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MomoCon 2018: Anime, Manga, and Gaming, Oh My!

If you want to complete objectives to unlock new Fortnite rewards over the holidays, but also need to get out of your Dorito-laden hole, look no further than the Georgia World Congress Center this Memorial Day weekend. The 14th annual MomoCon is set to kick off May 24th. They are expecting to welcome over 33,000 enthusiasts in the anime, gaming, comic and costuming realms. If you are planning to attend, keep reading! Here at ATL by Day, we know “what not-to-miss!” 

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24 Hour Gaming

MomoCon has a deep connection with their fans that would make Vinny and Paulie D jealous. What MomoCon does right is that they keep their ears open. They have a willingness to give patrons what they deserve. For example, for the first time in its history, Momocon will dedicate 140,000 square feet for 24 hours of gaming. Gaming will include PC/LAN gaming, console tournaments, console free-play, classic arcade, board gaming, card gaming, RPGs, and even LARP. Now that sounds like fun!

Indie Game Awards

There is a certain pompous self-satisfaction that you might get by being ‘in the know’ and now is your chance.  Get an inside peek, raise your nose and get a head start on the action. This year, Momocon will be introducing 48 indie games to the masses. A good strategy to have the most fun? Pay close attention to the top 4 finalists before you start, and play from there! You will get to pick up on some insider tricks and strategies from the top players. 

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MomoCon started with Anime and Manga like Mobile Suit Gundam, but it’s so much more!

Cosplay Contest

I tried my hand at a sewing machine once and guess what happened?  I sewed my index and middle finger together instead of the cloth, but how does this apply to cosplay?  Well, cosplay takes time, hard work and studying the craft, just like sewing.  There are twenty-one different events and workshops dedicated to the cosplay, including “Male Cosplay for Feminine Cosplayers.” Cosplay is an art, and what better way to show your dedication to it than by participating in the cosplay contest?  A bonus event you won’t want to miss is the late night Cosplay dance battle that takes part on Saturday night.

Youtubers

What would a comic convention be without your dose of entertainers from the geek universe on a panel?  Actors from all walks of life, including voice actors, game developers, comic book artists, prop makers, costumers, animators, video gamers and the like will be among the esteemed Momocon panel.  Okay I’m exhausted from all the fun now, but you get my drift. There is a panel for every one of the 114+ presenters. This is why it’s important to go ahead and get familiar with the schedule and layout of the floor so you won’t miss what’s important to you. I personally won’t miss the voice actor Chris Sabat from Dragon Ball Z, if you know what I’m Saiyan. Even more exciting, this year they have a stronger emphasis on YouTubers by welcoming 25+ guests from the streaming titan!

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MomCon is an event for all ages. Parents are encouraged to bring their children. Kids under 9 year old get in free and all adult content is absent. The additional bonus is that the convention is located next to all the Atlanta family attractions , including our favorite: those adorable belugas at the Georgia aquarium. So if you brought your youngster, you might want to set some time to visit the construction zone where you can find 1,000 pounds of LEGO® pieces available for freestyle building. I highly advise wearing shoes in this room. There is no greater agony than stepping on a rouge LEGO® bare footed.

If you don’t have Memorial Day plans, you should absolutely check out MomoCon. Or rather, let me say that again, You absolutely should be planning to visit MomoCon that weekend. The event spans over four days, so if you want to swing by, you could get a single day pass. Heck, you might decide you love it so much that you want to get a job there. Check out the Momocon career fair on Thursday and just might!

Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear your tips or suggestions if so! 

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Shaky Beats Survival Guide: Part Four

It’s Wednesday so we’re now only 2 days away from Shaky Beats! It’s time to start picking outfits and getting that show schedule planned out. Today’s article is going to focus on getting yourself food and drink. Welcome to Part Four of your Shaky Survival Guide! See Part One here, Two here, and Three here.

Getting Eats

Music festivals these days have taken to food trucks rather than food stands for the most part. I, for one, am all about this life. Food trucks have way better quality than the basic burgers served at festival food stands, and they’re typically much more reasonably priced. The variety is greater, and the competition between trucks means that they can’t charge 15 dollars for a taco.
There will still be some food stands around in most festivals. These are typically overpriced and crappier than the food trucks. Just go to the food trucks.
One perk of having a festival in the heart of Atlanta is the wide selection of restaurants nearby. If you get tired of the food trucks in the festival and you aren’t in a rush to get to the next show, we recommend you walk to one of the many nearby restaurants to get a bite!

Getting Drank

For water, you’re going to want to use your Camelbak or a large water bottle. There are quick refill stations so you can fill up once or twice a day and be solidly hydrated. If it’s a hot day, I’d recommend refilling every time you change stages.
For drinks, get em as often as you’re comfortable with. I’m not talking about what you’re comfortable with taking in, I’m talking about what you’re comfortable with coming out. If you’re not a fancy VIP person, you’re going to have to plan your bathroom trips carefully.
A well-hydrated person is probably going to need to hit the bathrooms every 2 beers. Keep in mind that beers are tall boys at these festivals. And guess what? You have two hands! That’s right, double fisting is the way to go. I’d say every time you switch stages make a bathroom trip, grab two beers, and nurse those until you switch. Then wash, rinse, and repeat.
Beer vs Wine vs Liquor. I’d normally say to go with your preference, but honestly there are some right and wrong choices here. I really cannot recommend wine at a music festival. I guess some people like wine on a warm day, I just can’t understand it. For liquor, don’t do shots. You’re going to get dehydrated and hate life. I also dislike mixed drinks for festivals because you get a ton of ice and it’s more expensive. Your best bets are drinks you can nurse, like beer.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s article, where we’ll have some final thoughts for your Shaky experience and some spotlights on our favorite lesser known artists!

Shaky Beats Survival Guide: Part Three

Only three more days until Shaky Beats! Part 3 of your survival guide here, and I’m going to discuss some basics about actually getting around within the festival. Welcome to Part three of your Shaky Survival Guide! See Part One here and Part Two here.

Fitting In

When you first get in line as a new festival-goer, you’ll probably either think:

“Wow everyone here is dressed in neon suspenders and mesh hoodies and I’m here in a polo and J-Crew shorts”

Or

“Oh no, everyone here is dressed like a Banana Republic model and I’m here in a full-scale dragon costume with functioning wings”.

Honestly, everyone that’s been new to festival life has had these thoughts, especially people that don’t roll in 10 deep with their crew. If you’re rolling in with 10 of your best friends, congrats! If you’re not, just take a deep breath and calm down. My tip to get over the anxiety of fitting in at a music festival, especially EDM festivals is to just talk to the person closest to you. These are the friendliest people in the world, and anybody in line next to you is going to be happy just to know you. Nobody there is judging you and the more you socialize the more you’ll come to realize that everyone at Shaky Beats is there for the same reasons – to listen to some great music.

On the same note, there are some general codes of conduct to follow. It can be tempting to judge others for their outfits, actions, or behavior. Just keep it to yourself and focus on enjoying the show, because everyone else is just trying to enjoy the show in their own ways.

Finding Your Friends

So you’ve made it to the festival and you can hear your favorite artist off in the distance! Your friends are messaging you to come meet up, so you start walking into the swarm of colorful outfits and BAM you’re lost as all hell. Yeah Central Park isn’t the biggest venue, but the festival can be a daunting place. How are you going to find your friends?

  1. Use your landmarks. The stages are great landmarks of course, but you have to think smaller if you want people to be able to find you when you’re trying to meet up at a show. The sound booth is a quality landmark, drink stations, food stations, etc. will all work better than the vague “I’m at stage X”.
  2. Use totems! Your best landmark when you’re actually in the crowd will be totems. Totems are those tall poles with funny or neat pictures on them, lights, foam animals, whatever. They rise above the crowd so texting a friend “I’m standing under Spongebob” or “I’m between Oprah and the Rainbow Cat meme” will work great for finding one another. These are especially useful when you’re not close to any larger landmarks like sound booths.
  3. Stand out in a crowd. Wear something fun, unique, or distinct. It doesn’t have to be a 15ft tall T-Rex costume, but wearing a wild hat or a neon shirt or something to make you a bit more distinct in a crowd will always help your friends find you.
  4. Have a fall-back plan. If your phones die, if you all get lost, if your friend gets way too wasted and can’t read a map, have an easy-to-spot location where you can meet up. For most festivals there are central pillars with schedules that will be there each day – these work great for meet ups because they are tall but have narrow bases. This makes them easy to spot from a distance, but ensure you can find each other easily once you arrive. Food stations are also good meetup spots so long as they’re there day after day.

Getting a Good Spot

Getting a prime location to view your favorite artist is important, but don’t think it’s the end of the world if you can’t be front row. It’s important to remember not shove your fellow concert-goers and to try to be mindful of those around you.

Standing up front is nice for seeing the show, but you’re going to have the force of a few hundred people up against you. If you like to dance in any way other than bouncing, enjoy breathing anything but freshly exhaled CO2, or like to have a bit of personal space I would not recommend this life. If you are bent on being up front, don’t push through from the back. Walk up the side, then cut through sideways. The best option is always to come to an earlier show and keep your spot.

For more visual shows and people that like to dance more, I’d recommend standing further back. Central Park has some hills you can take advantage of for seeing shows without being in the middle of the crowd.

Being a VIP

It’s an age-old question, but we still ask ourselves whenever we buy tickets – is VIP actually worth it?

My opinion is, probably not. For 90% of us your standard ticket will do just find and there is plenty of room to go around. Being closer to the stage is nice, sure, but what’s the point if there’s nobody to enjoy it with? In my opinion there are two people that VIP is suited for:

  1. Actual celebrities. If people are going to be stopping you and bothering you with requests for autographs, then sure. Go ahead and get yourself VIP so you can enjoy the show without being bothered.
  2. People with IBS. There is one understated perk of VIP access and that’s the ability to take craps in peace, with full AC. If you have IBS, then by all means you go ahead and get VIP because you need the access and comfort.

If you’re not on TV and don’t have a chronic bowel disease, then I think  you should just go ahead and get general admission and join the crowd.

That’s it for post #3, but stay posted for tomorrow’s post where I’ll be going over food and drink tips for the festival!

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Shaky Beats Survival Guide: Part Two

The Shaky Beats festival is coming to Central Park! Welcome to Part two of your Shaky Survival Guide! See Part One here!

Getting to the Festival

Please do yourself a favor. Don’t drive. It’s Atlanta, in Central Park (midtown, more or less ), just don’t. You’re going to hit some wild traffic there and back and your chance at parking will be abysmal. I would recommend taking MARTA or an Uber as close as you can get, and then walking a few blocks to the event. Basically, once your Uber is moving slower than the speed at which the people in the tie-dye shirts are walking, it’s time to bail and join them. This also lets your driver off the hook from sitting in traffic for twenty minutes trying to escape that mess. Then you’re off to the show!

Given the location of Shaky Beats this year, I’d highly recommend picking one of the area’s great restaurants as a pregame destination. Grab some lunch and brews and head on over to the festival once you’re good and ready. Some of my recommendations for pre-gaming are Midtown Tavern, Torched Hop, Two Urban Licks, and Venkman’s.

Planning Your Shows

There are roughly 100,000 apps for planning shows at music festivals, and Shaky Beats doesn’t disappoint! They have their own super handy app for booking your adventure. But for us lowly folk with little phone memory or that need their phones to stay alive throughout the whole day, I’d recommend a simple note-taking app like Google Keep.  I usually plan as follows:

  • For each time slot in the day, number your artist choices in order of how badly you want to see them.
  • For a time slot that has two great artists, you might have trouble deciding which one to see. Your best option in this case is just to suck it up and figure your life out. But one helpful deciding factor is the distance of the artist, or “how long is it going to take me to get to this show versus to the other one?” And “will I be able to get a decent spot? Which show will give me the best positioning for the next show after that?” 
  • Regardless of how badly you want to see your #1 show, always write down your #2 for each time slot. That way, if you’re meeting up with a crew or friends with differing opinions on who to see next, you can be open to two suggestions rather than one.
  • Critical info to know is 1) Artist 2) Time 3) Stage

If your phone fails, it’s always nice to have a backup. Typically you’ll be able to find flyers around the festival grounds with artist schedules, and there will be pillars dispersed with daily schedules and stage information. These are what I recommend for last-ditch items, or if you end up at a sweet show and just need to know who that artist was.

Dealing with Conflict

In some instances, you’ll disagree with your friends about what show to see next, and you’ll have to negotiate. Negotiation is an art form. Hell, our humble Commander in Chief even wrote a whole book about it. When it comes to negotiating with your crew between seeing your favorite artists and theirs, you’ll have to remember the 3 C’s of deal making: compromise, concession, and coercion. These go in order of your best-to-worst options.

  • Option 1- Compromise. This basically means you make a deal. They go see your favorite show now if you go and see theirs later. The trick? Their favorite show is also another one of your favorites. Pick a show that you know they will want to go to, and that you will like, but they don’t know you like. This will only work if you have not announced your festival show plans to your friends. You must keep these plans a secret to successfully come out on top of the compromise, otherwise you’ll come out even and that’s as bad as losing.
  • Option 2- Concession. This one means you’ll give them something. Buy them lunch, get them a t-shirt, some sort of knick-knack, whatever. The trick to winning this one? They give out tons of crap for free at these festivals. If you’re negotiating with someone, you might be able to split up for a while. Then you can sneak off and score some free swag or food and concede away.
  • Option 3- Coercion. This can be risky. This just means you get the rest of the group on your side and force the troublemaker to give in and see your show. The risk here is that if the group disagrees, then you become the troublemaker. The trick to coming out on top of this one is to ensure that the group (your backup) wants to see either your show, or the show coming on after your show at the same stage. This will give them reason to want to hang around and get a good spot.

Keep posted for three more parts to our Shaky Beats pre-event advice!

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The Shaky Beats Survival Guide: Part One

The Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats festivals are coming to Central Park! For many Atlanta residents, these festivals are great opportunities to experience the music festival life without having to trek out to the middle of nowhere! As a chronic EDM festival-goer, I’ve picked up a few tricks that will help you get the most out of your festival experience. Welcome to your Shaky Survival Guide!

What to Wear

Guys – I don’t care if you wear pants or shorts. I don’t care if you wear a polo or a t-shirt. I don’t care if you wear a silly costume.  But if you care about fitting in while staying cool and comfortable, shorts and a tank top is a safe option. But dear, sweet baby Jesus, wear compression shorts. You’re going to be dancing, walking, etc. for what adds up to a few miles every day, for up to 3 days. Things will chafe.

Ladies – For both Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats, you can’t go wrong with high-waisted jean shorts and a bohemian cropped tank top. Self conscious? Make it a full tank. Voila, you’re now dressed like 90% of girls at music festivals.

However,  you’ll also see some guys and ladies wearing much more elaborate attire that may or may not include wings, rainbows, and a variety of colored makeup and sprays. You’ll also see other people wearing much less, to say the least. Just remember that no matter how you dress at a music festival, do it for yourself! Much of what makes the music festival a fun and magical environment is the ability to be yourself and let your freak flag fly, so don’t hold back! Live your truth.  In a lot of ways, the modern definition of the music festival is owed to the men and women who dare to be authentic, bold and colorful. 

Essential Packing List

A music festival is a lot like a crappy Australia – everything there is trying to kill you, but really really slowly. Your packing essentials are going to make sure you survive the day each day.

Essential 1: a Camelbak or similar water pouch backpack. You gotta hydrate, mate. Most music festivals these days have special hydration stations with spouts intended for these packs. Getting one provides you with a lot of advantages. No more paying for water bottles, fewer refill trips, plus a backpack! If it doesn’t go with your outfit (ladies this is probably the case) just make sure you have a friend with one that doesn’t mind cooties. Remember to rinse and empty before you bring it!

Essential 2: Earplugs. You can get ’em fancy or you can get the foam classics, but get earplugs. You might say, “But, but, I go to a music festival to hear the music! Why would I put in plugs that make it harder for me to hear it???” That’s because when you listen to music on your phone, you get a warning at 85dB. When you listen to music at a festival, that beat is bumping at a steady 130dB all day long (keep in mind this is a logarithmic scale folks). You’ll hear the music just fine through those earplugs, but while you’re enjoying the show, they’re doing the important job of ensuring you don’t go deaf. You can even go fancy and get specialty buds that block only harmful noise as well!

Essential 3: During the day, you’re going to get some sun. I’m not a weatherman, we have our weather page for that, but it may be a lot of sun. Regardless of your complexion and how much sun you expect to have, just do yourself a favor and put on some sunscreen. You don’t want to be sunburned by day two and have to spend the rest of the festival watching your favorite artists from under the shelter of a far off tent. That’s no fun for anyone. 

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Sunscreen blocks harmful rays and keep your skin baby-smooth!

Fun-damental Packing List

Along with the essentials for survival, you may also want to bring some additional goodies to make your festival time a little more enjoyable. The following packing list has those good-time goodies that you should consider.

Goodie #1: Snacks! Granola and nuts are probably going to be your best bets. Nuts if you want to share, granola if you don’t. Why no protein bars? Because they’ll dehydrate you. Why no candy? Because it will melt, get gross and sticky, and generally be a mess.

Goodie #2: Sunglasses and spectral shades. One for the daytime and one for the night (at Shaky Beats at least). Sunglasses (or a hat if that’s your thing) are going to be a real necessity when it comes to keeping those eyes on the stage and not staring into the sun. Your spectral shades basically just act as little prisms, taking those pretty lights to the next level. If you think head, you can get them online for $2 instead of at the event for $20.

Goodie #3: Party Favors. Although you might get them away if you make yourself too obvious, people generally have little to no issue getting stuff in. It’s not my MO, but hey if you want some party favors to help you enjoy the show a little more, then by all means, bring all the party favors you want.

Stay posted for your daily Shaky post leading up to Shaky Beats! See Part two here and Part three here!

Gnome March 10th Annual

The Gnomes Came Marching Home..to Set the World Record!

If you ask me what I did this weekend, I’ll tell you. I Went to the Gnome March and watched a new world record be set! 

“You what…? Why?” 

Because I’m the Gnome Queen. 

For my unadventurous peers, discovering new events in the ATL may not be as easy as finding a leprechaun with a pot of gold. Yet this Gnome Queen will always have your hookup. 

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For those of us looking for some weird and interesting fun, the annual Inman Park Festival and Parade this past weekend was the place to be. The Parade hosts one of the most unique aspects of the spring calendar: the Krewe of the Grateful Glutton’s Guinness Book of World Record’s Gnome March.

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Beginning at the corners of Waddle St. and Edgewood Ave. in front of the amazing Revolution Doughnuts, participants were dressed to impress with a variety of outfits and accessories, including bright suspenders, dresses with aprons, boots galore, and of course the iconic red pointed hats. From Grandparents to Gnomeborns, (and even some out-of-towners) this queen couldn’t have been more proud. 

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The annual march, described as the “largest gathering of people dressed as garden gnomes”,” marked its 10th anniversary this past Saturday with Gnomes to spare. The tradition began at the first gnome gathering here in Atlanta in April 2007; however, in February 2011, Canadian affiliates of the film, Gnomeo & Juliet attended a movie screening with 266 participants. The tradition became even more widespread when the world record was captured by a group of 478 from Worcester, England in November 2011, and has been maintained ever since. Well, until last Saturday, that is.

Led by the Gnome Captain Chantelle Rytter, the march began with a mile long trek up Edgewood, forking into Euclid Ave. Along the path, spectators and vendors gave their rowdy support while providing free waters, snacks, and of course: beer, to the marchers.

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“This seriously is the best turn out we’ve ever had,” explained local participant Gnomer Simpson.  “It’s just really cool to see everyone come support something like this.”

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After a little bit of parade partying, the gnomes took a slight detour into “Gnome Field” where the official count by Gnome Leader Laura Miller began. I myself was counted at number 96 while my loving counterpart, the “Giant King,” stood at a solid 97. As the gnome numbers trickled in, (in an orderly, single file line. We aren’t heathens) our anticipation grew. 

“476…477..478…479! That’s it! We did it!”

At the sound of 479, the gnomes erupted.  

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Chanting and dancing amplified at each rising number until we hit the finale.  Finishing at an incredible 755 (take that Britain), Atlanta had once again proven that we are the most “astro-gnomical.”

For this Queen of the Gnomes, the Inman Park Parade and Festival couldn’t have gone any better. From the food and excitement to the sun and the ‘shrooms, spring had officially arrived. You’re up Canada.

Check out our events calendar for other fun, upcoming events in Atlanta!

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Meet Your New Best Friend at ZooPaws this Saturday!

If you are looking to bring a new furry friend into your family, ZooPaws just might have “the one!”  The pet adoption event is taking place this Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm  at the front gate of Zoo Atlanta.

The event is hosting multiple animal welfare organizations, including the Atlanta Humane Society, LifeLine Animal Project, Furkids Animal Rescue, Saint Frances Animal Center, Tri-State Humane Society, TLC Pet Rescue, Critical Care for Animal Angels, Operation Second Chance and Walton Animal Guild.  There will be hundreds of adoptable dogs and puppies of all different shapes and sizes, waiting to find their forever homes!  

Also in attendance will be Instagram famous pups @indythegoldendoodle and @doodleandthehound, to hand out “pawtographs” to their adoring fans.  And if you get hungry, ZooPaws is prepared to meet your needs, no matter what your personal taste!  There will be plenty of local food and snack options, including King of Pops, Yumbii Food Truck, Sweet Chimney Bakery, Spice the Americas and Smash Juice Café.

Just look at all these adorable pups that will be coming and are ready to be adopted!

 

We encourage all of you to go out and support your local animal welfare organizations at ZooPaws, even if your contribution is as is simple as loving on the pups and socializing with them, which is always appreciated! With so many adorable pups waiting to meet you and lots of great food, what’s not to be excited about? And who knows, you just might meet your next best friend!

Be sure to check out our events calendar for other events going on in ATL this weekend!

 

 

Inman Park Festival: What Not to Miss This Weekend

Nestled among a thick, green, urban canopy of dogwood and pine, the 10th Annual Inman Park Festival kicks off this weekend.  If you missed the Dogwood Festival, you won’t want to miss this one. And if you approach it like a novice you will still have a great time, but we here at ATL by Day want you to get so much out of it that security has to drag you away. There’s great food, a quirky parade, 3 music stages, a tour of homes, art vendors, and much more. I’ve been going to the festival for years and have volunteered in multiple facets, so here are a few tips and must-sees that I have gathered over the years.

The Parade

So many people skip or don’t even know about this part of the festival. Be sure to catch it if you can. Will this be the year that Inman Park Festival Parade breaks the Guinness Book World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as garden gnomes? This quirky parade is a barrel of fun if you “gnome” what I mean. You’ll surely get a tickle from the gnome-humored signs held by the red pointy-hat paraders. Be sure to bring a blanket or easy-to-carry lawn chair for the event. Additionally, consider bringing a fun-sized cooler for your refreshments.

Note: The parade starts at Edgewood and Euclid on Saturday, April 28th at 2:00 PM . It ends at Austin Avenue in Little Five Points.

Porch Parties

A site to admire about the homes of Inman Park are the immaculate porch setups. During the festival weekend some of these porches morph into a full scale lawn parties. You’ll see full bands performing, moon walks, and, of course, the southern tradition of corn hole. I’ve been fortunate to have a friend of a friend’s brother’s uncle’s roommate throw one of these. The point is: reach out to your connections to see if they or anyone they know is throwing a porch party for the festival. You’ll have a blast.

Food

Look for the The Pickle, seek The Pickle, be one with The Pickle. The Pickle is a food truck that pops up at a good number of Atlanta events. Not so much a typical-looking food truck, it’s more of a stretch, dill-colored conversion van in the shape of…yeah you guessed it, a pickle. While not exclusive to this festival, The Pickle offers the best food item available, the Cajun Chicken Egg Roll. They cut their egg roll at a sharp angle that beautifully reveals every mystery inside. The first bite makes all the following ones irresistible. The Cajun dipping sauce accents this culinary marvel beautifully. My other favorite festival food is the Island Noodles.

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Tour of Homes

You’ve seen the beautiful porches adorned with the Inman Park Neighborhood flag, which, if you look closely, you realize is more than just a butterfly. The wings have two faces hidden inside: one symbolizes the past of the neighborhood while the other symbolizes its future. You will get a chance to gather in the beauty of these homes which would make Chip and Joanna proud. (Admit it: we all have our favorite HGTV show.) Whether it’s International House Hunters or Fixer Upper, we all love seeing what people do to make a space come alive.

Note: Be sure to get your tickets on the Inman Park Festival website.

Volunteering

I’ve volunteered as a tour of homes house liaison, stage setup guy, and–my favorite–helping out in the beer tent. The beer station volunteer assignments run out fast, so you likely wont be able to get on it this time around, but there are still some other assignments left. Volunteering is a great way for you to engage with the community and meet new people while enjoying the special setting of Inman Park. The highlight of my time was getting to serve one heady brew to Atlanta’s biggest and best local weatherman, David Chandley. I’ll be serving y’all at the event on Sunday with my raucous local crew. Be sure to stop by and get a pour.

Bonus Tip on Art

I have a lot of art from the local neighborhood festivals in my home. Yes, some of the art is very expensive and unfortunately they don’t offer financing in the form of easy payments. I didn’t pay the listed price for any of these pieces; rather, we negotiated to a price we both found acceptable. Don’t be afraid to haggle! Most of them expect you to and prints will work just fine. Check to see if they can offer or have any on hand. You might have better chances on the last day when the event is coming to a close as vendors are trying to unload their inventory.

Inman Park Festival is a fine event for all age groups and people. There is something for everyone. The kiddos even get their own play zone. This year they are planning even more FREE activities, some of which will include slides, obstacle courses, crafts, a great playground, riding toys, and the opportunity to join a circus! At ATLBYDAY we hope you make the most out of the festival, bringing everyone on your obnoxious group texts with you.

Did we miss something or do you have a tip? Please feel free to post in the comments.

 

 

 

 

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.

The Village Theatre
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.

Village Theatre Bartender
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!