5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: February 7-13

Valentine’s Day is coming to Atlanta and celebrate Mardi Gras in Atlanta’s Streetcar
Valentine's in the Garden

Photograph courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden

Valentine’s in the Garden
When: February 10, 7 p.m.
Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Cost: $40-45
Details: Romance. Orchids. Dancing. Cocktails. Along with walks through its conservatories, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens will offer food, dancing and live music from Infinity Show Band, Witold, and Francisco Vidal Band, and even be a vow renewal ceremony at Skyline Garden for married couples.

Sips Under the Sea ‘Cupid’s Crush”
When: February 9, 7 p.m.
Where: Georgia Aquarium
Cost: $20-49
Details: Love is in the air. Or should it be, love is in the sea? Celebrate Valentine’s Day early by sipping cocktails and enjoying tapas and other small snacks while watching Georgia Aquarium’s whale sharks and manta rays.

Mardi Gras in Atlanta’s Streetcar
When: February 10, noon
Where: Various restaurants and bars around Atlanta
Cost: $20-25
Details: Atlanta is celebrating Mardi Gras early with pub crawling in Atlanta’s Streetcar. In the event’s third year, explore Edgewood, Fairly Poplar, and Centennial Park in the Streetcar while hopping off at any of the event’s 35 participating restaurants and bars—each with special deals. The Mardi Gras Streetcar Adventure includes live music from a New Orleans street band, Mardi Gras beads, and complimentary themed food and drinks.


Photograph courtesy of High Museum of Art

Highball mixology competition at the High Museum of Art
When: February 10, 6:30 p.m.
Where: High Museum of Art
Cost: $125
Details: The High Museum of Art will host its second mixology competition, an event that will pit 16 Atlanta bartenders against each other to see who can make the best boozy creation. The competition will come with music, activities, snacks, and a vote to see who is Atlanta’s top mixologist. Mardi Gras attire is encouraged.

Art Gallery Opening: Martha Cooper Solo Exhibition
When: February 10, 8 p.m.
Cost: Free
Details: WISH ATL is opening a new art gallery simply named The Gallery. Its first exhibit, Then & Now, will run until March 2 and will feature works from famous New York Post photojournalist Martha Cooper, who documented the city’s graffiti scene in the ’70s and ’80s. The exhibit will include discussions with Martha Cooper and Atlanta street artists.