Activities for everyone to enjoy in the atlanta area
Spring has arrived in Atlanta and with the warm weather comes lots of pollen. Luckily, it also brings an endless amount of things to do.
Atlanta has never had a shortage of good music and this summer is no different. On May 21 Paul Simon will be at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Also at Chastain, The Steve Miller Band on June 24. The Sick Puppies will be at the Masquerade on May 25. Phish is doing a two-night show at The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre June 14 and 15. At the same venue, Further Festival featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will be happening July 31. Country music enthusiasts can see Kenny Chesney at Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood on May 20 and Miranda Lambert on June 4 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.
Those in town for Memorial Day weekend can attend The Atlanta Jazz Festival May 28-30 at Piedmont Park. There will be a late night Jazz Jam at the Loews Hotel on Saturday at 10 pm for $20 and a Chastain Concert on May 30 starting at 7 pm.
It’s not hard to find high quality food in Atlanta and now students can get good food cheap. Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week runs from May 28 to June 5. Several fine dining restaurants will take place in this event. Simply show up for a three-course dinner ranging from $25 or $35 a person, excluding tax and tip. Some participating restaurants include Meehans, Social, Rays in the City, Legal Seafoods, Atlanta Grill, and Spoon. For a complete list visit www.atlantadowntown.com
The Atlanta Food and Wine Festival will be held May 19-22. Go online to choose your package and get the chance to see talent like Todd English and Warren Brown. Tasting tents and street carts start at $75 and weekend passes are available, but are more expensive.
Marietta Square Farmers Market runs from April 2 –November 19 every Saturday from 9-12. There are about 60 vendors to choose from selling bread, honey, pies, jam, vegetables, fruit, soaps, plants and even organic dog biscuits.
The Virginia Highlands Summerfest will take place on June 4 and 5 and admission is free. Enjoy great food and great art on Virginia Avenue. There will be a 5k race Saturday morning and a Kidsfest. There will be an acoustic street party on Virginia-Highland Island Friday June 3 from 8 to 11 pm and Saturday June 4 from 9 to 11 pm.
Baseball fans can see the Braves play the Mets June 14-16, and the Rangers June 17-19. They also play the Cubs and the Giants in August.
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens are open until June 30 and there are a wide variety of activities for couples, kids, and just about anyone to enjoy. Tai Chi in the Garden is every Saturday until June 18 and again July 9 to Sept 10 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Relax with Yoga in the Garden Tuesdays May 24 to June 28 from 6 to 7 pm. A list of more classes can be found on their website including Practical Beekeeping, Kitchen Herb Gardens, and The Basics of Jam Making. If you are visiting with the kids go see the kids garden, or take a date to the gardens at night and enjoy the skyline and a stroll through the rose garden. Cost is $18.95 for an individual adult ticket and kids aged 3 to 12 are $12.95 Children under three are free. Visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.com for a list of what is in bloom for May and June.
So get up, dust off that pollen and get out and enjoy everything Atlanta has to offer. Have fun plans not mentioned in this article? Write about it and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org