The 200-plus-acre park with tennis, walking trails, and a pond has been Atlanta's place to go on a Sunday afternoon since it was first purchased by the city in 1904. Piedmont Park added 13 acres in 2013 and unveiled a collection of new entrances. The add-on near the intersection of Piedmont Road and Monroe Drive is crowned by the Piedmont Commons, a multi-use field for relaxing and picnicking. New access points to the park, including a trail through the North Woods forest alongside the Atlanta Botanical Garden, offer easy access to Ansley Park and Morningside residents. The effort was a follow-up to a 2011 expansion that included wetlands, an expanded and improved dog park, and an interactive fountain. Even more excellence is on the way: The park's final planned expansion may include a skate park, and eventually the Beltline will be complete alongside the greenspace.
The Atlanta Jazz Festival, one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, will be held in Piedmont Park Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 26 - Sunday, May 27. The 41st annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will showcase a variety of jazz acts, from Dianne Reeves to Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, and will include, for the first time in the eventâs history, a special lineup of all-female jazz headliners on Saturday.
Along with the Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, the City of Atlantaâs Mayorâs Office of Cultural Affairs will host 31 Days of Jazz events throughout Metro Atlanta beginning on May 1. Most of the events are free and will occur all over Metro Atlanta, including at various MARTA stations and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.Â
The first night-cycling event of its kind to be introduced to the city will include a fun, 6-mile bike ride through some of Atlanta's coolest neighborhoods. All proceeds from the Atlanta Moon Ride will support the work of local charity Bertâs Big Adventure. The pre-party starts at 7 p.m. and the fun ride starts at 11 p.m. The pre-party will feature food trucks, live music from Saved By The Band and a costume contest with chances to win a exclusive ticket package from Atlanta United, Round Trip Airfare for 2 with Jet Blue, and more. Tickets start at $35 and include an official Atlanta Moon Ride t-shirt, entry to the festival pre-party and the 6-mile bike ride.
Firefly Run is the coolest, most eye dazzling, and illuminating 5K night race. Runners and walkers of all speeds and experience are welcomed. Decorate yourself like a Christmas tree or dress up in mesmerizing costumes and let your creativity flow. Enjoy the post-race after party with live entertainment, refreshments, and amazing visual effects! Come out and support us for a great cause that benefits local charities. Relax and enjoy the spectacular sight of a one-of-a-kind night-time race. Itâs time to get your glow on and light up the night like fireflies!
Besides an amazing night with lights, participants will receive the following high-quality items:
â Awesome Race Shirt
â LED lanyard to wear while you run to light up the night
â Cool MEDAL that spins! to attach to your LED lanyard when you cross the finish line
â A sweet race bib
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The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Peachtree junior is an event for kids of all ages. The event is designed to offer children the experience, excitement, and prestige of the AJC Peachtree Road Race.Â After completing the Peachtree Junior, participants are welcomed to enjoy a post-race festival.
On your mat, get set, go! Wanderlust, producer of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, in partnership with adidas, brings Wanderlust 108, the worldâs only mindful triathlon, back to Atlanta on April 8, 2018. Coming to the Meadow at Piedmont Park, Wanderlustâs unique triathlon consists of a five-kilometer run (or walk), a music-fueled, outdoor yoga class led by Chelsey Korus and a guided meditation led by Light Watkins. Mindful triathletes can also groove to the sounds of DJ Serious Black, browse the marketplace of local craft and food vendors, and experience bonus fitness classes throughout the day.
For the complete lineup and ticketing information, please visit here.Â http://www.wanderlust.com/atlanta
The KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge is the nations largest mobile fitness event traveling from coast-to-coast dedicated to keeping kids active and healthy. At the KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge, kids of all ages get the opportunity to flex their physical fitness by participating in a completion-based obstacle course designed to challenge speed, strength, agility and overall physical fitness. The event is freeÂ to the public and features a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy including active gaming fun for all ages and on-site programming designed to inspire kids and families to live a more active and healthy lifestyle.
Shaterproof is a national nonprofit working to fight the stigma surrounding addiction. All of the donations raised by thisÂ 5k run/walk at The Meadow in Piedmont Park will benefit the charity, supporting those who have been touched by the disease of addiction. There will be a Community Village packed with disorder resources, a Celebrate Recovery area to unite those in recovery and a Memorial Gallery honoring loved ones lost to addiction.Â
Former police officerÂ Josh McQuien will conduct an exclusive Q&A regarding his nonprofit House of Heroes which works to provide housing improvements for disabled veterans. Guests will be able to explore the interactive exhibit on heroes like Josh.
This outdoor exhibit showcases heroes near and dear to Atlanta. Former police officer John McQuien, Atlanta's first female bomb technician and a nurse who fought Ebola in Africa will be among the heroes sharing their stories.
The 47th annualÂ Atlanta Pride FestivalÂ returns to celebrate all things LGBTQ as the largest Pride event in the Southeast and the largest in the country to coincide with National Coming Out Day. Events begin on Fri., Oct. 13, with the Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff at the Georgia Aquarium and will continue through the Pride Parade Sunday afternoon. Saturdayâs Pride Marketplace features more than 200 vendors from our local LGBTQ community, exhibits, civic learning opportunities, live entertainment and more. This rainbow-clad extravaganza seeks to celebrate all points of the spectrum with vibrant costumes and attractions.
Breakout your dirndls and lederhosen and head to Piedmont Parkâs Legacy Fountain for an afternoon and evening of merriment. A Social Mess, Sierra Nevada and Park Tavern are teaming up to bring festivalgoers a taste of Germany, with food and drink specials galore along with games like giant Jenga and beer pong, a costume contest (for humans and dogs) and live music from Wasted Potential Brass Band, REMakes, Yacht Rock Schooner and Slippery When Wet. VIP tickets include a guaranteed seat and a German-style feast of roasted chicken, German potato salad and a pumpernickel roll. 21+ only.
Rotten Peaches gathers the crew for a fall queer picnic. Play games, munch on snacks (BYO), enter to win prizes, learn about local queer advocacy organizations and chill out to This Free Life and DJ Sha.
Throngs of music lovers flock to this summer festival to groove, bask and eat in the park for the weekend. Mainstream superstars Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, Future and Blink-182 will headline throughout the weekend, preceeded by Tove Lo, Lizzo, Hiss Golden Messenger, and more.
The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces is thrilled to announce the return of the Piedmont Park Arts Festival on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, 2017. With an emphasis on the visual arts and family fun, the eight annual event will once again be held in Piedmont Park, one of the most respected and beautiful public parks in the City of Atlanta. This year's two-day event will feature 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork artisans, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters. Festival goers are also invited to enjoy artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a street market, children's play area, festival foods and beverages, games and much more. Free to the public, the event is open to all ages and pets are welcome. For more information, visit www.piedmontparkartsfestival.com.
Summer's return means the opportunity to eat ice cream at every given opportunity. The next one is the Seventh Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival. Founded in 2010 to give Atlanta families a treat for our humid, southern summers, the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival brings our favorite dessert as well as live local music, food & non-food vendors, and even health and wellness engagement activities. The festival will kick off with a morning 5k Fight Cancer Walk, followed by an afternoon of trying the best ice cream in town.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream at Atlanta's sweetest summer festival. Head to Piedmont Park for a whole summer's worth of cool treats from Bruster's Real Ice Cream, Rita's Italian Ice, Jake's Ice Cream and other local vendors. Join the ice cream eating competition and load up on calories guilt-free, as this fest also includes a Fight Cancer 5K, Frisbee toss, Hula-Hoop competitions and a wellness pavilion sponsored by the Fulton-Dekalb Hospitality Authority with free health screenings all day.
- Nyasha Drakes
Rotten Peaches, an organization dedicated to providing space for women and the LGBT community, hosts a queer picnic for people to relax and have fun. Rotten Peaches will provide some snacks and games, but bring along your own dish or fun facilitators to share. Meet outside Park Tavern.
The Atlanta HBCU Alliance presents their 10th annual run/walk to benefit HBCU's, raising money for scholarships for local students planning to attend an HBCU. A portion of this year's proceeds will also go to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Family-friendly festivities will commence following the race, including a health fair, scholarship raffle and giveaways.
The game of love is on! Tune into Nobody Loves You, the Off-Broadway hit musical comedy that goes behind-the-scenes in a reality TV dating show and follows attractive singles pairing up to find love. Among the tangled web fighting for affection are a slew of wacky contestants - the hunky Christian, the sexy party girl and the uptight schoolteacher. Whether you love or love-to-hate reality TV, you'll laugh at this behind-the-scenes ride through the intimate and gut-wrenching quest for love while millions of viewers watch.
Trade car for bike as Atlanta's busiest streets shut down for the fifth annual Atlanta Moon Ride. Cyclists of all levels can breeze through six miles of the city's coolest neighborhoods long after nightfall. Start off in Piedmont Park before setting off to Virginia-Highland, Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward and more. Participants are invited to show up early for a pre-party to fuel up from the Atlanta's favorite food trucks and listen to '80s throwback tunes from Electric Avenue. Get creative with a costume to compete for a three-night stay on the beautiful beaches of the Florida Panhandle. All proceeds benefit Bert's Big Adventure, a nonprofit that sends children facing chronic and terminal illnesses to Disney World, the most magical place on earth. Pre-party: 7 p.m. Ride starts at 11 p.m.
- Ilana Ander
*Try food and drink items from across the American South and from other global Southern regions including Southern Europe, South Africa, South America, Southern Hemisphere and South-of-the-Border. Cost of the ticket is good for all-you-can-eat tasting at all tents.
Join Children's for the fifth annual Strong4Life Superhero Sprint on Saturday, June 3. This Atlanta tradition features a 5K, 1 mile fun run and costume contest at Piedmont Park. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superheroes and use their superpowers to walk, run or sprint to the finish line. All proceeds benefit Children's Strong4Life movement. The races begin at 9 a.m. (5K) and 10 a.m. (fun run) with the costume contest following at 10:45 a.m. Contest prizes will be awarded in several categories.
Early registration is currently underway online and may be completed online by Thursday, June 1, at 8 a.m. Day-of registration will be available as well and will begin at 7 a.m.