“There it was, man, pop culture in the middle of an unreal dust bowl with a wide asphalt rim.” Thus wrote the Atlanta Constitution’s Albert Scardino forty-two years ago about the first Atlanta International Pop Festival, which took place on the Fourth of July weekend in 1969.
Atlanta, we’re not gonna lie, it’s been a rough week. Tuesday’s iceberg temps froze us to the core, and the idea of leaving the house in that nonsense? Forget about it. But the temps are back on the rise now that the weekend is finally upon us. If you’re going a little stir-crazy, here are a few ideas to get you out and about again.
Pop-up shops come and go in the blink of an eye (as they are wont to do), but some have more staying power than others—like this weekend’s 39 x 43, which is pretty much the queen of all pop-ups, featuring at least a dozen of our favorite local designers and artisans in one place—all Southern, most from right here in Atlanta.
It looks like General Beauregard Lee might have bested Punxsutawney Phil after all. With temps this week in the 60s and 70s, Atlanta appears to have been thrust into an early spring after a round of apocalyptic winter storms and contention with a Polar Vortex. But fickle weather can never be trusted for long—get out and enjoy these events before Mother Nature changes her mind—again.
Still recovering from the 4th? So are we. But if you can pull yourself from the couch this weekend, you’ll find a beloved Disney princess, a ton of street food, Civil War history, a panda party, and two very different types of goo. (We promise that’s not as gross as it sounds.) P.S.—don’t forget about the World Cup finals on Sunday at 3 p.m.