5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: September 19-24

Curious George, classic cars, and chocolate

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BeltLine Lantern Parade
BeltLine Lantern Parade

Photograph courtesy of Atlanta Trails

Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade
When:
September 21, 8 p.m.
Where:
Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail (steps off at Irwin Street and Lake Avenue)
Cost:
Free
Details:
This popular BeltLine event is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Line up at 7 p.m. to walk with your own paper lantern, or arrive early to snag the best viewing spots along the trail as the parade marches from Irwin Street to Piedmont Park. (And when we say early, we mean early—last year’s attendance was estimated at 70,000.)

JapanFest
When:
September 21 and 22
Where:
Infinite Energy Center, Duluth
Cost:
$10 in advance; $12 at door
Details:
Self-proclaimed as the “largest Japan-related event” in the Southeast, this two-day festival boasts plenty of Japanese eats (ramen, okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and takoyaki, to name a few favorites), vendors, an anime village (and cosplay contest), flower arranging, performances, and a children’s play area. This year’s event is themed to the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Marietta Streetfest
When: September 21 and 22
Where:
Marietta Square
Cost:
Free
Details:
Spend the weekend on the square exploring more than 75 artist booths, listening to live music, and letting the kids burn off energy in the “Kid’s Korner.” There’s also a classic car show on Saturday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Curious George

Photograph courtesy of Minnesota Children's Museum

Curious George Let’s Get Curious!
When:
September 21 to January 5, 2020
Where:
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Cost:
$16.95–$18.95 this weekend; non-peak days have cheaper tickets 
Details:
Everyone’s favorite inquisitive monkey is the star of this new exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, where kids can explore various interactive locations: sort vegetables at the produce stand, learn about windmills down on the farm, make a building on the construction site, or relax in the park.

Chocolate-Covered Weekend
When:
September 21 and 22
Where:
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Cost:
Adults: $21.95; Kids: $18.95
Details:
Take advantage of the (somewhat) cooler temperatures this weekend by visiting the botanical garden, where chefs will host various chocolate-themed cooking demos (think chocolate caramel cream pie and mini triple chocolate cupcakes, among other desserts).

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