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7TH ANNUAL WIRE AND WOOD ALPHARETTA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/23/19

MULTI-STAGE FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL TO FEATURE G.LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE, MAGGIE ROSE, AND MORE

Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th

The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival returns to downtown Alpharetta for its seventh year on Friday and Saturday, October 11-12 from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. The FREE admission festival will showcase more than twenty (20) top musicians performing their original hit songs and telling the stories that inspired them on seven (7) outdoor and indoor stages. This year’s festival will feature headliners G. Love & Special Sauce and Maggie Rose. In addition to music, fans will enjoy food from local restaurants and food trucks as well as interactive activities.

The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival brings together nationally and locally recognized musicians to perform their original hit songs, and tell the stories that inspired them. The 2019 Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival will feature multiple stages across the downtown landscape including main stages on Milton Ave and at The Green and a special intimate venue inside Alpharetta City Hall. Additional music stages are being sponsored and hosted by Ceviche, Citizen Soul and Central City Tavern which opens in late August.

The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival will feature a special performance on Friday night from Maggie Rose performing songs such as “Change the Whole Thing,” “Love Me More,” “Pull You Through.” Rose’s affinity for finely-crafted melodies and intricate storytelling are melded together with Rock, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, and Gospel. Rolling Stone named her recent album one of the “Best Albums of 2018” lauding her as a “soulful show stopper.”  Quickly being recognized as a formidable force in the pop-soul, jam-band arena, Rose performed aboard the Cayamo Cruise with performers including Jason Isbell, Harris and Dawes, and she opened tour dates as support for Kelly Clarkson’s Meaning Of Life Tour. Most recently, she made her National TV Debut on NBC’s ‘Today Show” and is currently touring with such acts as The Revivalists, Trampled By Turtles, Heart and Joan Jett.

Saturday night, the festival will showcase G. Love & Special Sauce performing their hit songs “Sunday Vibe,” “Baby’s Got Sauce,” and “Blues Music.” Garrett “G.Love” Dutton, Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens, and Jimmy “Jazz” Prescott are celebrating their 25th year as touring and recording artists. With over 15 records released, this pioneering band has influenced artists such as Jack White, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Slightly Stoopid, and many more. With their signature blend of Delta Blues, Hip Hop, Funk, Rock and Roll, and Jazz, G. Love & Special Sauce have created their own funky stew of American music. Expect a high energy mashup of funky beats and songs written from the front porch to get the world smiling and dancing.

Additional artists confirmed to perform at Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival include Matt Mayes (of Jupiter Coyote), Great Peacock, Sam Burchfield, Channing Wilson, Banditos, The Josephines, Josh Roberts & The Hinges, Parker Gispert (of The Whigs, Mermaid Motor Lounge, Book Club, The Haraway Brothers, Bradley Cole Smith, Ben Chapman, Mike Killeen, Chris Canterbury, Wesley Cook, Baily Ingle, Cat Ridgeway, Greg Fortune, Josh & Leslie Roberts and more to be announced soon.

For complete details on the 2019 Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival, please visit wireandwoodalpharetta.com

14TH ANNUAL SCARECROW HARVEST

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/9/19

Saturday, October 5th at 10 am

Brooke Street Park

Stroll through the scarecrow village, dance on the great lawn to the sounds of a live DJ or sit back and relax as you listen to the storyteller at the 14th Annual Scarecrow Harvest Festival. Alpharetta’s popular fall tradition is returning to an all-new location in Brooke Street Park behind City Hall on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This year’s event will offer more activities and entertainment, including the always popular Scarecrow Village, fall crafts, face painting, inflatables, storytelling, a live DJ and more.

Schools, families, neighborhoods, and local businesses will design and create more than 120 scarecrows, which will be on display throughout Downtown Alpharetta in October. Scarecrows will be eligible to win awards in various categories and the winners will be announced at the Scarecrow Harvest Festival at noon.

This year’s event will offer plenty of family friendly, interactive activities, including a bubble artist, mini pumpkin decorating, and other fall crafts. New this year, the Scrap Exchange invites patrons to create unique crafts from recyclable materials such as foam, paper, fabric, zippers, buttons, test tubes, and more. The festival is free to attend and designed to delight all ages. Food trucks and vendors, beverages and seasonal treats will be available for purchase.

The Alpharetta Farmer’s Market will be held the same day on the Town Green, just a short walk from Scarecrow Harvest Festival.

Parking is available in the City Hall Parking Deck or throughout the downtown area.

Info: https://www.alpharetta.ga.us/government/departments/recreation-parks/special-events/scarecrow-harvest

2ND ANNUAL BROOKE STREET PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/13/19

Kicks off Saturday, May 18th and goes through September

Brooke Street Park, Alpharetta

The 2nd Annual Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series will offer 11 free family-friendly concerts this season. Music fans are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic on the lawn at Alpharetta’s Brooke Street Park located directly behind Alpharetta City Hall. This year’s concert series kicks off on Saturday, May 18 with the Alpharetta Symphony and continues on select Saturdays through September with additional performers and events such as the Alpharetta City Band and Alpharetta PopFest. Multiple dates during this year’s series are being presented by popular event producer HOME BY DARK who has a solid track record of captivating audiences by showcasing amazing songwriters and musicians.

The 2019 Brooke Street Park Concert Series includes:

May 18 @ 7:30 p.m.

The Alpharetta Symphony

May 25 @ 7:30 p.m.

Home By Dark presents Jill Paquette-DeZwaan & Jason Hoard

June 8 @ 7:30 p.m.

Home By Dark presents Rebecca Correia and Emily Shackleton

June 15 @ 5:00 p.m.

Alpharetta PopFest is an annual event raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease

June 22 @ 7:30 p.m.

Home By Dark presents UGA Alum Kyshona Armstrong and Jenn Bostic

July 6 @ 7:30 p.m.

AlphaJazz featuring the Alpharetta City Band

July 13 @ 7:30 p.m.

Home By Dark presents Christopher Cross band member, Marcia Ramirez & Caeland Garner from NBC’s The Voice

July 27 @ 7:30 p.m.

Home By Dark presents Miranda Lambert’s band member Danny Mitchell & Ernie Halter

August 10 @ 7:30 p.m. 

Home by Dark presents former CCMA Female Artist of the Year, Victoria Banks and Americana singer songwriter, Jesse Terry

August 24 @ 7:30 p.m.

Home By Dark presents Billboard Songwriting Award winner Beth Wood & Nathan Angelo

September 14 @7:30 p.m.

Home By Dark presents JP Williams, Jimmie Allen (writer of #1 country hit “Best Shot”) & Sabrina

This year’s Summer Concert Series would not be possible without generous support from the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

For more event information and details on the Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series visit www.alpharetta.ga.us.

For more information about HOME BY DARK including full artist information visit www.homebydark.com.

7TH ANNUAL FOOD TRUCK ALLEY KICKS-OFF MAY 9TH

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/14/19

Thursday, May 9th and every Thursday through October 10th (exception is July 4th)

Downtown Alpharetta, GA on Roswell St.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/foodtruckalley/

The 7th Annual Food Truck Alley returns to Downtown Alpharetta on Thursday, May 9, 2019 and continues every Thursday through October 10, 2019 with the exception of July 4, 2019. The event will feature five savory food trucks and two dessert options each week. The event takes place from 5pm-9pm with a live musical act taking the stage each week from 6pm-8pm. This is a family friendly event, with limited street seating available as well as picnic mats to borrow. It is recommended attendees bring a blanket or a chair, and leave pets at home for these events.

The new concept for the 7th season, Local Connection, will add several new features to this year’s event. Local’s Corner will feature two of Alpharetta’s signature restaurants at the event alongside the food trucks. Downtown Connection offers fans a different promotion weekly inside participating local businesses such as, Make Your Own Margaritas at Ceviche, The Art of Smoking Drinks presented by Mercantile Social, and BEER 101 classes at Truck & Tap. Other pop-up activities will take place throughout the season at All Fired Up, Exquisite Living, Fermented, Flatlands Bourbon & Bayou, The Pink Valise Boutique, and more!

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley will also highlight a different non-profit organization each week and host a social project that invites attendees to engage with their neighbors. Examples include a collaborative sticker mural with the Fulton County Library, a puppy photo booth with Canine Assistants, and a seed planting activity with the Alpharetta Community Agriculture Program.

29TH ANNUAL TASTE OF ALPHARETTA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/7/19

Thursday, May 2nd 5pm

Downtown Alpharetta

Information here.

Alpharetta – More than 62 restaurants will be ready to dish out their specialties on Thursday, May 2, 2019 as Taste of Alpharetta celebrates its 29th year. Taste of Alpharetta attracts more than 35,000 patrons between 5-10 pm, and takes place in Downtown Alpharetta, encompassing Milton Avenue, Roswell Street, Old Roswell Street, Canton Street and Old Canton Street. In addition to fantastic food, patrons will enjoy a culinary competition, live music on 3 stages, family Fun Zone and more. This year the city is adding a few new features to the event, including a beer garden presented by Smile Generation full of local brews, and a “Locally Grown” area featuring fun and educational activities put on by food-focused community organizations.

We are excited to announce The Taste of Alpharetta is partnering with Second Helpings Atlanta for the event’s food rescue.  Each restaurant will have the opportunity to donate left over food, at the end of the event, to Second Helpings Atlanta.  Since 2004, Second Helpings Atlanta’s community of volunteers has been picking up surplus, nutritious, perishable and prepared food and delivering it to the many front-line agencies in the Metro Atlanta area that feed the hungry every day.  This donated food gets diverted from landfills and is used to feed those in need, making Atlanta a more environmentally responsible metropolitan area.

This FREE admission event invites patrons to purchase food and activity tickets – 10 tickets for $5.00. Tickets are redeemed at participating restaurant booths for a wide selection of tastes that range from $.50 – $4.00 per sample.  Tickets may also be redeemed in the “Locally Grown” area and Fun Zone area for a variety of activities including engaging educational experiences, inflatables and a variety of children’s activities.

Local chefs will compete in the Taste of Alpharetta Culinary Competition from 5pm – 7pm, with select chefs conducting cooking demonstrations on the Culinary Competition Stage. The Taste of Alpharetta Culinary Competition Awards will be presented at 8:30pm for the top chefs in each category. Come visit the new Culinary Stage location on Roswell St and cheer on your favorite chefs. As well as vote for your favorite restaurant in the 2019 People’s Choice Award.

The 29th Annual Taste of Alpharetta’s participating restaurants include:

2B Whole Gluten Free Bakery Dos Margaritas Nothing Bundt Cakes – Alpharetta
3:8 Juice & Eatery Dreamland Bar-B-Que Oak Steakhouse
Andretti Indoor Karting and Games E.M. Bop PITA Mediterranean Street Food
Another Broken Egg Cafe Favors and Flavors Cajun Twist Publix Aprons Cooking School
Atlantic Seafood Company Flavor Juicery & Eatery Ruth’s Chris Steak House Alpharetta
Bagel Boys Cafe Fire and Brimstone Tavern Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery
Benihana Flatlands Bourbon and Bayou Salt Factory
Bite Bistro & Bar Four Fat Cows Scream’n Nuts
Black Walnut Cafe Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Secreto Southern Kitchen
Brine Seafood Shack Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies Seven Seas Mediterranean Cafe
BurgerFi Holmes Restaurant Shade Street Food + Bar
Butcher & Brew La Casa Italian Grille Smallcakes of Alpharetta
Cedar Cafe La Teda Tapas and Tequilas SmokeJack BBQ
Ceviche Taqueria Loyal Q and Brew South Main Ktichen
Chuy’s M Thai Street Food Southern Baked Pie Company
Citizen Soul Madras Chettinaad Taqueria Tsunami
Clean Juice Mama’s Pizza Taziki’s
Coalition Food and Beverage Maple Street Biscuit Company The Melting Pot
Colleta Miller’s Ale House The Tavern House
Davinci’s Donuts Minnie Oliva Vitality Bowls
Domino’s Pizza Mondo Italian Kitchen Wildflour