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Weekend best bets: April 30-May2

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The Atlanta Botanical Garden's new 40-foot-high, 600-foot-long Canopy Walk opens May 1, along with a new Cascades Garden and Edible Garden. They're part of a $55 million dollar renovation. AJC/Johnny Crawford

Here’s your weekly list of festivals, concerts, musicals, hikes and more to keep you busy this weekend. One of the biggest events will surely by the opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s new Canopy Walk, but you can check out our Atlanta Music Scene blog for more info about live shows, or Rana Cash’s Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog for ticket discounts and cheap dates. For even more ideas about fun stuff to do, try the full AccessAtlanta.com calendar. As always, more suggestions are welcome in the comments!

FRIDAY, APRIL 30

Food: Atlanta’s Urban Picnic, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sweet Auburn Curb Market, Atlanta. FREE

For kids: “Between the Lions” performances, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta.

Music: On Broadway with Marvin Hamlisch, 8 p.m., Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta.

Outdoors: “Ruins to Rapids” Full Moon Hike, 8-10 p.m., Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs.

Sports: Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros, 7:35 p.m., Turner Field, Atlanta.

Sports: Gwinnett Braves vs. Norfolk Tides, 7:05 p.m., Coolray Field, Lawrenceville.

Stage: “Mary Poppins” continues, 8 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta.

Stage: The Atlanta Opera’s “The Magic Flute” continues, 8 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta.

SATURDAY, MAY 1

Comics: Comic artist Mark Bagley and writer Brian Reed to sign comic books, noon-2 p.m., Dr. No’s Comics and Games, Marietta. FREE.  Check out more Free Comic Book Day activities.

Exercise: World Fitness Day celeb workout and Ludacris concert, 8:30 a.m., Georgia Dome, Atlanta.

Festival: May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival continues through May 2, Glover Park, Marietta. FREE.

Food: The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, 10 a.m., Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta.

For families: 68th Annual Yaarab Shrine Circus & Carnival, 10 a.m., Jim R. Miller Park, Marietta.

Music: Martina McBride performs, 6:30 p.m., Gwinnett Arena, Duluth.

Outdoors: New Canopy Walk, Edible Garden and Cascades Garden opening, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta.

Sports: Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros, 3:10 p.m., Turner Field, Atlanta.

Sports: Gwinnett Braves vs. Pawtucket Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Coolray Field, Lawrenceville.

SUNDAY, MAY 2

Art: “Be Kind to Animals” student art show, 2-4 p.m., The Contemporary, Atlanta.

Festival: Feista Atlanta Cinco de Mayo celebration, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. FREE.

For families: “Planting History,” noon-5 p.m., Atlanta History Center, Atlanta.

History: Bearing Witness Holocaust survivor talk with Eugen Schoenfeld, 2 p.m., The Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum, Atlanta.

Music: Georgian Chamber Players with guest Alexei Kuznetsoff, 3 p.m., Spivey Hall, Morrow.

Sports: Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros, 1:35 p.m., Turner Field, Atlanta.

Sports: Gwinnett Braves vs. Pawtucket Red Sox, 2:05 p.m., Coolray Field, Lawrenceville.

Sports: Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks, TBA, Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Stage: True Colors Theatre’s “Jitney,” 2:30 p.m., Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta.

Have an event, venue, restaurant or performance in and around Atlanta? Add it to the AccessAtlanta.com calendar.

For more of Atlanta’s best, follow @ajcATLevents and @ajcBestofBigA on Twitter.

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April 30th, 2010
9:41 am

Don’t forget about the Renaissance Festival in Fairburn and the Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay this weekend, too.

Jamie Gumbrecht

April 30th, 2010
11:14 pm