May-retta Daze

A Whirlwind of Activities this Weekend!

So much to chose from – where to start!


smokeThe Barbecue season kicks off the year with one of the first competitions in north Georgia. More than 30 teams will fill up Cauble Park in downtown Acworth on Friday May 6, from 6:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday May 7, from 10:00 a.m., to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and free parking can be found downtown with free shuttles running Friday night for the concert and fireworks and all day Saturday.

fireworks1Superior Plumbing is presenting the event which kicks off with a free concert and fireworks in conjunction with the Acworth Business Association and the City of Acworth on Friday May 6, The Mustangs will delight everyone, playing your country favorites on the CobbEMC Concert Stage at 8:00 p.m., presented by Day’s Chevrolet. Fireworks will shoot high in to the sky following the concert, so bring the whole family for a night you won’t soon forget! Reserved tables that seat six can be purchased for $100. Teams will compete on Friday night to see who will be crowned the Lord of the Wings Champion. This is judged by patrons of the concert Friday night, so bring the whole family and make sure you are all hungry!

Visit the teams and taste all the BBQ you desire, as the Taster’s Choice award will also be decided by patrons of the event on Saturday morning at starting at 10:00 a.m.   Tickets to taste the backyard teams BBQ will be on sale for a nominal charge. Vote with your stomach early and often to crown the winner of a Primo Grill and the title of the 2016 People’s Choice Champion.

Activities for the kids will be in the Northwest Family YMCA Kids Zone and local entertainment fills the stage from 11:00 a.m., to 3:00 p.m., on Saturday with the awards given out at 4:00 p.m.

The Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Rotary Club of North Cobb as proceeds of the event go to the charities of the North Cobb Rotary Club, including the Acworth Special Needs Field, End Polio Now, Mountain Top Boys Home, The Men’s Extension, The Women’s Extension, MUST Ministries, Cobb Christmas, local Cobb schools and more.  For information visit and follow us on facebook.

Marietta Square Art Walk continues Friday, May 6 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.
During this free, self-guided walking tour guests will enjoy gallery openings at Red Door Art Gallery & Studios, dk Gallery, Marietta Square Artists Attic, and 2 Rules Fine Art.

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 visit


autismtrainwill be held Saturday May 7. – The Southern Museum will host a National Train Day for Autism! The Museum will have several types of model train layouts for children of different ages and needs to tinker and play with, including wooden toy trains and remote controlled trains. There will also be in-depth circuitry workshops for those who want to learn to build their own train layouts at home. Other features include open-ended discovery stations with Legos, blocks, gears, ramps, and more! Additional questions can be directed to the Museum at 770-427-2117, or

maydazeMay-retta Daze Arts & Crafts Festival
The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the 40th Annual May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square will be held on May 7-8, 2016.
The festival draws artists and craftspeople from many Southern states, as well as local Georgia artists. In addition to a wide variety of arts and crafts items, the festival also includes children’s activities and free entertainment on the stage.

The show setting is at Glover Park in the historic Marietta Square. The Square is the home of many antique and specialty stores, excellent restaurants and interesting things to do.
Admission to the festival is free. Saturday’s hours are 10-5, Sunday’s hours are 11-5. More info: Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department, 770-794-5601

The Kiwanis Club invites our community to participate in their Light the Way 5k on Sat. May 7 at 7:00 pm. Wear your glowing, flashing, sparkling, blinking running gear for this nighttime race!
Packet pickup and race-day registration begin near the track at Marietta High School at 6:00 p.m. This fun family event will kick off at 7:00 p.m. with a parade of entrants for all the participating Marietta City Schools.  The Star Spangled Banner will be at 7:25 p.m. followed by a FREE Tot Trot at 7:30 for ages 4 & Under.
The 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk will be held on the Marietta High school track at 7:35 – the fee is $20. The Light the Way 5K will begin at 8:00 p.m. and is a Peachtree Qualifier – the fee is $25. Put on your glow gear and join in the fun!  There will be music and fun for the whole family!
Run, walk, or push a stroller in the 5K or 1-Mile and help the Kiwanis Club of Marietta raise funds to support literacy and “Light the Way” to Graduate Marietta! Register online at Marietta High School is located at 1171 Whitlock Ave. Marietta, GA 30064


insideoutCome Meet the Little Voice Inside Your Head.  The City of Kennesaw is excited to announce the return of its free Outdoor Movie Series at Swift-Cantrell Park with Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out (rated PG). Arrive at 6 pm for pre-movie entertainment, giveaways, and outdoor fun. Moviegoers should bring a blanket or low-back chairs. Pop-up tents, canopies, or beach umbrellas that can obstruct the view of others are not permitted. Concessions will be available for purchase. Parking is available inside the park and at neighboring Kennesaw Elementary School.

Many more events are listed on our Calendar Page.

Fun Events for Through May 4!

Art_WalkLooking for a fun free activity for you and your family — in Acworth, Kennesaw, or Marietta for the next few days?  Take a look here – chose from an Arts and Crafts show, Marietta Cobb Arts Museum, Oklahoma at the Jennie T. Anderson, Walking Tour, at least three 5K’s, Kennesaw’s  Outdoor movie, and Acworth’s Golf Tournament- you name it, and we have it happening.  Don’t forget Kennesaw’s Farmer’s Market and Food Truck Night. See listings below.

THU APR 30 – SOLAR ENERGY 101 – Cobb EMC invites you to learn how solar energy systems work and enter for your chance to win prizes! Light refreshments will be served. Free admission. Registration is required – register at Begins at 6pm in the Cobb EMC community room.

FRI, MAY 1, Martinis & Music Night at Marietta Cobb Arts Museum. 5:30 – 8:30pm  Walk through the galleries, meet new people, and enjoy some fantastic drinks. We will have hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Entertainment: Manouche Jazz & Moore.Exhibitions on display during this Martinis and Music are: Mid-Century Revival: The works of Carl Holzman and Sally Tharp  & Jere Allen: Ebb and Flow. Admission: Non-Members: $10 Members: FREE.

FRI MAY 1 – MARIETTA SQUARE ART WALK The 8th Annual Marietta Square Art Walk continues on May 1, 2015, and is held each first Friday through November. Art lovers enjoy an evening stroll through the charming streets of Marietta Square during this free, self-guided tour featuring local art and live music. Art Walk is currently accepting applications. Artists interested in participating may apply online throughout the year at  Be sure to stop by dk Gallery for the mother/daughter exhibit featuring Susan Easton Burns and Julia Burns.

Oklahoma! at Jennie T. AndersonFRI, SAT, SUN – May 1-3 OKLAHOMA presented by the Cobb County Center for Performing Arts at the Jennie T Anderson Theater.  With Rogers and Hammerstein’s timeless music Oklahoma! celebrates the vigor of America’s pioneering spirit with athletic dance and boot-stomping energy.  May 1: 8:00 pm; May 2: 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm; May 3: 3:00 pm.  Tickets are $15.  For ticket information go to

SAT MAY 2 – CEMETERY CLEAN UP – The Kennesaw Cemetery Preservation Commission is hosting a clean-up and beautification day calleThe cemetery is located at Main and Cemetery Streets downtown.  Cleaning materials (except gloves) will be supplied.  Free lunch and drinks as well as live entertainment are also provided.  All are welcomed to come and participate. If cancelled due to rain, the event will be held on May 16.

SAT MAY 2 Marietta Civil War Hospitals Walking Tour, hosted by Marietta Museum of History. Join noted Civil War Historian, Brad Quinlin on a tour of the Marietta Square like you have never before experienced.  Step back in time to what Marietta was like over 150 years ago.  Explore the Square when it was occupied first by the Confederate and then the Union Armies.  Learn about the buildings that became hospitals, the businesses that supplied the armies, and the citizens who lived during these dramatic events. Cost: $15 per ticket. Where: Tours begin at the Marietta Museum of History. When: Saturday, May 2 from 2-3:30 p.m.

SAT MAY 2 – OUTDOOR MOVIE – Kennesaw Parks & Recreation announces the return of its free Outdoor Movie Series at Swift-Cantrell Park with The Book of Life. The 2015 series is presented by WellStar. Arrive at 6 p.m. for pre-movie entertainment, giveaways and outdoor fun. Moviegoers should bring a blanket or low-back chairs. For more information, visit or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

SAT MAY 2 – MAVERICK 5K – The McClure Middle School Foundation is excited to announce our 1st annual Maverick 5K! Enjoy an exhilarating, chip timed, 5K run or 1 mile walk through the track & trails of Kennesaw Mountain High School (KMHS). Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. Online registration – visit Running events start at 9am.

runnerSAT MAY 2 – POKER RUN – Please join us for our first ever Poker Run, which is being held to help combat PTSD by raising funds for Service Dogs for Warriors. Registration starts at 8 AM to 10 AM at North Star Church at 3413 Blue Springs Rd., Kennesaw. Entry fee is $25 per bike and $10 for a passenger. Questions or Concerns please contact Steve Gantt at  Rain date is May 9. If interested in participating in the ride, visit to download your application. If you would like to sponsor a mile or make a donation you may mail your check to American Legion Post 304, PO Box 15, Kennesaw, GA 30156-0015.

SAT MAY 2 – AGING BY DESIGN SUMMIT & EXPO – All are welcomed ($5 per person and includes lunch) to learn about issues that impact older adults. The expo runs from 8am-2:30pm at the Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. Pre-register at any Cobb Senior Center. Call 770-528-5355 with questions or visit for more information.

SAT&SUN May 2-3 MAY-RETTA Daze Arts & Craft Festival hosted by Marietta Parks and Recreation. MARIETTA – More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their paintings, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, glass, floral designs and much more at the annual festival. The festival will be held Saturday, May 2nd from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, May 3rd from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and there is free parking available in the Cobb County parking garage.

MON MAY 4 – ABA GOLF TOURNAMENT – The ABA is set to have the Ft. Lauderdale Scramble start at 9 a.m. at the beautiful Bentwater Golf Club. Registration for golfers is $100 or $400 for each foursome. Includes greens fees, carts, goodie bags, breakfast and snacks, lunch and a silent auction at the conclusion of the round of golf. Register online at, click golf tournament under the events menu.

Harvest-vegetablesMON MAY 4 till FALL FARMER’S MARKET AND FOOD TRUCK NIGHT Mondays just got better in Kennesaw as  the Farmer’s Market will move to Monday nights combining the Market with Food Truck Mondays at the Depot in downtown Kennesaw. The two events will coincide each Monday starting May 4th and will continue every Monday night through the fall. The event times are staggered so that those wanting to get in and out of the Farmer’s Market without visiting the Food Trucks will be able to do so, while those looking to attend both events will be accommodated as well. The Farmer’s Market will run from 3 pm to 7 pm and the Food Trucks will operate from 6 pm to 9 pm.