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5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: December 18–24

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Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, and Joe Jonas perform at The Forum on December 14, 2019 in Inglewood, California
Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, and Joe Jonas perform at The Forum on December 14, 2019 in Inglewood, California.

Photograph by Emma McIntyre/Getty

Power 96.1’s Jingle Ball
When: December 20, 7:30 p.m.
Where: State Farm Arena
Cost: $55–$200+
Details: A pretty impressive lineup is coming to State Farm Arena: Jonas Brothers, Niall Horan, Khalid, Why Don’t We, and Lewis Capaldi. If you have an extra $20, stick around for the after party at District Atlanta, where A-Trak will DJ and Swedish singer Zara Larsson will show up for a guest appearance.

Celebration Bowl
When: December 21, noon
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Cost: $14–$35
Details: The best in HBCU football—SWAC champions Alcorn State Braves and MEAC champions North Carolina A&T Aggies—will go head-to-head in this thriller to determine who will be national champions. Having won three Celebration Bowl trophies already, the Aggies have high expectations against their Braves rivals.

Visa Big Air
When: December 20–21
Where: SunTrust Park
Cost: $25–$200
Details: SunTrust Park is about to look more like a winter Olympics course. Several athletes, including five Olympic medal winners, will be showing off their freeskiing and snowboarding prowess as they drop down a “15-story steel scaffold jump structure” designed to replicate a snowy mountain.

Holiday Hootenanny
When: December 18, 7 p.m.
Where: Variety Playhouse
Cost: $45–$55
Details: Support Atlanta Habitat by enjoying live bluegrass and folk music at the ninth annual Holiday Hootenanny. Expect plenty of time to jam with this lengthly lineup featuring Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Larry Keel, Jeff Mosier, and Jeff Sipe. There will also be a special tribute to Atlanta’s legendary jazz musician Johnny Knapp, who died last year.

Beyonce vs. Rihanna Dance Party
When: December 21, 9 p.m.
Where: Hell at the Masquerade
Cost: $10
Details: Dance the entire night as the Masquerade will play song after song of nothing but Beyonce and Rihanna. It’ll be a battle to see who has the better tracks that make people want to get down on the dance floor.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: November 20–26

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A couple poses in an upside down Christmas room

TFTI
When: Through January 5, 2020
Where: Lenox Square
Cost: $20–$25
Details: After moving through Dallas and Houston, TFTI (short for “thanks for the invite”) is bringing “the ultimate photo experience” to Atlanta. With more than a dozen rooms designed to take fun selfies or group photos (think: an upside down Christmas room, a mirror room filled with colorful LEDs, or a room where you can have feathers raining around you during a pillow fight), you’ll definitely have the photo you need for your Christmas card (and Instagram).

Indie Craft Experience’s 15th annual Holiday Shopping Spectacular
When: November 23–24
Where: Georgia World Congress Center
Cost: $5 at door, free for kids 12 and younger
Details: Not sure what to get someone for the holidays? With more than 200 craft vendors, you won’t have to look any further. Expect custom clothes, pottery, jewelry, paintings, soaps, candles, and much more—alongside other fun experiences such as palm readings and custom gift wrapping.

Atlantic Station Christmas tree lighting

Light the Station
When: November 23, 1–9 p.m.
Where: Atlantic Station
Cost: Free
Details: Thanksgiving is late this month, so Christmas is coming early this year. Watch Atlantic Station’s 50-foot tree light up while spending an evening enjoying food trucks, live music, an activity village, and bringing the kids to meet Santa’s reindeer. Or spend some time ice skating at the self-proclaimed “largest outdoor ice rink in the Southeast.”

Chinese Lantern Festival
When: November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Where: Centennial Olympic Park
Cost: $18, $14 for kids 12 and younger
Details: With a theme of “into the wild,” Centennial Olympic Park is about to transform into a field of interactive lanterns. To raise awareness, the handcrafted lanterns will depict various endangered species. Get a (literal) taste of Chinese culture with various foods while enjoying live acrobatics performances and crafts booths featuring Chinese paintings and other homemade goods.

Plant Based Drippin Festival & Concert
When: November 23, noon–8 p.m.
Where: 680 Murphy Avenue SW
Cost: Free, requires online registration
Details: Vegans who still want to celebrate Thanksgiving: this one’s for you. Expect trap yoga, a 5K run, live performances and DJs, games, and of course, plenty of vegan food.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: November 13–19

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A room filled with people playing computer games

DreamHack
When: November 15–17
Where: Georgia World Congress Center
Cost: $35 for one day, $79 for three days, $115+ to bring your own computer
Details: It’s a gaming convention so big, even the Guinness Book of Records listed it as being the world’s largest LAN party and computer festival. Expect speedrunning marathons, cosplay competitions, an artist gallery, indie game and student game showcases, panels, live music from artists such as San Holo, and, obviously, freeplay for any kind of video game—from mobile to virtual reality to arcade cabinets to bring-your-own-computer LAN parties.

Santa's Fantastical Atlanta
Infinity Ornaments room from last year’s Santa’s Fantastical – the ornaments will have an updated look this year.

Photograph by Tyson Horne

Santa’s Fantastical
When: November 15, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Where: 1155 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs
Cost: Adults $25–$35, children $20–$30
Details: This Christmas wonderland is about to take over your Instagram feed. With entire rooms filled with sparkling lights, dozens of photo opportunities to sit in Santa’s rocket sleigh or on a unicorn, and a new speakeasy for those 21 and up—you’re going to want to make sure your phone battery is charged for this one.

SuperM
When: November 15, 7 p.m.
Where: Infinite Energy Center
Cost: $54–$150+
Details: They might only have seven songs which released just one month ago, but this K-pop supergroup has taken the music industry by storm. The group of seven (including Taemin from Shinee, Baekhyun and Kai from Exo, Taeyong and Mark from NCT 127, and Ten and Lucas from WayV), are coming to Duluth. If you want to go, act fast—tickets are running low.

ATLive
When: November 15 and 17
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Cost: $26–$200+
Details: Speaking of big-name artists, listen to this list: Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Luke Combs, Eric Church, and Sam Hunt. And that’s only half of the list. If you’re a fan of country music, this two-day concert series is a no-brainer.

Sesame Street Live
When: November 15–17
Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Cost: $20–$75
Details: For 50 years, Big Bird, Elmo, and Cookie Monster have been teaching and entertaining children on Sesame Street. Now you can bring the kids to see them and more Sesame Street characters up close. Expect to learn new songs, build a snowman with Elmo, take photos with Big Bird, and create your own party streamers.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: October 30 to November 5

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Cabbagetown's Chomp & Stomp

Chomp & Stomp
When:
November 2, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where:
Cabbagetown
Cost:
$10, $6 beer tokens, $8 liquor tokens
Details:
Chomp on more than 70 chili recipes, stomp to three stages of live bluegrass music, and sip on beers or cocktails as a way to help raise money for Cabbagetown’s parks and green spaces.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World
When: November 1, 8 p.m.
Where:
Atlanta Symphony Hall
Cost:
$50–$60
Details:
Atlanta’s world-famous drag queen RuPaul is bringing some of drag’s biggest personalities to an over-the-top production where queens dance, put on aerial performances, and take the audience on a “journey to save the galaxy.”

Red Bull Music Festival
When:
November 1–15
Where:
Various music venues around Atlanta
Cost:
$15–$30
Details:
In its first time visiting the city, the Red Bull Music Festival is shining a light on hip-hop in the genre’s capital featuring Teyana Taylor, Ari Lennox, Yung Baby Tate, Zaytoven, Gunner Stahl, and more.

Dozens of UGA fans watching the Georgia-Florida game at the Battery

Atlanta’s Largest Cocktail Party and Brunch Tailgate
When:
November 2, 10 a.m.
Where:
Live! at The Battery Atlanta
Cost:
$30
Details:
No. 8 Georgia is heading to Jacksonville to take on No. 6 Florida, which can only mean one thing: fans are partying. The entire Battery is turning into a massive watch party as more than 20 vendors will sell bloody marys, mimosas, beer, and brunch food starting as early as 10 a.m. And, of course, go Dawgs.

Book Festival of the MJCCA
When:
October 30 to November 18
Where:
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta
Cost:
$15–$45 per event
Details:
Book lovers, this one’s for you. Over two weeks, more than 45 authors are coming to Atlanta for meet-and-greets, panel discussions, book signings and more. Big names include Preet Bharara, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, Adam Rippon, Bari Weiss, and more. Local authors include Perry Brickman, Pat Mitchell, Sherry Frank, and more.

Wait, isn’t it time for Halloween events? You’re right. We already have your ultimate guide.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: October 23–29

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The Day of the Dead Festival
When: October 27, noon–5 p.m.
Where:
Atlanta History Center
Cost:
Free
Details:
Forget Halloween, the Institute of Mexican Culture is partnering with Atlanta History Center to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Hosted by the Consulate General of Mexico, you can learn about the Mexican holiday while participating in traditional dancing, crafts, costume contests that can earn up to $500, and enjoying authentic Mexican food and drinks.

Grant Park Lantern Parade
When: October 25, 6–10 p.m.
Where:
Grant Park
Cost:
Free
Details:
Grant Park will light up the night sky in preparation for Halloween with its ninth annual Lantern Parade. Don’t have a lantern? Lantern kits are available nearby at Adams Realtors and Dakota Blue for $20.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra plays Harry Potter
When: October 25–27
Where:
Atlanta Symphony Hall
Cost:
$35–$90
Details:
The only thing better than watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is watching it while the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra plays John Williams’s incredible score live. Dressing up isn’t mandatory, but it doesn’t hurt.

Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo
When: October 26, 1–4 p.m.
Where:
Piedmont Park
Cost:
Free
Details:
Bring the kids and look up at the sky as kites of all designs will be soaring in Piedmont Park. Expect bouncy houses, live music, arts and crafts, and food.

Wicked
When: October 23 to November 17
Where:
Fox Theatre
Cost:
$50–$200
Details:
Before there was Dorthy, there was the Wicked Witch of the West. The play tells the story of green-skinned but good-hearted Elphaba’s troubled past and how she became the witch after she was ridiculed by her friends and misunderstood by the public.

Wait, but what about Atlanta Halloween events? We’ve got the ultimate guide.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: October 16–22

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Dogtoberfest
When: October 20, noon–3 p.m.
Where:
559 Flat Shoals Avenue
Cost:
Free, $5 to bring a dog, $5 to enter your dog in the costume contest
Details:
East Atlanta Village is about to be filled with pooches. Expect adoptable dogs and cats on site, a pet costume contest, local food and drinks, and a craft vendor market. Proceeds will be given to the W-Underdogs, a nonprofit that pairs underserved youth with animals in need.

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s: Between The World and Me
When: October 22, 3 and 7 p.m.
Where:
Atlanta Symphony Hall
Cost:
$40–$80
Details:
A live performance of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book, which is an examination of the state of race in the U.S.—a novel so powerful Toni Morrison once called the New York Times bestseller “required reading.” Pairing original compositions by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with “interactive visual storytelling” using a projector, excerpts of the book will be read monologue-style by guest artists to tell its moving story of a father writing letters to his son about the experience of being a black man in America.

Hattie B’s hot chicken at Taste of Atlanta in 2018

Courtesy of Taste of Atlanta

Taste of Atlanta
When: October 18–20
Where:
Historic Fourth Ward Park
Cost:
$30 general admission, $75 for opening night party, $40 for Yacht Rock Revue concert
Details:
With nearly 100 local restaurants participating, ranging from international eats on Buford Highway to the tony Tiny Lou’s, there are flavors anyone can enjoy. Some (of the many) highlights you shouldn’t miss: the Opening Night Party featuring dozens of well-known Atlanta restaurants, the Tasting Experience where there will be so many options you won’t know where to start, and the Yacht Rock Revue Concert.

Walker Stalker Con
When: October 18–20
Where:
Georgia World Congress Center
Cost:
Weekend admission $60; day passes available
Details:
Convention founder James Frazier told the AJC recently that he’ll be ending the convention’s expansion into other cities, focusing solely on Atlanta as mania surrounding the AMC zombie drama cools. But here in Walking Dead central, the convention continues to bring out the show’s biggest stars, including Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Samantha Morton, and more.

Josef Martinez
Josef Martinez controls the ball during the U.S. Open Cup Final vs Minnesota United

Photograph by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Atlanta United vs. New England Revolution
When: October 19
Where:
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Cost:
$20+
Details:
The defending MLS Cup champions will begin the fight to hang onto their title during the first round of playoffs on Saturday. Atlanta beat New England at home 3-1 just two weeks ago, so here’s hoping this rematch is a victory for the Kings of the South.

Bonus event: Atlanta magazine’s Whiskey Fest
When: October 17
Where:
Flourish Atlanta
Cost:
$75–$100
Details:
Warning: shameless plug incoming. For our fifth annual Whiskey Festival, we’ve outgrown our old location at The Estate and will be bringing more than 70 whiskeys, bourbons, and rums to Flourish Atlanta. Get unlimited tastings and cocktails, savor Southern foods and desserts, enjoy live music, and bring home a hand-rolled cigar and an Atlanta magazine rocks glass.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: October 9–15

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Megan Thee Stallion performs at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2019
Megan Thee Stallion performs at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2019. She will be performing at A3C.

Photograph by Carmen Mandato/Getty

A3C Festival & Conference
When: Through October 13
Where:
Various venues and concert halls around Atlanta
Cost:
$200–$250
Details:
Atlanta’s longest-running hip-hop festival has become a combination of an innovation summit and a chain of concerts. Expect panels featuring Stacey Abrams discussing the importance of the 2020 election, Dr. Paul Judge discussing startup secrets, and 2 Chainz and Dapper Dan discussing hip-hop and fashion; and concerts featuring Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Keed and Lil Gotit, and dozens of other up-and-coming hip-hop and R&B artists.

Atlanta Pride Festival
When: October 11–13
Where:
Piedmont Park
Cost:
Free, $15–$60 for some events
Details:
Now one year away from its 50th anniversary, the Pride Festival is adding a Bi and Pan March to celebrate bisexual and pansexual communities. Start off the weekend with the Georgia Aquarium kick-off party and continue it with a Kesha-headlining concert series, the Trans March, Dyke March, and, of course, the Pride Parade on Sunday.

AFROPUNK
When: October 12 and 13
Where:
787 Windsor
Cost:
$60 per day, $110 for weekend pass
Details:
The annual music and arts festival is back with live performances by Anderson Paak, FKA Twigs, Brittany Howard, FEVER 333, EarthGang, and many more. Also on the lineup: a battle of the bands at the Basement Atlanta, a live Solution Sessions podcast, the SpinThrift Market celebrating DIY culture, and the Hair & Beauty Village.

Oakhurst Porchfest
When: October 12, noon–7 p.m.
Where:
Oakhurst
Cost:
Free
Details:
Oakhurst is about to transform from a quiet neighborhood to a multi-block concert series. Bands will take up the front porches of dozens of hundreds of houses playing genres spanning from folk, jazz, rock, A Capella, blues, R&B, pop, and more. As you roam the neighborhood, keep an eye out for various art pop-ups like face painting and chalk drawing on sidewalks. And speaking of chalk…

Marietta’s Chalktoberfest features the work of world-class chalk artists.

Courtesy of Marietta Chalktoberfest

Chalktoberfest Craft Beer Festival
When: October 12 and 13
Where:
Historic Marietta Square
Cost:
Free, $40 for beer festival tickets
Details:
Eighty-six chalk artists, 40 breweries, 120+ beers, and 20+ wines. Enjoy sipping on brews and wine while watching skilled artists draw incredible chalk art. There will also be live music and an artists market. All proceeds will go to the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: September 25 – October 1

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Flux: Ponce City Market
Turbulence by Otherpole (Kai Riedl & Éric Marty)

Illustration courtesy of Flux Projects

FLUX at Ponce City Market
When:
September 26–29
Where:
Ponce City Market
Cost:
Free
Details:
Ponce City Market will soon turn into an art gallery—focused not on visuals, but sound. Over four days, eight sound projects will be scattered throughout the market, including Tubes, where anything someone says into the tube will get echoed back loudly along with “echos from the past,” and Turbulence, where PCM’s Sheds will have “virtual flocks of sound fly the length of the shed.”

Free Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert
When:
September 25, 7–9 p.m.
Where:
Centennial Olympic Park
Cost:
Free
Details:
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a free (yes, free) concert. As part of Around The A, a free series that will take place at venues around the city, the event will have first-come-first-serve seating. You’ll probably want to show up early anyway for a 6 p.m. performance by the ASO Talent Development Program and the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Out on Film LGBTQ film festival
When:
September 26 through October 6
Where:
Plaza Theatre, Outfront Theatre Company, Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema
Cost:
$30–$200
Details:
Now in its 32nd year, Out on Film has become an Atlanta staple for showcasing underrepresented moviemakers. This year includes more than 60 LGBTQ films, documentaries, comedies, short films, and more.

Don't Miss List: Atlanta Streets Alive

Atlanta Streets Alive – Southwest
When:
September 29, 2:30–6:30 p.m.
Where:
Cascade Avenue along Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard to Georgia Avenue
Cost:
Free
Details:
In its last event for the year, Atlanta Streets Alive is closing off parts of Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and opening it up to pedestrians, bikes, skateboards, wheelchairs—anything that’s not a car. Its purpose? To highlight the need for safer street design in Southwest Atlanta. After a parade that runs from 2–2:30 p.m., anyone is free to walk and play in the streets.

Wunderbar Together PopUp Tour
When:
September 24–28
Where:
1125 Peachtree Street
Cost:
Free
Details:
Germany is coming to Midtown. If you see a large tent surrounded by shipping containers, that’s Wunderbar Together: a series of photo exhibits, film screenings, panel discussions, VR tours of German landmarks, and more. And of course, there will be food trucks with German food and a beer garden with pretzels.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: September 4-10

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Gucci Mane
Gucci Mane performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards 2018

Photograph by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET

ONE Musicfest
When:
September 7–8
Where:
Centennial Olympic Park
Cost:
Single day: $75; 2-day: $149
Detail:
For its 10th anniversary, this downtown music festival is pulling out all the stops with an A-list lineup that includes Gucci Mane, Wu-Tang Clan, Rick Ross, Rae Sremmurd, Pharrell, Usher, Tory Lanez, Three 6 Mafia, DMX, Ari Lennox, Busta Rhymes, and T-Pain, among many others.

Center for Puppetry Arts: Animal Amigos

Animal Amigos
When:
September 4–15
Where:
Center for Puppetry Arts
Cost:
$19.50
Detail:
The Mesner Puppet Theater of Kansas City presents this bilingual telling of three Mexican folktales, performed by some adorable animal hand-and-rod puppets. The show is aimed at kids aged 4 and older, and tickets include the opportunity for children to make their own rabbit rod puppet.

Crafted by Collabarét: ATL Edition
When: September 6, 7 p.m.
Where:
SweetWater Brewing Co.
Cost:
$30 in advance; $35 at the door
Detail:
CollabarĂ©t, a New York-based events group, is stopping by Atlanta for a one-night artist showcase at SweetWater’s Armour Yards brewery. Expect live music from artists including Wiley from Atlanta, Kashii, and Blanko; a fashion show, live ceramics, live tattooing, local artwork, and of course, craft beer. Each ticket includes a pour of CollabarĂ©t IPA, which blends four different SweetWater IPAs with white grape juice.

Atlanta Craft Cocktail Festival
When:
September 7, 6–10 p.m.
Where:
City Winery
Cost:
$55
Detail:
With more than 20 craft cocktails for you to sip on, this festival features local distilleries including Old Fourth Distillery and ASW Distillery. Pair your cocktail with pork wraps, charcuterie, salmon cake sliders, and other food while enjoying live music. Beer and wine are also available.

The Optimist End of Summer Luau
When:
September 8, 3–8 p.m.
Where:
The Optimist
Cost:
$55
Detail:
Known for its stylishly nautical seafood, the Optimist is sending off summer (albeit a few weeks early) in tropical Hawaiian fashion. Expect a pig roast, blue point oysters, pork sliders, shrimp, tuna, tiki-inspired cocktails, and even fire dancers. Tickets include food and two drinks.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: August 21–27

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Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival
When:
August 24–25
Where:
Grant Park
Cost:
Free
Detail:
It’s year number 17 for the Summer Shade Festival. Expect the return of its 5K run, kids zone, artist market, plenty of food trucks, and more than a dozen bands. Proceeds benefit the Grant Park Conservancy.

BronzeLes Film Festival: Princess of the Row

BronzeLens Film Festival
When:
August 21–25
Where:
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost:
$15 for single screening, $75–$300 for other passes
Detail:
Spotlighting emerging actors and filmmakers of color, BronzeLens is celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving almost 100 films a big-screen treatment. The five-day event will also include panels, workshops, and classes.

SagerStrong Stadium Fun Run
When:
August 25, 6:30 a.m.
Where:
SunTrust Park
Cost:
Adults $40–$50, kids $10
Detail:
Created in memory of Craig Sager, TNT’s NBA reporter known for his wacky suits who died of leukemia, the SagerStrong Foundation is hosting its first Fun Run. The 3K race is held inside SunTrust Park—yes, you actually run on the stadium’s concourses—and includes a chance to experience the ballpark behind the scenes, a T-shirt, and a Braves game ticket. Proceeds will benefit blood cancer research and the SagerStrong Foundation.

Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown
When:
August 25, 1–5 p.m.
Where:
The Fairmont
Cost:
General admission $55, VIP $65
Detail:
Included in your ticket: food, beer, wine, cocktail samples, and, of course, wings. Produced by Taste of Atlanta, try up to 30 flavors of wings made by 15 chefs from the Southeast and 15 Atlanta chefs, including names from Canoe, Chicken + Beer, AIX, and more.

TOUR Championship

TOUR Championship
When:
August 21–25
Where:
East Lake Golf Course
Cost:
$35–$80
Detail:
Good luck driving around East Lake this weekend. Big-name players including Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, and Rory McIlroy are hitting the course’s 18 holes for a chance at a $60 million prize pool.

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