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Enjoy the crowds: fun tax-free shopping days events

A tax-free holiday line in 2003. Doesn't mean you have can't have fun. AJC file photo.

I have seen those lines, those crowds, those frantic grabbers of computers and kids shoes. Surely I’m not the only one exhausted and a little scared at the thought of shopping during Georgia’s tax-free holiday July 30 through August 2.

But if you absolutely must — Maybe you love it? The tax-free price is too enticing? You proooooommmmmmiiiisssed! a certain someone? — at least try to have some fun.

Here are some events going on around Atlanta area shopping centers during the tax-free weekend: movies to see, music to hear, good to give. Some are kid-perfect, some are better for adults who need to escape the clutches of back-to-school shoppers. (Plenty of malls have giveaways and special discounts going during the tax-free holidays, but this list generally shares fun thing to do, not fun things to buy. If you’re all about the take home and the good deals, check out Rana Cash’s Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog.)

I’m happy to tweak the list, too! Share other events and nearby escapes in the comments, or via Twitter @insideaccess.

Tax-free weekend shopping center events:

Arbor Place Mall, 6700 Douglas Boulevard in Douglasville

  • Free Family Film Fest: “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” and “Kung Fu Panda” show for free, 10 a.m., July 30 at Regal Cinema.

Atlantic Station, 17th Street in Midtown in Atlanta

  • Movies & The Market: “Hotel for Dogs” shows free at 8:45 p.m. July 30 in Central Park.
  • Open-air market: Final weekend for outdoor market featuring antiques, art etc., 11 a.m.-sunset on Saturday, noon-sunset on Sunday in Central Park.

Discover Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville

  • Kidgits Club Back-to-School Bash: Arts, crafts and activities, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Food Court.
  • TOOTS Live: Characters, music, activities, contests and prizes based on the elephant herd at Tootsville.com. Noon-6 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Food Court.
  • Back to School Backpack Drive: Donate backpacks and school supplies at Guest Services. July 30-Aug. 2.

Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth

  • Freeze Frame Modeling: Back-to-school fashion show. 2-4 p.m. Aug. 1, Center Court stage.
  • TOOTS Live: Characters, music, activities, contests and prizes based on the elephant herd at Tootsville.com. 1-6 p.m. Aug. 1, Upper Level Center Court.
  • Back to School Backpack Drive: Donate backpacks and school supplies at Guest Services. July 30-Aug. 2.
  • LifeSouth Community Blood Drive: Blood drive runs July 31-Aug. 2 at the LifeSouth location on the upper level next to Belk.

Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road NE in Atlanta

  • Back to School Backpack Drive: Donate backpacks and school supplies at Guest Services. July 30-Aug. 2. For every backpack donated, you receive a free valet parking voucher good for future mall visits.

Little Five Points, Moreland and Euclid avenues in Atlanta

  • Tommy Emmanuel performs: 8 p.m. July 30 at The Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE.
  • Grupo Fantasma performs with Batata Doce: 8:30 p.m. July 31 at The Variety Playhouse.
  • Eric Lindell performs with The Soulshakers: 9 p.m. July 31 at the Star Community Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. in Atlanta.

Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive in Buford

  • Summer Concert Series: free live music, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at The Village.
  • Movies Under the Stars: free screening of “Hoodwinked” begins at dusk on a 42-foot screen, Aug. 1 at The Village.

The Mall at Stonecrest, 2929 Turner Hill Road in Lithonia

  • Tracie Howard Book Signing: “Gold Diggers” author signs “Friends & Fauxs,” 7 p.m. July 30 at Borders Books & Music.

Northlake Mall, 4800 Briarcliff Road in Atlanta

  • Back to School Backpack Drive: Donate backpacks and school supplies at Guest Services. July 30-Aug. 2.

Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE in Atlanta

  • Back to School Backpack Drive: Donate backpacks and school supplies at Guest Services. July 30-Aug. 2. For every backpack donated, you receive a free valet parking voucher good for future mall visits.

Town Center at Cobb, 400 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw

  • Jonas Brothers Ticket/Meet & Greet Giveaway: Radio Disney will give away one pair of tickets to meet and greet and see the Joans Brothers. The winner must be present to win. 1-3 p.m. Aug. 1.
  • Back to School Backpack Drive: Donate backpacks and school supplies at Guest Services. July 30-Aug. 2.

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Blaxar Savajez

July 29th, 2009
6:36 pm

Shop Online instead and avoid all of Atlanta’s infamous THUGZ.

Jamie Gumbrecht

July 29th, 2009
3:21 pm

Not Being a Victim Ever Again: I’m so sorry to hear what happened to you, and I’m sorry if I came across as flippant or condescending, but I wholeheartedly believe that readers relying on this post for entertainment info can make their own decisions about where they’re going and whether they think it’s safe — without negative stereotypes playing out in the comments. This is not an appropriate forum for the topic. Unfortunately, crime happens everywhere — at shopping centers, but also in homes, schools and neighborhoods. Like you, most of us have experienced it, or someone close to us has. We can’t always live in fear; I hope this post, rather, will give people more information to have a fun, easy weekend of shopping, if they choose. Thanks for sharing your perspective!

Rochelle

July 29th, 2009
1:11 pm

All ya’ll crazy and need Jesus

Not Being a Victim Ever Again

July 29th, 2009
12:30 pm

Jamie, I hope and pray you NEVER, EVER get robbed at gun or knife point at one of these Atlanta-area shopping malls like my family and I have. If you ever have to look and see the look of horror and tears in your child’s eyes when a rude & vicious lowlife thug is holding a knife to your throat and demanding your purse and your car keys and whatever is in your shopping bags, I doubt you will have such a condescending or flippant attitude to those of us who have. It just isn’t worth losing everything you have including your life or your child just to get something for free or save a few dollars on sales tax. Life is too short and too precious. Bless you and have a blessed day, Jamie.