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Jennifer Maciejewski

Aug 262016
 

dragon con parade 2016We’ll be heading out to see the Dragon*Con parade again this year–my girls love the pirates, and I’m a fan of the Steampunk outfits. I never fail to be impressed by the level of creativity that participants bring to their costumes.

The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2016.

The route starts at Peachtree Street NE & Linden, then runs south along Peachtree Street NE, heads east on Andrew Young International Boulevard, and turns north on Peachtree Center Avenue. It will end on Peachtree Center Avenue between John Portman Boulevard and Baker Street, in front of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

FYI #1: Opt for a spot somewhere along the parade route; you’re not going to get a very good view if you stake out a space near the staging area or at the end of the route.

FYI #2: If you don’t feel like fighting the crowds but want to see what all of the fuss is about, you’re in luck: The CW Atlanta (Channel 69, WUPA) will be offering a live broadcast of the Dragon*Con parade.

Parking is typical in the city–lots range from about $5-$10, and there’s very limited (if any) street parking. If you have easy access to MARTA, the Peachtree Center station dumps you in the heart of Dragon*Con.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Aug 262016
 

chick fil a kickoff game 2016On Saturday, September 3, 2016, the Georgia Bulldogs and the North Carolina Tarheels will face off in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

Unfortunately, the game is sold out. But even if you don’t have tickets to the game, there’ll be plenty to do:

And you can save when you explore other attractions in the ATL:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Aug 262016
 

november goldstarFrom September 16-October 9, 2016, The Process Theatre’s production of November will be at OnStage Atlanta.

Per the summary: “David Mamet’s new Oval Office satire depicts one day in the life of a beleaguered American commander-in-chief. It’s November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith’s chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money’s running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post-White House life, Chuck isn’t ready to give up just yet. Amidst the biggest fight of his political career, the President has to find time to pardon a couple of turkeys–saving them from the slaughter before Thanksgiving–and this simple PR event inspires Smith to risk it all in attempt to win back public support. With Mamet’s characteristic no-holds-barred style, November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win.”

Want to see it on the cheap? While they last, you can get discount tickets to select performances of November, thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (August 26), discount tickets are available for most performances during the run.

Tickets to November are regularly $23 each at the door on Fridays & Saturdays and $17 at the door on Sundays; you’ll save $3 when you order tickets in advance online. In addition to the advance purchase savings, students & seniors can take advantage of an extra discount on tickets for Friday & Saturday performances.

OnStage Atlanta is located at 2969 East Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Aug 262016
 

concert grouponLive music fans, take note: While they last, you’ll find discount tickets to select concerts on the deal sites.

Here’s a sampling:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Aug 262016
 

bj reece ochards grouponHere are a few of the highlights from ATL’s daily deals sites. And you can browse deals by category, complete with pics, on the Atlanta’s Daily Deals page.

Don’t forget to check out today’s mix (August 26) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Shrek: The Musical at the Cobb Civic Center, Moby Dick at the Alliance Theatre, Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart at Philips Arena, In the Heights at The Rialto Center for the Arts, The Prom: A New Musical at The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony’s A Very Merry Holiday Pops! at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, & Camino Real, The Fray at the Tabernacle, Actor’s Express’s Company at King Plow Arts Center, Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Handel’s Messiah at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Ghost: The Musical at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Hamlet at Theatre in the Square, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Shakespeare Tavern, Ballethnic’s Soul Survivors at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, November at OnStage Atlanta, Scrooge: The Musical at OnStage Atlanta, The Unexpected Guest at OnStage Atlanta, Theatrical Outfit’s Thurgood at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, improv comedy shows at Dad’s Garage, stand-up comedy shows at The Punchline, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Aug 252016
 

have fun be cheap 200px-01I’m more than ready for the weekend. Looking for something fun to do? Check out these five events (or browse Atlanta on the Cheap’s calendar of events to remind yourself of other can’t-miss events happening in the ATL):

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Aug 252016
 

taste of atl 2016If you’re looking for discounts for Taste of Atlanta, you’re in luck: While they last, you can snag discount tickets to the event, no coupon code required.

The Taste of Atlanta will take place in Midtown at Tech Square on October 22 & 23, 2016. At Taste of Atlanta, you can sample the specialties of 90+ Atlanta restaurants, get cooking tips & inspiration at The Kitchen Workshop & The Chef’s Table, whip up something fun in the Kids Corner, & more.

One-day general admission tickets are $25 in advance (prices increase on October 7, 2016), and each admits one & includes 10 Taste Points; two-day general admission tickets are $40 each in advance & include $20 Taste Points. Kids age 13 & under get in free when accompanied by a paid adult, but they’ll need their own Taste Points to sample the fare. Extra Taste Points can be purchased at Taste of Atlanta, and most menu items cost between 1-3 Taste Points each.

One-day VIP Grand Tasting tickets are $75 in advance, and each comes with 10 Taste Points + admission into the all-inclusive VIP Grand Tasting tents, featuring tastes of more than 150 craft beers, wine, cocktails and bites from restaurants not found in the main festival. Two-day tickets are $130 each & include 20 Taste Points. And the first 300 VIP ticket holders each day receive a Taste of Atlanta gift bag filled with special goodies. You must be age 21+ to purchase VIP tickets.

New for 2016, $105 buys a three-day All-In general admission ticket loaded with 20 Taste Points or $210 buys a three-day All-In VIP Grand Tasting ticket.

FYI: Taste of Atlanta will host a Friday Night Kick-Off Party on October 21, 2016. General admission tickets are $65 in advance ($80 for VIP), and you must be 21+ to attend. The evening features live music plus tastes of the specialities of 20+ of Atlanta’s favorite chefs.

Want to go on the cheap? You’ve got a few ways to save:

Taste of Atlanta takes place at Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta, located at 5th & Spring Streets. It’s a short walk from the North Avenue MARTA station. But if you drive, keep this in mind: When we go to Taste of Atlanta on Sundays, we park on the street since street parking is free on Sundays.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Aug 252016
 

aso holidayIf the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concerts are on your family’s must-do list this season, don’t miss out on these discount ticket deals:

The deals:

  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (August 25), discount tickets are available for the 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, December 10, 2016.
  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to Handel’s Messiah, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (August 25), discount tickets are available for the 8:00 p.m. performance on Thursday, December 15, 2016.
  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to A Very Merry Holiday Pops!, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (August 25), discount tickets are available for the 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, December 17, 2016.
  • If you take advantage of the Choose Your Own Series 3+ deal with the Atlanta Symphony, you’ll score discount tickets to the performances you add to your package. Bonus: A Very Merry Holiday Pops! is eligible to be one of the three performances in the mix, and the other options include fun picks, like Nightmare Before Christmas, UK Rocks!, Music of Simon & Garfunkel, Cirque de la Symphonie, & more.

Atlanta Symphony Hall is located at 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Aug 252016
 

Free-PaintingIf you’re looking for ways to get creative on the cheap, you’ve got a few options. Throughout the month, you’ll find free & cheap crafts at Michaels, Lowe’s, & Home Depot; free events at Bass Pro Shops; free decorating classes at Pottery Barn; free cooking techniques classes at Williams-Sonoma; free mini-model builds at Lego stores; & more.

Here’s the schedule of free crafts & events for the next few days:

And mark your calendars for other upcoming free & cheap craft days:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Aug 242016
 

music midtown 2016Tickets = acquired: Music Midtown returns to Piedmont Park in Atlanta on September 17 & 18, 2016.

FYI–Unlike the Friday & Saturday format of the past, Music Midtown has switched to a Saturday & Sunday event for 2016. That said, it should be a fun weekend. This year’s lineup includes The Killers, Twenty Øne Piløts, Beck, deadmau5, Alabama Shakes, G-Eazy, The Lumineers, Collegrove, Band of Horses, City and Colour, James Bay, Kesha, Big Boi, Chvrches, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Leon Bridges, Daya, St. Lucia, Mayer Hawthorne, Lucius, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pete Yorn, Zella Day, Grouplove, The Coathangers, The Shadowboxers, & more.

Want to go? For a limited time, you can get weekend passes to Music Midtown for $125 each. Prices will go up to $135 on September 2, 2016, so get yours soon to get the best deal.

–Jennifer Maciejewski