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 www.smokeonthelake.org 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 www.ArtWalkMarietta.com.


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 events@southernmuseum.org.

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 www.active.com. 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.

Two 5K’s this weekend – Fundraisers for the Community


What better way to give back to the community and exercise at the same time.  Two 5K’s are being hosted this weekend and we invite you to participate in one of them.

SAT NOV 22 – ACWORTH TURKEY CHASE 5K – Enjoy an exhilarating 5K run through Historic Downtown Acworth and along the shores of beautiful Lake Acworth.  Walk, jog, or run, participants of all ages and abilities are welcome.
Registration fees range from $5 to $20 before noon on November 19.  The 5K Fun Run will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the 2K walk at 9:15 a.m. on Main Street in Downtown Acworth. There will be a “Little Pilgrim” Trot for children up to age 5 beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Main Street. For more information, to register and for sponsorship opportunities visit www.acworthturkeychase.com.   All participants must bring a non-perishable food item on race day to receive their race number. All non-perishable food items and a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Tackle Hunger Program


SAT NOV 22 KMHS 5K FUN RUN/Walk.  8:00 am. at the school. Fee is $25 and all proceeds go towards the Shop With a Mustang Program. Course: Cross Country course at KMHS. 1898 Kennesaw Due West Rd, Kennesaw GA, 30152. Amenities: Custom designed T-shirt, official timer, water station, 1 & 2 mile time, and food.  Pay at the event or register online at http://goo.gl/forms/z8T6DtDJdQ


What’s on the Agenda for this Weekend?

October is the month that I wish Mother Nature would add three more weekends.  The weather is fantastic and there are so many things to chose from, one has to be tripletts to enjoy them all — and these are just our very own community events.

THU/FRI OCT 17-18 – EAST HAMPTON HOLIDAY GIFT SALE –  2055 Kinsmon Dr, Marietta, Thur 5-9pm, Fri. 9am-4pm.  Shop unique gifts from local vendors.  Proceeds will be donated to local charities.  Vendors contact Janice at jachill1414@aol.com

FRI. OCT 18 – 80’S NIGHT THROWBACK PARTY – 6-10pm at SkyZone Kennesaw!  Dress in your favorite costume and receive a discount coupon for your next visit.  Prizes awarded for best costume.  Portion of the proceeds will benefit the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.  Bring a pack of diapers and receive a FREE 30 Minute jump pass for a future visit.  For more info visit www.skyzone.com/kennesaw or call 678-426-4400.

SAT. OCT 19 – Superheroes Vs. Villians 5K – West Cobb near Required* Fitness.  Sign up at active.com, in store registration at Required* Fitness or Big Peach Running Company.

SAT OCT 19 – NORTH STAR’S BOLD 5K – The event begins at 9:00 am and will be held at Allatoona High School.  A fun exercise through the wooded areas of the school — a little different than most courses and fall is the perfect time of the year for this type of run/walk.  For more information and to register visit www.northstarchurch.org/boldrun or register in person at Big Peach Running Co., Kennesaw.  Cost is $25 for 5K through Oct 10.

SAT. OCT 19 – FIRST AID/CPR CLASS – from 9am-12pm at Kennesaw Primrose School of Kennesaw North.  $25 registration for the 3 hour class.  Become certified, valid for two years.  Registration is limited.  Call 770-218-3500 or email kennesawnorth@gmail.com to register.

SAT OCT 19 – HISTORY OF CAMP MCDONALD LECTURE – event to be held in the City of Kennesaw’s Council Chambers, presented by Michael Shaffer, Asst. Director of KSU’s Civil War Center.  Lecture begins at 10am.  Free to the public.  Email info@campmcdonaldpark.org or visit www.campmcdonaldpark.org for more info.

SAT OCT 19 – BIRD WATCHER SUPPLY COMPANY – 25th Anniversary Celebration. 10-6 at the Kennesaw Store. 2615 George Busbee Pkwy. Kennesaw. GA 770-499-7597.  Free refreshments, hourly drawings. Register for a change to win a $1000 Visa Gift Card and one of five $100 Bird Watcher Gift Cards.  Bring your friends.

SAT OCT 19 – MARIETTA HARVEST SQUARE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL – 9am-5pm on the Marietta Square.  Featuring local artists with a variety of products from paintings, pottery, woodwork, metal work, jewelry, glass, fabric and floral designs.  Halloween happenings for children featuring games and kid friendly activities starts at 1:00 pm.

SAT OCT 19- ZOMBIE WALK – The undead are coming back to help MUST Ministries!  Zombies will take over Glover Park at 5pm for a not so brisk 0.8 mile stumble that begins at 6pm.  Bring your best zombie look and food donations (or cash/credit card donations) to the Marietta Square.

SAT OCT 19 – GREAT GIG DANCE CO. ANNUAL SIDEWALK SALE – Shop a huge selection of gently used dance costumes, leotards, jeans, tutus, shoes, hairbows and more!  Great for dress up and/or halloween costumes.  Great Gig is located at 4200 Wade Green Road (in the Big Lots shopping center).

SAT OCT 19 – HAPPY TRAILS PET CENTER ANNIVERSARY PARTY – 4-8PM, Celebrating one year anniversary.  Great party with treats and prizes.  Fun for the whole family!  For more info call Ben at 678-402-5025.

SAT. OCT 19 – BATTLE OF KENNESAW MARTIAL ARTS AND FITNESS CHAMPIONSHIPS – at Chattahoochee Technical College, 5198 Ross Road, Acworth.  This is the 11th annual battle hosted by ETO.  For more info, call 770-528-9821 or visit www.myeto.com.