All of the Cobb County events in May:
The Marietta Square Farmers Market: Gathers an average of over 60 vendors on Saturdays and over 25 on Sundays, offering a variety of fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce, and garden products. The Marietta Farmers Market is open every Saturday April through December from 9 a.m.-noon, and on Sundays May through October, from 12-3 p.m. For more information, visit their website at: www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mariettasquarefarmersmarket or call (770) 499-9393.
Brown Bag Concert Series: Grab your lunch at one of the many great restaurants around the square and meet your friends and co-workers at Glover Park for the Brown Bag Concert Series. The event features free music and takes place in the Historic Marietta Square Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call the Marietta Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 794-5601.
Marietta Square Art Walk: (formerly the First Friday Art Walk) The Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour showcasing local original art. Enjoy late-night shopping, patio dining, fine art and live music around every corner. Local artists are hosted by Marietta Square area restaurants, galleries, museums, venues and boutiques; participating venues display an official Art Walk banner in their window. Takes place in historic Marietta Square on the first Friday of each month from March to November (May 6 this month). 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, please visit www.artwalkmarietta.com or call (770) 429-1115.
Smoke on the Lake: The annual backyard barbecue festival features a Friday night concert under the stars and a Lord of the Wings competition. On Saturday, the BBQ competition takes place from 10-4. Teams from all over the Southeast will compete in professional and amateur divisions. Each participating BBQ team will be preparing their own special flavor of chicken wings and you get to be the judge. The event is hosted by the Rotary Club of North Cobb and the City of Acworth. Takes place at Cauble Park on Lake Acworth (2293 Beach St., Acworth, GA 30101) May 6, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. & May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit smokeonthelake.org or call (770) 423-1330.
Taste of East Cobb: Enjoy some music, food and fun. The event features delicious dishes from the some of the most popular restaurants in the area. While there, you can also enjoy great live entertainment, the Kid’s Zone with giant inflatables and hands-on activities, unique products from local vendors, and a silent auction. On Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Johnson Ferry Baptist Church (south parking lot): 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068. For more information, please visit TasteOfEastCobb.com or call (770)518-6441.
May-retta Daze: An annual arts and crafts festival that features exhibitors and artists showcasing handmade goods including painting, pottery, woodwork, metal, glass, fabric, soap, candles and more. All work is made and displayed by the artists, and the event draws both local Georgia artists and artists from around the Southeast. takes place the first weekend in May. The 40th annual festival takes place Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sunday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Glover Park in Marietta Square. For more information, call (770) 794-5601.
Marietta Greek Festival: The The 26th annual event celebrates Greek traditions, culture and delicious Greek food. The Hellenic Dance Program will be performing throughout the festival. The event also features a Greek marketplace with more than a dozen vendors with food and hand-crafted items. Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church tours are available throughout the weekend and last approximately 10 minutes. The Byzantine style sanctuary and church tour showcases the rich color, distinctive iconography and beauty of the interior of the Orthodox church. May 13 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 14 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. At Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 3431 Trickum Road, Marietta, Georgia 30066. Free parking and shuttle service is available at the following locations: Simpson Middle School- 3340 Trickum Rd. Marietta, GA 30066 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints- 3195 Trickum Road Marietta, GA 30066-4666 (Friday and Saturday only) Lassiter High School- 2601 Shallowford Road Marietta, GA 30066-3038 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) Admission: Adults $4. Children 12 and under free. Adult Weekend Pass $5. For more information, please call (770) 924-8080.
Mableton Day: It’s a time to to bring the community together to have some fun, celebrate the end of the school year, and raise funds to help build or expand non-profit programs that enrich our South Cobb County community. The day begins with the Mableton 5K and Mableton Jr. Fun Run, and then continues with a Car Cruise-in, Entertainment, Arts and Crafts, vendor booths, food, Kids Corner and more. Come meet your neighbors and learn more about your community. The 11th Annual community celebration is May 14th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton, Georgia.
Yaarab Shrine Circus: The circus is coming to town, and it happens to be the biggest Shrine Circus in North America. Don’t miss the opportunity to see all-new top circus acts from around the world with clowns, bears, elephants, horses, motorcycles, acrobats, and daredevil acts. Plus, enjoy a giant Carnival midway featuring over 40 rides and attractions. The circus begins on Saturday, May 21, and ends on Monday (Memorial Day) May 30. At Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. For more information, please visit yaarabshrine.net/yaarab-shrine-circus.html or call (404) 872-5818.
Glover Park Concert Series: Enjoy music under the stars, and be sure to bring a picnic and blankets or set up your lawn chairs after 4 pm (no tarps or tents). Takes place on the last Friday evening of each month from April to September (May 27 this month). Personal tables can be set up in the street on North Park Square after 6 p.m. but not in Glover Park. The free outdoor concerts take place at 8 p.m. rain or shine. May 27 show: The Tams, Carolina Beach. For more information, call (770) 794-5601.
Cobb County Memorial Day Ceremonies:
- Marietta: The National Memorial Day Association of Georgia is hosting the annual event that honors our Veterans, both past and present, who served as well as those who gave their life for our country’s freedom. The ceremony features patriotic music, posting of the colors, prayers, a gun salute, as well as inspiring speakers. All Veterans as well as the general public are invited to attend. The event takes place at noon on May 30, 2016. At the Marietta National Cemetery, 500 Washington Avenue Northeast, Marietta, GA 30060. For more information, please call (404) 510-4668.
- Smyrna: The Smyrna ceremony is organized by the Smyrna Veterans Committee and it is those members of the community who officiate. The ceremony is sponsored by the City of Smyrna, Smyrna Veterans Committee, Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, American Legion Post 160 and Smyrna Rotary. It’s a public event and all are invited to attend and participate in this memorial service to honor those who have sacrificed in defense of our nation. At 20th Century Veterans Memorial (2800 King Street) on May 30. Seating will start at 8:30 a.m. and pre-ceremony/ceremony activities will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Smyrna Community Center (200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, 30080). Cobb County Cobb county Cobb County Cobb County Cobb County Cobb County Cobb County