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The Georgia Renaissance Festival is an annual spring Atlanta festival.
Georgia Renaissance Festival

It’s time to put the finishing touches on your do-it-yourself Renaissance costume and dust off your Easter basket. Some of the best spring events in Atlanta are happening this weekend, and Atlanta PlanIt is sharing their picks with you.

Saturday is opening day for the Georgia Renaissance Festival, and Cobb County is bringing back its helicopter Easter egg drop. Or if you’re looking for a more traditional night out, there’s a comedy show and a throwback country concert worth checking out.

Darrell Hazelrig

Born in the street festivals of Atlanta, the character of Pete the Cat has found himself on canvas, on the New York Times bestseller list and now he's finding himself on stage. The Center for Puppetry Arts has written a world premier show featuring the cool cat.

This weekend is filled with Atlanta Easter egg hunts, including a nighttime hunt and one with a helicopter.
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Looking for some last-minute Atlanta Easter egg hunts for your family to enjoy this week? Atlanta PlanIt is sharing some of Atlanta’s best — and most unique — Easter egg hunts happening this Friday and Saturday.

Traditional egg hunts are still a classic way to celebrate the Easter holiday, but also consider trying something new. There’s a black-light flashlight hunt, a hunt where eggs are dropped from a helicopter, and a hunt that ends with tethered hot air balloon rides.

Joan Marcus

“The New York Times” estimated that somewhere between 700 and 900 productions of the musical “Annie” are performed each year in the United States.

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Most of those productions, however, do not feature a sizeable chunk of the original crew, including director and lyricist Martin Charnin, or real dogs from rescue shelters.

atlanta st. patrick's day parade
Ian Palmer

Atlanta was dressed in green on Saturday for the city's 135th St. Patrick's Day parade. 

Parade watchers filled Peachtree Street in Midtown as the parade moved south on the city's iconic street from 15th to 5th Streets. 

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Congressman John Lewis of Georgia's 5th Congressional District led the parade as Grand Marshal. 

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It’s time to start making weekend plans, so Atlanta PlanIt is here to help give you some ideas. Broadway fans have two great options for events this weekend, including a special cabaret performance from Alan Cumming as well as the national tour of “The Phantom of the Opera.” For those looking to try something new, Georgia Tech’s “EarFilms: To Sleep To Dream” blindfolds audiences for an all-immersive aural experience. And there’s a retrospective of American 20th century art at the High Museum of Art.

Crowds braved the rain and browsed more than 175 artists who displayed and sold paintings, photography, pottery, graphics, sculptures and jewelry at the 27th annual Art in the Park festival Labor Day weekend.
Photo courtesy of the City of Marietta

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was ranked as the busiest airport in the country by the FAA in 2015. With the millions of travelers that pour through the gates every year, there’s a good chance your parents might be among the crowd at some point.

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There are many things to do in Atlanta this weekend for all ages, and Atlanta PlanIt is here to share some highlights. Folk fans may be interested in a symphony tribute concert to the duo Simon & Garfunkel. New York dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is coming to Atlanta’s iconic Fox Theatre. Families may enjoy Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s final Atlanta performances. And the weekend closes with a free reading from the U.S. Poet Laureate. These are all things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Feb.

Candy hearts for Valentine's Day.
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It’s that time of year again where significant others clog up greeting card aisles in supermarkets, flowers fly off shelves and children hand out superhero-themed valentines to the objects of their secret admiration.

It’s the perfect time to show that special someone how you really feel, or to go out and meet “the one.”

Atlanta will be pink and red this week for Valentine’s Day celebrations and fun date opportunities, so it will be easy to sprinkle on the love “Salt Bae” style.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Andrew Eccles / Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Atlanta performers, museums and historic locations are paying tribute to Black History Month this February with a host of special events. Atlanta PlanIt has gathered 10 events you shouldn't miss. You can go to a memorable concert experience, visit a museum to see historic murals, or watch a performance by one of the country’s top dance companies. All these and more are happening this February in Atlanta in tribute of Black History Month.

1. Taste the best of Sweet Auburn.

The Nile Project

There are plenty of things to do in Atlanta this weekend to give you a taste of the city’s culture, and Atlanta PlanIt is here to help guide you. There are theater and museum exhibits for those who like a more traditional arts experience. Alternatively, those looking to step out of the box may be interested in a world music concert or a special outdoor event at Georgia’s oldest operating craft brewery. These are all things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Jan. 27 through 29.

Friday, Jan. 27

Troubadour
Alliance Theatre

There are plenty of things to do in Atlanta this weekend, and Atlanta PlanIt is here to guide you through your options. There’s a world premiere musical about the golden age of country music plus a tribute to an Atlanta humorist. You can also get a head start on Atlanta’s festival season, or introduce classical music to a new generation of fans. It’s all happening in metro Atlanta this weekend, Jan. 20 through 22.

Friday, Jan. 20

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Charity 5K Brings Out High School Drumlines

Jan 17, 2017
Ian Palmer

Every year Piedmont Park plays host to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day 5K, an event that stands out from all other races in Atlanta for one specific reason. Dubbed the “Drum Run” by founder Chip Owens, the MLK 5K features high school drumlines placed every couple hundred yards throughout the course, providing live entertainment for the runners.

In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
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Beloved civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. lived much of his life in the Sweet Auburn district of Atlanta. He graduated from Morehouse College, served as co-pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and his final resting place lies at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta.

The Little Mermaid
Broadway In Atlanta

This weekend brings multiple opportunities to experience events from a national stage as well as directly from Atlanta. Atlanta PlanIt is sharing their top picks for those wanting to experience it all.

chinese lantern festival
Ian Palmer

The holidays and New Year’s Eve are now behind us, but there are still plenty of things to do in Atlanta this weekend. You can see the world premiere of a new comedy, walk alongside a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon, try something new at a Shakespeare play, or listen to a remarkable story from a Holocaust survivor. These are all things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Jan. 6 to 8.

Friday, Jan. 7

"Greetings Friend Your Kind Assistance Is Required"

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2016 has been a very strange year. The U.S. political climate became more divided than it has been in decades, and the world will be forever changed after a series of losses and tragedies.

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New Year’s Eve is one of the most anticipated nights of the year. But it can be hard to usher in a new year if you’re not prepared. Here are few tips from Atlanta PlanIt that will help you have a stress-free, celebratory night.

1. Plan ahead.

10 Atlanta Events For Spreading Holiday Cheer

Dec 20, 2016
A christmas display featuring a massive toy soldier and more in Marietta Square during the holidays.
Courtesy of Marietta Square Winter Wonderland

The holiday season is in full swing. The family is over from all around the country, and Uncle Bob is still sulking over that heated political argument from Thanksgiving dinner. The teenagers are taking up the entire couch on their phones, and hosts are wondering who gave little cousin Timmy that super noisy toy Star Wars ship.

It’s time for a break – and WABE is standing by, ready to rescue families with 10 things to do in Atlanta this holiday season.

Ian Palmer

Centennial Olympic Park is alight with lanterns, flowers and a 200-foot long dragon. 

The decorations are part of the Chinese Lantern Festival, a first in the Southeast, according to the park's website. It opened Friday in the South Park and will run through Jan. 15, with nightly entertainment, food, and craftsman creating edible sugar dragons, iron weaving and more. 

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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Retizes":

The Santaland Diaries
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There are a lot of things to do in Atlanta this weekend, so Atlanta PlanIt is here to guide you through what’s happening.

There’s a real-life Polar Express experience in Kennesaw for those looking for family-friendly holiday events. If adult holiday humor is more your taste, consider seeing the show “The Santaland Diaries.” And history buffs might enjoy an historic tour of Victorian homes or seeing the first official collection of William Shakespeare plays. These are all things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Dec. 9 through 11.

The Fox Theatre

It’s the first weekend of December, and there’s no shortage of events to explore around town. Atlanta PlanIt has compiled a list of weekend events for those looking to explore the city. If you’re not quite ready for a holiday-themed event, there’s the all-ages musical “Big Fish” at Theatrical Outfit or a mandolin concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. But if you’re ready to start celebrating the holidays, there are a number of festive things to do in Atlanta this weekend.

This weekend, a pair of R&B greats hit the arena, and Christmas music "steamrolls" into the city. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at some upcoming concerts in Mara's Music Mix.

Joaquin Lara / Courtesy of Atlanta Track Club

The family has come over for Thanksgiving a little early, the kids are home for their fall break, and now there’s nothing to do except watch as three families of people argue about politics in the kitchen while hogging the coffee pot or standing in front of the bathroom door.

Now would be a good time to load up the minivan and bring the family literally anywhere else. Luckily, Atlanta has much to offer regarding things to do for Thanksgiving.

Better than watching the in-laws fight:

Jessye Norman
Atlanta Music Festival

This weekend is an unofficial kick-off for the holidays with many seasonal events happening in Atlanta, but there are also a number of other fun events and cultural experiences. Atlanta PlanIt has compiled a list of their weekend event picks. They range from a music festival with roots dating back more than a century to one of our favorite holiday markets.

Take a look at what’s going on in Atlanta this weekend, Nov. 18 through 20.

Friday, Nov. 18

Atlanta Music Festival

Center for Puppetry Arts
Sara Hanna / Center for Puppetry Arts

There’s a lot of things to do in Atlanta this weekend, so Atlanta PlanIt is guiding you to some of their favorite happenings. Friday is Veterans Day, and the World of Coca-Cola is offering up a treat for veterans and their families. Then over the weekend, there’s a big Broadway reveal at the Center for Puppetry Arts, a storytelling festival, and a look at one of Chicago’s most beloved breakfast queens. Start planning your weekend with these things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Nov. 11 through 13.

Courtesy of Cocoa Brown

With her husky voice and tremendous energy, Cocoa Brown splits sides in comedy clubs around the country.

“I don’t tell jokes. I tell the truth,” said Brown, explaining her comedic approach, in an interview with Lois Reitzes. “People are getting my life, just a little exaggerated.”

In the teachings of her comic mentor Darcel Blagmon, the equation for comedy is “simplification times exaggeration equals funny.”

Dogs Play Dress Up At Ponce City Market Picnic

Oct 27, 2016
Michael W. Eaton / Special to WABE

If you happened to be near Ponce City Market on Tuesday, Oct. 25, you would have seen a parade of beagles, bulldogs and more mutts than you could count dressed in their cutest and spookiest costumes.

Day of the Dead Festival in Atlanta
Atlanta History Center

Halloween isn’t until Monday, but most of Atlanta isn’t waiting that long to get in on the celebration. There are many Halloween-themed things to do in Atlanta this weekend, from historic landmarks and museums to parades and concerts. Families can go trick-or-treating at a 12-acre estate, music lovers can relive one of the top-selling albums of all time, and you can celebrate one of Mexico’s popular traditional holidays.

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