Pack Your Weekend with a Free Concert, Black Restaurant Week, and More in Atlanta

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Atlanta Black Restaurant Week
Photo courtesy of Atlanta Black Restaurant Week
Photo courtesy of Atlanta Black Restaurant Week

Atlanta is the place to be if you’re looking for a great time. For starters, you can head to the iconic Georgia Aquarium for Sips Under The Sea, featuring some great food, better drinks, and live music. Friday also marks the start of Black Restaurant Week, so make sure you go out and support any of the Black-owned establishments that make up the fabric of this beautiful city before it’s over. Whether it’s exploring works of art, hitting up concerts (did we mention Queen Bey is in town?), or whatever it is you love to do, you’ll find it on this list of the best things to do in Atlanta this weekend.

High Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of the High Museum of Art

Arts and Culture Events in Atlanta This Weekend

Sunday, August 13; 1 to 4 pm
Marietta Cobb Museum of Art; $260
Checking out art in a museum is cool and all, but the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art is here to help you make your own works this month. Starting this Sunday, you can learn the craft of glass fusing from expert Licha Ochoa Nicholson in a month-long weekly course. You’ll learn how to cut and design glass, prepare a kiln, and attendees will also explore the history of glass fusing. You may be a novice when this course begins, but within a month you’ll be able to create beautiful works of art including bowls and tiles.

Sunday, August 13; noon to 5 pm
High Museum of Art; Free
There’s alway something going on at the High Museum of Art, and this weekend is no exception. Since it’s the second Sunday of August, you can head to this noteworthy museum for a free day that any art lover would envy. Enjoy special programming throughout the facility, along with unique activities and live performances. Evan Hofer’s Eyes on the City and George Voronovsky’s Memoryscapes are both in their final days on display, so be sure to check out those exhibitions before you leave.

Sunday, August 13; 4 pm
Aurora Cineplex; $16
Not only does hip-hop celebrate five decades this year, but so does Enter The Dragon, the film that catapulted the iconic Bruce Lee to superstardom. In 1973, this action flick became a box-office smash, and fans of the movie can see a remastered version at the Aurora Cineplex this Sunday.

Sunday, August 13; 8 pm
City Winery; Tickets start at $35
Marcus Tanksley and A Black Lady Sketch Show’s Angel Laketa Moore are a married couple of 16 years and the co-hosts of the podcast Is This Going To Cause An Argument. If you’ve heard the show, then you are familiar with the many discussions about family, marriage, relationships, and parenting. They’re hilarious behind the microphone—and even better live and in-person.

Sunday, August 13; 1 pm
The Breman Museum; Free
Many people are familiar with Hank Aaron’s home run record, but not as many understand the road it took to get there. In The Breman Museum’s Hank Aaron: Portrait of the Player and the Man, journalists Jeff Schultz and Zach Klein will explore the life and career of the player who is affectionately known as “The Hammer.” After the program, attendees can stay for the reception featuring light bites and explore the ICONS: Selections from the Portrait Unbound, which includes photos of Aaron during his record-breaking baseball season.

The Georgia Aquarium
Sips Under the Sea | Photo courtesy of The Georgia Aquarium

Food and Drink Events in Atlanta This Weekend

Friday, August 11; 7 to 10 pm
Georgia Aquarium; Tickets start at $62
The Georgia Aquarium’s annual Sips Under the Sea celebration is a beach-themed cocktail party for adults, so book a babysitter and leave the kiddies at home. While you can still explore the galleries at this event, you’ll also be able to drink some of the establishment’s popular cocktails, eat at Cafe Aquaria, enjoy tunes from a live DJ, and experience a dance presentation like none other.

Now through Sunday, August 20
Various locations; Prices vary
Since its inception in 2016, Black Restaurant Week has been dedicated to celebrating the flavors of African-American, African, and Caribbean cuisine nationwide. Visitors can get a true taste of the diaspora this week through a series of events and promotions—just check out the list of participating restaurants and get out there.

EarthGang will be performing at ATL Hip Hop 50 Concert: YESTERDAY, TODAY AND (404)-EVER | Christian Bertrand/Shutterstock

Live Music Events in Atlanta This Weekend

August 11, 12, and 14; 8 pm
Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Tickets start at $170
Stop the presses: Beyoncé has finally arrived in Atlanta for her first solo tour in seven years. For three amazing nights, the woman who holds the designation of winning the most Grammy Awards ever will be performing her songs from the chart-topping Renaissance album. With this being her ninth concert tour, Mrs. Knowles-Carter is pulling out all the stops, so don’t be tardy for the party at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium this weekend.

Sunday, August 13
Lakewood Amphitheater; Free
Our favorite genre is turning the big 5-0 this week, and Atlanta is celebrating in a big way. Aside from the slate of film series, panel discussions, and other events to celebrate hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, the city is hosting a free concert with Atlanta greats like T.I., EarthGang, and so many more. Snag your free tickets online and celebrate hip-hop in the genre’s premier city.

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Okla Jones is an Atlanta-based journalist who writes about food, fine arts, and entertainment. His work also appears in ESSENCE, Creative Loafing Atlanta, and Consequence of Sound. Follow him on Instagram at @coolhandoak.