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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.

15 comments Add your comment

wonderful09

July 29th, 2009
11:06 am

Thanks Jamie- that really needed to be said!!!
This is a great website. I am always look for things to do around town. I have never taken advantage of tax-free weekend but this year is an exception. I need a new laptop and I have a daughter graduating this year and the expenses of that are really adding up. I only wish I could get a discount on her pictures this weekend

nuphaz2

July 29th, 2009
7:04 am

what’s wron with you people. This list even incues Phipps Plz and you think it a thug hang out. This article is so different than the posts. Nobody has more children for backpacks. We are living in a tough economy. Every little bithelps a struggling family. But do know the increased sales help RETAILERS. There are almost 300k unemployed Georgians. For those of us not having he sam experience, ponder this. The un-educated\under-educated children of today could be the burden of society tomorrow.

Jamie Gumbrecht

July 29th, 2009
12:20 am

Hey folks, we’re not discussing crime or your opinion on who goes shopping. Nobody is going to force anyone to buy stuff, to watch “Hotel for Dogs” or to donate a backpack. This post is obviously meant to inform willing shoppers about fun to be had during the tax-free holiday. Stay on topic. Many thanks to those who are, and to those moving the conversation forward!

SayWhat?

July 28th, 2009
10:45 pm

It’s not worth going out into the insanity to save the $4.23 I might save on taxes. On the other hand, it we could go to the fair tax plan, then I’d have enough money to buy my kid’s school stuff without a “tax free holiday.”

Kat

July 28th, 2009
10:20 pm

Chris: Though I agree with your comment in general, I’m not sure any woman (though I could be wrong) would have additional children JUST to get stuff like a backpack for free. Though that is probably not on their mind in the backseat of some beater car that in 6 years, they can send kiddies to school with backpacks bought with someone else’s dime.

Chris

July 28th, 2009
10:00 pm

no one ever gave me a free backpack but now you can just show up begging and get all the stuff for free for your kids (all nine of the kids) and they want me to give up my money for a mother who is not stopping herself from over population of the earth so it this not rewarding folks for having children just to get stuff for free

Courtney

July 28th, 2009
9:44 pm

It is amazing how many Thugs hang out at malls. I guess I would too if I lived in a crack house or ghetto.

BigBalls

July 28th, 2009
9:39 pm

Ken, sounds like you don’t get out much. There’s danger everywhere. A tree could fall on your house for God’s sake. Take some risk and get out there and enjoy life. Life is uncertain and tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Besides that, you’ve exaggerated. Most of those places are pretty decent. Grow some “balls”!

ladilovely

July 28th, 2009
9:30 pm

Always, someone has to start with negativity. Think positive and say it will be a wonderful event at all locations.

Ken

July 28th, 2009
9:16 pm

You are in danger of getting shot or robbed at any of those places except Town Center or Mall of GA. Everywhere else is pretty much thug infested.