Be Downtown for These Weekend Events: June 3-5

Rain or shine, it's always nice to have a reprieve from the June heat. Step inside and enjoy these programs coming to Downtown this weekend.

1. Jazzitude Series at the Rialto

Nothing says "Friday date night" quite like jazz. Consult our dining map for dinner and post-jazz libation options, then head to the Rialto for a performance that features Kirk Whalum on the saxophone and vocalist Toni Redd at the mic. The Rialto is right along the Streetcar route, meaning you don't have to sweat about parking, either.

2. The Merchant of Venice opening night, the New American Shakespeare Tavern

Speaking of date nights, spend a night at the theater watching one of the Bard's best (in the wake of the 400th celebration of his death day, no less). If you haven't been to the Shakespeare Tavern before, you're in for a treat--it's a dinner theater space where you can indeed eat, drink and be merry. Merchant runs through June 19.

3. American Taekwondo United National Championship, Georgia World Congress Center

The Congress center hosts unique Atlanta events and conventions every year, and this weekend, the Taekwondo National Championship will take place Friday and Saturday. General admission tickets cost $12. Come to watch exciting matches from competitors ranging in age from 12 to 32.

4. Atlanta Kidney Walk, Turner Field

For philanthropic fun and wellness, register for Saturday morning's Atlanta Kidney Walk. A project of the National Kidney Foundation, these community walks raise both awareness about kidney diseases and funds for projects implemented to combat illness and support patients. Expand your walk by taking MARTA to the Georgia State station and walking to Turner Field.

5. Saturday Programming at the Children's Museum of Atlanta

The Children's Museum is fun any day of the week, but this Saturday will include the Mayor's Summer Reading Program Kickoff and a Super Spectacular Science Show, both of which feature activities for kids of all ages. School may be out, but summer fun can definitely still be educational.