The rich aromas of hops and malts mingle with the fresh air during the first annual Summer Brewfest in Atlanta. Staff members pour sample after sample of the restaurant and brewery's diverse line-up of craft beer alongside other brews. Meanwhile, local food trucks sling simple food to complement each pour. A VIP lounge area and specialty cask tastings lend the festivities an exclusive atmosphere without having bouncers wear opera masks and cloaks. The whole event is set to a soundtrack of upbeat live music from Yacht Rock Schooner and Members Only, a tribute band dedicated to tunes from the 80s. A portion of all event proceeds to go benefit the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild.
Blue Mark Studios thrives inside the refurbished halls of century-old St. James Church by regularly hosting exhibitions of newly discovered artists from around the U.S. In addition to traditional art exhibitions, Blue Mark's resident artists load the studio's calendar of events with countless openings, fashion shows, dance parties, and art lessons. They craft their works in private studios on the premises, ranging from ceramics to visual FX and 3D media. They often sell their pieces to people wishing to display art in their home or on their bumper.
Despite its name, Atlanta Taste of the Trucks does not serve up plates of tasty truck parts. The trucks in question are actually gourmet food trucks, and they're loaded with Italian ices, hot dogs, tacos, and other treats crafted with local ingredients. Live music fills the air throughout the event, and family-friendly activities are available to keep kids from trying to ride a food truck like a pony.
Inside Out Center, Inc. provides a safety net for the working poor, the unemployed, the homeless, and other struggling Atlanta citizens—a safety net so comprehensive, it includes a boutique. Dubbed "The Professional Look Boutique," its racks brim with clean, donated job-interview attire, from suits to wingtips. Founders Sharon and Jock Crump, who once unexpectedly spent time on food stamps themselves, have created other resources, too. Their team helps clients out of financial crises with emergency rent and utilities assistance, and runs budgeting and job-training seminars.
A few times each year, throngs of revelers descend on the bars of Virginia Highlands, Buckhead, and Midtown. Perhaps they'll be in costume, perhaps wearing festive holiday colors. Either way, it's likely they're guests of Atlanta Bar Tours. The company organizes its neighborhood jaunts around the pageantry of national holidays or tailgating opportunities. Each crawl visits at least six pubs and restaurants, many of which prepare drinks in keeping with the theme—whether celebrating Oktoberfest or Steve's doctoral thesis on rum. During the crawl, each establishment features food specials and, more often than not, scores the event with live music.
In a single day, Peachtree Music Festival saturates the senses with two stages showcasing 18 bands on festival grounds that corral food trucks, a beer garden, fashion vendors, and artists into eight buzzing acres. A star-studded, eclectic lineup drops names like a clumsy plaque polisher, boasting such acts as Shiny Toy Guns, a Grammy-nominated electronic band, and local sensation DGAF: Dallas Austin and Corey Enemy. DJ Khaled bounces beats from his new album, which features collaborations with stars such as Kayne West, Jay-Z, Akon, and available members from the constellation Cassiopeia.