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.
• For $15, you get two general-admission lawn tickets to see Frank Sinatra interpreter Steve Lippia on Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. (a $30 value). • For $25, you get two reserved terrace tickets to see Frank Sinatra interpreter Steve Lippia on Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. (a $50 value). • For $20, you get two general-admission lawn tickets to see country-guitarist Roy Clark on Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m. (a $40 value). • For $30, you get two reserved terrace tickets to see country-guitarist Roy Clark on Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m. (a $60 value).
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.
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.
Generation gaps call an evening-long truce to absorb the electric harmonies and magnetic energy of legendary rock bands Def Leppard and Heart. Def Leppard began its ascent to British hard-rock royalty in the late 1970s, solidifying its reign with the 1987 hit album Hysteria and its iconic anthems "Love Bites" and "Armageddon It." Its latest tour stokes nostalgia and then pours sugar on it, with library classics giving way to singles such as "Undefeated" from the forthcoming Mirrorball live album. Heart frontwomen Ann and Nancy Wilson add to the aural carnival with sisterly harmonics and guitar-wrangling routines developed from more than 30 years onstage. Revelry-inducing '70s hits "Barracuda" and "Crazy on You," along with soul-clutching '80s power ballads "Alone" and "What About Love," embody the decades whence they came while continuing to forcefully knock the socks and toenail polish off rapt concertgoers.
In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.