So many Americans are getting vaccinated and ready to hug the ones they love. Memorial Day weekend will be the first major holiday where families and friends will actually be able to gather safely, and that's a reason to celebrate.
Memorial Day ATL Style
Outdoor activities are still currently recommended over indoor gatherings, and these are some great family-friendly activities to try.
Tiny Doors ATL
Great things sometimes come in small packages. Tiny Doors ATL was created by artist Karen Anderson Singer and was born out of her love of miniatures. She creates tiny 7-inch doors at the invitation of the neighborhood or institution, and they bring together the unique elements that make that particular area special. There are more than 20 doors hidden around Atlanta, and it's a fun scavenger hunt to find them all. Use the handy map to find them yourself or join a tour in partnership with Bicycles Tours of Atlanta. There are tiny doors in Grant Park, the EAV Farmer's Market, Woodruff Park, and more. The tiny door at the historic Fox Theatre has a replica of it in the green room backstage.
The Atlanta Beltline is where the whole city comes together. It connects eight city parks and eight trails, great for hiking, cycling, and rollerblading. It's the most wide-reaching urban revitalization project in the U.S. and will ultimately connect 45 neighborhoods via a 22-mile loop. Besides a leisurely family stroll, take the kids to see murals, sculptures, and ongoing art collections, which are all easy to find using the interactive art map. Aluma Farm is worth a visit, the pilot program for urban farming, which serves as a model for future agricultural efforts. The produce grown is sold locally and can be savored in a multitude of Atlanta restaurants. Take the youngsters to the Historic Fourth Ward Park for fun at the playground or on the splash pad.
Krog Street Tunnel
Sure, many urban tunnels have their fair share of graffiti, but Krog Street Tunnel is something special. There's hardly an uncovered inch of space in the tunnel. The tunnel is constantly evolving as new artists paint over top of old pieces. There are simple tags, sweeping murals, flyers for underground events, even marriage proposals. It's easy to walk or bike through the tunnel, and street parking is available nearby. If you're artistically inclined, you're welcome to add your own additions.
Atlanta R&B, Wine, Food, & Music Festival
Live it up at the Atlanta R&B, Wine, Food, & Music Festival in Decatur. Enjoy a day out in the fresh air and listen to great bands playing R&B and neo-soul. Included with your ticketed admission are wine tastings, a souvenir glass, a sip and paint experience that consists of a bottle of wine, and access to incredible food vendors. Kids under 12 get in for free, and adults over 21 have access to unlimited wine tastings, but please drink responsibly. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic blankets (no outside food) and chairs to watch the bands and enjoy the weather. Come and go as you please with a hand stamp as proof of admission.
Atlanta DeKalb Carnival
Think Mardi Gras was over? Think again! The Atlanta Dekalb Carnival will take place over Memorial Day Weekend. Every Caribbean island and culture are celebrated and represented at the carnival. This joyous street fair starts in Stonecrest, and the parade follows Mall Parkway finishing in Caribbean Village at Atlanta Sports Complex. Watch the gorgeous, colorful costumes go by while grooving to ska, reggae, calypso, and steel pan music. Vendors will be around selling favorite Caribbean snacks like jerk chicken, Jamaican patties, and crispy yaniqueque.
May Fair At Buford Corn Maze
Families with young children should hit up the May Fair at Buford Corn Maze, and Memorial Day Weekend is the final weekend for this kid-friendly extravaganza. Admission is $14 per person and gives families access to magic shows by Dr. Magical Balloons, whose mix of balloon antics, magic, and comedy will have everyone smiling in no time. There are also pony rides and a fire engine display complete with a vintage 1979 model in mint condition. There's a small animal farm with cows, goats, pigs, and chickens for kids to interact with and other fun activities like cornball slides, the popcorn jumping pillow, and hayrides. All that activity will surely work up an appetite, so stop by the Barnyard Grill for yummy treats.