Monday, May 21, 2012

Memorial Day weekend events

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2012 at 3:15 PM

35th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival The Office of Cultural Affairs celebrates the 35th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival this Memorial Day weekend in Historic Park. The festival will feature music on three stages with performances by jazz legends and young guns, as well as a Jazz Eco Village, interactive kids play areas, jazz education workshops, and vendors displaying some of the city's finest arts and crafts, food and drinks, and merchandise. Sat.-Mon., May 26-28. Free. Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave. 404-546-6820. www.atlantafestivals.com.

5th Annual Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival Memorial Day weekend is synonymous with lots of beer, music, and barbecue, and there's no better place to find that than the fifth annual Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival at Park Tavern. Sun., May 27, 2 p.m. $20. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. 404-249-0001. www.parktavern.com.

Brew at the Zoo Zoo Atlanta hosts its fifth annual Brew at the Zoo, where attendees can enjoy music from Arrested Development as they sample various beers and wines at different stations and goggle the zoo's 1,500-plus animals. Come thirsty because samples are unlimited. Sat., May 26, 5:30-9:30 p.m. $38-$48. Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave. 404-624-5600. www.zooatlanta.org.

Decatur Arts Festival More than 150 artists from the Southeast converge on downtown Decatur for the Decatur Arts Festival. Collections from Georgia's Goldsmith Group, Callanwolde Glay Guild, and Atlanta Glass Guild, and other local artists will also be featured. Sat., May 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., May 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. www.decaturartsfestival.com.

Grant Park Pool opens Opening Memorial Day weekend, the Grant Park Pool offers free swimming on weekday afternoons from 1:30-4 p.m. through Aug. 8, and paid swimming ($1-$4) beginning Aug. 9 on weekdays from 4:30-8 p.m. and throughout the weekend from noon-8 p.m. May 28-Sept. 3. Free-$4. Grant Pool, 625 Park Ave. 404-622-3041.

Memorial Day Ceremony The Smyrna community joins together to celebrate Memorial Day at the 20th Century Veterans Memorial. Mon., May 28, 9:30 a.m. Free. www.smyrnacity.com.

Memorial Day Weekend Salute to the Troops Remember the country's troops at a war memorial during the weekend-long celebration packed with a laser show and fireworks. Park opens at 10:30 a.m. and the laser show begins at 9:30 p.m. Sat.-Mon., May 26-28. $22-$28. Stone Mountain Memorial Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690. www.stonemountainpark.com.

MondoHomo Now in its sixth year, MondoHomo celebrates queer culture in Atlanta as artists, musicians, and performers come together for four days of activism and pizzazz at the Arts Exchange. This year, the event continues its goal to recognize the fundamental aspect of politics in art with the theme "Queer Justice! Queer Beats!" and will feature spoken word, burlesque, music, and more. Double Duchess, an electro-pop duo, headlines the extravaganza. Thurs.-Sun., May 24-27. Free-$25. Atlanta Arts Exchange, 759 Kalb St. 404-488-8025. www.mondohomo.com.

Save the Hooch Beginning Memorial Day weekend, SweetWater Brewery kicks off its sixth annual Save the Hooch campaign and the brewery will donate proceeds from the seasonal Waterkeeper Hefeweizen to regional Waterkeeper Alliance organizations. The beer is sold at participating organizations until July 4. May 26-July 4. www.waterkeeperbrew.org.

Veterans Remembrance Day Spend a day in the company of veterans and hear their stories of wartime through personal accounts and memorabilia. Living history interpreters represent soldiers of previous wars, including World War I and the Civil War, by showing authentic dress, equipment, and vehicles. Sun., May 27, noon-5 p.m. Free-$16.50. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-814-4000. www.atlantahistorycenter.org.

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