Looking for things to do in Atlanta this weekend? Consider this your go-to guide for wining, dining and celebrating your way through one of the greatest cities in the south. This weekend there are no shortcomings in sight as far as activities go!

With fall fast approaching and summer coming to its untimely end, it's time to start filling up those calendars up with some last minute summer planning. One of my favorite ways to end summer and transition into fall is with a nice glass of wine.

Fourth of July typically marks the beginning of the end of the summer, but not for us here in Atlanta! We keep the summer festivities going until daylight savings tells us to stop.

Downtown view, courtesy of Juice Analytics Even with the humid weather and endless afternoon rain showers, there are few places better to celebrate summer than Atlanta.

Oh Canada! This weekend leaves a lot to celebrate as we close out PRIDE month and gear up for the long weekend! Until then, enjoy this last weekend in June with a BBQ challenge, let your inner-awkward artist come out and try a little adult skate. Have fun and happy weekend!

The Sun is hot and the beer is cold, enjoy the weekend before you get too old! This weekend in Atlanta brings us the finest surprises, such as a beer festival, an art and farmers market, and even some river racing. Enjoy the weekend!

The only thing better than May is June. Why? Because it is still cool enough to enjoy farmer's markets, outdoor concerts and shows, adventure runs and more much more!

To continue the celebration of my love for May, let's wrap this month up with a bang. May is a time for Momocon (read below for the details!) food and music festivals in quaint little towns, and a stroll... with some wine.

May is a time for movies outside, Friday night jam sessions in quaint little towns, and beer festivals with live music. Luckily, all of those things can be accomplished this weekend in beautiful Atlanta.

It's that time of year where the sun is higher, the days are longer, and being an adult is even harder. Why we don't get summer break as an adult is beyond me, but we can at least plan ahead for those pesky work days that get in the way of our summer weekends.

For many of us, this upcoming weekend signals the end of spring break and the beginning of a reality check. While your week or so off may have been short, you can still close it out with a bang.

This weekend really makes us locals appreciate the wonderful city we live in. From a festival dedicated entirely to bacon to a Justin Timberlake themed bar method class, it's things like this that really make us wonder why people would choose to live anywhere else.

Sorry for getting this posted so late, but just because I am a little teary shouldn't hinder your chance for a good time. An improv festival should surely keep us laughing until our bellies hurt and a half-marathon can make the rest of us hurt.

Enjoy some voodoo Mardi Gras magic with a side the a Doors cover band. If you are looking for a way to get you ready for short-wearing-weather, you can also check out the roaring 20's party and dance your tush off.

A three-day margarita extravaganza, the circus, roller girls, and a dress-to-impress Oscar party. Where do I sign up? Take your pic of fun this weekend and enjoy Atlanta to its fullest potential.

While this weekend gets off to a slow start- Atlanta Game Fest and a Ballet Boot Camp- the rest of the weekend manages to still knock our socks off. Everything from a charity ice event to an open-mic competition to an Atlanta Streetcar Adventure is waiting to ring our bells.

A Mad Hatter Tea Party, Third Thursday at Orpheus Brewing and a Boat show... and that's just tonight! This weekend is jam packed with fun things to do and one of them even includes a weekend ski trip to Tennessee.

Another year has almost come and gone and it was quite a year in Atlanta. It saddens me to say goodbye to 2014, with the great weather, concerts and festivals that graced us this past year.

Tis' the Season for being in Atlanta. This city is so festive this holiday season, I'm having a hard time deciding what to highlight in this blog! With such an eclectic list of options - from a Jingle Ball to lots of live music - there is enough to keep anyone busy.

In case the holiday music, millions of lights hung throughout the city and all the "deal" and "sales" signs spray painted in every store window didn't give it away, the holiday season has officially begun.

Atlanta is a plentiful city full of rich nightlife and a decadent restaurant scene. Oh, Atlanta. We love you for your charm, beauty and eclectic energy, but mostly because you grace us with some of the best wining and dining options in the south.

With this near-freezing weather, it's a wonder anyone even plans on leaving their house at all this weekend. Atlanta feels more like an Cold-lanta than Hot-lanta (ha!) but this weather won't freeze the fun.

I know it isn't quite yet Halloween in Atlanta, but I want to cover some of the top restaurants to dine at this Thanksgiving. I know we all get a little uneasy when we see the Christmas decorations come out when we haven't even carved our pumpkins yet, and I definitely feel the same.

Halloween is upon us in Atlanta! The air is crisp and you can feel the Halloween spirit in the air around us. This weekend, there is little to do that doesn't involve this ghostly holiday, so join the crowd and enjoy the festivities.

Hauntingly good performances or just plain haunted? You be the judge. Typically, when a place is haunted, or assumed-to-be-haunted, age of the building or property usually play a huge factor.

There are so many fall festivities happening this weekend in Atlanta, you can literally fill up your entire calendar! Choose from one of the music festivals (one of my favorites benefits local pups!) or a children's gala to benefit the kiddos.

Most people are skeptics when it comes to calling a place "haunted." The thing is, I am one of those people that can hear a faint noise and be convinced that something wicked this way comes.

I had to officially put the heat on in my car this weekend and it made me realize how few precious weeks we have left until winter. With that being said, that alone should be reason enough to partake in some of the fall festivities happening this weekend in Atlanta.

It's that time of year again where nights get a little colder, beer gets a little darker and things get a little weirder. Yes, it is the Little Five Points Halloween Festival... and we have been waiting all year.

I am a huge fan of firsts and this week kicks off the very first week of October. The weather is just crisp enough to make it feel like fall, without hindering our ability to enjoy this upcoming Atlanta weekend.

It's time to get your fix... your pizza fix, that is. The Fix Pizzeria is not your typical pizza restaurant, but still holds a familiar feel. It's the kind of place you walk into and it feels as if you are walking into an intimate, Italian-style family dinner.

Looking for a way to enjoy the first weekend of fall? Here are a few of the best things happening around Atlanta this weekend. Enjoy some Anime action, or a couple county fairs, paired with the much anticipated TomorrowWorld.

The French are coming to Atlanta! French-American Brasserie, The Luminary , is finally open! As the first restaurant to open its doors in the Krog Street Market , The Luminary is a culinary genius, spanning from some of the best chefs in the industry and influenced by visionaries.

There is a chill in the air, but the weekends are hot... with excitement! It's fall which officially means the end of summer and the unofficial start of fairs and festivals. We know we can expect to have at least one per weekend, and this weekend kicks them all off.

The Krog Street Market is scheduled to open this fall, either late September or early October, and will be home to some of the finest culinary creations in Atlanta. The building itself is an old 1920's warehouse, and the decor and style is built right in to match.

The weather might not be cooling down just yet, but there is no doubt that fall is upon us. From a county fair to runs and relays, fall is finally making its subtle appearance. Speaking of spring, this weekend marks the half-way point to St. Patty' Day and Meehans is celebrating!

It looks like another victory for Atlanta! Victory Sandwich Bar is opening another location almost any day now. Officially scheduled to open "late August/early September" in the Atlanta area (the current one is in Decatur), those doors could be flying open faster than you can say, "ghost pepper jack cheese."

Even though many will argue we still have a few weeks left, this last weekend marked the "unofficial" end of Summer. For some of us, it's back to school and back to reality. For the rest of us, not much is going to change.

The best cafe in Atlanta is hands-down the Busy Bee Cafe. With such southern charm making its way into every ingredient, it is safe to say this might make it to the top of your Top 10 list.

Labor Day Weekend is finally here! This is when we say goodbye to summer, hello to fall and graciously welcome a 3-day weekend! Make this last weekend of summer count with the some of the best Atlanta has to offer.

If you live in Atlanta, then you have had your fair share of chicken. Fried, pulled, grilled or baked, there is no wrong way to enjoy this southern favorite. Well, maybe there is. There's (almost) a new chicken taking over the Atlanta area and life as we know it is about to change.

Have you made the best of this summer? Well, this weekend could make up for lost time, if needed. From races to festivals and art shows, you will be smiling from ear-to-ear all weekend long.

Another Willy's us upon us! This Thursday, August 14th, marks the grand opening of the Willy's Mexicana Grill at Druid Hills. Enjoy $5 burritos all day and plenty of free samples, including, home-made flour tortillas, fresh-to-order sopapillas, fresh-squeezed lemonade and creamy horchata.

August is officially upon us and the last few days of summer are wrapping up. Have you made the best of this season? Whether you are on an actual summer break, or just use this time to work less and play more, albeit a pseudo-vacay, it is still the best time of year.

Classic, yet contemporary, Fado Irish Pub will open in Shops at Metropolis the first quarter of 2015. Fado, which features its original location in Buckhead, will occupy the former La Tagliatella space at 919 Peachtree Street NE.

August is officially upon us and the last few days of summer are wrapping up. Have you made the best of this season? Whether you are on an actual summer break, or just use this time to work less and play more, albeit a pseudo-vacay, it is still the best time of year.

Back-to-school means back-to-work for many, but for all, it marks the definitive end of summer. There isn't much time left to enjoy the warmer weather and longer days, so you better make the best of it.

I don't know why, but I always associate tacos with summer. Maybe it's because growing up I remember my mom making them a lot over summer vacation, or maybe it is just because I tend to eat a lot of them when it's hot out.

Looking for things to do in Atlanta this weekend? Consider this your go-to guide for wining, dining and celebrating your way through one of the greatest cities in the south. Summer is half-way over, but is still heating up.

Summer is half-way over, but is still heating up. This week leaves little to the imagination as Atlanta takes us on whirlwind tour of vodka parties, beer benefits and wine painting classes.

Where will you be on August 9th? If you have plans, break them. If you don't have plans, well now you do. What is the one thing Atlanta needs more of? Festivals. As if this city didn't have enough to do, they decided to introduce something new to do.

Looking for an alternative to cooling off these hot summer days and maybe even heating up the nights? Atlanta's favorite 4th and Swift has recently released their new summer menu honoring the Summer Solstice.

Hope your 4th of July recovery is going well because the weekend is just around the corner. From food and wine festivals to music festivals, Summer is officially heating up and showing no sign of slowing down.

It's MAX's Wine Dive Opening Eve! "Fried Chicken and Champagne... why the hell not?!? can go a very long way. With MAX's, it came all the way from Houston, TX. The award-winning restaurant is set to open tomorrow, July 1st at 12th and Midtown and people are already lining up at the door.

If you are looking for a less traditional way to celebrate the 4th of July, maybe Mexican is the way to go! This week, El Taco is offering some 4th of July specials to help celebrate America's independence with a little spice.

Well, with just a week away from the 4th of July, Atlanta seems to be preparing the only way Atlanta knows how: with more events than we can handle. This weekend, there is no short supply of excitement and I can see where this city gets its reputation from!

Can you believe we are already almost in July? Well, let's hope July flies by just as fast as June did because the Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival is coming soon! Mark your calendar for August 16th and don't miss the 14th Annual Decatur Barbeque, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival, at Harmony Park in Decatur.

Food trucks, farmers markets and restaurant week... oh my! There is definitely a little bit of something for everyone this weekend from moves with your pup to partying in style at the W Atlanta. An "amazing" will surely get your blood pumping or do just the opposite with some cocktails in a botanical garden.

Happy Father's Day weekend! There are more than enough dad-friendly events to keep dad occupied, as well as the traditional craziness that usually happens on any given Atlanta weekend. Enjoy a midnight moon ride, or drinks in a botanical garden.

I recently had the privilege of talking with Chef and entrepreneur Rich Chey, the man behind the concept of Doc Chey's and the other Home Grown Restaurants concepts. This food master and creator of all things decadent and delightful has recently announced the opening of his latest concept.

For those of you with children, school is out and weekends may seem a thing of the past. Since every day has now become a weekend for your kids, you may forget to treat yourself to a good time every now and again.

Growing up in an Italian/Green household, meat was a staple at every meal. Breakfast we had bacon, lunch we had chicken salad, and dinner was usually pasta with sausage and peppers.

Nothing sounds better than a three-day weekend! Now, I do urge everyone to remember why we get to enjoy this extended weekend and I do urge you enjoy it responsibly.

Beer Fest, Renaissance Fest and Disney on Ice? Sounds like a bad combo, unless you plan properly! Enjoy a little bit of everything this weekend and decide if your going to have a nice family weekend or if you feel like a little stand up comedy and a full moon party.

Another week down and another weekend upon us. All I have to say is thank goodness there are weekends to look forward to! This Mother's Day weekend, treat the woman of your life to an endless supply of fabulous brunch offerings and maybe even a concert.

It is no secret that I enjoy sweets. I mean, what able bodied woman doesn't? I grew up with a father as a baker, so we were never shortened on supply of cookies, cakes and yes, doughnuts.

All I have to say is thank goodness there are weekends to look forward to! This coming weekend is filled with all things Cinco de Mayo, and of course the typical Atlanta events consisting of bar crawls and sports games.

Opening this May 2014, Max's Wine Dive will be making its new home in Atlanta. Coming to the Midtown area, MAX's is expected to open as early as May 15th and is expected to become an Atlanta favorite in no time at all.

All I have to say is thank goodness there are weekends to look forward to! This coming weekend is filled with the typical baseball game, Renaissance Festival and musical performances from Bruce Springsteen to Alabama, and you won't hear any complaining from me.

It is Spring Break although the weather did not seem to get the memo! No worries, we have sunny days ahead for this lovely Easter Weekend! Speaking of Easter, why not leave the kids at home and attend a naught Easter egg hunt?

This Easter weekend in Atlanta, come over to Taverna Fiorentina for their Easter from the Land and Sea Easter brunch and dinner special. Start your Easter Sunday with $5 mimosas and bellinis, served all day!

Parish Food and Goods is more than an Atlanta restaurant, literally. It is a restaurant, market, deli and community haven (to quote them exactly). Adding a little "spice" to Inman Park, Parish has recently underwent a make-over and now it is better than ever.

Looking for things to do in Atlanta this weekend? Consider this your go-to guide for wining, dining and celebrating your way through one of the greatest cities in the south. Was this the longest week ever or what?

Atlanta's favorite restaurant just turned 20 and they have quite a lot to celebrate! South City Kitchen Midtown has made a name for itself by specializing in contemporary Southern cuisine with a sophisticated twist.

This weekend has a lot in store for us because Atlanta just has a lot to celebrate. The Atlanta Film Festival, The Atlanta Fair and super hero pub crawl are just to name a few! Pack your cape, grab your closest side kick and enjoy the weekend ahead!

We all strive to be mom's favorite, and if your mom is anything like mine, you try to make her feel a little special. Some of us do this by treating her with kindness or showering her with cute gifts, while others take drastic routes and get "Mom" tattooed on certain body parts.

Your favorite new restaurant is opening this Spring 2014. The Bishop is a fresh face to a familiar scene and is taking over Atlanta. Even as the "new kid in town," The Bishop has already made quite the name for itself.

Enjoy some cooking classes, with a side of margaritas or martinis. Take your kids (or the big kid in you) to see Scooby-Doo or enjoy a few benefits for some really great causes. Whatever you fancy, Atlanta has you covered. Thursday, March 27 Atlanta Jewish Music Festival.

It's about time you found the right catch! Lure Seafood delivers a strong sampling of some of the best seafood in the south. Sticking with its American seafood roots, Lure only uses the freshest seafood caught from some of the finest fishermen in the world.

It's is officially Spring...today! Although many of us can't quite yet start our gardening or planning, we can at least embrace the warmer weather and longer days. It's time to pack up those snow boots for good and trade it in for your rain boots and swim suits because Spring is in the air!

When it comes to pure entertainment and food satisfaction, there are few things better than an afternoon of bacon, beer and bands! That's right Atlantans, if you haven't already gotten your tickets there is still time to ensure you don't miss out on the 14 th annual BaconFest.

If you're an Atlanta foodie or professionally involved in the local culinary scene, chances are that you have noticed the rapid influx of restaurant openings, concepts and renovations that appear to populate the city on a regular basis.

Whether you are Irish or not, we all know this weekend leading up to St.Patricks Day will see A LOT of Irish traditions, wannabes and debauchery. I know the question on everyone's mind is, "Where's the party at?"

It's March Madness! And...I don't just mean because of all the basketball going on this weekend, but because this weekend is jam packed with things to do around this great city of Atlanta.

Image Courtesy of Ecco I try to be careful about the food I consume, so lately when I do treat myself to a nice dinner, I try to find places that are seasonal.

Just when you think it's safe to break out the swim suit, Mother Nature tells us otherwise. This might possibly be the longest winter in history (unless you are Bill Murray in Groundhog Day) but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate life.

February is over, so let's all March into Spring! Lame, I know, but we are getting so close to Spring so just hang on. It's time to embrace this new weather that is coming our way and enjoy some much needed time outdoors (or indoors if you plan on going to any of the hundreds of Oscar parties this great city is throwing!)

There is a vast perception that the South doesn't appreciate the art world as much as its northern neighbors. While the Atlanta art scene is certainly not as large as it is in New York, there is definitely a presence here and great art to partake in.

A large part of the southern hospitality that Atlanta residents are known for stems from being as polite as possible to your neighbors. That means supporting neighboring cities and states when they have an event that is likely to be attended by several Atlantans.

The spring season is all about renewal and embracing new things, which means that it is also the ideal time to spice up your home decor to fabulous levels. Returning this April for a record-breaking 31 st year, the ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) announces its design sample sale.

When it comes to pure entertainment few Atlanta venues hold a candle to the Fox Theatre, as it is home to some of Broadway's most celebrated and popular productions. This trend is set to continue this June when one of the most popular musicals touches down in Atlanta to wow the crowd.

If you are from the Southeast, you know how you like your seafood, especially your oysters. Being rarely new to this cuisine, I actually feel as if I have become some sort on critic in this department due to the large amount I seem to consume.

One of the few good things about all of this terrible weather the city of Atlanta has been having lately is that parents get to spend more time with their kids. However, after a few days cabin fever starts to set in and you may be looking for things to do outside of the house to keep your kids occupied once the roads are all thawed out.

Spring is right around the corner. The days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer and the beer is getting colder. Say good bye to you snow boots and hello to your swim suit (almost) and embrace the change in season.

Love is in the air... well, mostly snow and ice, but you get the point. Valentines Day is just a couple days away and hopefully for many of you gentlemen, this can serve as your reminder that your lady will be expecting something come Friday.

Well, the groundhog saw its shadow and that means a long winter lives ahead of us. Not that its hard to forget considering the mess the last storm blew in, but we can at least try and numb ourselves of the cold in other ways than frostbite.

Atlanta has been blessed with a lot of things, but nothing quite as sweet as what 2008 brought. What happened in 2008, you ask? Porter Beer Bar made Little Five Points just a little sweeter.

Thursday, January 30 Cobb Energy Center. New Orleans! with Aaron Neville & the Dirty Dozen Brass Band Join us we celebrate New Orleans, the birthpace of Jazz, Blues, Gospel, and the many forms of American popular music at the Cobb Energy Center.

The Great American Motorcycle Show has been the place to buy a new motorcycle and the accessories you need. Join us for Georgia's BIGGEST indoor bike show! The show is full of new motorcycles brought to you by Georgia's leading dealers.

Victory Sandwich Bar 340 Church St. Decatur, GA Gluten free, but not flavor free. No one expects to associate "gluten free" with any type of hipster, hole-in-the-wal sandwich shop, unless it's Victory Sandwich bar.

When you combine one of the most successful and influential rock bands of all-time with the Broadway stage, you are bound to get an incredible experience as a result. That is exactly what's in store for fans of the Green Day-inspired musical American Idiot as it finally sets its Atlanta premiere date for local residents to enjoy.

When the winter temperatures are as brutal and unforgiving as the city of Atlanta has been experiencing as of late, it becomes quite easy to have the desire to tuck away comfortably in the place you call home, only leaving to go to work and not much else.

The Battle of the Sexes seems to be a never-ending quest to determine which gender reigns supreme. However, wouldn't it be better just to squash the argument all together and agree that men and women can both do things within and outside their sex well?

Andy Warhol once stated that "in the future everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes." With the increasing onslaught of television talent competitions, reality shows, viral videos and photo-dominated social sites, it appears as though he were quite right in his assessment.

With the busy lives that pretty much everyone leads these days, it's become increasingly common and easy not to make time for the things that really count. Cell phones make never-ending phone calls and text messages a regular occurrence at all times, as do tablets and other handheld devices.

Thursday, January 16 Rich Vos at Laughing Skull Lounge at 8PM. Vos is a "comic's comic" who is quick, off-the-cuff and appeals to all types of audiences, best represented by his extensive resume of television and radio appearances.

Willkommen! Barely 3-years-old and already Der Biergarten has changed the way we look at and celebrate Oktoberfest. It all started back in October, 2010 when Der Biergarten opened its doors for the very first time and just in time for said Oktoberfest.

The first week of 2014 is officially in the books and hopefully it was a memorable one! The year started off at fast speed and continues to gain momentum as we enter into the hump of January. Have you ever seen a komodo dragon?

"Heirloom Market is the smallest of places with the biggest of hearts." When you think of BBQ, its not often South Korea will come to mind. Sure, we have all enjoyed some Korean BBQ from time-to-time, but not like this. Heirloom Market has literally changed the way we look at and enjoy southern-style BBQ.

The holidays are long gone and so are any sort of diet or normal sleep hours that once consumed our lives. As many may use this upcoming weekend as a time to reflect, re-budget and even reevaluate the past few crazy weeks, the rest of us will most likely not skip a beat and continue on our normal path of destruction.

There is no doubt that the most popular way to ring in the New Year is amongst hundreds of partygoers at the hottest nightclubs or out in the streets watching another year pass by at your local outdoor celebration, like Underground Atlanta's popular Peach Drop New Year's Eve festivities.

What do you get when you combine one of Atlanta's most popular and longest-running New Year's Eve celebrations and one of the hottest artists in music today? Well, if you guessed a night filled with unforgettable performances courtesy of Janelle Monae as she headlines the 25 th annual Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta, then you'd be right!

Aside from the abundance of decorating, frantic shopping trips and loads of family and friends, one of the things that always signals that the holiday season is upon us are artistic presentations that celebrate the true meaning of the season.

Christmas in Atlanta . Is there a better place to be? When I normally write these up, I try to keep it as diverse as possible. A kid-friendly event here or a beer tasting there can usually cover all my grounds and audience.

"I've put a lot of time and thought into what makes a pizza memorable and I want everyone to experience world class pizza." Chef/Owner Jeff Varasano. It's easy to get lost in the sea of pizza places in any large city, but when you stand out amongst the many as the best pizza in Atlanta , that is no easy feat.

At the close of one year and the start of another, many New Year's celebrations pop up throughout the city. They run the gamut from heavily populated affairs with hundreds of thousands of people (a la Underground Atlanta's Peach Drop), to more intimate festivities like house parties.

Best Tapas in Atlanta - Lunacy Black Market Restaurant "Part neighborhood living room, part wine house, part restaurant." That is what Lunacy Black Market is all about: fresh ingredients, fancy wine and a fantastic atmosphere.

Let's face it, when it comes to a child's favorite person during the Christmas season, Santa Claus easily tops the list. After all, he is the star of the show and succeeds at making all children's dreams come true once a year.

There are many fabulous chefs that populate our fair city of Atlanta and choosing the best one each year is easily a daunting task that perhaps even the most devoted foodies would have a hard time narrowing down.

The W Atlanta - Downtown is one of the city's most elegant hotels, but it is also one of the most innovative, as evidenced by the groundbreaking film project PIXEL . PIXEL is a film project displayed on one of Atlanta's most visible billboards.

After you have indulged in all of the trimmings of the Thanksgiving feast you can stand, it will officially be time to ring in the Yuletide season with full force. And what better way to do that than with a festive celebration combining all of the elements of the season to make an event that you won't want to miss.

It's Thanksgiving, which means that for most of us, it is a 5-day weekend filled with food, family and friends. It also means there is even more time to enjoy some great activities and work off some of that turkey and stuffing. Happy Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving this week and the rest of the holiday season right around the corner, it's nice to try and save a dollar when you can. I know when I go out to eat, I try to find the best way to still save some money, without compromising on taste and atmosphere.

For the holiday season, LEGOLAND is taking their show on the road to some Atlanta malls, ensuring that practically all Atlanta kids will have a festive experience this holiday season.

The holidays are all about family, however they are especially fun for the kids and all of the events planned around them. One of the best places in the city to take your children for kid-friendly activities is The Children's Museum of Atlanta and for this holiday season they have a host of things to do for all of the special little ones in your life.

Let's be honest, there is nothing like a sweet, decadent to dessert to cap off a nice meal or just to simply indulge in when you get the urge. Cupcakes are one of those types of desserts and they happen to be quite popular in Atlanta, with cupcakeries popping all over the city.

Well, it's easy to let the next 3 days be completely devoted to preparing your Thanksgiving feast fit for a king, but maybe you could have a little fun, too. Put down the stuffing, walk away from the oven, and get out for one last weekend before the real holiday rush begins.

Thanksgiving is a time for love and hospitality. It brings families and friends together and gives everyone a chance to reflect on the things they are grateful for. New recipes are created and old family favorites cannot be forgotten.

Aside from being one of the hottest new lifestyle communities in Atlanta, Westside Provisions District also hosts a plethora of events that are sure to please existing customers and lure new ones as well.

The holiday season is all about making those lasting memories that will fill your heart and soul for years to come. One way to capture the memories of the season is to engage in holiday-related activities, such as the tried and true event known as having breakfast with Santa Claus.

The holidays are known to keep you close to the home front entertaining guests, preparing meals and putting up decorations. However, there are ways to celebrate the season that involve a fun and festive night out on the town and Fernbank Museum knows just how to do it.

As if planning for the influx of guests, menu decisions, shopping times and decoration landscapes weren't enough, the holiday season also brings with it a plethora of local activities that are fun for the whole family.

While Atlanta may be a landlocked city, that doesn't stop The Oceanaire Seafood Room from flying in fresh seafood daily from all over the world. This atlanta restaurant only accepts top-of-the-catch from the world's best suppliers of oysters, shrimp, crabs, lobsters, scallops, tuna, mahi mahi and anything else that will make your mouth water.

6 weeks to Christmas, but who's counting? Christmas is one week closer and the days are one hour shorter so it's time to start packing your schedule with holiday activities and events that will surely put you in the holiday mood. Not ready to feel the holiday spirit? Don't get too discouraged.

Atlanta theatre lovers are in for a real treat because the local theatre scene just got an exciting bit of "news." That's right, the Tony award-winning musical Newsies has just announced its debut for the 2014-2015 Broadway in Atlanta theatre season!

When a new restaurant opens in Atlanta, local foodies come out in droves to sample what the latest culinary hotspot has to offer. Osteria Mattone is a new Italian restaurant recently opened in Roswell, which promises old-fashioned favorites as well as elevated takes on a few classics.

When the weather gets colder, comfort food and bulky clothing become the norm, which may lead some of you to neglect that ultimate quest for fitness that you achieved during the summer.

Newly reelected and full of big plans for the city, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed decided to take a break from dealing with the city's hard-hitting issues to engage instead in some lighter (and more delicious) fare, courtesy of the Atlanta culinary scene.

7 weeks to Christmas, but who's counting? It's time to start packing your schedule with holiday activities and events that will surely put you in the holiday mood. Not ready to feel the holiday spirit? Don't get too discouraged.

Ranging from small plates filled with roasted brussel sprouts to some of the best wood grilled octopus lasagna you will ever have, 4th and Swift has the ability to satisfy everyone of your insatiable cravings.

Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, but that doesn't mean you can't get a jump on your holiday shopping by giving the gift of entertainment this holiday season. If you have a theatre lover on your gift list, than you are in luck because Broadway in Atlanta has the ultimate musical treat.

The month of November may still be new, but that doesn't mean that there aren't a host of fun events throughout the city guaranteed to keep you busy and filled with fun.

We have all been guilty of doing it a time or two. Even though we know it's wrong and shameful, we continue to put ourselves through the agony associated with it. We say we that "this is the last time" and that "I will never do this again" but we all know that is baloney.

Welcome to November and to the official start of the "holiday season"! After Halloween we can start to plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas (7 weeks but who's counting?) and maybe enjoy some holiday festivities in the meantime.

It's just around the corner all you Halloween fans! That's right, in just a few days it will be Halloween and you can bust out your best (and scariest) costumes, dance the night away to scary pop tunes and indulge in enough candy to put you into a mild sugar coma.

The music of Motown has given us some of the most memorable songs and artists of all-time, so when the idea of a Broadway show based solely around the music of the Detroit powerhouse was announced it was an immediate frenzy.

There are some exciting new internal changes taking place at one of Atlanta's hottest restaurants and burger empires. FLIP Burger Boutique successfully found a niche and catered to customers who wanted an elevated burger restaurant.

Atlanta's Fox Theatre is always known to bring some of Broadway's biggest hits to local lovers of the arts. Throughout the year Broadway in Atlanta brings a host of award-winning plays and musicals to the city, much to the delight of fans.

A year ago, local culinary coverage in Atlanta got a great boost thanks to a little show on Peachtree TV called Atlanta Eats . Now on the first anniversary of the initial broadcast, a lot has changed, but in a good way.

There are certain Atlanta attractions that always seem to bring fond memories and tons of visitors. One such local attraction happens to be Zoo Atlanta and the city is all a flutter with the new panda twins born to the zoo this past summer.

Halloween edition! As we close out October, spend the last weekend of the month having some haunting fun. Obviously this close to Halloween, events will all be geared around all the tricks and the treats this city has to offer.

If you are looking for class, sophistication and elegance, then look no further. Bacchanalia is all this and more (and even comes equipped with a few extra "gifts.")

Midtown has always been known as one of Atlanta's more hip and innovative neighborhoods, which is why any news of additions to the 12 th & Midtown District are met with great anticipation to say the least.

This is going to be a fun week here in Atlanta! There are a lot of great bands and shows to see this week and a pre-season Hawks game to take in. The Falcons have a By Week and the Yellow Jackets are playing away.

It's a lot to take in, so there's no need to waste time with filler. Let's get right down to this huge bit of culinary news regarding one of the city's most popular and celebrated restaurants. Exciting new information about F&B Atlanta is all below!

In just under a decade Atlanta has become the new home to big movie productions and television shows. On any given day you can be lucky enough to see your favorite A-list stars shooting their next big hit right in our fair city of Atlanta.

Let's be honest for a moment. We all love the idea of running into our favorite celeb, eating their favorite dish, at our favorite local spot. Well, with Atlanta being the Mecca that it is, it may be hard to really pick just one hot-spot to act out your paparazzi-like role.

Welcome to your top events of the week list! This is going to be a really interesting week here in Atlanta. There's a little bit of everything for everyone. There are a few hot concerts and shows to see, college football and a little NFL Football.

It is truly exciting to see just how much effort is going into the upcoming Krog Street Market. With new additions announced at a rapid pace and tenants that are sure to bring a welcomed element to the city, Krog Street Market is promised to give Atlanta another reason to celebrate.

The Here To Serve Restaurant (H2SR) empire is home to some of the best and most celebrated restaurants in all of Atlanta and with the city's restaurant scene consistently expanding, any new eatery under their culinary umbrella is definitely in good hands.

The month of October is in full swing and that means that all things Halloween are officially unveiled. It goes without saying that there are a host of events in Atlanta to celebrate Halloween, whether you prefer your frights super scary or family-friendly.

As I post week after week of amazing new finds for restaurants in Atlanta, I have to take a moment and acknowledge and oldie, but goodie (and even a newbie). Delia's Chicken and Sausage Stand has been perfecting their sausage recipe for the last 15 years.

Hey all! Looking for the hottest events going on in Atlanta this week? Then you've come to the right place. From sports to concerts to events on the ice, check out the best events to see throughout this first full week in October.

Supper club PushStart Kitchen is finally debuting their "for-real" restaurant via Kickstarter Better Half , this fall. The Home Park based restaurant, serving a small, rotating menu based on what's in season and the "chef's whimsy," is not going to be your mama's kitchen.

It's October! One of my all time favorite months and I assume most feel the same way, especially since it's the last month before the brutal cold sets in! Ahh, October.

It's going to be an interesting week in Atlanta this week. There isn't really one stand out event to mention, but a bunch of smaller great events. Some are blasts from the past, some thrilling competitions and others are great sporting events.

Osteria Mattone The Table & main crew do it again. Set to open later this fall, Osteria Mattone move into the historic neighborhood of Roswell in November.

As September comes to a close, let's look back on some of the more memorable September events: Labor Day Weekend, College and NFL kickoff, the first day of fall, heavier food and darker beer.

A new season means a chance to reinvigorate things in the style department, especially if it's the home decor style arena. All the designing details and inspiration you may have picked up this summer to decorate your domicile needs to be put away in favor of rich, lush autumnal decor details that will spice up your home for the cooler latter half of the year.

Now that the fall season is officially upon the city of Atlanta, that can only mean that the full spectrum of autumn activities are underway. When it comes to pure festive entertainment no other holiday comes close to Halloween and the Fernbank Museum has already unveiled the details of their annual celebration.

Wow, there is a lot of great events going on this week, truly something for everyone. Whether you fancy baseball, football, concerts, theater or comedy, come check out what is going on in Atlanta the week of September 23rd through 29th, 2013!

Music and food are naturally great together, but they can be even more appealing when you take a certain Atlanta burger hotspot and combine it with some of the city's prominent local talent.

Generally when you think of southern BBQ and chili, summer time temperatures come to mind. However, there is an event coming to Atlanta this fall that not only has some of the best BBQ and chili in the state, but a whole lot more.

The fall season may call for clothing the covers up most of your body, but that doesn't mean that you still don't need to work out and maintain all the hard work you put in this summer.

Brunch is just as much of a Sunday tradition as football and luckily for Atlanta residents there are many restaurants to choose from that serve up some of the best southern Sunday brunch around.

Children's Museum of Atlanta continues to make the importance of children their top priority. Reading is something that not only enhances comprehension and overall intelligence, but it's also something that many underprivileged children miss out on due to lack of circumstance.

Learning about cherished historical figures is always something that is equal parts interesting and fascinating. What's even better is when you can learn about said figures in your own city through the efforts of one of Atlanta's most celebrated museums.

There is really not much else to be said for a massive Broadway hit that has won Tony awards, Grammy awards and several critics awards just to name a few. So instead of pinning away and listing the accomplishments, how about I let you read them for yourself and start saving your money because The Book of Mormon is coming to Atlanta ya'll!

The hits and surprises just keep coming as the upcoming and highly anticipated Krog Street Market tenant line-up continues to unveil. With several additions already announced, a welcomed party of three has been added to the Market to make it an even bigger attraction for residents than it already is expected to be.

Even though the fall season has just started, before you know it the holiday season will be upon us in all of its hectic and celebratory glory. If you are not yet ready to "deck the halls" and "jingle all the way," perhaps a peak at some inspired design from some of the city's best will ignite your holiday spirit.

A new season means new things to do around the city and Atlanta has quite a full plate of fall events to choose from that are fun for the whole family and a lot more. Located in Cobb County, Riverview Landing is hosting their 3 rd annual fall festival, which means it's a great event to bring the kids and spend the whole day relishing in a new season filled with crisp air and fall foliage.

One of Atlanta's most celebrated restaurants has just announced its new Executive Chef, as Ocean Prime is about to get even more delicious than you remember. The full details are below, but let me just say that all Atlanta foodies will be very happy with this bit of culinary news.

When The Great Gatsby hit theaters this summer it sparked resurgence in the popularity of the Prohibition-era and all of its fabulousness and glory. So, it seems rather fitting that an Atlanta event occurring this October is combining everything you love about the Prohibition-era and adding a modern twist.

If you thought that just because the fall season has emerged it meant an end to all of the various restaurant week events around the city, then think again. Not only are there several food-related events around the city this fall, but there is indeed a restaurant week happening, courtesy of the city of Vinings.

Step back in time and experience something new Kimball House Restaurant Decatur There's a new kid in town. Inspired by turn-of-the-century American hotels, Kimball house is set to open this fall in the Decatur area.

Atlanta is the place to be this third week of September, and it is going to be a busy one! There are tons of events going on. There's golf, music festivals, theater and, of course, college football. Since many of these are big ticket events, if it's an event you really want to go to, it's best to make sure to get your tickets in advance.

Atlanta is ready for fall and we welcome the fall season with open arms and open windows. Say goodbye to that humid, summer heat and say hello to crisp winds and cool nights. Fall brings many exciting things for everyone.

The fall concert season is in full swing here in Atlanta, with a host of shows of varying genres guaranteed to delight a wide range of music fans. One such concert happens to be at Aaron's Amphitheatre as they bring two shows back-to-back featuring some of music's most successful hit makers.

What can be better than dining at one of Atlanta's best restaurants? Well, dining at said restaurant under the helm of a new head chef! Table & Main, one of Roswell's most celebrated culinary hotspots has just announced a new chef to take something great and make it even better.

Atlanta is ready for fall and we welcome the fall season with open arms and open windows. Say goodbye to that humid, summer heat and say hello to crisp winds and cool nights. Fall brings many exciting things for everyone.

Atlanta is ready for fall. With Labor Day come and gone, we can officially welcome the fall season with open arms and open windows. Say goodbye to that humid, summer heat and say hello to crisp winds and cool nights.

September is here and that means the summer is officially over and the kids are back in school. While it can be a depressing time of the year with fall and winter just around the corner, many new exciting events are coming to Atlanta during the first week of September.

The 2013 Atlanta Falcons are primed for another great year as they'll once again be one of the top Super Bowl contenders in the NFC. The Falcons offense is led by the talented QB Matt Ryan and his wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones and perennial All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Look for The Smoke Ring and you will know you are in the right place. The Castleberry Neighborhood is getting just a little bit sweeter. 101 Concepts, an Atlanta-based restaurant group and the masterminds behind Food 101.

Labor Day weekend is here and it's time to reward yourself for all that hard work. Summer is officially nearing an end, school has begun or is about to, and everyone is anxiously awaiting the return of Monday night football and cooler weather.

The Music Midtown Festival is one of the biggest music events Atlanta has to offer and it's definitely a great way to kick of the fall music season. So when the line-up was announced recently, Atlanta music lovers were beside themselves trying to find ways to secure a ticket amongst the masses.

What's better than combining the outdoors, beautiful art and a celebration to mark the official end of summer? Well, very few things actually, especially if you consider that the 27 th annual Art in the Park Festival is set to return this holiday weekend.

Callaway Gardens has a fun and family-friendly way to take your Labor Day celebration to new heights! If soaring high above the sky in a hot air balloon has always been a dream, then you're in luck because Callaway Gardens is going to make it come true with the 15 th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival kicking off this weekend.

One of Atlanta's most respected magazines for home decor and design has added a new member to the team, set to lead the publication to familiar heights and new levels of success. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle Magazine has selected a new Editor-in-Chief and she has a familiar journalistic presence around the city.

It has already been announced the Westside Provisions District Design Week is set to be one of the most unforgettable events to kick off the fall season. While the event itself was announced, the specific details were kept under wraps...until now.

A new season means it's time for everything from the summer to be put away to make room for the fall design landscape. Sure a new fall wardrobe is always essential, but don't neglect what's fresh and innovative in the world of home decor either.

One of Atlanta's most celebrated restaurants has gotten a bit of a facelift, and let's just say it's looking better than ever, if you can believe it could get any better. The Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View not only boasts the best restaurant view in the city, but it's also a frequent home for residents who enjoy upscale dining and fabulous service.

On the heels of announcing its first Atlanta location, Orangetheory Fitness Studio has just added a familiar face to its roster as an official coach. Former Atlanta Falcon Verron Haynes has just been announced as a welcomed member to the Orangetheory family when they official open for business this September.

One of Atlanta's largest and longest-running fundraisers and fashion events is back once again with what promises to be a night residents are sure to remember until the next one occurs. Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta returns next week with its 21 st annual event which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Once again, Atlanta is a hot city to be in this week. Whether you're just a visitor or a lifelong resident, there are exciting events going on for every walks of life. Take a look below for the most popular shows happening in town this week.

One of the best ways to usher in the fall season is to indulge in all of the events the city of Atlanta has to offer, especially if they happen to be of the culinary variety. Just in time for football, autumn leaves and crisp breezes, comes Midtown Restaurant Week.

Fall is quickly approaching and that means chilly temps, autumn foliage and a host of events that are fun for the whole family. Getting the jump on the October season is Atlanta Botanical Garden, which is now accepting early registration for the annual event deemed "Scarecrows in the Garden."

What's better than three FLIP Burger Boutiques? Well, four of course! If you are one of the many Atlanta residents that absolutely can't get enough of the innovative culinary skills served up at FLIP, then you're in luck because a new location is on the way.

Can you believe it's almost fall? School starts in just a few short weeks, along with the long- awaited football season. Spend the hottest days of the year taking in some of the hottest activities in the Atlanta area.

First birthdays are among the most important for a person or a business, especially if the business in question happens to be Bone Lick BBQ. West Midtown's barbeque hotspot has managed to not only survive its first year, but also succeeded at becoming one of the most talked about new restaurants in Atlanta.

Creative and innovation are two words that have been used to describe the W Hotels in Atlanta before, however this time the words have less to do with the hotel and more to do with their commitment to independent film.

Can you believe it's almost fall? School starts in just a few short weeks, along with the long- awaited football season. Spend the hottest days of the year taking in some of the hottest activities in the Atlanta area.

While not as wildly covered as other forms of artistic expression in Atlanta, the city's art scene is definitely worth recognition. One of the best ways to do this is to partake in some of the art festivals that populate the city.

Atlanta is the hot place to be this week as the city will once again play host to a large set of concerts, sports, theater and comedy shows. Given that there is just so much to do in Atlanta, it's a good idea to plan ahead as many of these events can be sold out and tickets hard to get.

During the summer, there are a host of events geared towards children to keep them busy and entertained while school is out. However, adults want to have just as much fun in the sun as anyone else, so when an event that is specifically adult-friendly comes to town it's cause for celebration.

Can you believe it's almost fall? School starts in just a few short weeks, along with the long- awaited football season. Spend the hottest days of the year taking in some of the hottest activities in the Atlanta area.

There is no doubt that Atlanta is not only home to some of the best restaurants and most impressive chefs in the South, but throughout the country as well. In order to appropriately celebrate Atlanta's thriving culinary scene, local TV show Atlanta Eats is hosting a monster bash spotlighting the best chefs and restaurants the city has to offer.

Summer is coming to an end. Fast. It's time to stock up on fun things to do around town, and this is just the place to find it. Whether you fancy an outdoor concert or a festival, there is always plenty to do around the city famously dubbed "Hot-lanta."

Since Atlanta has seen a ridiculously large amount of rainfall this summer, many traditionally fun activities have been put on hold. However, there is one thing that you can do regardless of rain or shine, and that's going to the movies. In this case it isn't your local cinemaplex, but rather a trip downtown to the Fox Theatre to enjoy some classic films as well as newer favorites.

The only thing better than working out and seeing the results of your hard work through loose clothes and admiring stares is to do it with a spectacular view of the city. The W Atlanta - Buckhead is ensuring that all local yoga enthusiasts will decide to tighten their core on the rooftop of the hotel courtesy of a new workout/lifestyle series in partnership with Lululemon Athletica.

If you've been downtown recently, specifically around Centennial Park, then you've probably noticed what looks like a giant Ferris wheel taking up a portion of the skyline. While it looks like an amusement park ride, that's not exactly what SkyView Atlanta actually is.

The summer season is generally also known as concert season as your favorite acts decide to take their show full of hits on the road to get up close and personal with their fans. One of Atlanta's most popular music venues, Aaron's Amphitheatre has already had some rather impressive shows this season, so there is little surprise that the hits keep coming.

Who says food festivals are only during the spring and summer months? One of the Southeast's most popular food festivals returns this fall with a bevy of Atlanta chefs showcasing their talents for the culinary obsessed, as the Saint Simons Food & Spirit Festival returns with delectable dishes to tempt your palate.

It may not be as well-known or heavily-covered in the media, but Atlanta has an emerging fashion and design district that is worthy of mention and accolades as they await their turn in the national spotlight.

In the ever-growing quest to stay healthy and fit, Atlanta has seen a number of gyms, healthy restaurants and the like popping up all over the city within the last few years. To add to the trend, a new fitness studio is opening its first location in Atlanta this fall to keep residents looking their best at all times.

They don't call it HOT-lanta for nothing! Summer time in this marvelous city is amazing, but just like any large city in the south, summer can bring on some serious heat waves.

It's important to keep your kids engrossed in various activities around Atlanta during those long, humid and uneventful days of summer. While there are several things around the city that are sure to keep them occupied, why not add something else fun for them to do this weekend.

Being healthy is not only about working out, but also what you put into your body. With Atlanta rising in popularity to the "juicing" phenomenon, you knew it was only a matter of time before one of the city's most popular restaurateurs decided to present their take on how and what to juice.

What better way to celebrate the fall season than to embark on a fabulous whirlwind trip across the country courtesy of one of Atlanta's most popular restaurants? Virginia-Highland's own Osteria 832 is hoping to make one lucky Atlanta foodie feast on a trek they'll never forget as they celebrate their 10 th anniversary by giving away a once on a lifetime trip that any true culinary enthusiast will enjoy.

It may be the middle of summer, but Halloween is coming early to Atlanta this year! While everyone is obsessed with the zombies of AMC's The Walking Dead (shot in Georgia) and anticipating their return to TV screens this fall, Diesel Filling Station is hosting the 4 th annual zombie crawl this weekend as it invades Atlanta streets. Get ready for some scary good fun ya'll!

When you have kids, one of the biggest challenges is finding things for them to do that are equally just as fun as they are entertaining. As usual, The Children's Museum of Atlanta has a new exhibit set to open this fall that has all of the elements of an educational activity for kids that they are sure to enjoy just as much.

There is something to be said for the anticipation you feel when something new is set to open in the city. You often wonder what will it bring to Atlanta and will it be a new addiction I just can't shake?

It's never too early to plan your weekend. Yes, it may only be Tuesday, but that just means that you have four days to get your weekend planning right. From sporting events, to concerts, Atlanta cools down these hot summer days with some of the coolest events in town. Friday, July 26 th * The Atlanta Braves take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Turner Field at 7:30PM.

Mark your calendars! This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Chinese American Cultural performing Group (CACPG) to promote Chinese arts and culture in America. Artists have traveled from all over the world to bring you one-of-a-kind entertainment.

There's nothing like a good ol' Atlanta party, especially when it is at some of the city's most heralded and frequented hotel chains. If you're wondering exactly what's in store you're in for a treat because all W Hotels of Atlanta are gearing up for a series of special events that also feature the introduction of a host of new signature cocktails that fully evoke the particular event and upscale level of service the W Hotels are known for.

The community of Piedmont Park has proven to be the most enthusiastic art buying community in all of Atlanta, and possible the East Coast. Atlanta's largest park is home to many great events, including the 3 rd annual Piedmont Park Arts Festival.

Nothing screams summer more than BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass. Join us as we celebrate the 13 th annual Decatur BBQ and Blues & Bluegrass Festival held in historic Decatur, GA. Mark your calendar, bring your family, friends, co-workers and dogs and enjoy some Georgia's best BBQ and music!

Music, art, kid's fun and a quick run? Just a few of the amazing things scheduled to take place at the 11 th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival in Atlanta, GA this August.

Healthy eating appears to be the lifestyle change that is on everyone's lips and with good reason, when you feel better, you not only look better, but your attitude becomes more positive as well. At least that's what a new Atlanta juice bar is hoping, as they attempt to attract customers who want to get healthy with their innovative juice concoctions.

Since 2000, Festival Peachtree Latino held in Atlanta, GA has been the largest multicultural event in the entire Southeast. The best part is? It's completely FREE . Taking place on Monday, August 26 th , 2013 and located in beautiful and historic Piedmont Park, this one-day event covers all things Latino, including food, entertainment and gifts.

There really is no bad time to indulge in some good old-fashioned comfort food, especially when it comes from some of the best Atlanta street food vendors. If the street food phenomenon is right up your alley, then the return of the Atlanta Street Food Festival is definitely an event you should attend this weekend.

Art is one of those things that is largely subjective, however everyone can likely find a type of art that they can relate to and appreciate. For the 18 th year in a row, the Heritage Cultural Arts Festival is hoping that Atlanta residents come on down and select some of the wonderful art on display and acquire it for their personal collection.

There are many culinary events in the city that celebrate the best food Atlanta has to offer. However, there is only one that truly represents the restaurants, chefs and their dishes inside the Atlanta perimeter.

Congratulations to the 2013 AJC Peachtree Road Race Winners - Matt Tegenkamp and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom took home victories with finish times of 28:25 and 32:45 respectively.

It may be hard to believe, but we have almost reached the seventh month of the year, meaning the Fourth of July is right around the corner. There are a myriad of things to do in Atlanta to celebrate Independence Day and it may be hard to decide exactly where you want to bring in the Fourth in true Atlanta style.

While it may not get the recognition that the music and culinary scenes do, the art scene in Atlanta is definitely worth mentioning and celebrating. This weekend's Old Fourth Ward Art Festival is aiming to embrace the artistic community by holding this inaugural festival for all to enjoy.

Atlanta is known for producing the bulk of its food festivals during the spring and summer season, however this fall there is definitely a culinary event that you should add to your calendar as the leaves begin to turn and a brisk chill fills the air.

It's always exciting for fellow Atlanta foodies when one of the city's best restaurants rolls out a new menu to culminate with a new season. That's exactly what F&B Atlanta has done, as they just announced their summer menu which is guaranteed to delight existing customers as well as draw new ones in.

Life for one Atlantan is hopefully about to change forever, that's because Wesley Cook was recently crowned the winner of Lenox Square's talent search "Atlanta's Next Legend." Find out more about Mr. Cook, what he can expect now that he's won and what fellow Atlantans can expect from Lenox Square's annual Fourth of July celebration.

As if Atlanta didn't have a plethora of food festivals and restaurant openings already, here comes another culinary event to look forward to, especially if you live in Alpharetta. Popular gastropub Salt Factory Rub is expanding to include residents north of the city in Alpharetta.

Attention foodies! There is a relatively new (this is only its second year) restaurant week that you should add to your food calendar this summer. As one of Atlanta's most popular and sought after PR firms, Caren West PR thought it was a natural progression for the company, who represents some of the best restaurants in the city, to create its own restaurant week.

Although it officially begins this week, big plans are in store for Atlanta festival goers to end the summer season, as the lineup for the Music Midtown Festival has been released. Not only are this year's performers some of the best that the popular festival has seen in years, but as usual there is something for every musical taste.

Summertime means a load of concerts that cater to every taste and music genre, which means you'll definitely find a show or two to enjoy during those warm, summer Atlanta nights. Aaron's Amphitheatre has an impressive concert schedule this summer, with the last week of June being especially noteworthy.

With each changing season comes the opportunity to spice up your approach to home decor with new design ideas and inspirations. The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) is just in time for the summer season as they unveil a new design series guaranteed to bring the freshness of summer into your humble abode.

Clients of one of Atlanta's most popular salons are in for a real treat because Van Michael Salon has just announced plans to open a sixth (yes, sixth) Atlanta location, which practically ensures that pretty soon everyone in Atlanta will be a client.

Mother's Day seems to get the bulk of the recognition (at least in the media), but the annual day to celebrate your dear old Dad is just as important. Father's Day can also be one of the hardest occasions to shop for because who knows exactly what Dad wants?

Aside from its picturesque views and enjoyable temperatures, one of the most memorable and anticipated elements of the summer season also happens to be the food. There are a myriad of foods to sample or indulge in that run the gamut from light and fresh to decadent and hearty.

Although it seems like a regular occurrence, the opening of something new in Atlanta still carries a heavy dose of excitement and anticipation. The latest business venture to call Atlanta home is not only opening one establishment, but decided to double the fun with a second one as well.

Now that spring is winding down and summer is right around the corner, there is no better time to indulge in food celebrations in the forms of festivals and special events. One such culinary event to take note of is National Seafood Month that has officially begun and several Atlanta restaurants are celebrating deliciously.

There are few things Hugh Acheson has not accomplished in his life. Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, the talented chef spent the majority of his teenage years in a restaurant kitchen.

It's not technically in Atlanta, but the city of Athens always gets a lot of love from us Atlantans, so when they have a new restaurant opening, of course it gets our attention! That is exactly the case with The Rooftop, which is from the creators of The Branded Butcher Restaurant and the Georgia Theatre.

It appears that baby season is in full effect and one of the most important things for parents-to-be to indulge in is adequate rest and relaxation before their bundle of joy arrives. In recent years, one of the most popular ways to do this is to embark on a "babymoon," which is a vacation expectant parents take just before their baby arrives.

Those thoroughly in tune with the art community are probably well-informed of the phenomenon known as the pop-up art gallery. For the rest of the world, in this case Atlanta residents, you may not know what it is yet, but you'll soon find out courtesy of the W Atlanta - Midtown.

Everyone has their go-to snack of choice that reigns supreme above all others. Well if your favorite snack of all happens to be popcorn, you're in luck because a new "popcorn cafe" has just opened in Buckhead to ensure that you get your fix any time you like. It's Poppin' brings Atlantans a pop of sweet flavors to Peachtree Road this month.

There is no disputing the fact that Atlanta is one of the hottest entertainment cities in the country, especially on the musical front. This is precisely why the Buckhead oasis known as Lenox Square is looking for the best Atlanta talent has to offer by launching their new talent search Atlanta's Next Legend.

There are so many events that populate Atlanta from one month to the next and as a result you may miss out on some of the more interesting events because they get lost in the shuffle.

Atlanta restaurant openings are certainly nothing new in the city, however every now and then an ambitious culinary venture comes along to the surprise of diners citywide. The latest innovative idea comes from successful Chef Asha Gomez and her idea for The Third Space, which is described as a "culinary complex."

It's becoming a regular occurrence in Atlanta to expect a new restaurant (or a few) to open at least weekly or bi-weekly. While it can be a bit overwhelming to determine which eateries are worth your time, the fact that Atlanta has so many culinary options is always a plus.

2013 Summer Festival Guide Summer. Days are longer, nights are warmer, families are closer and drinks are colder; just a few of the finer things that always happen for those 3-4 cherished months we wait all year for.

Despite the gorgeous weather, one of the best things about Atlanta during the spring and summer season are the beautiful flowers, plants and trees that populate our fair city. If you love to indulge in the overwhelming yet understated beauty of the seasonal blooms, then Atlanta Botanical Garden has something you are sure to love, as the Imaginary Worlds exhibition arrives just in time!

When the weather in Atlanta turns warm, it's a clear indication that festival season is on the horizon and while a few festivals have sprung up, a big one is only a few weeks away. The annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns to the city at the end of the month and the local culinary scene and foodies alike are sure to be pleased.

The new 12 th & Midtown district is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated and hottest spots in town. As new businesses, restaurants and properties continue to take up residence at this stellar addition to the Midtown neighborhood, established restaurant Fig Jam will soon call the mixed-use development home.

Often when you think of television programs filmed in the heart of Atlanta, the massive list of reality shows quickly come to mind. However, there are a lot of TV shows filmed in and about the city that have nothing to do with the drama-filled antics of reality TV casts. One such show, that showcases Atlanta's growing and impressive culinary list, is Atlanta Eats .

Atlanta has many accommodations and attractions that make it one of the most popular and profiled cities in the country. However, what Atlanta doesn't have is a beach; meaning you'll likely have to trek down to Savannah to indulge in the true summertime beach experience.

The Atlanta skies are sunny, blue and clear with temperatures ideal for sitting on restaurant patios and enjoying cocktails, food and atmosphere. All of these components can be found at the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the city, Fiesta Atlanta.

Another day, another Atlanta restaurant opening. However this one is truly something to look forward to, especially if you happen to have a hankering for Japanese food. Residents of Atlanta, specifically the northern neighborhood of Buckhead, should get ready because Umi Japanese restaurant is set to open any day now.

When you combine the beauty of the spring blooms with cocktails, music and hors d'oeuvres against the backdrop of the city, you're guaranteed a memorable experience. That's exactly what Cocktails in the Garden , the summer series at Atlanta Botanical Garden hopes to achieve.

When you get right down to it, you can never have too many burger joints. They are arguably one of the most popular and quintessential foods in America, so when news of a new restaurant opening that specializes (and promises to elevate) irresistible burgers, it's cause for celebration and excitement.

Now that spring has finally sprung in Atlanta, it's the perfect time for residents to indulge themselves with a little pampering to tame the harshness that winter left behind. Whether your choice of pampering is in the form of manis, pedis, massages or tans, Sugarcoat Nail & Beauty Bar has you covered as they unveil their newest (and third overall) location right in the heart of Vinings.

This title may be a bit overly dramatic, but it's not entirely false. Atlanta is home to all things fabulous, but what you may not know is that there are literally hundreds of things you can see or do which don't require anything more than your smiling face.

The city of Atlanta can collectively rejoice because one of the hottest new musicals on Broadway is finally making its way to the city. Arguably, one of the funniest, most memorable and crowd-pleasing comedies of the 90's is a full-fledged Broadway hit.

One of the great things about Atlanta is that there are so many little neighborhoods, surrounding cities and towns that have their own identity. One such town is Woodstock, which has a host of restaurants that are all their own.

Unlike other reviewers of Honey Bubble, Atlanta's new hipster hangout, I'm not going to explain what its signature drink, bubble tea, actually is. Instead, I'm going to let those of you who don't know, either research it on your own before you go or try my favored method, which is to simply dive in and experience it for yourself with no expectations.

The Atlanta tradition returns! That's right; every resident's favorite city fair comes back this March for a month long adventure of food, fun and festivities. The Atlanta Fair is once again setting up shop at the Turner Field Gray Parking Lot with the intent to bring just as much joy to Atlantans as in years past.

There are few things capable of bringing an instant smile to your face, and the circus is definitely one of them. However, the UniverSoul Circus isn't just any big-top attraction; this one prides itself on being interactive and interweaving music across all genres.

Great places to have a delicious breakfast or lunch in the city are quite plentiful, so in order for an establishment to distinguish itself from the crowded culinary landscape, they must have their own vision that sets them apart.

Atlanta currently holds the reigns to some pretty impressive bragging rights...of the culinary sort. This is because internationally-known Italian restaurant franchise La Tagliatella, with over 130 spots across Europe, bestowed the extreme honor of making Atlanta the home for the first two of its American establishments; in Midtown and Emory Point respectively.

Finally, after one too many months of cold winter temperatures, the spring season is so close you can practically taste it! The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is definitely ready for the beautiful spring season, as one of their most popular exhibits has returned to display what the true beauty of the season is all about...flowers!

Keeping in line with this month's theme of restaurant renovations and updates, another Alpharetta favorite has spiced things up on the inside, with a name change to boot. Formerly known as Ray's at Killer Creek, Ray's on the Creek has undergone a total transformation that includes a full menu revamp, new architectural design and a coastal color palette boasting a brighter interior.

One of the best things that an existing restaurant can do is never get too complacent to improve upon the business. Whether it is in the form of menu updates, expansion or remodeling, sometimes a refresher of sorts is a good way to keep current customers intrigued while attracting new ones.

The period for an overabundance of gift-giving and receiving may be over, but it's officially a new year and with that comes the need for lots of new toys. In this case, the toys happen to be in the form of motorcycles that are ready for to drool over and possibly take home at this year's Great American Motorcycle Show held at the North Atlanta Trade Center.

The actual game may get the bulk of the attention during football games, but what really gets the crowd on its feet are the halftime performances by the marching bands.

The New Year is officially upon us, with just a few days left in January. With a new year, comes new things to check out in Atlanta and one of the hottest shows in town is a Broadway favorite and a Tony award winner.

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, now is about as good a time as any to sample some of the best the beer world has to offer. That's right beer fans and aficionados; you don't have to wait until game day to get your fill of all the ale and lager you can handle because the Atlanta Winter Beer Fest is here for the weekend for you to indulge as much as you like.

When the temperatures here in Atlanta begin to drop, they last thing many residents want to do is go out amongst the frigid air and enjoy what the city has to offer. However, there is a delicious event taking place through Sunday that is sure to coax even the most cold weather-hating southerner around to venture outside.

It may sound pretty cliche, but one of the easiest ways to find restaurant success in Atlanta is to serve up food that is elevated and wholly creative, but still manages stay on the comfort food side of the culinary spectrum.

Currently, the winter season is blessing the city of Atlanta with frigid temps and somewhat icy roads, which usually calls for a heavy meal of down-home southern cooking to stick to your ribs and warm you up on cold winter nights.

It may not be the most showy or decadent of foods, but partaking in an expertly prepared seafood meal is perhaps one of the best culinary experiences that one can hope for. This is largely because seafood is lighter than many other types and when prepared correctly, there is a cleanness and precise flavor that lets you truly indulge in a specific seafood offering.

The Buckhead area of town just north of the city, is one of the hottest places there is in the Southern oasis known as Atlanta, you have practically everything you need to soak up the city's energy and understand why it's dubbed the "Hollywood of the South."

There's always a bittersweet nature in saying goodbye to one thing and hello to another. On the one hand, you're certain to miss what was around before and revel in its fond memories, but on the other there is a sense of natural curiosity and inflated expectations that come with anticipating what's new.

The city of Atlanta may be quite unpredictable when it comes to the anticipation and expectation of a winter wonderland courtesy of blankets of white snow, but the city has found ways to create the scene of winter's presence just in case the temperatures feel like spring instead of winter...it's entirely possible.

One of the most beautiful destinations in Atlanta and definitely the best park that the city has to offer, Piedmont Park is a place where the true beauty of the city can be absorbed in large doses at a time.

Holiday light shows have become just as synonymous with the season as Christmas trees and Santa himself. Part of the reason these light spectaculars are so popular is likely due to the feeling that occurs whenever you see something all lit up and twinkling before your very eyes.

To sit and count the overabundant feature films, television adaptations and plays derived from A Christmas Carol would be quite the lengthy task. Let's face it, it is the perennial Christmas story that has endeared audiences throughout decades with its tale of faith, hope and right and wrong.

When it comes to beloved and world-renowned classic holiday tales, The Nutcracker is high up on just about anyone's list. What has become a holiday tradition in Atlanta is back once again as Atlanta Ballet's The Nutcracker saunters on to the Fox Theatre stage to entertain audiences of all ages in a story that only gets better with time.

Keeping in line with the theme of holiday music plus the perfect setting equals magic, Atlanta is playing host once again to a festive holiday concert promising to play your favorite tunes to get you in the spirit of the season. This time the venue is the Cobb Energy Centre, as it welcomes the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour .

There is nothing like some festive holiday music to get you fully into the spirit of the season. There's something about hearing familiar holiday tunes sang or played with instruments that signals the true start of the holiday.

Atlanta's Stone Mountain Park is known as one of the most beautiful outdoor destinations not only in the city, but in the entire state of Georgia. Aside from the breathtaking views, immaculate landscaping and rigorous hiking trails, Stone Mountain always has a wealth of activities to choose from that both children and adults can partake in.

No matter what age you are, the appeal of endless amounts of holiday lights shining and twinkling during the holiday season is something that you'll likely always be fascinated by, even in secret.

Ringing in the New Year is all about fresh starts and new beginnings and on a more superficial level, partying until you drop. However, basic human needs also need to be taken care of as you prepare to say goodbye to one year and hello to another; the need for food.

The holiday season is filled with events attended and memories made, featuring your family and friends, but one of the most endearing things about the season is the truly magical element it possess.

Sure, Christmas Day is one of those holidays where it's generally assumed, and even expected, that you'll be dining on a home-cooked meal. Whether that meal is by your own hands or a family member or friend, eating anything other than food prepared by someone close to you and eaten at their home or yours is frowned upon.

One of the most beautiful and personal things about the holiday season are the decorations and how they experience your sense of style, taste and commitment to the season. Some people prefer the bigger/better approach, while others agree that an understated decorating style suits them best.

Ringing in the New Year is a tried and true tradition that takes place in various forms all around the world on December 31 st . Every city, state and nation celebrates in their own way specific to where they are.

The holiday season is a great time of year to enjoy your family, friends, coworkers and last but not least, your neighbors. When neighborhood celebrations occur revolving around a holiday, it not only builds up the community, but also boosts a sense of camaraderie amongst you and those that live in your neighborhood.

If there is one thing more enticing than the food during the holiday season, it's definitely the music. Whether you're inundated with Christmas standards on the radio, happen to catch a holiday video countdown or prefer to blast your personal collection of holiday carols, chances are that during this time of year it's practically impossible to avoid the cheery and festive sounds of holiday music.

Aside from the Christmas tree, one of the most important and highly regarded parts of the holiday season is the magical display of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of twinkling lights. Although they only come out to play every December, holiday lights are appreciated all year long.

Though it may seem as if the record-breaking sweltering temperatures of summer were just upon us yesterday, the 2012 holiday season is in full effect. Shopping is underway, trees and decorations are up, holiday standards are dominating radio and there is a familiar chill in the air that lets you know December is just around the corner.

The Southern dining experience is something that Atlantans not only know quite well, it's something that they often expect when deciding to dine out. It's because of this familiarity with the cuisine, that new restaurants specializing in southern cooking are in for initial skepticism and harsh critique if the food fails to live up to expectations.

If there is one thing you can never go wrong with here in Atlanta, it's appreciating the affinity that southerners have for good ol' fashioned southern cuisine. Some like it just like their grandma or mom used to make without all the frills, while others love the basics, but crave a more elevated recipe and presentation.

Aside from soul food, one obvious culinary aspect of living in the south is delicious, down-home BBQ. You can find it practically anywhere in the city and the outskirts of town as well. There are those BBQ aficionados and true experts, who live and die by what they deem worthy 'que.

There is something to be said for the appeal of a pub. Aside from the obvious allure of the spirits consistently flowing (thanks to a usually long and impressive selection list), there is a welcoming, local feel that envelopes you like an old friend coming over for drinks.

When deciding to dine out, of course there are the welcomed frills that go along with it like atmosphere, decor and location. However, more often than not, the single most important thing when dining out is the certainty that the food is good and worth forgoing preparing a meal at home instead.

Home an endless amount of concerts, comedy shows and sporting events, Atlanta's Philips Arena isn't generally known as home to standout fine dining. Well, newly opened restaurant RED hopes to change all that with a concept that lets you spectate the happenings at the arena, while indulging in a meal worthy of second helpings.

In the culinary world there are often waves of food trends. Over the last few years we've seen cupcakes, gourmet sliders and designer Mac n' Cheese, all get gobbled up by the general public and dominating through enormous popularity. Also added to that list is the fascination with wine and the assumption that everyone fancies themselves an amateur sommelier.

At the initial mention of a new pizza spot opening in Atlanta, you may be more than a little hesitant. Especially when you consider just how many have come and gone within a few years time, all promising to be the next great innovator of this American food favorite.

The sound of Southern-friendly seafood applied with an elevated, yet simultaneously laid back twist, is easily something to get excited about and that's exactly what Hammocks Trading Company aims to do, get you excited about their food.

The sound of Southern-friendly seafood applied with an elevated, yet simultaneously laid back twist, is easily something to get excited about and that's exactly what Hammocks Trading Company aims to do, get you excited about their food.

Sometimes you just can't decide what you want to eat. It may come down to two different dishes, or in this case different countries. In the event that you find yourself craving both Japanese and Thai cuisine, newly opened Fuji Hana & Thai Peppers aims to cure your culinary dilemma.

What do you do when you want to create a mysterious, yet separate section of an existing restaurant that caters to your dedicated regulars and those clever enough to solve the puzzle?

There are many beloved things to be found in the rich and cherished Chastain Park neighborhood, and one recent resident comes bearing delicious goods. New Atlanta restaurants are about as frequent an unexpected weather change here in the city, but one type of cuisine that is always welcomed is that of the down home variety.

Sometimes when something is wrapped in pretty packaging you forget what's inside or you're subsequently disappointed when the inner contents don't match the beautiful exterior. This sentiment often rings true within the restaurant industry, where beautiful buildings, decor and fixtures set the scene for food that can sometimes be quite disappointing.

The thought of another burger joint joining the ranks of the already heavily-populated field of existing Atlanta offerings, may elicit an eye roll or a complete shun all together. While there is good reason to bemoan another restaurant touting itself as the premiere "burger innovator," sometimes a new spot comes along that truly seems to be setting its own path in the crowded culinary world of burger supremacy.

Jazz music is one of the oldest forms of self-expression, but unfortunately it lost its grasp on the popular music circuit years ago. However, thanks to several events around the city such as WCLK Jazz Night, it ensures that the appreciation for music's more intricate art form is preserved.

Summer temperatures may still be lingering, but in just a few weeks the entrance of fall will officially make its way back to Atlanta. One of the events that September brings is the annual opening of Netherworld Haunted House.

Some restaurants are ideal for light bites and cocktails, while others are suited to strictly main course fare. Yet, ever so often you are rewarded with a restaurant that is capable of excelling in both areas, and the patrons are the beneficiaries.

Atlanta's Ponce de Leon Avenue is already home to some impressive neighborhood eateries that have served resident diners for years. Well, there's another restaurant that goes by the name of Deckard's Kitchen & Kegs that provides a twist to the traditional.

Here in the south, it's always a good time for BBQ, and finding the perfect spot to indulge your culinary preference takes time and special skill. Well, it seems like the search just got a little easier thanks to the addition of a new BBQ restaurant located in the heart of Midtown.

Summer's swan song is finally upon us, and with it comes a host of celebrations in Atlanta to bid a fond farewell to the sweltering temperatures, backyard barbeques and poolside excursions.

Every city has annual holiday traditions that evoke the spirit of the city and are synonymous with fun, family and festive activities. This Labor Day weekend, one of the most popular Atlanta traditions takes place at Stone Mountain Park, where you can expect a host of events that not only celebrate the holiday, but provide the backdrop for even more memories to be made on this very festive occasion.

In just three short years, ONE MusicFest has arguably become Atlanta's most popular music festival, rivaling some of the festival veterans for diversity and a killer line-up. This year's event promises more of the same, and perhaps even more from some of the most celebrated acts in music, both independent and mainstream.

It's no secret that Atlanta is a well-known and well-respected haven for diverse genres of music, and although not as mainstream, jazz has a home here as well. The Georgia Symphony Orchestra is one of Atlanta's most popular musical outfits, and they are set to bring their jazz ensemble stylings to Marietta Square.

These days it seems that the quickest way to success is to appear on a reality show, where relative unknowns become global superstars practically overnight. This phenomenon isn't regulated to reality shows full of fights, drama and over-the-top excess, reality competitions also benefit from massive exposure.

We all have a little inner rockstar hidden deep down inside, so why not fully indulge it and set it free at one of the best free music showcases in Atlanta. The annual Unplugged in the Park at Park Tavern offers so much music by so many great acts, that it's almost impossible to refrain from head-banging just a little. Rock on!

Since 2000, Festival Peachtree Latino held in Atlanta, GA has been the largest multicultural event in the entire Southeast. The best part is? It's completely FREE . Taking place on Monday, August 26 th , 2013 and located in beautiful and historic Piedmont Park, this one-day event covers all things Latino, including food, entertainment and gifts.

Music, art, kid's fun and a quick run? Just a few of the amazing things scheduled to take place at the 11 th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival in Atlanta, GA this August. Some of the largest shade trees in all of Atlanta will cool you down while you take in the live music, visit with an artist in your favorite artist's tent while perusing the handmade arts and crafts, make a one-of-a-kind paper hat in the Kids Zone and cool off in a misting tent.

Paint the perfect picture of a fun Labor Day weekend this year at the 26 th annual Art in the Park celebration. This event is a great way to celebrate the end of the season with the entire family, while also indulging in some of the South's finest artists.

What do you get when you combine art, flowers, food and live entertainment? Well, that would be one of Stone Mountain Park's most popular events, the Yellow Daisy Festival.

With new restaurants popping up in Atlanta all the time, it can be pretty difficult to come up with a concept and menu that sets you apart from the competition. However, ever so often you come across an eatery that may appear familiar on the surface, but holds an innovative surprise inside.

It's that time again Atlanta music fans! The music festival that you know and love is back to get you rocking out with some of the hottest acts around. Music Midtown is one of the city's most highly attended and popular music festivals and it seems that each year things get bigger and better.

Giving back is in full bloom, as the Atlanta Botanical Garden is once again set to hold its annual fundraiser, the Garden of Eden Ball. Believe it or not, it not only takes time, care and skill to care for the city's most beloved gardens, it also requires a sufficient amount of monetary contributions.

Sure Atlanta is known for being an entertainment mecca rich with southern hospitality, but there are ways that the city gives back to worthy causes that has nothing to do with filming the next Hollywood blockbuster.

One of Atlanta's most celebrated and reliable benefits, once again bows its head for the sixth year in a row. Directly benefitting national nonprofit Share Our Strength, the Give Me Five event gathers Georgia's best chefs and sommeliers for an evening that is sure be as fun-filled as it is philanthropic.

When it comes to big Broadway productions, Atlanta isn't usually known to be the first place you think of to indulge in a feast of the arts. However thanks to the Fox Theatre, the Big Apple's Broadway scene comes to us courtesy of the annual Broadway Atlanta performance season.

Over the last few years, it seems as though Atlanta has become the new hotspot for music festivals, with new ventures popping up all throughout the city. The latest music fest to call Atlanta home is the brand new CounterPoint Festival coming this September, much to the delight of local music fans.

Music is one of the universal mediums that instantly brings people together. Regardless of genre, music is often the easiest common thread to ensuring a good time. This is exactly why the Duluth Music Festival is right on time to close out the summer season with a bang.

There's a funny thing about beer. It's largely considered here in the States as an American indulegence. However, it has a worldly dominance and influence that we are just the fortunate recipients of. One way to celebrate just how popular beer is in other parts of the world is to come on out and enjoy a day of fun at the 9th annual German Bierfest.

Atlanta's own Fifth Group Restaurants is one of the most successful and revered culinary camps in the city, and they have added a new eatery that is sure to keep resident's tongues wagging.

With over 40 years since the British Invasion took America by storm, the influence, love and adoration of The Beatles is just as intense as it was back then. To further prove the music of the Fab Four is some of the most timeless around, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is paying tribute to the band with classical versions of their biggest hits.

Even though we're in the heart of the South, Atlanta still operates much like a big city. We have just about everything metropolitan meccas New York and LA do, even if we are less than twice the size. However, there is one culinary delight that other cities like New York and Chicago have that we don't, and that is the delicious and delightful food truck.

You don't have to be a connoisseur or even a sommelier to appreciate a fine wine. Wine is something that goes good with everything year round, which makes indulging in various types quite a fun experience. For those of you in Atlanta who want a little history with your wine, you should try out the Georgia Wine Experience Tour that is currently underway in North Georgia Wine Country.

Summer is officially here and that can mean only one thing: summer concert season is in full effect. There are literally dozens of concerts to indulge your inner music lover, making it all come down to a matter of taste. However, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood is hoping that you choose their venue to rock out underneath the Atlanta stars, as they have unveiled their 2012 Summer Concert Season line-up.

It's a great day in Atlanta, especially for the culinary obsessed, when one of the city's more popular restaurants decides to expand to another convenient location. In this instance, it happens to be the date night/coffehouse/late night dining oasis known as Cafe Intermezzo, as they announce their intention to open a second location at 12th and Midtown, which will replace the current Brookwood establishment.

Arguably one of the best things about Atlanta aside from the weather is the anticipation of knowing that something new is set to open at any moment. From malls and shopping centers to nightclubs and restaurants, there seems to always be something to look forward to and try out.

Atlantans can always count on the historic Fox Theatre to bring out some of the most critically acclaimed and beloved shows that span the test of time. One show in particular is the musical extravaganza about growing up, Peter Pan . Coming to Atlanta in the middle of the summer season, this show is one that families and friends can enjoy together.

Looking for an artistic alternative to the traditional Fourth of July festivities? Well, look no further because Underground Atlanta is once again playing host to the 17th annual Heritage Arts Festival taking place July 4th through the 8th. Featuring arts, music and live demos, this is a nice way to ring in Independence Day with a twist.

As one of Atlanta's greatest landmarks, Piedmont Park plays host to a number of events year round. They run the gamut from concerts and athletic events to fairs and festivals. The latest festival to call Piedmont Park home is the Piedmont Park Summer Art & Crafts Festival that will showcase some of the Southeast's best artists and craftsmen.

Festival season is in full swing here in the fair city of Atlanta, with various types popping up all over to suit a myriad of preferences. One such festival is the Atlanta Food Truck Festival which makes its way to Midtown's Piedmont Park this July.

The humid days of summer in Atlanta bring about many things: Southern BBQ, picnics at the park and rooftop happy hours. To add to the ever-expending list of the city's summer traditions is the return of Atlanta Botanical Garden's Concerts in the Garden music series as it celebrates its milestone 10 th anniversary.

Since tennis is one of the most electrifying and intense sports around, it needs a venue worthy of all its accolades and audience-attracting athletes. That's why selecting Midtown's Atlantic Station as the site for the 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open couldn't be more perfect.

By now it's common knowledge that Atlantic Station is one of the best places in the city to shop, dine, entertain and mingle. But, did you know that it's also a great place to rock out? That's right! Every Friday night, Atlantic Station hosts Friday Night Live in Central Park.

With Independence Day literally right around the corner, it's essential for those of you who like to plan late to find something festive to do in the fair city of Atlanta. If you're tired of basic backyard fare complete with food and fireworks, then you should make a new Fourth of July tradition and head over to MARKET Buckhead inside the W Buckhead for their 2 nd annual Fourth Fest.

When you think of 4 th of July what comes to mind?Probably picnics, grilling, red, white and blue, and fireworks, right? Well this is not entirely the case in Atlanta.While Atlanta still has the typical 4 th of July celebrations, there is also something Atlanta does that is different from other places.

One thing Atlantans know well is that Southern summers can mean hot and humid temperatures galore. However, that doesn't stop residents from enjoying a soothing summer concert outside amongst the beaming Atlanta sun. One of the lesser known concert series is Jazz on the Lawn at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

It's that time again Atlanta! That's right, calling all the city's foodies who love an excuse to indulge in some of the most amazing culinary fare prepared by the experts. Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week is gearing up again, and some of the best restaurants in the city are taking part to showcase just what makes their food so special.

Foodies rejoice! Another day, another new restaurant opening, yet this time in the popular west Midtown section of the city, which appears to be on quite the upswing as it relates to new properties. The Optimist serves up the freshest catch of the day amidst a calming, yet modernly designed atmosphere.

It goes without saying that when you live in the south, the overabundance of soul food is one of the things you can count on. Whether it's courtesy of a family member's home cooking or the soul food fixings on a restaurant menu in the city, one thing is for sure: when it's comes to traditional southern fare, few do it better than Georgia.

In 1982 CNN2 was launched, which was the first cable station to feature nonstop 24-hour news. The broadcast was broken down into 30 minute news segments and paved the way for the many news-only stations that have launched in the past 30 years. Even with this explosion of mass media, CNN has remained the leader and most recognized name in the news business.

May is a busy time of year on the concert front as many artists hit the road to kick-off their respective summer tours. The Atlanta area will certainly be a hotbed of such concerts as major headlining acts like Dave Matthews Band and Jason Aldean are set to take the stage.

As the end of the regular season approaches, the Atlanta Hawks gear up for a first round playoff match-up against the 2008 NBA Champion, Boston Celtics. Hawks fans can't help but to wonder if and when this current Hawks group of core players can make a deep playoff run.

According to the Trident Fun Index Atlanta is the #1 City in the US for FUN! Atlanta beat out city that might be thought of a FUN cities like San Francisco and New York. As most people who live in Atlanta, we know we like to have fun and we have great pride in our CITY.

The Festival on Ponce is a local arts and crafts event held at the Olmsted Linear Park in Atlanta. The Olmsted Linear Park Alliance has a $10 million capital improvement plan to protect these historic parks.

Atlanta, there are more reasons to celebrate these days than the early spring blossoms and breezy temperatures. For a few nights only, the world's longest-running musical is coming to the Fox Theatre for its 25 th anniversary celebratory production.

Atlanta will be the place to be this April as the city will once again play host to a variety of sports, concerts, theater and comedy events. With so many things to do in Atlanta it's always important to plan ahead as many of these events can be sold out and tickets difficult to obtain.

The cold winter days (by Atlanta standards anyway) have officially come to an end, and while it may not seem as though this is the ideal time of year for a hearty steak, think again. Newly opened in historic downtown Roswell comes Little Steak Alley, which promises robust cuts of red meat along with a host of other offerings.

The 76th annual Masters Tournament will take place in the city of Augusta Georgia at Augusta National Golf Club April 5-8, 2012. The Masters Tournament is the first of four major PGA Tournaments each year. The Masters is an invitation only event and therefore the smallest field of the four majors , around 90 players are invited to participate.

If you are a fan of college basketball, Atlanta will be the place to be come March. Not only will the "Big Peach" be hosting the 2012 ACC Mens Basketball Tournament but Atlanta will also be the home of the 2012 NCAA Tournament South Regional .

Finding something to do in Atlanta is never much of a challenge. Atlanta is one of the largest and fasting growing cities in the U.S. and as such attracts world class entertainment from around the world to play at one of the many venues throughout the city.

Looking to play a little bocce ball at night? Ormsby's on Howell Mill Road is a great place to hangout and share a few laughs over bocce. In Atlanta, there are not many places to play bocce ball after the sun goes down. At Ormsby's you can enjoy great food and some great beer as you fine-tune your skills at tossing the bocce.