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Jennifer Maciejewski

May 282015

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

May 282015

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, $11 buys two food-and-beverage wristbands to the Atlanta Street Food Festival, thanks to a deal on Living Social.

If you get tickets via the Atlanta Street Food Festival, $12 buys one wristband to the Atlanta Street Food Festival OR $24 buys three tickets to the Atlanta Street Food Festival while the deal lasts.

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
  • 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

May 282015

glassblowing janke 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 (May 28) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to Barenaked Ladies at Encore Park, Crock Fest with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Travis Tritt, Blackberry Smoke, and Paris Luna at Encore Park, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Actor’s Express’s Rent at The King Plow Arts Center, The Addams Family at OnStage Atlanta, The Secret Garden at Serenbe, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Horizon Theatre, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean at OnStage Atlanta, Actor’s Express’s The 11th Hour at The King Plow Arts Center, Actor’s Express’s The Whale at The King Plow Arts Center, Atlanta Dream & Gwinnett Braves games, Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Barnum at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center, tickets to performances at the Shakespeare Tavern, Memphis: The Musical at the Aurora Theatre, Chasin’ dem Blues at True Colors Theatre, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 272015

performance on the promenade atl sym 2015During June 2015, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will play three free Performance on the Promenade concerts in Piedmont Park.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Thursday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m.: Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance No. 7 and Symphony No. 8, movement IV, Bizet’s “Danse Bohemienne” from Carmen, & more
  • Thursday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m.: Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld Overture, Ravel’s Pavane and Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite
  • Thursday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m.: Selections from Elgar, Grieg, Anderson, Falla, Brahms, & more.

Though it’s free to attend Performance on the Promenade, it is a ticketed event, and all patrons, including small children, must have a ticket.

Tickets will be available online only, and they sell quickly, so don’t delay. A maximum of six tickets per person may be reserved online. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Tickets to the June 11 concert will be available at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 5.
  • Tickets to the June 18 concert will be available at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 12.
  • Tickets to the June 25 concert will be available at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 19.

Performances will take place on Piedmont’s Promenade, located in the northwest corner of the park, directly adjacent to the Botanical Gardens and the parking garage. You can bring food & non-alcoholic beverages, as well as blankets and low-back stadium seat chairs.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 272015

jimmy dean goldstarFrom June 5-27, 2015, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean will be at OnStage Atlanta.

Per the summary: “In 1955, James Dean was filming ‘Giant’ in a small town near McCarthy Texas, but died later that same year. Twenty years later, his fanclub, The Disciples of James Dean, reunite to commemorate the anniversary of Dean’s death. What is discovered there brings to light moments from their past that should have stayed hidden.”

Want to see it on the cheap? While they last, you can get discount tickets to select performances of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (May 27), discount tickets are available for most performances during the run.

Tickets to Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean are regularly $13-$23 each at the door for adults; you’ll save $3 when you order tickets in advance online, and discount tickets for children are also available. In addition to the advance purchase savings, students & seniors can take advantage of an extra discount on tickets for Friday & Saturday evening performances.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 272015

serenbe secret garden goldstarSerenbe Playhouse’s production of The Secret Garden will be at The Garden at Serenbe from May 29-August 2, 2015. Want to go? You can get discount tickets to The Secret Garden, no coupon code required.

Here’s the quick summary: “What better way to dive into a live adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s timeless children’s book The Secret Garden than seated amidst lush, real-life greenery? The English Garden at Chattahoochee Hills’ Serenbe Playhouse has been custom-sown to fully immerse you in the triumphant tale of Mary Lennox and her magical, maze-filled patch of earth. Seated outside on a summer’s day, you’ll see the beloved tale of a grieving widower, his sickly son and the orphaned niece who comes to live with them. When young Mary discovers the locked secret garden that’s been left to grow wild and untended, she sets out to restore it to its former glory and unknowingly changes the family’s lives forever.”

Want to see The Secret Garden on the cheap? You can save:

The Secret Garden will take place at The Garden at Serenbe, located at 10515 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 262015

candler park music fest 2015On May 29 & 30, 2015, the Candler Park Music & Food Festival will take place in Atlanta. FYI–It used to be known as the Midsummer Music Festival, so if you’re looking for that event, you’re in the right place.

I’m looking forward to the live music + shopping the Artist Market between sets. Here’s the lineup:

Friday, May 29

  • 5:30 p.m.: Cosmic Charlie performing Workingman’s Dead
  • 7:30 p.m.: Infamous Stringdusters
  • 9:15 p.m.: Leftover Salmon

Saturday, May 30

  • 12:30 p.m.: Webster
  • 1:30 p.m.: Seven Handle Circus
  • 2:50 p.m.: Southern Culture on the Skids
  • 4:15 p.m.: Roadkill Ghost Choir
  • 5:45 p.m.: J Roddy Walston & The Business
  • 7:30 p.m.: Shovels & Rope
  • 9:15 p.m.: Drive-By Truckers

The food looks good, too. The food truck frenzy features Mac the Cheese, The Pickle, The Fry Guy, Island Noodles, The Pup Truck, Yumbii, Yoli’s Street Food, King of Pops, & more.

Admission is free, but tickets are required for admission, and free tickets do NOT guarantee admission. If you’re planning to drink, that’ll cost you a bit in addition to the drinks: Event wristbands for alcohol purchase/consumption are $10 for the weekend. That said, the $10 tickets guarantee admission to the festival, so if it makes you nervous to gamble with the free ticket deal, snag one even if you’re not planning to drink.

No coolers or outside food/beverages are allowed, but you can bring in one sealed plastic bottle of water per person.

Candler Park is located at 1500 McLendon Ave. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 262015’s almost the last full weekend of the month, which means it’s time for Alpharetta Art in the Park.

From 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, and 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2015, you can shop the outdoor artists’ market in Old Milton Park, located at 35 Milton Avenue at the corner of Milton Avenue and Main Street.

Can’t make it this month? Mark your calendar: Alpharetta Art in the Park will take place on June 27-28, July 25-26, August 29-30, & September 26-27, 2015.

For a little something extra while you’re out, make time to stop by the Alpharetta Farmers’ Market, which is located on Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta. You can shop the Alpharetta Farmers’ Market from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturdays through October.

Bonus: While you’re in downtown Alpharetta, stop by Sis & Moon’s, located at 24 Milton Avenue; it is such a fun shop–vintage finds, art by local artists, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 262015

cinderella mable houseIf you live in South Cobb or within easy distance (it’s only about 20 minutes from most places in Atlanta, and Douglasville + Smyrna are nearby, too), you may want to take advantage of this free movie night:

The 2015 season of Moovies at The Mable gets underway this week.

Planning to attend the free movie series? Here’s the lineup:

  • May 29: Big Hero 6
  • June 12: Epic
  • June 26: Penguins of Madagascar
  • July 10: Rio 2
  • July 24: How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • August 7: Cinderella

Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and the movie starts at dusk. Concessions will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own snacks.

Mable House Amphitheatre is located at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Parking is free.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 262015

RoswellSummerPuppetSeries2015When my girls were younger, a few of my girlfriends lived up in the Roswell area, and we’d meet up at least once each summer to bring the kids to see a puppet show at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. If you’re up that way, these shows are worth checking out: The shows are a) adorable and b) cheap.

Here’s a look at the Roswell Summer Puppet Series’s 2015 schedule:

  • June 1-6: Frisch Marionettes presents Peter and the Wolf & The Frog Prince
  • June 8-13: Paul Mesner Puppets presents The True Story of The Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf
  • June 15-20: Tanglewood Marionettes presents Sleeping Beauty
  • June 22-27: All Hands Productions presents Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff
  • June 29-July 3: Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy,” presents The Princess and the Pea, Y’all
  • July 6-July 11: Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets presents Animalia
  • July 13-18: Grey Seal Puppets presents The Emperor’s New Clothes

Tickets are $5 for everyone age 2 & up. Or you can opt for a $30 Summer Pass, a $5 savings. Showtimes are Monday-Saturday at 10:00 a.m., with additional 1:00 p.m. performances on Wednesdays & Fridays.

FYI: If you register in advance, you can attend free puppet workshops,  giving you a chance to make your own puppet & learn performance tips from the pros. The workshops take place after the 10:00 a.m. performances on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

The Roswell Cultural Arts Center is located at 950 Forrest St, Roswell.

–Jennifer Maciejewski