Festival: Tasty Greek food is sure to be the main draw at the Marietta Greek Festival, but don’t miss the performances by the award-winning dance troupes. It happens May 13-15 at the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta.
Stage: Kenny Leon and Jasmine Guy star in Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love,” a tale of obsession, love, denial and the relationship between two people who can’t live with or without each other. Presented by True Colors Theatre Company through June 11 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta.
Stage: Christmas comes early to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre with “Tyler Perry’s ‘A Madea Christmas’,” as everyone’s favorite gun-toting granny celebrates the holidays with a brand-new stage play. At 8 p.m. May 13 and 2 and 8 May 14.
Stage: In Theatre in the Square’s “Circle Mirror Transformation,” a group of aspiring actors in an acting class, strangers at the beginning, attempt to create characters while revealing a great deal about their own lives. It continues at the troupe’s Marietta home through May 29. For more on the play, see our review.
Design, benefit: The inaugural Art & Design Show House in Marietta will highlight top interior designers in a benefit for the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. It opens with a candlelit garden party 7-11 p.m. May 6, with tickets at $75. The house will remain on view through May 22, with regular admission at $15. On May 22 from 5-7 p.m., there will be a cooking demo and lunch with Johnnie Gabriel, with tickets at $40.
Stage: You’ll find dueling fairies, enchanted woods and a love triangle that turns hexagon in the Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of the bard’s most beloved comedies. It continues through May 29 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Midtown.
Stage: In the heart of an Italian-American neighborhood in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sunday dinner at the Gianelli’s house is the main attraction in Aurora Theatre’s “Over the River and Through the Woods.” It continues through June 5 at the theater’s Lawrenceville home.
Dance: “Ignition: New Choreographic Voices” features three world premieres created exclusively for Atlanta Ballet. Performances are at 8 p.m. May 13, 2 and 8 p.m. May 14 and 2 and 7 p.m. May 15 at the Woodruff Arts Center.
Stage: Stage Door Players present “A Grand Night for Singing,” a Rodgers and Hammerstein revue. It opens May 13 and continues through June 5 at North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center in Dunwoody.
Festival: The pastoral Serenbe community near Palmetto hosts an annual MayDay Celebration, offering a day of live bluegrass, sneak previews of Serenbe Playhouse shows, pony rides, local artists and vendors and great food. It begins at 9 a.m. May 14.
Festival: Chastain Park is the setting for the second annual Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival. They’ll have 175 artists and artisans, live acoustic music, a children’s area and lots of food. The fun begins at 10 a.m. May 14-15.
Festival: Atlanta’s Drivin N Cryin headlines the music offerings at the ninth annual Kirkwood Spring Fling. And don’t miss the Tour of Homes in this historic Atlanta neighborhood. Enjoy live music, and an assortment of food, beer and other drinks. Spring Fling, which includes an artists market and children’s activities, takes place 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 14 in Bessie Branham Park. The Tour of Homes happens both May 14 and 15.
Festival: Food, fun and art come together at the Taste of Douglasville Arts and Crafts Festival. It begins at 11 a.m. May 14 in Douglasville’s O’Neal Plaza.
Home and garden: This year’s self-guided Artful Garden Tour highlights seven private gardens in Buckhead, Ansley Park, Midtown and Druid Hills. Of special note is a lovely 1935 Tudor home surrounded by a garden that blends formal English and natural styles, as well as a home featuring a multilevel water garden with a koi pond and a sixty foot stream that meanders around a stone patio. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14.
Walk, fundraiser: Do something healthy for yourself and help out a worthy cause at the Atlanta Arthritis Walk. The walk begins at 10 a.m. May 14; registration begins at 9 a.m. at Sandy Springs’ Concourse Office Park.
Walk, fundraiser, festival: Proceeds from the Drake Walk and Festival benefit the Drake House in Roswell, which provides crisis housing, support and empowerment programs to homeless mothers and children in the North Fulton area. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. May 14 at the Roswell United Methodist Church parking lot at the corner of Magnolia Street and Mimosa Boulevard.
Festival, history: Get a taste of what it was like for folks in earlier times at Pioneer Day at McDaniel Farm Park in Duluth. The fun gets going at 10 a.m. May 14.
Festival: Twain’s Spring Fest is a benefit for the Atlanta Community Food Bank and includes a kids’ dance party, a silent auction and lots of music (with headliners Gentleman Jesse and His Men and Blair Crimmins and the Hookers). Members of The Imperial Opa will teach mask making, stilt walking and general circus fun. The fest starts at 1 p.m. May 14 and continues until midnight at Twain’s Billiards & Tap in Decatur. t
Festival: Have an anachronistic good time at the Georgia Renaissance Festival. This annual time-traveling fest offers jesters, jousting, juggling and more. It runs Saturdays and Sundays (and Memorial Day) through June 5.
Stage: The beloved, long-running Atlanta-based stage comedy “Peachtree Battle” returns through May 22 at the Ansley Park Playhouse in Atlanta.
Music: See all of the affiliated ensembles perform at the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Concert: theJazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, two choruses, two string orchestras, two wind ensembles and two full orchestras. 3, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 15 at the Bailey Performance Center at Kennesaw State University.
Music: The Atlanta Jewish Choir Festival features the combined adult and youth choirs from Temple Beth Tikvah, the Temple, Temple Sinai, Temple Kol Emeth, Congregation Dor Tamid and Temple Emanu-El -Birmingham. The concert begins at 3 p.m. May 15 at Congregation dor Tamid in Johns Creek.
Music: Lemony Snicket’s “The Composer Is Dead” introduces young audiences to the instruments in the orchestra in the vein of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and Britten’s “A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. May 15 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.