5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: May 8-14

(FYI: All of these events are mom-friendly, in case you forgot about Mother's Day.)

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Woodruff Arts Center
Toddler Takeover at the Woodruff Arts Center

Courtesy of the Alliance Theatre

Toddler Takeover: An Arts Festival for the Very Young
Where: Woodruff Arts Center
When: May 11-12
Price:
Kids aged 6-17: day pass $5, 2-day pass: $10; Adult: day pass $30; 2-day pass: $50; Free for kids up to age 5
Details:
This two-day family festival—hosted by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art—features several theatrical performances aimed at youngsters, featuring plays from the U.S., Australia, United Kingdom, and South Korea. There are also drama workshops for parents and kids, arts and crafts, story time, a baby-wearing dance class, family yoga, and High tours designed especially for toddlers.

Illumine
Where: Oakland Cemetery
When: May 9, 10, and 12 (May 11 is sold out); 7-9:30 p.m.
Price:
Adults: $20 advance, $25 at gate; Kids and seniors: $15, $20
Details:
If you enjoyed last year’s Golden Hour at Oakland Cemetery, don’t miss this four-day, night-time event, which uses special light-boxes, lanterns, and projections to show off the cemetery in a new way, particularly showcasing several “untold stories” of Atlanta history. There will also be live music and a bar featuring specialty Old 4th Distillery cocktails.

Atlantic Station Tiny House Festival
Where:
Atlantic Station (Pinnacle Lot)
When: May 11-12
Price:
GA: $20-25; VIP: $45-55
Details:
The fourth annual festival about living small features more than 20 tiny homes you can tour, including shipping container homes, homes made from decommissioned school buses, and a “true-to-life tiny house neighborhood.” There will also be seminars on downsizing and the various politics of tiny homes.

Sweet Auburn Springfest
Where: 230 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue
When: May 11-12
Price:
Free
Details:
Now in its 35th year, the annual free festival, which runs along five streets in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood, features six stages of live music, rows of food and shopping options, and face painting and inflatables for kids.

Decatur Lantern Parade
Where:
Downtown Decatur (step-off at Color Wheel Studio)
When: May 10; lineup: 8 p.m., step-off: 9 p.m.
Price:
Free
Details:
Bring your best paper lantern or arrive early for a good spot along the march route to watch the colorful lighted butterflies, dragons, parasols, and plenty of other lighted beauties stroll by. It’s also a great way to get inspiration for the BeltLine Eastside Trail lantern parade later this year.

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