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.
Four red screamers cut through the sky above Atlanta Regional Airport at Falcon Field, synchronizing their movements as plumes of white stream behind them. This is the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, just one of many airborne performers in night and day shows of the The Great Georgia Air Show. As the audience throws their collective head back, they?ll take in the chill-inducing twists and rolls of multiple performers?including daring stunt pilots and wackier acts, such as the anthropomorphic Otto the Helicopter and a jet-powered school bus.
Elsewhere on the grounds, ticket holders to the day show can listen to live music or participate in attractions for both kids and adults. These include a 4-D theater, full motion simulators, warbird and helicopter rides, jet truck, kids zone, wall of flames, and aviation expo. Food-truck dishes and craft beers are also available for customer sustenance. Besides filling onlookers with wonder and engineless birds with jealousy, the non-profit air show helps fund more than 40 area organizations, including academic clubs and community programs.
It's almost like magic. One moment, it's just an ordinary backyard; the next, it's a carnival-like playland destined to get the birthday child into the next edition of the Social Register Junior. Wow Inflatables makes parties memorable with all manner of things that bounce and delight: moonwalks, water slides, even zombie shooting ranges. An air compressor beckons kids into scenes such as a storybook castle, the belly of a hot-pink dragon, or a toy chest inhabited by characters from Toy Story. All that bouncing can make people hungry, so Wow Inflatables can also come bearing snow cones and cotton candy.
Presented in part by Dan Clark, also known as Nitro, of American Gladiator fame, the Gladiator Rock'n Run is a unique and challenging event, pairing an obstacle-heavy running course and an attempt at breaking the record for the world?s longest mud pit with post-race entertainment, including beer, music, and food. Those prepared to race must dance through tires, army-crawl through mud, and clamber up rope ladders to avoid barrels thrown by giant apes. The roar of spectators rings throughout the course as bystanders cheer on runners to inspire strong finishes.
The staff at Golf Villa is passionate about the sport. The experts there can help golfers hone their games during private lessons, or they can recommend the right equipment from a selection of used men's and women's clubs. Alternatively, they fit, repair, and regrip clubs. The staff is also happy to just chat about golf, and they often have a tournament playing on the store's TV.
Top 40 hits blast from speakers on the walls at Starlite Skating Center, sending skaters bouncing to the beat as they glide across the rink. Though the music is modern, the roller rink itself is a throwback: it's made of genuine hardwood maple, like the ones that were so popular in the 1960s. Zooming on top of it is as easy as picking up a pair of rental skates?but for those who?ve never traveled on eight wheels, the centers offer skating lessons, teaching students skills from basic balancing to skating while you're in a handstand.
The centers entertain families off the rink, as well. Players can test their skills on 50 arcade games, while littler children jump and swing in the padded playgrounds. The Sharpsburg location also has a laser tag arena, where siblings and friends square off in space-age shooting matches.