Top Things To Do in Atlanta

Labor Day is a celebration of the American workforce and what better way to celebrate all of your hard work than to have one last hurrah for summer complete with good food, drink, and maybe even some music? Lucky for you, Atlanta has a lot of great options for you to enjoy your extended weekend. College football kicks off, Dragon Con is in town, and lots lots more. Read below for our top picks broken down by activity type:

Sports:

  • Chick-fil-a Kickoff game: Washington vs. Auburn- Saturday, Sept. 1st at 3:30pm at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
  • College Colors Kickoff Block Party: Celebrate the start to college football with the college colors bar crawl this Friday, August 31st. To find out more about tickets and participating bars and restaurants read our post.
  • Georgia Tech vs. Alcorn State: Georgia Tech football kicks off its 2018 season at Bobby Dodd Stadium this Saturday, September 1st at 12:30pm.
  • Atlanta Braves Games: The Braves will be hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates all weekend long at SunTrust Park. There will even be a Zedd concert after the game Friday night!
  • Soul Rise Classic 5K: Will take place Saturday, September 1st beginning across from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Registration is $30 and proceeds will benefit early childhood development at the YMCA and other local community non-profits.
  • Big Peach Sizzler 10K/5K: Will take place Monday September 3rd with the 10K starting at the Chamblee MARTA Station and the 5K beginning at the Brookhaven MARTA Station. Registration is $45 for the 5K and $55 for the 10K. All proceeds will support Miles for Cystic Fibrosis.
  • Hike and Hops at Stone Mountain: Explore Stone Mountain on a 5-6 mile hike ending with a German beer tasting at the Village Corner German Restaurant. Tickets include one beer and a giant pretzel. Hike takes place Sunday, September 2nd beginning at 10:45am. Click here for more info. P.S- Stone Mountain will be hosting extended light shows all Labor Day Weekend. Find out more here.

Music:

  • Zedd concert: At SunTrust Park after the Braves vs. Pirates game Friday, August 31st. Find tickets here.
  • Taste of Soul Atlanta- Food & Music Festival: A free festival taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd across from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. To find out more about the music, food, and activities check out their site.
  • Lynard Skynard- Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour: Saturday, September 1st at the Lakewood Amphitheatre.
  • Michael Jackson vs. Prince Silent Disco: Saturday, September 1st at 830pm at the Buckhead Theatre. Tickets start at $13.
  • House in the Park at Grant Park: Sunday, September 2nd beginning at 12pm. Tickets are $10.
  • Local Brews Local Grooves at the Tabernacle: Come to the Tabernacle Sunday, September 4th beginning at 4pm for a craft beer and music festival. Free pizza from Outsiders pizza will be provided as well as a selection of local craft breweries and live music. To find out more info such as a list of breweries, bands, and ticket prices click here.

Food:

  • Taste of Soul Atlanta- Food & Music Festival: A free festival taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd across from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. To find out more about the music, food, and activities check out their site.
  • Luau at Victory Sandwich Bar: Sunday, September 2nd beginning at 2pm Victory Sandwich Bar in Decatur will be hosting a luau complete with live music, a tiki bar, and an all you can eat buffet. And tickets are only $15!
  • 4th Annual Labor Day Pig Out at Avalon’s Oak Steakhouse: Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for kids. Tickets include delicious food, and activities such as face painting, a photo booth, and lawn games. Beer, wine, and batch cocktails will also be available for purchase.
  • 33rd Annual Labor Day Blues & BBQ: Park Tavern will be hosting WRFG 89.3 FM’s annual BBQ Monday, September 3rd beginning at 1pm. Tickets are $15, for more info click here.
  • Local Brews Local Grooves at the Tabernacle: Come to the Tabernacle Sunday, September 4th beginning at 4pm for a craft beer and music festival. Free pizza from Outsiders pizza will be provided as well as a selection of local craft breweries and live music. To find out more info such as a list of breweries, bands, and ticket prices click here.

Social:

  • Dragon Con: Takes place August 30-September 3rd. Check out our guides to Dragon Con 2018.
  • Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival: Head to Callaway gardens from August 31st-September 2nd to witness the beautiful hot air balloons illuminate the night! The weekend event will include tethered balloon rides, live music, food and drink specials, a kids zone, beach activities, a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, and a photography class. To see the schedule of events click here. Adult ticket prices start at $24.95 and children’s prices begin at $14.95.
  • Pure Heat Community Festival: Celebrate Atlanta’s Black Pride this Sunday, September 2nd beginning at 12pm in Piedmont Park! The celebration will include market and food vendors, live music, and educational forums. The festival strives to bring awareness to the issues currently facing the LGBTQ community.

The Arts:

  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Is offering a Labor Day special of 15% off memberships! Use the code “LABOR 2018” at the checkout here.
  • Cirque du Soleil Corteo: Will be performing multiple shows over Labor Day weekend at the Infinite Energy Center. To find showtimes and tickets follow this link.
  • AJC Decatur Book Festival: Will take place August 31st-September 2nd in downtown Decatur. For more information and a schedule follow the link here.

National Tequila Day is Today!

Hangovers are no joke once you are past the age of 25, but if there is one thing that will convince me to drink on a week night it’s tequila specials! National Tequila Day is today July, 24th and I’ve researched the best places to celebrate the holiday here in Atlanta. Read below to find out about the specials sure to make your hump day a little more painful this week!

  • Zocalo (187 10th St NW):
    • $5 House Margaritas, $6 Espolon Shots, $8 Espolon Margaritas, $8 Don Julio Shots, $10 Don Julio Margaritas, and Live Music!
    • Area: Midtown

 

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InterBrews Ep. 1 – The G13 Experience with English Nick & Sweetwater Brewing

Welcome to Episode 1 of our new ATL by Day InterBrews series, “The G13 Experience with English Nick & Sweetwater Brewing!”

As a part of our focus on local Atlanta, this series will be all about putting the spotlight on Atlanta celebrities, artists, and residents while indulging in Atlanta’s latest and greatest brews. The interview hosts include veteran podcasters Chester & The Shrew from Unfinished Business, and members of our own team. For our first installment, we had the great pleasure of sitting down with English Nick of 97.1 The River and 10 High / Dark Horse’s Metalsome Live Karaoke. He’s been in the Atlanta music scene for decades and knows a thing or two about beer. Check him out at Metalsome Karaoke at the Roxy tomorrow!

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Our venue for this podcast was Atlanta’s own Sweetwater Brewery! They set us up with a fantastic tasting list including their new G13 “herb-infused” beer, Tropical Lover, Triple Tail, and Coffee Porter. Jake, a member of Sweetwater’s marketing team, will join in the later part of the podcast to guide our group through their tasting journey. Listen to the interview below to hear why this episode earns the title “The G13 Experience”.

Click the audio link below to listen, or listen at the Unfinished Business page here!

We had a great time and we’re looking forward to working more with our guests and hosts, and making more Interbrews! Keep an eye out for Episode 2!

Music Midtown ATL by Day

Music Midtown 2018 Lineup Top Picks

The 2018 Music Midtown Lineup is finally here! Tickets go on sale this Friday June, 15th at 10am. Headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Fall Out Boy, Gucci Mane, Khalid, and more! This festival is known to have a diverse lineup that includes over 30 artists across four stages.

Continue reading “Music Midtown 2018 Lineup Top Picks”

Best Fitness Studios by Neighborhood: East Atlanta

For my final installment of the Best Fitness Studios in Atlanta by Neighborhood, I will be featuring the many unique neighborhoods of East Atlanta. Arguably the trendiest part of Atlanta, this area has a lot to offer by way of specialized fitness boutiques and is home to some of my favorite studios.

Looking to try out multiple different studios to find the one that works best for you? Most studios offer discounted first time trial classes! You can also look into joining Classpass, an app that gives you access to hundreds of gyms in Atlanta. Take $40 off your first month with Classpass using the code here! And if you need recommendations for other areas of Atlanta you can view my Buckhead/Brookhaven recs here, and Midtown/West Midtown here!

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Get your core work in at Fit To Be! They offer a variety of classes that target different muscle groups to help you build a stronger you!

O4W/Inman Park/Virginia Highlands

  • Barre
    • FIT: TO BE (842 North Highland Ave). Fit to Be’s classes give you a much better workout than most barre classes. They offer cardio, TRX, upper/lower body classes, and stretching; they basically cover it all! My favorite class: Abs, Thighs, & Glutes.
  • Cycling
    • I’m sorry, but you’re going to have to head to another neighborhood to find a great spin class. Check out my recommendations in Midtown here!
  • Pilates
    • The Daily (900 DeKalb Ave NE). This Inman Park location is brand new but offers the same great Reformer pilates classes as the original location in West Midtown.
  • Kick Boxing/Martial Arts
  • Strength Training
    • The Forum (675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE). Started by two retired NFL players, the Forum offers seriously kickass workouts! Their Fast-Twitch class is one of the most challenging and rewarding classes I have ever taken.
  • Yoga
    • Infinity Yoga (655 Highland Ave NE). Infinity Yoga is my favorite yoga studio in Atlanta. I have listed it 3 times in my “Best Fitness Studios” articles because it is that good. The instructors make each flow unique and challenging, often incorporating arm balances with options that are suitable for beginners and advanced members.
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Check out The Daily in Inman park for a workout aimed at sculpting long, lean muscles using a pilates reformer machine!

Druid Hills/Emory/Decatur

  • Barre
    • Pink Barre (855 Emory Point Dr.). Pink Barre’s classes incorporate more cardio into their routines than your tradition barre class because it transitions into moves at a faster pace. These short workouts will leave you feeling like you checked all of the boxes in your fitness needs.
  • Cycling
    • I’d recommend heading over to Buckhead or Brookhaven for a better spin class. Check out my recommendations here!
  • Kick Boxing/Martial Arts
    • Again there are better gyms for this in other neighborhoods. Click here for Midtown recommendations and here for Buckhead and Brookhaven.
  • Pilates
    • Solidcore (150 E Ponce De Leon Ave.). Solidcore is another studio offering pilates on a machine. Not the Reformer or Megaformer though, as this is a custom-built machine exclusive to Solidcore. The class sizes are very small so you get attention to detail. They even offer beginner level classes if you are new to the whole pilates movement.
  • Strength Training
    • Orangetheory Fitness (855 Emory Point Dr. and 319 W Ponce De Leon Ave.). Orangethoery combines weight training with cardio by use of treadmills and indoor rowing machines. I personally love rowing as a way to get your heart rate up while also toning your arms, legs, and core! You can even schedule your first class for free.
  • Yoga
    • Corepower Yoga (2480 Briarcliff Rd NE). Corepower’s classes are not your typical yoga class. For example, they offer a class called YogaSculpt where you use hand weights and do things like bicep curls and back flys while in yoga poses. They also offer a heated candlelight power flow: be warned as it is HOT (100-103 degrees), much hotter than a traditional hot yoga class.

My Night with “Unfinished Business with Chester & The Shrew” Podcast

Last week I had the pleasure of hanging out with the guys from “Unfinished Business with Chester & The Shrew” to record their latest episode! I met Chester a few weeks back during an Atlanta United tailgate that was hosted by Reformation Brewery. We nerded out for a few hours about my website and his podcast and decided we needed to join forces for the sake of good comedy.

Unfinished business is a podcast that dares to explore the scary depths of Craigslist. Chester, The Shrew, and Oj search through Craigslist with the goal of bringing you the most hilarious (and often questionable) postings. The most classic type of post the guys discuss are called missed connections. Think Uber driver who found their passenger to be very attractive and the conversation stimulating, but wanted to remain professional so they decided not to uncomfortably ask for the passenger’s number. But then a week passes by (sometimes years) and the driver just can’t get this person off of his/her mind. In a Hail Mary attempt, the driver goes to Craigslist describing the passenger hoping he/she sees this post and connects with them. Sometimes these posts are sweet, often times they are extremely confusing, uncomfortable, and downright dirty. So this podcast is NSFW (which is one big reason headphones exist).

In preparation to record with the guys, I had a listen to their podcast on a drive up to Nashville for work. I ended up listening for the entire ride, chuckling to myself and managing to enjoy the drive despite the fact that I was in a car with 3 of my managers for 5 hours.

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Reformation Brewery’s Atlanta United tailgate is a great way to ensure the game is a good time, win or lose! You might even get the chance to meet some cool people that record podcasts.

This being my first time on a podcast, I showed up to the house where they record with no expectations, a case of Sweetwater in one hand, and a tumbler of hot tea in the other (we recorded the day after Shaky Beats and let’s just say my voice was not in peak condition). In order to adjust to hearing myself talk through our headphones, we sat around for a few minutes getting better acquainted and of course drinking beer. Little did I know they were recording the entire time; I just found this out yesterday when the episode aired! (Sorry grandpa for telling everyone about our family’s sketchy past)

I told them the story behind the creation of ATLbyDay.com and my pen name, Elsie Tito. We then got down to business talking about sketchy roommate postings, long lost loves from work conventions, and the need for a good wood-working artist; you know your typical Craigslist needs.

So if you have a long commute you want to spice up, or if you’re sick of listening to the same 3 Spotify playlists at work, take a listen! You can find all of the episodes on their website here! If you want all the details of what I spilled, the episode featuring me and ATLbyDay.com is appropriately episode no.69, so check it out!

Also, do us and them a favor: keep comedy alive by following them on Instagram.

Atlanta’s Best Fitness Studios By Neighborhood: Midtown and West Midtown

For my second installment of the Best Fitness Studios in Atlanta by Neighborhood, I will be featuring Midtown and West Midtown. Being the first neighborhood I lived in Atlanta, West Midtown holds a very special place in my heart. Despite the fact that West Midtown was no where near as trendy when I lived there, many of the great studios in my list have been there for a while now. Midtown is where I’ve spent most of my time in Atlanta living, so I’ve had plenty of time to see what they have to offer.

If you are looking to shop around a bit before finding the perfect workout for you, many of the studios offer discounted first time trial classes! So make sure to click on the link to their websites and see what kind of offers they have available. Another great option is to sign up for Classpass. With a Classpass membership you’ll have access to hundreds of gyms in Atlanta. Take $40 of your first month by using the code here!

Want to know the best spots in Buckhead and Brookhaven? Check out my first article here!

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Check out Exhale’s sleek studio in Midtown for a booty-kicking barre class

Midtown

  • Barre
    • Exhale (1065 Peachtree St NW). Located in the Loews Hotel, Exhale is a fitness studio and spa, and it really shows in the locker rooms. Herbal scented with ambient music playing, these rooms provide everything from steam showers to fluffy robes. As for the classes, there are lots of options from traditional barre to HIIT training.
  • Cycling
    • FlyWheel (1180 W Peachtree St NW). This studio is very tricky to get to due to the parking situation but very worth it! Their instructors always have high energy and motivating playlists.
  • Pilates
    • Stellar Bodies (44 12th St NE). Stellar’s classes practice the Lagree method, which uses a Megaformer machine to practice a pilates-inspired regime. Each class is a 50min full body resistance workout.
  • Kick Boxing/Martial Arts
    • Unit 2 (240 Ponce De Leon Ave). Unit 2 offers classes like kickboxing and CrossFit but also more specialized martial arts like Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. They even offer women’s only martial arts classes! You can try them for free for 1 week to see if this is the place for you!
  • Strength Training
    • Modo Fitness Bootcamp (Meets in the Park Tavern Parking Lot at 500 10th St NE). This is an outdoor bootcamp that runs through Piedmont Park every Monday-Friday at 6am and 630pm. It’s perfect for people who want to get outside and run but need a little motivation from an instructor. In addition to running through our beautiful Piedmont park, you will stop and do sets of burpees, pushups, sit ups, etc. for a fully body workout!
  • Yoga
    • CorePower Yoga (860 Peachtree St. NE). CorePower’s classes are not your typical yoga class. For example, they offer a class called Yoga Sculpt where you use hand weights and do things like bicep curls and back flys while in yoga poses. They also offer a heated candlelight power flow: be warned as it is HOT (100-103 degrees), much hotter than a traditional hot yoga class.
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Try a reformer class at The Daily in West Midtown!

West Midtown

  • Barre
    • Head over to Midtown for much better options!
  • Cycling
    • Torq Cycle (935 Marietta St. NW). This is the best spin studio in Atlanta, hands down! The owner, Alex Martinez, has been voted as Classpass Atlanta’s best instructor for the past 3 years! He has this incredible ability to remember your name even if you only went to one class 7 months ago. Such a friendly environment with challenging classes!
  • Pilates
    • The Daily (981 Joseph E Lowery Blvd NW). The Daily offers both traditional mat pilates classes and Reformer classes. If you’ve never tried a Reformer class before I highly recommend it! Reformer and Megaformer classes are the best way to sculpt lean muscles imo, as they are much more challenging than your traditional mat pilates classes.
  • Kick Boxing/Martial Arts
    • X3 Sports (1092 Huff Rd NW). X3 offers conditioning classes, like their “Fast-Track” class, as well as traditional martial arts classes, like Muay Thai.
  • Strength Training
  • Yoga

Atlanta’s Best Fitness Studios by Neighborhood: Buckhead and Brookhaven

Having been a dancer since age 5, I have a slight obsession with the latest fitness trends. Luckily, Atlanta has so many great options for you to get your sweat on! With so many options, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to find the place that’s right for you. In other words, tracking down Atlanta’s best fitness studios can certainly be a stretch! And if you are the type of person who needs variety in their routine, it can be even more challenging to find your favorite yoga, pilates, and kickboxing studio.

To help you out, I’ve created a comprehensive list of Atlanta’s best fitness studios by the type of exercise and neighborhood in Atlanta. I have been to dozens of studios over my 4 years here in Atlanta. I’ve also lived in West Midtown, Midtown, Druid Hills, and Buckhead so I’ve had the chance to visit studios all across the city. I joined Classpass when it first came out (and was only $70 dollars for unlimited; oh how I miss those good days) but I’ve also visited studios not available on classpass because like I mentioned I’m obsessed. So check out my list and let me know what you think!

P.S- If you’ve never heard of Classpass, check it out here! It is truly the best way to try a ton of studios and find your favorites.

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Check out Sculpthouse for an all encompassing workout including strength and cardio training!

Buckhead

  • Barre
    • Forme Studios (365 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE). I love Forme Studios! The instructors are all very welcoming and the classes challenging. My favorites are the bootybarre and Barre Fusion Sculpt classes.
  • Cycling
  • Kick Boxing/Martial Arts
  • Pilates
    • SculptHouse (3167 Peachtree Rd.). One of the most effective workouts I have ever done, SculptHouse uniquely combines the Lagree Method and cardio training. The Lagree Method is based on pilates principles and performed on a Megaformer machine. This is much more challenging class than pilates though, and aims at sculpting long, lean muscles. The woodway curve is a human-powered treadmill that is designed to be easier on your joints. SculptHouse offers both classes split between the Megaformer and treadmill and full classes on the Megaformer.
  • Strength Training
    • The Forum (3393 Peachtree Rd.). Started by two retired NFL players, the Forum offers seriously kickass workouts! Their Fast-Twitch class is one of the most challenging and rewarding classes I have ever taken.
  •  Yoga
    •  Infinity Yoga (2293 Peachtree Rd.). Infinity Yoga is my favorite yoga studio in Atlanta. I have listed it twice in this article because it is that good. The instructors make each flow unique and challenging, often incorporating arm balances with options that are suitable for beginners and advanced members.
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Find your center at Infinity Yoga with multiple studio locations in Atlanta including: Buckhead, Brookhaven, and O4W.

Brookhaven

  • Barre
    • Better classes in Buckhead.
  • Cycling
    • Burn (3575 Durden Dr NE). Burn’s spin classes measure your effort (by resistance and speed) and displays your name in either red, yellow, or green on a big screen in the front of the class. Seeing your effort measured simply by colors makes it very easy to push yourself to the next level (or color!).
  • Kick Boxing/Martial Arts
  • Pilates
    • Again, Buckhead has much better options.
  • Strength Training
  •  Yoga
    • Infinity Yoga (1376 Dresden Dr.). Infinity Yoga is my favorite yoga studio in Atlanta. I have listed it twice in this article because it is that good. The instructors make each flow unique and challenging, often incorporating arm balances with options that are suitable for beginners and advanced members.

Be sure to check out our events calendar for all the best events happening in Atlanta this week!

 

The Village Theatre

“Co-Workers” brings award-winning improv to the Village Theatre

Located in Old 4th Ward at 349 Decatur St SE, the Village Theatre is featuring “Co-Workers” every Thursday night through April and May from 8-9pm for just $5. No, that price is not a typo. “Co-Workers” stars the winners of the 2018 Atlanta Improv Festival–Hannah Aslesen and Jason Velazquez. The Atlanta Improv Festival began with a battle that lasted several weeks, during which 27 teams competed for the laughs of audience members. Each night, the audience chose which team would advance through the tournament, ultimately crowning Hannah and Jason.

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Brews and a cozy atmosphere make the Village Theatre a perfect venue for laughs and relaxation!

If you frequent Dad’s Garage, you may have seen Hannah before as she performs there often. Jason has been performing at the Village Theatre with the weekly improv show “Danger,” which is also on Thursday nights. The two met during an open-mic jam session, realized how complimentary their energies are, and decided to team up for the competition.

“Co-Workers” develops a scene we are all (hopefully) familiar with: the dynamic between you and the people you work with. The show begins by taking audience suggestions for where Hannah and Jason work. The format of their show is unlike any other improv you’ve probably seen. Rather than changing scenes every few minutes, Hannah and Jason take the entire show to develop each character thoroughly, bringing to life their personalities, relationships, and histories. The two may tackle up to 3 or 4 different personas throughout the show, possibly introducing a manager or customer who may stress the relationship between the two coworkers, ensuing in hilarity.

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The Village Theatre has a well-stocked bar, but you won’t need to be drunk to be falling off your seat!

The Village Theatre has a very laid back atmosphere. As soon as you walk in, a little wooden bar greets you with beer, wine, and snacks. There are multiple theatres in the building, with the one we were in for “Co-Workers” being an intimate size sitting roughly 35 people.

If you’re interested in attending the next show, come by the Village Theatre on Thursdays at 8pm or get your tickets on their website! Or check out our events calendar for more fun, local events!