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Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 252017

It’s almost the last weekend of April, which means it’s time for the Inman Park Festival.

Often described as “spirited” and “eclectic,” it’s worth checking out for the parade alone, which kicks off at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, & features the Butterfly, Trash Monarch, Precision Attache Case Drill Team, Seed & Feed Marching Abominables, & more. The parade begins at Edgewood & Euclid and runs to Austin Ave. at the foot of Little Five Points.

Of course, there’s other fun stuff to do during the Inman Park Festival—shopping at the Street Market, checking out the Arts & Crafts Market, playing in the KidZone, & more. And there’ll be live music on three stages all weekend.

Here’s the lineup:

Saturday, April 29

  • Delta Park Stage
    • 11:45 a.m.: Rainmen
    • 1:00 p.m.: Cledus Jeremiah Jones & The Spirit Bones
    • 3:00 p.m.: 10 degrees Off
    • 4:15 p.m.: Reign and Revelry
    • 5:30 p.m.: Mudcat
    • 7:00 p.m.: Geoff Achison
  • Euclid Stage
    • 11:45 a.m.: Balalaika Fantasie
    • 1:00 p.m.: Bitteroots
    • 3:15 p.m.: Solid State
    • 4:30 p.m.: Webb Wilder
  • WonderRoot Stage
    • 11:45 a.m.: TAYLOR ALXNDR
    • 1:00 p.m.: Agyn
    • 3:30 p.m.: Lightning Orchestra
    • 4:45 p.m.: Fit of Body
    • 5:15 p.m.: Pamela and her sons
    • 6:00 p.m.: Hank & Cupcakes

Sunday, April 30

  • Delta Park Stage
    • 12:30 p.m.: Uncle Don’s Band
    • 1:45 p.m.: Grüt
    • 3:00 p.m.: Southern Ska Syndicate
    • 4:15 p.m.: RUMOURS
    • 5:30 p.m.: Morning Fatty
  • Euclid Stage
    • Noon: Fare Thee Well Music Camp Kids
    • 1:15 p.m.: MerryLeigh Giarra & After Six
    • 2:30 p.m.: The Norm
    • 3:45 p.m.: Georgia Soul Council
    • 5:00 p.m.: Joe Gransden and his 17-piece Big Band
  • WonderRoot Park Stage
    • 12:15: Dux
    • 1:30 p.m.: Bradley Cole Smith Band
    • 2:45 p.m.: 10th Letter Ensemble
    • 4:00 p.m.: Hoodoo Moon

The Inman Park Festival will take place on April 29 & 30, 2017. FYI–Be sure to head out early or take MARTA; parking is a nightmare.

And if you’re interested in checking out several homes & points of interest in Inman Park, you can go on the Tour of Homes, which will take place from April 28-30, 2017. Tickets are $15 in advance; the price goes up to $20 at noon on Friday, April 28; there are no other festival events happening on Friday.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 252017

This remains my favorite free concert series in Atlanta:

On Sunday, April 30, the 2017 season of Sunset Sessions gets underway at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park.

Want to go? Sunset Sessions takes place from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. on Sundays through October 1, 2017. It’s free to attend Sunset Sessions, but it is a 21+ event.

Here’s the lineup to date for the 2017 season (some performers still TBA):

  • April 30: Atlas Road Crew, Disco Tendencies, & The Gypsies
  • May 7: San Fermin, Low Roar, & Shy Layers
  • May 14: Sweet Tea Trio, Pat Cooper, The Band Lovett
  • May 21: Trae Pierce & The T-Stones, Sazerac, Peter Searcy
  • June 4: Jamestown Revival
  • June 11: John Paul White & Lera Lynn
  • June 18: Meg Mac
  • June 25: Surfer Blood, Winter, & Small Reactions
  • July 9: Blair Crimmins
  • July 16: Whiskey Gentry & Pony League
  • July 23: The Howling Tongues
  • August 20: Girls Guns & Glory & Cold Heart Canyon
  • August 27: Kick The Robot
  • September 3: Tropidelic
  • September 17: No Summer Sessions (Music Midtown is happening that weekend)

Park Tavern is located at 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 252017

spring jonquil festivalOn April 29 & 30, 2017, the Spring Jonquil Festival will take place on the Village Green in downtown Smyrna.

Admission is free, and the festivities include an arts & crafts market showcasing the works of 175+ artists, children’s activities, live entertainment featuring puppeteer Peter Hart and acoustic music by Scott Thompson, & more.

While you’re there, you can shop the Friends of the Smyrna Library book sale & pick up something new to read on the cheap.

The Spring Jonquil Festival will take place from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturday & noon-5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Village Green is located at 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 252017

Attention, live music fans:

The 2017 season of the Glover Park free concert series in Marietta Square gets underway on Friday.

Though there’s a fee to rent a table, it’s free to pack a picnic, bring a blanket, relax, & enjoy the music. Here’s the schedule for this week & the rest of the 2017 season:

  • April 28: The Headliners
  • May 26: The Neons
  • Bonus–May 27: Symphony on the Square
  • June 30: Swinging Medallions
  • July 28: The Breakfast Club
  • August 25: Live Exchange Party Band
  • September 29: Grapevine

Only blankets and lawn chairs are allowed inside the park (no plastic tarps or tables). Tables and chairs may be brought and set up in the street on North and East Park Square after 6:00 p.m. The music starts at 8:00 p.m.

As for parking, it’s free to park in the Mill Street lot as well as the Cobb County Parking Deck (enter off Waddell St.).

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 252017

taste of mariettaThose of you in the Marietta area, take note: The Taste of Marietta will take place in Marietta Square on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

From 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., there’ll be fun activities for little ones in Kid’s Alley as well as live music at the Glover Park Bandstand, including a sunset concert at 5:00 p.m. featuring TRIBUTE, a Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band.

And, of course, you’ll be spending the day tasting the food from 75+ Marietta-area restaurants & 10 food trucks. Unlike other “Taste of” festivals, there’s no need to buy tickets. It’s a cash-based event, and you’ll buy food directly from the vendors (typically $1-$5/taste).

It’s free to attend the Taste of Atlanta. As for parking, it’s free to park in the Mill Street lot as well as the Cobb County Parking Deck (enter off Waddell St.). Or you can park at Marietta Middle School and take the free Marietta Trolley shuttle to the square; the trolley will run from 1:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 252017

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

Apr 252017

Want to save a few bucks when you’re out & about? Here are a few of the highlights from ATL’s daily deals sites.

Extra Savings




Theatre, Concerts & Sports
Don’t forget to check out today’s mix (April 25) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to select shows, including these & more:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 212017

Finding Neverland will be at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre from May 16-21, 2017.

If you’re not familiar with the work, here’s the quick summary: “Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus and based on the Academy Award-winning film starring Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.”

Tickets to Finding Neverland start at $30+fees. Want to see it on the cheap? You can save: While they last, you can snag discount tickets to Finding Neverland, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (April 21), discount tickets are available for performances on May 16-18, 2017.

The Fox Theatre is located at 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 172017

georgiaaquarium3If you’re looking for discount tickets to the Georgia Aquarium, you’re in luck. You’ve got a few ways to get in free or on the cheap, no coupon code required.

The deals:

And don’t miss out on these events:

  • On Saturday, April 22, 2017, you can head out for Superhero Day at the Georgia Aquarium. From 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., there’ll be Earth Day & superhero-themed events & activities in the atrium, plus from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., kids age 12 & under that come dressed as a superhero will receive free admission; limit one free child admission per paid adult or member.
  • Sips Under the Sea returns with a Cinco Day May theme on Friday, May 5, 2017. General admission tickets are $19.95+tax for members & $28.95+tax for nonmembers, and VIP admission is $24.95+tax for members & $48.95+tax for nonmembers. Sips Under the Sea is a 21+ event. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for VIP admission & 7:00 p.m. for general admission. You must purchase tickets in advance to attend. Can’t make it? Head out for another Sips Under the Sea event in 2017: Glow in the Dark party on August 4, Pajama Jam on September 22, & New Year’s Eve on December 31.
  • On Friday, May 12, 2017, the Grad Splash Bash is happening at the Georgia Aquarium. From 9:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m., there’ll be a DJ, games, treats, photos, & more. General admission tickets are $29.95+tax for graduating seniors and chaperones. Deal: You’ll get one free chaperone ticket per 10 graduating senior tickets purchased.

The Georgia Aquarium is located at 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 172017

Searching for discount tickets to Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta? You’re in luck. You’ve got a few ways to treat your kids (or yourself) to a day of play at Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta on the cheap, no coupon code required.

Your ticket includes entrance to the Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta + unlimited admission to Lego rides, the 4D cinema, and the attractions, including Lego Miniland, Pirate Adventure Island, Lego Friends Olivia’s House, Merlin’s Apprentice Ride, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, & more. Plus you can explore Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta’s newest exhibition: Space Mission.

The deals:

FYI–Since Legoland is a children’s attraction, adults visiting must be accompanied by a child unless they’re attending an adults-only event. The next Adult Night will take place on April 20, 2017. You’ll save $5 on tickets to April’s Adult Night if you purchase them online in advance. Can’t make it? Save the date: May’s Adult Night is scheduled for May 18, 2017.

Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta is located in Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski