Date Night on a budget: Live music | Ice Cream | Art | Zoo

Rock On

Is no one listening to us in Atlanta? The Society of American Travel Writers jut released its list of North America’s Top 10 Cities for Live Music, and Atlanta wasn’t among them. I’ve lived in Austin, Texas, where the live music scene is pretty hot. It’s not bad here, though, and when it comes to cheap dates, few things deliver like live music. So, judge for yourself where Atlanta stands after checking out spots like Variety Playhouse, Eddie’s Attic, Smith’s Olde Bar, 529 and The Earl. Do yourself a favor by purchasing tickets in advance, and be on the lookout for specials. Tickets range from $5 each, to about $12-$15, depending on the band and venue.

Arts Festivals

Just the name, Hapeville Happy Days Festival, makes you feel good inside. That’s what you want on a date, right? Festivals of all kinds are great on the wallet and enjoyable as well. Lucky for us, there are a few on the calendar in metro Atlanta. For starters, the Atlanta Arts Festival returns Sept. 12-13 to Piedmont Park. More than 200 artisans will display their work, including paintings, photography, mixed media, jewelry, wood craftsmanship and more. But you’re not limited to a Midtown excursion, though. Art in the Park in Marietta Square, with 130 artists, is Sept. 5-7. The Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park is Sept. 10-13, and is free with a $10 park admission. The Hapeville Happy Days arts festival is Sept. 18-19, and features a Friday night concert and live music on Saturday.

Your Wild Side

Everyone has one, don’t they? But how does your wild side compare to the lions and tigers at Zoo Atlanta. Zoos don’t always smell great, and the food is never good. But on the fun date meter, it’s way up there. Arrive before 11 a.m. through Aug. 30, mention the promo ‘beat the heat’ and get $5 off the general admission price of $18.99.


I remember one of my birthday parties as a young girl, we gathered on my aunt’s front porch and made homemade ice cream. We were crankin’ the machine, much like they’ll do at the 5th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ on Sunday, from 2-4 p.m. on Roswell Square. The best dates often include ice cream and on this one, for $5 a piece, you can get the best homemade ice cream, voted on by celebrity judges. Plus, it’s raising money for the Drake House, which provides emergency residential housing for women and children in North Fulton. Whether it’s a first date or one of many in a long married life, nothing says I’m into you better than sharing conversation over ice cream. If you can’t make this event, circle on your calendar Sept. 24, when you can get ice cream with a donation from Cold Stone Creamery, to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Allen Nyhuis

August 29th, 2009
3:30 pm

Zoo Atlanta truly is a great place to see animals, with its giant pandas and one of the nation’s very best gorilla habitats.

Allen Nyhuis, Coauthor: America’s Best Zoos