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Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 292014

braves tix 2014Watching the Braves play doesn’t have to be expensive. Discount tickets and coupon codes are available for most Braves games, and fans have the option of bringing their own food & non-alcoholic beverages with them to Turner Field.

Fans of concerts & baseball get an even better deal: You’ll be treated to a free post-game concert after select games: Weezer will perform on August 12 & Newsboys will perform on August 31, 2014. FYI–You can purchase cheap seats for the game & then move down for the concert.

And you can watch a fireworks display after select games during the 2014 season, including August 8 vs. Nationals, August 15 vs. Athletics, August 29 vs. Marlins, & September 19 vs. Mets.

Want to cheer on the Braves on the cheap? Though more deals will likely be announced closer to Opening Day, here’s the current list of ticket deals for the 2014 season:

  • While they last, you can bid to save up to 60% on select tickets to Atlanta Braves games, thanks to a deal on Scorebig. Bonus: Through July 31, 2014, if it’s your first order on Scorebig, you can use coupon code “CHEAP20″ to save $20 on orders of $120+. As of today (July 29), Scorebig has tickets available for most Atlanta Braves games, including these in August 2014:
    • Friday, August 8-Sunday, August 10: vs. Washington Nationals
    • Monday, August 11-Thursday, August 14: vs. L.A. Dodgers
    • Friday, August 15-Sunday, August 17: vs. Oakland Athletics
    • Friday, August 29-Sunday, August 31: vs. Miami Marlins
  • Throughout the season, you’ll often find discount tickets to select Braves games on Goldstar. As of today (July 29), Goldstar has tickets available for the following games:
    • August 12: vs. L.A. Dodgers + Weezer post-game concert
    • August 31: vs. Miami Marlins + Newsboys post-game concert
  • Active or retired military or first responders save 50% on Upper Box & Outfield tickets to select Braves home games.
  • Available 2.5 hours before every game, you can buy a limited number of $1 SkyLine seats at the Turner Field Ticket Office.
  • On Coca-Cola Two for $30 Tuesdays, you can buy two tickets in the Club Level Pavilion for $30.
  • You can save on tickets & get extras, like T-shirts, when you head out for certain themed game-day events, such as Father-Daughter Day on August 16, Zombie Night on August 15, & Grandparents’ Day on September 1. And mark your calendars: Bark in the Park will take place on August 31, 2014. There are promotions all season long, giving you plenty of ways to get more for your money.
  • $25 buys an Atlanta Braves Kids Club membership. You’ll get a voucher for two Upper Box tickets to a Braves home game, Braves Kids Club gifts, a welcome letter from Freddie Freeman, VIP Access to Kids Run the Bases after Sunday home games, free admission to the Braves Hall of Fame, a voucher for two tickets to a Gwinnett Braves game, a Chick-fil-a sandwich coupon, discounts at the Braves Clubhouse Store at CNN Center, a Kids Club Membership ID card, & more.
  • A note on ticketing: Buy in advance to save a bit. Game-day tickets will cost you an additional $2 at the gate on Monday-Thursday & an extra $4 on Friday-Sunday. Prices aren’t consistent across the board though–the same seat will cost you more or less depending on the opponent, game time & day of the week.

Planning to eat at Turner field? Try these deals:

  • Eat a lot? You may want an “All You Can Eat Seats” ticket. You can fill up on unlimited hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken tenders, cole slaw, baked beans, cookies, chips, Coca-Cola products, Dasani water, and draft beer. Food & drink will be provided from two hours before the game through the end of the 7th inning.
  • Braves season ticket holders receive 33% off food & non-alcoholic beverages at select Turner Field vendors.

A note on parking: You’ll save a bit on parking if you buy your parking pass in advance. BUT the parking pass is nonrefundable, so if it rains & the game is cancelled, you’re out of luck. It’s generally best to buy in advance for games that will be busy or if you’re arriving early to tailgate. Also, traffic is often heavy around Turner Field, so plan to head out early.

Turner Field is located at 755 Hank Aaron Dr, Atlanta. 800-326-4000

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 292014

atl downtown rest week 2014It’s that time of year again. From August 9-14, 2014, $15, $25, or $35 per person (plus tip & tax, of course) buys you a prix-fixe brunch, lunch, or dinner during Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week.

Participating restaurants include Alma Cocina, BLT Steak, The BQE, Cafe 458, The Commerce Club, Cuts, Der Biergarten, Fandangles, Fire of Brazil, Game-X, Gibney’s Pub, Glenn’s Kitchen, Hard Rock Cafe, Hudson Grille, Jalapeno Charlie’s, Legal Sea Foods, Max’s Pizzeria, Max Lager’s, McCormick & Schmick’s, Meehan’s Public House, Morton’s the Steakhouse, No Mas! Cantina, Ocean Market, Poor Calvin’s, Prime Meridian, Ray’s in the City, Smoke Ring, STATS, Sway, Ted’s Montana Grill, Terrace, Thrive, Trader Vic’s, Truva, Twenty-Two Storys, & White Oak.

Want to go? Browse menus & make reservations online.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 292014

image006On Saturday, August 2, 2014, you can join in honoring veterans from all wars at a pair of events in Alpharetta:

At 9:15 a.m., head to Alpharetta City Hall for a free concert with the Alpharetta City Band, followed by a Memorial Service, which begins at 10:00 a.m. in front of City Hall.

After the service, the 62 Annual Old Soldiers’ Day Parade steps off at Alpharetta City Hall at 10:30 a.m. & marches down Main Street to American Legion Post 201 on Wills Road. Bonus: Starting at 11:45 a.m., there’ll be free post-parade treats & festivities, including Varsity hot dogs, soft drinks, entertainment, & children’s activities at American Legion Post 201.

Alpharetta City Hall is located at Two South Main Street, Alpharetta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 292014

studioHere 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 29) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to Mary Poppins at the Aurora Theatre, puppet shows at the Center for Puppetry Arts, “Chainz” and “Broken” at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna at Grand Chapiteau at Atlantic Station, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at OnStage Atlanta, Oklahoma! at Serenbe, Atlanta Lyric’s Cats, Extreme Dinosaurs & Bodies…The Exhibition at Atlantic Station, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Serenbe, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 282014

MICP-AtlanticStationThe 2014 season of Movies in Central Park at Atlantic Station is underway. If you’re not familiar with it, you can grab a blanket or a lawn chair, pack a picnic, & hang out in Central Park to watch a free flick on Thursday evenings all summer long.

If you haven’t made it out yet, quit stalling. You only have two more chances to go this season:

  • July 31: All About Eve
  • August 7: Clueless

Movies starts at dusk.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 282014

WWD 2013After work on every Wednesday through September, you can skip the gridlock and hang out at Centennial Olympic Park to listen to free Wednesday WindDown concerts.

From 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., local artists and national touring acts take the stage at the Southern Company Amphitheater, performing everything from jazz to contemporary music.

Though some performers are still to be determined, here’s the lineup for this week & the rest of the 2014 season:

  • July 30: Antoine Knight
  • August 6: Afro Haitian Dance Network, Ras Kofi presents permaKULTURE, Crown & The Black Diamond Band
  • August 13: Melvin Miller, Berryz Bridge
  • August 20: Seven and Alvin Garrett
  • August 27: Madoca
  • September 3: Antonio Bennett & NEO4, Jori
  • September 10: 911 Band
  • September 17: TBD
  • September 24: J-Fly

Bring a low-back chair or a blanket to lounge in the grass. And you can pack a picnic & make it a night out on the cheap.

FYI: If you buy online in advance, you can get $5 parking in the Red Deck.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 282014

sesame street live grouponPlanning to take the kids to Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend when it’s at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta? If so, you can take advantage of a deal to get discount tickets to the show, no coupon code required:

Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend will be at The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, from September 12-14, 2014.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 282014

AUG14Cal-touts-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 crafts at Michael’s, 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 this weekend:

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 252014

center-for-puppetry-arts-1017162-2298522-small_lvThe Center for Puppetry Arts has several shows coming up that look adorable:

  • Guyi-Guyi: The Other Ugly Duckling: Through August 3, 2014
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites: August 5-17, 2014
  • Shake a Tale Feather with Mother Goose: August 21: September 21, 14
  • The Old Man & The Monkeys & Other Chinese Tales: September 24-October 5, 2014
  • The Wizard of Oz: October 8-26, 2014
  • The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow: October 28-November 9, 2014

Want to see them on the cheap? You can get discount tickets to the puppet shows, no coupon code required, thanks to these deals:

  • While they last, you can save 50% on tickets to select shows at the Center for Puppetry Arts, thanks to a deal on Sweetjack. $16.50 buys a voucher good for two tickets to Family Series performances, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Shake a Tale Feather with Mother Goose, The Headless Horsemen of Silly Hollow,& more. The promotional value expires on May 24, 2015, giving you plenty of time to redeem the voucher. FYI–You can purchase one voucher + one more as a gift; the voucher is not valid from November 11-December 28, 2014.
  • Tickets to most Family Series performances at the Center for Puppetry Arts are regularly $16.50 each for nonmembers, but members can get tickets for $9.25 each.

Want to skip the show & just check out the Jim Henson exhibitions & other puppets in the museum? You have free admission options:

  • From 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. on Thursdays, it’s free to tour the museum.
  • Saturday, August 2, 2014, is the next Fulton County Free Museum Day; admission to the museum is free for Fulton County residents, government employees & students. If you opt to see the show while you’re there, you can save 25% on a ticket.
  • And the Center for Puppetry Arts recently launched a Georgia Public Libraries Passport to Puppetry program. If you have a library card, you can check out a Passport to Puppetry at any participating public library in all 159 Georgia counties. The Passport to Puppetry gives a family of four free admission to the Center for Puppetry Art’s museum. If you want to see a show while you’re there, you can buy same-day tickets for 25% off, excluding Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is located at 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th St., Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 242014

mary poppins poshI’ve seen Mary Poppins both on Broadway & at The Fox, and it’s such a fun show that I may need to see it a third time while it’s at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

My girls & I absolutely love the show. When we’ve seen it, they’ve woven in plenty of magic throughout the production. “Supercalifraglisticexpialidocious” & “Step In Time” remain my favorite songs, as they’re perfect for complex choreography. But as always, don’t expect to see a stage reproduction of the movie; there are several points where the plot/characters change—the suffragette movement is replaced with a focus on the changing relationship between George and Winifred Banks, the adventures during “Jolly Holiday” are different, etc. But the familiar songs remain, “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” and it’s typically a magical time at the theatre.

Mary Poppins will be at The Aurora Theatre through August 31, 2014. Want to see it on the cheap? You can get discount tickets to the show, no coupon code required:

The Aurora Theatre is located at 128 Pike Street in Lawrenceville.

–Jennifer Maciejewski