Nothing quite signals the beginning of summer like Memorial Day Weekend! Barbecues, open pools, warm weather, and exciting events all kick off a season packed with fun. Make the most of the holiday weekend by planning an excursion that the family will not soon forget. From an amazing art scene to lively musical acts, we’ve got an itinerary for the most memorable Memorial Day Weekend you could dream of!
Alpharetta is the perfect destination to escape to for the long holiday weekend with events and activities taking place all over the city: Alpharetta Arts Streetfest (May 29-30), Spring Home and Garden Show (May 28-30), Alpharetta Farmers Market (May 29), an outdoor concert at Matilda’s (May 29) and a Memorial Day Virtual Tribute (May 31) plus painting and cooking classes all weekend long.
The “Broad Strokes” of Alpharetta’s Art Scene
You simply cannot paint a picture of Alpharetta without highlighting the city’s epic arts community. Visit the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest on May 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Grove at Wills Park to see work from more than 100 artists from across the United States. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to attend rain or shine. Festival goers can stroll through the outdoor gallery, meet the artists, and purchase their favorite pieces while enjoying food, face painting and frozen treats!
And that’s not the end of your artsy endeavors, add more fun to your weekend by registering for a class at Painting With a Twist, where you can create a work of art no matter your skill level. Participate in Family Day on May 29 at 4 p.m. where you can learn to paint Happy Hydrangeas—a beloved summer floral choice. Or opt for the 7 p.m. class to paint a magnificent Milky Way Swim—people will be starry eyed over your magical masterpiece.
Jam Out with Magical Music at Matilda’s
Reserve a table for the group, pack a picnic basket, grab a lawn chair, and get ready to experience the fabulously funky Southern charm of Matilda’s Music Under the Pines. This open-air venue is nestled under the stars and gives live music a magical home. Prepare for a night of great music and buy tickets for the Swearingen and Kelli show on May 29 from 8-10 p.m. This Nashville-based Americana Country Singer/Songwriter duo performs with a classic country-sound paired with modern appeal.
Get Garden Fresh Finds
The Alpharetta Farmers Market is guaranteed fun every Saturday morning through November 27, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Find fresh flowers and herbs, vibrant veggies, delectable desserts, freshly baked breads, and much more as you walk through Alpharetta’s picturesque downtown. There is truly a treat for every taste bud at this outdoor market.
Freshen Up Your Living Spaces
Speaking of garden fresh, summer weather always inspires us to refresh and renew. Give your home and garden a summertime redo at the Spring Home and Garden Show taking place at North Point Mall, May 28-30 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Get inspiration on how to revamp your home from windows, siding, roofing, countertops, and more. Find new ways to make your outdoor space come to life with pools, crafts and landscaping. Not only will this show feature contractors who can talk to you about your home and garden vision—insurance agents will also be present to help you figure out what insurance will cover for renovations and refreshes. Awesome vendors will include Expert Carpet & Flooring, Southeastern Roofing, Trend Transformation just to name a few. Whether you want to attend for a little inspiration or to find a contractor you trust, make sure to bring cash for the Cash & Carry Arts and Crafts portion of the show.
Savor New Flavors
Publix Aprons Cooking School takes dining to a new level by not only giving you the opportunity to savor delicious food, but also sending you home with the knowledge to create your own divine dining experience. Register for the Wine and Dine: Purely Gourmet class on Friday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. to indulge in elegant food sure to please anyone. This class menu includes Sweet Corn Panna Cotta, Pork Confit & Ricotta Cannelloni and Pan-Seared Chicken Breast. Craving a date night? Try the Couples Cooking: Great Seafood at Home on Saturday, May 29 at 6 p.m. to learn the secrets to a Lobster Roll, Seared Jumbo Scallops and Swordfish Scallopini. You will learn new cooking skills while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Pay Tribute To Our Fallen Heroes
Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we all enjoy. You are invited to join The City of Alpharetta and the Rotary Club of Alpharetta as they host the Alpharetta Memorial Day VIRTUAL Tribute on Monday, May 31, 2021, at 9 a.m. The ceremony will be live-streamed, and you can tune into the program virtually at https://youtu.be/L4DkvDbskyU.
Alpharetta is your perfect destination to escape to this Memorial Day Weekend. You’ll find a whopping 29 modern and upscale hotels to choose from throughout the city. Looking for a hotel with a pool to catch some rays? Maybe you want a continental breakfast to make mornings easy with the kids? Perusing for a pet-friendly option so your furry best friend can join the adventures? No problem. Check out Awesome Alpharetta’s STAY page to find the best fit for you and complete your Alpharetta adventure in style.
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