This Weekend In Atlanta: Killer Tomato Festival; Doggie Daze; & More

Head over to MOCA GA on Friday for the opening reception for 2017-18 Working Artist Project Fellow Kirstin Mitchell's solo exhibition.
Head over to MOCA GA on Friday for the opening reception for 2017-18 Working Artist Project Fellow Kirstin Mitchell’s solo exhibition. Image courtesy of Kirstin Mitchell.

From foodies to museum-goers and music fans to dog lovers, there are events that will appeal to many different personalities in Metro Atlanta this weekend.

The Attack of the Killer Tomato festival is back for its 10th year, and the Blue Heron Nature Preserve opens its gates to visitors with puppy pals.

KSU’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education hosts its second Summer Days family event, and MOCA GA opens a new exhibit to showcase works by its 2017-18 Working Artist Project Fellow.

You can see some music legends, Chicago and REO Speedwagon, on tour; view some art made of pieces plucked from the Krog Street tunnel; and enjoy a beachy new musical.

As you are out and about in the city, don’t forget that Sunday is National Ice Cream Day! Check out these 5 tasty ice cream shops in Atlanta to celebrate.

Enjoy your weekend in Atlanta!

Music

Chicago & REO Speedwagon

When: July 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

Cost: $29.50 to $275

What to Expect: According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. See them in Alpharetta this Saturday along with the 1970s and ’80s rock kings REO Speedwagon.

Museums

WAP: Kirstin Mitchell – Miecznikowski

When: Opening Reception: July 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Exhibit: July 14 through Sept. 8, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

Cost: $5 to $8

What to Expect: Head over to MOCA GA on Friday for the opening reception for 2017-18 Working Artist Project Fellow Kirstin Mitchell’s solo exhibition titled “Miecznikowski.” The exhibit is a colorful and texturally playful installation that touches on identity and the interruption of atmosphere. If you miss Friday’s event, the exhibit is on view through Sept. 8.

The 10th Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival takes place Sunday at Westside Provisions District.
The 10th Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival takes place Sunday at Westside Provisions District. Photo by Erik Meadows Photography.

Festivals

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

When: July 15 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: Westside Provisions District

Cost: $75 adv

What to Expect: As tomatoes hit peak season they are plentiful and delicious! At this 10th annual festival enjoy tasty tomatoey treats from dozens of the Southeast’s top chefs and mixologists as well as live music from G. Love & Special Sauce!

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival 2017 from Ford Fry on Vimeo.

Theater

The Bikinis

When: July 12 through 29: Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.

Where: ART Station

Cost: $24 to $28

What to Expect: For this show in Stone Mountain the girl group everybody loves is back, with all the sun and fun, and great songs they sang down on the Jersey Boardwalk in 1964. Reminisce and be transported back to a simpler time with favorites like “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “It’s Raining Men” and more.

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KSU's Museum of History and Holocaust Education hosts a special "Summer Days" event on Friday.
KSU’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education hosts a special “Summer Days” event on Friday. Photo courtesy of Kennesaw State University, Museum of History and Holocaust Education.

Family

KSU Museum of History and Holocaust Education: Summer Days

When: July 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Kennesaw State University, Museum of History and Holocaust Education

Cost: Free!

What to Expect: This museum is located at the KSU Center by the Kennesaw campus. Along with guided tours, highlights include museum activities for all ages, temporary and permanent exhibits to explore, and educators on-site to answer questions. Guided tours are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Explore the Blue Heron Nature Preserve with your pup on Saturday morning.
Explore the Blue Heron Nature Preserve with your pup on Saturday morning. Photo courtesy of Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

Free

Doggie Daze at Blue Heron Nature Preserve

When: July 14 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Where: Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Cost: Free!

What to Expect: Explore this event with your pup, play with adoptable dogs, participate in a doggie fashion show, and so much more! There will be a free yoga session (with dogs) and guided trail walks. Dogs must be on a leash at all times, and preregistration is available.

Galleries

Broken Art: The Love Collection

When: Opening Reception: Friday, July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.; July 13 through 21 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Where: Studio 249

Cost: Free!

What to Expect: This exhibit features works by Jac Painter. Featuring ‘found objects’ — chips of the Krog Street Tunnel that have been torn off by artists and passersby — each piece highlights the layers of art over the years.

 

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