Guide to Summer in Atlanta for Kids: Things to Do in Atlanta 2013



Summer Fun in Atlanta Guide

Looking for a guide to have a great summer in Atlanta for kids? You have come to the right place.

As we are in the midst of summer with plenty of fun things to do in Atlanta, we also know the information is all over the place. So we decide to put all the resource in your finger tip.

This ultimate guide to summer in Atlanta for kids will be the only guide you need to create fun and long lasting memory for your family this summer.

Please make sure to check back often as we add more fun things to our list.


Summer in Atlanta For Kids 2013 – Ultimate Fun Guide

Family Summer Fun in Atlanta 2013

Family Summer Fun in Atlanta 2013

 Download our Family Summer Fun in Atlanta 2013 guide courtesy of Expedition Mom and Atlanta With Kid. This guide will provide you with 120 ways to celebrate summer in Atlanta with the entire family that won’t break the bank. Use our guide to find things to do in Atlanta with kids this summer as well as the whole year. Also check back often as we provide the insight on each suggestion weekly throughout summer.


Indoor Summer Activities


Watch: $1 Summer Movie Series for Kids

Kid Summer Movies In Atlanta

Watch family-friendly flicks at local movie theater on a cheap. We provide the guide to $1 Summer Movie series in Atlanta. It’s the best way to kill the boredom and cool down at the same time.


Bowl: Free Bowling for Kids in Atlanta

Kids Bowl Free in Atlanta

Sign up to receive coupons from local bowling alley with their summer kids bowl free program. Most will require you to rent shoes but the cost is minimal considering the fun time they will have.


Read: Summer Reading Incentive Programs

Keep the love of reading alive during summer with summer reading programs from local library as well as businesses. Jot down the books they read on their reading log and claim the prize at the end of summer.


Skate: Free Roller Skate for Kids

Free Roller Skate for Kids in Atlanta

Another fun way to beat the heat this summer without breaking the bank. Enjoy kids roller skate for free at local skating rinks around town.


Play: Indoor Soft Play Areas

For toddler and preschoolers, an afternoon play at the indoor soft play area in the mall is a perfect way to spend their endless energy while mom and dad can escape the heat outside.


Listen: Free Children’s Story Times at Local Book Stores

Check out local book stores and libraries for the story time throughout the summer. There are special programs for kids of different age ranges.


Learn: Summer Camp Guide in Atlanta

Summer Camps in Atlanta Georgia 2013

It’s still not too late to look for summer camps. Many camps will have dates available in July or August. Check out out guide to different types of camps ranging from Art, Sport, Technology and even Overnight camps.

Outdoor Summer Activities


Watch: Free Outdoor Summer Movies in Atlanta

FREE Outdoor movies in Atlanta

Enjoy summer movies in the park and under the stars in your town. We have a comprehensive list of free summer outdoor movies in Atlanta area. Check the date and time and grab the lawn chair for a fun night under the stars with the whole family.


Listen: Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series in Atlanta

Summer Concert Series

Dancing in the moonlight at the summer concert series in Atlanta. The best part it’s free for the whole family.


Play: Water Fountains, Splash Pads & Spraygrounds in Atlanta

The best way to cure the heat in Atlanta is to enjoy water fun in town. Check out our guide to local splash pad and spray ground.


Shop: Farmer Markets in Atlanta

Explore the fresh and local produce at the farmers markets in Atlanta. Don’t forget to download our guide to day by day to Farmers Markets Shopping guide in Atlanta.


U-Pick: Blueberry Picking Farms

Blueberry picking in Atlanta

Enjoy picking your own blueberries at local u-pick farm for the summer. Blueberry picking is a bit harder than strawberry picking so be prepared.


Explore: 5 Family Favorite Outdoor Adventures around Atlanta

When the sky is clear and the temperature is bearable, lace up your hiking boot and fill up your water bottle to explore outdoor in Atlanta area. There are plenty for them to explore that within a driving distance to most cities in the metro area.


Have a great summer in Atlanta!

FREE Summer Concert Series in Atlanta 2013


Summer Concert Series

Another fun thing to do with family in Atlanta during the summertime is attending the free summer concert series. There are several options for families to enjoy. Bring the kids and leave the stress behind to enjoy the fun concerts in the park. Check out our list of free summer concert series in Atlanta 2013 – Concerts in the Parks Guide.

Free Summer Concert Series in Atlanta, GA 2013



Atlanta: Wednesday WindDown @ Centennial Olympic Park

Atlanta’s longest running FREE concert series has been entertaining music lovers for over a decade! Relax with an evening of live entertainment every Wednesday, April through September from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Park’s Southern Company Amphitheater.  Enjoy everything from jazz to contemporary music performed by your favorite local and national touring acts. Past performers include Ken Ford, Joey Sommerville, Melvin Miller, Marcus Johnson, Bernard Lynette, Steven Charles, Bobby Lyle, Phil Davis and many more!

Location: Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, Georgia

More info: Wednesday WindDown 2013

Date & Time: Every Wednesday from May – September, 2013 @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM


Decatur: Blue Sky Concert @ The Square Decatur

Enjoy a free mid-week lunchtime music break every Wednesday in September at the Community Bandstand on the square in downtown Decatur. Bring your lunch or purchase a special to-go lunch from a nearby restaurant and enjoy live performances from a variety of artists. Brought to you by Decatur Business Association.

Location: Downtown Decatur, Decatur, Georgia

More info: Blue Sky Concert 2013

Date & Time: Every Wednesday on May & September, 2013 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Douglasville: Wednesday Wind Down

Bring your lawn chair and relax to smooth jazz and blues music performed live Wednesdays in June, July and August. The Wednesday Wind Down summer series of concerts in O’Neal Plaza will start on June 5 and will continue each Wednesday night through July 31. Then, the series will conclude with an “End of Summer Concert.” Bring your lawn chair and relax to smooth Jazz, R&B, and Blues performed live. Free and open to the public. Call the City of Douglasville Welcome Center at 770/947-5920 for more information.

Location: O’Neal Plaza, Douglasville, Georgia

More info: Douglasville Wednesday Wind Down 2013

Date & Time:  Every Wednesday from June 5 – July 31, 2013 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM



Cumming: Concerts at the Collection

Enjoy summer concert series at the Collection (formerly known as the Avenue Forsyth) every other Thursday from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Location: The Collection, Cumming, GA

More info: Concerts at the Collection

Date & Time: Every other Thursday June – July, 2013 @ 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM



Atlanta: Brown Bag Fridays @ Atlantic Station

Each Friday enjoy quick, convenient, and well priced lunch specials at one of our many restaurants. Get your order “to go” and enjoy lunch in Central Park. We’ll have extra seating, activities, and LIVE ENTERTAINMENT from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. We’ll also have some chances to win fun prizes.
Stop by the Concierge Desk for a complete list of lunch specials.

Location: Central Park in Atlantic Station, Atlanta, Georgia

More info: Brown Bag Fridays 2013

Date & Time: Every Friday May 3 – September 27, 2013 @ 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM


Atlanta: Friday Night Live @ Atlantic Station

Rock out in Central Park for each last Friday of the month with live music from some of Atlanta’s best bands!!  Check website for latest line-up.

Location: Central Park in Atlantic Station, Atlanta, Georgia

More info: Friday Night Live 2013

Date & Time: Last Friday of each month from May – September, 2013 @ 7:00 PM- 9:30 PM


Covington: 2nd Friday Downtown Summer Concert Series

Enjoy music at downtown Covington for every second Friday of the month June, August and September.

Location: Historic Covington Square, Covington, Georgia

More info: Downtown Covington 2nd Friday Concert Series 2013

Date: June 14th, August 9th and September 13th, 2013 @ 7:00 PM


Lawrenceville: Moonlight & Music Concert Series

Moonlight & Music Concert Series returns to the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse located in Downtown Lawrenceville. The concert series occurs the last Friday of each month from May through September. The annual concert series features popular local and regional bands from a wide variety of musical themes in a casual and relaxed outdoor setting.

Bring chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy the free concerts provided by Lawrenceville Tourism & Trade Association and various sponsors. The concerts are FREE outdoor lawn events but reserved tables for six can be rented beginning at $65+ by contacting the Lawrenceville Visitors Center at 678.226.2639. The lawn and table seating are available starting at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Gwinnett Historic Courthouse lawn, 185 E. Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA

More info: Moonlight & Music Concert Series 2013

Date & Time: Last Friday of each month from May – September, 2013 @ 8:00 PM- 10:00 PM


Marietta: Glover Park Concert Series

The Glover Park Concert Series is the place to be in Marietta for summer concerts each month April through September. The park is the perfect setting for families and friends to enjoy a picnic and listen to music under the stars. All concerts are FREE and begin at 8 p.m. For information call 770-794-5601. Only blankets and lawn chairs are allowed in the park and may be set up after 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

Location: Glover Park, Marietta, Georgia

More info: Glover Park Concert Series 2013

Date & Time: Last Friday of each month from May – September, 2013 @ 8:00 PM- 10:00 PM



Buford: Summer Concert Series @ Mall of Georgia

Mall of Georgia’s Movies Under the Stars and Summer Concert Series

Every Saturday, May 25th- July 27th (excluding July 6th) grab your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for a Concert and Movie every Saturday night!

Location: Mall of Georgia, Buford, Georgia

More info: Mall of Georgia Summer Concert 2013

Date & Time: Every Saturday from May – July, 2013 @ 5:30 PM- 8:00 PM


Decatur: Concert on the Square @ Downtown Decatur

Every Saturday night in September at the Community Bandstand on the square in downtown Decatur. Pack your picnic, bring your quilts and blankets and enjoy an evening of free musical entertainment. Brought to you by Decatur Business Association

Location: Downtown Decatur, Decatur, Georgia

More info: Concert on the Square 2013

Date & Time: Every Saturday on May & September, 2013 @ 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM


Smyrna: Summer Concert Series

Enjoy free summer concert series each month on Saturday from The Cumberland Collective, a community of independent singer/songwriters and musicians from across the U.S.

Location: Village Green, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, Georgia 30080

More info: Smyrna Summer Concert Series 2013

Date & Time: Jun 8, Jul 13, Aug 3 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM


Woodstock: Woodstock Concert Series 2013

2013 marks the 16th season for Georgia’s best summer concert series and the second in our newly expanded Park at City Center. Since 1998, the City of Woodstock has hosted thousands of people in Downtown Woodstock by providing these free family friendly concerts.

All concerts begin at 7:30 PM. All concerts are free of charge, no tickets are required.

Location: Park at City Center, Woodstock, Georgia

More info: Woodstock Concert Series 2013

Date & Time: Every 2nd Saturday on May – September, 2013 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM



Atlanta: Unplugged In The Park @ Park Tavern

99X, Park Tavern, Miller Lite, and Bacardi have teamed up once again to get music fans up close and personal with some of today’s best singer-songwriters as we present the 2012 Unplugged in the Park Music series. Back for its 10th consecutive year providing the best FREE music in Atlanta, in the best atmosphere in town each Sunday throughout the summer, this Unplugged season promises to have something for everyone.

Music starts each Sunday at 7pm and while the Unplugged series is a 21 and older show, children will be admitted when accompanied by a parent.

Location: 500 10th Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

More info: Unplugged In The Park 2012

Date & Time: Every Sunday from May to September, 2013 @ 7:00 PM


Have a blast at the outdoor concert in Atlanta!


See also Summer Fun Guide in Atlanta


Summer Fun in Atlanta Guide

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Guide to Spring Festivals in Atlanta 2013

Spring Festivals Atlanta 2013

Finally the weather is warm enough for us to truly enjoy and call it the spring season. With the cool breeze and warm weather perfect for outdoor fun, comes the spring festivals season in Atlanta. There is no shortage of family friendly festivals around town in spring. Take your kids out to enjoy what the city has to offer using our Spring Festivals in Atlanta 2013 guide to find out where to enjoy the perfect family day in Atlanta.

Spring Festivals in Atlanta 2013 Guide


Spring Festival on Pounce 2013, Atlanta

The Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts festival set in the historic park, Olmsted Linear Park. Visitors will enjoy the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted Sr. along with over 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk and “outsider art”. In addition to the fine arts, there will be a children’s area and local food and beverage. Attendance is Free.

Place: Olmsted Linear Park, 1451 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307

Date: April 13-14, 2013

Time: Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm & Sunday : 11 am – 6 pm

Cost: Free



Alpharetta Arts StreetFest 2013 , Alpharetta

Presenting the work of artists from throughout the U.S., the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest is a yearly celebration of the arts in the Alpharetta Historic District. We will close downtown streets and fill them with original high-quality art. This colorful festival features live jazz and acoustical music, cultural arts performances, children’s activities and festival cuisine. Children can create FREE art projects in the interactive “Art in Action” area presented by Out of the Box Studio. They will also provide a pottery wheel demonstration for children to enjoy. More opportunities for creative exploration through out the festival include tattoos, balloon art, ceramic art, wacky hair, face painting, Japanese bonsai trees, and much more.

Place: Alpharetta Arts StreetFest 2013, Downtown Alpharetta , 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, GA

Date: April 13-14, 2013

Time: 10am – 6pm

Cost: Free



Acworth Art Fest 2013, Acworth

The highly anticipated Acworth Art Fest will spread its colorful wings for the second annual Art Fest on April 13 and 14, 2013. At Acworth Art Fest, a magical Kidz Zone will be filled with creative activities that are sure to make children smile. This vibrant play land is the exciting place to be for young people. Of course, there will be wonderful food from Acworth’s own eateries, and shoppers will also find delectable treats to satisfy their taste buds—corn dogs anyone?

Place: Acworth Art Fest 2013, Main Street , Downtown Acworth, GA

Date: April 13-14, 2013

Time: Saturday 10AM to 6PM, Sunday 11AM to 5PM

Cost: Free



Georgia Renaissance Festival 2013, Fairburn

Georgia Renaissance Festival is a re-creation of a 16th-Century European Country Faire where you can shop, eat and revel with a cast of nearly 1,000 colorfully costumed characters . Ten stages of music and comedy shows are set against a permanent backdrop of Tudor homes and enchanting cottages! Cheer your champion knight at the Royal Equestrian Joust Arena. Feast like a King on the hearty food and drink of the period, shop for fine handcrafted treasures and watch demonstrations of the time-honored arts of weaving, coin minting, spinning, sculpting, glass blowing, and leather crafting and enjoy games and rides for all ages.

Place: Georgia Renaissance Festival, 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Road, Fairburn, GA

Date: April 13 thru June 2, 2013

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Adults $19.95, Senior Tickets (60 ) $17.95, Child Tickets (6-12) $8.95 Children 5 and under are free. All ticket prices include tax.



Market 334 Spring Festival 2013, Cumming

Enjoy spring festival in Cumming with Market 34 featuring over 70 local artisans, live music, children’s crafts and food from Mia’s Pizza and Eats.

Place: Market 334, 334 Dahlonega Street, Cumming, GA

Date: April 12-13, 2013

Time: Friday, 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM & Saturday, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Cost: Free



Lemonade Days 2013, Dunwoody

Lemonade Days is a community carnival that serves as the annual fundraiser for the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. Lemonade Days 2013 will again feature the same format that we have enjoyed for the past few years. This year we plan to continue our extended carnival hours, add rides, diversify more broadly the food choices and add new activities. This new schedule has been developed based on community feedback to allow families more flexibility in planning their participation. We expect to have outdoor activities including amusement park rides, games, food vending and other individual and family activities

Place: Lemonade Days, Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, GA

Date: April 17-21, 2013

Time: Wednesday & Thursday: 4PM- 10PM, Friday: 4PM- 11PM, Saturday: 10AM- 11PM, Sunday: Noon- 6PM

Cost: Free



Atlanta Dogwood Festival 2013, Atlanta

Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing in Atlanta: the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is back! The Dogwoods are in full bloom, and hundreds of artists from around the country will set up their tents for the 77th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. There is a Kids Village featuring huge inflatables, arts & crafts and face painting for all ages, as well as the ever-popular 24-foot rock-climbing wall. Music has become an essential feature of the weekend’s festivities, and this year will be no different! A wide array of diverse musical offerings will fill the springtime air throughout the weekend! The full schedule of music and entertainment will be announced soon. And when you get hungry, follow the delicious smells, of funnel cakes, gyros, crab cakes, onion rings, kettle corn and much, much more!

Place: Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Piedmont Park , Atlanta, GA

Date: April 19-21, 2013

Time: Friday 12:00 – 10:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free



Sandy Springs Artsapalooza 2013, Sandy Springs

The 2013 Sandy Springs Artsapalooza will be held April 20, 21, 2013 in Sandy Springs, GA. This festival is a two day outdoor festival bringing art to the streets of the city. The event will include a children’s play area, local musicians, interactive art stations, plus up to 150 arts and crafts participants in every discipline. The festival location is in the heart of Sandy Springs, near interstate access and all things Atlanta.

Place: Sandy Springs Artsapalooza, Tree-Lined Street , 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. NE, Sandy Springs, GA

Date: April 20-21, 2013

Time: Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday : 11 am – 6 pm

Cost: Free



Inman Park Festival 2013, Atlanta

Inman Park Spring Festival takes place in one of Atlanta’s oldest and most scenic neighborhoods. Now celebrating its 42nd anniversary, the festival offers something for everybody. Music, kids activities, a Tour of Homes, a marvelous street parade, an artists’ market, some of the city’s best people-watching. Come early, stay late, and be our guests at Atlanta’s best street festival.

Place: Inman Park , (near Krog Street, up Edgewood & Euclid to Austin Avenue), Atlanta, GA

Date: April 26-28, 2013

Time: Tour of Homes – Friday Noon- 4:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday Noon- 6:00 PM. Festival – Saturday 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

Cost: Free



Powers Festival 2013, Newnan

Powers Festival has been supplying the best arts, crafts, food, fun, and entertainment for 44 years and is well known throughout the nation. The festival has been selected several times by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of “The Top Twenty Events”. Bring your family and enjoy the arts, crafts, food, fun, and entertainment of Powers Spring Festival.

Place: Powers Festival, 4766 Highway 34 , Newnan, GA

Date: April 27-28, 2013

Cost: Free



May-Retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival 2013, Marietta

May-retta Daze is an annual arts and crafts festival that takes place the first weekend in May. The 37th annual festival takes place from May 4-5, 2013 at Glover Park in historic Marietta Square. The festival features exhibitors and artists showcasing handmade goods including painting, pottery, woodwork, metal, glass, fabric, soap, candles and more. All work is made and displayed by the artist, and the event draws both local Georgia artists as well as artists from around the Southeast. The event also features activities for the kids and live entertainment.

Place: Glover Park – Marietta Square, Marietta, GA

Date: May 4-5, 2013

Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Cost: Free



Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival 2013, Atlanta

Come out and enjoy the fourth annual Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival. There will be 175 artists and artisans, live acoustic music, a professional children’s area, delicious local foods and beverages, plus a lot of surprises!

Admission is Free. Children and pets are welcome! (The Children’s Area has inflatables, sand art and tons of fun!)

Place: Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival, Chastain Park , Atlanta, GA

Date: May 11 – 12, 2013

Time: Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday : 11 am – 6 pm

Cost: Free



So what is your family favorite festival in Atlanta?


Also please feel free to let us know if we missed any festivals in your town.

Atlanta Fair 2013 Information and Discount Tickets


Atlanta Fair 2013

Atlanta’s Family-Friendly Fair is Here!

It’s the perfect time of year to visit the Atlanta Fair 2013 and it’s going on right now at Turner Field near downtown Atlanta.

The fair offers all the old favorites like the Fun House, Kiddie Rides, Bear Claws and games to test your skills at balloon popping, coin tossing and clown dunking! Kids under 12 can gain entry for only a dollar; adults are$3. Once inside, you will be temped to play games by the carnival workers who are actually quite respectful and well-groomed compared to the typical “carnie” one might imagine. They will tempt you to try your luck at winning a big prize. And, some games even have a free prize for the younger kids regardless of whether they win or lose.

Pizza, hot dogs, cotton candy and other typical fair food is tempting, too, but make sure you bring cash. Debit and credit cards are accepted at the main ticket counter, but beyond that, you need cash and temporary ATM machines are not always operational inside the fair grounds.

There is just something really fun about seeing the skyscrapers of the Atlanta skyline from an open air seat several stories high. You will likely remember that view as well as peering into the infield of Turner Field the most from your fair experience this year. And, hopefully, you will also remember the smile on your child’s face when you leave because they are happy you shared the experience with them.

A great family night for under $50 in Atlanta, now through the end of March, is the Atlanta Fair. Nightly entertainment on a large sound stage and a larger than traditional assortment of rides for younger children (under 12) make the Atlanta Fair a family suitable event. Parking is available directly across from the main entrance for only $6, if you arrive early.

Atlanta Fair 2013 Dates and Prices:

LOCATION: Turner Field Gray Parking Lot, 688 Central Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30315


  • Open Weekdays @ 5pm
  • Open Saturday @ 12pm (Noon)
  • Open Sunday @ 1pm

WEBSITE: For details, see the website here:


Gate Prices

  • Under 2 Free
  • Ages 2-11 $1.00
  • Ages 12 and up $3.00 Weekday (Monday- Thursday)
  • Ages 12 and up $5.00 Friday
  • Ages 12 and up $5.00 Saturday Matinee (before 6pm)
  • Ages 12 and up $8.00 Saturday after 6pm
  • Ages 12 and up $5.00 Sunday
  • Students under the ages of 18 must be accompanied by an adult after 6pm on Friday & Saturday evenings. (Students may be required to present ID to verify age to enter without a parent.)

Carnival Midway Prices

  • Individual Ride Tickets $1.00
  • 28 Tickets for $25.00
  • 56 Tickets for $50.00
  • Unlimited Ride Armbands available for $25.00 during the following sessions;
    • Monday-Friday 5pm-10pm (not sold after 9pm)
    • Saturday matinee from opening til 6pm (not sold after 5pm)
    • Sunday matinee from opening til 6pm (not sold after 5pm)
  • Rides take 2-3-4 or 5 tickets per person * All Riders must have tickets to Ride * Riders must obey all Height & Safety Restrictions.

Atlanta Fair Discount Tickets

Atlanta Fair discount tickets

Even though the cost to enjoy the Atlanta Fair is already relative affordable, it’s always a good thing to be able to save even more on the Atlanta Fair prices. We have found that Half Off Depot is running a deal right now for the discount tickets to Atlanta Fair 2013. So check it out before you head out to save on your Atlanta Fair tickets.

DEAL:  $12 for Atlanta Fair Admission & Unlimited Rides

DETAIL: A  ticket is good for 1 admission pass into the fair, plus unlimited access to all of the midway rides you can take. Whether you’re looking for a heart-stopping thrill or just a wonderful view of the downtown skyline atop the fair’s Sky Wheel, this annual event has something for everyone.


About Half Off Depot Deal Site

Save 50 - 70% at Half Off Depot.

Half Off Depot is the discount deal site that offers saving on family entertainment, dining, products and adventure deals in and around Atlanta area. Family can save by purchasing the deal to take advantage of deep discount (up to 50-70% off) from local businesses. Check out latest deals from here.


About Cheryl Miller
Cheryl Miller gave up her corporate, cut-throat career as a Marketing Research Manager for CNN in Atlanta for the “simple life” of a devoted wife and Mom of a fun-loving first grader. She blogs about the schools and cell towers on her group’s website: and writes news and opinion pieces for the Tucker Patch.  She has lived in DeKalb County for 13 years, the past 10 have been in Tucker. She hopes to bring some humor to her postings and help her Tucker community attract some new fans to its local events, kid-friendly restaurants and shoppes and other attractions

Family Fun: Tucker Chili Cook off 2013

Tucker Chili Cook off 2013 is this Saturday (March 16, 2013)

Tucker Chili Cook-off event

Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Tucker?  Join the Old Town Tucker Merchants Association and the Local No. 7 Bar and Grill as they host the second annual Tucker Chili Cook-off this Saturday, March 16.  The festivities take place on Main Street in Tucker from 1 – 5 p.m.

For just $5 per entry, you and the kids will be fed and entertained while you visit the many vendor tables and sample your share of chili as prepared by chefs from restaurants all over Atlanta, both professional and home-based.  They will all be competing for your vote for “best,” so be ready to select your favorite and cheer them to victory at the end of the day.  Judges will also be tasting each entry and announcing a winner at the end of the event. Last year’s best overall winner was Barlow’s Tavern, which was recently renovated as part of the Reality Show “Bar Wars.”  Will the new look of Barlow’s help them win for a second year in a row?  Or will a newcomer take the trophy and the bragging rights? We’ll find out on Saturday as there are currently more than 25 chili “teams” signed up for the event this year.

Tucker Chili Cook-off event

There will be live music all day and plenty of water (and other beverages for both adults and kids) to cool you off after sampling the hot, spicy and exotic recipes.  Vendors will line the streets, which will be blocked off for pedestrian traffic only.  Not only will vendors be competing to win best tasting chili awards, but they will also be trying to win for the most original booth design.  Last year’s event also included some arts and crafts tables, face painting for the kids and some wacky contests.  You can also walk along the cobblestone sidewalks and check out the many new stores that have opened in this growing and attractive downtown district.  Tucker has freshened up its look, but still has that Old Town charm.

This year the event will also be raising funds for the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center (DRCC).  So, bring the family out this Saturday and meet some of the great folks in Tucker who also make great chili!  For more information, visit:

Photo credits: 2012 Tucker Chili Cookoff courtesy of Local 7

About Cheryl Miller
Cheryl Miller gave up her corporate, cut-throat career as a Marketing Research Manager for CNN in Atlanta for the “simple life” of a devoted wife and Mom of a fun-loving first grader. She blogs about the schools and cell towers on her group’s website: and writes news and opinion pieces for the Tucker Patch.  She has lived in DeKalb County for 13 years, the past 10 have been in Tucker. She hopes to bring some humor to her postings and help her Tucker community attract some new fans to its local events, kid-friendly restaurants and shoppes and other attractions