Want to experience the great outdoors this weekend? You're in luck: Hundreds of parks across the country are offering free admission Saturday, Sept. 22, for National Public Lands Day.
According to the National Park Service, the event, held each year on September's fourth Saturday, "celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation and general health." The event is marking its 25th anniversary this year.
Although participating parks will waive admission fees Saturday, they may still charge for concessions, camping, tours or other services, KGUN reported.
Several parks also will be holding volunteer projects. If you'd like to participate, "you will receive a fee-free day coupon to be used on a future date," the National Park Service said.
Park-goers are encouraged to share photos on social media with the hashtags #NPLD, #FindYourPark and #NPSVolunteer.
It’s the FINAL KISS @ The Movies, presented by Butler Lexus of South Atlanta! Join us for free family movies and a block party at parks all over the Atlanta area.
The block party starts at 7:30pm and the movies start at dusk.
Atlanta Furkids Animal Rescue needs your help! The nonprofit is in need of fosters and adoptions to make room for Hurricane Florence evacuees.
The new remix pays tribute to the history of the Atlanta Falcons.
Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri released their remix to ‘Welcome to Atlanta’ in time for the 2018 season opener against Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia.
The Atlanta Falcons shared the music video on their Twitter page to hype fans.
KISS 104.1 at House in the Park Atlanta - September 2, 2018 – Grant Park
Black Restaurant Week, LLC will host its second annual two-week showcase from Sunday, Sept. 2-16, 2018, to promote and highlight Atlanta's African-American owned culinary businesses and farms.
During restaurant week, foodies can enjoy fine or casual dining, from $15 to $45, at participating restaurants, as well as attend special events in support of the Atlanta black culinary community. Black Restaurant Week, LLC is committed to the education and awareness of the Black Culinary Industry in the US. To achieve its mission of growth in the culinary industry, BRW aims to create experiences that will cater to a diverse group of tastemakers, professionals and area culinary connoisseurs.
"I've always had a passion for the history of our culture," said Warren Luckett, founder of BRW and graduate of Morehouse College. "Our platform is to provide the opportunity to highlight these different restaurants and highlight the industry in general. I want to expand to make sure we had the whole African Diaspora.”
Featured chef/entrepreneur, Erica Barrett has a catering business and will be opening her restaurant in a few months, cooks and has her own product line.
"I'm really excited about restaurant week because it celebrates black excellence," said. Barrett, who hosted a pre-event tasting, serving fried green tomato seafood stack. Her specialty is shrimp and grits.
The following special events will take place during the two week showcase:
Black Restaurant Week Showcase: Sept. 2-16
Ms. Icey's Kitchen, Nana's Chicken and Waffles Restaurant, Spice House, Big Daddy's, and Café Songhai are just a few of the restaurants registered for the showcase. There will be chefs, food truck owners, bartenders and caterers, who reflect a diverse community of African, Caribbean, Creole, Cajun, vegetarian, seafood, southern, and barbecue cuisine, Luckett said.
Aroma: Culinary Panel Discussion: Growing the Culinary Industry | Sept. 6
Bytes, 848 Spring St. NW, #Suite A, Atlanta
This event will highlight women who have successfully navigated the field in a variety of ways including catering, restaurant ownership or food truck ownership. Inga Willis of the Mogul Group will moderate a panel of experts, who will offer advice on ways to get started in the industry, raise capital and manage a successful business operation.
The Art of Flavor: Pop-up Dinner: The Creative Culinary Talents of Chef Jarvis Belton | Sept. 11 | Parlor-ATL, 249 A Peters St., SW, Atlanta
Chef Jarvis Belton will be the highlighted chef of the exclusive Art of Flavor pop-up dinner. As the chef for Google, he had the opportunity to produce food for many interesting clients and utilize his creativity in many different ways. The Art of Flavor dinner includes 4 courses and wine pairings.
Nosh: Culinary Showcase: The Diverse Culinary Talent of Africans and African Americans and the Power of the Palate Bartender Competition: The Craft of Cocktails, Sponsored by Maker's Mark
Sept. 13 | 595 North Event Center, 595 North Ave. NW Atlanta
The Nosh Culinary Showcase hosted by local television anchors Brittany Miller and Aiyana Cristal honor's the talented executive chefs and caterers of Atlanta by showing the diverse cultures and culinary talent that Atlanta has to offer. WNBA Player Angel McCoughtry will be judging the competition, which will feature cocktails that highlight the bold flavors from the African diaspora.
SoundBites Food Truck Festival: Food Truck Industry Growth | Sept. 15, 2018
Atlanta Food Truck Park, 1850 Howell Mill Road NW, AtlantaCome experience the fun, food trucks and live music from some of Atlanta's hottest DJs. A variety of food trucks will be present serving everything from juicy wings to sweets.
"Eating at black restaurants supports our families, our community, our culture and history, and supports the black culinary community at large, adding more restaurants each year in the future, as well as adding more cities," Luckett said. "We look forward to showcasing the multitude of diversity that exists on the food scene with both community staples and hidden gems."
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Family Agriculture Resource Management Service, a food bank program, which purchases produce from small farmers to be donated to food banks and local food shelters. In addition to Atlanta, BRW is currently held in Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New Orleans.
For more information about the upcoming events or tickets, visit www.atlbrw.com.
August 25, 2018 - Business in The Black’s Twanda Black at KING Center’s 50th Anniversary
In 1996, a group of Black LGBT Atlantans gathered for a picnic on Labor Day weekend to mix, mingle and find community.
Twenty-two years later, that small event has ballooned into Atlanta Black Pride Weekend (ABPW). Considered the largest celebration of its kind, thousands descend upon the city to attend parties, workshops and other events tailored towards this unique community. Atlanta will be abuzz with activity as the Black LGBT community takes over the city.
There are dozens of events planned, so trying to choose one can be overwhelming. We've narrowed it down for you.
Here are some of the best events you don't want to miss:
Noon-8 p.m., Sunday, September 2
This will probably be the largest gathering of the weekend. The lineup hasn’t been announced yet but last year’s schedule included songstress Sevyn Streeter and reality star turned rapper Cardi B. The annual J-sette competition is a popular draw for crowds who are fans of the majorette influenced dance style. Attendees will also have a chance to patronize local businesses at a vendors' market. The event is free and open to the general public. For more information, visit their website.
10p.m.-4 a.m., Saturday, September 1
Westside Cultural Arts Center, 760 10th St NW, Atlanta
Women spaces can be hard to come by in the LGBT community but Atlanta has Traxx Girls to fill that void. The promotion group is the most well known of its kind in the city and according to the ABPW website, this party will be "biggest girl party in the country." The group also boasts that over 2,000 women will be attending. There’s more info available under the Female Events tab on the Atlanta Black Pride Weekend's website.
10 p.m.-3:00am, Sunday, September 2
Havana Club Atlanta, 3112 Piedmont Road, Atlanta
With sounds by Hourglass and Whitney Abstrakt, this will be the place to be. The dress code is “Make her smile.” If that’s not clear enough, LovHer’s further advice is “No baseball hats.” Passes can be found at Eventbrite. Partygoers can buy $20 general passes and groups can buy VIP access for $400 or $500 depending on size.
In The Life Atlanta, the organization responsible for the gathering that started ABPW, will be hosting its 8TH Annual LGBT Greek Meet & Greet Brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Following the brunch is the 1ST Annual LGBT Greek Expo from 1 to 6 p.m. Both events will be at the Dennard Center at Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta.
These events are only open to LGBT Greeks and you must register through your fraternity or sorority. Check out more info at the organization's website.
10 p.m.- 3a.m., Saturday, September 1
595 North Eventer Center, 595 North Avenue NW, Atlanta
White refers to the color of the garments you 25 and older ladies will be rocking at this storied party. Presented by Blue Diamond Entertainment, Pride25+, Team Girl World and Atlanta Socialites, this event is subtitled “For Mature Women Who Love Mature Women.” The queen, DJ Bomshell Boogie will be playing all your favorites from the 70s right on up to what’s hot now. The presenters promise you will meet ladies from all over the world. Admission is $20-$25 for individuals, $200 for a table of 4 and $700 for VIP access for 12. Buy them on EventBrite.
Thursday, August 31- September 4
Various Times and locations
Rock Star Productions has a number of nightlife events planned and they they are also hosting other types of gatherings including a comedy show, day party, brunch mixer, poetry slam and a boat ride across Lake Lanier. Rock Star Productions offers a variety of party passes.
The bronze pass ($40), gets you VIP entry to one party. The other passes give priority entry to multiple events. The gold pass ($129) and platinum ($164) are for the weekend events platinum includes Monday, the silver ($109) provides priority access to all nightlife events. The comedy show, boat ride, comedy slam and brunch are not included and must be purchased separately. All event tickets, along with VIP sections, are available for purchase online. Passes must be picked up at the Georgian Terrace Hotel.
There are so many great reasons to seek out inexpensive aka cheap date ideas around Atlanta.
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