ATL by Night Highlights for Oct 5th – 7th

I feel like you should start thinking ahead to October, because the spring and the fall is when this city goes INSANE with things to do at all times of the day and night.

The weekend of October 5th-7th kicks off a wonderful, event-filled month in Atlanta. First off is the A3C Festival, a hip hop music and culture event that is both a conference and a music festival. Most of the conference panels, meet and greets, and networking activities are scheduled October 3-5, leaving Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th dedicated to musical acts like Wu-Tang Clan, Lil Wayne, Talib Kweli and Young M.A.

Also happening but a separate event: the 8th annual Atlanta Hip Hop Day. This free, two-day music festival will be happening downtown at Woodruff Park. It will feature artists such as Skooly, Kwony Cash, and Lil Zane. Hosted by DJ Scream of 96.7 The Beat, this Saturday-Sunday outdoor get together will definitely make heads bounce, if not break some backs with sick beats.

Steve Aoki is playing at Ravine on Saturday, October 6th. Aoki hasn’t played in Atlanta for two years, and it feels like FOREVER since Midtown got that lit on a Saturday. This time, Aoki will be taking the EDM fire inside Ravine–no outside block party! It is going to be air conditioned for your sexy good times. Will there be cake thrown? Will this party be as crazy as I think it will be? I hope the answer to both questions is “YES!”  UPDATE: Beware Presents says there will definitely be cake thrown!

529 in EAV is throwing a great hip hop concert on Friday, October 5th titled We Are The Gard featuring Bumpy Knuckles, Breakbeat Lou and Opio. This is an official A3C Festival showcase, so you are guaranteed to hear something exquisite from the lineup. Free admission with A3C festival 5-day pass or tickets at the door

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The Sweet Auburn Music Fest is happening over Irwin Street this weekend as well. The two-day, FREE and family friendly music, food and arts gathering has a lot to offer: “From upcoming hip hop acts, to timeless R&B & Gospel stars, to Rap veterans, to Alternative Greats, the Sweet Auburn Music Fest has it all.”

What about the games and watch parties?? Sidebar is hosting UFC viewing party on Saturday afternoon and a Falcons-Steelers watch party on Sunday.

Looks like the start of a jam-packed October in the A–keep having fun, Atlanta!

 

 

 

 

The Cheese Festival Atlanta

Do you enjoy munching on various cheeses and meats from around the world? Do you take pleasure in tasting deliciously crafted beer and wines? Do you feel sophisticated when you hear the word “charcuterie”?

Well then, get ready because the Gnome Queen has the event for you!

It’s the 6th Annual: Cheese Festival Atlanta!

Started in 2012 by Gourmet Foods International, this amazing event brings an assortment of national and international artisan cheese makers’ right here to Atlanta. The event will take place from 5 P.M.-10 P.M. Friday, September 28th at the Historic Fourth Ward Park.

As of now, General Admission tickets include samplings of over 100 cheese and meat vendors, live music from Rachel Baiman, and access to the one and only: “Meltdown Competition”.  The Meltdown Competition features popular Atlanta chefs “grilling it out” for the highly honored People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Awards.

Patrons can also partake in an education class detailing the history and fermentation process of olives hosted by Divina; a “Pig and Pint” of charcuterie and beer pairings from Spotted Trotter; and finally, the Cheesemaker Unplugged/Uncensored: Meet the Maker. This session will feature cheese maker: Cellars at Jasper Hill who were awarded the 2018 “Best in Show” at the American Cheese Society Conference.

Now, for those of you who want a little bit more cheese-time with a specific drink pairing, then the VIP tickets are just for you. These tickets will include a seat in one of three select VIP-only pairing sessions and a VIP-only item upon festival entry.  The pairing sessions comprise of a Beer, Wine or Champagne option and will have a variety of times offered throughout the evening.

For the Gnome Queen, an amazing aspect of this delicious event includes a portion of all proceeds going to the local nonprofit: Giving Kitchen.  Giving Kitchen was started in May of 2013 by local community Chef Ryan Hidinger and his wife Jen Hidinger in response to Ryan’s stage-four cancer diagnosis.

Giving Kitchen’s mission is to provide emergency financial assistance to restaurant workers and their families while in need. Through the Giving Kitchen Crisis Grants, over 1100 workers have been served not only in Atlanta, but in 47 counties across the state of Georgia.

So, if none of that sparked your interest in attending the wondrous Cheese Festival, then you are not only cold and heartless, but clearly you don’t appreciate the value of cheese, meats, and alcohol.

To Purchase Tickets: https://www.bigtickets.com/e/gfi/cheese-fest-atlanta

To Make a Donation to Giving Kitchen: https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/d11bff52-0cd0-44d8-9403-465614e4f342

 

Atlanta Traffic

Best Events This Week in Atlanta: 5/7 – 5/10

Best Events This week in Atlanta: 5/7-5/10

We’re back with our weekly posts! We took a week to get our Calendar up and running, but now it’s looking nice and full for the week. Don’t worry, we’re going to keep these Best Events posts coming each week! It’s Shaky Beats week, but there’s plenty of music to get yourself hyped up – like Breathe Carolina at Opera. Not into EDM? Well the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has its free concert in the park! You can also check out the cast of Whose Line is it Anyway at the Tabernacle on Tuesday, or the open of Benjamin Franklin: American Gigolo for some laughs!

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Art:

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Bars & Brews:

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Clubs:

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Comedy:

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Food and Drink:

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Music:

  • Butcher Brown is playing at Aisle 5 at 9pm. Butcher is a progressive jazz band reminiscent of those from the 60’s and 70’s. They add tones of modern funk and hip-hop to their music for a new twist. The opener is Visitors – an instrumental collaboration based in improvisation and mixed-meter rhythm.

Social:

  • Dad’s Garage is hosting their monthly game night starting at 7pm! They’ll have board games and video games, plus plenty of drinks for everyone. It’s free to come out and play so be sure to stop by and bring friends!
  • Come out to the All the Nerdy Ladies Meet-Up at Joystick! Ever feel like there are no other nerdy girls around? Well here’s your answer – All the Nerdy Ladies is a relaxed social hour open to everyone to come by and chat. The meet-up is from 7-10pm.

Sports:

  • Still looking!

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Art:

  • Still looking!

Bars & Brews:

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Clubs:

  • Still looking!

Comedy:

  • Come out to the Tabernacle to see the crew of Whose Line is it Anyway on stage! Jeff Davis, Joel Murray, Ryan Stiles, and Greg Proops will be coming out with special guest Dave Foley. Get your tickets here. Doors open at 6:30pm, show at 7:30.

Food and Drink:

  • Still looking!

Music:

  • The Hot Club of Cowtown will be playing at Eddie’s Attic! The trio features a fiddle, a guitar and a bass. The group plays a combination of hot jazz and western swing, and recently has been playing a surge of acoustic styled folk and blues. Come see the Texas trio in action! Doors at 6:30pm, show at 8pm.

Social:

  • Still looking!

Sports:

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Art:

  • It’s the last week to catch Actor’s Express’ newest comedy: The Flower Room! The show will be ongoing from Wednesday-Sunday. It tells the story of an uptight academic that turns to writing lude novels to pay the bills.

Bars & Brews:

  • Still looking!

Clubs:

  • Still looking!

Comedy:

  • Still looking!

Food and Drink:

  • Still looking!

Music:

  • Brendan James will be playing at Eddie’s Attic! Brendan is a piano-based singer-songwriter. He’s just released his fifth album “Simplify” which is an elegant and emotionally direct collection of jams. He’s been featured on shows such as Private Practice, American Idol, Bones, So You Think You Can Dance, and One Tree Hill. Doors at 6:30, show at 7:30pm.

Social:

  • Still looking!

Sports:

  • Still looking!

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Art:

  • Intro to Watercolor is an ongoing workshop taught by local artist Crystal Desai. Students will learn about watercolor materials and techniques, as well as styles from realism to abstraction.
  • It’s the last week to catch Actor’s Express’ newest comedy: The Flower Room! The show will be ongoing from Wednesday-Sunday. It tells the story of an uptight academic that turns to writing lude novels to pay the bills.

Bars & Brews:

  • Still looking!

Clubs:

  • ContrastATL is holding its pre-Shaky Beats Techno and Future Industrial House night at 9pm. UUEIRD is exploring some deep and dark dance music in the forefront of the industrial EDM sub-genre. Your lineup includes Shift Mojo, Asesame, and CANVAS. Come out to Edgewood Speakeasy to dance like it’s 2020.
  • Come out to Opera to check out Breathe Carolina! The EDM duo hails from Denver and is comprised of David Schmitt and Tommy Cooperman. Breathe Carolina has had radio hits as well as huge hits within the EDM community. Come out and you’re guaranteed a solid show, Opera always kills it with EDM.

Comedy:

  • Come out to the Laughing Skull Lounge for Comedy Clubhouse! Comedians Andrew George and Bob Place host the Comedy Clubhouse this Thursday! Comedians will get 5 minutes to do 3 things: Prepare material, crowd work, and improv on a topic from “The Wheel”. Meanwhile Andrew and Bob will chime in with commentary, tags, premises, and jokes. Get your tickets here!

Food and Drink:

  • Still looking!

Music:

  • The Wonder Years are a Philly band made up of old friends, playing rock and roll music like they mean it. They’ve played in 30 countries and now they’re bringing their talents to the Masquerade. Get your tickets here. Show starts at 6pm.
  • Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters are coming to Eddie’s Attic as part of a tour with their new self-titled album. They have an old-school country attitude with influences of rock and folk. Platt has been universally praised along with the rest of the Honeycutters. Doors open at 6, show starts at 7pm.
  • Head to the Atlanta Beltline’s Historic Fourth Ward Park at 7:30pm for an evening show with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Assistant Conductor Stephen Mulligan and Associate Concertmaster Justin Bruns will lead the ASO in a program featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Rossini’s Overture to L’italiana in Algeri and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.4, “Italian.” This event is going to be phenomenal, and it’s totally free! For the non-classically inclined, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is one of the most impressive pieces to hear live. See it, hear it, love it!
  • Venkman’s Free Early Show will feature the Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra. The Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra is Atlanta’s newest sound. Legendary music from Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, and Perez Prado plus the newest Latin JAzz Big Band hits will keep you on your feet. The Orchestra is led by the talented Rob Opitz so you’ll be in good hands all night.
  • The Lil Smokies will be playing at Smith’s Olde Bar at 8pm. With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The Montana quintet has recently won Best Band from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
  • CHEE will be playing at Aisle 5 at 9pm. South African producer CHEE has a unique hybrid design due to his heavy dancefloor drum&bass sound mixed with raw rap. Come too for Shield, Hiku, and Houman.
  • Lindsay Lou will be playing at Eddie’s Attic at 9pm. Lindsay has been featured in festivals from Scotland to California with their deep grooves. Come for the soul and intensity, stay for the themes and intimacy.

Social:

  • Still looking!

Sports:

  • Still looking!

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Music Festival Generic Picture

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. 

Sunscreen
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!

Atlanta Traffic

Best Events This Week in Atlanta: 4/23- 4/26

Best Events This week in Atlanta: 4/23-4/26

This is a week for comedy! Be on the lookout starting Thursday for the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and Dad’s Garage’s World Domination Improv Tournament. Also BURGER WEEK. See your best resource right here. We’re getting this post out a bit late this week due to some upcoming site changes, so stay posted! I can’t say too much, but you’re gonna love it.

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Art:

  • Still looking!

Bars & Brews:

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Clubs:

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Comedy:

  • Still looking!

Food and Drink:

  • It’s Atlanta Burger Week! 40+ restaurants, $5 burgers, Monday to Sunday. Eat your hearts out Atlanta. But actually, you may need a coronary bypass after this. Your best resource for the burger week? Right here on ATL by Day.
  • Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company of Lexington VA is throwing a Trail Magic Beer Dinner, in which they’ll be providing a 5 course dinner and beers at Bluetop (5362 Peachtree Rd) in Chamblee. The dinner starts at 5:30pm and runs $70 but sounds absolutely delicious! Get your tickets here.

Music:

Social:

  • Still looking!

Sports:

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Art:

  • Still looking!

Bars & Brews:

Clubs:

  • Still looking!

Comedy:

  • Whole World Improv Theater (1216 Spring St. NW) will hold an Improv 101 class from 7-9pm. This is part of an 8 week course to teach you improv and scene study, so you’ll be learning a ton for the cost of $230. Toss in the free tickets to Whole World Shows, and that’s a damn good deal. See more info for sign-ups here.

Food and Drink:

  • It’s Atlanta Burger Week! 40+ restaurants, $5 burgers, Monday to Sunday. Eat your hearts out Atlanta. But actually, you may need a coronary bypass after this. Your best resource for the burger week? Right here on ATL by Day.

Music:

  • Septymber will be playing at Smith’s Olde Bar (1578 Piedmont Ave NE) at 7pm with openers Miki Fiki and Jacque Jordan. Septymber is a rap, scat, and soul singer. Tickets run $7 advance, $10 day-of.
  • Hadag Nahash will be playing at City Winery (650 North Avenue) from 8-10pm. Hadag Nahash means Snake Fish, and is one of the most successful Israeli pop acts today incorporating jazz, electro, rock, and Middle Eastern sounds.
  • Dead Horses will be playing at Eddie’s Attic (515 N McDonough St.) with opener Kate Rhudy. It’ll be a night of contemporary indie folk, so get your denim on. The show starts at 9pm, see tickets here for $12-16.

Social:

  • Still looking!

Sports:

  • Still looking!

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Art:

  • Still looking!

Bars & Brews:

  • Still looking!

Clubs:

  • Still looking!

Comedy:

  • Dad’s Garage is has their World Domination Improv Festival this weekend and Richard Kickers will be kicking it off with the World Dom Kick Off Jam! Come out at 8pm, the show is free!
  • Joystick Gamebar (427 Edgewood Ave SE) will feature Enigma: An Improv Game Show at 10pm. This game show gives you a chance to play along with improv comedians through a twisted game of imagination!

Food and Drink:

  • It’s Atlanta Burger Week! 40+ restaurants, $5 burgers, Monday to Sunday. Eat your hearts out Atlanta. But actually, you may need a coronary bypass after this. Your best resource for the burger week? Right here on ATL by Day.
  • Bellina Alimentari at Ponce City Market (675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE) will hold a filled pasta making class from 6:30-8:30pm. They’ll teach you how to make authentic rolled pasta and sealed ravioli! Then you get to take home and eat your fresh pasta. All this for $54 – get your tickets here.

Music:

Social:

Sports:

  • Still looking!

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Art:

Bars & Brews:

  • Still looking!

Clubs:

  • Still looking!

Comedy:

Food and Drink:

  • It’s Atlanta Burger Week! 40+ restaurants, $5 burgers, Monday to Sunday. Eat your hearts out Atlanta. But actually, you may need a coronary bypass after this. Your best resource for the burger week? Right here on ATL by Day.

Music:

Social:

Sports:

  • Still looking!

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Atlanta Piedmont Park

Best Events This Weekend in Atlanta: 4/13 – 4/15

Best Events This Weekend in Atlanta: 4/13-4/15

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Art:

  • The ARTlanta Fair will begin run from Thursday the 12th to Sunday the 15th. The Fair is at Historic Fort McPherson (1379 Bartow St. NW) and runs from 12-11:30pm, with a focus on the 18+ crowd after 8pm.

Nightlife:

Comedy:

  • The Punchline (3652 Roswell Rd. NE) is featuring K-von of MTV’s “Disaster Date” this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Friday showtimes are 8pm and 10pm. Tickets are $25 Friday and Saturday, $20 Sunday night.
  • The Laughing Skull Lounge (878 Peachtree St. NW) is hosting the “Best of Atlanta Comedy Showcase” Thursday-Sunday. Each show will feature 10 comedians performing 10min sets. Friday showtimes are 8pm and 10:30pm. General admission tickets are $17, assigned seats $20-$25. Chris Tucker made a surprise performance a few weeks ago, so this is definitely not something you want to miss.

Food and Drink:

Music:

Social:

Sports:

  • Still looking!

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Art:

Nightlife:

  • Still looking!

Comedy:

  • The Punchline (3652 Roswell Rd. NE) is featuring K-von of MTV’s “Disaster Date” this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Saturday showtimes are 8pm and 10pm. Tickets are $25 Friday and Saturday, $20 Sunday night.
  • The Laughing Skull Lounge (878 Peachtree St. NW) is hosting the “Best of Atlanta Comedy Showcase” Thursday-Sunday. Each show will feature 10 comedians performing 10min sets. Saturday showtimes are 8pm and 10:30pm. General admission tickets are $17, assigned seats $20-$25. Chris Tucker made a surprise performance a few weeks ago, so this is definitely not something you want to miss.

Food and Drink:

  • Firenza Pizza (2200 Peachtree Industrial Dr) will be hosting its grand opening this weekend, with a special bonus this Friday and Saturday. The first 10 people in line will get FREE PIZZA FOR A YEAR. The restaurant opens at 11am, so get on this.
  • The 82nd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival will be in Piedmont Park (Festival Map here) all weekend! Saturday features Backyard Bites & Brews, which features bites and drinks from local Atlanta chefs and breweries. Tickets are $35 online, $40 onsite while available. This provides a VIP experience, with food and beer tasting, VIP tent access, and private seating and restrooms. For $50 online and $60 onsite you can get the same, plus 4 drink tickets for something a bit more boozy.
  • The Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED to June 16th-17th. Thank you for the tip Alyssa!
  • The Virginia-Highland’s Enchanted Pub Crawl will take place from 4pm-11pm. Not only will this event be the perfect opportunity to spend a day dressed like the princess (or prince) that you are, it will also help raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Tickets start at $25. Registration is at the host bar, Diesel Filling Station.

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Art:

Nightlife:

  • Still looking!

Comedy:

  • The Punchline (3652 Roswell Rd. NE) is featuring K-von of MTV’s “Disaster Date” this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Sunday’s show is at 7pm. Tickets are $25 Friday and Saturday, $20 Sunday night.
  • The Laughing Skull Lounge (878 Peachtree St. NW) is hosting the “Best of Atlanta Comedy Showcase” Thursday-Sunday. Each show will feature 10 comedians performing 10min sets. Sunday’s show is at 7pm. General admission tickets are $17, assigned seats $20-$25. Chris Tucker made a surprise performance a few weeks ago, so this is definitely not something you want to miss.

Food and Drink:

Music:

Social:

Sports:

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Nothing interesting going on this week?

Check out our growing list of events that occur every week and you’ll have plenty of options!



Help us make this list complete!

If your business has an event or you know of an event that you would like added to next week’s list, submit an event!

We hope that together we can make our lists as complete as possible!