- It's nice but not well organized. It was very crowded and the staff kept yelling at us at the touch tanks for touching the fish.
High Museum of Art - During my first visit, during the First Night Atlanta 2000 celebration, I only got to see the Norman Rockwell exhibit, which was very nice. My second trip wasn't as exciting. Their collection seems to be very haphazard and quite unremarkable. I especially don't like their ticket policy, meant to prevent long lines, which forces everyone to buy timed tickets far in advance. It makes it very difficult to plan a visit and doesn't prevent crowds and long lines. You've been warned.
SciTrek- A hands-on science and
technology center. Interesting but better for the children.
Stone Mountain Park -
includes a civil war war museum, a giant granite rock with gondola, Confederate Memorial Carving and
a 3200-acre park with excellent natural and historical events. For my first visit we took the
gondola to the top for a great view and we saw a fantastic LASAR show. The second time we climbed
the rock and wore ourselves out.
Zoo Atlanta - It is a little strange to see black and red Zebras and Giraffes that are mostly red, but that's what you get when you build a zoo on Georgia red clay. It is a nice zoo never the less. I enjoyed seeing the famous Willie B. The train and Ben & Jerry's ice cream really complete the event.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
- "A springtime celebration dedicated to the enhancement of the environment through education,
awareness and community involvement." In other words free concerts in Piedmont park
with arts booths, beer, and food.
Black College Spring Break or "Freaknick" - It is suppose to be a week of fun, instead I saw a bunch of drunks being stupid. I watched an attempted rape live on TV, someone hit my car with a bottle, and the streets and highways were backed up for miles. NOT my idea of college fun. Atlanta is considering canceling it.
Candler Park Festival - A small community festival just East of L5P with local bands and arts & crafts. Hint: Pack a lunch and a lawn chair.
First Night Atlanta 2000 - Lame. There was no crowd, the bands were awful, and the Peach Drop is 2 miles south. But you do get great kiddy activities and fireworks. Gone With The Wind in 20 minutes was outstanding though. That, and visiting the High Museum of Art made it worth it for me. If you do it, buy your tickets ahead of time and avoid the day-of-show surcharge.
Funfair in Conyers - A week long state fair with rides and food and country music festival held at the Georgia International Horse Park.
Georgia Renaissance Festival
- Jousting, sword fighting, magic. It was fun. The Dead Bob Show would have been
more fun if I hadn't been "BOBMOTIZED." We also enjoyed the music of
Andy Offutt Irwin. Well worth going
back again and again. The shops and food were really cool. Ask me how I blew $224.
1998 - Cheap Trick, Georgia Satellites, and Wil's Drama
Japanfest - A Japanese cultural festival with food, musics, arts, koi (fish) and souvenirs at Stone Mountain.
Marietta Greek Festival - Held in the Cobb County Civic Center, this is mostly a foodfest with maybe a dozen craft booths and a stage for Greek music and dance. Not bad for $3, but don't expect to spend more than an hour or two.
Powers' Crossroads Country Arts Festival - It was fun, but pretty much the same as all the other arts and crafts fairs. I'm not sure it was worth the 45 minute drive.
Virginia-Highland Summerfest - This interesting street-fair is named after the intersection of two Atlanta streets that anchor an eclectic neighborhood. About 200 artists had booths, especially popular were paintings, photos, and bird-houses. I was mostly interested in the concert in the park.
1999 - Heidi Polyea & Doug Morton, De De Vogt, Delta Moon
Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival - Fife and Drums, Harpists, Bagpipes, Kilts, Hagus and all manner of Scottish, Irish, and Celtic heritage make this festival great fun.
Stone Mountain Chili Cookoff - Hundreds of chili recipies, cornbread, and music - What did you expect? [read the full review]
World Horror Con 99 - A touring horror convention with Authors signing autographs, seminars, Art for sale (Paintings, sculpture, and photographs), musical concerts, and performance art courtesy of the Secret Room) and PURGE. It was broadcast live on Live On the Net. But I guess it's touring - not Atlanta based.
Yellow Daisy Festival - A huge arts & crafts festival at Stone Mountain that attracts far more people then the park can accommodate. Be prepared for an hour wait to get in and horrible parking. But nice crafts and food and music.
Eating out legend:
0 - won't go back
- will go back if I must
- Okay, but no rush back
- Sure let's go
- I'd recommend it to friends or take dates
- I'd go again tonight
The Abbey - Pricy but worth it: Excellent food and desserts. Be warned, you'll spend the evening there, the service is intensionally slow to allow you a long and relaxed evening.
Babbetts Overpriced and pretentious, but good food if you like that scene.
Bones Overpriced, pretentious and definely not worth $60 per person. Just a really expensive steak place.
The Brewhouse - We went for Octoberfest - good food, good beer, horrible service (Sorry Elena)
Bridgetown Grill - Just plain nice.
Cafe Tu Tu Tango - Very unique atmosphere but pricey and the food isn't as good didn't meet my expectations.
Carlos O'Brians - Yup, it's Mexican food
The Cheesecake Factory - We had a 90 minute wait, dirty flatware and poor service. The food was expensive and nothing really exciting, kind of a mixed bag of ethnic cuisine (oriental mostly). My suggestion: Get the desert to go.
Cripple Creek Tap House - Food is very good, but very expensive
The Dark Horse Tavern
- Nikki was cool, but the food wasn't special. The band venue downstairs is very small and the drinks are pricey.
Champ's Bar-B-Q - Real southern pork in Smyrna.
- Winery, restaurant, and conference center. It was quite a drive (I-85 exit 48) But the food and service were outstanding. Ask to sit at Charles' table.
Euclid Ave Yacht Club
- Excellent pub in L5P with boiled peanuts and great Philly cheese steaks.
- Really good ribs in Midtown. Blues music too, sometimes: skip the chicken.
(279 Broad St. Athens Ga.) - Good New Orleans style cuisine. Be prepared, it's mostly seafood and not cheap, but you'll really enjoy it.
The Highlander - It's biggest draw is that it's open really late. Not much on the menu and the A/C was broke the night we went. Nice eagle tattoo on the waitress though.