Things to Do in Atlanta in May 2018

From a Broadway show to South's leading food fests, these are the events people are talking about now.

'HAMILTON'

The wait is over for Broadway in Atlanta fans: the hip-hop phenomenon by Lin-Manuel Miranda finally arrive at The Fox Theatre in Midtown this month. With a score of show tunes that blends music styles like jazz, blues, rap, and R&B, the musical is a modern retelling of the powerful story of America's founding father Alexander Hamilton. An immigrant from the West Indies, Hamilton later became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. May 22-June 10

Atlanta's Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry

TASTE OF THE NATION

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Atlanta’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry aims to be bigger and better than ever with more restaurants, more chefs and more tricks up its sleeve. Held at Cobb Galleria Centre, this evening for epicureans is hosted by the honorary chef Alton Brown alongside Olympic medalist and five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. 100 percent of the proceeds support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. May 3

TASTE OF ALPHARETTA

Join more than 60 of the area's best restaurants from 5-10 pm. While the family-friendly fest is free, foodies buy tickets to taste bites ($1-3 each). May 3

DERBY DAY

The Kentucky Derby may be many miles away, but the spirit of Churchill Downs is alive and well in metro Atlanta. Here's where to watch the big race.

Sheperd Center Derby Day 
Partake in libations, live music and lawn games before a live broadcast of the most exciting two minutes in sports at the picturesque Chastain Horse Park. Tickets start at $75 and proceeds benefit recreational therapy. The gates open at 2 pm. May 5 

Avalon's Kentucky Derby Party

Kentucky Derby Party at Avalon 
Get ready to don your best hat or bowtie, and sip a Mint Julep. Between 3-10 pm, the Plaza at Avalon is going Kentucky glam with a jumbo screen to watch the horses. Bonus: the DJ and the fun doesn't stop when the horses are back in their stables. May 5 

CDA’S 10th Annual Down Home Derby
Guests score big at this fundraiser, even if they don't bet or bid in the silent auction. In support of Children's Development Academy, this event at Milton's Shannondale Farm features a mouthwatering menu from Hugo's Oyster Bar, Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails and C&S Chowder House. Sponsorship prices vary. May 5 

JCT. Kitchen and Bar's Annual Kentucky Derby Party
Enjoy a delicious menu of Southern-inspired foods from chef Brian Horn and watch the races live on the big screen while sipping on refreshing mint juleps (2 drink tickets per admission ticket) from 3:30-10 pm. Tickets: $39: May 5 

PICNIC IN THE PARK 

Wholesome Wave Georgia and the city's leading chefs curate picnic baskets for sale in Historic Fourth Ward Park from 1-4 pm. May 6

ANITA BAKER

Due to popular demand, a third show has been added at The Fox Theatre. The soulful Grammy Award-winning singer graces the stage Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday at 8 pm and Sunday at 7 pm. Tickets: $57.50-$200. May 10, 11 & 13

 Joris Laarman Lab's "Makerchairs," 2014 (Courtesy Joris Laarman Lab)

'JORIS LAARMAN LAB: DESIGN IN THE DIGITAL AGE'

Work spanning the career of the innovative Dutch designer is on display at Midtown's High Museum of ArtThrough May 13

BREW AT THE ZOO

Adults can enjoy live music and sip samples of more than 70 beers at this annual Memorial Day weekend tradition. May 26

ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

Eat, drink and celebrate Southern culture and cuisine at this esteemed annual event. Event times, locales and ticket prices vary. May 31-June 3

Colleen Ann McNally
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Colleen Ann McNally has called the South home for 20 years and counting. She aims to travel light, but also love...