Atlanta Events
Brew Your Cask Off - 2014

Craft beer has exploded the last couple years in Atlanta, so if you’re a fan - you won’t want to miss this year’s Brew Your Cask Off as it enters its 5th year at Sweetwater Brewery!

Details: Sat 11/8 6:30pm at Sweetwater Brewery. $35+ for unlimited tastings.

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More than 80 special guests were invited to roll up their sleeves and produce a cask of beer that gets them one of two awards - one from the judges and one from attendees.

This is a fun event that features home brewers right alongside established breweries in the area. Live music, food trucks, tours of Sweetwater’s Brewery, and some charity thrown in there for good measure, Brew Your Cask Off is one tasty event!

Chomp and Stomp Returns!

The annual Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-Off and Bluegrass Festival is back! A really fun event, both top Atlanta restaurants and amateurs alike compete for the title of best chili. In it’s 12th year, the event has really grown over the years, with lasts year’s event featuring 100 individual chilis, 29 restaurants chilis, 75 artists, 20 food vendors, 19 celebrity judges, and between 22,000 and 24,000 attendees!!!!

Details: Chomp & Stomp - Cabbagetown. Sat 11/1 - 8am Race/11am Fest Start/12:30pm Chili Tasting, $5 tasting spoon.

In addition to the great eats, there is a 5K in the morning followed by a beer breakfast for the runners. The chili tasting kicks off at 12:30pm - so don’t forget to buy your spoon!!

I love seeing the crazy team outfits by the amateur contestants. Check out pictures of teams past in my previous event post here. A must-do event in Atlanta!

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Live bluegrass music is performed all day. This year there will be fun ‘Cabbage Games’ all day - including Bobbing for Brussel Sprouts, Slaw eating contest, Cabbage shredding contest and more!

Some tips for the day - do not bring your dogs, you will be turned away. Also parking is very limited, so the festival encourages you to take MARTA, ride your bike, or if you must drive - they have rented out the parking lot behind the King Memorial MARTA station.

So save the date and come out to Chomp and Stomp!

Can’t Stop The Serenity - 2014 Screening Event

For fans of the sci-fi show Firefly, don’t miss the annual Can’t Stop the Serenity movie screening event hosted by the Atlanta Browncoats at the Plaza Theater to benefit Equality Now and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Details: Sun 9/28 5:45p Doors open, 7pm screening. $15. Be sure to bring canned goods for ACFB!

The event features a prize drawing, auction, costume contest, entertainment and mingling among other Firefly fans. Attendees are asked to bring can food donations for the ACFB, which will get you an extra ticket for the drawing.

C’mon - be a big damn hero!

The Trip To Italy

Events around town are always my passion - but something I also love to do is head to the movies. Whether it’s summer blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy, or small independent films and documentaries, I love settling in with a bucket of popcorn and immersing myself into a compelling story.

Having just been to Italy last fall, when I got the chance to see IFC’s The Trip To Italy starring British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon - I jumped on it.

The movie is a follow up to the original film The Trip, also starring Coogan and Brydon, which I’m now excited to watch on Netflix. In the original movie - the two go on a restaurant tour around northern England. This time the duo hits Italy and it was hilarious from start to finish.

I expected great views and tempting plates of food, which were definitely in abundance, but what really makes the film is the largely improvised dialogue and chemistry between the two actors as they make their way around the country. Minis, boat trips, singing to Alanis Morisette, romancing deck hands, and even moments of quiet reflection for both leads makes for a fantastic journey.

Be sure to check out this movie - which is now playing at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. Grab some eats at nearby Apres Diem, Tapas, Mellow Mushroom, The Highlander, or MetroFresh, but  be sure to save room for the popcorn. Reminder - this theater also sells wine and beer!

Halloween Tours in ATL!

Now that we’re finally headed into fall officially- be sure not to miss out on securing tickets to some of the best Halloween tours in town!

We have several groups and sites that host them, here’s a list of ones to check out.

Oakland Cemetery - 10/17-25. Tours run every 15 minutes from 5:30-9:30pm. $23 for adults/$13 for kids 4-12. Kids 3 and under are FREE.

Advance tickets are required for this extremely popular tour, so be sure to get these as soon as possible - as they sell out every year! I finally went last year with friends and it was so awesome!

Stone Mountain’s Tour of Southern Ghosts - 10/10-26. Tour runs every 10 minutes starting at 7pm and takes about 45 mins. Adults $12+ (advance ticket price)/Kids $8. Parking permit $10.

I really like this tour since it’s family friendly and focuses on the art of storytelling in a very ambient (not too scary) setting. It’s a great stroll around the Stone Mountain Plantation area. Be sure to get a ‘Boo Y’all’ button!

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Roswell Ghost Tour - Every night in October. Multiple tours on Fri/Sat nights. Adults $15/$10 kids.

2 and 1/2 hour walking tour (only 1 mile long) that features real stories based on locations set in Historic Roswell.  I’ve done this tour with friends before and it’s a lot of fun. The paranormal investigators who run this tour do it year round, but October is their big month of events. They’ve even hosted celebs like the cast of Sy-Fy’s Ghost Hunters to tours!

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Art in the Park - Marietta

If you are looking for a fun, free event OTP over Labor Day Weekend, check out Art in the Park in the Historic Marietta Square.

Details: Sat/Sun/Mon 8/30-9/1 10am-5pm. FREE!

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This annual event features the work of 175 artisans, the Marietta ChalkFest (Sat/Sun), kids activities, and the chance to explore shops and restaurants along the square. I’d recommend The Butcher, The Baker and Thaicoon for dinner or for lunch/brunch - Sugar Cakes Patisserie.

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!