Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/26/21

Colossal Candy Creations, Flying Unicorn Pigs and Marshmallow Tsunamis to Invade Atlanta in June


 Candytopia—which has delighted over a million and a half guests across the country with its candy-themed, sensational adventure—is coming back! The limited-run engagement beginning June 11th, marks the first time Candytopia has chosen to revisit a city, thanks to the monumental success surrounding its Atlanta debut in 2019.  That year, tickets sold out almost instantly and the Candytopia team extended its stay twice to accommodate more guests – nearly 250,000 in 6 months. When the doors open next month, Candytopia will showcase the most popular attractions from past locations along with new and captivating elements guaranteed to delight guests of all ages. It will be located at 3330 Piedmont Road NE, next to Disco Kroger in central Buckhead. “We’re thrilled to be returning to the city of Atlanta where we were so warmly welcomed in 2019. We’ve created an updated experience that our guests will find familiar, but with plenty of new surprises to discover,” said John Goodman, the CEO of Youtopia Entertainment.

For anyone who’s ever dreamed of scoring a Golden Ticket or traveling through Candyland, Candytopia transports guests to an imaginative fantasyland with a one-of-a-kind immersive experience that beckons you to soak in the wonder. Candytopia features more than a dozen environments filled with larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences. As they travel through each area, guests are treated to a variety of packaged candy samples, including some nostalgic favorites, and many sweet surprises. 

Since its inception in 2018 in Santa Monica, Candytopia has enchanted scores of joy-seekers in major cities across the country including Santa Monica, New York, Miami and Houston. Tickets have sold out quickly in every market. Candytopia has amassed a huge following of guests of all ages and A-list celebrities including: Usher Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rick Ross, Bruce Willis, Adam Sandler, Kevin Durant, Josh Duhamel, Christina Aguilera, Wiz Khalifa, Hilary Duff, Jessica Biel, T.I.and Tiny.

Candytopia Atlanta will open to the public on June 11, 2021.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and will officially be on sale today May 25, 2021. Those seeking more information or to register for early ticket access should visit: www.candytopia.com


Adults: $28

Kids (4-12): $20

Kids (3 and under): Free


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/21/21

Portion of proceeds to benefit
Meals on Wheels Atlanta & Giving Kitchen
Featuring Celebrity Chef Andrew Zimmern,
DJ Luis Toro, and
new food hall culinary additions
Chattahoochee Food Hall and iHeart Radio Atlanta have teamed up to present a fun-filled, daytime event on Saturday, June 5 from 11:00* am to 3:00 pm. The first Unofficial Summer Kick-Off for the newly opened food hall. Owned/Operated by Robert Montwaid, will feature partner Andrew Zimmern, Emmy- and four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality and chef along with iHeart DJ Luis Toro, and a few new food hall culinarians: Philly G Steaks, LoRusso’s Italian Market, and Smoked Pearl — all offering a taste of whats to come this summer.
Rain or shine, Andrew Zimmern will serve up 1,000 hot dogs with 100% of proceeds to benefit Giving Kitchen and Meals on Wheels Atlanta. Line up to get your dog and a smiling seflie with Andrew himself!
iHeart DJ Luis Toro will kick off the party live at 11am from the Chattahoochee Food Works patio.
*11:00 am Andrew Zimmern’s hot dogs on the patio at the Pomodoro Bella window available until they run out!


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/21/21

Tickets on Sale This Friday, May 21 2021 at 3pm

UPDATE: Extended through September 26th

After successful runs in New York and Chicago, the wildly popular FRIENDS Experience, originally created for the show’s 25th anniversary, is heading South! From July 15 through Sept. 6, fans can celebrate their favorite FRIENDS characters and revisit some of the series’ most iconic moments with this two-story enhanced experience created by Superfly X, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Television Group.

“The One in Atlanta” will be located at Perimeter Pointe in Sandy Springs at 1155 Mount Vernon Highway, NE. Ticket prices start at $32.50, plus taxes and fees, and go on sale, Friday, May 21 at 3 p.m. EST exclusively at www.FriendsTheExperience.com. Guests can reserve a timed entry with hours found here. The experience also includes an extensive FRIENDS retail store featuring exclusive product that will be accessible without a ticket.

Oh..My..Gawd…The interactive space features 12 nostalgia-packed rooms and activations including the iconic FRIENDS fountain and Central Perk with the legendary orange couch. The FRIENDS Experience provides opportunities to explore the show’s history and re-create your favorite moments. Peek around Rachel and Monica’s purple door, relax in Chandler and Joey’s recliner, help with the infamous sofa pivot scene and so much more.

“We are excited to bring The Friends Experience to Atlanta this summer, giving fans the unique opportunity to step inside the world of FRIENDS and relive their favorite moments from the iconic series,” said Jonathan Mayers, Founder and CEO of Superfly X. “We expect this to be the first of many experiences we bring to Atlanta, an important market for Superfly X.”

To ensure a safe environment for all staff and guests, The FRIENDS Experience is currently continuing COVID-19 protocols throughout the space including, but not limited to social distancing, requiring masks, non-invasive temperature checks and thorough cleaning and sanitization measures. Learn more about the enhanced cleaning and safety measures as well as additional experience details at www.FriendsTheExperience.com.

Friends fans be sure to catch “Friends: The Reunion” special available to stream on HBO Max on Thursday, May 27 and, in the meantime, fans can stream all 236 episodes of the original beloved series on the platform now.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/17/21

Saturday, June 19th from Noon to 4 pm

Park Tavern

Tickets: here.

Join us on Saturday, June 19th for the next edition of Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival at beautiful Park Tavern overlooking Piedmont Park.
From 12:00pm – 4:00pm enjoy complimentary wine and craft beer tastings (over 50 varieties), music performances, and fun wine-themed activations.
Tickets Include:
-Souvenir Uncorked Atlanta Tasting Glass
-Complimentary Wine and Craft Beer Tastings (50+ varieties)
-DJ and Music
-Food Available for Purchase
Pricing Information:
SUPER EARLY: $30 – First 300 Tickets
Regular ticket prices increase from $45 – $54 in advance and $60 at the door (if available)


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/10/21

Historic 4th Ward Park

Saturday, June 5

1-5 pm

The annual Atlanta Spring Wine Fest will be held on Saturday, June 5th from 1-5pm at Historic 4th Ward Park. We will have over 50 wine varieties as well as a selection of beer, cider and White Claw to choose from. There will be live music, plenty of fun and games, and food will be available for purchase.  The wine list will be added to the website soon. https://www.atlantawinefestivals.com/spring/.
 $45 advance and $50 after May 27th. Sales tax and ticket fees will be added. More details and the link to tickets can be found at our event website: https://www.atlantawinefestivals.com/spring/
21 and up event, no kids, no babies, no pets. Chairs, blankets, and small bags are okay. No outside food or beverage. Rain or shine event, no refunds. We will not have Designated Driver Tickets. Free bottled water available. Beer and Wine will be cut off at 4:45pm. Do Not Drink and Drive. We Reserve the right to cut off anyone who has had enough alcohol. We will implement all CDC recommended Covid safety protocols to keep you all safe.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/7/21

Select restaurants at Atlanta’s premier entertainment district offer specialty Mother’s Day brunches

The metro-Atlanta community can make the most of The Battery Atlanta’s sports and entertainment experience this May! The Farmers Market presented by UnitedHealthcare returns to the Plaza Green this month; visitors are invited to shop fresh and locally grown goods on non-event Sundays. All ages can take a swing at baseball, football, golf and more at Mizuno Experience Center or Good Game presented by Topgolf Swing Suite – or put their teamwork skills to the test at The Escape Game.

Atlanta Braves fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to the Plaza Green to watch the Atlanta Braves take on teams on the jumbo screen. To-go drinks and take-out meals are available from participating restaurants located along Battery Avenue and Battery Walk.

Mother’s Day Events:
Mother’s Day Brunch at CRÚ Food & Wine Bar

Sunday, May 9 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pamper Mom with a three-course prix fix ($45) or a take home brunch for two ($80) at CRÚ Food & Wine Bar. Choose from entrees such as crab cake benedict, roasted beef tenderloin or lobster and sip on $3 mimosas and bellinis. Call (770)-485-9463 for reservations.

Jazz Mother’s Day Brunch at C. Ellet’s
Sunday, May 9 from 11a.m.-2 p.m.
Mothers and grandmothers can dine from special offerings like Pancake Palooza for Two, Prime Rib, Shrimp and Grits, Eggs Benedict, All You Can Eat Southern Fried Chicken, Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary and more – all while listening to a live jazz trio. Call (678)-996-5344 to make a reservation.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta
Sunday, May 9 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The official hotel of the Atlanta Braves is hosting a bountiful brunch complete with music! Adults ($70) and children ($20) can indulge in a Southern-inspired buffet. Tickets here.

HOAM Candle Co. Trunk Show at Sugarboo & Co.
Sunday, May 2 to Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The whimsical home decor store is hosting HOAM Candle Co. at The Battery Atlanta location for a hand-poured luxury candle trunk show, May 2-8 – just in time for Mother’s Day and special graduation gifts!

Outdoor Activities:
Farmers Market presented by UnitedHealthcare

Sundays from 1-4 p.m.
Families and friends are invited to stroll and shop a variety of handcrafted and homegrown products on non-event days at the Plaza Green. Local rotating vendors at the open-air market include: Organix by Tay, Basegrain LLC, Lumeria Body Care, Mind Your Own Beeswax LLC, Eat Dessert First, Southern Crust, Always Cake, Sweet Auburn Bread, Hot Rod Popcorn, Brooklyn Shea, Davids Garden Super Bee, Koala Sprouts, Ice Cream Candle and Farm Hounds.

Wellness Series: Yoga by Kaiser Permanente
Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Start the week off stress-free with a limited capacity, outdoor yoga class presented by Kaiser Permanente on non-event days at the Plaza Green. Pre-registration and event participant waivers are available online. Participants are required to bring a mat and are encouraged to bring water. A live stream on Facebook and past sessions on YouTube are also available to fitness fans virtually on event days.

Cornhole ATL Spring League
Tuesdays from 6:45-9 p.m.
A tailgate favorite is now a league of its own! Spectators are encouraged to watch the action and cheer on league participants as they play games leading up to the spring season’s final tournament. League winners will receive a championship trophy and other prizes.

The Battery Atlanta Walking Trail presented by UnitedHealthcare
A brisk walk can curb cravings, reduce stress and offer a healthy way to catch up with friends and family! Get out and get active on the 1.5-mile loop circling the campus.

Coming Soon:
Silverspot Cinemas

The two-story theater is scheduled to open its doors this month and will include ten state-of-the-art auditoriums featuring custom-designed reclining seats, Barco Laser Projection, Dolby Digital Sound Systems and more. Guests can expect a fully curated in-theater dining experience with a brand-new chef-driven menu featuring refined and modern American cuisine. The new space will also house a standalone S Bar cocktail lounge.

Select Retail and Restaurant Promotions:
Margarita Monday at El Super Pan

Patio diners can treat themselves to $6 hibiscus, spicy or passionfruit margaritas every Monday starting at 5 p.m.

All You Can Eat Southern Fried Chicken at C. Ellet’s
The restaurant showcases its take on comfort food with All You Can Eat Southern Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, butterbean and summer corn succotash and buttermilk biscuits for only $19.99 per person every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Diners can also enjoy live jazz music every Saturday and Sunday during away games.

Ketel One Thursday Special at BURN by Rocky Patel
Cool off with a refreshing botanical cocktail for just $8! Guests can enjoy new Ketel One Botanicals – a vodka distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences.

Best of Atlanta Comedy Showcase at Omni Comedy Club
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Audiences can laugh it up at the luxury hotel on non-event days with 10 of the city’s best comedians as they perform eight minutes each for the ultimate night out! Each ticket includes one drink and can be purchased here.

Park Bench Events:
The popular dueling piano bar and live music venue has announced a line-up of live shows this month, in addition to its DJ party and Karaoke Wednesday at Park Bench programming. Visit parkbenchbattery.com/calendar for more information.

  • Cinco De Mayo Celebration
    Wednesday, May 5 at 9 p.m.
  • 90 Proof Band
    Friday, May 7 at 10 p.m.
  • Nick Bryant One Man Band Acoustic Show
    Tuesday, May 11 at 10 p.m.
  • Caleb Little Acoustic Jam
    Wednesday, May 12 at 10 p.m.
  • Rockin’ Roundup Band
    Friday, May 14 at 8 p.m.
  • 3-Player Rockin Dueling Piano Show
    Saturday, May 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Nick Bryant One Man Band Acoustic Show
    Monday, May 17 at 10 p.m.
  • Rickey T. Cole Acoustic/Electric Duo
    Tuesday, May 18 at 10 p.m.
  • John David Hilliard Piano/Multi-instrument
    Wednesday, May 19 at 10 p.m.
  • Corbette Jackson
    Thursday, May 20 at 10 p.m.
  • Clay Barker Band
    Saturday, May 22 at 10 p.m.
  • The Punchline Comedy featuring Headliner Mike Speenberg
    Tuesday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Elija Borders Band
    Friday, May 28 at 10 p.m.
  • 3-Player Rockin Dueling Piano Show
    Saturday, May 29 at 7 p.m.

Coca-Cola Roxy Events:
The Battery Atlanta’s iconic concert venue is back! This month, Coca-Cola Roxy brings country, blues and heavy metal artists to the stage. Review enhanced venue safety guidelines here.

  • Rumors: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute
    Saturday, May 1 at 8 p.m.
  • Drake White
    Thursday, May 6 at 8 p.m.
  • Corey Smith
    Friday, May 7 at 8 p.m.
    Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m.
  • Muscadine Bloodline
    Friday, May 28 at 8 p.m.
    Saturday, May 29 at 8 p.m.

An up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings is available on the website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change. Visitors are asked to follow public safety guidelines while on property.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/6/21

New Single And Video, “This Vibe,” Out Today
June 24 EP Release Show At Smith’s Olde Bar In Atlanta Announced
Hailed As “Electrifying” By The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 
Sonic Rebel’s Founder Tammy Hurt Collaborates With Grouplove’s Dan Gleason & Ben Homola, TJ Elias And Kevin Spencer On EP
View Video, Created By Greg Ellis (Pretty Lights), HERE

Download / Stream “This Vibe” HERE

 We Made This With Our Hands, the debut EP from Atlanta-based Sonic Rebel, will be released on June 17. The five-song collection calls to mind the genre-fluid discography and live sets that acts like Girl Talk, Beastie Boys, Fatboy Slim and Travis Barker have churned out coupled with the drum ‘n bass rabbit hole Sonic Rebel founder Tammy Hurt fell into for a spell. The sequence on We Made This With Our Hands provides the out, loud and proud, self-proclaimed “kick ass rock and roll drummer” the latitude to churn out a kaleidoscopic medley of sonic treats, aided by Grouplove’s Dan Gleason and Ben Homola, engineer TJ Elias and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Spencer. See below for track listing.
Today, Sonic Rebel shared “This Vibe,” the hypnotic new single from We Made This With Our HandsMr. Romanowski’s Dolby Atmos® mix of “This Vibe” will be released tomorrow, May 7 – so grab your headphones. Greg Ellis (aka theLazerShark), who is known for his remarkable lighting production on global tours for Pretty Lights and Steve Aoki, created the official video for “This Vibe” in 4K, which debuted today. View HERE.
Sonic Rebel’s debut live performance will be at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta on Thursday, June 24. The EP release event, which kicks off at 9:00 PM, will also feature a DJ set from special guest Chozen. Tickets are available HERE.
In this feature article, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, hailed Sonic Rebel as “electrifying…[a] fusion of organic instrumentation and electronic razzle-dazzle.” Simply put, Sonic Rebel combines Hurt performing and layering aggressive rock drums over loud guitars, video game soundtracks, hip-hop beats, melodic pop, ambient/electronica orchestrations, and mesmerizing visuals. Beat keeping the bulk of her career for acts such as Paper Dolls, Indigo Girls, She Said!, Van Hunt, Michelle Malone, Wendy Bucklew and Minority Rules, Sonic Rebel is Hurt’s ambitious alter ego that’s evolved from being a traditional “sideman” acoustic drummer to a tenacious hybrid focal point armed with custom tracks perfect for remixes, mashups and licensing.
“I believe most music sounds better with live drums,” says Tammy Hurt, a native of Marietta, GA. “I wanted to give the music I love so much a little more grit and distortion. I can’t wait to start performing these mashups and taking them on the road in front of a live audience.
We Made This With Our Hands was recorded at Big Trouble Recording in Atlanta’s Little Five Points, where it was mixed by GRAMMY® Award-winning mixer Miles Walker. It was mastered by GRAMMY nominee Michael Romanowski at his San Francisco studio. As president of the Georgia Music Accord, Hurt was instrumental in developing the partnership with the GRAMMY Museum Foundation that will bring a GRAMMY Museum to Atlanta. She was featured on Billboard’s 2020 Pride list of industry-shaping LGBTQ executives. Hurt lays out her vision for Sonic Rebel in this mini-documentary.
Track Listing – We Made This With Our Hands
  1. Run
  2. Reign
  3. This Vibe
  4. Air Raid
  5. Big Riff


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/5/21

Alpharetta City Center

Sunday, May 16th Noon to 2 pm

Tickets here.

The first-ever ACC SPRING FLING fashion show & brunch is here! On May 16th, from 12-2 p.m. experience, a taste of some of the best brunch bites & beverages AND enjoy an unforgettable runway display featuring seasonal trends from some of their retail neighbors.
ACC Spring Fling tickets are $45 and include front row seating, six food-tasting tickets, and a swag bag of ACC goodies. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit @nfcchelp. Head to @alphacitycenter to purchase tickets through the link in bio.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/2/21

2021 AFFPS Festival Lineup

Chastain Park Spring Arts Festival — May 15-16, 2021

Duluth Spring Arts Festival — May 22-23. 2021

Spring Festival on Ponce — June 5-6. 2021

Roswell Spring Arts Festival — June 12-13. 2021

Piedmont Park Arts Festival — August 21-22, 2021

Chastain Spring Arts and Crafts Festival
To kick off the spring festival season, on Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, 2021, the annual Chastain Spring Arts & Crafts Festival presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces returns to Chastain Park. Celebrating its 12th year, the award-winning event will feature 175 artists and artisans painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft artisans, glass blowers, jewelers, and more. Festival-goers are also invited to enjoy live acoustic music, an array of bites and beverages including fare from local food trucks, and take advantage of a fun-filled children’s area. The festival is free to attend, open to all ages, and dogs are welcome. For more information, visit http://chastainparkartsfestival.com or www.affps.com.
Duluth Spring Arts Festival
The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces is thrilled to present the fourth annual Duluth Arts Festival on Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 23, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The two-day festival will be held in the fun, vibrant, and culturally diverse City of Duluth; recognized as one of the fastest-growing communities in the North Atlanta region and home to one of the largest and most enthusiastic art buying communities. Created for artists by artists, the festival will feature more than 85 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers, and more. Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to view artist demonstrations and enjoy gourmet food trucks, live acoustic music, dance performances, and much more. The festival is free to attend, open to all ages, and dogs are welcome. For more information about the festival, visit http://www.duluthartsfestival.com or www.affps.com.
Spring Festival on Ponce
The ninth annual Spring Festival on Ponce will be held on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, 2021, in Atlanta’s historic Olmsted Linear Park. The sister festival to the Fall Festival on Ponce (October 9 and 10, 2021), the Spring Festival on Ponce will transform the park, which was carefully restored by the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance, into an outdoor art gallery to the backdrop of budding spring foliage. The two-day event will feature over 125 displays of local and regional fine art and crafts, utilizing the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted, Sr. In addition to the abundance of unique art, there will be a children’s area, gourmet food trucks, beverages and a stage for acoustic musical performances. The event is free, open to all ages, and dogs are welcome. For more information, please visit http://festivalonponce.com/ or www.affps.com.
Roswell Spring Arts and Crafts Festival
The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces is delighted to announce the return of the Roswell Spring Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13, 2021. Located in Historic Roswell, the two-day outdoor event celebrates the city’s rich history and features approximately 100 artists including painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers, and more. Event-goers are also invited to dive into bites from gourmet food trucks, enjoy live acoustic music and artist demonstrations along with entertaining music and dance performances. Free to the public, the event is open to all ages and dogs are welcome. For more information, please visit www.roswellartfestival.com or www.affps.com.
Piedmont Park Arts Festival
Recognized as one of the best outdoor festivals in Atlanta, the Piedmont Park Arts Festival returns to the heart of Midtown Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22, 2021. Presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces in picturesque Piedmont Park, the 10th annual festival will feature approximately 250 artists including painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers, and crafters. Festival enthusiasts are also invited to enjoy live acoustic music, a children’s play area, and a variety of festival food and drink. Free to the public, the event is open to all ages and dogs are welcome. For more information, visit piedmontparkartsfestival.com or www.affps.com.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/21/21

Evening Under The Stars

In Person and Virtual Event

Thursday, May 13 6pm

In Person: Pietra Luxury in Stone, Chamblee, GA

The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation is excited to announce plans for our annual Night of Spectacles, an evening “Under the Stars” on Thursday, May 13, 2021, as we celebrate local healthcare heroes, frontline medical staff and personnel involved in seeing us through the Covid-19 pandemic. This event will be a hybrid event – limited to 225 participants at PIETRA Luxury in Stone, located in Chamblee Georgia, as well as a virtual event allowing supporters across the State of Georgia (and other locations) to participate. The Live In-Person at PIETRA Luxury in Stone event will provide an opportunity for community leaders to network while raising critical funds to support the GLLF mission. This is in addition to the eye glass and hearing aid help to local Georgians.

The in-person event (limited attendance capacity and safety precautions will be enforced) will be held at Pietra Luxury in Stone in Chamblee, GA:

  • Virtual Event Tickets will be $25 – allowing you to participate in a silent auction, experience an interactive event program and will be eligible to win door prizes.
  • In-Person tickets will be $150/person (features live program, heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks).  Attendance capacity will be limited for the In-Person event.


Night of Spectacles (NOS) began as a way for the Lighthouse to meet growing patient services funding needs while engaging stakeholders and donors throughout Georgia. The event will support the fundraising needs of patients throughout Georgia who are underinsured or noninsured with vision, vision surgery and hearing programs. The fundraising goal for this year’s Night of Spectacles event is $100,000.