October 17, 2017
Taste of Atlanta celebrates its Sweet 16th year in Atlanta this weekend by bringing Atlanta’s finest culinary talents to a new festival location: Historic Fourth Ward Park.
If attending the event, you’ll be able to experience Atlanta’s robust and exciting food scene, which includes the following Downtown restaurants you won’t want to miss:
AG at The Ritz-Carlton: A Sunday grand Tasting Experience that includes crab tortellini, lobster sauce, and green apple and celery salad.
FYI: Did you know that AG’s cocktail menu includes seven types of ice, from spheres to perfect cubes?
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken: On both Saturday and Sunday, Gus’s will be serving up chicken tenders, legs, and wings. Tastes like chicken, huh?
TIP: Stop by Gus’s at Peachtree Center during lunch or dinner to pair your chicken with some amazing sides, like baked beans, slaw, and fried okra.
Max Lager’s: On both Saturday and Sunday you can try Max’s firecracker wings, BBQ shrimp and grits, and fried cheesecake – aka, new twists on Southern classics.
TIP: Hold your next Happy Hour at Max’s to try one of their many house-brewed beers.
NaanStop: This Broad Street favorite will be serving samosas, rice bowls, and mango lassis all weekend.
TIP: If you can’t make the festival, stop by for lunch one day! This place is always bustling around noon, and for good reason.
Trader Vic’s: You’ll love the smoked lomi salmon and kung pao beef they’ll be slinging both days.
FYI: Trader Vic’s famous Mai Tai is only $6 every Thursday night.
For more information about Downtown dining establishments, visit our interactive dining map. Happy Sweet 16, Taste of Atlanta!
September 22, 2017
You may have noticed a new flurry of activity in the park, from special events to free programs to that big green Game Cart. We’ve got the rundown on what’s happening in Woodruff over the next few weeks—don’t miss out on the fun!
1. Atlanta Streets Alive: Central Route
Atlanta’s favorite car-less festival returns to Peachtree Street (with a new extension to S. Broad St) from Downtown to Midtown, and Woodruff Park will have plenty happening. Ride, scoot, walk, or skip into the park to enjoy the Game Cart, learn about Pop Up Repair, enjoy music from the DJ, view the Georgia Chalk Artists Guild Pop Up Chalk Festival, and much more.
2. Pop Up Repair
We’ve partnered with Freeside Atlanta and Pop Up Repair to bring the first-ever Woodruff Park Pop Up Repair to Downtown Atlanta! Pop Up Repair will debut during Streets Alive, but you can come to the park to drop off your household items in need of repair through September 30. Repaired items will be available for pickup October 7-10 at Broad Street Plaza (where we hold our #FoodTruckFridays event in spring and summer).
3. Fall Programming
We’re continuing to offer the free programs we launched this summer. Come to the park for free yoga on Saturday mornings, free guided meditation on Tuesdays at noon, live performances on Wednesday during lunch, and free guided park history tours on designated dates. Don’t miss out on our new Game Cart, either—you can check out board games and lawn games to enjoy with friends at no cost.
4. WoodRUFF Bark Halloween Dog Parade & Festival
Are you a dog lover and/or dog owner? WoodRUFF Bark, our newest event, is just for you! On Saturday, October 28, we’ll be holding a costumed pet parade on the Main Lawn, with prizes available for the best costumes. Judges include Addie the Sheepadoodle, best known as @sheepish_addie on social media. We’ll have lots of pet-friendly vendors and pet-centric organizations on site, in addition to food, beverages and a Halloween playlist. Bring your pup and your friends! Interested in being an onsite vendor, having an onsite marketing activation, or in sponsoring our event? We're still recruiting those, too.
5. The Downtown Daffodil Dash 5K
You may have noticed the many daffodils that bloom in the park each spring. Did you know that these flowers are part of the socially-conscious Downtown Daffodil Project and Worldwide Daffodil Project? On November 11, run or walk the Downtown Daffodil Dash, then contribute to the daffodil project by planting a new bulb in the park after you’ve completed the route.
It’s a great time to #BeDowntown, especially in Woodruff.
Related Destination: Woodruff Park
March 15, 2017
We invite you to #BeDowntown this St. Patrick's Day to experience great places and spaces to wear green and get festive.
1. Woodruff Park Goes Green
The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District plans to dye the fountains green again this year, making the park extra emerald. Stop by the Reading Room to enjoy the fountains during your lunch break, and take a #StPatsSelfie in front of the green water wall on the north end of the park.
2. Get Lucky at Peachtree Center
This Friday, March 17, wear your best green and head to Peachtree Center for a performance so spectacular you just might pinch yourself. The Drake School of Irish Dance will be performing for employees and visitors at the food court at noon in the spirit of everyone’s favorite Irish holiday. So, take a break from your day job and come enjoy the sounds of Irish dance while grabbing a bite from favorite Peachtree Center lunch spots like Gibney’s Pub and Panbury’s Pie Café.
3. Sips Under the Sea at Georgia Aquarium
It's your lucky day, Georgia Aquarium is celebrating St. Patrick's Day! Join the St. Patrick's themed fun while enjoying music, signature cocktails and delicious small plates. Sips Under the Sea is a unique cocktail party for adults to enjoy Georgia Aquarium after hours with family, friends or a significant other. You'll have the entire Aquarium to yourself while enjoying cocktails, tapas and entertainment… all without kids!
4. Downtown Dining
For dinner, head to Terrace Bistro at the Ellis Hotel, where the St. Patrick's Day dinner menu includes festive fare like corned beef and cabbage and a Reuben served on H&F rye bread. Afterward, ppop into a pub to raise a glass and cheer Slainte. Meehan's Public House will be hosting a lively St. Pat's celebration, complete with drink specials, giveaways, and plenty of Guinness. For a bar that exclusively serves Georgia-brewed beers, try the new Georgia Beer Garden on Edgewood Avenue.
5. Take a Self-Guided Streetcar Pub Crawl
Did you miss the official event on March 11? No worries: you can still ride the Streetcar for a self-guided pub crawl. Use the interactive route map to identify hot spots near each of the twelve stops. This month, we're highlighting the Carnegie at Spring stop, which is a short walk from Meehan's, Juke Joint, Braves Grill and Ted's Montana Grill.
6. Kid-Friendly Ideas
There are plenty of family-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday, too. The Children's Museum of Atlanta will host celebratory activities on Friday from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Through March 31, the College Football Hall of Fame will offer $17.99 admission to those who wear green college gear, and the World of Coca-Cola's "Friends and Family Four-Pack" promotion includes four general admission tickets for $40 ($28 savings).
February 9, 2017
Downtown Atlanta is brimming with history, and there are a variety of organizations offering community programming in celebration of Black History Month.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
Here you can tour where Dr. King was born, raised, worshiped and died. Free to all, visitors can tour King's birth home, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the exhibitions at the Visitor's Center, and the King Center's grounds, including the Freedom Walkway and Reflecting Pool.
The African American burial grounds are the resting place of some of Atlanta’s most revered black leaders, including Carrie Steele Logan, William Finch and Maynard Jackson. Though guided tours are currently at capacity, visitors can partake in self-guided tours using the Oakland mobile app or the “African American Voices” cell phone tour. Learn more about the African American grounds restoration project here.
Auburn Avenue Research Library
This newly-renovated community amenity always boasts a robust event calendar, and Black History Month is no exception. Learn about the Forgotten Freedom Fighters of the War of 1812, catch a film screening on black education, engage in a community dialogue about choreographer and activist Alvin Ailey, hear the works of contemporary African American women writers producing horror and genre fiction—all free and open to the public. Be sure to check out the gallery spaces, too, including the “Voices of the World” Gonzalo Borondo exhibit.
A museum “where every month is Black History Month,” APEX presents history from the African American perspective. They achieve this through three permanent exhibits, “Africa: The Untold Story, “Sweet Auburn Street of Pride” and “The MAAFA (The African Holocaust).” Open five days a week, make a visit to APEX part of your exploration of the historic Sweet Auburn district.
Center for Civil and Human Rights
The Center will offer a full range of community programming this month, appropriate for a range of ages. From a SPARK Saturday (free admission for youth) that explores African American culture through rhythm and movement to a culture and justice poetry night to conversations and panels about African American politics after the Obama administration, it’s sure to be a lively and thought-provoking month of events.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
In February, the Museum’s daily programming will celebrate and explore the contributions of African Americans throughout history via storytelling, arts and crafts, science projects and more. Ride the Atlanta Streetcar to the Museum, show your Streetcar ticket and receive $3 off the price of admission for up to four tickets (offer valid Monday-Friday and expires after March 31).
College Football Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame’s latest exhibit, “Breaking Barriers: A Salute to Black History in College Football” Delivered by UPS, traces the iconic people, moments and plays of African American college football athletes, including the first southern players to travel north. Also on display will be unique artifacts, like a copy of William Henry Lewis’ football instructional guide published in 1896.
Black History Month Parade
Finish out the month on February 25 with an energetic and celebratory event that will begin at the corner of Auburn Avenue and Jackson Street at the King Historic Site and will end in Woodruff Park. The parade will be bookended by a festival and ceremony, which will feature speakers, performers, vendors and more.
January 11, 2017
Guest Post by Brooke Thompson of WellAtlanta
Atlanta is a diverse city with many different cultures, interests, and events colliding. However, one of the most rapidly rising in popularity is its art scene, especially in Downtown Atlanta, where everything from galleries to large-scale murals can be found. Whether you’re new to Atlanta or have called it home for years, here are a few of the Downtown art galleries, events, and museums you should know about.
If you’re looking for culture but need to pinch pennies, Gallery 72 is a great place to check out local artists for free. This contemporary gallery features everything from paintings to installations from Atlanta-based creators. It even hosts exhibits surrounding topics like Atlanta’s music history as well as social issues like civil rights.
The Mammal Gallery
Only a couple blocks from the Five Points train stop, the Mammal Gallery is a truly unique experience for the socially engaged. A self-proclaimed “safe space for creative minds,” the gallery has opportunities for interactive creative expression like live music and open mic nights, as well as experimental exhibits that keep guests thinking long after their visit.
Prefer to explore your creative side in the fresh air? Downtown’s neighboring Castleberry Hill offers a free art stroll every second Friday of the month. With different galleries and installments on display each month, you can grab some friends and make it an evening of local art and culture, even grabbing dinner at one of the participating restaurants, such as No Mas! Hacienda and Cantina, along the way.
Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery
Eyedrum is Atlanta’s one-stop shop for everything a creative mind could hope for: literary readings, avant-garde film screenings, a community garden, and extraordinary exhibits that push the boundaries of the current art scene, just to name a few! There are even opportunities to build upon your own creativity with unique classes and workshops, such as the Eyedrum Literary Committee’s editing meet-up and the gallery’s filmmaking workshops, that allow you to hone your skills and meet others who share your passion.
This gallery actually has two locations--one in Atlanta and the other in France. It is home to permanent as well as temporary, special exhibits devoted to famous artists and highly skilled individuals from around the world. The European style of the building comes from its French sister and has been around since 1885. If you’re looking to experience a taste of classic European elegance and high-end art, Besharat Gallery is a must-see.
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