5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: May 23-29

André 3000 plays the Atlanta Jazz Festival, MomoCon descends on downtown, and more fun things to do this week

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: May 23-29
Atlanta Jazz Fest takes place this weekend.

Atlanta Jazz Festival
When: May 25-27
Where: Piedmont Park
Cost: Free
Details: This Piedmont Park music festival is an Atlanta Memorial Day weekend tradition, and this year, it has an extra-special guest: André 3000 will perform from his New Blue Sun album on Monday evening. Drop by all three days for great live music, an artists market, and plenty of food and drink options. The best part—it’s a free event.

When: May 24-27
Where: Georgia World Congress Center
Cost: $100 for all 4 days; day passes are $45-$60
Details: Don your best cosplay for this annual celebration of anime, gaming, and comics. More than 50,000 folks are expected to descend on the GWCC during the four-day event. Guests this year include voice actors Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid), Beau Billinslea (Cowboy Bebop, Naruto), and Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop, Star Wars Rebels).

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest
When: May 25-26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Grove at Wills Park, Alpharetta
Cost: Free
Details: Find some new artwork for your home, cute jewelry, or a great grad or Father’s Day gift at this arts festival, which features more than 100 vendors. There will also be food trucks and kids’ activities like face painting and sand art.

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival
When: May 27, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Westside Park
Cost: GA: $40; VIP: $160
Details: This annual celebration of Caribbean culture features live music, Caribbean dishes, dancing, and the extravagant and colorful parade of bands, which starts at Moores Mill Center and runs four miles to Westside Park. Atlanta’s Caribbean ties run deep—so deep we did an entire issue on it last year, so be sure to read up before you head to Carnival.

The Selfish Giant
When: May 24-26
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts
Cost: $19.80-$30
Details: This one-weekend-only, all-ages performance, presented by the Puppet & its Double Theatre of Taiwan, is based on the story by Oscar Wilde about a giant who learns the meaning of friendship and generosity. On Friday, a special reception will be held in partnership with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, featuring Taiwanese drinks and a look at a new pop-up exhibition of Taiwanese puppets. All tickets include admission to the Center’s museum.

Sports corner: Atlanta home games

  • Atlanta United plays LAFC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on May 25. Info here.
  • The Braves take on the Nationals at Truist Park on May 27-29. Info here.
  • The Atlanta Dream play the Minnesota Lynx at Gateway Center Arena on May 26. Info here.