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.
• 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).
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.
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.
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.
Founded in 2013, the Bikini Basketball Association is comprised of five female teams in Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, and Philadelphia. Though the association's name suggests that players hit the court wearing swimwear, they actually play in tight-fitting spandex athletic gear that does not billow in the wind like traditional jerseys, threatening to fill with air and lift players off the court and out of the gymnasium.