The Dream Lives!
Monday, Jan. 16, Atlanta History Center. Free. atlantahistorycenter.com/programs/martin-luther-king-jr.-day
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Atlanta History Center will offer free admission, and special programming throughout the day exploring the Civil Rights movement. The Atlanta History Center is an iconic member of the city’s culture and community with multiple sites throughout the city. Its 33-acre “main campus” in Buckhead actually hosts several historic venues and buildings, including the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House (major film site for the Hunger Games movie), Smith Family Farm, Goizueta Gardens, and the Kenan Research Center. On the Midtown campus is the Margaret Mitchell House (author of critically-acclaimed novel Gone with the Wind).
Callanwolde Arts Festival
Saturday, Jan. 21–Sunday, Jan. 22, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. callanwoldeartsfestival.com
This two-day, indoor arts festival is one of the best festivals of its kind in Atlanta, featuring over 86 artists of various media. Live music, food trucks and artist demonstrations will punctuate the schedule of art exhibitions. Even if arts festivals are not your jam, you should make a point to visit the Callanwolde Mansion and explore one of Atlanta’s most historical homes. Originally the family home of the esteemed Candler (Coca-Cola founding) family, this beautiful Druid Hills estate has seen its fair share of history over the years, serving in a variety of capacities, including as a home for the Italian Olympic Committee (which included the likes of Luciano Pavarotti and Prince Albert of Monaco—i.e. Mr. Grace Kelly) during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, as a filming location for several major motion pictures, and as the site of countless weddings and Atlanta society events. Throughout the year it offers a variety of events, tours, and exhibits for local artists.
Party with the Penguins
Saturday, January 21, Georgia Aquarium. tinyurl.com/jfbooaw
If you are as fond of penguins as I am (I just might be the proud owner of some penguin pjs…), then you will be just as excited as I am about the Georgia Aquarium’s annual celebration to spread awareness for the endangered African penguins. There will of course be penguins at the event, along with experts who work with them at the aquarium.
Saturday, January 28, Kirkwood neighborhood. LantaGras.com
This non-profit invites you to come and enjoy building community in Atlanta at this “parade with a purpose” that helps fund children’s music programs! There will be floats, music, and dancing throughout several Atlanta neighborhoods culminating in an after-parade-party in the neighborhood of Kirkwood. Many of Kirkwood’s most popular restaurants and cafés will be offering food and drink for all ages. Public parking in the neighborhoods will be reserved for the parade route so plan to use Uber, Lyft or MARTA (Atlanta’s public transit).
‘Til next month!
Photos courtesy of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta History Center, Georgia Aquarium, and Lanta Gras.