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Off-season gatherings resume this weekend with touch of Mardi Gras on eastside

Lanta Gras’s 2016 parade route passes Bessie Branham Park in Kirkwood.
Lanta Gras’s 2016 parade route passes Bessie Branham Park in Kirkwood.
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As the festival contest hosted on these pages last spring indicated, Atlanta is preposterously chockfull of large-scale gatherings during the fair-weather weekends of spring, late summer, and fall.

These days, the same can basically be said of fair-weather deep winter.

With holidays in the rearview, festive Atlantans resume their sociable, suds-swilling ways this weekend with a new tradition that nods to a famed shindig in New Orleans. And February won’t be a slouch, either.

Here now, three solid bets for having a good time outside in coming weeks:

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Lanta Gras

Jan. 28

The inaugural Lanta Gras festival and parade came out of nowhere in Kirkwood last January. Crowds whooped for beads and high-fived stilt walkers before migrating en masse for an impromptu concert at the neighborhood’s downtown district.

Lanta Gras is back this year, promising to be bigger and livelier.

The parade begins at noon Saturday at Kirkwood’s Bessie Branham Park (early forecast: sunny and high in the 50s). Organizers have partnered with Orpheus Brewing, which will be serving downtown as Wolfpack ATL, Black Sheep Ensemble, and Wasted Potential Brass Band march and perform.

All details here.

Staging begins at Lanta Gras 2016.
Curbed Atlanta

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Atlanta Winter Beerfest

Feb. 4

For obvious reasons, the Atlanta Winter Beerfest is moving away from its home of six years — The Masquerade — to the cozy confines of Atlantic Station this year.

Expect more than 150 beers — with an emphasis on Atlanta and Georgia brewers — plus ciders, Monk’s Mead, a dash of wine, and food trucks. Live music will include DJ Qtip spinning under a big tent.

Beerfest begins at 1 p.m. and rages for five hours. Details over here.

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OYSTERFEST 2017

Feb. 25 and 26

Long a late-winter staple in Buckhead, when the neighborhood’s name was synonymous with raucous nightlife, Oysterfest has slurped and boogied for the last several years at Steamhouse Lounge’s Midtown location on West Peachtree Street.

Believe it or not, this year marks the 30th incarnation of this bivalve bonanza.

Expect fresh roasted oysters, cold Budweiser, and live local music for an event organizers are calling “bigger and better than ever” — with racy promotional materials to drive the point home.

The 411.

Steamhouse Lounge