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WILD HEAVEN AVONDALE CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

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. 

ECLIPSO UNVEILS US DEBUT: INTRODUCING HORIZON OF KHUFU, AN IMMERSIVE EXPEDITION OPENING IN ATLANTA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/20/24

Explore Ancient Egypt with the US launch of Horizon of Khufu at the Eclipso Centre, offering an immersive look into the region’s rich history and culture

Step into a realm where history comes to life as Horizon of Khufu, an immersive journey to Ancient Egypt, prepares to make its United States debut. Produced by Excurio and distributed by Eclipso, this virtual expedition transports travelers 4,500 years back to Ancient Egypt. Having achieved remarkable success in Europe and Asia, Eclipso is set to open its doorsin Atlanta with Horizon of Khufu, Georgia on April 27, marking its highly anticipated U.S. opening.


Located in the Atlanta Beltline in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood, Horizon of Khufu invites gueststo journey to the Great Pyramid of Giza – one of the seven wonders of the world – and the storied land of the Pharaohs. The immersive experience illuminates the grandeur of Ancient Egypt, while offering a deeper understanding of its history and culture.


Designed for ages eight and up, the 45-minute expedition unfolds across 11,000 square feet of captivating space. Guests will embark on a virtual journey that unveils ancient secrets and explores the intricate tombs of Pharaoh Khufu, followed by a visit to the Giza Necropolis, the famous Egyptian site home to the three Great Pyramids. As the experience continues, guests will navigate the tranquil waters of the Nile, witness mummification ceremonies, and attend the funeral of King Khufu, the visionary behind the Pyramids of Giza.


“We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our first immersive expedition in the US with the grand opening of Eclipso’s Horizon of Khufu in Atlanta, in partnership with Excurio,” said Antoine Lieutaud, CEO of Eclipso. “Whether you’re someone who enjoys immersive experiences, a family looking for treasured memories, or an adventure seeker – the stunning visuals and realistic recreations offer something for everyone to explore, without having to travel across the globe.”


After launching Horizon of Khufu in France and the UK, Eclipso quickly established itself as a leading provider of virtual reality entertainment, with more than 400,000 visitors to date. Following the Atlanta opening, Eclipso will open its flagship location in New York City this summer with the Horizon of Khufu experience. Developed by Excurio, a leader in immersive cultural experiences and winner of numerous awards, and in partnership with Egyptologist Peter Der Manuelian from the Giza Archives Project at Harvard University, Horizon of Khufu utilizes a vast range of archaeological and historical data to recreate an ancient civilization originally built 4,000 years ago that is both true-to-size and historically accurate. Visitors of all ages will be captivated by the experience, from travel and adventure seekers to history and technology buffs.


“We’ve worked tirelessly to develop Immersive Expeditions and create an experience which enables people to travel through me and witness a wonder of the world, right at their doorstep,” said Fabien Bara, CEO of Emissive. “Horizon of Khufu has been so well received across the globe and we hope locals and tourists of all ages will be captivated by this once-in-a-lifetime journey.”

Eclipso Centre opens on April 27, 2024 at 550 Somerset Terrace NE Atlanta, GA and will be open Monday – Friday 12pm – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 9pm, and Sunday 10am – 8pm. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at htps://eclipso-entertainment.com/en/atlanta/.

FINS UP WATER PARK UNVEILS NEW WATERSLIDE COASTER ‘APOCALYPSO’

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/18/24

Guests experience what’s ‘making waves’ at the exhilarating Fins Up Water Park, new resort-style cabanas, double the number of inflatables and much more

No gate fee 5/18-5/19!

Fins Up Water Park (formerly Margaritaville at Lanier Islands Water Park) unveiled its new, highly anticipated Fins Up Falls waterslide complex yesterday, which features Georgia’s first and largest waterslide coaster, Apocalypso. To celebrate the occasion, Fins Up hosted more than 60 of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier’s middle and high school students. The group, who were among the first to ride the revolutionary slide, also received a $1,500 donation.

“We are grateful to Margaritaville at Lanier Islands for their incredible generosity,” said Anastasia Legakes, COO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier. “The donation will make a significant impact on the programs we offer here at the Boys and Girls Club of Lanier, ensuring that we can continue to empower and uplift the youth in our community. We are especially thrilled that our kids were the first to experience the exhilarating rush of the brand-new waterslide, Apocalypso.”

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.

“Our goal is to provide the best water park experience for guests, and what better way than bring the first waterslide coaster to Georgia on the shores of Lake Lanier,” said Bucky Perry, Vice President of Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. “We believe in providing guests with the best customer experience possible and I’m confident we will exceed their expectations with our updates at Fins Up Water Park.”

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 from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Fins Up Water Park will operate daily from May 23 until Labor Day, plus additional weekends. The hours of operation can be found here.

The 2024 Season Pass, priced at $129.99, includes admission for the entire summer season, waiving the $20 gate fee into Lanier Islands on every visit. The Season Pass is currently discounted at $99.99 through May 31. Families purchasing two season passes will enjoy free admission for children ages three to five.

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

THE AVENUE PEACHTREE CITY REVS UP FOR SUMMER FUN WITH TOUCH-A-TRUCK, FATHER’S DAY CRUISE-IN AND MORE

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/16/24

The center’s jam-packed summer event lineup also includes

 a live music performance and outdoor movie screenings

The Avenue Peachtree City, an outdoor lifestyle shopping center, is gearing up for the summer season with a fantastic lineup of family-friendly events. 

“The Avenue Peachtree City is ready for an amazing summer! We are the perfect destination to enjoy beautiful days with friends and family, and our events are free and open to the public to enjoy all summer long,” says Jessica Peterson, marketing manager of The Avenue Peachtree City.

The Avenue Peachtree City will kick off the summer season with their Touch-a-Truck event on Thursday, May 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Central Park. Guests of all ages can meet and take photos with emergency response teams and their vehicles. Emergency responders will also give an inside look into how they operate and respond to calls. Participating vendors and sponsors include the Fayette County Board of Education, Mercedes Benz of Atlanta South, Peachtree City Fire Department, Southern Scapes Tree Experts and Reed Knight — COUNTRY Financial.

On June 16, The Avenue will celebrate Father’s Day with a special Cruise-In from 9-12 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring dad and cruise around, check out the vehicles on display, and stick around for lunch at one of The Avenue’s many restaurants. All vehicle years, makes and models are welcome to participate in the cruise. Guests will also have the opportunity to win a $100 Avenue gift card for dad or a loved one. 

More events happening at the Avenue Peachtree City this summer include: 

Freedom 4th – Tunes in the Park – July 4 from 6-9 p.m.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with live music from The Venue Kings and enjoy delicious local fare  from a variety of food trucks. Food truck lineup to be announced on The Avenue Peachtree City website.

Summer Movies in the Park – July 19 and August 2 from 6:45-8:45 p.m. 

Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets and meet us at Central Park for an outdoor movie screening. The fun begins at 6:45 p.m. with movies beginning at sunset. Movie lineup to be announced on The Avenue Peachtree City website. 

All events are weather-dependent and may be canceled at any time. For more information, please visit avenuepeachtreecity.com.

ATLANTA TO HOST THE RED BULL DANCE YOUR STYLE NATIONAL FINAL THIS WEEKEND

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/14/24

The National Final to be held at Underground Atlanta on the 18th, with a full weekend of events beforehand featuring some of the biggest names in the world of dance 

WHAT:                The Red Bull Dance Your Style National Final is coming to Atlanta on May 18. The global all-styles, 1v1 street dance event series will see the best dancers in the country compete for a chance to head to the World Final in Mumbai.  

Through a bracket-style tournament, dancers battle one-on-one to surprise music selections, showcasing the spontaneous nature of street dance and challenging competitors to adapt their moves on the spot. With no planned choreography, pre-selected music, or a panel of judges, dancers must win the crowd’s vote in order to advance to the next round.   

Tickets to attend the one-of-a-kind event are available for purchase here.   

Various workshops will also be held, led by some of the best dancers in the world, that are open to the general public for registration for while spots last. On Friday the 17th, there will be a Battle Royale at the Center Stage Theater, with 2v2 battles and a major Team USA vs. Team Africa headlining battle that you won’t want to miss. Tickets are available for purchase here.   

To reserve your participation any of the free workshops that will be offered at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at Centennial Park, register here.   

WHO:                 On Saturday night ATL rap icons Soulja Boy and Dem Franchize Boyz will performing and rocking the crowd at the National Final. The crowd can also expect showcase dance performances from professional dance stars such as Toosie, creator of the viral Toosie Slide, and 1v1 battles featuring the best dancers from around the country.  

All weekend long, the city’s rich and storied dance culture will be celebrated with even more amazing talent participating throughout the weekend, including Red Bull Dance Your Style USA Champion The Crown, and major dance stars like Kaffy, Ladia Yates, Honey Balenciaga, Hooliboy and Toyin.  On the music side, South African DJ duo TxC are coming all the way to the States to deliver an after-party DJ set at the Royale.   

On the 18th the National Final will feature regional champions, runners-up, and a line-up of invited dancers (wildcards) 

Full list of National Finals Competitors:

MAKE MEMORIES THIS MONTH AT HALCYON’S MAY EVENTS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/13/24

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

Head to Halcyon next month for an exciting line-up of events in May. 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 Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo; and take advantage of the spring weather by dining on one of the many outdoor patios at Halcyon’s restaurants. 

The full May events schedule is outlined below:

Groovin’ on the Green

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

Celebrate the weekend by dancing and singing along to live musical performances on 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 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.

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations 

May 4 – May 5

Halcyon is the place to be for Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Whether you want to celebrate on Saturday, Sunday or all weekend long, here’s where you want to be:

Hobnob/Eclipse di Luna’s 2-Day Cinco de Mayo Celebration will take place in the Halcyon Garden Overlook behind Hobnob/Eclipse on May 4 from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and May 5 from noon until close. The event will feature live music, Latin international DJs, food tents serving up giant paella, pig roast, tacos, adult snow cones and multiple bars offering Margaritas, Mojitos, Palomas, Cantaritos and more.

CT Cantina Taqueria’s Cinco de Mayo Street Party will take place in the Halcyon Event Lot on May 5 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests can enjoy a live DJ, mariachi band and face painting. CT will serve tacos, street corn, churros and ice-cold margaritas and beer.

Farm Animal Yoga

Saturday, May 11 at 10 and 11 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 Halcyon Facebook event page.

Mother’s Day at Halcyon

Sunday, May 12 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Come celebrate Mother’s Day at Halcyon with special events on Sunday, May 12 and all weekend long to celebrate the mother figure in your life. Moms and their families can enjoy Mother’s Day brunches at Halcyon’s restaurants, a permanent jewelry pop-up, live music, a special Mother’s Day photo backdrop, King of Pops and Southern Nut Truck Pop-ups, the Gussied Up Flower Truck and much more! For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Summer Kick-Off Party

Friday, May 31 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Head to Halcyon for a Summer Kick-off Party for the whole family. The blowout party to kick off Summer will be spread across the green space at Halcyon and Cherry Street. There will be games and prizes for kids, face painting, Don Q pouring samples, cotton candy characters, a dessert cart, live music and select adult and kids drinks from Cherry Street’s outdoor bar. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

ATLANTIC STATION WELCOMES 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/13/24

Tent Raising in Pinnacle Lot This Week
Third Stop in Atlanta Tour Features Superstars From Five Continents, Opens Friday, May 17
               
Friday, May 17 through Sunday, 5/26 | Show times vary

TICKETS:              
Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster and at the onsite ticket office.                
Visit universoulcircus.com for more info, ticket prices, show times, and schedules.

Atlantic Station is pleased to welcome the 30th Anniversary of UniverSoul Circus this month. Featuring superstars from five continents, all backed by the infectious beat of World Music, including sounds and dance styles spanning the African diaspora, UniverSoul Circus reimagined itself this year with over a dozen culturally diverse performances. UniverSoul features never-before-seen acts from Ethiopia, the Dominican Republic, and Mongolia and a never-before-seen eighteen-person flying trapeze act from China. In a presentation celebrating “Circus Cousins from around the World,” UniverSoul Circus is set to begin for the first time at Atlantic Station Friday, May 17. 

“Atlantic Station serves as a bustling cultural epicenter for numerous residents of Atlanta, and we are thrilled to bring the unique experience of UniverSoul to all its visitors,” said Cedric Walker, UniverSoul Circus Founder & CEO.

Presented in a brand-new custom purple Big Top imported from Italy, the Big Top is 157 feet wide and 330 feet long, the size of a football field. It is enhanced with advanced state-of-the-art lighting and a sound system that moves and grooves as if it were the show itself. Atlantans will be able to see the tent being raised this week from the connector!

“Bringing UniverSoul Circus to Atlantic Station is not just about entertainment; it’s about celebrating cultural diversity, unity, and the joy of live performance,” said Starr Cumming, Southeast Retail Director for Hines. “As we continue to seek exciting and enriching experiences to bring to our neighborhood, we are thrilled to welcome UniverSoul Circus for the first time ever. This landmark event promises interactive entertainment and electrifying performances, adding a new dimension to our array of community offerings.”

Guests heading to UniverSoul Circus can experience two hours of complimentary parking in Atlantic Station’s parking deck. Alternatively, ticket holders can take MARTA to the Arts Center station and ride the free Atlantic Station shuttle to the event. They will also have easy access to more than 20 restaurants and bars in the neighborhood to enjoy before or after the show.

CELEBRATE NATIONAL MINI GOLF DAY WITH PUTTSHACK ATLANTA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/6/24

Saturday, May 11

Dust off those short game skills, grab some friends and join Puttshack Atlanta on Saturday, May 11, 2024, as they celebrate National Mini Golf Day. With digital driven gameplay through the use of Trackaball technology to keep score, themed holes with challenges and supertubes to risk it all, Puttshack is tech-nically the perfect activity for all ages and skill levels located in the heart of West Midtown. Fuel up for friendly competition with delicious shareables for pre-game noshing like buffalo chicken dip, Rendang lettuce wraps, Maryland crab dip, flatbreads and more. Adult golfers can imbibe in hand-crafted cocktails, beer and wine at the bar or soak up the spring sun on Puttshack’s expansive terrace. 

Puttshack Atlanta is open seven days a week and located at 1115 Howell Mill Rd. Atlanta, GA 30318. For more information, please call 404.738.7888 or visit puttshack.com.

CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND AT CHASTAIN PARK SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/6/24

The Award-Winning Festival Features Over 185 Artists, Local Bites, Live Acoustic Music and More

Open to All Ages and Free to Attend on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, 2024

Chastain Park Spring Arts Festival will return to beautiful Chastain Park on Park Drive in Buckhead on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. An ideal destination to bring the family and pups, the award-winning, two-day festival is free to attend and features more than 185 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft artisans, glass blowers, jewelers and more. Eventgoers are also invited to view artist demonstrations, enjoy live acoustic music, DJs, an expansive children’s area, and food trucks and beverages for all tastes. Chastain Park Spring Arts Festival (4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, GA 30327) takes place rain or shine and is open to all ages. For more information, please visit www.chastainparkartsfestival.com and www.affps.com

SHAKY KNEES 2024 DAY 2

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

Photo Dusana Risovic

With bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Offspring, Queens of the Stone Age, and one of my favorites of all time Weezer. Day 2 had it all. Here’s a short recap. 

Starting with the newer bands, we heard both Microwave and Dead Poets Society. Microwave is out of Atlanta, which I didn’t know, and has a variety of sounds from loud, hard rock to 90’s fast slow, and then some punk. The other was Dead Poet’s Society out of Boston that had hard riffs that reminded me of Rob/White Zombie up front, thrash, but then the vocals come in softer and higher for a fun mix of sounds. I like that Jack Underkofler, the lead singer, fell into the crowd and crowd surfed while singing one of the first songs.  

On to the 90’s bands we love, first we actually had to miss Offspring because we had never seen Sunny Day Real Estate and we’re going to spend time with a band that we hadn’t seen. We love Offspring, I saw them back in 1994 and heard they did an incredible show. That brings us to Sunny Day Real Estate. They are one of those 90’s bands that I just got introduced to by a friend a few years ago and we started watching their videos on YouTube. I call them the quintessential fast slow early 90’s band. Melodious verses and vocals erupt into a barrage of heavy guitar and pounding drums, Sunny Day Real Estate satisfies song after song. Tour t-shirt purchased! More to come in our review. 

Have you ever found yourself driving too fast on the interstate? You might have been listening to Queens of the Stone Age. What I call fast driving music, Queens of the Stone Age are very drum forward with deep and heavy beats, beautiful guitar riffs and Josh Homme’s great voice. Plus, they visually never disappoint, this year with roaming light show. Last time we saw them they had a large video board with led visuals that really went well with the music. Did you know Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) also did the drums on “No One Knows?” which you can tell by the drums! But my favorite of their songs after last night is “Go with the flow.” I always liked it but realized it is more diverse musically than some of the others.  

My boyfriend back in 1994 gave me a non-descript bright blue album as a present. Little did I know that that album would be in my top 5 all-time records, and Weezer would cement themselves into rock god status in my life. I’ve seen Weezer over the years from them playing large festivals to arenas to a small stage at the Braves stadium and they always sound perfect. What I call garage or college rock, Weezer has a distinct sound that no one else can create and that sets them apart from some of the other 90’s bands, don’t get me wrong, I love most early 90’s bands! The underlying hum of the guitars, explosions of rock juxtaposing the smoothness or River’s voice, it all comes together completely. What I love about them live is they really play up the guitar and show their musical prowess, plus, visually, they always have their W front and center. If you’ve never seen them live, you must; it is an experience.  

We didn’t make it to liquid death’s activation, it is on our to do list for today. We’re excited about Dinosaur Jr, Billy Idol, and Foo Fighters today. It’s going to be hot, so wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water.