Festivals, pep rallies and live entertainment — these are some of the fun fall happenings taking place at Atlantic Station this year. Midtown’s mixed-use development will be home to family-friendly activities for all to enjoy.
Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival
Fall gets tasty with the 5th annual Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14. This celebration of everything smoked and roasted features live music, barbecue cooking demonstrations and a VIP experience that have earned the festival a spot in The Travel Channel’s top ten barbecue festivals in the U.S.
The VIP experience, limited to 100 guests, gives access to a Q&A with Jonathan and Justin Fox of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. For $85, guests can feast on locally-farmed Berkshire pork, southern sides and a selection of 20 top-shelf bourbons. The VIP experience is for guests 21 and older.
Guests can use Atlantic Station’s convenient valet parking off State Street. General admission is $6 in advance and $10 at the door. Visit www.atlbbqfest.com/tickets for more information.
Tech Town Fan Fest
To kick off the fall season, Atlantic Station’s Central Park will transform into Tech Town Fan Fest, a hub for Georgia Tech football. At Friday Night Fan Fest, guests can enjoy the Yellow Jacket marching band, everyone’s favorite mascot Buzz, Yellow Jacket cheerleaders, the school’s dance team and The Ramblin’ Wreck. Friday Night Fan Fest runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 20, Oct. 18 and Nov. 29.
After festivities in Central Park, guests can enjoy live entertainment and specials at Meehan’s Public House, Tech Town Fan Fest’s official pub and restaurant.
On game days, all are invited to watch Georgia Tech games on the big screen. Georgia Tech students and faculty can also take advantage of special discounts around Atlantic Station.
Fans can use Atlantic Station’s convenient parking and catch the Stinger Shuttle to and from Bobby Dodd Stadium every home game. The shuttle will run beginning two-and-a-half hours before kick-off and one-and-a-half hours after the game has ended. The shuttle will stop on Atlantic Station’s East District Street and will drop off at the intersection of Third Street and Spring Street.
Guests can catch the Stinger Shuttle for the following home games:
· Sept. 21 vs. The University of North Carolina
· Sept. 26 vs. Virginia Tech
· Oct. 19 vs. Syracuse University
· Nov. 2 vs. University of Pittsburgh
· Nov. 23 vs. Alabama A&M University
· Nov. 30 vs. The University of Georgia
Passport to Luxury
Passport to Luxury, hosted by Jezebel Magazine, will bring high-fashion fun to Atlantic Station Sept. 25. Guests are invited to visit STRIP Restaurant in Central Park for cocktail specials and a “Passport to Luxury.” The passport can be used in Athleta, Banana Republic, Bill Hallman, Demure, K-la, Pinkheart and more. Guests can enjoy shopping specials and styling advice from Atlantic Station’s celebrity stylist, Christopher Macken.
Fall Concert Series
Every Friday in October, Atlantic Station’s Central Park is transforming into a live music venue. Each concert will be presented by Cumulus, Samuel Adams OctoberFest and Jaegermeister. Visit www.atlanticstation.com for event updates and details.
An eerie fun train rides into Atlantic Station this fall. The Spooky Express will be the Halloween spot for Midtown’s young ghouls and goblins. Starting Oct. 4, the train departs from the Spooky Station every weekend, weather permitting. Hours are Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 7 p.m.; and Halloween from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $3 directly from the train conductor.
Atlantic Station is teaming up with Radio Disney and Midtown Bridge Church Oct. 26 for the family-friendly Fall Festival. Beginning at 1 p.m., live entertainment, sand art, temporary tattoos and more will be available for all to enjoy.
As part of the Fall Festival, children and parents can show off their autumn spirit in the kids’ costume contest from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Furry friends can also join in on the fun during the dog costume contest from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. After winners are crowned, participants can trick-or-treat in the shops around Atlantic Station until 5 p.m.
Walk for a Cause
In addition to Atlantic Station’s fall activities, all are welcome to walk for a cause this autumn at the following sponsored events. Find out how to get involved on the organizations’ websites.
· Sept. 21: Race for Research to benefit the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation
· Sept. 28: Walk to End Alzheimer’s to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association
· Sept. 29: FARE Walk for Food Allergy to benefit Food Allergy Research & Education
· Oct. 12: Metro Atlanta Heart Walk to benefit the American Heart Association
· Oct. 6: The Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer to benefit It’s the Journey
· Oct. 27: Atlanta Marathon
· Nov. 10: Girls on the Run Atlanta
About Atlantic Station: A national example for sustainable mixed-use communities, Atlantic Station transformed an abandoned industrial site into a thriving entertainment district at the heart of Atlanta’s vibrant Midtown neighborhood. Opened in 2005, Atlantic Station is home to some of Atlanta’s most popular restaurants, retailers such as H&M and Dillard’s and leading employers such as Wells Fargo, Ogilvy & Mather and BB&T. Atlantic Station each year hosts dozens of community gatherings, charity walks and neighborhood forums. Susan G. Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure and other events at Atlantic Station have raised more than $50 million for Atlanta charities since 2005. In July 2012, Atlantic Station hosted the BB&T Atlanta Open. A national leader in consumer engagement and technology, Atlantic Station has the No. 3 most followed Twitter feed among U.S. retail centers.