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Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 272016

krispy-kreme-coffee-day-2016A few deals for free & cheap coffee, free yoga classes, & cheap MP3s:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 272016

criminal-records-atl-fall-sale-2016From September 30-October 2, 2016, Criminal Records will be having a Fall Celebration sale.

For three days, you can scour the racks for LPs marked 25%-75% off, including 2,000 new additions to the mix, and they’ve added hundreds of graphic novels to the 50% off sale section in the Comics department. It’s the last LP sale of the year, so stock up now for holiday gifts.

And if you sign up to receive Criminal Records’ newsletter when you’re checking out this weekend, you’ll be entered to win a gift card–they’re giving away one $100 gift card, one $50 gift card, and four $25 gift cards.

Plus, there’ll be a pair of in-store concerts:

  • Friday, September 30, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.: In-store appearance & signing with Big Jesus. The performance at Criminal Records is a free, all-ages show. But while they last, if you pre-order or purchase a copy of ONEIRIC (09/30) at Criminal Records, you’ll receive a wristband for entry to their all-ages release party at Aisle 5 on October 2, 2016.
  • Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.: In-store appearance & signing with Microwave. The free, all-ages show doubles as a release party for Microwave’s highly-awaited sophomore album, Much Love (09/30).

While I remain optimistic that the in-stores will take place as planned, you may want to check Criminal Records’ Facebook page before you go. They’re good about posting updates should times change.

Criminal Records is located at 1154 Euclid Ave in Little Five Points.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 272016

pine-lake-lakefest-2016On October 1 & 2, head to Pine Lake for LakeFest 2016.

There’ll be plenty to do at the two-day festival. You can listen to poetry on the Poetry Porch, jam to live music, cheer on your favorite critters in the Pine Lake Pet Show, shop the vendors market, compete in the Chalk Art contest (on October 1), check out the parade of floats in Floatzilla (on October 2), & more. Random aside: I love the logo by J Clay Middleton.

If you’re heading out for the music, here’s the lineup:


  • 11:00 a.m.: Inamtribe
  • Noon: Caroline Aiken
  • 1:00 p.m.: Ten Thousand Reasons
  • 2:00 p.m.: Evan Kinney & John Maschinot
  • 3:00 p.m.: Anita Canada
  • 4:00 p.m.: The Band of Desperate Men
  • 5:00 p.m.: Uncle Don’s Band


  • Noon: Marching Abominables
  • 1:00 p.m.: Cosmic Gospel Hour/Hymnlike Maneuver
  • 2:00 p.m.: Judah Robe
  • 3:00 p.m.: Larry Griffith
  • 4:00 p.m.: Sabbatical Year
  • 5:00 p.m.: AJ Ghent Band

LakeFest takes place along Lakeshore Drive in Pine Lake.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 272016

auntie-annes-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.

Extra Savings

Fairs & Festivals

Orchards & Corn Mazes




Theatre, Concerts & Sports
Don’t forget to check out today’s mix (September 27) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to select shows, including these & more:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 262016

sunday-in-the-park-oakland-cemetery-2016This looks like a fabulous way to spend Sunday afternoon:

From noon-6:00 p.m. on October 2, 2016, Oakland Cemetery will host Sunday in the Park.

Never been? Sunday in the Park is a Victorian street festival. There’ll be carriage rides, a plant sale, guided walking tours, and a children’s area, complete with Victorian Hat Making and a traditional Teddy Bear Tea. FYI–There’ll be a Victorian costume contest (open to both the Steampunk & Victorian versions), so if you’ve got one in your closet, wear it & compete. And there’s a Sunday in the Park photo contest, too.

Plus, there’ll be an artists’ market, living history demonstrations, live music, storytellers, & more.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for kids ages 4-12, & free for kids age 3 & under.

Oakland Cemetery is located in the Grant Park area at 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 262016

sweet-auburn-music-fest-2016On October 1 & 2, 2016, you can spend the weekend listening to live R&B, Hip-Hop, & gospel music at the Sweet Auburn Music Fest.

While you’re there, be sure to check out the Car & Bike Show, shop the vendors, indulge with festival fare, & more.

Need directions? Use 320 Irwin St. NW, Atlanta, to get you to the Sweet Auburn Music Fest. Or you can opt for MARTA–take MARTA to Five Points or the Peachtree Station and then take the Streetcar to the festival.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 262016

atl-maker-faireOn October 1 & 2, 2016, Maker Faire Atlanta will take place in Downtown Decatur.

From 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday & noon-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, you can celebrate all things DIY at the free, family-friendly event. At Maker Faire Atlanta , dozens of artists, crafters, engineers, and robot enthusiasts will set up shop for a “Show and Tell” day.

FYI–Though it’s free to attend Maker Faire Atlanta, you’ll need a ticket to get in, so sign up in advance & print them out before the event. And bring some cash, as some workshops may require a fee to cover the cost of materials.

Maker Faire Atlanta will take place just south of Decatur Square in four main exhibition areas: the Decatur High School football field, Ebster Recreation Center, and the park located on Trinity Avenue (between Electric Avenue and Commerce Drive).

If you need an address to plug in for directions, use 125 W Trinity Place, Decatur.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 262016

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

Sep 232016

candler-park-fall-fest-2016On October 1 & 2, 2016, the Candler Park Fall Fest will take place at (you guessed it) Candler Park.

It looks like a fun way to spend the weekend. There’ll be an Artists Market, Kidlandia, live music, & more. FYI–I plan to head out for the shopping alone, as Indie Craft Experience picked the vendors & it should be an awesome mix. The music looks fantastic, too; here’s the lineup:

Saturday–“It’s a Tribute”

  • 11:00 a.m.-12:40 p.m.: Linapalooza
  • 1:00 p.m.: Devo (Devomatix)
  • 2:10 p.m.: The Doors (The Dirty Doors)
  • 3:20 p.m.: The Beatles (The Buggs)
  • 4:50 p.m.: Fleetwood Mac (Rumours)
  • 6:20 p.m.: Bowie (Pinups)
  • 7:40 p.m.: The Clash (Clashinista)
  • 9:00 p.m.: Nirvana (Nameless Nameless)

Sunday–“Locals Only”

  • Noon: Youth Quake (formally Candleroo)
  • 1:30 p.m.: Ex Wives
  • 2:30 p.m.: Rock-It 88
  • 3:30 p.m.: Dejablue Grass Band
  • 4:35 p.m.: Mia Green
  • 5:30 p.m.: Francine Reed
  • 6:45 p.m.: Bumpin’ The Mango

Candler Park is located at the corner of McLendon Ave & Candler Park Dr, about a 1/2-mile east of Little 5 Points.

FYI–If you plan to go on the Candler Park Tour of Homes on Sunday, October 2, be sure to buy your tickets in advance. Tickets are $20 in advance & $25 if you purchase them at the CPNO tent during the festival.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 232016

freedspirits-horizonFreed Spirits will be at The Horizon Theatre through October 30, 2016.

I just snagged tickets, as it sounds like a fun night at the theatre. Per the summary: “Oakland cemetery has a ghost. A freak tornado cuts a swath through Atlanta’s historic graveyard, exposing buried clues and evoking eerie sightings. Tour guide Susan and steampunk survivalist MJ unite with a geeky spirit photographer and a retired pathologist to solve the mystery. This band of urban misfits races through the monuments and headstones while the line between past and present blurs in Atlanta’s most spectacular spooky setting.”

Want to go? You can save a bit, thanks to these deals:

  • General admission tickets to Freed Spirits are regularly $25 on Wednesday & Thursday evenings, $30 on Friday & Sunday evenings & Saturday afternoons, & $35 on Saturday evenings.
  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to select performances of Freed Spirits, thanks to a deal on Loaf Deals. The discount voucher is valid for select performances from September 23-October 15, 2016.
  • Groups of 10-24 receive $3 off the general admission ticket price, and groups of 25+ receive $5 off the general admission ticket price. Call 404-523-1477 x111 to get the deal.

The Horizon Theatre is located at Euclid & Austin Avenues in Little Five Points.

–Jennifer Maciejewski