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Know before you go: Atlanta Football Classic events


The Atlanta Football Classic parade will draw dozens of marching bands through downtown. This year's parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday near the Hyatt on Peachtree Street. AJC file photo

It’s been a rough week in Atlanta for everything but college football. Amid floods and rain, we got the news that the College Football Hall of Fame will move from South Bend to downtown Atlanta. As everything dries off, we’ve now got a full weekend of Atlanta Football Classic events to keep us busy.

And some other good news: no AFC events have been canceled or changed because of rain.

Here’s what you need to know before you go. Meanwhile, AFC regulars, help us out in the comments by sharing the can’t-miss events, the best place to watch the parade or any other advice.

There are a ton of events going on in Atlanta for the football, and they range from college fairs to club nights. Here’s a full schedule of Atlanta Football Classic events. Meanwhile here are a few key events for the weekend:

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday: Celebrate Health, Celebrate Living health fair
There will be on-site screenings for lipids, cholesterol, diabetes, vision, blood pressure, kidneys, chiropractic and dental care. Free, open to the public. Georgia World Congress Center, Building B, Exhibit Hall B-1.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday: Job fair
The job fair includes more than 75 employers and on-site interviews. Dress professionally and bring copies of your resume. Free, open to the public. Georgia World Congress Center, Building B, Exhibit Hall B-1.

8-10:30 p.m. Saturday: Allstate HBCU Step Showdown
The step show names one fraternity and and one sorority the champions of the step show and a prize of $5,000.
$16. Click here for tickets. The Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta.

10-11:30 a.m. Saturday: Georgia Power Parade of Excellence
The parade features Tennessee State and Florida A&M University’s marching bands, and local high school bands. Free. Starts and Peachtree Street and Ralph McGill, and heads south on Peachtree to end near Philips Arena.

3:30 p.m. Saturday: Atlanta Football Classic kickoff
Gates open at 2 p.m. for the Tennessee State University Tigers and the Florida A&M  University Rattlers game, which also features the band jamboree, a famously energetic half-time show and a 3 p.m. pre-game concert featuring Trey Songz and Fabolous. $10-$40. Click here for tickets. Georgia Dome, downtown Atlanta.

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday: “America I Am” visit
The exhibition that documents hundreds of years of the African-American experience in Atlanta will end its Atlanta run on Sept. 27. Combination game and and “America I Am” tickets are available for $18-$55.

Be prepared: parking won’t be easy. There’s no designated parking for AFC eventgoers, but organizers suggest fans park in lots around the Georgia Dome, Georgia World Congress Center and downtown garages or lots. On game day, Georgia Dome lots will charge $8-$10; here’s a Dome parking map.

For those that don’t want to deal with parking prices or traffic, try MARTA — the Dome/GWCC/Philips/CNN stop off the East/West line will put you close to the action on game day. A one-way fare costs $1.75, plus 50 cents for a Breeze Card. Here’s more fare info. For fans staying at hotels away from the MARTA line, plenty of free parking is available at end-of-the-line stations H.E. Holmes, Indian Creek, North Springs and Doraville, as well as free parking at many closer-in stations.

Small bags can come in to the Georgia Dome, but will be searched. Small personal cameras are welcome. Lap-size personal televisions and radios are welcome, but they must have earphones. Outside food and beverages are not allowed in. Laser pointers, weapons, noisemakers, balloons and “heelies” are prohibited, among other things. For more info, check out the Georgia Dome policies.

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