It's a new year and a time for new experiences! If you're looking to broaden your Atlanta horizons this weekend, check out these picks from our editors.
Carol is the ATL Insider’s culture vulture. If there is a new exhibit in town or a new show on the stage, Carol is the first to know about it.
- The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting, through Feb. 1
I have toured this exhibit, and I want to recommend it to others as something to see before it closes. Winston Churchill wasn’t one of the great painters of the world, but his work is quite nice, and the fact that this giant of a man, who had, um, a few other things on his to-do list, took time out to de-stress by painting is remarkable. It is humbling to stand amid the works of art created by Churchill, to see his easel, and it’s fascinating to learn about his travels to Atlanta. I mean, seriously, we’re talking about Winston Churchill!
- Gordon Parks: Segregation Story, all weekend
Revisit or visit for the first time the American South during the time of Jim Crow laws. “A few steps into the exhibit, haunting faces stare back at visitors telling a silent story of segregation in Mobile, Ala., where persons of color were told where to sit and where to enter buildings and even which water fountain to use,” wrote ACVB blogger Patti Solomon. This glance back in time is well worth a visit.
Sarah is mom to a 2-year-old boy and a new-born baby girl. She is always on the lookout for family-friendly entertainment options.
- Ice Skating, all weekend
Get in some good cardio while enjoying a fun winter activity with the whole fam! Centennial Olympic Park’s rink is open through Jan. 19 and is steps away from other family-friendly attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and the SkyView Ferris wheel. Do some shopping and then hit the rinks at Atlantic Station and Avalon which will both stay open through Feb. 15.
- Fun in the Snow, all weekend
Enjoy speed slides, skating, carnival rides, fire pits and more at Lake Lanier’s LanierWorld, about an hour north of Atlanta. Just minutes from downtown, find a snow-packed mountainside and action-packed excitement at Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park. Play in five football fields of snow, including 20 lanes of tubing. My son loved Snow Mountain and we can’t wait to try the new snow park at LanierWorld!
Ashley is our resident festival and food hound. She loves lives music and neighborhood events, and there’s a good chance you’ll run into her at many of Atlanta’s sporting events.
- Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show, through Sunday
I love being on the lake, whether it's serious fishing with my dad or fun summer boating with friends. And let's be honest, we're all craving a little sunshine and warm weather these days. Get a preview of summer with the latest trends in everything aquatic, including angling to water sports, at the Atlanta Boat Show.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service, Saturday
Gather at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church for the annual MLK Commemorative Service, which will be held Saturday. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, the first female president of Alabama State University. After being inspired by Dr. Boyd, check out these other Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Weekend activities.
- Martina McBride: The Everlasting Tour, Friday
I grew up listening to country music and to Martina McBride, so to see her in person would be fantastic. Her career spans more than three decades, so you're sure to hear your old favorites and her new hits as well.