Samurai sword fights, flavorful bento boxes, and bone-shaking taiko drumming. Once a year since 1981, JapanFest has brought food, art, culture, and airline peanuts from the Land of the Rising Sun to the American South. Organized by JapanFest, Inc. and supported by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (JCCG) and the Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG), the celebration features attractions that range from the high-adrenaline—swordplay and archery demos—to the serene, such as workshops on Japanese etiquette and the mystique of sake. Between martial arts and sushi-making lessons, visitors can head to the food court for old-fashioned udon, yakitori, takoyaki, and curry rice.
Inside Out Center, Inc. provides a safety net for the working poor, the unemployed, the homeless, and other struggling Atlanta citizens—a safety net so comprehensive, it includes a boutique. Dubbed "The Professional Look Boutique," its racks brim with clean, donated job-interview attire, from suits to wingtips. Founders Sharon and Jock Crump, who once unexpectedly spent time on food stamps themselves, have created other resources, too. Their team helps clients out of financial crises with emergency rent and utilities assistance, and runs budgeting and job-training seminars.
For the fifth year running, Rainbow Days at Six Flags Over Georgia offers a weekend of thrills and fun for the LGBT community and allies.
The event lasts all day through 9 p.m., with many chances to ride the big coasters with loved ones and to perfect your I-am-not-afraid look for the cameras on the big drops. This year's event honors the 45th anniversary of New York City's Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969,
a demonstration that marked a turning point for modern gay rights in the US.
In a huge English village in Fairburn, roughly 13 miles southwest of the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, this annual 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.
Macon Film Festival coordinates some of the best theater in Macon. From the moment the curtain draws, you'll be having a great time.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Step out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary musical world of opera at Macon Film Festival in Macon.
When Aaron Cloud built a 165-foot tower on top of Stone Mountain in 1838, he had no idea his simple tourist attraction would grow into the massive park that greets visitors today. Spread across 3,200 acres, park hosts a variety of natural, historic, and adventurous activities.
Stunning views are easily within reach via the Summit Skyride. The high-speed Swiss cable cars glide effortlessly up towards the top of the mountain and its summit's iconic 190-foot relief carving. Visitors can also climb through a maze of ropes and bridges at Geyser Towers or SkyHike, nearby treetop adventure courses.
Walk-Up Trail to Top of Stone Mountain and Other Hiking Trails
Guests seeking a little more adventure during their visit should consider tackling the 1 mile trek to the top of the mountain, starting from the Confederate Hall Historical & Environmental Education Center. Marvel at amazing views of downtown Atlanta and the North Georgia mountains from 1,686 feet above sea level; on a clear day, you can see 60 miles in any direction from the summit. Or explore any of Stone Mountain Park's other hiking and walking trails, 15 miles in total. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Throughout the year, seasonal events add to Stone Mountain's allure. A pumpkin festival showcase spooky fun in October, while the Stone Mountain Christmas celebration brings the holidays to life with live performances and a visit from Santa Claus.