8/30/18 – Work Hard | Play Hard
WHAT: Atlanta Falcons will face the Miami Dolphins in a pre-season game
WHEN: Thursday, August 30, 7 p.m. kickoff
WHERE: Mercedes Benz Stadium
COST: $10 – $312
DETAILS: Are you ready for some
football? The first official Atlanta Falcons game of the season is next week, but enjoy a pre-season game this weekend.
WHAT: Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic, Auburn University and University of Washington
WHEN: Saturday, September 1, 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mercedes Benz Stadium
COST: $51 – $549
DETAILS: The College Football Hall of Fame is a short trek in Atlanta away from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, site of Saturday’s Top 10 showdown between No. 6 Washington and No. 9 Auburn.
WHAT: Labor Day Pig Out
WHEN: Sunday, September 2, 5 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Oak Steakhouse and Colletta [Avalon in Alpharetta]
COST: $40 for adults, $20 for kids 12+, and children under 11 will receive free entry
DETAILS: Executive chefs Stuart Rogers and Jason Stern will be serving up a variety of festive dishes, including ribs, brisket, pulled pork, mac and cheese, cole slaw and more, in addition to live music, games and kids’ activities – the perfect set-up for celebrating the (un)official end of summer.
WHAT: Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival
WHEN: August 31 – Sept. 2, 2018
WHERE: Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA
COST: Adults $24.95- $34.95, kids $14.95 – $24.95
DETAILS: Let your Labor Day take flight! See hot air balloons soar, or take a tethered ride yourself in our picture-perfect farewell to Summer.
WHAT: AJC Decatur Book Festival presented by Emory University
WHEN: August 31 – September 2, 2018
WHERE: historic downtown Decatur square
DETAILS: The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more.
WHEN: August 30 through September 3
WHERE: Hyatt Regency downtown
COST: Daily tickets are $10 – $140
DETAILS: As of 2017, the convention draws attendance of over 80,000, features hundreds of guests, encompasses five hotels in the Peachtree Center neighborhood of downtown Atlanta near Centennial Olympic Park, and runs thousands of hours of programming for fans of science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and other elements of fan culture. The DragonCon parade is Saturday from 10 a.m. -1 p.m.
WHEN: Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHERE: Children’s Museum Atlanta
COST: $15.95 – $18.95
DETAILS: Grab your light sabers and head to Children’s Museum of Atlanta for our second annual TinyCON: a two-day celebration of fantasy, science fiction, comics, gaming, and technology…just for kids! Pick up a pencil and draw with our Art Educators in a special cartoon character design class, or mix potions with Hogwarts classmates at the science bar. Design your own lightsaber to prepare for CMA’s Jedi Training course, and take apart tech in the Android Repair Shop. Both princesses and knights can decorate shields in the Art Studio, blend their own Peach Smoothie in Princess Peach’s cooking class, and more! Costumes encouraged!
Recommended: Purchase your timed-general admission tickets ONLINE to access Fast Pass tickets. Members are free but are encouraged to reserve Fast Pass tickets in advance in order to guarantee admission. Admittance is based on capacity.