Sprawled across a huge field in Fairburn, roughly 13 miles southwest of the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the festival teems with life, noise, and the PG-13 debauchery of nearly 1,000 costumed rakes, harlequins, ne'er-do-wells, knights, wenches, and the ever unpredictable royal treasury accountants. Catch jousting, falconry shows, and surprise inquisitions to make sure you're having a good time. Take up a sword and have a blast repressing the local Irish, or dress up your niece and nephew for a crusade to bring endless laughter and good times to frowny infidels. On the weekend of April 24 and 25, visitors can enjoy Irish dancing and a highlander pipe-and-drum band, while on Mother's Day weekend (May 8 and 9), the first 100 moms through the gate will receive free flowers.
As one of the Atlanta area’s most prominent outdoor entertainment venues, the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, or The Fred, is a beautiful location to take in an evening of summer air piped liberally through with delightful music. Whether you’re craving a new-wave call-and-response from the B-52s, the blues hues of Boz Scaggs, the Latin-guitar flair of Jose Feliciano, the nostalgic big-bandiness of The Rat Pack is Back, or the air-guitar-worthy mega licks of the World Classic Rockers, you’ll probably find a show to suit your tympanic palate. After all, an evening of live music underneath the stars is a lovely backdrop for a first date, a treat suitable for the whole family, and infinitely preferable to an evening of live music directly next to the stars, which usually leads to instrument malfunction and audience singing. Sidle up to The Fred with today’s deal and savor the halcyon days of summer as they emerge directly from the hands and mouths of professional musicians.
Teamwork and positive attitudes. Strong work ethics, good morals, and keen focus. They're all components of strong character, and they're all instrumental to the dance and cheer classes at Lisa's Dance Spot. Here, upbeat instructors lead lessons in styles from ballet and funk jazz to tumbling, hip-hop, and cheer. Working with kids as young as 2 years, they instill confidence early in tiny dancers, eliminating the phrase "I can't" from their vocabulary. For students interested in pursuing their passion for dance past simple lessons, they also organize dance groups and cheer squads that perform at community events throughout Metro Atlanta.
Former professional driver and expert instructor Randy Baker and his team have been guiding drivers toward greatness for more than 20 years; past pupils include Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jeff and Ward Burton, and the shadowy pit mechanic known only as Racer X. At SpeedTech Auto Racing School, Randy combines a fleet of super-speedy rides—authentic, metal-bodied vehicles boasting 650-horsepower V-8 engines—with a serious emphasis on safety to prepare drivers for any mishap on the track. Gearheads, speed junkies, and people who still sleep in a racecar bed despite their adult children's protestations soak up Randy's knowledge during one of SpeedTech's many race programs, varying in length from 3 laps to more than 100. With the school's built-in HD video feeds, drivers can commemorate their laps or prove to the family car it's been cheating on them with the hotel's valet.
The chefs behind Cravings American Bistro please palates and eyes with elegant arrangements of hearty American and seafood fare, escorted to tables atop simple china. Begin a night of lively discussion and synchronized digestion with a choice of six appetizers, including lobster mac 'n' cheese smothered in truffle oil, jumbo broiled crab cakes swimming in sweet-chili aioli, and house-rubbed ribs glazed with a mango barbecue sauce. Seafaring entrees such as the tropical, pan-seared Island grouper and the spicy, fettuccine-laced shrimp Diablo occupy tables with sunken-treasure-finding tips before succumbing to the white noise of chewing. Ravenous carnivores can opt for a 12-ounce new york strip steak—a choice cut of Montana strip loin accented with fingerling potatoes and asparagus stalks that double as stylish stirring sticks for a date's martini.
Love Me Knot is more than your average bridal show—it's a wedding itself. Literally. Lucky winners Mike and Keyanna are getting married in luxurious finery, and sharing in the experience will be all the wedding specialists who made it possible, and a host of spouses-to-be looking for a similar experience. That means that if a bride falls head over heels with Keyanna's gown, she can quiz the designer about it (and if it's not her taste, there are plenty of other options to peruse), and if it's the bouquets that catch her fancy, florist Tony Brewer will be right there to answer any questions. Other exhibitors and sponsors include Ivory Bridal & Formal, Daisy's Desserts, and All About Honeymoons & Destination Weddings.