Atlanta Weekend Events: Ringling Bros., U.S. Poet Laureate

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey make their final Atlanta appearance this weekend.
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There are many things to do in Atlanta this weekend for all ages, and Atlanta PlanIt is here to share some highlights. Folk fans may be interested in a symphony tribute concert to the duo Simon & Garfunkel. New York dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is coming to Atlanta’s iconic Fox Theatre. Families may enjoy Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s final Atlanta performances. And the weekend closes with a free reading from the U.S. Poet Laureate. These are all things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Feb. 17 through 19.

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Friday, Feb. 17

The Music Of The Incomparable Simon & Garfunkel

You can start the weekend with the legendary music of folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is paying tribute to their music with vocalists Aj Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle. They’ve been performing the music of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel for more than a decade and cover both classic and obscure songs from the duo. The folk melodies get full orchestration from the Orchestra and conductor Michael Krajewski, so you’ll be hearing the music in a new way.  

Saturday, Feb. 18

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME

Earlier this year Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced 2017 will be their final year of touring. Their 146-year run is coming to a close, so this is your last chance to see the show live in the city of Atlanta. “Circus XTREME” is at Philips Arena Feb. 15 through 20 with three shows on Saturday. “Circus XTREME” features artists in fast-paced performances, like the human cannonball, BMX bike stunts and high-wire acts. Animals also take center stage with special acts. 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

If you’re looking for a belated Valentine’s date night, consider seeing Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Fox Theatre. The dance company began in 1958 in New York City and has since performed for millions of people. They return to Atlanta Feb. 15 through 19 with premieres, new productions and their longstanding work “Revelations.” A new work you can see at this show is “r-Evolution, Dream,” which is based on speeches and sermons of Martin Luther King Jr. with narration by Leslie Odom Jr. of the musical “Hamilton.”

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Sunday, Feb. 19

Free Poetry Reading With U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

Finally this weekend, you can hear a reading by Juan Felipe Herrera, the current and first Hispanic U.S. Poet Laureate. The reading is free at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Sunday at 4 p.m. Herrera is the author of poetry collections and children’s books. He’s also a performance artist and activist. He became the California Poet Laureate in 2012 and the U.S. Poet Laureate in 2015. Tickets are not required for the event, but seating is limited. So arrive early for your best chances of getting a seat at the event. Books are available for sale at the event and a signing will take place.

Bonus: World of Coca-Cola

Join the #PlanIt12 challenge and visit a new Atlanta attraction, museum or landmark each month! Follow our suggestions, or make your own list of places to visit. This February, we recommend visiting the World of Coca-Cola.

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