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January Shows and Festivals in Atlanta

Oysterfest in SmyrnaJuggling, Antiques and Oysters

Groundhog’s Day Juggling Festival
January 25 – 27, 2019
Yaarab Shrine Center

If you missed the first 40 years of this annual juggling festival, no worries – it’s back for round 41 in January 2019. The Groundhog’s Day Juggling Festival at Yaarab Shrine Center hops and bops with action from jugglers, unicyclists, hoopers and kendama as well as live music and plenty of family-friendly fun. It’s all free unless you choose to participate in the Saturday night cabaret showcase. New to juggling? Get a free lesson

Games galore keep things interesting at the Juggling Festival, with trophies for the winners of games such as 3-Ball Simon Says, 5-Ball Endurance, Club Balancing, Huggling and Blind Juggling. There’s also unicycle polo and beanbag-bucket tosses. Who cares if the groundhog sees his shadow when there’s so much to do that weekend?

Cathedral Antique Show
January 24 – 26, 2019
Cathedral of Saint Philip

If you aren’t already an antique aficionado, you may well become one after spending an afternoon at the Cathedral Antique Show in Atlanta. The Cathedral of Saint Philip on Peachtree Road NW becomes a regal showplace of elegant furniture, porcelain, art, jewelry and silver, framed by some of the region’s finest interior design and accessories. It’s a graceful journey through the past that supports the present-day Wilderness Works, a program for disadvantaged youth.

There’s a lot going on at the Cathedral Antique Show this year, including Vernon’s Roadshow, which helps value those “potentially priceless” things lurking in your attic. Five private residences in Atlanta open to the public on Sunday afternoon for the Tour of Homes, a peek at period architecture, stunning interior design and what’s known as “the art of good living.”  

Thursday evening highlights Cocktails at the Castle, which features guest speakers from the Cathedral Antique Show along with cocktail hour at Atlanta’s privately owned Pink Castle. The 35-40-something crowd gets a special invitation on Friday night to the Young Collector’s Oyster Roast with wine, craft beer and oysters while hobnobbing with the city’s premier young designers and architects.

January 26 – 27, 2019
Atkins Park, Smyrna

For the eighth year in a row, Atkins Park puts on a Cajun-style oyster hoedown in Smyrna, about 15 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. Jazz and zydeco tunes from New Orleans float through the crisp winter air, along with the rhythm of sizzling, shucking, grilling, frying and roasting oysters. Louisiana Abita brews flow freely well into the night. Most parts of Oysterfest, including the music, take place inside a heated tent sponsored by Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar. Doors open at 11 a.m., and the music cranks up at noon.

The eclectic side of Atlanta shines on winter days, but the fun is year-round when you live in the city. Discover our Atlanta apartment communities today with a free tour and info on move-in specials!