2023 Atlanta MLK Day Events & Things To Do

Atlanta History Center

Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with these activities, events, and service projects planned throughout Atlanta.

MLK Days of Service in Atlanta

Help build Dr. King’s beloved community with Hands On Atlanta. Jan. 11-16.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Explore the life and legacy of MLK with activities on the stage, at the science bar and in the creativity café. Jan. 14-16.

The HBCU Culture Homecoming Fest and Battle of The Bands MLK Weekend Edition at State Farm Arena

Enjoy drumlines, high energy routines, marching bands and more from six historically black colleges and universities from across America. Jan. 15.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2023 at Atlanta History Center

Commemorate the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with civil rights-themed trivia, crafts, choir performances, a Freedom Rider simulation on an authentic 1952 Greyhound bus and more. Jan. 16.

MLK Day 5K: Let Freedom Run at First Baptist Church of Doraville

This 5K walk/run features a 3.1-mile drumline all along the race course. Jan. 16.

Annual MLK Day Parade and Program Celebration at Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center

The theme for this parade is “Why We Can’t Wait” and is hosted by the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County. Jan. 16.

Acworth MLK Celebration and Day of Service at Acworth Community Center

This celebration features a breakfast, Unity Walk, a program honoring Dr. King and a service project. Jan. 16.

City of Dunwoody’s MLK Jr. Day of Service in Dunwoody

Volunteer opportunities across Dunwoody, including planting trees, cleaning up Brook Run Park, daffodil planting and more. Jan. 16.

King Holiday Observance at The King Center

Honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with a commemorative service. Jan. 16.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art & Film Celebration at City Springs

This family-friendly event features interactive art projects and a film designed to celebrate, educate and share the teachings of Dr. King. Jan. 16.

NAACP DeKalb County Branch 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in DeKalb County

Watch the themed “Sound the Alarm” 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. Jan. 16.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre

This celebration will feature entertainment, dramatic readings, dance, musical performances and the presentation of the “Living the Dream” award from the Cobb County Branch of the NAACP and the Cobb County Government. Jan. 16.

Palefsky Collision Project: Dear Dr. King at Woodruff Arts Center

Presented by the Palefsky Collision Project, this staged reading honors Martin Luther King Jr. with a reimagined performance of “Everybody Has a Heartache: What We Don’t Know” from young artists. Jan. 16.

MLK Day Dinner & Celebration at Lynwood Community Center

Brookhaven’s annual dinner features honored speakers, dinner, giveaways and live performances to honor the legacy of Dr. King. Jan. 16.

MLK Day of Service

Honor Dr. King’s legacy through service initiatives around Atlanta and nationwide with AmeriCorps. Jan. 16.

Free Entrance Day at National Parks

Enjoy a free entrance day at a National Park in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 16.

Virtual: Let Freedom Ring

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King with this musical tribute from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Georgetown University. Jan. 16.

Check with your local library for storytelling and special events to honor MLK.

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