 18-21 The Center for Puppetry Arts presents its annual puppetry show for adults, XPERIMENTAL PUPPETRY THEATER. www.puppet.org.
MAY 19-20 The KICKS & EAGLE COUNTRY FAIR takes over HiFi Buys Amphitheatre. www.ticketmaster.com.
MAY 23 Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse in conjunction with 7 Stages Theatre bring AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS to 7 Stages. www.outwritebooks.com.