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It's Roller Derby Season in Atlanta

Thursday April 17, 2014

Atlanta Roller GirlsLooking 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.

Atlanta Welcomes Major League Soccer

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Atlanta Major League SoccerWell, 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?

Dogwood Festival is This Weekend

Thursday April 10, 2014

Piedmont ParkThis is your friendly reminder that The Dogwood Festival, the grand poobah of all spring festivals in Atlanta, is THIS weekend! I can't believe it's already time for this annual tradition.

Highlights of the Dogwood Festival include a giant artists market, yummy fair food, live music all weekend and, of course, an unbeatable Piedmont Park location. New to this year's lineup is a ticket Barbecue and Brews event where you can enjoy local craft beers, wine, moonshine and barbecue and picnic fare from some of the city's favorite restaurants and chefs. Single day tickets to this event are already sold out, but two day VIP passes are available.

The majority of activities at The Dogwood Festival are free, so go and enjoy some sunshine! The festival kicks off on Friday afternoon and runs all weekend long.

Mother's Day 2014 in Atlanta

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Natural BodyMother's Day is just about a month away, and it's time to get planning! Whether it's picking out the perfect gift, booking reservations at her favorite restaurant, or planning your own special outing - you don't want to leave this one until the last minute.

Check out our 2014 Mother's Day event calendar for fun Atlanta happenings on May 11, plus some dining recommendations, too. If you're looking for gifts, here are a few of my favorite spots to shop. A spa gift certificate always goes over well, and if she has little ones at home you get bonus points for including a "babysitting coupon" so mom doesn't have to worry about a thing!

Your 2014 Spring Festival Calendar

Thursday April 3, 2014

Inman Park FestivalThere are so many great festivals around town, and new ones - like this year's Beltline Boil - popping up every year. Of all the spring festivals, there are a few that capture our heart year after year. Since these things always seem to sneak up, we wanted to make sure you mark your calendar for the following can't miss spring festivals:

  • 2014 Dogwood Festival: April 11 - 13
  • 2014 Inman Park Festival: April 26 - 27 (my personal favorite!)
  • 2014 Sweetwater 420 Fest: April 19 - 21 (new location in Centennial Park)
  • 2014 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: May 29 - June 1

Which Atlanta festival is your favorite?


Beltline Festival This Weekend

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Beltline BoilIt's April, and that means festival season is go! Kick off spring with a brand new festival on The Beltline this weekend. The inaugural Beltline Boil happens this Saturday and Sunday, featuring a low country boil competition with some of Atlanta's top chefs.

On Saturday, sample tasty bites and from 4th & Swift, Bantam Pub, Barcelona, Loca Luna, MetroFresh, One. midtown kitchen, Parish, Serpas, and Two Urban Licks and vote on your favorite as they compete for the best boil. There will be live music from some amazing bands, art displays, and a bloody mary bar (bloody marys are on Sunday only).

Admission is $20 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Enter at Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park.

Get an (Almost) Free Prom Dress This Weekend

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Enchanted ClosetProm season is just around the corner, and every girl knows it's all about the dress. Unfortunately, those frilly prom dresses can cost a pretty penny. For girls who can't afford a gown, The Enchanted Closet offers some hope. This Saturday they are holding their annual dress event at the Rialto Center on Georgia State's campus.

Girls who can show financial need can walk away with a gently used, absolutely gorgeous prom dress for just $10. To participate you must live in the Metro Atlanta area (their definition is quite generous, including all surrounding counties). Each student must be there in person and present a valid school ID or other picture ID and proof of grade level, such as a report card or transcript.

Get registered and get shopping!

Vintage Shopping in Atlanta

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Salvage Vintage MarketShopping for vintage - whether it's clothing or furniture and decor - is always a fun treasure hunt. Luckily, Atlanta is home to many vintage shops and shows. Some of my personal favorites for housewares are Scott Antique Market, Kudzu Antiques in Decatur, and The Classy Flea in Marietta.

There is an event coming up that vintage lovers won't want to miss. Salvage is a vintage craft market from the creators of Indie Craft Experience. Sellers gather to show off all kinds of items, from jewelry to clothing to decor. There is a mix of pure vintage items and upcycled handcrafted items with a vintage flair. Admission is $5 and the first 100 guests get fun swag bags. Inside, shop the vintage marketplace, snap a photo at the photo booth and have fun!

Salvage takes place on April 12 at Ambient Plus Studio.

Discover the Dinosaurs This Weekend

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Discover the DinosaursDo you have a dino-obsessed dude or dudette? They will be head-over-heels for this weekend's Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit at the North Atlanta Trade Center! This engaging exhibit consists of 8-10 dinosaur scenes representing dinosaurs from different periods. The scenes come alive with sound and motion (warning: exhibits may include fog). Kids can touch and interact with a number of non-moving dinosaurs on display.

In addition to the main exhibit there are also a number of other activities including a fossil dig, inflatables, mini golf and a ride on a moving dino.

Ticket prices are as follows: Adults are $18.00 (13yrs & older), Children are $25.00 (2-12yrs) for EXHIBIT PLUS or $16.00 (2-12yrs) for EXHIBIT ONLY, Seniors are $16.00 (65+), Children 1 and under are free. The event takes place this Saturday (9 a.m. - 9 pm.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.) in Norcross.

2014 Easter Activities Around Atlanta

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Easter BunnyEaster is one of those holidays that hops around (maybe that's why there's a bunny involved?!), and sometimes it can be hard to keep track of. Last year it was early, taking place in late March. This year it's April 20 - so you still have some time to plan your activities.

Many of your favorite Easter traditions are returning in 2014, from brunch to Easter egg huts to sunrise services. Several of the egg hunt take place earlier in the month, freeing up Easter Sunday to attend church and spend time with family. Check out our guide to Easter activities to find out when you can take part in these fun events for Easter in Atlanta.

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