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Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 192017

atl history folk artIf you’ve been meaning to visit the Atlanta History Center, you’re in luck. You’ve got several ways to get free admission or discount tickets, no coupon code required.

In addition to exploring everything from one of the nation’s largest and most complete Civil War exhibitions in the DuBose Gallery to more than 500 folk art artifacts in the Goizueta Folklife Gallery, while you’re at the Atlanta History Center, you can check out a myriad of temporary exhibitions.

You can learn about the life, art, music, & ceremonies of the state’s original inhabitants while exploring the Native Lands: Indians and Georgia exhibition, on view through December 31, 2018. The exhibition “shares the history and stories of the state’s original inhabitants beginning with the Mississippian peoples and continuing with their descendants, the Creeks and the Cherokees.”

To gain insight into World War I, check out the Uncle Sam Wants You! WWI and the American Poster exhibition, on view through December 3, 2017. And you’ll glimpse the post-war experience via the photographs and silent film footage in the Anne Morgan’s War: American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924 exhibition, on view through September 30, 2017.

Plus, mark your calendars: More Than Self: Living the Vietnam War will be on view from November 11, 2017-March 18, 2018. The exhibition pairs an exclusive selection from 650 oral histories preserved in the Atlanta History Center’s Veterans History Project with dozens of photographs, documents, and artifacts from the era. You’ll see everything from a telegram and a nurse’s field jacket to an AR-15 rifle and a Montagnard crossbow crafted by native Vietnam inhabitants.

The deals:

Admission includes all History Center exhibitions, interactive experiences, explorations at Smith Family Farm and Swan House, and twenty-two acres of gardens and trails. Bonus: Admission to the Margaret Mitchell House is free with your ticket if you go within 9 days of your visit to the Atlanta History Center.

The Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 192017

fall-folklife-fest-atl-history-centerOn Saturday, September 23, 2017, the Fall Folklife Festival will take place at the Atlanta History Center.

From 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., there’ll be live music by The Whiskey Gentry and Georgia folk musicians, cooking & blacksmithing demonstrations, storytelling, create-your-own corn husk doll & pottery activities, a Folk Art Marketplace, & more.

The Fall Folklife Festival is free for members & included in the cost of admission for nonmembers ($21.50 for adults, $18 for students age 13+ & seniors age 65+, & $9 for youth ages 4-12). Bonus: Admission to the Margaret Mitchell House is free with your ticket if you go within 9 days of your visit to the Atlanta History Center.

Want to go on the cheap? You’ve got a few ways to save:


The Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4000

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 192017

On September 23 & 24, 2017, the Sandy Springs Festival will take place at Heritage Green.

The two-day festival features a pet parade & a Collector Car Show on Saturday as well as a weekend of live entertainment, an arts & crafts festival, a Chalk Walk art competition, a Man Cave with everything from games to TVs for football viewing, a Children’s Park for the kids, & more.

Here’s the entertainment schedule:

Saturday, September 23

  • 9:00 a.m: Pet Parade Registration
  • 10:00 a.m: Pet Parade
  • 11:00 a.m: Pet Parade Awards
  • 11:30 a.m: Riverwood Jazz Band & Chorus
  • 12:15 p.m.: Honey Doo Dancers
  • 12:45 p.m.: Old School
  • 1:30 p.m.: Jump Start Gym
  • 2:00 p.m.: Dean Drive Five
  • 2:45 p.m.: Room to Move
  • 3:30 p.m.: Shiloh
  • 4:15 p.m.: Ridgeview Band & Chorus
  • 5:00 p.m.: Radio Days

Sunday, September 24

  • 10:15 a.m.: Dance Theatre at Sandy Springs
  • 11:00 a.m: Sky Gym
  • Noon: School of Rock Atlanta
  • 12:45 p.m: School of Rock East Cobb
  • 1:30 p.m.: School of Rock Johns Creek
  • 2:15 p.m.: Friction
  • 3:00 p.m.: No Solution
  • 3:45 p.m.: Dance It Off
  • 4:30 p.m.: Battle of the Bands Awards

New for 2017: The Sandy Springs Heritage Festival is free to attend.

Heritage Green is located at 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Free parking with shuttle service will be available at Century Springs East/West (6000-6100 Lake Forrest Dr. NW), Lake Forest Elementary School (5920 Sandy Springs Circle), & Northside Tower Parking Deck (6065 Roswell Road).

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 192017

PrintThis weekend & next, Douglasville will be buzzing with a pair of free September Saturdays Festivals.

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, head to Douglasville for Family Day. You can shop 100+ vendors and exhibitors in the Community Marketplace, take advantage of inflatable games in the Children’s Area, listen to live music, & more. Plus, there’ll be a Jobs Fair featuring regional industries and businesses that have openings & a School Expo showcasing the programs offered at the community’s schools. After the Family Day festival.

The Heroes Day & Touch-A-Truck Experience will take place on Saturday, September 30, giving kids a chance to explore fire engines, law enforcement vehicles, military vehicles, & more. In addition to checking out the vehicles, you can stop by to shop the Community Marketplace, get leads on a new gig at the Jobs Fair, play on the inflatable games in the Children’s Area, listen to live music, & more.

September Saturdays take place on the grounds of the Douglas County Courthouse, located at 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 152017

From November 4-12, 2017, you can see the Atlanta Opera’s staging of Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman at the Cobb Energy Centre.

Not familiar with the work? Per the summary: “Wagner’s sweeping orchestrations, reminiscent of a blockbuster film score, evoke the power of the sea in his opera The Flying Dutchman. A ghostly sailor condemned to wander for all eternity, the Dutchman sets foot on land every seven years to search for a bride who can bring him peace. Can the power of a young woman’s love end his suffering? The dramatic music and soaring arias of The Flying Dutchman make this a perfect introduction to the world of opera, as well as a must-see for aficionados. Music Director Arthur Fagen conducts this grand Atlanta Opera production at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.” The Flying Dutchman will be sung in German with English supertitles.

Want to see The Flying Dutchman on the cheap? While they last, you’ve got a few ways to save:

  • For a limited time, you can save about 50% on tickets to The Flying Dutchman, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (September 15), tickets are available for most performances from November 4-10, 2017.
  • With the Student Rush deal, students with ID can purchase up to two tickets for $25-$35 each. The offer is only available at the box office in the two hours prior to the same day’s show.
  • With the Opera’s Night Out deal, young professionals (ages 21-40) can buy a ticket to the Friday, November 10, performance & access to a pre-show cocktail hour for $40.

The Cobb Energy Centre is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 152017

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.

Bonus: LEGO Ninjago Days are happening on October 7-9 and 13-15, 2017. The weekends feature Ninjago-themed build activities to celebrate the LEGO Ninjago Movie.

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 September 21, 2017. You’ll save $5 on tickets to September’s Adult Night if you purchase them online in advance. Can’t make it? Save the date: October’s Adult Night is scheduled for October 19, 2017.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 122017

smithsonian-museum-day-2016A few deals for weekend fun:

  • On Saturday, September 23, 2017, you can get free admission to hundreds of museums across the U.S., thanks to Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! program. To get in free, you’ll need to fill out a form online & print out the admission ticket. Per the fine print, the ticket must be presented for admission, and it’s good for free general admission for two people. In metro Atlanta, you can use the Museum Day Live! deal to visit The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Southeastern Railway Museum, the Booth Western Art Museum, Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, Chieftains Museum, & more.
  • On National Public Lands Day, September 30, 2017, you’ll get fee-free admission to national parks. Some, like Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, are always free, so opt to explore a park that normally charges a parking fee, like the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Sandy Springs.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 122017

sept yoga monthA few deals for free yoga classes, free queso, & more:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 122017

college football hall of fame grouponIf you’ve been meaning to check out the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, you’re in luck. While they last, you can get discount tickets, no coupon code required.

The College Football Hall of Fame features a 45-yard indoor field where visitors can test their throws, a Helmet Wall with football helmets from all 768 teams, an inside look at the game through the feature film The Game of Your Life in the Game Day Theater, a 52-foot long touchscreen Chick-fil-A Why We Love College Football gallery, interactive displays in the Hall of Fame, & more. And for a limited time, you can check out odd finds in Attic Treasures, a Specialty Exhibit delivered by UPS; you’ll see everything from a football made out of alligator skin produced to commemorate the Gator Bowl to dirt from the field where the first college football fame was played.

Tickets are regularly $21.99 for adults & $17.99 for children ages 3-12. Seniors (age 65+) & students can show their ID at the box office to purchase tickets $18.99 each. Active duty & retired military service members receive free admission with ID.

Want to save? Take advantage of one of these deals:

And you can head out for special events, too:

The College Football Hall of Fame & Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is located at 250 Marietta St., N.W, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 122017

Looking for something fun to do with little ones? Charlotte’s Web will be at the Center for Puppetry Arts from September 19-October 22, 2017. Plus, you can still see Mother Goose: A Rhyme-Filled Preschool Puppet Show before it closes on September 17, 2017.

All-inclusive tickets to most Family Series performances at the Center for Puppetry Arts are regularly $19.50 for nonmembers & $9.75 for members. Your ticket includes admission to the show, the Create-A-Puppet workshop, & admission to the puppetry museum.

Want to see them on the cheap? You can get discount tickets to Charlotte’s Web & Mother Goose, thanks to these deals:

While you’re at the Center for Puppetry Arts, make time to explore the World of Puppetry Museum, which features the Jim Henson Collection as well as The Global Collection, showcasing puppets from around the world. Not only will you see awesome puppets (they have Fraggle Rock, Muppets, Sesame Street, Dark Crystal, & Labyrinth characters, to name a few, all of which makes me happy!), but the new museum includes interactive spaces where you can try your hand at puppetry.

If you’re only planning to visit the World of Puppetry Museum, admission is free for members & $12.50 for nonmembers. Tickets are timed for museum admission, and everyone must procure a ticket to tour the museum (for members, “procure a ticket” = make a free reservation for timed entry). While you’re there, you can add on a Create-a-Puppet workshop ($4.50 for members & $6.50 for nonmembers); to-go kits are available.

And on Fulton County Free Museum Saturdays, Fulton County residents, students, and Fulton County Government employees will receive free Museum admission, plus you’ll save 25% off of tickets to a Family Series performance (includes show ticket, Create-A-Puppet workshop, & museum admission). The next Fulton County Free Museum Saturdays event will take place on October 14, 2017.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski