Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/29/23

Summer Bash Will Feature Maryland Blue Crab From Harbour House Crab, Low Country Boil, EDB Micheladas, and More

All-You-Can Eat Tickets Are On Sale Now

Saturday, July 22nd 1pm

Summer at Wild Heaven is not just for cracking cold beers; it’s also for cracking apart delicious, fresh crab. On Saturday, July 22nd, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wild Heaven Beer is throwing an all-out summer bash in the Garden Club at West End— Crab Trap and Tap, an event inspired by the fun and tradition that is coastal living. Guests will enjoy fresh steamed Maryland Blue Crab, flown in from Harbour House Crabs, a Low Country Boil featuring an all-you-can-eat feast of shrimp, Pine St. Market sausage, corn, potatoes, and other fun salty summer treats. Jam out to live music from West End Steel featuring co-owner and brewmaster Eric Johnson at 1 p.m., followed by two yacht-rock-inspired sets from The Reebs, an Avondale institution. With community tables for enjoying shareables, the garage doors will be open for indoor and outdoor revelry, and a cash bar ready to serve the perfect summer drinks, including the iconic Old Bay rimmed EDB-Micheladas, and the regular lineup of Wild Heaven beers. For more information or to purchase tickets to Wild Heaven Beer’s first Crap Trap and Tap for $69 plus fees, visit https://wildheavenbeer.com or call 404.254.2232. Wild Heaven Beer West End is at 1010 White St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.


Posted by Liz and John, 6/29/23

Friday, July 14 3-7pm

Serena Pastifico

Serena Pastificio in Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta will celebrate the season with a Summer Rosé party on Friday, July 14. The sip-and-mingle style event will take place from 3 pm to 7 pm within the restaurant’s patio and bar and will provide ticketed guests the opportunity to sample more than a dozen of the most refreshing rosés of the season, including Castello di Bossi Rosato, Tiamo Organic Prosecco Rosé, Lini 910 In Correggio Lambrusco Scuro, Atlantique Cabernet Franc Rosé, Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé, and Zenato Bardolino Chiaretto, to name just a few. Guests will also enjoy both passed hors d’oeuvre and stations featuring items from the new Summer Ora Sociale small plates menu, launching (6/29). The all-inclusive Summer Rosé party experience is available for $58 (includes tax and gratuity). Tickets can be purchased at www.serena-pastificio.com/special-events/rose-summer-kickoff.

Full list of Atlanta Serana Pastifico’s Rosé Party offerings: Castello di Bossi Rosato; Kris Rosé

Lapostolle Le Rose; Lini 910 In Correggio Lambrusco Scuro ; Morgante Rosé di Morgante Siciliia Doc; Pike Road Pinot Noir Sparkler; Tiamo Organic Prosecco Rosé; Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé; Zenato Bardolino Chiaretto; Angelini Prosecco Rosé Brut; Poggio Costa Prosecco Brut Rosé; Atlantique Cabernet Franc Rosé; Grape Abduction Rosé; Torresella Prosecco Rosé; Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Rosé de Pinot Noir 


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/29/23

Underground Atlanta’s July First Friday will immerse its attendees in an interactive art experience led by local artists using AI and data driven technology.

On July 7th, from 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm, Underground Atlanta Arts and Fulton County Arts & Culture Public Art Program (funded by Microsoft), will partner with three artists to create a unique, data and AI-driven art experience coined “An Interactive Future” to take place during July’s free First Friday event. 

Jordan Young’s piece, Tethered Together, involves wearable tech that takes a user’s movement and turns it into sound and music. Jordan will open his piece in the Fountain Plaza at 9:00 pm with a live performance and choreographed dancers. Braxton Clark, also known as Rei Low, will share a midi keyboard and drum pad for attendees to engage with and create visual representations of their sonic work. Kristan Woolford will projection map the Fountain Plaza and create reactive visuals.

“As part of our partnership with Underground Atlanta, Fulton County Public Art Futures Lab is proud to continue offering these free experiences to the public, making public art accessible to all.” – David Manuel, Director of Fulton County Arts and Culture.

Underground Atlanta has repositioned itself as a true arts and entertainment district and will also activate the galleries on Upper and Lower Alabama Street during July’s First Friday. Attendees are encouraged to explore the spaces founded by EuGene Byrd III (FUTURE GALLERY), Priscilla Smith (No Tomorrow), Mike Stasny (MOM SAID ITS FINE), Carl Janes (The Inner Space), George Long (Itch Studio), Maria McDowell (Emmcdee Gallery) and Tyree Smith (ARTlanta Gallery).

“Underground Atlanta has a very social arts scene that has flipped the presumed norm of galleries with exhibits into experiences that are not what most would describe as typical. We support the movement of art in our property and the constantly expanding nature of that.”  – Lyle Baldes, Production Manager at Lalani Ventures. 

“An Interactive Future” will begin at 8:00 PM in the Fountain’s Plaza. Attendees can reserve their ticket for free or there is an additional option to reserve a table section which includes a complimentary bottle of wine. 

Since its inception, First Friday has been a free event that ends at 2:30 am and has hosted thousands of art lovers and those who are curious about Underground Atlanta’s recent revival. After the performance and throughout the night, attendees are treated to DJs, live performances, an artist market, live painting as well as several food and drink options. 

Underground Atlanta artist studios are neighbors with concepts and venues such MJQ Concourse, moving to Dante’s Down the Hatch will have its second coming when MJQ officially reopens their new location in 2024; YELLE Beauty, a Black woman-owned and operated beauty concept by Yandy Smith-Harris; Dancing Crepes, a new dining concept also by Yandy Smith-Harris; and Daiquiriville, a 2,200 square-foot indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar with karaoke and other entertainment, owned and operated by Colombian-native Luisa Duran. 

Lalani Ventures at Underground Atlanta has also welcomed Common Grounds Coffee Shop, an eclectic cafe with a community-minded atmosphere; Dolo’s Pizza Co, a classic pizza joint with a Caribbean twist; Atlanta Comedy Theatre, Underground’s premier upscale comedy club venue; Future Showbar and Restaurant, a 14,000-square-foot, two-story LGBTQ restaurant and bar; and iScream Ice Cream, an old time ice cream parlor with modern edge desserts. 

In addition, The Masquerade, the famed Atlanta music and events venue and staple in the city’s history, is also located in Underground Atlanta.

Underground Atlanta 

Underground Atlanta has long been the cultural heart of Downtown Atlanta. With historic roots dating back to the 1900s, this arts, entertainment, and retail district spans multiple levels and four city blocks. In 2020, Lalani Ventures purchased Underground with a vision to restore and revitalize this iconic destination. Bordered by Pryor, Central, Wall, and Alabama Streets and connected to the Five Points MARTA, Underground Atlanta is a central, accessible space that will house local restaurants, entertainment and exhibition spaces, and galleries with a special focus on immersive art experiences. With a new and visionary team at the helm and the support and enthusiasm of the Downtown community, Underground will once again reflect and enhance the vibrancy of the city we call home. Follow along on InstagramTikTok, Facebook and Twitter


The Lab is a physical and online space to exhibit, experiment, educate and experience the role of technology and its intersection with public art. By reducing barriers to creating and participating in this emerging space, the Lab seeks to expand access to cultural enrichment, provide the tools for local artists to thrive.

Jordan Young

Our connection is undeniable, and while this restricts us, the limits imposed by our entangled form are also gateways to new ways of being in concert with one another. Drawing inspiration from anchors, house music, and dance cyphers, “Tethered Together” is an interactive performance installation that playfully explores the generative boundaries of our creative interdependence. “Tethered Together” is the latest collaboration of Jordan Young and movement artists Meg Gourley and Andre Lumpkin.

Catch a special performance of “Tethered Together” in the Underground Plaza at 8 p.m. Following the performance, a range of work by Young including new interactive pieces will be exhibited in the Futures Lab for the remainder of the evening. Come touch the art!

Jordan is an artist and arts organizer working to kindle curiosity and invoke public creativity. Melding disciplines through media production, performance, interactive design, and stage production, Jordan’s practice is focused on discovering playful modes of expression and collaboration that invite audiences to become co-creators.

Kristan Woolford

Born in Atlanta and raised in Stone Mountain, GA, Kristan Woolford is a commission based digital artist whose work seeks to synthesize the original pillars of Hip Hop culture with Social Justice themes. Their background in documentary filmmaking inspires video collages of Afrofuturist and Afrosurrealist narratives. 

Kristan has screened short films at venues such as Ciné, Plaza Theatre, and screened a feature length documentary broadcasted on cable television. They have served as Director, Producer, and Editor for a weekly internationally broadcasted television program and served as the Director of New Media at Atlanta’s public access television station People TV. More recently, Kristan’s work has expanded beyond exclusively filmmaking as they continue to push the boundaries of how digital mediums like video collages and projection mapping can encourage a deeper understanding of Black experiences in America. Their video collage work has been featured in exhibitions such as Drive Thru ATL, Midtown Alliance’s Heart of The Arts, and Art Meso. 

Kristan’s video collage work relies on remixing and layering digital elements to document and collapse moments from the past and present using projection technology. As an aesthetic of their work, projection is meant to suggest a casting of alternate realities, and a call to see our current and future social climate through a nuanced lens focused on our country’s dark past to provoke healing and accountability. 

Kristan is a Film Post Production Professor of Practice at Georgia State University, high school film instructor at The New School Atlanta, and a Teaching Artist with re:imagine/ATL where they work to train Atlanta’s future generation of digital creators. They are a 2023 Atlanta Contemporary Nexus Fund Grantee recipient, a featured artist in Comfiart’s Design + Muse signature program, and in the 2023-2024 Midtown Alliance Heart of The Arts cohort as the inaugural Studio Artist in Residence at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). Kristan is a proud alumni of The Creatives Project Studio residency program, C4 Atlanta’s Hatch 

Braxton Clark

Braxton Clark, artistically known as Rei Low, an incredibly talented individual who writes, produces, and sings industrial pop songs. His work creatively intertwines cyberculture, rave scenes, and hip hop, resulting in a one-of-a-kind and captivating blend. 

Rei Low’s music showcases a cyberpunk aesthetic and is influenced by modern industrial artists like Umru, Kai Whiston, and SOPHIE, as well as the laid-back approach to pop music represented by artists like Ericdoa, VVSPIPES, and Blackwinterwells. His latest project, “K Theory,” is an immersive experience that features his innovative sound, aesthetic, and connections, culminating in a recurring live show curated by Rei Low and his team. Be prepared for cybernetic eclecticism, laser sounds, and autotuned harmonies in Rei Low’s selections. 


Michael “MIKE” Stasny is an artist and musician who works in the sculptural realm. Michael is associated with a variety of art collectives including the Dashboard Co-op, Goat Farm Art Center, and Knock Knock. He is also founder of Sumptuary , an ongoing arts funding practice that supports, presents and promotes artists’ experience through non-commodifiable projects through “taxation” on consumables. 


EuGene Byrd III  is an artist that draws inspiration from life experiences and people around him. The style and themes portrayed in his art can best be described as realism and romantic. He illustrates quintessential aspects of the Black experience, in an effort to preserve Black culture, telling stories that are often overlooked or demonized. Curating the Future Gallery, Eugene brings life and art to Upper Alabama.


ARTlanta’s Tyree Smith, who also sits on the Marta En Route Art Council, serves as VP Chair on the Fort Mac Public Art Council and is a 2018 jury panelist for Art on the Beltline continues to lead the way in bringing interactive art experiences to Atlanta. “I wanted to connect the people of Atlanta directly to art, free of political or personal agendas,” said Smith. “Life is art, and art has become the new Atlanta. What better way to play and explore a multi-sensory playground than through an art fair.”


Priscilla Smith is a Georgia native, mom, artist, and educator. She has been an artist, innovator, and patron of the arts for many years and continues to create a space for expression in the heart of Underground at No Tomorrow. 


Maria McDowell is a photographer, curator, philanthropist, and artist living in Atlanta and curator of the vibrant Emmcdee Gallery-  a place where people can come to share their lives, celebrations, performances, exhibitions, networking events and collaborations. 


From a childhood living in different cultures and in different parts of the World, Carl Janes has developed with a global eye and an acute understanding of our human connection. Through a disciplined pursuit that follows current interests he constantly explores new ways of communicating within a continued development at the Inner Space gallery at Underground.


George Long’s work addresses the human emotion of wanting, yearning, pining. His choreographed depictions of individuals expressing the emotive and physical transformation of time and location, are manifested in work ranging from mixed media drawings to animation. His studio, Itch, it a direct reflection of his artistic process, and hosts a variety of shows and experiences. 


MJQ prides itself on being a dance club for the people; having always opted against the traditional ‘VIP section’ seen at other nightclubs, the club desires to promote a sense of community and inclusivity. The next chapter of the nightclub will continue to prioritize accessibility for its guests while preserving the authenticity and diversity Atlantans have always valued in the space. The team will preserve the structure of the pirate ship in the former Dante’s space, while leaning into MJQ’s already retro futuristic influences, transforming the venue into an interstellar docking station to further lean into the “concourse” branding. Fans of the nightclub can expect adjusted bar hours at the new location with sci-fi and movie influenced cocktails and light eats.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/29/23

his Summer’s Warming Up With Exciting Events at Atlantic Station Including
 the Atlanta Open, the Inspire Tour, Screen on the Green and More

Why beat the heat when you can enjoy it! This month, the 138-acre neighborhood continues the fun with a plethora of activities to add to your summer schedule. Enjoy the warmth by kicking back to watch a movie on the Green, catch the action on the courts by the champs during the Atlanta Open, and, for those with little ones, there are family-friendly activities too! Atlantic Station has got you covered with happenings for the perfect summer day in July.
The Atlantic Station July Calendar of Events includes:
Tuesday, July 11: TOT SPOT – MOM, POP & TOT YOGA
Located at Atlantic Green | 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT
Tot Spot is back with lots of free and fun activities for our littlest friends. Join us on July 11 for a kid-friendly yoga event hosted by ATHLETA. You can expect sing-alongs, snacks and fun for the whole family to enjoy. Visit here to learn more.
Located at the Tiny Doors Studio | 10 a.m. EDT  
Meet artist Karen Anderson Singer and check out her studio on the third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. See works in progress, shop exclusive Tiny Doors merch and view the retired door gallery! Visit here to learn more.
Thursday, July 20: SCREEN ON THE GREEN
Located at Atlantic Green | 6:30 p.m. EDT
Make outdoor movie viewing a new tradition this summer at Atlantic Station’s Screen on the Green! Each month this summer, a different family-friendly film will be featured on a large outdoor screen. Bring your blankets or chairs and choose your own place to sit on the lawn. Visit here to learn more.
Thursday, July 20 – Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
Saturday, July 22: ATLANTA OPEN 2023
Located on the Pinnacle Lot | Times Vary
The Atlanta Open returns to Atlantic Station July 22-July 30, with action-packed matchups to kick off the US Open tennis series. Players including six-time Atlanta Open champ John Isner and rising stars Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka will join in the battle for the title! And Atlanta’s own Coco Gauff and Leylah Fernandez will also be joining the fun! Ticket options include weeklong access, weekend access, single session access, and more. Registration is now open for volunteers and the ball person team. Visit here to learn more.
Tuesday, July 27: H&M presents: BUY FROM A BLACK WOMAN INSPIRE TOUR
Located on the Atlantic Green | 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT  
H&M presents the Buy From A Black Woman Inspire Tour featuring events focused on highlighting Black women business owners who are finding, owning, and living out their ambitions. Since 2016, Buy From A Black Woman has empowered, educated, and inspired Black Women business owners and the people who support them. Visit here to learn more.
Located around the Atlantic Green | Every Wednesday | 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT
Wellness Wednesday continues with new and exciting fitness classes! Grab your workout buddy and get ready to enjoy FREE outdoor wellness classes each week. This month will offer workouts from relaxing yoga to intense boot camps. Click here for more info.
Wednesday, July 5 – Sound Bath | Yoga 
Wednesday, July 12 – Effect Fitness
Wednesday, July 19 – FUEL with Rob Owens
Located Around Atlantic Green | Every Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Every Sunday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT | Friday, July 7,  
4 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT
Atlantic Station Creator’s Market returns this month by kicking off the Fourth of July holiday weekend on Saturday, July 1 (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Sunday, July 2 (12 p.m. to 7 p.m.). On Friday, July 7, there will also be a special Friday Night Market taking place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Shop locally and celebrate Atlanta’s unstoppable creativity. Find festive art, jewelry, couture and more, all while supporting the makers of the South. Click here for more info.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/26/23

“Survival of the Slowest” Exhibit Opens at Fernbank on June 10, 2023,

 Featuring a Variety of Live Animals that Demonstrate Unique Adaptations

Sometimes Being Slow, Small or Weak Can Have its Advantages

This summer, Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum welcomes a live animal exhibit that explores some of nature’s often-overlooked, slow, small or weak species and how they have used their perceived disadvantages to help them survive in a world where the large, strong and fast are usually at the top of the food chain. In partnership with Little Ray’s Nature Centres, “Survival of the Slowest” is on view at Fernbank from June 10—Sept. 4, 2023.

“Survival of the Slowest” offers an educational look at the survival strategies of a variety of animals. Guests are invited to explore the similarities and differences in species’ traits and how these attributes impact their survival strategy in order to answer common questions, including ‘How can slow and steady win the race?’ and ‘Does bigger always mean better?’ Some featured live animals in “Survival of the Slowest” include a two-toed sloth, boa constrictor, green iguana, hedgehog, bearded dragon and more.

“Little Ray’s Nature Centres is excited to bring Survival of the Slowest to Fernbank.  We invite Atlantans of all ages to get to know our animal ambassadors and all the surprisingly slow ways they survive in our fast-paced world,” notes Emmi Saunders, Executive Director of Little Ray’s Nature Centres, “Our interactive exhibits will leave lasting impressions and encounters with our wildlife educators will help spark visitors’ curiosity about our natural world.” 

This exhibit focuses on important biological concepts and how real-world survival for animals depends on individual traits. Some of these characteristics that help animals survive include a sloth’s nocturnal nature enabling them to avoid their main predator, the Harpy Eagle, who is a daytime predator. Additional examples include an iguana’s ability to run quickly, which assists them in escaping from predators and a python’s “sit-and-wait” predatorial style, which allows it to conserve energy after venomously killing their prey.

“This exciting new exhibit allows visitors to come face-to-face with some of nature’s most ‘counterintuitively’ biologically fit creatures and explore the amazing adaptations that help them survive and thrive,” notes Fernbank educator and volunteer manager, Miranda Shealy. 

“Survival of the Slowest” offers daily live animal presentations with wildlife educators and animal care staff on hand to not only educate and ‘wow’ audiences, but also to engage with guests in an interactive approach that helps form personal connections with wildlife.


Fernbank will celebrate the opening of “Survival of the Slowest” with a special family friendly Discovery Day on June 10 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. that will feature a range of crafts and activities relating to the unique animals in “Survival of the Slowest.”

“Survival of the Slowest” was designed and offered by Little Ray’s Nature Centres in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature. 

“Survival of the Slowest” is sponsored by Isdell Family Foundation

Additional support provided by the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation.


Exhibits, films and Discovery Days are included with daytime general admission and with CityPASS. General admission tickets include three floors of exhibits in the natural history museum, choice of one giant screen film, and 75 acres of nature explorations in Fernbank Forest and WildWoods. Fernbank After Dark and some other special after-hours events are available at a separate ticket price. Fernbank is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta, minutes from midtown Atlanta and downtown Decatur.

For more information, visit FernbankMuseum.org. General admission tickets are $25.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors, $23.95 for children ages 3-12, free for children ages 2 and younger, and free for Fernbank Members. These prices are for tickets purchased online at



Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/26/23

Forsyth County’s mixed-use village invites the community to play, shop, dine and experience what’s new

Summer days are always better when spent at Forsyth County’s mixed-use village, Halcyon! Enjoy a variety of family-friendly events throughout July, such as Halcyon Kids Club, National Hot Dog Day festivities, the fourth annual Halcyon’s Got Talent and more. There is something for everyone in the family to have fun with this summer at Halcyon.

The full July events schedule is outlined below:

Halcyon Kids Club

Wednesdays in July from 10 a.m. – noon

Preschoolers are invited to play and make new friends each week at the free Halcyon Kids Club! The little ones can engage in a rotating menu of activities ranging from arts and crafts, dance, animal encounters, storytime, puppet shows, music and so much more. Themes and activities vary weekly and will be announced on Halcyon’s Facebook page and Instagram stories. A parent or guardian is required to stay with each child during the duration of the event. Afterward, enjoy lunch or a sweet treat at one of Halcyon’s kid-friendly restaurants. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Groovin’ on the Green

Fridays and Saturdays in July from 6 – 9 p.m.

Celebrate the weekend with dancing and singing along to live musical performances on Village Green. Enjoy local musicians across a variety of genres playing top hits. Guests can treat themselves to a craft brew and groove to live music all around the village! Halcyon has an open container policy, however, outside food and beverages are prohibited. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Cars and Coffee Hosted by Mercedes-Benz Club of America

Saturday, July 1 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join the Mercedes-Benz Experience by RBM of Alpharetta and Fuel Coffee for a beautiful summer morning sipping on specialty coffee drinks, viewing Mercedes-Benz vehicles from a variety of years in the private lot next to Fuel and mingling with friends and other members of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America. Mercedes-Benz Experience by RBM of Alpharetta will be offering special discounts off merchandise for all Mercedes-Benz Club of America members. This event is open to all Mercedes-Benz owners. For more information or to register, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Fourth of July at HOBNOB

Tuesday, July 4 from noon to 5 p.m.

Rain or shine, HOBNOB has planned the ultimate Fourth of July celebration! Gather with your crew and indulge in a pig roast and a decadent side dish buffet on the patio while sipping on beer and bourbon specials. Jam out and get your groove on with a live band performing on the patio from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Yappy Hour

Thursday, July 13 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Bring your furry friend and join Halcyon on Village Green for Yappy Hour hosted by Unexpected Pooch on the second Thursday of each month! Enjoy delicious treats, doggy booze and adorable, adoptable pups from Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters. For more information, visit the Unexpected Pooch Halcyon Facebook event page

Farm Animal Yoga

Saturday, July 15 at 9 and 10 a.m.

Mooove on over to Halcyon for Farm Animal Yoga, featuring animals from North Georgia Wildlife Park! Treat your mind and body to a session of yoga appropriate for all skill levels, accompanied by adorable furry friends. Participants must bring their own yoga mat and are welcome to pause and take photos with the animals during the session. For more information or to fill out a waiver prior to class, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page

National Hot Dog Day Celebration

Thursday, July 20 from 5 – 9 p.m.

Relish in the mouthwatering, sizzling celebration of National Hot Dog Day at Halcyon! This flavorful event is back and better than ever. The first 100 guests will get to indulge in a free All American Hot Dog from The Original Hot Dog Factory. The iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will be rolling into the mixed-use village for photo opportunities. Enjoy face painting and balloon twisting for the little ones, gourmet cotton candy, a 360 photo booth, tunes spun by DJ Ed and dozens of dachshunds and their paw-rents from Metro Atlanta Dachshund Meet Up Group flooding Village Green for a doggone good time. For every wiener dog that attends the event, Halcyon will donate $10 to Dream Dachshund Rescue. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page

Fourth Annual Halcyon’s Got Talent

Thursday, July 27 from 7 – 9:30 p.m.

Save the date for the Fourth Annual Halcyon’s Got Talent! Held in partnership with Galaxy Music & Arts, a music studio in Alpharetta, the community is invited to enjoy an evening watching talented kids ranging from 10 to 18 years old perform their best acts on Village Green. Categories include singers, musicians, magicians, comedians and actors. Winners will receive a special trophy and prize package. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page

Tiki Street Pop-Up Bar at Cherry Street Brewpub

Daily through Monday, July 31

The summer of fun begins at Cherry Street Brewpub’s Tiki Street Pop-Up Bar! Celebrate the summer season and soak up all the tropical vibes while sipping on a cocktail and enjoying tasty bites, without the hassle of traveling to a tropical island. The menu features an assortment of tropical cocktails and flavorful foods inspired by tiki classics. Grab your crew, unwind after a long day or gather your friends for a fun night out. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/26/23

Bring your appetite and indulge in the ultimate National Hot Dog Day bash

July 20th 5-9pm

Prepare to relish in the sizzling, mouthwatering celebration of National Hot Dog Day this week with a celebration on Thursday, July 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. hosted by Halcyon and The Original Hot Dog Factory.

Experience a burst of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds with The Original Hot Dog Factory’s menu. The first 100 guests will get to indulge in a free All American Hot Dog! The iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will be making an appearance, rolling into Halcyon in all its hot dog-shaped glory. Get up close and personal with the legendary vehicle and snap some pictures with friends and family. The fun doesn’t stop there! Bring the little ones to enjoy face painting, gourmet cotton candy, balloon twisting, a 360 photo booth and tunes spun by DJ Ed on Village Green.

Imagine a paradise for hot dog enthusiasts, where delectable dogs meet real wiener dogs. Dozens of dachshunds and their paw-rents from the Metro Atlanta Dachshund Meet Up will flood the village for this special holiday. In the spirit of giving back, Halcyon will be donating $10 to Dream Dachshund Rescue for every dachshund that attends the event. 

This event is rain or shine and fun for all ages. Free parking is available in the parking deck. For full event details, please visit the Facebook event page here.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/26/23

Wizarding wonders await in the heart of Inman Park as Amore e Amore transitions the Emerald City into Hogwarts. Beginning Tuesday, July 11th, the neighborhood ristorante promises enchanting evenings filled with wonder, laughter, and the joy of shared spells. Wizards will be greeted by a sight reminiscent of Diagon Alley with a whimsical cobblestone path leading toward Platform 9¾. Step onto the platform, where the magical portal leads directly into the Great Hall of Hogwarts Castle with authentic Italian cuisine and a special “Feast at Hogwarts” four-course prix fixe menu for $90 per person plus alcohol, tax and gratuity. So, practice spells, pull out the house colors, grab the wands and get ready to journey to Hogwarts where magical mayhem awaits. The full a la carte dinner menu available featuring seasonal and signature favorites will also be available. 

Feast at Hogwarts 


Cold Reggiano Parmigiano, Pesto & House Marinated Olives 

Classic Caesar Salad 


Pasta Rigatoni 


Vodka Intermezzo Homemade Lemon Sorbet & Vodka 


Eggplant or Chicken Parmigiana 

Shrimp Fra Diavolo 

Black Angus Filet Mignon in Vecchia Romagna Brandy with Mushrooms

Veal Scaloppini 


Assortment of Homemade Desserts 

Amore e Amore is open Tuesday through Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. Kids ages 12 and under are welcome from 5 to 7:30 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, visit  www.amoreeamore.com  or call 404-600-2176.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/26/23

Featuring Band of Horses, The Head and the Heart, Two Performances by Futurebirds, a Special Reunion by The Whigs, and more

The Two-Day Event Will Take Place at Pullman Yards and is Presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon, The Georgia Hemp Company, Código 1530 Tequila, and Bulleit Frontier Whiskey

After teasing that a new festival was on the horizon, Atlanta festival producer Rival Entertainment and Athens, Georgia rock juggernaut Futurebirds have announced full details on Highball – a festival experience at the historic Pullman Yards, October 21 and 22, 2023. Curated by Futurebirds, the inaugural two-day festival experience will feature notable artist performances, locally renowned food purveyors, and a distinctive live experience alongside the railroad tracks of Pullman Yards. Handpicked by the indie rock mainstays, the lineup will feature headliners Band of Horses and The Head and the Heart, preceded by daily sets by Futurebirds. Additional support will include performances by Wednesday; a special reunion by The WhigsSeratonesS.G. GoodmanT. Hardy Morris, and Hotel Fiction. Highball represents a culmination of collaborative efforts two years in the making by Rival Entertainment and Futurebirds, which were drawn to the beauty of Pullman Yards’ historic setting.”It’s a wild wild dream to have the chance to help curate a festival bill, full of some of our favorite bands and best friends, in our home state, not far from where a handful of us grew up and experienced live music for the first time,” says Futurebirds’ guitarist and singer Carter King. “It’s a full-circle experience, and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity. The lineup is insane; the venue is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see y’all out there in October.”

Highball has partnered with Pabst Blue RibbonThe Georgia Hemp CompanyCódigo 1530 Tequila, and Bulleit Frontier Whiskey as the event’s presenting sponsors, which are activating along with other local vendors across the Pullman Yards grounds. “We are thrilled to welcome Highball to Pullman Yards. We have anxiously anticipated this event and look forward to working with Rival Entertainment and Futurebirds on the first festival. Come experience two great days of live music on the Pullman Yards grounds,” says Atomic Entertainment’s Maureen Meulen, owner and operator of the Pratt-Pullman Entertainment District.

Tickets for the inaugural Highball are on sale Thursday, June 29 at 12p EST at www.highball.live. Fans can purchase single-day and weekend advanced tickets at general admission and VIP levels. VIP includes private lounge access, pit viewing, and comfort amenities.

Highball Festival is produced by Rival Entertainment. Visit www.highball.live for the most up-to-date information. 

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Hosted by Futurebirds, the pre-party will feature two sets by Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band featuring Futurebirds and Bobby’s Shorts members. Two-day Highball VIP ticket purchasers will receive a complimentary ticket to this pre-party, along with an exclusive cocktail hour with members of Futurebirds prior to the show. Inaugural Highball screen printed posters signed by Futurebirds will be available for pick up during the cocktail hour.


We’ve handpicked some ATL favorites to provide delicious grub, including Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Mothers Best, and Roti Rolls- perfectly washed down with Creature Comforts Tropicalia or Bigger Dream IPAs—more food and beverages to be announced.


Highball will be debuting two new event areas of Pullman Yards- previously not experienced, with the stage set on the rail yard’s original transfer table. Guests will enjoy access to General Admission & VIP lounges within the newly renovated “Building 6,” a historic machine shop for The Pullman Company circa 1927. Also, The Georgia Hemp Company will be hosting a daily “High There, Highball” media meet-up featuring select items from their fantastic line, libations, and gift bags. Additional activations will be announced in the coming weeks.


Do a deep dive into Futurebirds’ curated lineup (all chosen because they inspired or have been inspired by the band), and there are a lot of angles to work with. Be it Charity Rose Thielen of The Head and The Heart given a behind-the-scenes look into the early days of the band in Seattle, Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell talking mental health on the road, or the constant tour grind of Hotel Fiction– there’s a lot to talk about. It will be a treat to experience them all in one place. 


Published on April 7, 2023 by Julia Weaver / Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/26/23

If you’re thinking about moving to The Big Peach and plan to rent an apartment in Atlanta, GA or buy a home, Atlanta is a city that’s guaranteed to captivate you from the moment you arrive. From the bustling city with rich history, mouth-watering cuisine, and endless opportunities for adventure, or the iconic museums and stunning parks to bustling markets and lively music venues, you certainly won’t run out of things to do. 

To help you make the most of your time living in Atlanta, we’ve put together a list of must-try Atlanta bucket-list experiences. From savoring the local flavors at Ponce City Market to exploring the vibrant neighborhoods that make this city unique, these are just some of the unique things to do in Atlanta that will make you fall in love with the city and the lifestyle it has to offer. So grab your walking shoes and your sense of adventure, and get ready to dive into the ultimate Atlanta bucket list.

  1. Spend a day at Ponce City Market
    “You absolutely, positively, need to spend a day at Ponce City Market,” states
    Ash Brown, a local Lifestyle Blogger, Podcast Host and Event Emcee, and
    CEO of Ash Said It. “This historic building was the old Sears, Roebuck & Co
    Building. The renovations here are incredible. The decor and infrastructure
    are a whole mood. Some of my favorite places are here such as Five
    daughter bakery, Bar Vegan, Modern Mystic Shop and many more. At the end
    of the night stop by City Winery Atlanta for local made wine. You may even
    catch your favorite entertainment act there.”
  2. Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National
    Historical Park
    “No trip to Atlanta is complete without a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr.
    National Historical Park,” says local photographer, Corey Reese Photography.
    “This historic site honors the life and legacy of the civil rights icon and features
    a museum, his childhood home, and the iconic Ebenezer Baptist Church. It’s a
    must-see for anyone interested in American history and social justice.”
  3. Check out the High Museum of Art
    “For a taste of the city’s art and culture scene, head to the High Museum of
    Art,” also suggests Reese. “This world-class museum boasts an impressive
    collection of art, from classic to contemporary, and regularly hosts special
    exhibitions and events. It’s a great way to spend a leisurely afternoon and
    appreciate the beauty of Atlanta’s creative spirit.”
  4. Indulge in the food scene of Atlanta
    “The joy of a new Atlanta resident is unmatched, shares Courtney Paige,
    Founder of A Paige Of Positivity. “We lived in the city for over three years, and
    I still dream about some of our favorite restaurants. Fudo
    Sushi in Brookhaven has my highest recommendation. After trying over 16 of
    their rolls, the ‘Fantasy Roll’ is the best. Get the dynamite shrimp and miso
    cauliflower to start.” 
    “Thinking about ordering in? Kong’s Kitchen in Midtown has the best Chinese
    food I’ve ever had – specifically the Chicken Lo Mein,” suggests Paige. “Have
    it delivered, as there isn’t even a parking lot to pick it up from, it’s just
    Peachtree Rd and you’ll see a line of 10+ delivery drivers picking it up too.” 
    Or, if you’re looking for rooftop views, Paige recommends heading over to the
    Kimpton Hotel. “Located in Buckhead, grab a drink at the St. Julep bar in the
    Kimpton Hotel, or buzz down to West Midtown and grab a seat on the patio of
    the Bellview Hotel. End your night with Emmy’s Squared Pizza, specifically
    the vodka sauce pizza.” 
  5. Explore the Atlanta BeltLine
    Erica Valentin, a Life, Style, and Travel blogger at Wander in Color shares,
    “For the quintessential Atlanta experience, you absolutely must visit the

Atlanta Beltline. This 22 mile open loop is a dream to visit by foot, or on skates
or a bicycle. People from all walks of life love the Beltline because all are
welcome here and even fur-friends love it!  Spend the day shopping at Ponce
City Market or enjoying one of its many restaurants or just hanging out with
friends, There’s something for everyone.”
A Paige Of Positivity dives into the bucket list  food stops along the beltline.
“Take time to explore and walk the Atlanta BeltLine. Start at Krog Street
Market and walk north, headed towards Piedmont Park. Along the way, grab a
brew at New Realm Brewing and play some cornhole. Stop into Ladybird
Grove & Mess Hall and enjoy the sea of people and dogs. Pop into Ponce City
Market and grab some street food at one of the many fabulous vendors.”

  1. Visit the National Center for Civil and
    Human Rights
    “The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a cultural center that
    focuses both on the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and the fight
    for human rights around the world,” explains Amanda Young, blogger
    of Young & Wanderlust. “The museum features interactive exhibits (such as a
    lunch counter sit-in simulation), personal letters from Dr. Martin Luther King,
    Jr., a sobering gallery of both human rights leaders and abusers, and more.
    As the birthplace of Dr. King, Atlanta was an integral part of the Civil Rights
    Movement, and visiting this museum is the perfect way to honor that legacy.”
  2. Spend a day in the West Side
    “If you’re new to Atlanta, you have to check out the West Side,” states Jessica
    Camerata, owner of An Indigo Day and Founder of The Blog Societies. “You
    can spend an entire day there from shopping at Free People and Ann
    Mashburn. Grab something sweet at Five Daughter’s Bakery. My favorite spot
    for lunch is Falafel Nation. Best falafel in town. And for dinner, check out
    Forza Storico or Aziza for an unforgettable meal. Finish it off with a cocktail at
    Marcel and a scoop of Brambleberry crisp at Jeni’s Ice Cream.”
  3. Dine at Holeman & Finch
    “As a new resident of Atlanta, one activity that should be on your bucket list is
    dining at  Holeman & Finch  in Midtown in Colony Square,” shares Banner

Butter, a small batch butter producer in Atlanta. “This local gem is a must-visit
for foodies and offers a dining experience that is both refined and
approachable. Additionally, Chef Linton’s culinary creativity shines through in
their seasonal menu, where Banner Butter is often featured in innovative and
delicious ways.” 

  1. Explore Little Five Points
    Young also recommends checking out Little Five Points. “Little Five Points is a
    neighborhood with crystal shops, vintage and thrift stores, delicious vegan
    food, and more,” shares Young. “Eat at Govinda’s Cafe, a non-profit vegan
    restaurant in Atlanta that aims to serve its community in a meaningful way,
    and check out Sevananda Natural Foods, a health food store with a hot bar
    (hello fluffy vegan biscuits!). You can also explore the street art and browse
    the Junkman’s Daughter, a huge store with unique jewelry, decorations,
    clothes, and more.”
  2. Get your southern fix at Ms. Icey’s
    Kitchen and Bar
    “Located in North Decatur, just 7 miles from downtown Atlanta, Ms. Icey’s
    Kitchen & Bar is a must try,” states Deverick Long, author at The Hip-Hop
    Foodie. “Their menu offers the traditional southern food that Atlanta is known
    for, with a mashup of Caribbean cuisine. The in-house DJ and great service
    creates the ultimate dining experience.
  3. Book a tee time
    “If you’re new to Atlanta, you’re in for a treat when it comes to all around top
    tier experiences with events, restaurants, and attractions,” shares Onteria
    West, Digital Content Creator and Owner of Our West Nest. “One of my
    favorite places to visit is  Puttshack . It’s a swanky miniature golf establishment
    that is perfect for everything, from a day to enjoy with family, to brunch with
    friends, and even date night with your partner. Though the establishment is for
    miniature golf, their inside restaurant also has excellent eats and drinks, plus
    a swaggy DJ in the evenings.”
  4. Search for Tiny Doors ATL
    “Artist Karen Anderson Singer has painted a number of 7-inch doors
    throughout the city, meant to ‘reflect the spirit, architecture, and other unique

elements of the surrounding community,’” explains Young. “They’re all
labeled, and the designs are adorable. You can find the doors at the Old
Fourth Ward Skate Park, Swan House, Fox Theatre, and more.” 

  1. Enjoy nature in Roswell Mill Park
    “As a local Photographer based in Sandy Springs (North Atlanta), I am always
    on the lookout for quiet and beautiful places to take photos in Atlanta,”
    says Nina Ferentinos. “One of my favorite places that also has a lot of variety
    in natural backdrops is Roswell Mill Park. It features a waterfall, access to the
    river, and wooded nature trails that are partly even wheelchair accessible.”
    “When I am not working we like to explore the City Springs area, which is
    within walking distance from our Sandy Springs house,” explains Ferentinos.
    “About 2 years ago we discovered The Select and fell in love with their french
    inspired cuisine and the extraordinary cocktail selection. You have to try the
    ‘Birds of Paradise’ that are being presented in a bird-shaped cocktail class.”
  2. Discover Chattahoochee National
    Recreation Area
    “Atlanta is lush with trees—magnolias, dogwoods, pine trees, and hardwoods
    including magnificent oaks,” shares chef and James Beard award winning
    cookbook author, Virginia Willis. “One of the best places to experience this
    green space is in the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. Established
    by President Jimmy Carter, the parks offer extraordinary opportunities to enjoy
    the outdoors in Atlanta and the suburbs just north of the city. The park
    preserves 48 miles of river and more than 50 miles of hiking trails along the
    river’s banks. It’s one of my favorite things about living in Atlanta.”
  3. Be part of the community growth
    “Atlanta has grown dramatically over the last twenty years,” states E Vincent
    Martinez, founder of  Fashionado , a fashion and lifestyle brand. “It’s become a
    city rich in the arts, entertainment and fashion scenes. “The ‘rebirth’ of historic
    places like the old city hall which is now Ponce City Market or more
    recently, The Works ATL located in the Upper West Side, have given Atlanta
    a day-to-night vibrancy. The walkability of the city has also evolved
    tremendously, especially in Midtown and Old Fourth Ward, much of it made
    possible via the Atlanta Beltline which is the perfect stretch to get to know the
    city and grab a bite or drink. Shopping and dining are also on my list. Just

about every major retailer and luxury brand has a presence in Atlanta and if
you’re new to the city, you won’t go hungry as there are many great
restaurants to enjoy.”

  1. Solve clues at an escape room
    “Don’t miss out on the high-tech, artful escape rooms at The Escape Game at
    the Atlanta Battery,” suggests  Lindsey Paris Designer and writer at Redhead
    Baby Mama. “The intensely-themed rooms are completely immersive and
    worth the price of admission. Grab a group and be sure to try out
    ‘Playground!’ You’ll feel like a kid all over again.”
  2. Explore Atlanta’s Vibrant Pop-Up
    Dining Scene
    “With almost 200 events a week, Atlanta’s pop-up restaurant scene is a
    defining force in the city’s dining scene,” says Sam Flemming of Punk Foodie,
    which keeps close tabs on the scene. 
    With a surprising number of the city’s hottest restaurants tracing their origins
    as pop-ups, including Pho Cue, OK YAKI, Lazy Betty and Little Bear,
    Flemming says eating at a pop-up is experiencing the future of the city’s
    vibrant dining scene. Flemming suggests trying the Pimento KimCheese
    Rangoons from  Ganji , the Mapo Chili Dog from  Jackalope , and the Waffle
    House Style Pierogies from  Bravewojtek . Follow Punk Foodie’s Instagram or
    subscribe to their newsletter.   
  3. Experience the luxurious side of
    “If you’re looking to elevate your Atlanta experience, you simply must check
    out Rooftop LOA,” suggests Oh! Nikka, an Atlanta-based fashion, food, and
    lifestyle blog. “This multilevel rooftop resort is the ultimate way to soak up the
    sun with poolside relaxation while indulging in eclectic dining, sipping on chic
    cocktails, and taking in sweeping views of the city.”
    “The new Rooftop L.O.A by Slater Hospitality is a resort-like rooftop
    destination for any new Atlantan to explore,” shares Adventures in Atlanta, a
    guide to Atlanta-based regional, and national festivals, concerts, restaurant
    openings, events, and more. “Take a leave of absence for the day to their
    three distinct areas encompassing the newly opened pool, grove, and upscale restaurant and bar. The pool is the IT destination this summer with a separate bar focusing on Miami-vibe and resort food and drink fare. The grove area is the perfect area to lounge for garden style cocktails by the fire pit. Finally, grab a bite and a martini at the restaurant boasting an array of eats from Burgers to whole fish to steaks.”

Atlanta, GA is a city that never fails to impress. Its rich history, diverse culture, and endless array of attractions and experiences make it an ideal destination for anyone looking to explore and discover something new. From iconic landmarks like the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the World of Coca-Cola to hidden gems like Krog Street Market and the Beltline, there are countless reasons to move to Atlanta.