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5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: August 14–20

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Doggy Con

Doggy Con
When:
August 17, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where:
Woodruff Park
Cost:
Free to spectate, $10 to register your dog
Detail:
This one is just adorable. Imagine dogs dressed up as “Harry Pawter” or “BatDog and Robin.” As an early celebration of Dragon Con, geek-themed, dog-centric festival will have a pet parade, costume contest, happy hour, and—a special for this year—the unveiling of Tiny Door No. 17.

Dunwoody Butterfly Festival

25th Annual Butterfly Festival
When: August 17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Dunwoody Nature Center
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children
Details: This colorful event is primarily for the kids, but even parents can’t help but smile when a butterfly lands on their finger. Walk into a tent filled with free-roaming butterflies, attend educational booths, enjoy live music and arts and crafts activities, and don’t miss the birds of prey show.

Foxeria del Sol Hatch Chile Fest

Foxeria del Sol Hatch Chile Fest
When:
August 18, 4–8 p.m.
Where:
Taqueria del Sol, Westside
Cost:
$30
Details:
Fox Bros Bar-B-Q, Taqueria del Sol, and Home Team BBQ are teaming up to serve more than a dozen hatch chile dishes and cocktails. As a celebration of the annual chile harvest from Hatch, New Mexico, this festival will raise money for Hogs For The Cause.

Khalid
When:
August 14, 7:30 p.m.
Where:
State Farm Arena
Cost:
$30–$100+
Details:
With multiple Grammy nominations, top 10 hits, and a quadruple platinum debut single, it’s hard to believe the Georgia-born Khalid is only 21. Fresh off his new album, “Free Spirit,” released in April, the R&B artist is coming to State Farm Arena alongside Atlanta’s own Clairo.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival
When: August 17–18
Where:
Piedmont Park
Cost:
Free
Details:
Itching for some new art? With 250 painters, photographers, glassblowers, sculptors, metalwork artists, and more, this festival will be a safe bet to find something that interests you. Stroll through Piedmont Park while enjoying live music and artist demonstrations.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: August 7–13

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Dames and Dregs

Dames and Dregs
When: August 10, 1–6 p.m.
Where: The Masquerade
Cost: $35
Details: Even we’ve asked the question: What’s up with all the white dudes dominating Georgia’s craft beer scene? This event is all about celebrating women’s contributions to brewing—while obviously enjoying a few brews. Expect more than 40 breweries participating, three stages featuring women performers, and an art market featuring women-owned goods. A portion of the money raised from this event will benefit Girls Rock Camp Atlanta.

Dirty South Yoga Fest

Dirty South Yoga Fest
When: August 9–11
Where: Kickoff party at Mason Fine Art, yoga classes at the Loudermilk Center
Cost: $30–$45 for half day pass, $100 for full day pass
Details: There’s a reason why we gave this festival a Best of Atlanta award in 2017. With dozens of classes featuring dozens of the city’s best yoga instructors, this event has something for everyone—meditation, essential oils, power yoga, music, and more.

Stranger Things at the Carter Museum
When: August 10, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
Cost: Free
Details: Carter Museum, meet the Upside Down. The museum’s main lobby will be transformed into a mall of games and costumes. Expect ’80s arcade games, giveaways, Dungeon and Dragons demos, panel discussions, and a live podcast. For $12, go inside the museum to see the Georgia on my Screen exhibit, which explores how Georgia became the Hollywood of the South.

Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers perform during the 2019 iHeartRadio Wango Tango

Photograph by Kevin Winter/Getty

Jonas Brothers
When: August 12, 7:30 p.m.
Where: State Farm Arena
Cost: $86–$150+
Details: Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this year, you’ve probably heard: the Jo Bros are back. After splitting in 2013, the Disney Channel sensation is still a major hit as they’re coming to Atlanta to promote their new album “Happiness Begins.”

Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass
When:
August 10, 1–9 p.m.
Where: Legacy Park
Cost: $15
Details: Blues, bluegrass, barbecue—need we say more? Now in its 19th year, get a taste of classic Southern culture with seven hours of live music, and barbecue from metro restaurants.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: July 10-16

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival
When: July 14, 1–5 p.m.
Where: Westside Provisions District
Cost: $75
Details: Tomato sauces, cocktails, even ice cream—this festival is a celebration of the red fruit. Dozens of well-known Atlanta chefs and mixologists will concoct their best tomato-based dishes while you enjoy live music and play games. Proceeds will benefit Georgia Organics.

Atlanta Shortsfest
When: July 11–13
Where: Synchronicity Theatre
Cost: $12–$25, $50 for VIP pass
Details: Now in its 10th year, this film festival provides a platform for filmmakers from around the world to showcase their 45-minutes-or-less creations. With more than 70 films from genres such as animation, horror, comedy, narrative, drama, and documentary—there are plenty of options for any film fan.

Train and Goo Goo Dolls concert
Train

Photograph by Brendan Walter

Train and Goo Goo Dolls concert
When: July 10, 7 p.m.
Where: Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Cost: $75–$200+
Details: This is a nostalgia blast from the 1990s and 2000s. Don’t expect to leave this concert without having “Hey, Soul Sister” or “Iris” stuck in your head.

Southern-Fried Gaming Expo
When: July 12–14
Where: Marriott Renaissance Waverly
Cost: $20–$35 for adults, $15–$20 for kids
Details: This is a three-day convention for any gamer nerd—especially ones looking for some old-school entertainment. Thousands are expected to attend the event, which will feature console gaming, tabletop gaming, arcade cabinets, pinball tournaments, costume contests, and even professional wrestling.

Circo Hermanos Vazquez
When: July 12–August 4
Where: Plaza Fiesta
Cost: $40–$60 for adults, $15 for kids
Details: Started 50 years ago, this circus celebrates Spanish culture while performing some incredible stunts. Once you step inside the tent, expect balancing acts, juggling, horse tricks, music, dancing, and more.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: June 26-July 2

Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars

Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars
When: June 29-September 29
Where: Museum of Design Atlanta
Cost: $8 for adults, $4 for children 6-17
Details: Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, James Hetfield of Metallica, Jack White of The White Stripes—those are only a few of the guitars that will be on display at this exhibit. The event will explore the fundamentals of guitar design, why certain designs have become iconic, how different shapes and materials affect sound, and how technology will affect guitars in the future.

Common with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
When: June 29, 8 p.m.
Where: Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Cost: $29-$150+
Details: Hip-hop and classical music will collide this weekend when Common teams up with the ASO. Common will perform excerpts from his memoir “Let Love Have the Last Word,” which published last month, along with some of his most popular songs from the past 30 years.

Drag queen story hour with Keisha Lance Bottoms
When: June 29, 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Atlanta City Hall
Cost: Free, but RSVP is required
Details: As LGBTQ Pride Month comes to a close this weekend, Atlanta’s mayor will join Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker to celebrate the city’s diversity by reading books aloud. Kids can also enjoy face painting, snacks, and playing with the Atlanta Hawks and Falcons mascots.

Considering Matthew Shepard: Coro Vocati

Considering Matthew Shepard
When: June 29, 8 p.m.
Where: Byers Theatre
Cost: $20-$50
Details: In 1998, Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming, for being gay. The crime influenced hate crime laws in the U.S. and now, 20 years later, choir Coro Vocati is honoring him with the first performance of this work in Georgia, which will consist of many different music genres, multimedia visuals, and passages from Shepard’s journal.

La Fête du Rosé
When: June 29, noon-8 p.m.
Where: Piedmont Park
Cost: $30 online, $40 on-site, $65+ for additional packages
Details: After a postponement due to weather, this wine and music festival is coming back for a second year. Lay out on a blanket in the park, sip on some rosé, and dance to live music by Mannie Fresh, DJ Stormy, DJ Jay Envy, and more.

Wondering what to do for the Fourth of July? Atlanta is partying (as usual), so we assembled 15 things you can do to celebrate the red, white, and blue.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: May 1-7

Shaky Knees Music Festival 2018
Queens of the Stone Age

Courtesy of aLIVE Coverage for Shaky Knees Music Festival

Shaky Knees Music Festival
Where: Central Park
When: May 3-5
Price: $135 for one day, $235 for three day pass
Details:
Tame Impala, Beck, Cage the Elephant, Incubus, Tears for Fears—and those are just the headliners. Shaky Knees is back, this year with more than 60 bands and a plenty of southern barbecue and local food trucks.

Atlanta Margarita Taco Festival
Where: Grant Park
When: May 4, noon-6 p.m.
Price: Free admission, $6 for a wristband to purchase alcohol
Details:
Tacos and margaritas—need we say more? With 20 taco vendors, 10 different flavored margaritas, and a tequila tasting tent featuring mixologist and cooking demos, enjoy sipping and munching your way through Grant Park.

Woofstock
Where: Suwanee Town Park Center
When: May 4-5
Price: Free
Details:
Billed as “one of the largest pet adoption events in the Southeast,” more than 50 nonprofit and rescue groups and an expected 40,000 people will be at the event. With pet adoptions, frisbee dog shows, an “Air Dogs” dock diving competition, a pet/owner look-a-like contest, and live music, pets of all kinds are welcome as long as they’re on a leash.

Events: Ride the Cyclone

Ride the Cyclone
Where: Alliance Theatre
When: May 1-26
Price: $15-$60
Details:
It’s an unexpected storyline for a musical comedy: a group a six high school choir members board a roller coaster that eventually breaks, sending each of them to their death. They awake in purgatory, where a fortune teller offers to bring one back to life—if the group can unanimously decide on one person.

A Taste of East Point
Where: East Point Downtown Commons, 2757 East Point Street
When: May 4, 1-9 p.m.
Price: Free, pay per meal
Details:
Featuring local restaurants and food trucks, grab a plate of dinner and a beer or margarita while enjoying live music and an artists market.

Finally, Georgia can grow medical marijuana. Here’s what you need to know.

Georgia Medical Marijuana

Four years ago, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law Haleigh’s Hope Act, which made low-THC cannabis oil legal to use by those with certain medical conditions. However, as it was still against the law to buy or grow marijuana in the state, it was virtually impossible to obtain the oil in Georgia. Patients were forced to buy cannabis oil in legal states such as Colorado, then violate federal law by transporting it across state lines. Essentially, medical marijuana was a legal substance that was illegal to obtain.

On April 17, Governor Brian Kemp alleviated some of medical marijuana’s legal purgatory by signing House Bill 324. The law solves a lot of problems for the state’s more than 9,500 registered medical marijuana patients, but there is still a lot that needs to be sorted out before patients will be able to legally get state-sanctioned cannabis oil in their hands. Here’s what you should know:

So what does this law do?
The law makes it legal to produce and distribute low-THC oils in Georgia. It does this by allowing six private companies and two state universities—the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University—to grow marijuana and produce medical cannabis oil in Georgia. Two of the private companies will be able to grow cannabis on up to 100,000 square feet of space, and the other four will have up to 50,000 square feet—totaling to roughly 9 acres.

While it’s not clear where exactly these production facilities will be, the law says they cannot be within a 3,000-foot radius of a school or church, and dispensing licensees cannot be located within 1,000 feet of those places. The production facilities will be guarded tightly—the minimum requirements include 24/7 video monitoring, intrusion detection, logs detailing everyone who access the facilities, and security guards. The law also recommends that these businesses include at least 20 percent participation by minorities, women, and veterans—but does not require it.

As for distribution, pharmacies will be allowed to sell low-THC oil if they’re licensed by the State Board of Pharmacy. This includes CVS, Walgreens, and the like. Private dispensaries—and production facilities—will have to be approved by the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission. More on that below.

What does the law not do?
It doesn’t go much into logistical specifics. Who are these six private companies and where will they be located? How much will low-THC oil cost? And how much will all of this cost taxpayers? We don’t know.

But all of those answers will be determined by the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, a seven-member board that will be appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the house. The commission will grant licenses to distribution companies and the six production companies, be responsible for setting up the standards for how low-THC oil will be cultivated and distributed, and will work with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to make sure marijuana doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

Basically, the commission will be responsible for all the nuts and bolts of how to smoothly get the drug into patients’ hands.

What exactly is “low-THC” oil?
It’s an oil that contains less than 5 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the hallucinogenic compound that produces a “high”—by weight. By comparison, legalized strains of recreational marijuana in California usually hover around 18 percent, but can reach as high as 27 percent. The key ingredient in medical marijuana is cannabidiol, or CBD. This doesn’t give a “high,” but, when used in conjunction with THC, it can help people with epilepsy, appetite loss or eating disorders, chronic pain, nausea, Parkinson’s disease, and other conditions. If you’ve heard about the CBD oil craze, there are key distinctions between it and medical marijuana. CBD oil is harvested from hemp (which, unlike marijuana, is legal in Georgia) and contains trace amounts of THC—not enough to have medicinal uses or get you high.

How much low-THC oil can I have?
One person can only possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low-THC oil. The law lists punishments for possessing more—and it gets intense. If you have:

  • 21-160 fluid ounces: 1-10 years of jail time, up to $50,000 fine
  • 161-31,000 fluid ounces: 5-10 years of jail time, up to $100,000 fine
  • 31,001-154,000 fluid ounces: 7-15 years of jail time, up to $250,000 fine
  • More than 154,000 fluid ounces: 10-20 years of jail time, up to $1 million fine

Who can qualify for medical marijuana? How do I get it?
You’ll have to have a pretty serious condition before you’ll be considered. First, you will have to go through the Georgia Department of Public Health to get a Low THC Oil Registry Card. To qualify, you have to be a resident of Georgia for at least one year and have a significant case of one of these conditions or diseases:

  • Epilepsy or a seizure disorder
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Mitochondrial disease
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Epidermolysis bullosa
  • In hospice program
  • Intractable pain
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Severe or end stage:
    • Cancer
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • AIDS
    • Peripheral neuropathy

Then, you’ll have to go to a physician who will verify you meet the criteria to get low-THC oil. A physician does not actually prescribe the oil, but just verifies that you have one of the qualifying conditions, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Once your information is submitted to the Georgia DPH, it is reviewed, and, if you’re approved, you will receive a low THC-oil registry card. The card lasts two years, so once it expires, you’ll have to be approved by a physician again to continue receiving medication.

So what does Georgia have to do next? When will I be able to get state-sanctioned medical marijuana?
Don’t expect it within in a few weeks. Or a few months. It’ll probably be well over a year before state-sanctioned low-THC oil gets going. The law doesn’t go into effect until July 1. Then the state needs to appoint members of the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, review applications and approve licenses to dispensaries and six production companies, create regulations, and, obviously, grow marijuana.

However, the bill does say that the commission could purchase low-THC oil from other states and distribute that to pharmacies. Whether or not it does that will be decided by the commission.

Why did it take so long to pass this law?
The Georgia General Assembly was at arms about how to produce marijuana in the state in a way that wouldn’t lead to getting the plant in the wrong hands. In the four years since medical marijuana was made legal to possess, Governor Nathan Deal signed laws expanding what conditions could be treated with low-THC oil, but he and other legislators refused to pass bills to allow in-state production of the drug because they didn’t have enough security measures to prevent abuse.

Opponents of the current law, including sheriffs and religious groups, fear it isn’t narrow enough, saying the supply is too high for the number of patients and it could start a slippery slope leading to legalization of marijuana and a glassy-eyed population.

Another headache was the fact marijuana is illegal under federal law, meaning a law allowing in-state cultivation is technically illegal.

Wait, is Georgia’s law illegal?
According to federal law (the Controlled Substances Act), marijuana is a schedule 1 drug. This is the harshest classification, defining it as having a high chance for abuse and having no medical value—putting it in the same class as heroin and LSD, and more dangerous than schedule 2 cocaine and meth. So technically, marijuana of any sort is illegal under federal law. But in 2013, as states such as Colorado and Washington began legalizing recreational marijuana usage, the Department of Justice issued guidelines for how the DEA should manage conflicts with state laws regarding marijuana—basically saying it’s not a priority for DEA agents.

Am I allowed to grow my own marijuana?
If you are not one of the six companies and two universities selected to grow marijuana, then no, you should not. Marijuana is still very much illegal in Georgia. Growing pot is a felony that can carry hefty punishments of more than 30 years in jail and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: April 24-30

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Johnny's Hideaway 40th anniversary

Johnny’s Hideaway’s 40th anniversary
Where: Johnny’s Hideaway
When: April 25, 7 p.m.-3 a.m., bar and buffet from 8-9 p.m.
Details:
Since 1979, Atlanta has been taking to the dance floor at Johnny’s Hideaway. To celebrate, the nightclub will be offering complementary cocktails and a buffet from 8-9 p.m. while playing the 40 songs that have kept people dancing at the club for the past 40 years.

Clarkston Culture Festival
Where: James R. Hallford Stadium
When: April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Price:
Free
Details:
It’s festival season—and Clarkston is using the opportunity to celebrate its culturally diverse community. With live music, “culture village” (educational booths manned by Clarkston residents), food trucks, a vendors market, and a car show, this festival is perfect for the family.

Hot Wheels Legends Tour

Hot Wheels Legends Tour
Where: Buford Walmart, 3250 Sardis Church Road
When: April 27, 8 a.m.-noon
Price:
Free
Details:
With a fleet of life size Hot Wheels cars and a kid zone, make sure your Instagram is ready for this one. Last year’s tour featured more than 3,600 car entries, Hot Wheels is on the hunt for one car that’s unique enough to turn into a die-cast model. Anyone can enter their car, and the winner from each of the tour’s 18 cities will move on to Las Vegas to decide a winner.

Atlanta Improv Festival
Where: Village Theatre
When: April 25-27
Price:
$10-$35 per show, $40-$100 for day or weekend passes
Details:
Improv groups from as far away as Los Angeles are taking their lightning-fast wit and knack for comedy to Village Theatre for a three-day festival.

Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes
Where: Springvale Park
When: April 26-28
Price:
Free, $20 for Tour of Homes tickets
Details:
The spring festival is back for a 48th year. Expect all the typical events: the festival parade, three stages of live music, a street market and arts and crafts show, a kids zone with obstacle courses and a playground, and, of course, the self-guided Tour of Homes through the neighborhood’s historic Victorian homes.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: March 20-26

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T-Pain

T-Pain
When: March 25, 7 p.m.
Where: Heaven at The Masquerade
Cost: $29
Details: After launching a new TV show last year, T-Pain’s School of Business, and dropping a surprise release of his sixth album last month, 1UP, the Grammy-award winning rapper is coming to Atlanta with supporting act Abby Jasmine.

McDonald’s All American Games Fan Fest
When: March 24, 2-6 p.m.
Where: Centennial Olympic Park
Cost: Free
Details: Leading up to McDonald’s All American Games—an annual all-star showcase featuring the nation’s top high school basketball players, which will be at State Farm Arena on March 27—Centennial park is going to be taken over by everything basketball. Expect plenty of basketball-themed family activities, live performances by Atlanta native rapper Lil Baby and Grammy award-winning songwriter Keri Hilson, and, of course, McDonald’s food.

The Price is Right Live
When: March 26, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Fox Theatre
Cost: $50-$80
Details: Come on down! Audience members have a chance at getting randomly selected to play some of the most famous games from The Price is Right including Plinko Time, Spin the Big Wheel, and the Fabulous Showcase. In its 10 years of touring, the show has given away more than $12 million in prizes.

Ride 4 Research
When: March 23, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: Jeanne’s Body Tech in Buckhead
Cost: $35, $30 per person when you sign up as a group of four
Details: After discovering that not one, but two of her daughters had been diagnosed with cancer, Alyssa Barton decided to take action to help her daughters and any child diagnosed with Leukemia. With a goal of reaching $5,000, all the proceeds from these indoor cycle class fundraisers will be donated to childhood cancer research.

Bloody Mary Festival
When: March 24, noon-3:30 p.m.
Where: The Fairmont
Cost: $45 general admission, $65 VIP
Details: Your mouth is going to be breathing fire. This festival will allow you to sample food and bloody good cocktails from Broken Egg Cafe, Hugo’s Oyster Bar, Babs Midtown, Dantanna’s, and more. Also, if you’re down to get inked, you can also line up to get a temporary tattoo.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: February 13-19

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Goodnight Tyler play

Alliance Theatre’s Goodnight, Tyler
When: February 16-March 10
Where: Alliance Theatre
Costs: $50-$60
Details: This play focuses on Tyler, a young black man killed by police, haunting his best friend and fighting to be remembered for how he lived—not how he died. Goodnight, Tyler won Alliance Theatre’s National Graduate Playwriting Competition.

Mardi Gras Streetcar Adventure
When: February 16, noon
Where: Downtown and Old Fourth Ward
Costs: $22
Details: Fat Tuesday isn’t until March 5, but you can celebrate early with this bar crawl. Costumes are encouraged as the Streetcar will take you to more than 40 participating bars and restaurants serving New Orleans-inspired cocktails and meals. Expect to leave with plenty of beads around your neck.

BURNAWAY's Art Crush

BURNAWAY’s Art Crush
When: February 16, 7:30-10 p.m.
Where: Factory Atlanta
Costs: $40 general admission, $175+ for VIP packs
Details: Celebrating its 10th year, BURNAWAY, a nonprofit digital magazine that serves as a voice for the arts in the South, is combining pork (a nod to this year’s Chinese Lunar New Year, the year of the pig) with its silent auction annual fundraiser. Bid on art while munching on bacon and barbecue, enjoying music from DJ Yoon Nam, and sipping cocktails from the Sound Table mixologist Navarro Carr.

Marvel Universe Live!

Marvel Universe Live!
When: February 17-18
Where: State Farm Arena
Costs: $20-$300
Details: Marvel characters are taking over Atlanta—and we’re not talking about them filming downtown. Bring the kids to watch as Spider-Man, Captain America, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and more take on Loki and other villains on stage. Can’t make it those days? Don’t worry, your heroes are performing at Infinite Energy Arena from February 22-24 as well.

Center for Puppetry Arts Galentine’s Night
When: February 16, 7 p.m.
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts
Costs: $20 advance, $25 at door
Details: Leave the boys and kids behind—as part of the Center’s Puppet Party Series for adults, it’s girl’s night out. Local band Total Babe will perform while guests play bar games, drink beer and wine, and wander through the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. 21+ only.

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5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: January 9-15

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Atlanta Boat Show

Atlanta Boat Show
When: January 10-13
Where: Georgia World Congress Center
Cost: $12 before January 10, $15 general admission, free for kids younger than 12
Details: If it has to do with a boat, it’s here. Hundreds of booths with showcase the latest boating accessories, gear, and more than 600 new boats. With fishing seminars, sailing seminars, virtual reality boating training, and a kids zone, there’s plenty to keep you and the kids entertained.

Cast Iron & Collards Society private dinner
When: January 13, 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.
Where: Gunshow
Cost: $250 single, $400 couple
Details: Chef Kevin Gillespie is introducing Gunshow‘s new chef at this 5-course private dinner. Gillespie and the new chef are creating the menu with Gunshow’s Mercedes O’Brien manning the cocktail menu and 3 Parks Wine Shop‘s Sarah Pierre preparing wine selections.

Atlanta Gladiators Teddy Bear Toss
When: January 12, 7:35 p.m.
Where: Infinite Energy Arena
Cost: $14-$35
Details: Cue the cutest event of the month. Fans are encouraged to bring their new (or lightly used) stuffed animals to the Atlanta Gladiators, the city’s professional minor league hockey team, game. When the team scores its first goal of the game, fans will throw their fluffy toys onto the ice, which will then be collected and donated to local hospitals and charities. More than 5,500 were collected last year.

National Ballet Theatre of Odessa presents Swan Lake
When: January 13, 3 p.m.
Where: Fox Theatre
Cost: $61-$92
Details: This performance of the Tchaikovsky classic marks the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa’s first visit to the United States.

Georgia Bridal Show
When: January 13, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Georgia International Convention Center
Cost: $10 online, $15 at door, free for kids 5 or younger
Details: There’s no sugar coating it: planning a wedding is a pain. The Georgia Bridal Show tries to lessen that by bringing everything you’d need at a wedding together in one place: photographers, cakes, DJs, gowns, tuxedos, and even honeymoon specialists are there to speak about how to put together your dream wedding.

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