#BeDowntown for These Weekend Events: July 29-31

July 29, 2016

Is summer really almost over? That was fast. Enjoy this lineup of events before back to school season is in full effect.

1. Drum Corp International Band Competition, The Georgia Dome

Drum Corp International's tagline says it all: marching band's major league. Check out their Southeastern Championship this weekend at the Dome for a day quite literally packed with performances. Tickets are available for purchase online. Don't forget how accessible the Dome is via MARTA, and keep in mind that the clear bag policy will be in effect.

2. Family Day Culture Fest, Sweet Auburn

A day-long celebration of the cultural richness that Sweet Auburn offers the city of Atlanta and the world. Co-organized by Sweet Auburn Works, the National Park Service, and the National Black Arts Festival,  this event will be held on Auburn Avenue, between Jackson St. and Howell Street, on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Activities include Sweet Auburn storytelling, Sweet Auburn neighborhood tours, artistic performances, cooking demos and more.

3. Educator Day, College Football Hall of Fame

Just in time for school! The Hall will host its own “Educator Day” and offer FREE admission to teachers and principals with valid identification from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Educators can also learn about our freeT.E.A.M.S. ™ curriculum – a comprehensive lesson plan focused on Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Science. The Hall’s compelling educational experience is sure to bring your class to its feet!

4. The Wizard of Oz: Young Performer's Edition, Balzer Theater at Herren's

The SummerStage program of our professional company, Theatrical Outfit, is a month-long performance-based program designed for kids ages 10 to 15 who are serious about theater, but also looking for a summer filled with fun, friends and performance skill-building in a nurturing environment. This summer's culminating show is The Wizard of Oz, with a Friday night performance and two Saturday shows. There's no place like home...or the Balzer Theater!

5. Closing: Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week makes a great pairing to anything you might come to Downtown for, whether it's stopping in at Soul Bar at Pals Lounge during Family Day Culture Fest or enjoying a restaurant along Peachtree before heading to the theater. Explore all of the menu options and make a reservation today! Thanks to all of our dining partners for their collective effort in making Downtown's dining scene a true destination.


#BeDowntown for These Weekend Events: July 22-24

July 21, 2016

We’ve got a great lineup of weekend events, especially for art and food lovers. Check out these reasons to Be Downtown:

  1. Party in the Park with DJ Mike Brown ft. Mr. Bell, Woodruff Park

If you haven’t already, come on out to Woodruff Park on Friday, June 22, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for another round of Party in the Park. Under the shade of Woodruff Park’s gazebo, DJ Mike Brown spins funk and retro tunes, accompanied by Mr. Bell on the mic (and cowbell). This free event is open to all and includes dancing contests, trivia, prizes and more.

  1. ELEVATE: Summer, South Downtown

The first step toward making ELEVATE a year-round event, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will host ELEVATE: Summer on Friday, June 22 from 3:00 – 11:00 p.m. on Broad St. SW. An event packed with art, dance, music, markets, and food trucks, the schedule includes a few Poetry Slam, Inc.’s National Poetry Slam Georgia groups, Uma Pulendran from Natya Dhaara Center for Performing Arts, ArtbyAjmal, Mausiki Scales & the Common Ground Collective, Speakerfoxxx & BOSCO and a variety of art installations from South Downtown’s many arts organizations and galleries. For complete event information, visit their event page.

  1. Be Downtown Film Festival, Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University

This year, the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University celebrates 100 years in Downtown Atlanta and 20 years with Georgia State University, while the Atlanta Film Festival celebrates 40 years. Thus, AFS and the Rialto, with support from CAP, bring you the Be Downtown Film Festival on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. Come out for a joint birthday weekend of movies the way they were meant to be seen! Tickets are available for screenings of Shaft, Enter the Dragon, Aladdin, Space Jam, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Night of the Living Dead. Additional activities include special guest speakers, games, giveaways, and a pre-show zombie walk on Saturday night (photo-ops with zombies included). Tickets are $9 adults; $5 children. Purchase by calling the box office at 404-413-9849 or by purchasing online.

  1. Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week, through July 31

Saturday kicks off the 14th year of Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week! This year, 34 restaurants across Downtown will offer prix fixe menus priced at $15, $25 and $35. From beloved regulars to new faces, these local businesses will represent a sumptuous variety of dishes and foodways. You can explore menus and make reservations online, and we encourage you to share your dining experiences on social media using the #DARW2016 and #DevourDowntown tags. Bon appetite!

Other great things happening this weekend include the Old 320 Beer Fest at Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill, World Elephant Day at Zoo Atlanta, “From Terminus to Terminals” at Oakland Cemetery and Kindergarten Kickoff at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.


Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week FAQ Guide

July 19, 2016

We’re here to answer a few key questions you may have as #DARW2016 approaches.

Why a restaurant week, and how did it begin 14 years ago?

A few years ago, as you may remember, local businesses across the country were suffering. Inspired by successful restaurant weeks in cities like New York and Boston, the Central Atlanta Progress staff put on Downtown’s first restaurant week 14 years ago, encouraging people to dine out and support the restaurant scene in the heart of the city. Now, in 2016, Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week remains a vital annual initiative to promote local businesses and encourage Atlantans to Be Downtown.

How are participating restaurants selected?

All Downtown restaurants that are Central Atlanta Progress dining partners are invited to participate, but participation is completely voluntary. The list changes year to year, meaning we have a great selection of classic standbys and new-to-the-scene dining options.

How are the Restaurant Week dates selected?

We carefully examine the Downtown calendar to find an optimal week for this promotion, one that doesn’t coincide with too many conferences, conventions and major events that would leave our dining partners overwhelmed. Once we identify a few date options, we work with our dining partners to select the week that works best for the majority.

Why should I make reservations? Are walk-ins welcome?

Walk-ins are certainly welcome, but we definitely encourage you to make reservations! Because of the great savings the Restaurant Week prix fixe menus offer, restaurants see an uptick in traffic. Without a reservation, you may not be able to dine where and when you want.

What is Business Bites? Can I go?

Business Bites is our lead-up event to Restaurant Week and is simply a fun opportunity to get the Downtown community excited and motivated to make reservations. Participating restaurants volunteer to provide delicious, sample-sized tastings of their Restaurant Week menu offerings. This year, restaurants will be set up at Peachtree Center on July 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and 191 Peachtree Tower (lobby level) on July 20, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Both events are open to the public. 

I don’t know Downtown very well. What else can I do when I come down for lunch or dinner?

We’re glad you asked! Downtown has a variety of attractions, parks, tours and amenities for you to enjoy. You can explore them all on our website.

How do I get to Downtown?

Downtown has the highest concentration of transit options in the city: come by car, by bike, by bus, by rail, by foot or by Streetcar. It’s a great week to try something new!

What should I eat?

An upscale steak dinner? A casual pizza lunch? A swanky hotel restaurant? A dreamy date night spot? A restaurant nestled in the heart of a historic neighborhood? We’ve got plenty of options. #DevourDowntown with us July 23-31!


#BeDowntown for an Olympic Weekend

July 15, 2016

Downtown is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. We’ve got the scoop on all the ways you can Relive the Dream and celebrate in style. It's a busy weekend in Downtown, so MARTA and the Streetcar is recommended!

  1. 20 Years of Olympic Legacy, Center for Civil and Human Rights

Celebrate Atlanta's Olympic Legacy with an afternoon of activities and discussion with Olympic athletes at The Center, which will include a special performance by SHABACK, Bahamas' top gospel ensemble.

  1. Let the Games Begin!, Children’s Museum of Atlanta

The Children’s Museum will put on special programming celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Summer Olympic Games in Centennial Olympic Park, featuring special Olympian guests. Visitors can participate in the Parade of Nationals, a special sports-themed story time, and a parade of Olympic athletes, including special guests Terrence R. Trammell, Kevin C. Young, Dwight Phillips, Angelo Taylor and Hazel Mae Clark. As an added bonus, show your 1996 Olympic pin to get $3 off one full-price admission ticket.

  1. Football Blues, College Football Hall of Fame

On Saturday, The Hall will round out their “Football Blues” tailgate event with a patriotic twist. Come for a red, white and blue party and celebrate the U.S.A. with quintessential cookout foods and music from Alabama’s Andrew Velez Band.

  1. SkyView’s 3rd Birthday Party, SkyView Atlanta

It's SkyView’s birthday, and they want to celebrate with you! You’ll get a complimentary hotdog, Coke product and SkyView Atlanta water bottle with the purchase of a general admission ticket. SkyView is also giving away cash and prizes throughout the day, in addition to family entertainment. Just across the street from the Park, you’ll be in the thick of the celebration!

  1. 1996 Centennial Olympic Games 20th Anniversary Celebration, Centennial Olympic Park

Relive the Dream and bring all your family and friends out to Centennial Olympic Park to celebrate the legacy of the 1996 Olympic Games. The Park will honor the Games, stakeholders, volunteers, staff, and venues with a free and open-to-the- public celebration. Expect to see dignitaries, including Mayor Reed, Ambassador Andrew Young,  and ACOG Chairman and CEO Billy Payne. Enjoy musical performances, and meet and greet gold-medalist Olympians, including Carl Lewis and the Magnificent Seven, and, yes—Izzy.


#BeDowntown for These Weekend Events: July 8-10

July 8, 2016

A little something for everyone in this roundup of activities that will allow you to escape the heat and still have fun.

  1. An Evening with Kenneth B. Morris, Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., the great, great, great grandson of Frederick Douglass, the great, great grandson of Booker T. Washington, and the president of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), will speak on modern-day human trafficking and the legacy of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington at the Center for Civil and Human Rights this evening at 5:30 p.m. This free talk will be followed by a book signing.

  1. Atlanta Dream vs. Dallas Wings, Philips Arena

Cheer on Atlanta's WNBA team tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Philips Arena, easily accessible by public transit. An extra reason to cheer: two Dream players will compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio! #RWTD

  1. Chino y Nacho & Guaco Concert, The Tabernacle

This Latin Grammy Award winning Venezuelan reggaeton duo takes the stage tonight at 8:00 p.m. One of the first Venezuelan reggaeton labels to have gained international play, they are famous for doing reggaeton, as well as alternative, salsa, classic and reggae. A unique opportunity for Atlanta concert-goers.

  1. Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind Tour, Atlanta Movie Tours

You can spend 3 hours with Atlanta Movie Tours’ very own Margaret Mitchell as she shares the fascinating story of her life. Trace her footsteps and learn how the South’s most beloved novel was finally shared with the world. Vouchers for this tour will also gain you entry to the Road To Tara Museum in Jonesboro and the Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum, as well as re-entry to The Margaret Mitchell House at no extra charge. Tours must be booked online in advance.

  1. Family NightCrawlers: Giant Panda Birthday Spectacular, Zoo Atlanta

Thanks to their NightCrawlers program, Zoo Atlanta visitors can register to go “behind-the-scenes” after one of Atlanta’s beloved attractions closes up shop for the night. Even better: make a sleepover of it. Join the Zoo staff this weekend for an extra special edition of NightCrawlers that will celebrate the third birthday of twin pandas Mei Lun and Mei Huan. Highlights will include a behind-the-scenes tour, birthday fun and more. Advanced registration required.


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