This is such a fun-filled weekend in Atlanta that the state Department of Transportation actually postponed a paving project on the Downtown Connector to reduce the traffic. It’s a small relief in the face of Braves games, the Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park, the SweetWater 420 Festival in Candler Park and all the other games and events going on. There are also two events billing themselves similarly to the legendary Freaknik party. One is calling itself Freaknic, and details about it are hard to come by. Organizers of the other, iFreaknik, say they’re expecting 20,000 people, although many of them were likely to be in town for other events. (Read more about Freaknik events here.) Here are a few great events going on — be sure to check out the Atlanta Music Scene blog for more live shows, and leave your suggestions in the comments!
Whatever you do, have fun, be safe, wear sunscreen.
FRIDAY APRIL 16
Art: Live Art for the Beltline, 8 p.m., Eyedrum, Atlanta.
Festival: Atlanta Dogwood Festival continues through April 18, Piedmont Park, Atlanta. FREE.
For families: Cobb Children’s Theatre’s “Beauty and the Beast,” 8 p.m., Cobb Civic Center Jennie T. Anderson Theater, Marietta.
For families: Sprites for Spring: Garden Fairies class, 4:30 p.m., Oakhurst Community Garden, Decatur.
Music: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs with Midori, 8 p.m., Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta.
Music: Oglethorpe University 175th anniversary concert “A Panorama of American Music,” 8 p.m., Conant Performing Arts Center, Atlanta.
Sports: Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:35 p.m., Turner Field, Atlanta.
Stage: “Madea’s Big Happy Family” continues, 8 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta.
SATURDAY APRIL 17
Comedy: Laughing Skull’s Homegrown Comedy Binge finale at the Dogwood Festival, 8 p.m., Piedmont Park, Atlanta.
Festival: Sweetwater 420 Fest continues through April 18, Candler Park, Atlanta.
For families: Sheep to Shawl Festival and activities, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Atlanta History Center, Atlanta.
For kids: Earth Day Kids Fest!, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell.
Music: Record Store Day concerts featuring Rodriguez, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Venice is Sinking, Janelle Monae and more, 10 a.m. to late night, Criminal Records and Little Five Points, Atlanta. FREE.
Outdoors: Spring Wildflower Fest continues through April 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Amicalola Falls State Park, Dawsonville. FREE, $5 parking.
Sports: Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:10 p.m., Turner Field, Atlanta.
Sports: Atlanta Rollergirls Roller Derby bout, 5 p.m., Yaraab Shrine Center Auditorium.
Stage: Theatrical Outfit’s ATLexis 2010, 7:30 p.m., Balzer Theater at Herren’s, Atlanta.
SUNDAY APRIL 18
Comedy: Dave Attell performs, 8 p.m., The Punchline, Atlanta.
Festival: The Georgia Renaissance Festival continues, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Fairburn.
Festival: Big Shanty Festival, noon-5 p.m., The Depot, Kennesaw. FREE.
For families: “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” continues, 2 p.m., Kudzu Playhouse, Roswell.
Music: Pianist Richard Goode performs, 3 p.m., Spivey Hall, Morrow.
Music: Dow Live Earth Run for Water post-race concert featuring Rob Thomas, 10:30 a.m., downtown’s Pemberton Place near of the World of Coke, Atlanta. FREE for race participants.
Sports: Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies, 1:35 p.m., Turner Field, Atlanta.
Stage: “Little Shop of Horrors” continues, 2 p.m., Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta.
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