It’s another busy weekend in Atlanta: puppy parades, Pulitzer Prize winners, Pokemon tournaments. You know, the usual.You can find a huge list of things to do on AccessAtlanta.com, here’s a list of fun stuff to do to help guide you. If you’re looking for more info on holiday shows, check out this blog post from last week. And if you’re looking for live music, I recommend a visit to the Atlanta Music Scene blog.
As always, suggestions for weekend events are welcome in the comments! Enjoy! – Jamie G.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
Art: Castleberry Hill Art Stroll, 7 p.m., Castleberry Hill neighborhood, Atlanta. FREE.
Books: Foodie Nigella Lawson signs her books, 12:30 p.m., Borders-Buckhead, Atlanta. FREE.
Books: Author Thom Bierdz signs “Forgiving Troy,” 7:30 p.m., Outwrite Bookstore and Coffehouse, Atlanta. FREE.
Books: Authors Rick Bragg and Sonny Brewer discuss and sign books, 7 p.m., Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston. FREE.
Dance: Atlanta Ballet’s “Nutcracker” opens, 7:30 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta.
For kids: Tea party with Bloomingdale’s Holiday Bear, 3:30 p.m., Bloomingdale’s-Lenox Square, Atlanta. FREE.
Music: Army Ground Forces Band holiday concert, 8 p.m., Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta. SOLD OUT.
Sports: GHSA Football State Finals, 5 p.m., Georgia Dome, Atlanta.
Stage: “Black Nativity: A Holiday Gospel Celebration,” 8 p.m., Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
Art: The 4th Postcard Pinup Show, 8 p.m., MINT Gallery, Atlanta. FREE.
Exercise: Atlanta Santa Speedo Run to benefit CHRIS Kids, 1 p.m., Dark Horse Tavern, Atlanta.
For families (and dogs!): Reindog parade, 10:30 a.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta.
For kids: The Toymaker’s Workshop, Westin-Buckhead, Atlanta. Reservations required.
For gamers: Pokemon card game tournament, noon, Galactic Quest Comics, Lawrenceville.
History: “Gone With the Wind” movie 70th anniversary celebration continues, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Road to Tara Museum, Jonesboro. FREE admission, discounted bus tours.
Music: Holiday Jazz Vespers featuring hostess S. Epatha Merkerson and the Atlanta Jazz Chorus, 7:30 p.m., Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, Atlanta.
Outdoors: A Fort Yargo Christmas, 3 p.m., Fort Yargo State Park, Winder.
Sports: Atlanta Thrashers vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13
For families: “Madeline’s Christmas” continues, 3:30 p.m., Horizon Theatre, Atlanta.
For families: Children’s Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Booth Museum of Western Art, Cartersville.
Holiday: Fayette Festival of Carols, 4 p.m., Heritage Christian Church, Fayetteville.
Holiday: 2009 Big Chicken Chorus presents “Have yourself a Merry-etta Christmas,” 3 p.m., Cobb County Civic Center, Marietta.
Opera: “Amahl and the Night Visitors” opens, 2:30 p.m., the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, Atlanta.
Outdoors: Guided Nature Hike, 3 p.m., Chattahoochee Nature Center, Atlanta.
Sports: Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., Georgia Dome, Atlanta.
Sports: Atlanta Hawks vs. New Jersey Nets, 5 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.
Stage: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” 3 p.m., ART Station, Stone Mountain.
Tour: Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes, 6-10 p.m., Grant Park neighborhood, Atlanta.
Have an event, venue, restaurant or performance in and around Atlanta? Add it to the AccessAtlanta.com calendar.
For instant updates, follow @insideaccess on Twitter.