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Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 032015
 

tzoo.ParkTavernHere 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 (July 3) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to Horizon Theatre’s Avenue Q at The Conant Arts Center, Evita at Serenbe, Actor’s Express’s Rent at The King Plow Arts Center, The Addams Family at OnStage Atlanta, The Secret Garden at Serenbe, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids at OnStage Atlanta, Uprising at the Horizon Theatre, Atlanta Dream & Gwinnett Braves games, Memphis: The Musical at the Aurora Theatre, performances at the Shakespeare Tavern, Footloose: The Musical at Legacy Theatre, Chasin’ dem Blues at True Colors Theatre, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 022015
 

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

Jul 022015
 

lenoxfireworksIf you’re looking for 4th of July celebrations, you’ve got quite a few options in the ATL.

Don’t know where to go? Here are a few ideas to get you started (FYI–You should subscribe to receive email updates from Atlanta on the Cheap because it’s awesome & keeps you in the know):

  • Prelude to the 4th. On Friday, July 3, the Aurora Theatre will present a free performance of Camelot on the Historic Courthouse Lawn. The show starts at 7:00 p.m., and a fireworks display will take place after the performance. Bonus: There’ll be a pre-performance by Chris Hamrick & The City Lights starting at 5:00 p.m.
  • Legendary 4th at Lenox Square Mall. Saturday, July 4. There’ll be live musical entertainment by Gump Fiction and Party on the Moon on the mall’s outdoor main stage starting at 6:00 p.m., and the fireworks display starts at 9:40 p.m.
  • 4th of July Celebration at Centennial Park. Saturday, July 4. There’ll be live music by The United States Air Force Band of the West. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the fireworks display starts at approximately 9:00 p.m.
  • FYI–If you want to watch Centennial Park’s fireworks without going to Centennial Park, check out this deal: While they last, you can save on VIP or general admission tickets to a rooftop fireworks viewing party, thanks to an offer on Living Social
  • Fourth of July Celebration at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Saturday, July 4. This could be a good pre-fireworks activity if you’ve got little ones & you’re planning to head to Centennial Park for fireworks. Starting at noon, kids can create American flags to wave in a parade led by Imaginator Jerry G. and his drums, and there’ll be an indoor Imagination “fireworks” display (hint: This involves bubble wrap); activities included with admission.
  • Pied Piper Parade, Concert & Fireworks on the 4th. Saturday, July 4. Decatur’s 4th of July Pied Piper parade sounds like fun. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. and winds its way through downtown Decatur. Participants include you and anyone else who chooses to follow along with their decorated bicycles, skateboards, wagons, etc, as it passes by. The Callanwolde Concert Band performs at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Bandstand, and the fireworks display starts at approximately 9:00 p.m.
  • Mall of Georgia’s Fabulous Fourth on Saturday, July 4. Starting at 5:00 p.m., there’ll be live music with performances by Joe Hall Band & The Woody’s, plus the kids can burn off energy in the Kid Zone. The fireworks show starts at dusk, and there’ll be a post-fireworks screening of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
  • July 4th Festivities and Fireworks at Wills Park in Alpharetta. Saturday, July 4. From 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., there’ll be children’s activities and entertainment on the lawn behind Alpharetta Community Center plus a fireworks display at dusk.
  • July 4th on the Marietta Square. Saturday, July 4. The Marietta Freedom Parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church, heads west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park, down Cherokee Street & ends at North Marietta Parkway. Following the parade, stick around for a Fourth of July Festival, featuring an arts & crafts show, live music, & a fireworks display beginning at dusk.
  • Dunwoody 4th of July Parade. The parade steps off at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 4 at at All Saints Catholic Church and marches down Mt. Vernon Road to Dunwoody Village.
  • 4th of July Celebration at Six Flags Over Georgia. July 3-5. Anyone who brings a can of Coca-Cola, along with park admission or season pass, will be admitted an hour early to ride Batman: The Ride, Mind Bender, The Joker Chaos Coaster, Goliath, Dare Devil Dive and Harley Quinn Spinsanity. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. each night.
  • Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park. July 2-5. There’ll be fireworks & the all-new Lasershow Spectacular each evening. Technically, the lasershow is free, but if you drive in, you’ll need to cover the $15 parking fee unless you have an annual parking pass. Bonus: ‘Rockin the Rock,’ featuring performances by American Authors and Rachel Platten, will kick off the Fantastic Fourth Celebration on July 2nd
  • The Atlanta Braves will have a post-game fireworks display after the July 3rd & 4th games vs. Philadelphia Phillies.
  • The Gwinnett Braves will have post-game fireworks after the July 4th game vs. the Charlotte Knights.

Now for the rest of the ‘burbs…. By some accounts, our metro area extends to Chattanooga (Chatlanta), Alabama (AtlantaBama), & every other direction until it’s no longer feasible to drive into the city for work. There are countless celebrations taking place around the metro area. Translation: I cannot possibly list them all. To find one near you, just Google your city’s name and look for the events page on the website. If you want to plug your area, please post a comment, preferably with a link.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 022015
 

sunset sessions park tavern atlThe 2015 season of Sunset Sessions is underway at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park.

The free Sunday evening concert series happens weekly through September 6, 2015. Want to go? Here’s the lineup for this weekend & the next few weeks:

  • July 5: Headliners Radio Birds, Radio Lucent, and Sara Rachele
  • July 12: Headliner The Thermals with Small Reactions
  • July 19: Headliners Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics, The Main Squeeze, and The 200’s
  • July 26: Headliner Brother Hawk with StoneRider and Good Night Alive
  • August 2: Headliner Blair Crimmins and the Hookers with Banditos and Cicada Rhythm
  • August 9: Headliners T Hardy Morris and Roadkill Ghost Choir with Susto
  • August 16: Headliner The Features with Gringo Star and Grand Rapids
  • August 23: Headliner Kishi Bashi
  • August 30: Headliners Lindi Ortega and the Secret Sisters
  • September 6: TBA

The music starts at 7:00 p.m. Sunset Sessions is a 21+ event. Park Tavern is located at 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 022015
 

atlanta improvLooking for discount tickets to Atlanta Improv Comedy Club?

You have a few options to get in on the cheap, no coupon code required:

While they last, you’ll also find ticket deals on Goldstar:

Atlanta Improv Comedy Club is located at 56 E Andrews Dr NW in Buckhead. Atlanta Improv Comedy Club is a 21+ venue; there is a two-drink minimum.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 022015
 

avalon-thepunchline-comedyOn the first Monday of the month through August, head to Alpharetta for Punchline Comedy Night at Avalon.

From 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m., you can unwind in Palmer Plaza while watching live comedy acts. Monday, July 6, 2015, features comedian Dan Menghini. Can’t make it? Mark your calendar for Monday, August 3, to see comedian Mia Jackson.

Bonus: Colletta & Oak are offering deals during the comedy series, including $5 beer & glasses of wine and complimentary appetizers (crostini at Colletta & beef sliders at Oak).

Punchline Comedy at Avalon will take place in Palmer Plaza, located between Oak Steakhouse and Colletta. In the event of inclement weather, the event will move to Colletta’s patio, and seating will be limited.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 022015
 

ga state fairFrom October 2-11, 2015, the Georgia State Fair will be at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Planning to go? You can get discount tickets to the fair, no coupon code required.

Tickets are regularly $10 for ages 13+ and $5 for ages 5-12 as well as seniors (age 60+). Ride wristbands are $20 each, and they’re valid from opening till closing. Parking is free, but VIP paid parking is available.

Want to save? While they last, $13.50 = admission for two and one VIP parking pass, $26.50 = admission for four and one VIP parking pass, $39.50 = admission for six and two VIP parking passes, OR $49.50 = admission for eight and two VIP parking passes to the Georgia State Fair, thanks to a deal on Groupon.

The Atlanta Motor Speedway is located at 1500 Tara Pl., Hampton.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 022015
 

JUL15_tout_minimodelIf 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

Jun 302015
 

atl street food fest grouponThe Atlanta Street Food Festival will take place at Piedmont Park on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

Planning to go? You can get discount tickets to the Atlanta Street Food Festival, no coupon code required: While they last, $12 buys two food-and-beverage wristbands to the Atlanta Street Food Festival, thanks to a deal on nCrowd.

If you get tickets via the Atlanta Street Food Festival, $12 buys one wristband to the Atlanta Street Food Festival; online sales end June 30, 2015. After that, you can purchase them at the gate.

Children aged 12 or younger will be admitted free. Though a ticket is not required to enter the event, wristbands are required to be able to purchase food and alcohol, and each wristband includes one taste ticket.

The Atlanta Street Food Festival runs from noon-10:00 p.m. Not only can you indulge with food truck fare at 40+ trucks during the festival, but you can listen to live music while you’re between courses:

  • 1:30 p.m.: Nameless Band Atlanta
  • 3:30 p.m.: Gritz & Jelly Butter Band
  • 5:30 p.m.: Bird City Revolutionaries
  • 7:30 p.m.: Wasted Potential Brass Band
  • 9:00 p.m.: Second Hand Swagger

A portion of the proceeds from the Atlanta Street Food Festival will benefit The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit that offers grants to support chefs, restaurant owners, managers, and other restaurant workers in times of unanticipated health crises.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jun 302015
 

new-aveq-bothlocationsI’ve seen Avenue Q twice now, but a third time may be on my agenda, thanks to this deal:

The Horizon Theatre is reviving its production of Avenue Q, and they’ll be putting on two versions of it: Most of the shows at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center with feature the adult edition of the play; however, if you head out on July 8, 2015, you can catch a PG-13 version.

If you’ve never seen it, here’s my take on it (the adult version, that is…): Avenue Q is hilarious. I laughed so hard, especially during Act 1, that tears were streaming down my face. The show is not politically correct–far from it, actually–but it’s fun. Complete with puppet sex, profanity, beer, & real-life problems, it’s essentially a grown-up version of Sesame Street (the characters are in their 20s & 30s), only without the happy-go-lucky vibe.

I’ll admit that I was skeptical about a show starring puppets & people, but it’s very well done. The puppeteers do an amazing job of giving inanimate objects a sense of expression & emotion, and everything just seems to fit.

Warnings & disclaimers: Avenue Q “contains full puppet nudity” and it “has not been authorized or approved by The Jim Henson Company or Sesame Street Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content.” For some of you, that’s all you need to know.

That said, it also won Tony Awards for best musical, best score, & best book. So, if you’re OK with something that’s a bit irreverent, you may want to go. Told by a cast of people & puppets, the comedy (to state the obvious) “full of heart and hummable tunes” is about “trying to make it in NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account.”

FYI–The PG-13 version maintains the basic story line and the comedy of the original, but it is edited for content to make it appropriate for teenagers. It will play all nights at Piedmont Park & for three of the performances at the Conant Center. That said, neither version of the production is intended for young children.

The deals:

  • While they last, you can save on tickets to Avenue Q’s Conant Center performances, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (June 30), discount tickets are available for both performances on July 4, 2015.
  • While they last, you can save on tickets to Avenue Q’s Conant Center performances, thanks to a deal on Poshdealz. As of today (June 30), discount tickets are available for performances on July 3, 4, & 5, 2015.
  • Tickets start at $30 for Avenue Q’s Conant Center performances. There’s a student ticket discount available, plus groups save on tickets, too ($3 off for groups of 10-24 & $5 off for groups of 25+). Should you want to splurge, VIP tickets start at $50, and they include a pre-show reserved table, a bottle of wine, & other perks. The grounds at Oglethorpe University are an excellent spot for a picnic, so pack one for a night out on the cheap. Bonus: Parking is free.

Avenue Q will take place at the Promenade green space in Piedmont Park (North end, near the Atlanta Botanical Garden) as well as at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University, located at 4484 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski