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Historic High Country (NW Georgia Mountains)
3rd Qtr Artist in Residence, John Stanford - 8/2 - 10/10/15 at 10am-6pm - NOTE: Open everyday except on Mondays
Come experience the subtle beauty of nature and the awe-inspiring plein air work of John Stanford. John is our 2014 Southern Appalachian Artist Guild National Juried Show winner for "First in 2D." Artists' reception will be August 1, 5-7 p.m. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-632-2144 - Address: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association), 420 West Main St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Sacred Sounds at the Ringgold Depot - 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28, 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/7, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11 & 12/17/15
As part of Sensational Second Weekends at the Ringgold Depot, the Share America Foundation hosts Sacred Sounds Fridays at the Ringgold Depot. Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night" hosts each event. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Please note: A $5 donation is appreciated, but not required. Times are at 7-10pm. Phone: 706-935-3061 - Address: Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St., Ringgold GA
Ringgold Rods & Relics Cruise-In - 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 & 12/19/15
Hours are 1-7pm. Parking is on a first come basis. Please back in spaces. Club members are there to help control traffic while parking. Look for our bright GREEN shirts. Saving spaces is frowned upon. If you have a large club coming and want to park together contact our events manager. Rules: No alcohol, pets on leash, no burnouts. Pick up your trash. Thru traffic is 25MPH. Door Prizes: Free door prizes are donated by local merchants. Go to the DJ table for a free ticket for door prize drawings. Drawings are done about every half hour. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking for spectators. 50/50: Tickets are $1 each, $5 for (1) arms length, $10 for (2) arms length, and $20 for a vehicle length. We draw the winner for the 50/50 about 4pm. You must be present to win. Phone: 706-935-3061 - Location: Nashville St, downtown Ringgold, GA 30736
Bremen Car Cruise - 8/8, 9/12 & 10/10/15 at 5-8pm
Enjoy an evening of nostalgia and browse the antique cars and trucks along the main street. Enjoy a hot dog and coke while you step back in time. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Call Raymond for more info. Phone: 770-301-8782 - Location: historic downtown Bremen, Georgia
Arts in the Alley
Possum Pickin Bluegrass Concert - 8/15, 9/19 & 10/3/15 at 7-9pm
Bring a chair and join your friends for concerts. We will feature live bands from West Georgia and East Alabama. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-789-5986 - Location: Head Ave., downtown Tallapoosa, GA 30176
Buchanan Cruise Night - 9/5 and 10/3/15 at 5-8pm
Take a step back in time and see antique cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors on display. Walk around the historic courthouse on the square to see newly restored vehicles, enjoy music and concessions, and participate in prize giveaways every hour. While you're at the courthouse, see if you can find the Masonic block that was laid as the cornerstone for the building. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 404-550-3475 - Location: On the Square, historic downtown Buchanan, GA 30113
Northeast Georgia Mountains
First Friday Fests in the Northeast Georgia Mountains - 8/7, 9/4 and 10/2/15
Discover free outdoor concerts on the lawn of the historic Rock House on Main Street Clayton, located in the beautiful Northeast Georgia mountains just 90 minutes from Atlanta. Sample foods from the farmers market and check out our local artists showing their wares. Enjoy a BBQ dinner for $5 by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Handicapped Accessible. Hours are 6-8pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-782-1520 - Location: Main St, Clayton, GA 30525
Hot Rods on Main Cruise-In - 8/7, 9/4 & 10/23/15 at 5-9pm
Enjoy cool hot rods, a live musical performance, and tons of vendors, this event is sure to spark fun for attendees. Come check out some of the area's coolest classic, muscle, and other high-performance vehicles, or showcase your ride at the coolest event in Douglasville. Handicapped Accessible event. There is no fee to enjoy the Hot Rods on Main Cruise-In. Free parking. Call about pre-registration to participate in this cruise. Phone: 678-449-3102 - Address: 6695 Church St, downtown Douglasville, GA 30134
Greater Atlanta Coin Show - 8/9, 9/13, 10/11, 11/15, 12/13/15 at 9am-5pm
Located in a hotel on a Civil War site, many dealers offer coins, currency, bullion and collectibles at the Greater Atlanta Coin Show one Sunday per month. Visitors can browse, buy, sell or trade at the show. The experienced dealers also offer free verbal appraisals for items brought to the show. Other collectibles are also on display, such as medals, Civil War artifacts, stock certificates, scrip from coal miners, jewelry and gemstones. All visitors are welcome to the coin show, including experienced collectors and investors, and those who are new to the hobby or just curious about the many items on display. Handicapped Accessible event. Admission and parking are free. Phone: 770-772-4359 - Address: Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs St, Marietta, GA 30064
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Downtown Live Concert Series - 8/21/15 at 7-11pm
The Foxes and The Fossils band will play all your favorite tunes covering everything from Crosby, Stills and Nash to Sara Bareilles. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 404-669-8269 - Address: Jess Lucas Y-Teen Park, 680 S. Central Ave, Hapeville, GA
Downtown Live Concert Series - 9/18/15 at 7-11pm
This concert will celebrate the kick-off for the Happy Days Festival the following day and will feature local bands sure to please the Hapeville High School Reunion crowd in town for the weekend! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 404-669-8269 - Address: Jess Lucas Y-Teen Park, 680 S. Central Ave, Hapeville, GA
Downtown Live Concert Series - 10/16/15 at 7-11pm
This concert will feature Hapeville's own John Stringer and The Last Five Standing, Atlanta's premier rock cover band. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 404-669-8269 - Address: Jess Lucas Y-Teen Park, 680 S. Central Ave, Hapeville, GA
Coast & Islands
First Fridays in Historic Downtown Brunswick - 8/7, 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4/15
On the first Friday of each month, visit the shops, galleries and restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick. Enjoy live music from local musicians, art openings, and food and beverage samples from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free fun event! Phone: 912-265-4032 - Location: Newcastle Street & Gloucester Streets, downtown Brunswick, GA 31520
First Friday Fireworks - 8/7, 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4/15
Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks and River Street Fun! Fireworks show is during 9:30-10pm. Free fun event! Phone: 912-234-0295 - Address: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, 115 E River St, Savannah, Georgia 31401
Tybee Island Labor Day Beach Bash - 9/6/15 at 9-9:30pm
Enjoy the ocean breezes while live music fills the air from the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Join us for a spectacular fireworks show around 9:15 p.m.! Note: This event is Sunday evening, not on Labor Day. Free fun event. $2 per hour parking fee. Phone: 912-786-5444 - Location: Tybee Pier and Pavilion, Strand Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328
Your State Parks Day - 9/26/15 at 9am-4pm
Join us for our biggest clean-up event of the year. We will be pulling weeds, trimming plants, spreading mulch, painting, and doing many other maintenance projects. Bring the family or a club or scout troop. There is something for every age. T-shirts and door prizes provided by Friends of Georgia State Parks. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-727-2339 - Address: Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd, Richmond Hill, GA 31324
Presidential Pathway
Chattahoochee Cookin' Exhibit - 8/2, 8/4-8/9, 8/11-8/16, 8/18-8/23, 8/25-8/30/15, 9/1-9/6, 9/8-9/14 & 9/15-9/20/15
The Chattahoochee Valley has its own proud culinary heritage, which forms the basis of Chattahoochee Cookin'. This exhibition will spotlight local foodways from the from the perspective of both food producers and consumers, ranging from historic Muscogee (Creek) sofke to contemporary Dinglewood scrambled dogs. Pecans, peanuts, corn, and other crops will be discussed, as well as more sugary delights. The exhibition will also spotlight local beverages, with cola drinks featured alongside locally distilled liquor. Technological innovations and agricultural implements designed by local residents will be examined, as well as the role of local restaurateurs who produce Columbus culinary specialties. Murals painted for the Georgia Department of Agriculture building in 1956 will depict the changing nature of agriculture and how we think about the producers who feed us. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA 31906
Walking tour of the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm - 8/2, 8/8 - 8/9, 8/15 - 8/16, 8/22 - 8/23, 8/29 - 8/30, 9/5 - 9/6, 9/12 - 9/13, 9/19 - 9/20, 9/26 - 9/27, 10/3 - 10/4, 10/10 - 10/11, 10/17 - 10/18, 10/24 - 10/25, 11/7 - 11/8, 11/14 - 11/15, 11/21 - 11/22 & 11/28/15
Visit the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm today for our ranger-led walking tours at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. You will learn about President Carter's childhood. The tour is approximately 45 minutes. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-824-4104 - Address: Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, 300 North Bond St, Plains, GA 31780
Poetry of Earth: Works by Sally Bradley and Stephen Hawks - 8/2 - 12/31/15 Open everyday except on Monday
Poetry of Earth highlights the work of two local artists whose works intersect with art and nature. Sally Bradley paints landscape views of the Chattahoochee Valley,and Stephen Hawks produces ceramic works using Georgia clay. The title of the exhibition is inspired by John Keats' On the Grasshopper and Cricket; the first line says "The poetry of earth is never dead." In this poem, he expresses his appreciation for the continuous cycle of change in the natural world and celebrates the harmony found in both poetry and nature. The works included in Poetry of Earth will serve as inspiration for poems that will accompany the work on display in the exhibition. Hours are 10am-5pm Mon-Sat and 1-5pm on Sunday. Closed on Monday. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA 31906
Troublemakers & Trailblazers - 8/2 - 12/31/15 everyday except on Mondays
This exhibition presents the more colorful characters of the Chattahoochee Valley, people who were criticized or ostracized for being outside the mainstream or going against dominant power structures. Race, class, gender, and sexuality are the topics of discussion, as well as what it means to "do the right thing." An overarching theme is how we perceive "trouble" and how these troublemakers are sometimes, but not always, seen differently through the long lens of history. Featured individuals include author Carson McCullers, musician Ma Rainey, anti-corruption lawyer Albert Patterson, civil rights activist Dr. Thomas Brewer, suffragette H. Augusta Howard, and journalists Julian and Julia Harris. Millworkers on strike, the Nancy Harts all-women militia in LaGrange, groundbreaking female architects, and local Unionists during the Civil War are also highlighted. Handicapped Accessible eveng. Hours are 1-5pm Sunday, 10am-5pm Tues-Wed, 10am-8pm Thurs and 10am-5pm Fri-Sat. Closed on Monday. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-748-2562 - Address: The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA
First Saturday Programs - 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28/15 & 12/5/15
During the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, park staff will conduct a series of programs on the first Saturday of each month. These programs will explore the events, conditions, or emotions of prisoners during the war. To expand the prisoner story, the park will also feature other Civil War prisons and draw on their stories to present a fuller picture of a soldier's life beyond the battlefield. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Contact the park to learn more about these programs. Hours are at 9am-4:30pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-924-0343 - Address: Andersonville National Historic Site, 760 POW Rd, Andersonville, GA 31711
Historic Heartland
2015 Old Jail Tours - 9/5, 10/3 & 11/7/15 at 10am-2pm
On the first Saturday of each month, explore the history of Conyers and Rockdale County at the Old Jail Museum. The Old Jail was constructed in 1897 and was used by Rockdale County until 1969. All exterior walls are three bricks thick, and all interior walls are two bricks thick. The floor and ceiling of the second floor area are constructed of steel with six inches of concrete above it. The main floor consisted of the sheriff's office and living quarters for his family. Five Rockdale County Sheriffs' families lived in the building between 1897 and 1969. The Rockdale County Historical Society acquired the property in 1975 to serve as the home to the Society and as a house museum. Free admission and parking. Call the Conyers Welcome Center for more info. Phone: 770-602-2606 - Address: Old Jail Museum, 967 Milstead Ave., Conyers, GA 30012
After Event Cleanup - 11/10/15 at 10am-12noon
Help the rangers clean up after the syrup day event. There are lots of things to wash up and put away. Event is after Syrup making day. Call to participate. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-986-5172 - Address: Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd., Juliette, GA 31046
Classic South
Paintings by William Willis - 8/7/15
The William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in the Visual Arts at Georgia Regents University since 2010, he is retiring to his home and studio on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He is well known for abstract paintings and works on paper that are inspired by the natural world and influenced by Eastern philosophy and religion. Hours are 10am-4pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-828-3867 - Address: The Morris Museum of Art, 1 Tenth St, Augusta, GA 30901
Plantation Trace
Good Life Drum Circle - 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19 & 12/26/15
Bring your rhythm, drums or other percussion instruments and chairs. If you don't think you have rhythm we will help you find it. If you don't have a drum or other percussion instruments, we will share what we have. No drumming experience necessary, just the willingness to share. Handicapped Accessible event. Starts at 4pm. Free fun event! Phone: 229-317-4760 - Address: Riverfront Park, 112 Front St, Albany, GA 31701
Magnolia Midlands
First Friday Concert Series - 8/7, 9/4 & 10/2/15 at 7:30-10pm
Downtown Dublin rocks the First Friday of each month as the Market on Madison's amphitheater highlights the finest in musical talent. A different musical talent will be featured each month. Enjoy classic rock, country favorites, jazz stylings and eclectic pop. Bring your family, friends, lawn chairs, coolers, and a picnic to experience Market on Madison under the stars. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-272-2560 - Address: Market on Madison, 314 W. Madison St, Dublin, GA 31021

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