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Momocon: 5 things to do this week in Atlanta

by Jewel Wicker, AJC

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Tens of thousands of people are expected to visit downtown Atlanta starting this week for the annual Momocon festival.

The festival, which focuses on video games, animation, comics and more is just one of several can’t-miss events that will take place throughout metro Atlanta this week.

Attend a game at Suntrust Park

If you still haven’t visited the Atlanta Braves’ new home, you’ll have a chance to do so this week. The Braves are playing the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday through Thursday.

While you’re in the area, visit one of the new restaurants at Battery Atlanta.

Times vary. May 22-25. $3.50-$116. Atlanta.braves.mlb.com.

A Day in the Life of Puppet Film

The Center for Puppetry Arts will host a workshop that will teach puppet enthusiasts a few of the techniques that professionals use in film and video production. Learn about how puppet films utilize green screens, equipment and more.

7 p.m. May 22. $20-$30. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. Puppet.org.

Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Cocktails in the Garden

ABC’s #TGIT night is over, but there are still plenty of reasons to enjoy wine this Thursday. The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Cocktails in the Garden” series offers live music and alcohol in a different location of the park every Thursday.

6-10 p.m. May 25. $21.95; members, free. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. Atlantabg.org.

Momocon

Every year fans of “anime/manga, gaming, comics and costuming” converge on Atlanta for Momocon. This year’s festivities kick off on Thursday. Attend panels, autograph signings and more during the four-day event.

May 25-28. $70 (4-day pass), $30-$45 (single-day pass) Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd, Atlanta. Momocon.com.

Watch a movie in the park at Atlantic Station

Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park series continues this week with a screening of the 1991 film “Beauty and the Beast.” Take your family to enjoy this family-friendly film on Thursday.

6 p.m. May 25. Free. Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta. Atlanticstation.com.

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