Who doesn't love a good fair? Funnel cakes, rickety rides and midway games bring out the kid in all of us. Well, the Atlanta Fair is back at Turner Field - and it will be here all month. The fair is generally somewhat affordable if you don't take on too many rides. Tickets are $1.25 each or $25 for 25, with rides costing you 2 - 5 tickets. Visitors can also get an unlimited ride wristband for $25 during certain off-peak hours.
Fair hours are as follows:
Monday - Friday: Opens at 5 p.m.
Saturday: Opens at 12 p.m.
Sunday: Opens at 1 p.m.
Fair closes at 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends.
The fair will be in town through April 6.
This Saturday you can taste yummy bites and sip cold brews from local Atlanta breweries at the Second Annual Taste and Brews Festival. Your all inclusive ticket gets you your choice of five food tastings from 10 Atlanta food trucks (more available for purchase), plus samplings of over 100 different imported & domestic beers.
Participating trucks include Sweet Auburn Barbecue, Masala Fresh, W.O.W., Mighty Meatballs, Genki, Pho Sho, Spiedie Zone, Liska, Yum Yum Cupcakes & Crepe Suzette. To keep your toes tapping, there will be live music and a DJ. Tickets are $45 in advance or $55 at the door. A VIP option is also available. The Taste and Brew Festival takes place at Atlanta Food Truck Park off Howell Mill in the West Midtown area.
Do you have a child interested in science - or are you looking to get them exposed to some new activities? The Atlanta Science Festival is a weeklong celebration of local science and technology that culminates with an all-day interactive Exploration Expo at Centennial Olympic Park. Scientists, experts and educators from local schools, colleges, universities, museums, and corporations will uncover mysteries and explain discoveries in hands-on activities, facility tours, stimulating presentations, and riveting performances at venues across the city.
The mission is to celebrate the inherent integration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in our lives today, share the impact they have on our community, and inspire us all to wonder about our future. The main Expo day will feature non-stop, big-bang events; out-of-this-world experiments; pop-up interactive exhibits; mind-bending games; and a full lineup of science-oriented live entertainment and comedy.
Open to the public, Expo admission is free. Attend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Centennial Olympic Park.
Are you a big fan of Alton Brown and his quirky, science-based cooking methods? The much-loved local and Food Network personality will be making a stop in Atlanta this weekend as a part of his "ALTON BROWN LIVE! The Edible Inevitable Tour."
Fans will enjoy a two hour show described as a unique blend of stand up comedy, food experimentation, talk show antics, multimedia lecture, and live music. It's an all ages affair, so bring along those young chefs. You may even have a chance to join Alton on stage as a kitchen helper - but be prepared to get messy, even guests in the first few rows are sometimes provided with ponchos (watch out, splash zone!).
Limited seats are still available for Friday's show, so get those tickets quickly!
In January and February our city was hit with some very cold weather and not one, but two, major ice storms that resulted in school closures. This is on top of additional closures earlier in the year due to sub-freezing temperatures that were deemed unsafe. The result is that kids have missed too much school, and there were not enough built-in snow days to cover the closures.
Counties and school districts are making up for this missed time in a variety of ways. Here's how kids will make up the 2013-2014 snow days across metro Atlanta:
- Atlanta and Fulton County will make up for it by holding class on a teacher planning and training day in March.
- Marietta schools will add an extra hour to the day Monday - Thursday during March, but parents are allowed to pull their kids out at the normal time if they so choose.
- Gwinnett and Decatur students will attend an extra 30 minutes of school each day from now until May.
Other counties, including Dekalb, are still deciding how to handle the the missed time. In some areas the decision is being left up to the individual school and minor adjustments are being made to schedules to add more learning time to the classroom.
Does your child have to make up the snow days? What do you think is the best want to handle this situation?
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It may be hard to believe, but the short month of February is almost behind us and St. Patrick's Day shindigs start as soon as THIS Saturday!
This year many of your favorite parties are back - ready and waiting for you to consume copious amounts of cheap green beer. Park Tavern is hosting three weeks of celebrations, starting with ShamROCK, the annual party featuring the smooth jams of Yacht Rock Schooner.
If you're looking for a more family-friendly activity, kids will love the annual St. Patrick's Day parade on March 15. This year the parade has moved from downtown to Midtown, so be sure to check out the new route.
Find information on these and other St. Patrick's Day events on our Atlanta St. Patrick's Day event list.
Looking for something to do this weekend? After what seemed like a slow start to the year, there are plenty of fun events going on to get you out and about around the city! Try these on for size:
- Friday night pop princess Demi Lovato performs at Philips Arena
- Saturday hometown girl Jennifer Nettles (known worldwide for her work with Sugarland) belts out tunes at The Fox Theatre
- Supercross 2014 will tear it up at the Georgia Dome
- Always a spectacle, the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show returns to the World Congress Center
- UniverSoul Circus continues at Turner Field
- SweetWater Brewery invites you to celebrate their 17th birthday with them on Sunday
- Two local theatres wrap up well-received shows with one final weekend: The Book Club at Horizon Theatre and In Love and Warcraft at the Alliance
- For the kiddos, Jim Henson's Dinosaur Live Train rolls in to the Cobb Energy Center
Attention internet lovers and Comcast haters... Google has announced that Atlanta is one of the cities in it will work with in 2014 to explore the expansion of their Fiber high speed internet and TV services. Fiber claims to be 100 times faster than traditional broadband. You can jump for joy now!
Currently Google Fiber is only available in Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah. Today the tech giant announced plans to work with nine major metropolitan areas to expand their services to 34 new cities. Specific Atlanta area cities called out in Google's plan include Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs, and Smyrna.
Over the next year Google plans to work with these cities to map out potential fiber networks and assess the unique challenges in each area. It is not guaranteed that Atlanta will make the final list of cities for the Fiber rollout, but it's certainly an exciting possibility!
Party in the Park, the springtime music extravaganza in Centennial Olympic Park, is returning - and they are bringing another great lineup to Atlanta.
This year music fans can party with Girl Talk, MGMT, The Joy Formidable and Stokeswood. You'll have to wait until May 17 for the big show, but presale tickets go on sale this weekend and now's the time to save. This weekend only, they are running a special $30 ticket rate. When general sales launch, you'll be paying $40, and if you really slack off and buy day of show it's $45. Jump on it, music lovers!
Set that calendar reminder and get your tickets online. Presale price available from 2/21 at Noon until 2/23 at 11:59pm.
Still gift shopping? Maybe you can buy yourself a few extra days on account of the weather! If you're looking for something with a local twist, try these lovey-dovey gifts. Your sweetie is sure to know they weren't picked up at a CVS on your last bread and milk run!
- Artisan chocolates from Cacao or diAmano
- A nice bottle of wine from Perrine's Wine, along with tickets to an upcoming wine tasting
- A bouquet that's decidedly different from supermarket carnations - try Candler Park Flower Mart or the wide selection at Your Dekalb Farmer's Market
- Go for a different kind of chocolates with King of Pop's chocolate-dipped Valentine's Day gift pack
- Grab tickets to a local play, sporting event, concert, or another activity your Valentine enjoys
- Plan a weekend getaway to wine country in the North Georgia mountains (make your reservation now but go when it's warmer!)