Alas, the weekend isn’t any closer — I just moved the Weekend To Do List up one day so you could plan early for this overflowing Labor Day weekend.
Some of the events below are sold out, but surrounded by free, public events. Some of them won’t be your cup of sweet tea, but you’ll want to know they’re going on, if just to avoid the traffic or understand why there’s a Stormtrooper in the food court. For a complete, searchable list of fun stuff to do, check out the AccessAtlanta.com calendar.
I’ll be checking in from some of these events throughout the weekend, so keep an eye on the blog, and on Twitter, @insideaccess.
To quote my Grandma Gumbrecht, have fun and be careful!
- Jamie G.
Art: Art in the Park features 130 artists through Sept. 5-7, Marietta Square, Marietta. FREE.
Art: Arts on the Creek Festival features live performances of dance music and more and an arts market Sept. 5-6, Perimeter Church, Johns Creek. FREE.
Books: AJC Decatur Book Festival gathers authors, readers, musicians and others together for a family-friendly weekend of literature loving through Sept. 4-6, downtown Decatur. Know Before You Go info.
Community: Black Gay Pride continues with parties and performances through Sept. 7. Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, Atlanta.
Community: Family Festival and kids races in support of the U.S. 10K Classic continues Sept. 5-6, Galleria Gardens, Atlanta.
Community: Pioneer Days includes music, arts & crafts, rides and fireworks Sept. 4-7, Sam Smith Park, Cartersville.
Popular Culture: Dragon*Con, a multi-media convention for science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art music and film opens and continues Sept. 4-7, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta and Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Know before you go info.
Comedy: The Snack Pack comedy troupe performs “Fall Out Fridays,” 8 p.m., Apache Cafe, Atlanta.
History: Re-enactment for the 145th Anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta through Sept. 6, Nash Farm Battlefield, Hampton.
Music: Outdoor Concert Series featuring Hawks & Thrashers Street Tour, 7 p.m., Suwanee Town Center Park, Suwanee. FREE.
Outdoors: “Snore with Moore” late-night garden exploration around the sculptures of Henry Moore, 5-10 p.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta.
Sports: Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds series begins, 7:30 p.m., Turner Field, Atlanta.
Visual Art: First Friday Art Walk, 6-9 p.m., various galleries, Marietta. FREE.
Art: 24-hour Art Lock-in, 8 p.m., WonderRoot, Atlanta.
Community: Collective Renaissance Guild’s Power Generation Conference 2009, 3 p.m., Atlanta Symphony Hall at Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta. FREE. REGISTRATION FULL.
For families: Super Heroes Weekend continues through Sept. 7, Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta.
Music: Collective Soul performs with Drivin n Cryin, 3 p.m., Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. FREE.
Music: Jamie Foxx performs, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta.
Parade: Dragon*Con Parade, 10 a.m., Peachtree Stree north from Woodruff Park, Atlanta. FREE.
Parade: AJC Decatur Book Festival Children’s Parade led by Loren Long, 9 a.m., Fidelity Bank, Decatur. FREE.
Sports: Metro Atlanta Cycling Club’s “One Love Century” bike ride, 6:45 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. ride, Stonewall Tell Elementary School, College Park.
Sports: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Jacksonville State University Gamecocks football game, 1 p.m., Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta.
Sports: Gwinnett Braves vs. Charlotte Knights series begins, 6 p.m., Gwinnett Braves Stadium, Lawrenceville.
Music: Starlight Drive-Invasion and 60th Anniversary Celebration features Los Straitjackets, Detroit Cobras and more, 11 a.m., Starlight Drive-In Theatre, Atlanta.
Music: House in the Park festival, noon-8 p.m., Perkerson Park, Atlanta. FREE.
Music: Fruit Bats performs with Death Vessel, Night Driving and In Small Towns, 8 p.m., The EARL, Atlanta.
Stage: “Walk Like a Man” goes on as part of Black Gay Pride, 3 p.m., 14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta.
Visual art: “Create, Destroy, Rebuild” featuring artists Mike Germon, Plastic Aztecs, J.r. Schulz, Emily Maxwell and others, noon-6 p.m., Beep Beep Gallery, Atlanta. FREE.
Sports: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series-Peps Boys Auto 500, 7 p.m., Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton.
Food: Slow Food Picnic, Piedmont Park, Atlanta.
Not for kids: Brew with a View, 1-10 p.m., Eart Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta. FREE.
Music: WRFG Labor Day Blues Barbecue featuring Beverly “Guitar” Watkins and others, 1-8:30 p.m., Park Tavern, Atlanta.
Visual art: “The Screening Room” features works by Totem, Hesk, Lance and others, noon-8 p.m., Young Blood Gallery, Atlanta. FREE.
Sports: U.S. 10K Classic multi-event road race, 7 a.m., Atlanta.
Got an event, venue, restaurant or performance in and around Atlanta? Add it to the AccessAtlanta.com calendar.
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