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Hug a Wookiee and more holiday weekend things to do

Residents and visitors urged to prepare for large crowds in Midtown and the surrounding area this holiday weekend

The Labor Day weekend is here and it should be quite the busy one in Midtown and the surrounding area.

With events scheduled ranging from Dragon*Con to Atlanta Black Pride to Park Tavern music festivals to college and prep football games, the Atlanta Police Department is reminding residents to stay safe and prepare accordingly for expected traffic and crowds.

“The best advice I can give is for folks to not leave anything of value in their cars,” said Maj. Wayne Whitmire, Commander of APD’s Zone 5. “It’s actually a crime where people have a great deal of power to avoid becoming a victim. Leave items of value at home, or take them with you if absolutely necessary. Do not leave them in your car.”

Atlanta Black Pride kicked off Thursday and the world's largest pride celebration for African American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will continue through Monday with many events planed for the in Midtown.

Dragon*Con runs Friday through Monday in downtown hotels just a few blocks south of Midtown. The annual Dragon*Con Parade will take place Saturday at 10 a.m.

Among the special guests expected to attend include The X-Files‘ Gillian Anderson, William Shatner and Patrick Stewart from Star Trek, and original TV Batman, Adam West. If you see an abnormal amount of fairies and superheroes roaming around, don’t fret. Maybe even take time to hug a Wookiee!

College football takes over the Georgia Dome Friday and Saturday with a pair of ACC-SEC clashes. N.C. State faces Tennessee on Friday eve and Auburn takes on Clemson the following night.

But Midtown has its share of football, too, with a pair of high school games set for Friday night and a trio of middle school clashes on Saturday morning/afternoon at Grady Stadium's Eddie S. Henderson, Sr. Athletic Field.

On Friday, Cross Keys faces BEST at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 2012 season opener for the Grady Grey Knights against Decatur at 8 p.m. On Saturday, middle school action begins at 9 a.m. with Inman facing Young at 12:30 p.m. in the final game of the day.

On Sunday, the 8th Annual Beer & Whiskey Fest will take place at from 2-11 p.m. This is a 21 and over event benefitting the Atlanta Beltline and features great beers & whiskies along with four tribute rock bands performing Bon Jovi, The Doors, Motley Crue, Soundgarden & Alice in Chain, plus DJ Suspense. 

Then on Monday, the WRFG 27th Annual Blues & BBQ will be held from 1-9 p.m. It will feature live music from six bands and barbecue from Fat Matt’s Rib Shack.

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