Want to take a nighttime bike ride while helping out a great cause? Sign up for the Second Annual Atlanta Moon Ride, happening on Friday, June 13th (yep, Friday the 13th, and a full moon is expected). This 6.5 mile ride winds through some of Atlanta's best intown neighborhoods, and the proceeds from registration benefit Bert's Big Adventure.
Participants in this fun ride are encouraged to ride with flair - dressing in costume, gearing up bikes with headlamps, glow sticks, bullhorns, unicorn horns - anything goes, especially if it lights up the night! Last year more than 800 bikers gathered for the ride. If you don't have your own wheels, rentals are available for $25. The ride starts and ends at Park Tavern, winding through Midtown, Little Five Points, the Highlands and more. The party continues post-ride at Park Tavern with a DJ.
Your $30 ticket includes party access and one beer. Ticket prices increase at the event approaches, so sign up soon!
Classes are a great way to expand your horizons, enjoy a day with friends, or have an exciting date night. In the past we've covered art classes for adults, wine tastings and classes and cooking classes around Atlanta.
Recently a neat shop called Preserving Place opened on the Westside. In addition to selling yummy homemade sauces and jams, they also teach classes so you can make your own delicious creations. You can learn to make everything from butter to baby food. They even host a "mystery box" class where you can cook with Chef Ed Harris - an actual "Chopped" winner! Classes start at $85.
What's your favorite place in Atlanta to learn something new?
If you missed your chance to see the Atlanta premiere of Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson, The Immortal World Tour back in 2012, you're in luck. The flashy show full of familiar hits is back on May 10 - 11, this time performing at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. This is a very limited engagement of only two shows.
Fan reviews of the show have been mixed, but many feel for true Jackson fans it's worth the trip. For those who are thinking of going because you love everything Cirque, be warned that this show has more dance and less acrobatics than many of their other shows.
Limited tickets remain for the Saturday and Sunday show, so be sure to secure yours soon!
Mother's Day is this Sunday, what will you be doing with mom? There are a number of events going on around Atlanta, plus there's the classic option of brunch.
Need a last minute gift? Here are a few ideas to dazzle mom this Sunday:
- A relaxing spa day at one of Atlanta's best spas.
- Often mom just wants to spend time with you, so plan a day exploring the city. Perhaps a trip to the Botanical Gardens, some hot dogs at the Braves Game or an afternoon at the High Museum?
- Is your mother an NPR fan? Grab tickets to next weekend's live show, Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion at the Fox Theatre.
- If your mom loves to play hostess, check out one of my favorite shops for funky home goods and other great gifts - Heliotrope in Decatur.
Cinco de Mayo, Atlanta's favorite excuse to eat guacamole, is Monday - so you know that means a party all weekend long! Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in remembrance of the Battle of Puebla, but in the United States it's mostly just about drinking enough margaritas that you can't remember a thing!
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Atlanta's iconic Fox Theatre? The Atlanta landmark offers behind the scenes tours, and this spring they are putting a new twist on it by partnering with Zoo Atlanta.
The "Spring Fling with Wild Things" tour series will combine the history of the Fox Theatre with Zoo Atlanta's live animals, biofacts and kid-friendly activities. Everyone is welcome on the tour, but this tour is planned with children in mind. Not only will they learn all about the Fox, but they'll also have animal encounters, play games, and sit in a king's throne.
Tours take place on Saturdays from April 5 - May 17. Tickets are $20. Free admission for children under 2.
Attention Lords and Ladies, the Renaissance Festival is back for its annual spring romp through Georgia! This outdoor festival is full of games, activities, attractions, interesting artisans, fun food and more - all harkening back to a time when knights ruled the land. Needless to say, costumes are definitely encouraged! See a jousting show, try your hand at archery, and don't forget to chow down on a turkey leg.
This weekend in particular is a great time to visit because kids 12 and under get in free! Catch the action weekends now through June 8 (and Memorial Day) in Fairburn, just south of the city.
This weekend marks the return of my favorite Atlanta festival, the Inman Park Festival. Here are a few of the reasons I think this festival reigns supreme:
- The funky, silly costume parade is an amazing display of passion and creativity from all kinds of Atlanta citizens
- The artists market has a more eclectic mix than you'll find at many other festivals, and the prices tend to be more reasonable (at some booths), too.
- If you are going to do a tour of homes, you may as well tour some of Atlanta's most beautiful Victorians - which you'll find, of course, in Inman Park.
- It has super easy Marta access (and trust me, you'll want to use it if you can. Parking is difficult).
Head down to the festival on Saturday or Sunday and enjoy a beautiful weekend in one of Atlanta's coolest neighborhoods. If you're looking to catch the parade, be sure to be there at 2 p.m. on Saturday!
Looking for a something fun to do in Atlanta that's both fairly affordable and a little off the beaten path? Why not spend an evening with the Atlanta Rollergirls? The girls are currently in the midst of their 2014 season, which runs from February through August. If you've never experiences roller derby, you're in for a rowdy, fun evening. These tough ladies compete in a very physical, fun to watch, sometimes cringe-worthy competition that's got spunk like no other sport.
Attend for one or both bouts at the Yaarab Shrine Center, located on Ponce in south Midtown. A single bout is $15 and it's $25 to stay for both (bouts are at at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. so it's easy to stick around).
Mark your calendar for May 17, that's the next time you can catch the girls in town. The matches do get pretty crowded, so purchasing in advance is a good idea.
Well, we couldn't keep a hockey team, the Braves are fleeing to the 'burbs, and some would say our football fans are of the fair weather variety, but Atlanta is about to get a chance to rally around another team: a major league soccer franchise.
After many rumors, today brought the official announcement from Falcons owner Arthur Blank and mayor Kasim Reed that Atlanta will become the home of the 22nd MLS team. The team, which does not have a name yet, will not begin to play until 2017, and they will call the new Falcon's stadium their home. Blank is bankrolling the franchise to the tune of $70 million.
The new stadium seems to be a key player on this team - with League commissioner Don Garber stating outright that The Georgia Dome would not have been a fit for an MLS team. Special adaptations will be built with the soccer team in mind, including the ability to bring in real grass for international games. With the addition of the new team and a shiny new stadium, Atlanta - a city that has long lusted after a Super Bowl - now has their eye on an eventual World Cup.
What do you say, Atlanta? Are you excited for soccer?