By Tripp Liles
The month of May in my house is a sort of limbo month. School is still in but we can see light at the end of the tunnel. The warm weather is here, the pollen is almost off the cars and yes, summer vacations are just around the corner. So before we take time away from home there are plenty of activities in the metro area to keep you entertained.
We celebrate our moms, the original superheroes, on May 13, and in our immediate neighborhoods there are numerous activities highlighted by several great events at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. But if you would rather explore a little, take a short ride down to Dunwoody for the Dunwoody Art Festival. This festival takes place over the Mother’s Day weekend of May 12 and 13 and it attracts artists from across the nation as they showcase their work. Each year over 50,000 are on hand to absorb the wide array of arts and crafts. Additionally, they have numerous food trucks with the normal variety of unique fried items and other delectables to ruin a diet. And because moms are front and center, they have a dedicated area for kids with rides and activities to keep them engaged. The festival is held at Village Parkway in Dunwoody.
Back in the day I used to be an editor at Marvel Comics so I’m somewhat an authority on various comic and pop culture conventions. There are usually two types of folks who attend, the watchers and the watchees. If you are not into costuming, do not underestimate the enjoyment of seeing grown adults have a great time dressing in costume, with some people even assuming a character’s persona. A great opportunity to see some of these pretend superheroes for yourself is at MomoCon, being held in Atlanta on May 24 through the 27th. With over 80,000 in attendance last year, MomoCon is one of the fastest growing all-ages conventions in the country. Fans of Japanese anime, American animation, comics, video games, and tabletop games come together to celebrate their passion by costuming and browsing the huge exhibitors hall. They’ll be meeting the celebrity voice talent, designers, and writers behind their favorite shows, games, comics, and much more over this four-day event. This is a great place for kids and adults to enjoy a different side of life, no matter what you decide to wear. For more info, visit momocon.com.