Thursday, September 5, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Charlotte Lane Launch Party
Studio1658, 1658 McLendon Ave. (Candler Park)
Locally made, handcrafted goods? Well, you know how we feel about those. So we're pretty excited to help newcomers Charlotte Lane christen their new paperie and shop with a little evening soiree, complete with champagne, giveaways and — wait for it — free King of Pops. You heard right. Just RSVP to snag an invite, and we'll see you there (we'll be the ones fawning over the goods).
Deal nearby: Sugar Moon Bakeshop
Thursday, September 5, 7 p.m.
"Hidden Away: The Library at Night"
Dekalb County Public Library, 215 Sycamore St. (Decatur)
No stranger to performing in nontraditional venues, the Lucky Penny have in the past brought their work into the likes of, say, a cardboard house. This time, they're bringing a performance "designed to enchant children and adults alike" into that most sacred of hushed spaces: the library. It's free, it's open to all, but most importantly, it's most likely not quite like any dance performance you've ever witnessed before.
Deal nearby: Colbeh Persian Kitchen
Thursday, September 5, 8 p.m.
"Song of the Living Dead"
Dad's Garage at 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. (Little Five Points)
Forget pumpkin spice lattes, college football or your best pair of boots with the fur: our favorite telltale sign of fall is here in all its zombified glory. The hilarious, gory love story (and musical!) from Dad's Garage is back, taking the stage this week in all its bloody, braaaainy glory.
Deal nearby: Inman Perk
Saturday, September 7, 2 p.m. 'til late
Noni's Deli, 357 Edgewood Ave. (Old Fourth Ward)
One of NYC's favorite parties has packed its bags and headed south — at least for the day, when Tiki Disco will alight upon Noni's for a marathon Polynesian dance party that's become something of a cult-favorite amongst Bushwick revelers. (Hey, if it's good enough for Vice, we'll take it.) Just be sure to polish up those moves beforehand.
Saturday, September 7, 6 p.m.
Batdorf & Bronson Velodrome Cup
Dick Lane Velodrome, 1889 Lexington Ave. (East Point)
If you've never ventured down to East Point to check out Atlanta's only velodrome (or didn't even know we had a velodrome), now would be the time to change that. And we're not just saying that because Cake Hag is handling the concessions. Spectators will be taking in some seriously fast bicycle racing as cyclists zoom around the 1/5-mile track at lightening-fast speeds as part of the American Track Racing Association's National Championship Series.
Deal nearby: Corner Tavern East Point
Saturday, September 7, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Degenerates Art Show: Round 2
Hodgepodge Coffee, 720 Moreland Ave. (East Atlanta)
What happens when you put a bunch of crazy-talented artists and cartoonists together (some of whom also happen to produce a little TV joint called "Archer"), throw their work on the walls of a coffee house, and open it up to the public? Well, you'll have to head to Hodgepodge to find out exactly what, but let's just say the Degenerates Art Show isn't going to be quiiite like any ol' stuffy gallery opening.
Deal nearby: Hodgepodge Coffee
Saturday, September 8, 7:30 p.m.
Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade
Eastside Trail (Starts at Irwin & Krog; ends at Park Tavern)
Hundreds of revelers marching their way from the Old Fourth Ward to Midtown with glowing paper lanterns is a sight to behold (not to mention one of our very favorite Art on the Beltline events). Thus, we're planning on happily counting ourselves among the revelers gallivanting their way from one end of the Beltline's Eastside Trail to the other this Saturday. Wasted Potential Brass Band and their jazzy New Orleans sound will lead the way to Park Tavern, backed up by the Seed & Feed Marching Abominables bringing up the caboose.
Deal nearby: Woody's Cheese Steaks
Saturday, September 7, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Minette Magnifique Presents: POP Portraits
DooGallery, 205 Holtzclaw St. (Reynoldstown)
The hottest burlesque gals in ATL, plus the city's favorite frozen treats (minus pants) equals a sultry showing unlike any other. Gaze upon the portrait series of Minette Magnifique's finest ladies posing with their favorite King of Pops wares, and don't be bashful: it's for a good cause!
Deal nearby: Hodgepodge Coffee House & Gallery
Sunday, September 8, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
King of Pops Block Party
KOP Pickup Window, Bernina & Elizabeth St. (Inman Park)
Think you're pretty handy with a hula hoop? Got some serious athletic prowess with corn hole? Most importantly: how many KOPsicles can you cram down your maw in a short amount of time? Put yourself to the test with corn hole games, hula hooping contests, popsicle-eating competitions and even a game of blindfolded pop identification at the KOP HQ's Sunday block party. Now, who has a remedy for brain freeze?
Deal nearby: Java Vino
Sunday, September 8, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Atlanta Streets Alive
Peachtree Street, Downtown & Midtown
Ready for an afternoon of "human-powered amusement?" Atlanta Streets Alive is closing off a 3.75-mile swath of ATL's main artery to auto traffic and opening it up to, well, everyone else, whether your preferred mode of transit is cycling, running, walking, skateboarding, skipping or riding this thing. From Downtown (Mitchell Street) to just north of 17th, Peachtree will be lined not with road-raging drivers, but games, parades, music performances, public art, beer gardens (seriously) and dozens more activities designed to bring Atlantans together on our city's streets.
Deal nearby: Escorpion Tacos & Tequila
Sunday, September 8, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Anything Grows: A Yard & Garden Tour of East Atlanta Village
East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, 561 Flat Shoals Ave. (EAV)
Perhaps you're blessed with a green thumb. Or perhaps, despite your best efforts, that thumb of yours strikes fear into the seeds of any plant in your path. Either way, it's always inspiring to see urban farming and gardening done right (they do need water, y'know). This Sunday afternoon stroll will take you through some of the most lush gardens, both community and private, in EAV, commencing with a well-deserved beverage in the Midway Pub's own garden and a treat from King of Pops.