atlanta jazz festival, screen on the green, & free ikea breakfast

Hello, local readers. Once again we’re here with your weekend guide to the city of Atlanta. So keep reading to find out the best activities for a long-anticipated three-day weekend. Happy Memorial Day! And be sure to add anything we missed in the comments.

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Piedmont Park. Saturday, noon-11 pm with main stage performances at 2pm. Free.

Listen to live music from local artists while enjoying a cool brew in the Bud Light Beer Garden. For more family-oriented activities, check out the Publix KidZone, where kids can learn about healthy eating habits and compete in jump rope contests. Bringing cans and bottles to recycle — from home or straight from the Beer Garden — will earn you a vintage Atlanta Jazz Festival poster.

More info and directions.

Screen on the Green

Piedmont Park. Starts Thursday at Sundown. Free.

Good news to those who fear venturing below Midtown — Screen on the Green returns to Piedmont Park this summer after a two-year stint at Centennial during the drought. It debuts tonight at sundown with National Treasure, but festivities begin a little earlier with local DJs and music performances from local artists. Check it out this week and every Thursday through June 24.

Schedule of films and park map.

The Change: Another Teenage Werewolf Musical

Dad’s Garage. Starting Friday at 8. $15-22.

Due to movies like Wolf Man and The Twilight Saga, vampires are not the only hot commodity on the market anymore. The Change revolves around a teenager who not only has to deal with the awkwardness of adolescence, but the fact he is a werewolf as well.  Should be a howling good time with 80s inspired dance routines.

More info and directions.

Free IKEA Breakfast

IKEA stores nationwide. Saturday, Sunday and Monday starting at 9:30am. Free.

On Memorial Day weekend IKEA intends to reward you for your shopping bravery with a small breakfast and coffee, free of charge. Arrive early to avoid mid-day crowds and enjoy navigating IKEA’s enormous showrooms on a full stomach.

Directions to Atlanta location and the store directory for more distant readers.

Movies & The Market

Central Park @ Atlantic Station. Thursday, 6:00pm. Movies start at dusk. Free.

Enjoy restaurant specials from 6-9pm, prize giveaways and the Atlantic Station Artist Market each Thursday evening through the end of summer at Movies & The Market. Enjoy a classic movie in the open air after shopping, dining and scoring some great prizes. Tonight’s feature: A Hard Day’s Night.

Film schedule and map.

Mondo Art

Eyedrum. Opening Thursday at 6pm. Free.

See how “manbroiderer” Aubrey Longley-Cook has mastered and challenged the traditionally feminine art form of thread on fabric. Part of Mondo Homo, Atlanta’s queer creative festival, happening all weekend long at Eyedrum.

More info and map.

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