Friday is here and there are some really cool events taking place that I want to share with you! I love social mixers but I really love social events for a cause. This is the weekend for art, music, food, philanthropy and shenanigans! Atlanta hosts so many events and many get overlooked so I felt it was my socially civic duty to spread the WORD on a few notable events.
BGR Drive to End Hunger 5k/10k Race sponsored by Coca-Cola
Black Girls Run has changed the way I think about running. A former track athlete myself, I was a sprinter and highly disliked cross country running. However, running is a huge stress release for me, especially now that I have learned to run properly with help from BGR! This weekend, BGR is hosting its first National Conference and Drive to End Hunger 5k/10k. All are welcome and event though it is Black GIRLS Run event, men are encouraged to join in on the festivities! Activities are taking place 9/14/12 – 9/16/12 but the race takes place on Sunday, visit the events page for more info.
As a Foodie I had to throw a food event in the mix of weekend events. In the past the Food Truck Festivals are over saturated with people. However, I have a feeling this Taste of The Trucks will be a great balance and they are offering free samples! If you are a fan of The Food Network, there will also be a Meet and Greet of The Great Food Truck Race Chefs Mike Jones and Lena Price. The Atlanta Taste of The Trucks takes place Saturday 9/15/12 11am – 10pm at 8th & Spring Street, tickets the day of are $10 or click on the link for a free pass with downloaded app.
Art, Beats & Lyrics is for every art and music enthusiast, this event has something for everyone! If you’ve never been imagine art work and photography from all over the country paired with music of every genre and free Gentleman Jack! It is like Little 5 points meets Austin Texas minus the country music… well maybe a little country mixed in. This event will be epic and takes place at 7pm tonight at The Compound and RSVP is mandatory.
Carolyn Young Mentor Walk at Agnes Scott College
The 2nd Annual Carolyn Young Mentor Walks mission is to “build social responsibility in college students by encouraging them to take the lead in a community collaborative effort to prevent “school drop out” by promoting the belief that “school is cool.” Isn’t that awesome!! Agnes Scott college students are also trained to be mentors to the hundreds of high school students that will be in attendance for this great cause. Registration begins at 7:45am and the walk begins at 9:15am – 11am. The after walk festival activities will last until 1pm. This year, the Mentor Walk has partnered up with the Healthy Kids Georgia initative for a Healthy Living Expo as well as lunch, entertainment, vendor tables, educational kiosks and more! All are welcome: http://www.mentorwalk.org/
East Atlanta Strut is a family friendly festival that focuses on music, an artist market, comedy, and more! No matter what portion of the day you choose to attend, this fun festival will have surprises at every turn. A parade, a comedy improv, multiple stages of live bands, and a Alice in Wonderland KidsVillage! If you attend, make sure you bring a camera because you never know what you will see! The East Atlanta Strut, will take place in the East Atlanta Village, at the intersection of Glenwood and Flat Shoals road from 10am – 11pm.
These are my personal highlights but as always, there are many amazing events this weekend. Did I miss one of your upcoming favorites? Leave a comment with details and I will tweet it to the masses for you!
Cheers to The Weekend!