It seems that too often we look toward other places for family fun and
entertainment and overlook all that is available for us right here in our beautiful city of Atlanta.

After celebrating our sons’ high school graduations with family and friends — yay, Morgan and Nicholas — we set off to delight in one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals, the 41st Atlanta Jazz Festival.

The festival celebrates jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz stars in venues across metro Atlanta through out the month of May. This annual celebration of art, culture and jazz concludes each Memorial Day weekend with a melodic outdoor event that takes over most of Piedmont Park.

The festival finale features three stages, allowing for continual music that follows you as you explore the art stations and food trucks along the park’s walkway while strolling from one stage to the next.

It’s an event that fosters harmonious community with friends and
family. The stages are in a picturesque setting with Midtown high-rises as the backdrop. Unique art and a vast selection of food are available.

Luckily, the rain held off, and spectators of all ages could fully enjoy
the musical experience in a free-spirited manner. We arrived with a blanket to sit on, but others came with tents and grills. Some came with full bars.


We had a glorious time and look forward to enjoying the Atlanta Jazz Festival again next Memorial Day weekend. We hope you can too.

The next weekend we joined Rival Entertainment in celebrating 10 years at Candler Park with the return June 1 and 2 of the Candler Park Music & Food Festival, presented by Terrapin Beer. The festival has become a tradition for Candler Park, providing a variety of fun summer music and delicious food truck experiences.

The music was fantastic. We particularly were drawn to the free-form
cover-band style of Webster, a local band that kicked off Saturday.

We also enjoyed Busty and the Bass from Montreal, who incorporated
two vocalists, a horn section and a diverse range of musical genres. It was fun music to dance to. There were many other great
bands, and we met folks who came all the way from Tennessee just to see Lettuce and Government Mule.

The only downside was the small event space. There were a few art vendors and some food trucks with one stage and a large field to fill with music enthusiasts. Tickets started at $40, which we thought to be quite high.

There is a free Candler Park Fall Fest, which welcomes residents and
visitors alike, showcases the neighborhood in all its diversity, and serves as the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization’s major annual fundraiser.

It will be held for the 18th time, rain or shine, on Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 29 and 30. It will feature a 5K and fun run, an artist market, food trucks, live music, a home tour, and yoga.

We’re not sure where the next adventure will take us, but the Aug. 23
“Grease” sing-along at the Fox Theatre is enticing. Summer days, drifting away to ahh, oh those summer nights. #Greaseistheword.

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