Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/11/24

Smith’s Olde Bar on July 9th

Tickets here.

After sold-out performances all over the west coast, Puppeteers for Fears, Oregon’s only dedicated puppet musical horror troupe, will bring its original show, Cthulhu: the Musical!to Atlanta for a performance July 9 at Smith’s Olde Bar as part of the company’s 2024 summer tour.

Far from the lo-fi puppet show stereotype, the production features a full cast of five actors with elaborate custom-made puppets, a full-rock band, and projected multimedia backgrounds for an immersive and engaging theatrical experience.

The play is adapted from the 1929 short story, The Call of Cthulhu,” by horror icon, H.P. Lovecraft, and tells the story of his most famous creation: Cthulhu, a giant, malevolent, octopus-faced elder god who hibernates beneath the ocean, communicating to humans through their dreams, slowly driving them mad. Though Lovecraft is not as much of a household name as writers like Stephen King or Edgar Allen Poe, he is widely considered to be the creator of the genre of gothic horror, and the creatures and themes he created are highly influential on modern literature of all genres. The story PFF chose to adapt is dark, disturbing, and totally unfit for musical comedy—all qualities that make it a perfect fit for their irreverent style. 

“We are always looking to turn classic themes on their head instead of rehashing tired storylines,” says PFF Artistic Director Josh Gross. “So when thinking about what our next piece might be, I sometimes add the words, ‘the musical,’ to different phrases in conversation to see how people react, if it has that magic combination of familiar hook, and new twist. When I said, ‘Cthulhu: the Musical,’ for the first time, a bunch of heads immediately turned in my direction, and strangers started asking where they could see it. So I knew we had to do that as a show, even though the challenge of turning something so dark into musical comedy was pretty daunting. It was definitely worth it though. There was a lot of comedy to be found and this show is so much fun to perform.” 

Cthulhu: the Musical! will be directed by Katy Curtis, and with a script and original songs from playwright Josh Gross.  Performances will feature live puppetry, a full rock band, and multimedia backgrounds courtesy of visual artist and Production Designer, Aubry Hollingshead. It stars Hunter Prutch, Alyssa Marie Mathews, Alex Giorgi, Owen Webb, and Forest Gilpin


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/11/24

Distillery of Modern Art

July 14 1-5pm

Join us for an unforgettable afternoon of art, community, and remembrance on July 14 from 1PM-5PM at the Distillery of Modern Art. This special event, hosted by SPS Productions, will feature over 20 amazing artists showcasing their work, as well as two live painting performers creating art before your eyes. In addition to the incredible display of talent, we will be hosting a gallery show for the late artist Aaron Simmons. Aaron had a dream of sharing his art with the world, and now, from beyond, his work will finally have its moment in the spotlight. Any pieces of Aaron’s work sold during the event will go directly to his wife Stephanie and their daughter Skylar, so come show your support for this talented artist and his family. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Aaron’s life and legacy through his beautiful artwork.

Information here.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/10/24

Two-Day Art Festival Featuring a Diverse Array of Over 100 Local and Regional Artists 

Free to Attend on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16th, 2024

Introducing the Uncommon Bizarre, a new two-day event brought to you by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. This summer, shoppers and event enthusiasts are invited to Piedmont Park on Saturday, June 15th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, June 16th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to explore a diverse range of vendors including makers, crafters, jewelers, photographers, and skilled artists in various mediums. Eventgoers of all ages are also invited to explore culinary delights and summer sips from food trucks while they shop, stroll, and mix and mingle with the juried artists. The Uncommon Bizarre at Piedmont Park (1071 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309) is free to attend, open to all ages and leashed dogs are welcome. For more information, please visit  www.affps.com. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/affps

Photo: Ben Dashwood


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/3/24

Iconic entertainment destination soars into the summer with Summer Series, Pure Barre pop-up, yoga events and more

Summer is in full force at The Battery Atlanta, with an unstoppable lineup of events and activities. The family-favorite Farmers Market and Yoga by Kaiser Permanente on the Plaza Green continues, and the Wellstar Family Series kicks off summer fun with Tennis on the Turf. ​ Celebrate Dad with specials throughout campus before heading to the stands for the Atlanta Braves game, and the Coca-Cola Roxy is hosting an electric lineup of artists, including Bryson Tiller and The Kid LAROI.

Farmers Market by Kaiser Permanente
Sunday, June 9 and 23 from 1 – 4 p.m.
The Farmers Market continues on June 9, when local vendors will offer a variety of prepared foods, farm-fresh produce, artisanal bread and baked goods, wellness products and more. Additional activities include a petting zoo at every market and the Bark Market, the perfect place to buy a treat for furry friends. This free event is open to the public to shop local and spend a beautiful summer Sunday on the Plaza Green.

Wellness Series: Yoga by Kaiser Permanente
Monday, June 3, 10 and 24 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Yoga Series continues this summer for yogis to end their Monday stress-free at an outdoor yoga class presented by Kaiser Permanente. As part of the Wellness Series at The Battery Atlanta, this free event is open to all ages to relax and unwind on the Plaza Green. Participants are required to bring a mat and encouraged to bring a water bottle. Guests may register here.

Taste of Truist Park and The Battery Atlanta Food Tours
Thursdays, June 6, 13 and 27 at 12:30 p.m.
The Atlanta Braves and The Battery Atlanta continue to host the Taste of Truist Park and The Battery Atlanta Food Tours as an extension of the current Truist Park tour program. The tour kicks off with a Terrapin beer and soft pretzel in the exclusive Truist Park Press Box, followed by a trip to the Atlanta Braves dugout to sample Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. Continuing into The Battery Atlanta, participants will enjoy stops at ASW Distillery, Mac McGee’s Irish Pub and El Super Pan, ending with a classic Southern treat at River Street Sweets. To purchase tickets and for the entire tour schedule, please visit braves.com/foodtour.

Bourbon and Brisket Festival
Saturday, June 8 from 1 – 7 p.m.
Goin’Solo is hosting a fun-filled family day to support CURE Childhood Cancer and its mission to conquer childhood cancer while helping patients and their families. Guests will enjoy BBQ fixins’, live music and the Braves game on the big screen. Click here for more information.

Pure Barre Classes
Tuesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m.
The Battery Atlanta hosts a summer fitness pop-pp series with free barre classes, open to all ages. Participants will have the chance to meet the teachers and learn the Pure Barre technique with the local studio community. Pure Barre classes will include low-impact, high-intensity group workouts. Attendees can sign up here, bring a mat and meet at the main stage. Parking is free for the first two hours. For minors, a parent or guardian’s name is required to register.

The Wellstar Family Series
The Battery Atlanta is pleased to announce the return of the Wellstar Family Series featuring free programming on the Plaza green for families with children of all ages to enjoy. ​ From Tennis on the Turf to a Teddy Bear Clinic, this summer’s fun kicks off June 4.

USTA’s Tennis on the Turf
Tuesday, June 4, 11 and 18; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
USTA’s Tennis on the Turf will be onsite with three mini tennis nets for free play, tennis lessons and games, led by two professional tennis instructors. This activity is recommended for ages 4-10, and children will be further divided by age groups. Parents are not required but encouraged to play too! ​ Registration details can be found here.

Teddy Bear Clinic, Accompanied by Health Place
Wednesday, June 5; 10 – 11 a.m.
Wellstar Health System invites kids to bring their Teddy Bear or other plush friend to the Teddy Bear Clinic on the Plaza Green. The plush patients will receive a healthcare check-up, X-ray, bandages, and instructions on how to stay healthy. The Teddy Bear clinic promotes healthy habits while allowing children the opportunity to become familiar with what it’s like to visit a healthcare professional in a fun and developmentally appropriate setting.   Other fun interactive stations will be offered as well to include fitness, coloring and a special guest appearance by Dr. WellBee.  Siblings are welcome, too. Age 3-10. Registration details can be found here.

Thursday, June 6, 13 and 20; 10 a.m. – noon
Kids of all ages are invited to an engaging sports fitness program with Kidokinetics! Following a group warmup, kidos are split by age groups for (3) 15-minute sessions learning unique sports like pickleball, scoops and many more. The basic concepts of a variety of sports will be introduced in a safe, non-competitive environment ensuring children of every level or ability are learning values such as teamwork, sportsmanship and self-confidence. Walkups are welcome but you can guarantee equipment by pre-registering here.

Small Bites Adventure Club
Wednesday, June 26; 10 – 11 a.m.
Join us on the Plaza Green for a kid-friendly hands-on cooking class with Wellstar Pediatrics in partnership with Small Bites Adventure Club! Children ages 4-12 are invited to roll up their sleeves and create a delicious snack: Rowdy Ranch and Zucchini! Children will also practice safe knife skills and explore new techniques to become adventurous eaters. Every child will leave with a recipe card and sticker. ​ Registration details can be found here.

​Select Father’s Day Promotions:

Father’s Day Brunch & Dinner Specials at C. Ellet’s
Sunday, June 16 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Take Dad out to the ballgame! This Father’s Day, the family can come to C. Ellet’s for a bountiful brunch with live jazz and menu specials and then head to the 1:35 p.m. Braves Game just a few feet away. They will have all of your weekend favorites, like Charbroiled Oysters, Pancakes Palooza and Crab Oscar Benedict. And of course, the trio of mimosas for celebratory sipping. Reservations can be made here.

Free App for Dad at Goldberg’s Fine Foods
Sunday, June 16 2 – 7 p.m.
Dads can show a screenshot of their Father’s Day Braves ticket and receive a free appetizer with their entrée order. One offer per table, valid only at The Battery Atlanta Goldberg’s on June 16, 2024. It cannot be used in combination with any other offer.

Dad Rock Music Bingo at Punch Bowl Social
Sunday, June 9 2 – 4 p.m.
Guests can turn up the volume, test their knowledge and sing along at Monthly Music Bingo hosted by Dirty South Trivia! ​ This week’s theme is everything DAD ROCK – think Pearl Jam, The Rolling Stones and all the dad rock classics. Grab those cargo shorts and get ready to party! More information can be found here.

Father’s Day E-Gift Card Flash Sale at Good Game
To treat Dad this Father’s Day, Good Game is offering $100 e-gift cards, with extra $35 e-gift cards as a complimentary gift. For more information or to buy an e-gift card, click here.

Select Retailer Promotions:

Yoga and Mimosas at National Anthem Atlanta
Every Monday until June 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Yogis can enjoy a free yoga class hosted by Kaiser Permanente on the Plaza Green. After the class, participants can head to National Anthem Atlanta for a flavored mimosa bar, priced at $6 per glass. Guests are encouraged to share a picture of their mimosa on Instagram with #YogaandMimosa @NationalAnthemATL to receive a complimentary cauliflower bang bang appetizer when dining in at National Anthem.

El Super Pan’s Noche Tropical
Every Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Night owls can kick off their weekends and keep the party going with a live DJ, dancing, late night snacks and drinks every weekend at El Super Pan. Late night menu items include everything from Cuban ham croquettes to classic cinnamon churros.

Winterville School of Gin at ASW
Thursday, June 27 from 7 – 8:45 p.m.
ASW’s Winterville School of Gin offers a unique experience for gin lovers and newcomers. Attendees can start with a welcome Gin & Tonic as head distiller Jerry McCall teaches gin history and production, then choose from 18 botanicals to create, label and seal their custom gin in an interactive workshop. The class offers a partner addition for $25 to share the experience and bottle, or a bottle of Winterville Gin to compare. The cost is $100 per person. For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

Summer Camps Powered by XPleague at Battle & Brew
June 24 – 28
This pro-level experience for gamers ages 8-17 is ideal for those looking to prepare for high school, college or professional gaming. The camps aim to help athletes crush all their goals with next-level gaming strategies and experienced coaches from XPLeague. Register here.

​Coca-Cola Roxy Events:
Coca-Cola Roxy at The Battery Atlanta continues to bring a lineup of fan-favorite performers throughout the month! Review venue safety guidelines and information here.

  • Tye Tribbett and Friends
    Sunday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Kid LAROI
    Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Bryson Tiller – The Bryson Tiller Tour
    Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13 at ​ ​ 8 p.m.
  • Chiquis – Diamantes Tour
    Friday, June 14 at 8 p.m.
  • Belanova
    Sunday, June 16 at 8 p.m.
  • That Girl Lay Lau – Growing Pains Tour
    Wednesday, June 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Joey Fatone & AJ McLean: A Legendary Night
    Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m.
  • Cavetown & Mother Mother
    ​Sunday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Park Bench Event:
​The music venue and dueling piano bar has announced June’s live shows and events. Visit parkbenchbattery.com/calendar for more information.

  • Dueling Piano Show
    ​Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Josh Courson Band – Top Hits & Party Country
    ​Friday, June 14 at 9:30 p.m.
  • 90 Proof Band
    ​Friday, June 28 at 9:30 p.m.

An up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings is available on The Battery Atlanta’s website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/3/24

Celebrate the Start of Summer With Exciting Events at Atlantic Station, Including
Midnight Market, Wellness Wednesdays and More!

Summer is officially in season, and Atlantic Station is bringing the heat with the perfect lineup of activities to build a fun-filled summer schedule. Whether embracing the sunshine with outdoor wellness classes, indulging in delicious food festivals or enjoying family-friendly programs, the Heart of Atlanta is the place to be this June.

The Atlantic Station June Calendar of Events includes:

Located around Atlantic Green | Every Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Every Sunday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Friday, June 7, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Creator’s Market is back, bringing unstoppable creativity to Atlantic Station, featuring a special market on Friday, June 7, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Shop locally and celebrate Atlanta’s artisans every Saturday (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m. to 7 p.m.) in June with festive art, jewelry, couture and more, all while supporting the makers of the South. Explore more details here.

Located on the Atlantic Green | Every Wednesday | 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wellness Wednesday is back with new and exciting fitness classes on the Atlantic Green! Grab a workout buddy and get ready to enjoy FREE outdoor wellness classes each week. This season will offer a variety of workouts, from relaxing yoga to intense boot camps and high-energy dance classes. Click here for more information, plus sign up for the Vitality Passport to earn rewards for each Wellness Wednesday attended! 

Wednesday, June 5 – Bootcamp with James Walker
Wednesday, June 12 – Yoga with Camrei Terrell
Wednesday, June 19 – Royal Physique Bootcamp with Lah King
Wednesday, June 26 – Enervibes Dance Fit with Tani (@tani_thecreator) 

Friday, June 7 through Saturday, June 8: MIDNIGHT MARKET
Located at the Pinnacle Lot | 6:00 p.m. to 11:55 p.m.
Craving a late-night snack? Midnight Market is returning to Atlantic Station! This late-night festival is a foodies’ dream come true, with over 40 food vendors, multiple bars, free roller skating, a live DJ and more. Tickets are on sale now and available to anyone 21 and older. Visit here to learn more and secure a spot before tickets sell out.

Tuesday, June 11: TOT SPOT
Located on the Atlantic Green | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Tot Spot returns to Atlantic Station with more sun-kissed fun for the little ones. “Finding Nemo” will play on the big screen for the little adventurers while a talented face painter transforms smiling faces into whimsical works of art. Guests can also enjoy delicious snacks, refreshing treats and more! This event is designed for children ages five and under and is free to attend. Click here to learn more about this splash-tastic celebration! 


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/31/24

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

Head to Halcyon in June for an exciting line-up of events. Kick off the month enjoying live music every weekend by local bands at Groovin’ on the Green; get your sweat on with fan-favorite Farm Animal Yoga; celebrate Father’s Day at the many restaurants and retailers; make fun crafts with your little ones and enjoy the summer sun at Cherry Street’s Tiki Street Pop Up Bar.

The full June events schedule is outlined below:

Groovin’ on the Green

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

Celebrate the weekend by dancing and singing along to live musical performances on the  Village Green. Enjoy local bands across a variety of genres playing top hits. On the last Saturday of each month, Cherry Street Brewpub will host live music on its patio adjacent to the Village Green. Guests can treat themselves to a craft brew and groove to live music playing all around the village! Halcyon has an open container policy, however outside food or beverages are prohibited. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Halcyon Kids Club

Wednesdays through October from 10 a.m. – noon

Preschoolers are invited to play and make new friends at Halcyon’s free Kids Club! Enjoy rotating activities each week ranging from arts and crafts, dance, animal encounters, story time, puppet shows, music and so much more. Themes and activities vary each week 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 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.


Tuesdays in June from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Head to MAKE[R] at Halcyon this month for a fun lineup of crafts for kids:

6/4 Mommy and Me Paint Portraits – Join MAKE[R] for an adorable “paint a portrait” session with your little ones! Just like the viral reel going around with husbands and wives painting each other’s portrait, you can now see how your little sees YOU! All supplies are provided for mommy and one child. Come out and have a fun bonding activity with your little one! For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

6/11 Make SLIME!! – Join MAKE[R] for a fun morning making SLIME!! Your kiddos can come and learn how to make slime with household ingredients and have some fun interactive play – bonus is, no mess at your house! All supplies and instructions are provided, and you can even take your slime home too! For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

6/18 Tie Dye T-Shirt Making – Want to make something that you can wear? Well now you can at MAKE[R]’s tie dye t-shirt making workshop! RSVP and let us know your t-shirt size and we will handle the rest! Learn how to do different designs and make your own tie-dye shirt! All supplies and instructions provided. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

6/25 DIY Sensory Bottles – Make your own sensory bottles! Think glitter, trinkets, all the fun things! These sensory bottles are super addicting and guaranteed to keep your kiddo mesmerized! All supplies and instructions provided. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Farm Animal Yoga

Saturday, June 8 at 9 and 10 a.m.

Mooove on over to Halcyon for Farm Animal Yoga, featuring live animals from North Georgia Wildlife Park! Treat your mind and body to a relaxing 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 the waiver prior to class, visit the Love GOGA event page.

Tropical Nights Ladies Night Out

Tuesday, June 11 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Head to Halcyon for an incredible night of fun at Tropical Nights Ladies Night Out! Event tickets will include your first tropical cocktail (or mocktail), a DJ and dancing in the Green with Silverstar Productions, Salsa dancing lessons with a live band from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Eclipse di Luna, shopping and tropical cocktail specials, activities, games and giveaways as well as a 360 Photo Booth Fun. Every ticket holder will also be rewarded with a special code redeemable for a FREE facial courtesy of Clean Your Dirty Face Halcyon ($50 value) and fresh flower crowns will be available for purchase. This event is 21+ and tropical attire is suggested. Tickets are $18, and all ticket proceeds will be donated to Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute. This event is presented by the Home with Sherry Team https://www.sherryteam.com/ 

Swifties Family Dance Party

Friday, June 14 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Calling all Swifties! Halcyon’s first Family Dance Party of the summer will be led by a Taylor Swift look-alike! Enjoy a DJ dance party in the Green with games, giveaways, pop-ups and more! Tutu School Halcyon will be providing free friendship bracelets. Save the date and invite your fellow Swifties! No tickets or registration needed. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Ties & Tutus Father’s Day Dance Party

Saturday, June 16 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Join Tutu School for a Ties & Tutus Partner Dance Class in honor of Father’s Day, with sweet treats, crafts and lots of twirling. Space is limited so reserve your spot today! You do not need to be an active Tutu School member to celebrates. Tickets will open to non-members on 6/3. For more information, visit the Tutu School event page.

Cherry Street’s Tiki Street Pop Up Bar

Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Bourbon Babes Luau Night: Enjoy an immersive experience by sampling different styles of bourbon in Cherry Street’s tiki-themed oasis, all guided by Old Dominick distillery. Cherry Street has partnered with Lauren Preskitt of Southern Belle Bourbon and Women’s Whiskey Collective, bringing you a night to take your tastebuds on a journey through a variety of bourbons in a tropical setting. Whether you’re a bourbon enthusiast or simply curious, Cherry Street’s warm and welcoming atmosphere provides the ideal setting to forge meaningful connections. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt to the event to get entered into the giveaway! 

Ticket holders will receive a welcome cocktail, a four-course bourbon tasting from Old Dominick Company, small bites and appetizer-style food and a guided experience with female leaders in the bourbon community. For more information, visit Cherry Street’s event page


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/31/24

Enjoy a month full of events at the West Midtown mixed-use destination

Summer is here and The Interlock has a calendar full of events to celebrate the warmer weather. From yoga on the green, a women-led maker’s market, Father’s Day specials and a block party to celebrate The Interlock turning three, there’s something for everyone this month at the vibrant mixed-use destination in West Midtown. 

The Interlock’s full June events lineup is outlined below:

Vida-Flo’s Free B12 Injection Shot

Throughout June

Need a boost of energy? Stop by Vida-Flo throughout the month of June for a free B12 injection. Learn more by visiting https://govidaflo.com/locations/west-midtown-ga/

Pour Taproom’s Boozy Brains Trivia

Every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Test your knowledge at Pour Taproom’s weekly trivia night. Every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Outspoken Entertainment hosts Boozy Brains Trivia with prizes for the top three teams. Learn more at pourtaproomatlanta.com

Bellyard’s Soul & Stretch Yoga 

Saturday, June 1 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Get ready to unwind and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul at this unique event happening at Bellyard, West Midtown Garden Courtyard, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. Join Bellyard for a relaxing afternoon filled with soulful music and invigorating yoga stretches. Let the soothing beats and gentle movements guide you to a state of blissful relaxation. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

Holiday Bar’s Gin & Tonic Day Party

Saturday, June 8 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Celebrate National Gin Day with Holiday Bar’s Gin & Tonic Day Party. Sponsored by Botanist Gin, expect a DJ, a Botanical bar station and $8 specialty gin and tonic cocktails. Follow Holiday Bar on Instagram for more. 

Gurl 2 Gurl Women’s Makers Market

Saturday, June 8 from noon to 5 p.m.

Support Atlanta women-owned businesses at the Gurl 2 Gurl Women’s Maker’s Market on Saturday, June 8. Shop handcrafted jewelry, clothing, accessories, baked goods, spices, candles and more from 12 local vendors. Learn more at www.gurl2girl.com/

Sips & Stretch at The Interlock 

Sunday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join the Ladies Athletic Club and The Interlock for a free rejuvenating bi-monthly yoga session starting on Sunday, June 9. Enjoy a 1-hour yoga practice in the serene green space at The Interlock, led by experienced instructors dedicated to enhancing your well-being. After the session, stay for a social hour where you can sip, stretch and unwind with fellow attendees. Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to relax, connect, and embrace a tranquil Sunday afternoon. Bring your mat and a friend—this is an event you won’t want to miss!

Yoga Ritas on the Highline

Monday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m.

On the second Monday of each month through October, join Guac Y Margys and Dancing Dogs Yoga for yoga on The Highline. After a 60-minute collaborative class, enjoy a refreshing margarita included with admission. Tickets are $10. Learn more and purchase your ticket HERE.

Pour Taproom’s Father’s Day Special 

Sunday, June 16

What’s better on Father’s Day than a beer and a burger? Head to Pour Taproom for its Father’s Day special – a smash burger with fries and domestic beer for $15. Learn more via this link

Holiday Bar’s International Picnic Day

Tuesday, June 18 from 6 p.m. to Sunset

In honor of International Picnic Day, Holiday Bar is hosting a picnic in the park with live music, sponsored by Grey Goose Essences and St. Germain. Stay tuned for more on Holiday Bar’s Instagram

Holiday Bar’s Espresso Yourself Martini Day Celebration

Wednesday, June 19

Espresso yourself at Holiday Bar’s Martini Day celebration! Enjoy the drink of the summer – espresso martinis – all day. Follow Holiday Bar for more details. 

The Interlock’s Third Birthday Block Party 

Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The Interlock turns three this year! To celebrate, the entire community is invited to a birthday block party with food and drink specials, a DJ and a variety of activities. Stay tuned for more details on The Interlock’s Instagram


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/31/24

All things Father’s Day below. Sunday, June 16th!

Photo: Ken Goodman

Sun., June 16, noon – City Winery’s Father’s Day Jazz Brunch featuring Antoine Gibson City Winery Atlanta invites guests to celebrate dad with brunch and a show during this Father’s Day event featuring a performance by Antoine Gibson (tickets here). A saxophonist and recording artist, Gibson has performed on some of the world’s largest stages including Carnegie Hall, Baltimore Jazz Festival and Super Bowl LI. Antoine has also made appearances in a host of TV shows and movies, including Tyler Perry’s “A Jazzman’s Blues” and “Coming 2 America” alongside Afrobeat artist Davido. He was featured on Young Jeezy’s Recession 2 album before releasing his debut album “Tales From The Eastside” in 2022. He is currently working on his third studio album with the first single “I20-East” set to go to radio in August of 2024

Sun., June 16, 11:30am-2:30pm – Father’s Day Brunch at The Americano Chef Scott Conant’s The Americano hosts a Sunday brunch program featuring live music, with house-made favorites including Steak & Eggs, Wagyu Beef Cheek Hash, Pasta al Pomodoro, a tableside Bloody Mary Cart and much more. Brunch reservations are encouraged and can be made by visiting OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at 404.946.9070.

Sun., June 16 – Pizza Sundays Kick Off with The Tap on Ponce & Pizza Jeans

The Tap on Ponce and Pizza Jeans are teaming up for a special this Father’s Day! The Tap On Ponce is offering 15% off 750ml bottles of Richvale “I Heart Pizza” Red Blend with proof of purchase of a whole pizza from Pizza Jeans. Pizza Jeans will be doing the opposite deal at their place – 15% off a whole pizza with purchase of a bottle of Richvale  “I Heart Pizza” Red Blend from The Tap. This will be an ongoing deal that they will feature every Sunday, beginning on Father’s Day.

Sun., June 16, 11am-3pm – Father’s Day Brunch at Serena Pastificio

Celebrate Dad at Serena Pastificio, the coastal, Northern Italian restaurant in Midtown’s bustling Colony Square, with a decadent brunch menu. Reservations are available HERE, and menu highlights are below.

  • POLLO E WAFFLE – double breaded fried chicken breast, lemon ricotta waffle, powdered sugar, pomegranate maple syrup & micro greens
  • RAVIOLI ALLA CARBONARA “TUORLO D’UOVO” – egg yolk and Maldon salt filling, guanciale & carbonara
  • BENEDETTE AL PROSCIUTTO – poached eggs, crispy prosciutto, grilled tomato, lemon-basil hollandaise, English muffin & roasted fingerling potato


Buckhead Village

3035 Peachtree Road

Sun., June 16,  6pm & 8pm – Omakase for Dad at O by BrushBrush Sushi will be offering a Father’s Day Special omakase of 20 courses for $225 per person. Reservations are available HERE for seatings at 6pm and 8pm.

Sun., June 16, 11:30am-10pm – Father’s Day at Le Colonial at Buckhead Village

Le Colonial invites guests to celebrate Father’s Day with specials including PEI Mussels with coconut and lemongrass, Grilled Angus Filet with ginger cilantro dipping sauce and a Chocolate Cigar dessert. Plus, guests will enjoy an exclusive Father’s Day cocktail, the Smoked Old Fashioned, crafted just for the occasion. Reservations are available here.


Now through Sun., June 16 – Happy Father’s Day from Shake Shack

Now through Sunday, June 16, guests will receive a $5 voucher for every $25 they spend on a gift card either by purchasing gift cards online or in Shacks across the country.

Father’s Day Meal Staples from LBN Pantry at Le Bon Nosh

This Father’s Day, let Le Bon Nosh do (some of) the cooking! LBN Pantry offers take-home salad dressings, sauces like Pesto, Chimichurri – perfect to go with grilled meat on Father’s Day – and Ragu Bolognese, soups, desserts, and wine, making for an easy Father’s Day lunch or dinner at home.. Orders can be placed online HERE for pickup, or guests can stop in to grab items from the refrigerated display case whenever. 

Sun., June 16, 9-3pm – Father’s Day Brunch at Le Bon Nosh

Le Bon Nosh invites guests to celebrate Father’s Day with its weekend brunch. Highlights from the brunch menu include: 

  • Savory Power Bowl with bone broth, oats, sautéed greens, bacon, avocado, soft-boiled egg, radish & fermented peppers
  • Huevos Rancheros with corn tortilla, black beans, house-made chorizo, over easy egg, crema, avocado & cilantro
  • French Omelette with boursin, fines herbs & salad

Sun., June 16, 5:30-9pm – Father’s Day Dinner Le Bon Nosh

For those looking to celebrate Father’s Day over dinner, guests at Le Bon Nosh can enjoy a menu including the LBN Burger, which features grass fed beef, American cheese, lettuce, housemade relish, chipotle aioli & house fries, and is only available at dinnertime on Sunday evenings. Other highlights from the dinner menu include: 

  • Duck Confit with Puy lentils, lemongrass & carrot purée, kumquat & mixed greens 
  • Heritage Green Circle Chicken Paillard with caper beurre noisette, green asparagus & aioli
  • Braised Short Rib with grilled gem lettuce, chèvre ranch & harissa

Sonny’s BBQ has the perfect deal for your Father’s Day gatherings! They are offering the following:

  • St. Louis ribs, two side pints and four pieces of bread for $29.99. Pulled pork can be added on for $10. (takeout only).
  • Pork and RIb Combo for $12.99. (dine in only).

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice is giving dads a sweet deal they can treat themselves too! They are offering the following: 

  • Customers will receive a Father’s Day “card” with any purchase, which entitles their dad to a free Flavorite on his next visit to Jeremiah’s.

TWO’s Breaking out the Bourbon, Beer & Beef for Father’s Day 

Bourbon, beer, and beef, oh my! On Sunday, June 16th, TWO urban licks is serving a dad-inspired trio to ensure this Father’s Day dinner is the tastiest yet. For $65, dads can pick their favorite bourbon and beer from TWO’s curated drink selection to complement a mouthwatering 16 oz wood-fired, prime steak. In addition to Executive Chef Chad Clevenger’s hearty Father’s Day special, guests can relish signature and seasonal offerings, including the fan-favorite salmon chips, flavorful rotisserie chicken, and braised pork sugo. Stellar cocktails like the Herradura Reposado Old Fashioned or the Up in Smoke cocktail, featuring smoked Georgia peaches and pecan-infused bourbon and bitters, are also available. A celebrated Atlanta dining staple for almost two decades, the acclaimed restaurant boasts a 26-foot wine-on-tap barrel wall, an expansive, dog-friendly patio overlooking the BeltLine, a spacious dining room, and bustling bar area. TWO urban licks is located at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30306. For more information or to make reservations, call 404.522.4622 or visit twourbanlicks.com. Stay connected on Instagram at @TwoUrbanLicks and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TwoUrbanLicks

Sweet Auburn Barbecue is Fired Up for Father’s Day

Give Dad something he really wants this Father’s Day: high-quality barbecue and a side of making memories with friends and family. This Father’s Day, June 16th, Sweet Auburn Barbecue is gifting all fathers a bottle of Sweet Auburn’s Wu-Tang Chili Sauce to complement their at-home grilling. This award-winning sauce from the Hsu family helps Dad take his grill master skills to the next level—perfect for chicken wings, shrimp, a dipping sauce for fries or dim sum and more. It doesn’t end there, open all day for lunch and dinner, both locations will feature a brisket fried rice special alongside their extensive menu that seamlessly merges southern barbecue traditions with Asian cuisine. Looking for a must-try cocktail to toast to Dad? Don’t miss local fave, Don’t Burn the House Down, crafted with love and featuring brown sugar simple, black walnut bitters, creole bitters, smoke and orange. Sweet Auburn Barbecue is located in Poncey-Highland at 656 N. Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 and in McDonough at 1828 Jonesboro Rd., McDonough, GA 30253. For more information, visit www.sweetauburnbbq.com. Stay connected on Instagram and Facebook at @sweetauburnbbq. 

Dantanna’s Delivers Steak, Sports and Spirits this Father’s Day

If Dad needs a day off from grilling out this Father’s Day, take him to Dantanna’s for bottomless brunch or a sizzling steak dinner. An Atlanta dining institution founded by restaurateur David Clapp and named after his children Dan and Anna, the go-to destination for sports, steak, and cigar enthusiasts is making sure this Father’s Day is the best one yet. Starting the all-day affair strong with brunch at noon and ending with dinner, served until 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 16th, Dantanna’s will have the U.S. Open, Atlanta Braves matchup and much more on its flatscreen TVs located throughout the dining room, bar and on the dog-friendly patio. Hungry dads can indulge in hearty brunch favorites like biscuits and gravy, chorizo skillet, and shrimp and grits, or choose from their all-day menu featuring braised beef short rib, lamb chops, cowboy-cut ribeye, and more. Dantanna’s is located at the Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Dr. Suite304, Atlanta, GA 30326. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.dantannas.com or call 404-760-8873. Stay connected on Facebook at Facebook.com/dantannas and on Twitter and Instagram @dantannas.

Dine with Dad at ENZO Steakhouse & Bar 

Savor every moment with Dad this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16th, by making ENZO Steakhouse & Bar a part of the weekend. Whether it’s indulging in signature brunch favorites or enjoying dishes from their extensive dinner menu, the modern Italian steakhouse will make sure this Father’s Day is one of the best. Spoil him with signature and seasonal offerings boasting bold flavors, including hand-made pasta dishes, choice cuts of steaks, chops, fresh seafood and more. Not only can you share a memorable meal, but give him a gift that keeps on giving: an ENZO gift card that he can use towards meals and events such as ENZO’s Bourbon and Cigars on Thursday, June 27th, 2024. ENZO Steakhouse & Bar is located in the Town at Trilith at 300 Trilith Pkwy, Suite 230, Fayetteville, GA 30214. For more information, visit enzo-itl.com or call (770) 756-9188. Stay connected on Facebook and Instagram at @enzoitl. 

Give Dad an Un-Fore-gettable Father’s Day at Boone’s 

Create lasting memories this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16th, at Boone’s while enjoying delicious bites, frosty, local beers and a stunning view of Bobby Jones Golf Course. Treat Dad to a few rounds on the award-winning, public golf course, or skip the green and relax at the neighborhood dining spot while enjoying new American cuisine from classic brunch and lunch favorites to seasonal and signature dinner offerings. Families and friends can toast to dads with a specialty beer – Tucker Brewing Co. Boone’s Light Lager or Firemaker Brewing Company’s Calamity Jane Golden Ale, or with any of Boone’s seasonal cocktails or award-winning wine offerings. Boone’s is open to the public and is located at Bobby Jones Golf Course at 2205 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. For more information, please call 770.835.4267 or visitboonesatl.com. Stay connected on Instagram and Facebook @boonesatl.

Treat Dad to a Father’s Day Feast at Tio Lucho’s 

It’s no surprise Tio Lucho’s, named after Chef and Owner Arnaldo Castillo’s late father, will be serving an unforgettable Father’s Day special for all the dads out there. In addition to his full menu of authentic Peruvian-inspired fare, the James Beard Award-nominated chef (and brand new dad) will have a mouthwatering bone-in Big Daddy Ribeye on the menu, a 16 oz bone-in cowgirl ribeye, with fingerling potatoes, huancaina, salsa parrillera and garden salad. To wash it down, select any of their Tio’s signatures or Peruvian classic libations for a perfect pairing. Guests are encouraged to end the meal on a sweet note with treats from their new dessert menu created in collaboration with celebrated pastry chef Claudia Martinez of Miller Union. Find Tio Lucho’s in Poncey-Highland at 675 North Highland Avenue NE, Suite 6000, Atlanta, GA 30306. For more information, visit www.tioluchos.com or call (404)-343-0278. Stay connected on Instagram and Facebook at @tioluchos. 

Give Dad a Day of Relaxation at Utopia Foot & Shoulder Massage

If Father’s Day calls for the gift of rejuvenation, Utopia Foot & Shoulder Massage is ready with an ideal and affordable intown escape for all dads. Located in Grant Park, Utopia has become known for its calming environment, unparalleled service and ability to melt away stress. With a special package available from Friday, June 14th to Sunday, June 16th, Utopia is treating dads to a Father’s Day Package that features a 60-minute massage, 10-minute scalp massage, and foot detox for just $75. For fathers who prefer to book a specialty relaxation experience, gift certificates are also available along with a variety of wellness products to continue the tranquility at home. Utopia Foot & Shoulder Massage is locatedat 465 Boulevard SE Suite 106A, Atlanta, Georgia 30316. For more information or to book online, visitutopiaatlanta.com. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/utopiaatl and Instagram at @utopia_footshouldermassage. 

Father’s Day Festivities at the Hall Built by The Home Depot
College Football Hall of Fame offering giveaways to first 100 fathers to arrive

Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame – Sunday, June 16 10 am – 5 pm
It might be the offseason right now, but college football is always in-season at the College Football Hall of Fame, and thanks to its partnership with The Home Depot, the Hall is ensuring fathers everywhere can still get their fix this Father’s
Day, offering free admission into the home of the nation’s most popular sport. Whether splitting the uprights on the Playing Field, testing his anchor abilities at the ESPN College GameDay Desk, or showcasing his knowledge by sharing
insights about his favorite Hall of Famer, the Hall provides plenty of ways for dad to express his college football fandom and prove he’s still got it. Additionally, the Hall of Fame will be operating a cash-bar throughout the day, allowing dad to sip
his favorite game day beverage while exploring all that this iconic attraction has to offer.

The first 100 fathers through the doors will receive a $25 gift card to The Home Depot, perfect for the DIY projects waiting to be tackled around the house, and membership packages will be available for purchase as well, which include
unlimited admission to the Hall, a commemorative yearbook, and a VIP experience at the annual Football Fest event.

Don’t miss this opportunity to help dad express his unwavering support for his favorite team and join us at the College Football Hall of Fame for a Father’s Day celebration sure to score big! To learn more, visit cfbhall.com and reserve tickets
in advance.


  • At Chido & Padres, the twin lobster fajitas ($42) add a luxurious twist to classic fajitas on Father’s Day. Another highlight is the wagyu churrasco featuring seared Wagyu beef smothered in chimichurri, served with cilantro rice and charro beans ($36). Dads with a sweet tooth can indulge in the dulce de leche torte ($6). Reservations can be made via OpenTable.
  • Gypsy Kitchen spices up Father’s Day with a variety of specials. Berbere lamb skewers are served with sumac onions and herbed labneh ($16) and are a perfect pairing to the roasted baby heirloom carrots with spiced pistachio dukkah and French curry tahini ($16). The Buckhead eatery raises the bar on its seafood paella with the option of adding lobster for an extra $25. Make reservations via OpenTable.
  • The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill invites guests to dive into a delectable spread where seafood and steak take center stage. Begin the meal with honey garlic Argentinian shrimp ($15) or the beer-battered lobster tail served with honey mustard sauce ($20). For the main course, the steak frites features a 10-ounce prime strip steak grilled and served with garlic butter and fries ($35). Seafood lovers will appreciate the shrimp pasta Alfredo with fettuccine tossed in a creamy, made-from-scratch Alfredo sauce and sautéed shrimp ($25). The meal ends on a sweet note with the brownie sundae, a fudge brownie topped with vanilla gelato and chocolate ganache ($12). Make reservations online.
  • The Southern Gentleman celebrates dad with a prix-fixe brunch menu from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for $62 per person, followed by their classic dinner menu with a few special features from 5-9 p.m. Brunch highlights include the PiggyBack Bacon old fashioned ($18), a unique twist on a classic cocktail with bacon fat washed Whistle Pig PiggyBack rye and candied bacon. Other delightful choices include crab fritters with caper remoulade and mixed arugula salad; Southern fried chicken and skillet cake with maple syrup and choice of smoked bacon or chicken apple sausage; and prime filet steak and eggs with Yukon potato and red pepper hash, fried eggs and chimichurri. For dessert, the dark chocolate layer cake with whipped cream and cherries jubilee is an indulgent end to the meal. Make reservations via OpenTable.


  • This Father’s Day, Verdure Kitchen & Cocktails is celebrating dads with a special whiskey cocktail flight featuring the Smoky Old Fashioned, Baobab Bourbon Smash and Tamarind Manhattan, available all day for $28. Guests can pair these exquisite drinks with delectable brunch and dinner options. For brunch, Verdure steak and eggs tops artisanal country bread with roasted New York strip steak, caramelized onion, and a sunny-side-up egg, served with a medley of potatoes and signature green pili pili sauce. Dinner highlights include the braai South African ribeye, a traditional braai-grilled cowboy steak with oyster mushrooms, heirloom potatoes and alligator pepper sauce. Zanzibar roasted lamb rib chops are nestled atop Yukon potatoes, tomatoes and green asparagus with a rich Zanzibar sauce, and the creamy lobster mac and cheese skillet features gemelli pasta in a Gouda cheese sauce, crowned with a succulent lobster tail. Make reservations online and treat dad to a feast fit for a king at Verdure.


  • Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails honors dads with a special menu on Sunday, June 16. Priced at $65 for adults and $32.50 for kids (excluding tax and gratuity), highlights include candied pork belly skewers, slow-roasted and candied in smoked chili with pickled red onions. The piquillo pepper crab bisque featuring blue crab and chives with annatto oil is another standout. The Milton Room Benedict is a delightful brunch option with hand-sliced honey-baked ham and fried tomato over a buttermilk biscuit, topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, served with brunch potatoes. For seafood lovers, the blackened salmon with pimento cheese grits, garlic spinach and lemon beurre blanc is a must-try. View the full menu and make reservations online.
  •  Ocean & Acre offers a special menu designed to impress. Guests can begin their culinary journey with the seafood latter featuring six oysters, a half pound of mussels escabeche, a quarter pound peel and eat shrimp and a king crab leg ($46). For the main course, the pan-seared snapper is a standout, served over cilantro rice and topped with mango salsa ($36). Meat lovers will relish the 14-ounce prime ribeye, grilled and topped with Acre butter and accompanied by mashed potatoes and broccolini ($45). The peanut butter cheesecake topped with mascarpone whipped cream ($10) is a perfect finale. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.


  • The Woodall presents a variety of mouthwatering specials to wow dad on Father’s Day. Those craving a juicy steak can opt for the 16-ounce prime ribeye that has been aged in beef tallow fat for 40 days ($45). The Dr. Pepper short rib tortellini is accented with brown butter, bouillon and yoke mousse ($20), and for a sweet treat, all at the table will enjoy the scratch-made cinnamon roll ($16). Make reservations online.
  • Your 3rd Spot is the perfect destination for dads who enjoy a playful and engaging dining experience. This Father’s Day, the venue transforms into a family playground, complete with rock-painting stations to craft personal tributes to Dad, a family photo booth, a beer station and tempting beer flight options. Dads can get their game on with more than 85 interactive games including indoor/outdoor options, nostalgic retro games and games that the whole family can play together. Guests also can dive into an enhanced “Taste & Explore” menu designed with families in mind, making it an ideal spot for food, fun and family bonding.


  • Bitzel’s Chocolate offers a unique experience for families on Father’s Day. Dad can explore the chocolate wonderland for a true “Willy Wonka”-style experience to watch as various treats—from molded chocolates to fresh, continuously churning gelato—move through the production process. Then he can choose from Bitzel’s array of gelato flavors, bourbon truffles and more.

Multiple Locations

  • Marlow’s Tavern is the perfect destination for a Father’s Day feast for lunch or dinner. Each location offers a unique take on classic American tavern fare with an upscale twist. Guests are encouraged to call or visit marlowstavern.com for details on specials at their local taverns.

Ray’s Restaurants

  • Ray’s Restaurants, renowned for its juicy steaks, fresh seafood, craft cocktails and award winning wine list, is ready to make Father’s Day special with an array of dining options. Ray’s on the River and Ray’s in the City are offering their dinner menus all day on Sunday, June 16. Ray’s on the River will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Ray’s in the City will be open noon-9 p.m. Ray’s at Killer Creek will serve a bountiful brunch buffet from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and its dinner menu from 4-9 p.m. Reservations can be made online.

Fins Up Water Park at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

What better way to beat the summer heat than to spend Father’s Day weekend at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands?

Guests can experience Fins Up Water Park’s new highly anticipated Fins Up Falls waterslide complex, which features Georgia’s first and largest waterslide coaster, Apocalypse.

Apocalypso is one slide incorporated into the four-slide tower, which spans 418 feet and features the most significant drop of its kind in the U.S. The slide sends riders on an adventure through steep hills and valleys at an average water speed of 30 mph before a dramatic final descent onto a massive wave wall.

The water park also debuted three additional slides for the 2024 season, bringing its total number of attractions to 18.

  • Serpentine Storm: Thrilling rotations combined with a downward-spiraling descent.
  • Dreamsicle Dive: High-intensity fun with closed and open tubes for an exhilarating ride.
  • Mango Mania: Perfect for younger thrill-seekers.

In addition to Fins Up Falls, the water park doubled the Aquatic Adventure inflatable obstacle course in Lake Lanier, providing guests with increased capacity and numerous opportunities to jump and splash in the lake.

For those seeking a retreat amidst the excitement guests can enjoy the new resort-style cabana rental program poolside. The spacious cabanas offer cozy seating sling chaises Wi-Fi and tables all available for daily rental. Accommodating up to 10 people cabana guests can enjoy personal service with advance bookings available on the park’s website. Large poolside cabanas are priced at $299 for a full-day rental, while smaller-scale beachside palapas are $199.

Additional upgrades include a new ticketing and Point of Sale (POS) system featuring high-tech wristbands for a seamless park experience and LandShark Bar & Grill’s expanded food and beverage offerings, including breakfast on weekends through Labor Day.

Fins Up Water Park will operate daily until Labor Day. The hours of operation can be found here: www.mvlihoursofoperation.com.

The 2024 Season Pass, priced at $129.99, includes admission for the entire summer season and waives the $20 gate fee into Lanier Islands on every visit. Families purchasing two season passes will enjoy free admission for children ages three to five.

For more information on season passes, visit MargaritavilleatLanierIslands.com.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/28/24

Aspiring writers to sharpen their skills with week of performances, playwrighting workshops and seminars

Inman Park’s Horizon Theatre is set to host a group of promising young playwrights in its 26th Annual New South Young Playwrights FestivalJune 2-8. From a wide pool of script submissions from college students across the country, the theatre company selected 23 aspiring writers to attend the free week-long intensive. The chosen students will be able to flex their creative muscles in a packed week of playwrighting workshops and seminars with professional theatre actors, directors and playwrights.

“The New South Young Playwrights Festival is a treasured tradition for Horizon Theatre,” said Horizon Theatre Co-Artistic/Producing Director Lisa Adler. “We take great pleasure in raising up the next generation of playwrights, and every year we’re blown away by their talent. The future is in good hands with these bright, young minds!”

The lead teaching artists for the Festival this year are professional playwrights and educators Chisa Hutchinson ad Crystal Skillman. ​ Chisa Hutchinson is a playwright and screenwriter who also teaches creative writing at the University of Delaware. ​ Her plays have been produced in NYC and at regional theatres across the country, and she is currently developing a TV Series for Starz. ​ Crystal Skillman, a professor at The New School (NYC) and Pace University, is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose Rain and Zoe Save the World premiered in the UK in 2022 and whose award-winning musical Mary and Max had its sold-out, critically acclaimed premiere at the largest theatre in Austria, Theatre Linz. The Festival is also led by four associate teaching artists who are playwrights currently pursuing their MFAs in playwriting: Peter Chansky (Temple University), Katie Kirk (Carnegie Mellon University), Cameron Noel (University of Illinois at Carbondale) and Julissa Mishay Norment (Temple University).

The 23 winners of the New South Young Playwrights Festival come from colleges nationwide, including: Emerson College (Boston), Wake Forest University (NC), University of Texas-Arlington, Wellesley College, Columbia College Chicago, Bennington College (VT), Dartmouth College, Marymount Manhattan College, Hunter College, Ball State University (IN), University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University, Point Park University (PA), North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Virginia, Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL) and the School of the Arts at Central Gwinnett High School (GA).

As a part of the festival, the students will also be tasked with drafting a new short play to be featured in the 26th Annual New South Young Playwrights Short Play Festival. During the intensive, the plays will be workshopped and rehearsed with professional Atlanta actors taking on the roles. The week will culminate in the New South Young Playwrights Short Play Festival, a public reading and showcase of the students’ work on Saturday, June 8 at 2pm at Horizon Theatre. This NSPF Short Play Festival is free and open to the public. ​ No reservation is required.

For many years, NSYPF has made a positive impact in the lives of high school and undergraduate playwriting students. “This program gave me more playwriting knowledge than a year of playwriting at my school,” reads a comment from a participant from NSYPF 2023. “Being able to form relationships with other people my age and then professionals in the field was incredible. I felt such a sense of community and support and got so much advice that I will carry with me for the rest of my career.”

The Festival is made possible this year by the Molly Blank Fund and by Horizon’s season sponsors: City of Atlanta Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and The Shubert Foundation. Local restaurant partners providing meals for participants as in-kind support include Barcelona Wine Bar, The Wrecking Bar, Bar Taco, Donnie’s Donuts, Emerald City Bagels and The Albert.

LEAD TEACHING ARTISTS (see bios below):

Chisa Hutchinson (University of Delaware)

Crystal Skillman (The New School and Pace University)


Peter Chansky (Temple University)

Katie Kirk (Carnegie Mellon University)

Cameron Noel (Southern Illinois University in Carbondale)

Julissa Mishay Norment (Temple University)


Ashadé Altine (Wellesley College)

Jess Anoruigwe (University of Texas at Arlington)

Bridget Blanchard (University of Georgia)

Miriam Campbell (Bennington College)

Toni Colbert (University of Texas at Arlington)

Spencer Daniels (Emerson College)

Tomi Fawehinmi (School of the Arts at Central Gwinnett High School)

Ian Gadapee (Palm Beach Atlantic University)

Mando Gonzalvez (Point Park University)

Loey Jones-Perpich (Emerson College)

Myles Keys (Ball State University)

Anna Kraffmiller (Wellesley College)

Eloise Langan (Dartmouth College)

Amari Lewis (Kennesaw State University)

Angel Lin (University of Virginia)

Hamad Naroze (Hunter College)

Hannah Reynolds (Wake Forest University)

Jhonn Rusic (Columbia College Chicago)

Bella Smith (University of Georgia)

Sam Lee Victor (University of North Carolina School of the Arts)

Lain Walls (Marymount Manhattan College)

Emma Winiarski (Emerson College)

Isaac Woon (Hunter College)


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/22/24

Friday, 5/24-Sunday, 5/26

Wild Heaven Avondale

Celebrating 10 years of success in Avondale Estates, the crew at Wild Heaven Beer is hosting a Memorial Day Weekend bash with frosty brews, delicious eats, drink specials, music and more. The shenanigans kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24th, with Geoff Melkonian from The Remakes, and continue throughout the weekend with performances by Dave Howard Coons and Mutant County Line on Saturday, Blackfoot Daisy on Sunday, and Omer Netzer accompanied by Brewmaster Eric Johnson on the pedal steel guitar on Memorial Day, May 27th. In honor of the original location’s 10th Anniversary, Wild Heaven’s taproom will be serving specialty brews like Peach Blackbird Saison 10th Anniversary of Avondale Estates, Wiser Blood Double IPA, and Steamboat Cali California Common, alongside its regular lineup of active beers including Sunburst, Emergency Drinking Beer, ATL Easy Ale, Euro-Style Pilsner, and more. In addition to ice-cold beers, sliders, wings, hot dogs, hoagies, Kona Ice shaved ice, and more will be available to complement the festivities. Avondale Estates Celebratory 10th Anniversary commemorative t-shirts and glassware will be available all weekend for purchase. To top it all off: for those who arrive sporting a winged goblet logo, Wild Heaven will cover the first beer. For more information, visit wildheavenbeer.com/. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wildheaven or on Instagram and Twitter at @beerwildheaven.