Whether you’re a local looking for different things to get into during the last summer holiday, or someone visiting town and want to experience Atlanta at its best, check out the top 20 things to do in Atlanta during the Labor Day weekend 2014:
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
8/27/2014 Starts At: 8:00 PM
Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic
8/28/2014 – 8/31/2014
Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!Visit the online site for hotel information.
BLACK GAY PRIDE
The Georgian Terrace Hotel
8/26/2014 – 9/2/2014
What began as informal house parties has grown into the largest Black Gay Pride celebration in the world.
CHICK FIL A KICKOFF GAME
8/28/2014 – 8/30/2014
The first game will feature Ole Miss versus Boise State on Thursday, Aug. 28. The opening game will kick off at 8:00 p.m. EST and will be televised nationally on ESPN.8/28th – Ole Miss v. Boise State – 8:00 pm 8/30th
Stone Mountain Park
8/29/2014 – 8/31/2014
April 1 – October 25 (on select days) Experience multi-dimensional magic on one of the world’s largest outdoor screens – Stone Mountain. Now in its 30th year, the Lasershow Spectacular is an Atlanta favorite.
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES QUALIFYING
Atlanta Motor Speedway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying Friday, August 29, 2014 Start the weekend off with speed!
CHICK FIL A KICKOFF GAME THE CRIMSON TIDE VS THE MOUNTAINEERS
The second game will pit projected pre-season top-5-ranked Alabama against West Virginia on Saturday, Aug. 30. The Crimson Tide vs. the Mountaineers will kick off at 3:30 p.m.
DRAGON CON NIGHT AT GEORGIA AQUARIUM
Don’t miss the exclusive experience to explore the world’s second largest aquarium while enjoying dim lighting and Dragon Con themes! Georgia Aquarium will be open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014
MARIETTA ART IN THE PARK FEATURING THE CHALK SPOT
Glover Park on the Historic Marietta Square
8/30/2014 – 9/1/2014
There is no need to travel for Labor Day fun – a full weekend of end-of-summer enjoyment can be found at the 28th annual Art in the Park festival in historic Marietta Square.
NASCAR SPRINT CUP NIGHT RACING
Atlanta Motor Speedway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Night Racing Returns Sunday, August 31, 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Join us in 2014 for the Biggest Labor Day Party in the USA! One of the most exciting weekends on the NASCAR schedule
ATLANTA BRAVES VS. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
9/1/2014 – 9/3/2014
Cheer on the Atlanta Braves as they take on the Philadelphia Phillies Sept. 1-3.
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WRFG Labor Day Blues Barbecue. 1-8 p.m. Monday Sept. 1. $20. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. N.E., Atlanta. www.wrfg.org, www.parktavern.com.
Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic, Alpharetta. Young baseball teams from across the Southeast compete in a round robin/bracket style tournament. Friday, Aug. 29-Sunday, Aug. 31. Wills Park, 1755 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. See the schedule on atlantabraves.com. Directions
Seafood & Beer Festival. In addition to seafood and beverages, celebrity Frank Ski has been invited to perform a birthday tribute to Michael Jackson. Noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 30. $5 per person; ages 12 and under free. Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. www.riverdaleculture.com.
9th Annual Beer & Whiskey Fest. Aug. 31. $20. Buckhead Saloon, 3227 Roswell Road, Atlanta, 30305, www.beerandwhiskeyfest.com
Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, Aug. 29-30, features traditional music and dance of the southern Appalachian region, Lake Junaluska, N.C. www.lakejunaluska.com/sm-folk-festival.
Heritage Festival in Blairsville. Aug. 30-31. Celebrate mountain heritage and enjoy live music and the mountain vistas. One block south of the Town Square, Blairsville, on U.S. 19 /129.
Paula Deen Live. Aug. 26. Woodruff Arts Center. TM.
Chris Tucker. 8 p.m. Aug. 30. Fox Theatre. $48-$68. www.foxtheatre.org .