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Weekend To Do List: September 4-7

Last year's AJC Decatur Book Festival children's parade had a Madeline theme. Watch out — the theme for this weekend's festival parade is tractors. AJC file photo

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 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: Britney Spears performs, Philips Arena, 7:30 p.m., Atlanta. Concert preview

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: Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between Alabama and Virginia Tech, 8 p.m., Georgia Dome, Atlanta. “What to know before you go” event info.

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.

History: Final Day for “Titanic Aquatic,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta. (Exhibition review)

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 calendar.

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29 comments Add your comment

Wesley Wallace

September 7th, 2009
8:41 am

I am an original member of DAGR from 1987 when Dragon*Con was just getting started, and I live in Alpharetta. Ellie probably has close friends that are affiliated with Dragon*Con. They ditch her to go to the convention, and she doesn’t even know it. They are weirded out by the fact that she doesn’t read, but they are too nice to say anything that might hurt her feelings. A lot of the Stargate celebrities were there this weekend, and everyone looked like they had a great time. There were a lot of families there as well. It is amazing how much time and effort people put into their costumes. It really makes it an amazing experience.


September 6th, 2009
10:42 am


You are clearly misguided. What no Sorority party this weekend? Is a fun SAFE event in Atlanta where people enjoy a hobby. Sure beats the 3 drunken fraternity boys pounding bud lights a cussing up a storm in the bathroom yesterday. Clearly nobody asked for you to go, and nor your opinion. Go back to Alpharetta where your belong!

Other wise Dragon Con was GREAT yesterday. The hotel staff was great. About the only play I feel safe with my 11 year old and 15 year old to wonder around with out parents.


September 6th, 2009
2:41 am

sorry folks – I have been here 27 years and it is booorrriiiing. Seriously, when have the arts, theatre, museum (s) and overall cultural things to do (besides clogging) been either supported or reinvented?? In fact, anything that smacks of culture is usually the first to go., – you know it’s liberal communism/socialism stuff tha does not belong in the precious christian south. If this sound angry it is because I am. How much shopping and playing tennis/golf can one do?? Education and culture make a city and all the emphasis that is put on sports has still not made one great team here yet. I know I will get hell for this but really., -think about what has made Chicago and San Fran, Boston and NYC great cities?? Not picnics or parades. We need to really support the arts.


September 5th, 2009
10:50 am

Everything shuts down in this city at 9. I hate Atlanta. Yeah, yeah. I’ll move when I am ready.

I have never heard anybody complain about Chicago (cept the weather), nor San Diego.

Jamie Gumbrecht

September 5th, 2009
9:34 am

Recommendations welcome, Sally! :)


September 5th, 2009
8:29 am

It’s also the last two days of Midtown Restaurant Week!


September 5th, 2009
8:12 am

I’m sorry but a lot of this stuff looks boring.

Jamie Gumbrecht

September 4th, 2009
11:51 pm

Dogs!!! Here’s the guide to the Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game events, which includes the Collective Soul/Drivin n Cryin show. Centennial Olympic Park does not allow pets.

Jamie Gumbrecht

September 4th, 2009
11:50 pm

Ellie: good news! Nobody will be paying you to attend, so you don’t have to go. You also didn’t have to leave such a disrespectful comment on my blog. Dragon*Con isn’t for everybody, but why reach out with so much vitriol? I hope you have a lovely weekend of fun ahead, but in the future, please respect other reader while they have fun, too.