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Know before you go: Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta

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Atlanta's Peach Drop in 1999. Ten years later, that 800-pound peach is ready to drop again. AJC file photo

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2013 Peach Drop New Year’s Eve at Underground Atlanta

2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl, Fan activities and Chick-fil-a Bowl Parade

More places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Atlanta Dec. 31, 2013

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Know before you go: 2009 SEC Championship weekend

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Concerts, autographs and games, like this one from the 2005, fill the SEC Fanfare events that run before the 4 p.m. game on Saturday. AJC file photo

This will be a busy Saturday downtown, between the annual Children’s Christmas Parade and the SEC Championship game.

If you don’t have a ticket to the showdown between the No. 1 Florida Gators and No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide, you’re not alone. But there are other attractions and fan events that’ll cost you a lot less than a seat inside the Georgia Dome.

For those who haven’t spent much time around downtown Atlanta, here’s a basic guide with suggestions for attractions, restaurants and shopping. You can find even more stuff to do around the area in our Weekend To Do List or in the searchable AccessAtlanta.com calendar.

Meanwhile, if you’re trying to find your way around here this weekend, here’s what you need to know before you go:

When and where:

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Know before you go: Atlanta Pride Festival, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Update 11/2: How did it go? See pictures and share your experiences at the festival here!
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Erica Rosalle and other volunteers carried rainbow flag up Peachtree Street during Pride in 2004. AJC file photo

The Atlanta Pride Festival returns to its home in Piedmont Park this year, but in a new season — Oct. 31-Nov. 1 instead of a weekend in June.

Expect a big crowd — the festival has drawn up to 200,000 in the past, although attendance was down during its brief move out of Piedmont Park during the drought. Given the timing around Halloween, they expect even more than usual to be wearing costumes. There are some special events meant only for adults, but the festival itself is family-friendly and open to all, whether gay, heterosexual, lesbian, trans or otherwise.

If festival regulars have advice for how to better enjoy the weekend, suggestions are always welcome in the comments!

To start, here’s what you need to know before you go:

Events
The Pride Festival itself is free, but …

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Haunt review: Stadium of Screams, Lawrenceville

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Zombie dancers at Stadium of Screams float between the kids' area and the haunts. Their music? "Thriller," of course. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

For the next few weeks, I’m going to try out some of the haunted houses and corn mazes vying for our time and attention this time of year. My first stop was Stadium of Screams, the new haunt at Gwinnett Braves Stadium in Lawrenceville.

It’s the first year for this attraction, developed by Spooky Shead Productions to fit into the underbelly of the new stadium. Here’ s a story and fun photos from the Gwinnett Daily Post about Stadium of Screams’ opening night.

Here’s what you should know before you go:

How it came to be: Alex Shead had a serious reputation for Halloween celebration. Since 1994, his home had become a haunted house, one that sometimes drew thousands of people and required a security guard, he said. (This is the first year that Shead’s daughters haven’t had a haunted house in their home.) When the Gwinnett Braves …

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Know before you go: Atlanta Braves playoff race games

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High five! Chipper Jones and Nate McLouth celebrate a 4-0 shut out of the Florida Marlins on Monday. Can they keep it up? AJC/Curtis Compton

Despite the lackluster attendance at last night’s game, I get the feeling that the place to be this week will Turner Field, where the Atlanta Braves are racing to catch up with the Colorado Rockies. The prize: a spot in the playoffs.

Here’s some info about games times, special events, tickets, parking — all the stuff you need to know before you go.

(And if you’re not going, follow Tuesday’s game live with Jeff Schultz.)

Games: There are at least six Braves games left in Atlanta. Note that the game time on Saturday’s game shifted from 7:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Sept. 29:  7:10 p.m. vs. Florida Marlins
Sept. 30: 7:10 p.m. vs. Florida Marlins
Oct. 1: 7:10 p.m. vs. Washington Nationals
Oct. 2: 7:35 p.m. vs. Washington Nationals
Oct. 3: 4:10 p.m. vs. Washington Nationals (Time change!)
Oct. 4: 1:35 p.m. vs. Washington Nationals

Concerts:There are …

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Know before you go: Atlanta Football Classic events

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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.

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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 …

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Know before you go: ‘For Sisters Only’ 2009 at GWCC

“For Sisters Only” is like a shopping day with friends with way better background music.. Or, like a big concert with hundreds of vendors in the lobby. Whatever you’re there for, this weekend’s FSO at Georgia World Congress Center is expected to attract more than 40,000 people over two days.

Now in its 18th year, FSO is billed as a “marketing event” to vendors, businesses and organizations who must pay for a spot at the expo. They want to show their stuff to a large group of African-American women, and a lot of women want to see what they’re offering — and who is performing on stage. Admission is a lot less expensive than a typical concert ticket for this lineup.

While it’s called “For Sisters Only,” it’s designed to be a family event — plenty of guys and kids in the crowd.

Here’s what you should know before you go. Folks who have attended before, share your advice and experiences in the comments!

Tickets: They cost $10 per day and you can buy them online. They’re $15 per …

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Know before you go: Atlanta Arts Festival, September 12-13

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The Atlanta Arts Festival features more than 200 artists and runs Sept. 12-13 this year. AJC file photo

I expect most of us will let out a sigh of relief this Saturday when we set foot in Piedmont Park for the Atlanta Arts Festival. After festivals were kicked off the grassy lawns because of drought, that space is not to be taken for granted. The Atlanta Arts Festival continues there on Saturday, when it will open with more than 200 artists, live music and art creation stations. It’s a newer festival than the city’s beloved Dogwood Festival, which features about 250 artists, and draws a smaller, less intimidating crowd, too. But in three years, has established itself among the city’s favorite free fall activities.

Here’s what you should know before you go.

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Atlanta Arts Festival, 2008. AJC file photo

It’s fine art, less craft. The artists here are painters, sculptors, woodworkers, photographers and jewelry makers. They’re selling their work, much like the crafters and artists …

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Know before you go: Yellow Daisy Festival, September 10-13

Pretty! Yellow Daisy Festival Shoppers checked out a tent at the 2007 festival. AJC file photo

Pretty and simple though it sounds, the Yellow Daisy Festival is a huge event. Pretty, indeed, but not simple. Some 200,000 people will come to Stone Mountain Park to see and buy the wares of more than 500 crafters from around the United States. This is the 41st year for the show, and admission is free, so it draws shoppers from far away, too.

There’s some good news to add: for the first time, festival organizers made a program that lists artists’ names and booth numbers, plus space to take notes.

Here’s what else you should know before you go! As always,  tips and ideas from experienced Yellow Daisy Festival-goers and questions from newbies are welcome in the comments section!

Prepare a shopping list: First, the arts and crafts categories — accessories, artist’s prints, artwork, clothing, clay functional (like ceramics and pottery) and clay nonfunctional (decorative pieces), …

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What to know before you go: Dragon*Con

Dragon*Con Parade, 2008. AJC file photo

Dragon*Con is just amazing — it’s a pop culture convention where Star Trek and Star Wars get along, where pirates, Spidermen, goth kids, comic book readers, artists, filmmakers, costumers, families and singles and everyone you think you know gets together to hang out and explore the sci-fi side of themselves. It started in 1987 with 1,400 people at the Piedmont Plaza Hotel, and this Sept. 4-7, it welcomes more than 30,000 people to four downtown Atlanta hotels.

The conference includes some 35 topics fleshed out enough enough to be a sub-conference, more than 500 featured guests, contests, shopping, a film festival, a blood drive. But for such a large, boisterous event, it doesn’t get in the way of normal operations. You’ll be able to tell the office workers from the conference-goers, but downtown Atlanta certainly won’t shut down to those not wearing pirate hats.

Here’s a guide to help you through the weekend, but Dragon*Con regulars: …

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