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In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music.

The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.

79 Poplar Street Northwest

Seasoned boat captains and crustacean prospectors Sig Hansen, Johnathan Hillstrand, and Andy Hillstrand gather to share with audience members their tales of struggle and survival during crab season on the high seas, as partly documented by the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. Fishing the Bering Sea in the middle of winter demands strong wills—which can come together in times of treacherous weather and 100-foot waves or come to blows about who performs better in the three-legged crabwalk race. Selected audience members will also have the chance to don the survival suits from the Time Bandit. Following the story-swapping and previously unreleased video footage, greenhorns and avid fans will have the opportunity to launch questions at the captains, wave giant foam claws, and learn how to communicate in claw-snap Morse code.

2800 Spring Rd SE

Flush with cash during the Roaring Twenties, Atlanta's Shriners set out to build a magnificent monument for their headquarters, dubbed the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque. The structure was to feature grandiose architectural touches such as towering minarets and onion domes. When a teetering economy threatened construction, the Shriners sold the building to film mogul William Fox, who finished the space as a movie palace with virtually no changes to its extravagant design. As splendid as the exterior was, audiences were unprepared for the interior. After seeing it for the first time, one Atlanta Journal reporter breathlessly remarked on the "picturesque and almost disturbing grandeur" on display.

Crafted to resemble the courtyard of a Moorish castle, the main hall's decorations begin in the back with a faux canopy of plaster and steel stretching over the rear balcony. Stone parapets wrap around the sides, culminating in a towering proscenium arch illuminated by hanging lanterns and overhung with persian rugs. Above, a blue ceiling sparkles with hundreds of recessed light bulbs, which refract through three-inch crystals. Projected clouds drift across this simulated starry night and rain on anyone who texts during a show.

The final jewel in the theater's gilded crown is the The Mighty Mo Organ. The second-largest theater organ in the world, the Mighty Mo was custom-built in 1929 for the princely sum of $42,000 to accompany any movie or live production. The instrument’s richly textured sounds erupt from 3,622 pipes of varying length, with the smallest no larger than a pen and the largest spanning five feet in diameter. Adding to the Mighty Mo's sonic tapestry is an internal glockenspiel, marimba, and xylophone, plus a system by which the stage's grand piano can be played remotely. The Mighty Mo also mimics thunder, steamboat whistles, saxophones, and its parents' voices when they're not around.

660 Peachtree St NE

Students should bring: Bottled water, towel, and a mat

Average class length: 60?90 minutes

Number of Staff: 11?25 people

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2012

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Parking: Free street parking

Pro Tip: We are located off the Beltline in the Old Fourth Ward, and we have a secure front entrance where you can be buzzed in.

Q&A with Annelise, Owner

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

Sacred Thread is all about community. It's more than just a yoga studio?we are truly family. The teachers share personal stories, tips, and tricks, and they make an effort to practice with their students. We believe motivation occurs in numbers and by supporting one another.

What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?

We recently had a student who had not been able to touch her toes in years. After three weeks of practice, twice a week, she now touches her toes and is able to get her hands on the ground.

Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?

We prefer a mix of music with our classes. Everything from traditional kirtan to soul and rock. The one common thread is that the music is uplifting and speaks to the soul.

828 Ralph McGill Boulevard

Established: 2007

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Pro Tip: Serious shoppers should come early to avoid the large afternoon crowds

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Our exceptional 200 exhibiting artists.

Q&A with Julie And Tracy Tepp, Owners/Producers

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

Review our web site prior to coming down to gain knowledge of event components and schedules, and also festival rules (what's allowed and what is not); be sure to grab an event brochure at the gate when you arrive.

As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?

As an outdoor event, patrons should always be prepared for inclement weather. The festival utilizes an Emergency Preparedness Plan; onsite security coordinated and provided by the Atlanta Police Department; and on-site first aid provided by a professional event medical services provider.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

By year five, our festival was ranked in the Top 100 Best Fine Art & Design Shows by Sunshine Artist magazine. We also offer a wide variety of arts-related demonstrations, education sessions, and hands on painting classes?as well as a stage of live music featuring Mudcat on Sunday afternoon. Use of MARTA or one of our partner parking decks is highly recommended.

400 Park Dr NE

For two months of the year, normally warm-weather Atlanta morphs into a wintry paradise during Global Winter Wonderland. The annual event stretches into January, ushering in featured entertainment, family-friendly happenings, and meet-and-greets with Santa. Here, participants can head to the Global Village to visit replicas of famed sites such as Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House, and the Great Pyramids of Giza, which were originally made out of snow. Elsewhere, holiday fun in the form of giant candy canes, a snowman, and a Christmas castle infuses the grounds with festive cheer. The whole event is set to a rotating soundtrack of live music from artists including funk band DC Cooper, pop singer Lexi, singer Coco Jones, plus dance performances by UniverSoul Circus and SALSAtlanta.

755 Hank Aaron Drive Southeast