Marietta

A Variety of Activities in Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta,

SMOKE ON THE LAKE BBQ FESTIVAL
PRESENTED MAY 11-12, 2018

The Barbecue season kicks off the year with one of the first competitions in north Georgia. More than 30 teams will fill Cauble Park in downtown Acworth on Friday May 11, from 5:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday May 12, 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 all day Saturday. Cauble Park and Lake Acworth has to be one of the most beautiful venues in our area – what better place to hold a family friendly backyard, BBQ competition. This is the Rotary Club of North Cobb’s 9th Annual Smoke on the Lake in partnership with the City of Acworth.

You can smell the North Cobb Rotary Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival from miles around. This event offers lots of cash and prizes for the BBQ competition, the Lord of the Wings and the People’s Choice. Over 8,000 people are expected to visit! 100% of this event’s net proceeds go directly back into our community.

The Georgia Players Guild, featuring the music of “Alabama” and “The Eagles”, takes the stage on Friday night at 8:00 p.m., for the Concert Under the Stars. All ages will enjoy this show as they will be playing all your favorite songs. General Admission is free on Friday night and tables of six can be purchased for $100, price includes your table and six chairs for the whole crew. Reserve online at https://smokeonthelake.org/concert-under-the-stars/.

Inflatables will be in place for kids of all ages. Slide down a giant 24-foot inflatable slide, jump on a huge obstacle course, shoot hoops in the bouncy basketball jumpy and others. Face painting will be available as well.

Visit the beer and wine tent as adult beverages will be available for the concert Friday night and Saturday during the BBQ competition.
Lord of the Wings and People’s Choice Pork BBQ Competitions are judged by the Public. These two competitions have the largest direct impact on our community. The funds raised through taster tickets sold to the public are used for multiple Rotary charity efforts. Your support is highly encouraged and needed – and it’s fun!

Admission: Parking downtown, shuttles and event admission are all FREE. Visit www.smokeonthelake.org for lots more information!thru taster tickets sold to the public are used for multiple Rotary charity efforts. Your support is highly encouraged and needed – and it’s fun! .

CALENDAR OF EVENTS THROUGH MAY 17

Thur, May 10 ABA Alive After Five- 5:30-7:30pm. Cedar Plantation- 4610 Northside Dr, Acworth, GA 30101 Open social networking that promotes relationship building in a relaxed atmosphere for members, drink ticket and food provided. Free for members

FRI MAY 11 MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS SIP N STROLL. 5:00 pm. For this Sip n’ Stroll, we will stroll around the Marietta Square’s Glover Park and adjoining streets. Certified arborists and landscape architects will lead the tour of the neighborhood, pointing out the many treasures and challenges that exist among our valuable stock of trees. Location is Marietta Square’s Glover Park and we will meet at 50 North Park Square, Marietta, GA 30064. Parking around the square or in the parking deck off Cherokee and Lawrence St. For more information, please call 770.424.4664.

FRI MAY 11 MARTINIS AND MUSIC 5:30-8:30 at Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta. The cost of admission will be ten dollars, with the exception of members who will enter for free. The event aims to create a fun and light atmosphere while enjoying American art and benefiting the local community. There will be a cash only bar with light hor d’oeuvres. An art auction will be held to benefit Hickory Hills Elementary. All of the proceeds from the auction will go directly to Hickory Hills Elementary to help benefit the needs of students.

FRI/SAT MAY 11-12 SMOKE ON THE LAKE BBQ FESTIVAL. The Barbecue season kicks off the year with one of the first competitions in north Georgia. More than 30 teams will fill Cauble Park in downtown Acworth on Friday May 11, from 5:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday May 12, 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 all day Saturday. Cauble Park and Lake Acworth has to be one of the most beautiful venues in our area – what better place to hold a family friendly backyard, BBQ competition. This is the Rotary Club of North Cobb’s 9th Annual Smoke on the Lake in partnership with the City of Acworth.

SAT MAY 12 SWIFT CANTRELL 5K -Downtown Kennesaw. The fun begins at 7:30AM with the 1 Mile Fun Run. At 8:00AM the 5K Run/Walk. And at 8:55AM – Tot Trot. The early registration fee is $25. $30 starting May 1 and $35 cash the day of the race. Register online https://kennesawgrandprix.com/.

SAT SUN MAY 12/13 NEW BEGINNINGS UMC BBQ FUNDRAISWER. Hours are 11-6 both days. Whole Pork Butts/Ribs or BBQ Plates, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Potato Salad Pre-order Deadline, May 6, order forms available on line at www.nbumc.org.

MON MAY 14 KENNESAW FARMER’S MARKET 3:30-7:30 PM. Offering a variety of fresh vegetables & fruits, baked goods, james, jellies, local honey and more

MON MAY 14 DINNER AT THE DEPOT 5:30-8:30 A variety of food trucks will rotate throughout the season. Both at the depot in downtown Kennesaw.

TUES MAY 15 MARIETTA COUNCIL OF GARDEN CLUBS OPEN HOUSE. 6:30 PM. The Marietta Council of Garden Clubs will host a wine and cheese open house, “How to Seed a New Garden Club”. This free event is open to all community members on Tuesday, May 15th and will begin at 6:30 pm at the Marietta Educational Garden Center, 505 Kennesaw Avenue, Marietta, GA, 30060. Guests are encouraged to bring friends and can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-house-tickets-45218186814 or contact Kate Millholland at mgardenc@bellsouth.net or call 770-427-3494 on MWF between 9:30 am and 2:30 p.m.

TUES MAY 15 KBA Alive After Five – 5:30 PM-7:30 PM event in the parking lot of our sponsor Hester Dental in downtown Kennesaw.  With catering provided by Carrabba’s, you won’t want to miss this chance to mingle with other KBA members and friends.

THURS MAY 17, Marietta Museum of History 6:30pm, the Marietta Museum of History hosts its first Evening with History lecture of 2018. In 1884, several leading citizens purchased 577 acres to open Atlanta’s Westview Cemetery. The rolling terrain, part of which was a site in the Civil War battle of Ezra Church, became the final resting place for more than 100,000 people. Prominent locals buried here include Grant Park namesake L.P. Grant, author Joel Chandler Harris, High Museum benefactor Harriet High, Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler Sr. and Haverty’s founder J.J. Haverty. The cemetery’s Westview Abby mausoleum is one of the nation’s largest with more than eleven thousand crypts. We are pleased to host author Jeff Clemmons as he recounts some of the fascinating details of this cemetery’s history highlighted in his newest book, Atlanta’s Historic Westview Cemetery. After the program, Mr. Clemmons will be signing his books including his previous one, Rich’s: A Southern Institution. Both books will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

FAMILY FUN ACTIVITES FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY

Never a dull moment in our community – looking for something fun, entertaining, educational in Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta — See our suggestions below.

MAY-RETTA DAZE ARTS AND CRAFTS – MAY 5 & 6
The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite our readers to the 42nd Annual May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square on May 5-6, 2018. More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their paintings, pottery, jewelry, and much more at the annual festival.

May-retta Daze is an annual, two-day arts and crafts festival held the first weekend in May. 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.

MORE MAY EVENTS THROUGH MAY 10

FRI MAY 4 – MARIETTA ART WALK – 5:30-9:00.  Art Walk celebrates the vitality of Marietta’s diverse cultural Arts scene with artists, businesses, and organizations representing avariety of artistic disciplines. To learn more contact Stephanie Coston at stephaniecoston07@gmail.com or visit www.ArtWalkMarietta.com.

FRI MAY 4 MARIETTA SPRING POPS CONCERT 8:00 PM presented by Symphony on the Square at the Strand Theatre, on the Square in Marietta. Tickets are sale at www.sotsmusic.org for $20.00. Enjoy a wonderful evening of music listening to popular favorites including a tribute to Henry Mancini .

SAT MAY 5 OUTDOOR MOVIE. Come see Oscar winning Coco at Swift Cantrell Park. It doesn’t get much better than FREE, family-friendly movies in the park! Arrive at 6 p.m. for pre-movie entertainment, giveaways and outdoor fun. Cancellations may occur due to weather conditions. Visit www.kennesawparksandrec.com for updates.

SAT MAY 5 “EMBRACE”- A Worship Celebration for Women Featuring Babbie Mason Live 1-3 Northwest Christian Church. We invite you to join us for this special event for women on Saturday, May 5th from 1-3pm at Northwest Christian Church. You’ll experience Christ-centered worship music led by Babbie Mason, God-honoring testimonies, and a huge dose of encouragement as we celebrate what Jesus has done for us. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at nwcc.net/embrace. Northwest Christian Church is located at 3737 Dallas Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth, GA 30101.

SAT & SUN – MAY 5-6 MAY-RETTA DAZE ARTS & CRAFTS. The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department invites our community to attend the 42nd Annual May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square on May 5-6, 2018. Sat 10-5; Sun 11-5.
More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their paintings, pottery, jewelry, and much more at the annual festival. Admission to the festival is free.

MON MAY 7 KENNESAW FARMER’S MARKET 3:30-7:30 PM. Offering a variety of fresh vegetables & fruits, baked goods, james, jellies, local honey and more

MON MAY 7 DINNER AT THE DEPOT 5:30-8:30 A variety of food trucks will rotate throughout the season. Both at the depot in downtown Kennesaw.

TUES MAY 8 KBA Luncheon 11:30 am. KSU Community Center. Register online at www.kennesawbusiness.org. Sponsored by Desktop Office and Meeting Space, Catered by Adriane’s Delectables. $15.00 members, $20.00 non-members.

TUE MAY 8 KENNESAW BLOOD DRIVE 2-7 PM at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Donating blood is a safe, simple and satisfying… and it helps save lives. Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code KP&R or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Walk-ins are also welcome.

THUR MAY 10 ABA ALIVE AFTER FIVE – 5:30-7:30pm. Cedar Plantation- 4610 Northside Dr, Acworth, GA 30101 Open social networking that promotes relationship building in a relaxed atmosphere for members, drink ticket and food provided. Free for members.

CHECK OUT THE REST OF MAY ON OUR CALENDAR PAGE

MARIETTA INVITATIONS

Spring is just around the corner and two of Marietta’s popular events are accepting applications to participate.  And MTK’s always welcomes helpers.

REGISTER NOW FOR MAY-RETTA DAZE ARTS & CRAFTS

The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department invites artists to participate in the 42nd Annual May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square on May 5-6, 2018.

More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their paintings, pottery, jewelry, and much more at the annual festival.

To register to sell items at the event, please review the requirements and print out the form and mail it to the Parks and Recreation Department located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, 205 Lawrence St., Marietta, GA, 30061. The form is online at http://www.mariettaga.gov/civicalerts.aspx?aid=1540.

Applications should be postmarked on or before the registration deadline on March 29th. Please review the application to see the booth space fees. Admission to the festival is free. More info: Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department, 770-794-5601.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS for Metro-Montage-XVIII.

The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is calling all artists to submit an original work that has been created within the past 10 years and has not been shown at MCMA. Deadline for submissions is April 20 at 11:59. Works will be exhibited at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art from July 7 until September 9, 2018. Visit www.mariettacobbartmuseum.org for submission requirements and entry forms. Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is located at 30 Atlanta Street, SE, Marietta, GA

MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS
Marietta Tree Keepers invites volunteers of all ages to help plant trees in the Marietta City Cemetery on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:00am. Tools and refreshments provided. Dress for outdoor weather.
We will be planting trees in the Marietta City Cemetery. The parking address is: Brown Park, 358 West Atlanta St., Marietta, 30064, look for the green signage. You can also drive into the middle of the cemetery and look for our sign-in table at the small white building. The date is Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:00am.

 

 

City to Host 5k Shamrock Shuffle March 17th to Benefit City’s Police Athletic League

The City of Marietta will host the 2nd Annual 5K Shamrock Shuffle on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:00am on the Marietta Square benefitting the Marietta Police Athletic League.

This event will raise money to support the Marietta Police Athletic League’s (PAL) youth athletic programs with needed supplies and equipment. Awards will be given for top qualifiers in each race age group and for best costume. This is also a qualifying AJC Peachtree Road Race event.

The cost to register is $20 for kids 12 and under, $25 for early registration until March 10, 2018 and $30 after March 10th. T-shirts are included in your registration fee but only guaranteed for early registration.  To register visit https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Marietta/ShamrockShuffleMarietta

About the Marietta PAL Program

The Marietta Police Department began the Marietta Police Athletic League (PAL) chapter in 2007. Marietta PAL is a non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities which create trust and build understanding between law enforcement and youth.
Register: https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Marietta/ShamrockShuffleMarietta
Link to PAL: http://www.mariettapal.org

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MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – ALERT!

Marietta Tree Keepers are currently scheduled to plant trees tomorrow, Feb. 10th at 9am sign in, then followed by planting.  We realize that it might be raining but how much or how severe we are not certain at this time.

The following extreme conditions will cancel the planting:
1. Thunderstorms including lightning
2. Steady downpour of rain
3. A light drizzle or light rain will NOT cancel the planting

Please dress appropriately for wet conditions.  We will meet at the Marietta Middle SCHOOL  parking lot off Maple and Winn St. by the gym.  Address is 121 Winn Street, Marietta, GA. 30064.  Our exact planting locations will be varied so we will meet there and then be assigned to the locations around the Square and at 2 other places.

Please check in with our message machine at 770-424-4664 before you leave your home in the morning to see if anything has changed from the above.  The message will be changed at 8am tomorrow morning with an update.

If the planting does get cancelled our rain date is next Saturday, Feb. 17th at 9am signings, planting at 9:30am same location as above.

What’s Happening This Weekend!!

Trains, Trains, Trains is this Weekend

Trains, Trains, Trains presented by Dixie Precast!  will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, and Sunday, January 28 at the Southern Museum, Kennesaw.

Bigger and better than ever, the Museum has pulled out all the stops for two incredible, fun-filled days of family oriented activities. “Model trains are a wonderful way to bring families together,” remarks Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum, “Each year we see many repeat families, many of whom stay and enjoy the event for the greater part of the day.”

This year’s Trains, Trains, Trains! will include model railroad layouts of different scales and gauges from regional groups including North Georgia Tinplate Trackers, Athens Bend Track, North Georgia Garden Railroad Society, and more! DixieLUG LEGO® User Group returns with their extremely popular Lego model train layout.  With over 25,000 square feet of intricate and elaborate train layouts for train enthusiasts, exhibits, and interactive activities, the whole family can enjoy this extraordinary event while making memories that last a lifetime.

An expanded Museum Gift Shop will offer new train items, lots of children’s books, and exquisite, new-to-the-museum gifts, toys, and collectibles, perfect for the train enthusiasts, kids, and fans of history!

Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12, and free for children three and under. This event is FREE for members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit SouthernMuseum.org/TTT today or call (770) 427-2117.

 

Clear Out Old Books, Videos at Media Swap

Kennesaw Parks & Recreation will host its popular Book, CD & DVD Swap at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, on Saturday, January 27 from 8 to 11 a.m.

Here’s how it works: Drop off gently used hardcover or paperback books, music CDs and DVD movies on Thursday and Friday, January 25 – 26 from noon to 8 p.m. and receive a ticket redeemable for the same number of items during “open swap” time on Saturday, January 27.

Books must have their front and back covers intact and be in good condition. CDs and DVDs must be in their original cases and fully operable. Magazines, software, record albums, VHS or cassette tapes, adult content, unauthorized or illegal material will not be accepted.

After the event, all unclaimed items will be donated to charitable organizations.

This is not a book sale. It is a FREE media swap. Items will not be available for purchase.

MORE FUN EVENTS

WED-SUN JAN 24-28 – “HAIRSPRAY” MUSICAL – Presented by Allatoona High School’s Musical theatre. Showing Wednesday, 1/24 @ 7pm, Thursday, 1/25 @ 8pm, Friday, 1/26 @ 7pm , Saturday, 1/27 @ 2pm & 7pm and Sunday, 1/28 At 3pm. Tickets are $12 at the box office. PG-13  Allatoona High School is located at 3300 Dallas Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth, GA 30101.

THU JAN 25 – ACWORTH WOMEN’S BUSINESS LUNCHEON – WOMEN’S LUNCHEON – Thursday January 18. Calling all women in business or management position. Come join the newest group to inspire and inform local women in business will be January 18th, at 11:30 am, catered by the always delicious Henry’s Louisiana Grill! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF ABA TO ATTEND. The fun begins at 11:30 at Logan Farm, 4756 Logan Road Acworth, Ga 30101. Our speaker is Kim Watts with Acworth Parks and Recreation. RSVP at acworthbusiness.org.

SAT JAN26-27 & FEB 2-3. IN THE HEIGHTS. Marietta High School presents “In the Heights,” by Lin-Manuel Miranda (of “Hamilton” fame) January 26-27 and February 2-3.  “In the Heights”is the story of three days in the lives of residents of Washington Heights, New York City.  25 member cast, live band and members of the dance and chorus departments are featured.  Tickets $12-18.  For tickets and more information visit bluedevilthreatre.com

SAT JAN 27 – LOCKER ROOM MEN’S BREAKFAST – Jason Romano of Sports Spectrum will serve as the featured speaker for the Locker Room Men’s Breakfast event at NorthStar Church at 8:00am. The event marks the first of the church’s series of “Locker Room” events which aims to blend sports and faith, and is open to all men (middle school aged and older) throughout the Atlanta area. The first 100 men to register for the event will receive a complimentary copy of the book. The cost is $5.00 per person to cover the cost of a gourmet breakfast provided by Arise Kitchen. Registration for the event is now open at northstarchurch.org/breakfast.NorthStar Church’s address is 3413 Blue Springs Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

SAT JAN 27 – KENNESAW’S BOOK, CD & DVD SWAP – Kennesaw Parks & Recreation will host its popular Book, CD & DVD Swap at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, from 8 to 11 a.m. Drop off gently used hardcover or paperback books, music CDs and DVD movies on Thursday and Friday, January 25 – 26 from noon to 8 p.m. and receive a ticket redeemable for the same number of items during “open swap” time on Saturday, January 27. Assistance is needed during the event with receiving, sorting, counting and bagging items. Volunteers must have the ability to bend, stoop, stand and lift up to 20lbs. To sign up for a volunteer shift, visit kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation and click on “Volunteers.”For more information, visit kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation or call (770) 422-9714

SAT-SUN JAN 27-28 – TRAINS TRAINS TRAINS EVENT – The eighth annual Trains, Trains, Trains presented by Dixie Precast at the Southern Musuem, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Activities will also include the opportunity to speak with collections staff about our many railroad artifacts on display for visitors to hold, touch, and discover how they were used. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12, and free for children three and under. This event is FREE for members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit SouthernMuseum.org/TTT today or call (770) 427-2117.

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Santa Sightings and Tree Lightings-Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta

Our community loves Christmas and all the festivities that go with it.  Kicking off this week are the following in Acworth, Kennesaw, and Marietta — if you are magic you could make them all, as for me – will be in Acworth for Santa and Kennesaw for the parade for sure.  Carol Thompson

Kennesaw Tree Lighting
Join Mayor Easterling and other city officials at the Depot on Cherokee St (across from the museum) downtown Kennesaw on Tuesday, November 28 for the time-honored tradition of “flipping the switch” to illuminate the official Christmas tree. The free hour-long program begins at 6:00 pm and will include festive choral music and sing-along, light refreshments, and plenty of holiday cheer. For more information, visit kennesaw-ga.gov or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

Santa Arrives in Style

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO MARIETTA –  NOV 30

The City of Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in conjunction with the arrival of Santa Claus on Thursday, November 30, 2017 in Glover Park on the Marietta Square.

The fun begins at 4:00pm on Thursday, November 30 with performances by local school choruses. Santa makes his exciting grand entrance via a City of Marietta firetruck at 5:20pm followed by the lighting of the City’s Christmas Tree at 6pm. Additionally, children can meet Santa until 8pm that evening, as Santa must leave. to make his way back to the North Pole!
Families will now have the option of booking their Santa visit online (not available December 1st), while walkups will still be welcome. This year Santa will also be visiting with our furry friends, details are available on the website.

Starting December 1, 2017, the Santa Experience is brought to you by the Marietta Square Branding Project. Through their http://www.winterwonderlandmarietta.com/, you can book appointments with “The Classic Santa” or with “Santa.” While both Santas are the real deal, “Classic Santa” is the jolly fellow who has been on the Marietta Square for almost 20 years! “Santa” is the jolly fellow who may interact on a personal level with your children if you provide some details in the booking process.

This “Santa” is also lovingly known as Santa Paws! For more detailed information, please visit the Winter Wonderland website at http://www.winterwonderlandmarietta.com/santa-2 or email santaonthemariettasquare@gmail.com.

Acworth’s Santa’s Arrival

It’s that special time again! The City of Acworth is excited to be partnering with NorthStar Church to make this year’s Santa’s Arrival the best yet!  Santa will be reaching downtown Acworth on Friday, December 1st.  Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Santa is scheduled to arrive at 6:30 p.m. There will be a host of live performances until 9:00 p.m. to help Santa kickoff the holiday season.

Bring the entire family to hear Mayor Tommy Allegood read The Night Before Christmas and watch the lighting of the tree on Senator Russell Avenue. This year’s festivities will take place in front of Acworth City Hall and on the Plaza.

Enjoy pictures with Santa, eating candy canes with all his elves, and filling the streets with the holiday spirit. Plan on bringing your camera to capture the special moment, as there will be no photographer on-site. There will be train rides, marshmallow roasting, and hot chocolate.  Don’t forget to visit Frana Brown Park, where you can enjoy the beautiful Festival of Trees!
For more information visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234

 

Kennesaw’s Santa Parade and Holiday Activities

The City of Kennesaw will usher in the holiday season on Saturday, December 2 with a Main Street parade featuring marching bands, decorated floats, vintage cars, colorfully-costumed characters, and Santa Claus himself.
The parade begins at noon near the intersection of Park Drive and Main Street, proceeding south and east down Main Street, marching past Cherokee Street toward Cemetery Street.
The celebration continues at Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee Street, until 6 pm with A Day with Santa presented by WellStar Health Systems. Activities include a snow playground, inflatables and amusements, kid’s crafts, visits with Santa, stage entertainment, and a holiday market full of gift ideas and unique merchandise. Food vendors will be onsite.
Event organizers are seeking vendors, as well as accepting entries for the parade at adaywithsanta.com. Entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded in several categories. The best overall float will win a cash prize of $250. Participation is free.For more information, visit adaywithsanta.com or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

Raminator to visit Scottish Rite Hospital – Nov 2nd.

RAMINATOR visits Scottish Rite.

On behalf of the Ram Truck brand, the Hall Brothers Racing team and monster truck Raminator are making a pit stop at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital on Thursday, November 2nd from 10:30AM – 11:30AM to brighten the day of patients. Raminator, the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record holder for the Fastest Speed for a Monster Truck, hitting a record speed of 99.10 miles per hour will make a special stop in the front parking circle of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital. Patients, families and hospital guests will be able to get an up close and personal look at the monster truck and meet its owners and operators – the Hall Brothers Racing Team.  The Hall Brothers will answer questions and sign autographs. The Ram monster trucks compete in races such as Monster Nationals and tour the country, making appearances at dealerships to offer ride-along and car-crushing spectacles for fans of all ages. The Ram Truck brand monster truck lineup includes Raminator and Rammunition, sponsored since 2002. The entire line of Ram monster trucks are owned and operated by the Hall Brothers Racing Team.

FUN FALL FESTIVITES IN ACWORTH, MARIETTA!

Annual HarvestFest on the Marietta Square on Saturday, October 21st

Mark your calendars to attend the City of Marietta’s 41st Annual HarvestFest on the Historic Marietta Square on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9am – 5pm.

Sponsored by Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department, this annual festival full of activities for all ages.  It includes Halloween Happenings from 1pm-5pm which is an event for children ages 12 and younger and includes carnival games, kid-friendly activities, and a costume contest for pets and children 12 and under. The winners of the Scarecrows on the Square competition will be announced at 1:45pm.

The Harvest Square Festival will have exhibits including painting, pottery, woodworking, jewelry and many other types of crafts. Admission is free, and there will be games and activities for the entire family.

Schedule of Events: 9am – 5pm – HarvestFest Arts & Crafts; 10am – 2pm – Kids’ Touch a Truck (located on East Park Square); 1pm – 5pm – Halloween Happenings; 1:45pm – Scarecrows on the Square winners announced; 2:00pm – Children’s Costume Contest begins; 3:00pm – Pet Costume Contest begins,

ACWORTH’S Halloween JamBOOree

You are in for a spooky good time at Acworth’s Halloween JamBOOree The event will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Logan Farm Park. For a minimal charge, each child can participate in many different carnival type games and activities where they can win candy and prizes. Be sure your kids wear their favorite costume as we have costume contests, broken up into age groups, going on throughout the event! There will also be a FREE hayride!

Parking available at Logan Farm Park (both the Administrative Office and Main Entrances), Roberts School, Rosenwald School, and the corner of Cherokee Street and Northside Drive.  There will be signage directing you up the trail to the event. For more information contact Michelle Berryman at mberryman@acworth.org or call 770-917-1234.

FALL FESTIVAL OF FUN at Jim Miller Park

Cobb P.A.R.K.S. along with Cobb County Public Safety, SafeKids Cobb County and Cobb County 4-H are hosting the 18th Annual Fall Festival of Fun on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Jim Miller Park. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. This event will provide the children of Cobb County a safe alternative to the traditional Trick-or-Treat in their neighborhoods.

The festival will include arts and crafts, games, inflatable rides, police and fire activities, costume contests for kids and adults, coloring contests, a photo booth and other surprises. Parking, entrance to the park, games, candy and contests are free (there is a fee for concessions and inflatable rides). Come wearing your Halloween costume and be sure to bring a bag to carry all of your candy!

MORE CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR OCT AND NOVEMBER AT ARE ON THIS WEBSITE ON THE CALENDAR PAGE.

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GREAT GIG Gigantic Yard Sale

STAGE COSTUMES * Just in time for Halloween!!
DANCEWEAR * All sizes * Shoes * Leotards * Tops and more
JEANS * Just in time for fall!

All proceeds benefit the great gig DANCE Ensemble located next to Big Lots on Wade Green Rd., K. Great Gig Dance Ensemble is a group of young dancers between the ages of 6 and 18. Based out of Great Gig Dance Co. in Kennesaw, the group performs throughout the local community of Acworth-Kennesaw-Woodstock-Marietta, as well as throughout the Southeast and beyond.
Cash or Check only! No exchanges or Refunds.

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It’s FAIR time. North Georgia State Fair Starts Thursday, Sept 21.

GET READY TO SLIDE AT SUPERIOR PLUMBING NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR

Hey Georgia! Get ready to slide into some mega size fun! The Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair is proud to add the mega slide to our already outstanding James H. Drew Exposition midway. Before being acquired by the Drew Expositions, the Mega Slide spent many years at the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, N.Y. The slide has been completely refurbished top to bottom with a colorful new paint job (fun insider fact: Yellow paint keeps the slide cool, even more so than white!). At fifty feet high and rippling out an impressive one hundred and seventy feet, the yellow and green mega slide will be one of the most iconic structures at the North Georgia State Fair. With wavy lengths of grooved, galvanized metal over a steel scaffolding support, the newest ride at Jim R. Miller Park will have everyone talking.

The first giant slide made its appearance at a state fair in Minnesota in 1968. Since then, generations of families have enjoyed this oversized attraction. However, they have become increasingly rare, with less than 10 giant slides operating in the U.S. Drew Expositions owner, Jimmy Drew, says “We are thrilled to bring the iconic mega slide to the North Georgia State Fair. We are always looking for new ways to wow our patrons, so we look for those wow attractions like the Wildcat Rollercoaster, the Georgia Mountain Lift, and now, the Mega Slide”.

Fair Manager, Tod Miller adds, “We are so thankful to Drew Expositions for selecting the North Georgia State Fair to be the new home of the Mega Slide. It is such a classic fair attraction and everyone ages three to ninety-three, loves it. We know it is sure to become a new family tradition”.

TICKET PRICES AND SPECIALS

Gate Admission: $7.00 admission. Children 10 and under are free. Ride tickets are $1.25 each, $20.00 for 21 tickets, $50.00 for 55 tickets and $100 for 120 tickets. All rides require more than one ticket. Parking is $5.  Concerts FREE with fair admission. ATM machines are located on the midway.
Discount tickets will be available at all Metro Atlanta Walgreens beginning August 21 – September 22.  Admission $3.50, children 10 and under are free, a book of 21 Ride Tickets can be purchased for $11.00.
Discount Coupons: Buy One Get One FREE Fair Admission coupons will be available at all Metro Atlanta O’Reiley Auto Parts stores for the month of September.

RIDE SPECIALS

Unlimited Rides: $15.00 Pay-One-Price Ride Special – on Monday, 9/25
$20.00 Pay-One-Price Ride Specials – on Thursday (opening day), 9/21; Wednesday, 9/27 and Thursday 9/28.
NEW FOR 2017 $25.00 Pay-One-Price Ride Specials – on Friday 9/22.  $25.00 Pay-One-Price Ride Specials – on Saturdays, 9/23 and 9/30 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (good till close)
Information: (770) 528-8989, visit www.northgeorgiastatefair.com or email tod.miller@northgeorgiastatefair.com or jonathanjenkins@northgeorgiastatefair.com.  Follow us on Facebook @TheNorthGeorgiaStateFair or download our app: NorthGeorgiaStateFair.

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