Atlanta Events
New Dining at the W Midtown - Trace Atlanta

Right in the heart of Midtown, walking distance to the Alliance Theatre and High Museum, the W Midtown has launched a new restaurant called Trace. My friends and I went recently to check it out and what a difference from Spice Market!

The new concept was launched to ‘Celebrate the South’ with a light and airy decor, with lots of windows and fun touches like the wall of frying pans. The overall concept is ‘Farm to Hotel’, a spoof on the ‘Farm to Table’ movement that seems to be a part of every restaurant these days, but decor only means so much - what about the food and drinks? In these areas, Trace definitely hits the mark.

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On the menu you’ll see some Southern favorites like Pimento Cheese, Shrimp and Grits, Deviled Eggs, and Chicken and Waffles, but look closer and you’ll see a new twist on these classic dishes. The pimento cheese is topped with One Screw Loose Black Jack Jelly, and the deviled eggs features a ‘pork candy’. The chicken and waffles actually is chicken dipped in waffle mix, with bacon and waffle bits and is served with Sweetwater bacon syrup. Can’t get more local than that!

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Don’t think that all you’ll get here are heavy Southern dishes, the vegetables are also great. Be sure to get the Squash and Farro Cassarole, featuring green zucchini, yellow squash, tomato, and feta. The Marinated Summer Harvest Salad was also very refreshing, love tomatoes during this time of year. They also feature fresh fish dishes as well, the Seared Black Grouper was especially good.

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Don’t forget dessert! We indulged in their Goat Cheese Cheesecake, which was even enjoyed by a friend who typically doesn’t like traditional cheesecakes - seriously good.

There’s a couple advantages to eating at this hotel restaurant - they are open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and also have a nice bar area too for a quick drink. The hotel also offers free valet parking for the entire day when you dine there.

So stop in and maybe then walk over to the High or the Alliance to see a show, parking can be such a hassle in Midtown - this could be a part of a great day or night out!

Shop It Out at ICE Atlanta’s Summer Craft Market!

The gals behind the Indie Craft Experiment here in Atlanta always have a great market of artists, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to do some shopping for upcoming birthdays, weddings and even for yourself! Lots of unique and handmade items are up for sale from local vendors, including eats at the event from The Good Food Truck and The King of Pops!

Details: Sat 6/28 & Sun 6/29 at Ambient Plus Studio. $5 admission.

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Tunes from the Tombs - Rock Out at Oakland!

Back to back posts about cool things to do at Oakland Cemetery - love it! People always look at me strangely when I tell them I’m headed to a cemetery for events like tours, Sunday in the Park and of course one of the coolest events of the year - Tunes from the Tombs! But once they go with me, they are hooked because Oakland isn’t some creepy graveyard, but a historical park full of amazing stories about Atlanta.

Details: Sat 6/14 1-8pm at Oakland Cemetery. $10 online/$15 at the door. Get tickets HERE.

A full day of music, food and history, Tunes from the Tombs is a great way to reconnect with Atlanta and just have a wonderful time in general. Take advantage of free mini tours of the cemetery during the event, complimentary fortune telling from Esmere, in addition to amazing musical acts from all day long on two stages- including Shawn Mullins! Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and just relax all day long.

All proceeds benefit Historic Oakland Foundation. The work of the Foundation is supported by grants from charitable foundations, individuals, and events like Tunes from the Tombs.

OFFICIAL MUSIC LINEUP:
MailChimp Stage at Lion Square

1:15pm – Myles Brown
2:30pm - SG4
3:30pm - Secondhand Swagger
4:30pm - Tribute: A Celebration of the Allman Brothers
5:30pm - Mudcat
6:45pm - Shawn Mullins

Creative Loafing North Public Grounds Stage
1:00pm – Danny Brewer (from Besides Daniel)
2:00pm - Julea and her Dear Johns
3:00pm - Villain Family
4:00pm - Smooth Hound Smith
5:00pm - Blacktop Rockets
6:00pm - Ghost Riders Car Club
7:00pm - Derik Hultquist

Woodchuck Cider Garden by the Bell Tower DJ Phiasco 2.0 is spinning vinyl all day from 1pm to 8pm.

Pop-Up Performances by:
Wasted Potential Brass Band
Sweet Auburn String Band
Uncle Daddy and the Kissin’ Cousins
Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers
Alex Commins & Todd Prusin
Jake Reeves
Katharine Cole
…and more!

Come on out to Oakland for an amazing day in Atlanta!

Oakland Cemetery’s Malts and Vaults Tour!

If you’ve been reading or following my Twitter account, you know I’m a huge fan of Oakland Cemetery. They have so much history to share and great events throughout the year. In addition to Tunes from the Tombs, Run Like Hell, Halloween Tours and Sunday in the Park - they are kicking off a brand new experience this weekend - Malts and Vaults!

Details: Fri 6/6 5pm/7p. Sat 6/7 7p/9p. $10. (Ticket gives you discounts to local restos/shops - see below)

From Oakland’s Website:

What do a jousting match, exotic singing birds and the sun god Ra have in common? Why, everyone’s favorite malt beverage, beer, of course! Find out how the sudsy beverage connects these fascinating topics, and delve into Atlanta’s long and vivid history of brewing during Historic Oakland Cemetery’s new guided walking tour, Malts & Vaults of Oakland: Where Beer Meets History.

Authors Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle of “Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub of the South” will be onsite during the tours. As with all of Oakland’s guided tours, a ticket grants $5 off any purchase at neighboring restaurant Six Feet Under. With this tour, guests will also be granted $1 off a purchase at the nearby My Friend’s Growler Shop.

For those going to the #TWEETUP on Friday night at 7pm, some extra special discounts and news!!! Six Feet Under is donating all sales of Eventide beer purchases to Oakland Cemetery, on top of the $5 off discount with your tour ticket. Tin Lizzy’s is also doing $5 off for ticket holders. Eventide is donating a swag bag with 2 pint glasses, 2 t-shirts & a growler fill-up to the best tweet of the night!  ** Meet up at the Bell Tower at 6:45pm and look for the Tweet Up signs.

If you’re attending one of the tours on Saturday, enjoy the same $5 discounts at Six Feet Under and Tin Lizzy’s - but also local brewer Wild Heaven is doing a tap takeover at My Friend’s Growler Shop from 2-4pm and giving away free Wild Heaven tour passes, then Augustine’s is doing $3 Let There Be Light pints all day by Wild Heaven.

Truly a tasty tour indeed with amazing bonuses! More tour dates will be posted soon, be sure to like Oakland’s FB page for all the latest news!

Lost Oasis 2014: South Pacific Soirée

Atlanta is a city that loves to learn, grow and PARTY. As a result, there are tons of ways to give back to great local non-profits and have a great time in the process. One of those events is coming up - Fernbank Museum’s Lost Oasis 2014: South Pacific Soirée!

Details: Sat 6/14 8p-Midnight at Fernbank Museum. $100.

The event features live music from Big Mike Geier and the Kingsized band, an open bar with special themed cocktails, heavy apps and a cool auction and prize drawing.

Party it up at this amazing benefit event!

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Summerfest Returns to Virgina-Highlands

I love all the local festivals around Atlanta and one you shouldn’t miss is the Virginia-Highland Summerfest! This neighborhood in Atlanta is home to some of my favorite restaurants and shops in town. Add to the mix great live music, artist booths and a kids area - you have a party!

Details: Saturday, June 7th & Sunday, June 8th 10am start. FREE!!

If you are a fan of the area or have never been before, this is the weekend for you! Summerfest features live music all day Saturday (noon-6:30pm) and Sunday (12:14p-4:30pm). Full list of the bands/performers are online - cool acts include Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics and BoDeans on Saturday and Pat McGee Band on Sunday.

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The artists market will have more than 200 vendors from across the country will be featured and is not to be missed! Dad’s day is coming up, or just get some early Christmas shopping done!

Note: Parking is already tough in the VaHi area, so if you can take MARTA, that would be great, or be on the lookout for paid lots or approved street parking.

This event is a great excuse to explore the Virginia Highlands area - so mark the dates on your calendar for a fun, free, family friendly festival in the heart of Atlanta!

Candler Park Music Fest!

Always a fun time, the Candler Park Music Festival is happening again this weekend! Great live music, food trucks, a 5K on Saturday and more! Summer is all about outdoor concerts and enjoying our fair city. Dive in this weekend with this cool fest!

Details: Fri-Sat 5/30-31 - Candler Park. FREE to attend. $5+ for wristbands to drink alcohol.

Friday, 5/30: 4pm – 11pm ( Live Local Music & Food Truck Happy Hour)

Saturday, May 31: Noon – 11pm (5K at 10am, All Day Music & Food Festival)

Summer Movies at the Fox!!!

Movies, movies, movies! Atlanta is teeming with great events that feature free or low cost movies both outside to take advantage of the weather, or insider to beat the heat. One of my favorites each year is the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the historic Fox Theatre!

The Fox is an amazing place to see a movie with family, as a date night or with friends enjoying a night out. Come early for the sing-alongs with the famous “Mighty Mo” organ and enjoy a vintage cartoon before the show. This year also has another added feature - some shows also offer up being able to add a tour of the Fox to your ticket price! The tours are held before the movie starts and combo Tour+Movie tickets start at $35. The tour is a special behind the scenes look at the Fox Theatre and the history around this building, which was built in 1928.

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Details: $8.00 pre-sale for adult movie tix ($10 after 5/31), Special event pricing for Gone With The Wind and the Mary Poppins Sing-A-Long. Buy tix here.

2014 Movie schedule:

Thurdays, June 19th 7:30pm - Field of Dreams

Sunday, June 22nd 2pm - King Kong

Thursday, June 26th 7:30pm - Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

Sunday, June 29th 2pm - The Wizard of Oz (75th Anniversary)

Thursday, July 24th 7:30pm - Dr. Strangelove

Sunday, June 27th 2pm - Gone With The Wind (75th Anniversary) Reserved seating $10+.

Thursday, July 29th 7:30pm - The Philadelphia Story

Saturday August 2nd 10am - Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday, August 2nd 7:30pm - Mamma Mia!

Sunday, August 3rd 2p- Young Frankenstein / Blazing Saddles Double Feature ($15+)

Thursday, August 14th 7:30pm - Double Indemnity

Sunday, August 17th 2pm - Mary Poppins Sing-A-Long(Reserved seating $15+).

Thursday, August 21st 7:30pm - The Women.

You  haven’t seen a movie in Atlanta until you have seen one at The Fox Theatre!!

Atlanta Food & Wine Fest is BACK!

This town is all about food and one of the best events of the year is coming back for 4th time - the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival! This event really shows off the best the south has to offer the country and the world when it comes to top chefs, mixologists and culinary experts.

Details: May 29-June 1 in Midtown Atlanta. $100+.

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is a weekend experience for guests who want to sip, savor and learn about the rich food and beverage traditions of the South. All activities were carefully crafted by the Festival Advisory Council to take guests through a one-of-a-kind culinary journey through the South.

The weekend offers three distinct activities: Learning Experiences, Tasting Experiences, and Dinners & Events. The Learning Experiences include smart and entertaining cooking and cocktail demonstrations, tasting seminars and panel discussions all designed by industry. The daily learning sessions are rounded off with the Festival’s delicious Tasting Tents.

Unlike any other Festival tasting tents, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festivals are curated by chefs and feature a variety of tasting trails including; Barbecue, Bourbon, Breakfast, Breads & Sweets, Chicken, Craft Beer, Imports & Inspirations, Pork, Seafood, Snacks & Cheeses, Southern Grown and Southern Wines & Spirits. There will be more than 100 exhibitors at the event and more than 60 Trail Chefs – award-winning talent that rotates daily.

So get your tickets today for what will be one of the ultimate foodie events of the year!

** Photo from Forbes.com, Video from Atlanta Food and & Wine Festival

Smyrna’s Jonquil Fest and Atkins Park Crawfish Boil

For those living OTP - there is another fantastic neighborhood festival is happening next weekend  - Smyrna’s Spring Jonquil Festival! This free festival actually takes place twice a year, in the spring and fall in the Smyrna Village Green.

Details: Sat 4/26 & Sun 4/27 in Smyrna. FREE! 5K/1K Run/Walk at 8am on Sat. $15+.

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What is a Jonquil? It’s a flower that looks a lot like a daffodil and being a local favorite, Smyrna also calls itself ‘Jonquil City’. The 2-day festival features 175+ arts and crafts booths, food court, live music, puppet shows by Peter Hart, a book sale benefiting the Smyrna Public Library (great place to get cheap paperbacks for summer reading), and a huge area of kids activities.

The Jonquil Jog 5K Run/Walk takes place on Saturday 4/26 at 8am and day of costs up to $38 for timed racers/$30 for untimed adult racers. See the link above for current registration prices and info.

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While you’re at the fest, you can also wander over to the Marketplace where the Smyrna location of Atkins Park is hosting their 12th Annual Crawfish Festival! Starting at 1pm on Sat 4/26 - enjoy live music, lots of Abita beer, and great Cajun food all day long! $5+ admission, which benefits Team in Training.

So head OTP and enjoy a fun local festival in the heart of Jonquil City!