Calendar ~ Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta

SEPT/OCT 2017  EVENTS FOR ACWORTH, KENNESAW, MARIETTA, Cobb County, GA. The details of the events are available in our Kennesaw/Acworth paper and Marietta/West Cobb paper – both published online at  Select the paper from the menu on the left, when the page opens, click at the top and download as a pdf.

NOW – OCT 20 – ‘ONCE UPON A PLAYGROUND’ EXHIBIT- The classic metal and wood structures that have populated playgrounds for most of the twentieth century—towering metal slides, giant jungle gyms, whirling merry-go-rounds, bouncing seesaws—have become beloved artifacts of childhood. Once Upon a Playground offers a visual tribute to these vanishing playgrounds of our past, celebrating their place in American culture and the collective memories of generations. The Marietta History Museum is located at 1 Depot Street, Marietta.

WED SEP 20 – AFTER HOURS BUSINESS NETWORKING – at the North Georgia State Fair-5:30-7:30 at Jim R Miller Park 2245 Callaway Rd, Marietta, GA 30008. Open social networking hosted by ABA, KBA, NCBA and MBA. Enjoy an exclusive sneak peak into the North Georgia State Fair with food, drinks, networking and rides! Exclusive for business professionals. Free for members.

THU SEP 21 – ABA WOMEN’S LUNCHEON – The ABA Women’s Business Network Luncheon will be held at Rosenwald School 4410 Old Cherokee St, Acworth, GA 30101, 11:30 until 1:00 pm. Sponsored by the ABA Women this luncheon is open to all women in business. RSVP must be completed in advance via Caterer: Carrabba’s Italian Grill will be catering the luncheon. The fee is $20.

THU SEP 21 – NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR BEAUTY PAGEANT – The annual beauty pageant for ages 3 years through 24 years will highlight opening day activities for the 85th North Georgia State Fair, 2245 Callaway Rd., Marietta. Early registration fee iS $65 through Sept. 20 when there will be an optional rehearsal. Full registration of $75 will be accepted one hour prior to each pageant on Sept. 21. Applications and further information may be obtained by contacting Gene Phillips, 770-435-6378, Steve Duncan, 678-793-2007, Alice Surber, 770-973-3214, or See all winners from last year and more:

THU-SUN SEP 21-OCT 1 – NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR! – The 85th Annual North Georgia State Fair will be held Thursday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, October 1, 2017 with the following times: Monday through Thursday 4 to 11 p.m., Fridays 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays 10 a.m., to midnight, and Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. As the largest fair in metro Atlanta, the Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair attracts nearly 300,000 people every year from north Georgia and neighboring states. The Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair features live music, free attractions and shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue ribbon competitions, local entertainment, and delicious fair foods.  There are also games and rides on the Great James H. Drew Exposition midway– one of the largest carnival midways in the United States, featuring the Wildcat Rollercoaster and the Georgia Mountain Lift. A cornerstone of the fair, the great James H. Drew Exposition  Midway returns with one of the largest carnival midways in the United States, featuring the Wildcat Rollercoaster and the Georgia Mountain Lift. Over 40 rides and numerous games  will surely provide fun for all! All rides require more than (1) coupon each. The fair is held at Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road S.W., Marietta, Georgia 30008.

MON SEP 25 – MBA MEETING –  We are honored to feature Professor Roger Tutterow, with his Economic Forecast for the 4th Quarter and Beyon. Sponsored by Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. Buffet opens at 11:30 at the Radisson Atlanta NW Hotel, 1775 Parkway Place SE, Marietta, GA 30076. Join us from 10:30-11:30am for Connections, Coffee and  Please visit the MBA website to register at

MON-FRI SEP 25-29 – THE STRAND’S BOOT CAMP PART A- 9AM-4PM Enhance your performance tool-kit at The Strand’s fall break boot camp which culminates in the return of the Strandemonium, Jr show! Participants will spend the first half of each day throughout the week exploring and honing a multitude of performing arts skills including auditioning, singing, acting, dancing, and technical theatre. After a lunch break, students will learn the foundation numbers for the Halloween-themed music revue: Strandemonium, Jr. For grades 1-8. The show dates for Strandemonium Jr. are October 26th and 27th at 7pm. Cost for the combined Part A and Part B program is $300. Part B only is $200. Registration can be done through The Strand Box Office. For program inquiries, contact Catherine Moulton at

MON-FRI SEP 25-29 – MARIETTA PARKS & REC FALL BREAK CAMP – 9am – 4pm at the Custer Park Sports and Fitness Center. Register your child for a safe, healthy, and fun environment for youth ages 6 – 12. Daily activities will consist of fitness and sports activities, arts and crafts, group games, weekly field trips, and more! Copy of your child’s birth certificate is required prior to the first day of activities. The cost of the camp is $75 for Marietta residents and $100 for non-residents and residency verification is required. Early drop off available beginning at 7:30am and pick them by 6pm for an additional $20 fee. You can register online or in person at Custer Park Sports and Fitness Center, 545 Kenneth E. Marcus Way, Marietta, 30060. (770) 794-5630.

WED SEP 27 – COMFORT KEEPERS JOB FAIR – Comfort Keepers, licensed leader in in-home care is hosting a job fair at 10am at Comfort Keepers’ offices near downtown Marietta. The company is looking for good-hearted, mature persons with reliable transportation to become caregivers who want to work part-time in Cobb County assisting adults – often elderly adults – in their homes. Good communication skills are a must.There is limited room, so persons interested in applying, should call Nancy Kujawski at 678-354-0102, Comfort Keepers, for more details and to secure a spot at the fair.

THU SEP 28 – WALTER REEVES TO SPEAK – Gardening expert and radio host Walter Reeves will be speaking at the Hilton Marietta Hotel & Conference Center at 500 Powder Springs St., Marietta, GA 30064. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Brumby Hall and admission is free. Registration is at 9:30 AM followed at 10:00 by Mr. Reeve’s presentation about antebellum period roses and plants that are historical and native to Georgia. For more information please contact

FRI SEPT 29 – GLOVER PARK CONCERT –  Last concert of the season featuring the Grapevine, Big Band/Motown music. Blankets and lawn chairs may be set up in the park.  Personal tables and plastic ground coverings are not permitted in the park, however they may be set up on the street after 5:30 p.m.   Bring a picnic dinner (beer & wine is permitted) or dine in one of the many fine restaurants located on the square. Parking is available in Cobb County Park Decks (GPS:  Waddell and Lawrence St. Marietta GA)

SAT SEP 30 – LAKE ALLATOONA CLEAN UP – Bring your gloves, wear old clothes and come help clean up Lake Allatoona. The event is sponsored by the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department, the Acworth Lake Authority, Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up Committee, and the Lake Allatoona Association. This is a great project for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, community groups and anyone who wants to help keep our lakes clean. Trash Pick-Up is from 9 until Noon. Appreciation Picnic is Noon till 2:00 pm at Riverside Day Use Park, Cartersville, GA FREE. Register to Volunteer, by September 27, at

SAT SEP 30 – GREAT LOCOMOTIVE 5K – 5th race of the Grand Prix Series! Benefitting the Southern Museum. 5K and 1 mile fun run. 7:30am, downtown Kennesaw. $25 per person. Register online at

SAT SEP 30 – CLASSIC CAR CRUISE – The city of Acworth will host a Classic Car Cruise in Downtown Acworth. The event will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Acworth. The Lake City Cruisers partner with the city and the downtown Acworth merchants to hold these Classic Car Cruises. The event is free to the public. A $2 entry fee is requested for all vehicles in the cruise. All proceeds go to the Horizon Field, an all-inclusive special needs sports facility in Acworth. For more information contact Jeff Chase at or call 770-917-1234.

FRI OCT 6 – ART WALK – Marietta Square Art Walk continues Friday from 5pm to 9pm. Art Walk celebrates the vitality of Marietta’s diverse cultural Arts scene with artists, businesses, and organizations representing all the Arts.  The evening comes alive as performance, dance, culinary and visual Art permeate every corner of the charming Historic Marietta Square. Event-goers will enjoy live music throughout The Square, including at Hemingway’s Bar & Grill and Stockyard Burger & Bones.  Local, original photography, painting, sculpture and more will be on display along the sidewalks throughout town.  For more information visit

FRI-SAT OCT 6-7 – GPG CONCERT AT THE STRAND – 8pm, Join us for the final Georgia Players Guild show in the GPG concert series – A Tribute to Chicago and Boston: City Tours. Come ‘Hitch A Ride’ down to the Strand and enjoy the iconic tunes of two of the biggest and most influential classic rock bands of the ‘Old Days’! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of and are available online at, over the phone at 770.293.0080, or in person at 117 North Park Square.

SAT OCT 7 – MAKE-A-WISH 5K – This 5K will be held 8 a.m., beginning and ending at the Marietta Square, rain or shine. Net proceeds are given to Make-A-Wish Georgia. Participants can register through or at the web site Fees ARE $30 for an untimed 5K walk run and $35 for timed participants. For children aged 12 and under, the cost is $10 and those aged 5 and under are free. This is an official AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifying event. For additional information, visit

SAT OCT 7 – ORIGIN OF WORDS LECTURE – Have you ever wondered the background of the word “Highfalutin” or why we use strange phrases like “raining cats and dogs”?  Come to the Kennesaw Library at 2pm to hear Andrew Bramlett, Vice President of the Kennesaw Historical Society, explore the origin of these and many other unusual words and phrases that have made their way into our everyday language.

SAT OCT 7 – THE STRAND’S BOOT CAMP PART B – October Strandemonium, Jr. Rehearsals and Performance (October 7, 14, and 21 from 10am to 2pm & October 23-25 from 4pm to 7pm)Participants will spend the first half of each day throughout the week exploring and honing a multitude of performing arts skills including auditioning, singing, acting, dancing, and technical theatre. Students will learn the foundation numbers for the Halloween-themed music revue: Strandemonium, Jr. For grades 1-8. The show dates for Strandemonium Jr. are October 26th and 27th at 7pm. Cost for the combined Part A and Part B program is $300. Part B only is $200. Registration can be done through The Strand Box Office. For program inquiries, contact Catherine Moulton at

SAT-SUN OCT 7-8 – GEORGIA BALLET PRESENTS “LA FILLE MAL GARDEE’ – ‘The Girl Who Needed Watching’ is an alternate title for the classical ballet La Fille Mal Gardee, which translates to “the poorly guarded girl”. The comedic storyline focuses on a young girl, Lise, who falls in love with local farm boy, but her mother has arranged an engagement to a rich-but clumsy and slow-witted-son of a vineyard farmer. The playful story about a mother keeping an eye on her young love-struck daughter fills the stage with character and even a few dancing chickens. For ticket info, please visit Performances will be at the Marietta Performing Arts Center

MON OCT 9 – YMCA GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Northwest Family YMCA along with the Northeast Family YMCA and the McCleskey East CobbYMCA are hosting the Y Golf Open along the banks of beautiful Lake Acworth at Cobblestone Golf course. Proceeds of this awesome event are helping to provide scholarships for local youth in need to participate in Y programs. Space is still available for golfers and sponsors. A foursome can be purchased for $600, or $150 for individual golfers and sponsorships start as low as $300. For more information call or email Betsy Mathews at 678.410.7520, or

WED OCT 11 – GARDEN CLUB LUNCHEON – Do you love to garden and would you like to be part of a local garden club in your area? The Marietta Council of Garden Clubs(MCGC) would love for you to join a garden club and we invite you to our monthly meetings. Meeting begins at 9:30am. Come and socialize and listen to this month’s program on “Preserving the Southeast’s Garden History”. This presentation will feature Staci Cantron from the Atlanta History Center. Marietta Educational Garden Center, 505 Kennesaw Ave, Marietta, GA, 30060, 770-427-3494.

OCT 12 – CPR/AED CLASS – Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Department is now offering CPR/AED certification classes. Attend one 3 hour course to become certified in CPR. First timers or re-certifications are welcome. This course is taught following American Heart Association guidelines. The certification is valid for 2 years. The class will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Roberts School Community Center in Classroom 1. The cost will be $30 for city residents and $35 for non-residents. Please contact with questions or for more information.

THU OCT 12 – GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT – Please join us for a special 10th Anniversary Celebration 5 pm until 8 pm. We will celebrate the gift of girlfriends and raise funds to support single parent families at the Brickyard at Marietta Station – 129 Church St., Marietta. A minimum donation of $25 is requested! Shopping…Lots of NEW, unique vendors & artists including: Lisa Mann Soap Products, So Loved Originals, Gifts on Garrison… Refreshments include a Light dinner, beer, wine, soft drinks. This event is sponsored by 10 WOMEN OF HOPE who provides one time financial support to stable single-parent families in Cobb County who are experiencing a critical need. For more information or ticket sales visit us at

SAT-SUN OCT 14-15 – CHALKTOBERFEST – The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art will host Chalktoberfest: 80+ national and international chalk artists, public chalk competition, beer festival, live music, and much more. Fun for the whole family! On Saturday, Oct. 14th, Chalktoberfest includes their annual Craft Beer Festival in conjunction with the Chalk Festival. On Sunday, Oct. 15th, Chalktoberfest will bring in their Creative Kids craft-making section 1:00pm – 5:00pm, geared toward children of all ages – and host their non-professional Chalk Competition with Youth, Teen, School, and Adult Divisions. Competition starts at 10:00am.

SAT OCT 14 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Calling for volunteers of all ages to come out and assist Marietta Tree Keepers as we maintain Hill Park. Hill Park is a pretty little pocket park that was transformed from a once vacant lot just a few blocks off the northeast corner of Historic Marietta Square. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:30am to enjoy donuts and beverages before digging in to work. For more information, please call 770.424.4664.

THU OCT 19 – COBB EMC’S FREE SAFETY SEMINAR – 6-8pm, Cobb EMC will be hosting a FREE Safety Seminar! In partnership with Cobb County Public Safety and Safe Kids Cobb County, we will be presenting important safety information on protecting your home and family to our members. Learn about cyber security and these areas of safety: car seat, fire, seniors, electrical and seasonal. Seminar will be at held at the Cobb County Safety Village, 1220 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta. Space is limited, so register early!

FRI OCT 20 – ‘TIP ONE FOR THE TREES’ FUNDRAISER – Marietta Tree Keepers invites you to attend our first beer tasting fundraiser ‘Tip One for the Trees’ for Oktoberfest, from 5-7pm. Come out and enjoy a delicious variety of craft beers, win great raffle prizes, enjoy hors d’oevres, and help support Marietta Tree Keepers. The cost is $10 for 4 flights (each flight is a 3 oz pour of craft beer). It’s open to the public … and it’s sure to be fun The location is at Schoolhouse Beer and Brewing, 800 Whitlock Ave. NW Ste. 137, Marietta, GA 30064 770-361-5247.

SAT OCT 21 – FALL CLEAN UP DAY – Help us as we clean and beautify Kennesaw Historic Cemetery.  We’ll pick up sticks ,clean grave sites and markers, plant flowers, and enjoy a fall day together. For more information call  Mary Helyn Hagin, Pres. Kennesaw Historic Cemetery Commission at 404-316-2154 Or Debbie Harris City Hall at 770-424-8274 ex. 3106.

SAT OCT 21 – HARVEST SQUARE ARTS AND CRAFTS – City of Marietta’s 41st Annual Harvest Square Arts and Crafts Festival from 9 am-5 pm on the Marietta Square. The HarvestFest is held in conjunction with Halloween Happenings and Scarecrows on the Square, which will feature a scarecrow contest, costume contests for kids and pets, carnival games and prizes. Free parking is available in the Cobb County parking deck on Cherokee Street. For more information, please visit and search Harvest Square Arts and Crafts.

THU-FRI OCT 26-27 – STRANDEMONIUM JR PERFORMANCE – 7pm at the Strand. Strandemonium, Jr. is back! This is a family friendly Halloween music revue featuring an all-kid cast. Audience members are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes and clap and sing along to this high-energy, creative, SPOOKtacular! Concessions and the gift counter will be open. Tickets on sale soon!

SAT OCT 28 – BATTLE OF KENNESAW 2017 – Calling all Martial Arts & Fitness Competitors! The Energy Tae Kwon Do Organization will host the 15th Annual Battle of Kennesaw Martial Arts and Fitness Championships at Furtah Prep School located at 5496 Highway 92 (Acworth). The vision of the Battle of Kennesaw is to provide a safe and fun competition that unites martial artists and fitness competitors in a service project for families in need during the holiday season. For more information on BOK please call 770-528-9821 or check out


MONDAYS  – FARMERS MARKET & DINNER AT THE DEPOT – downtown Kennesaw.  Hours are 5:30 – 8:30 for food trucks, 3:30 to 7:30 for farmer’s market – we made a bigger overlap so people could shop both. Great mix of new and existing vendors in the farmer’s market. Live music each week and other entertainment and surprises throughout the season. A good variety of rotating savory and dessert trucks. Family friendly environment, dining outside and neighborhood block party. Picnic tables will be provided, but guests are always welcome to bring their own blankets and chairs.


ACWORTH FARMERS MARKET – The Historic Downtown Acworth Farmer’s Market will begin this season on Friday, April 7 and continue each Friday morning from 8:00 a.m. until noon through Friday, October 27.  The market is located in the Acworth First Baptist Church Parking Lot on the north end of Main Street. Shop a wide variety of garden ripe Georgia grown vegetables, eggs, cheese, bedding plants, fresh baked bread, pies, cakes, honey and jams to choose from each week. If you are interested in more information on being a vendor or just have questions about the market, please call 770-917-1234.

SAT/SUN  – MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Year round on Saturdays from 9am-12pm. Sundays: May-October – 12 pm till 3 pm. Takes up residence on N. Park Square. Market customers have lots of variety to choose from including heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, available from the grocery store. Plus lots of the staples such as potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, beans, amazing cut flower arrangements, local honey, herbal soaps, whole grain breads, fudge pies, jelly, jam and preserves. Contact Market Director Johnny Fulmer at 770-499-9393 or or visit

MARIETTA SQUARE ART WALK – The first Friday of each month starting in March through November. Art Walk celebrates the vitality of Marietta’s diverse cultural Arts scene with artists, businesses, and organizations representing a variety of artistic disciplines.  The evening comes alive as performance, dance, culinary and visual Art permeates every corner of the charming Historic Marietta Square.  Free, self guided walks, patrons can enjoy gallery openings, live music, and many of the boutiques. To learn more contact Stephanie Coston at or visit

GLOVER PARK CONCERT SERIES – Last Friday of every month April through September. The concerts are free but if you are looking for a “front-row seat,” a limited number of tables can be reserved for a fee. Table reservations are taken on a first come basis (and will sell out quickly) on the first working day of each month beginning at 8:00 a.m. The concert lineup: April 28 The Headliners Beach/Oldies; May 26 The Neons, Party Dance Band; May 27 Symphony on the Square; June 30 Swingin Medallions, Party Band of the South; July 28 Breakfast Club 1980’s Tribute Band, August 25 Live Exchange Party Band Variety; September 29 Grapevine Big Band/Motown


“Lumiere Lounge” (6-10pm) on the second floor at the Strand Theatre Come to the Strand and pay homage to the days of old with a silent film inspired piano bar and lounge! As you sink into a plush couch or join a friend at a café table, the modern world seems to drift away as classic silent films quietly flicker in the background while a live pianist plays. The Lumière Lounge will feature specialty cocktails made with local ‘Hometown Honey’ in addition to a full bar. Lumière is held on the second floor lounge on select Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10pm starting during the winter months. Check the calendar for more details or call the box office at 770.293.0080 to get added to the mailing for our evening bar events.

GHOSTS OF MARIETTA WALKING TOUR (7:30pm) Walk the streets of our haunted city by lantern light, guided by one of our talented storytellers. This tour is approximately 90 minutes and the walk is under a mile. Ghost tours are at 7:30pm every Thur, Fri & Sat. Paid reservations required in advance. 770-425-1006.

HISTORIC MARIETTA TOURS: Historic Marietta Trolley Join us for a one-hour, fully-narrated exploration of our historic city. Experience Marietta’s rich heritage, from the vibrant Downtown Square, past grand Antebellum homes, to the battlefields at Kennesaw Mountain. Tour Times Thurs – Sat 11:00 am, & 1:00pm Sunday 1:00pm, 2:30 pm Trolley Departs From Historic Marietta Trolley Co. 131 Church Street Phone 770-425-1006

SATURDAYS  MARIETTA SQUARE ARTISAN MARKET is on Second and Fourth Saturdays.  April through November. The Marietta Square Artisan Market is an open-air showcase of locally-created fine art and premium hand-crafted goods. It is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm from April to November. Enjoy the paintings, drawings, and photography of fine artists settled alongside skilled craftspeople who feature an eclectic roster of distinctive goods including fire pits, cutting boards, terraria, pens, and fine jewelry. Located on Mill Street adjacent to Glover Park, this art ecosystem connects local fine artists and artisans with the community adding culture and charm to the Historic Marietta Square experience.  More info at

SECOND TUESDAY EACH MONTH – POP IN FOR POP CULTURE – Join us at the Marietta Museum of History from 4pm-8pm. We will have foot tastings, activities, and vintage commercials. All included in the price of regular admission. For more info visit

WED 5-7 & SAT 2-4 : WINE TASTINGS at Marietta Wine Market.  18 Powder Springs St SE, Marietta, GA 30064. (770) 919-1574

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