Exciting events to fill your Labor Day weekend

Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest traveling times of the year. For those of you living in Atlanta -- or just visiting -- finding something to do can be overwhelming. Since the upcoming weekend is an extended weekend for most people, there are more events than usual to choose from. The Help Desk wants to provide you with the ultimate go-to-guide for this weekend's fun-filled events.


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying

Start the weekend off with speed! Watch as drivers race to turn the fastest lap on Atlanta's lightning-quick surface in preparation for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
ADDRESS: Atlanta Motor Speedway
1500 Tara Pl, Hampton, GA 30228

PHONE: (770) 946-3950

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

SunTrust Summer 2014 present Concerts in the Garden. Enjoy live music at one of Atlanta's most beautiful venues.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8 p.m.
ADDRESS: 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30309

PHONE: (404) 876-5859


Dragon Con Parade

Come to the Dragon Con parade and see all your favorite video game and anime characters! Those who are dressed in costume can participate in the parade.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
ADDRESS: Downtown Atlanta , GA 30303

PHONE: (404) 669-0722

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Chick-Fil-A Fan Fare Pre-Game Party

Celebrate the Alabama vs. West Virginia game with friends at GWCC before it starts.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
ADDRESS: Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

PHONE: (404) 223-4000

Celebrate Freedom Atlanta

Cheer on the runners in the Celebrate Freedom Run 5k/10k and then sit back and enjoy live music. Pick up or download a free ticket before the event – tickets are required for entry.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 30, 2014
ADDRESS: Jim R. Miller Park
2245 Callaway Rd SW, Marietta, GA 30008

PHONE: (770) 528-8875

Georgia Tech vs. Wofford Football

Root for Georgia Tech in their season-opening game against the Wofford Terriers.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.
ADDRESS: 150 Bobby Dodd Way NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

PHONE: (404)894-5447, 1(888) 832- 4849

Chick-Fil-A Bowl Game: Alabama vs. West Virginia

Cheer on your favorite football team in the Chick Fil A Kickoff game.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
ADDRESS: Georgia Dome
1 Georgia Dome Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

PHONE: (404) 223-9200

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Clemson Tigers

Cheer on the Georgia Bulldogs as they take on the Clemson Tigers in the 2014 season opener.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
ADDRESS: Sanford Stadium
100 Sanford Dr, Athens, GA 30602

PHONE: (706)542-9036

The Wolf Creek Funk Party

The event is hosted by comedian "Double D" and will have live performances from Brick, SOS Band and more. The event asks guests to bring their own food and drinks.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 7 p.m.
ADDRESS: Wolf Creek Amphitheater
3025 Merk Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30349

PHONE: (877)725-8849 – for tickets and ticket information


10TH Annual Beer and Whiskey Fest

Event features live music and a charity whiskey tasting and raffle.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
ADDRESS: Buckhead Saloon
3227 Roswell Rd. Atlanta, GA 30305

PHONE: (404) 963-7739

Lil Wayne Concert

Wind down the weekend with some music. Drake will open for Lil Wayne.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 7 p.m.
ADDRESS: Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta, GA 30315

PHONE: (404)443-5090

NASCAR Sprint Cup Night Racing

Do you enjoy speed? Enjoy 500 miles of breathtaking racing at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
ADDRESS: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA 30228

PHONE: 770-946-4211
Website: www.atlantamotorspeedway.com

Jennifer Nettles

Watch Jennifer Nettles perform live at Chastain Amphitheatre.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 8 p.m.
ADDRESS: Chastain Park Amphitheatre
4469 Stella Drive Atlanta, GA 30327


"Back in the Day" Concert

Dance the night away to live jazz, swing and old school music.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 8 p.m.
ADDRESS: 1960 Day Drive, Duluth, GA 30096

PHONE: (313)926-3244


Atlanta Black Pride Weekend

Sing karaoke Wednesday night, mingle at Thursday ni

ght's mixer, enjoy a comedy show and more. Double-check the website before attending; some events only for 18 years and older.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, August 27 to Monday, September 1, 2014
ADDRESS: [varies by event]

PHONE: Rockstars Productions, 404-697-8885

Decatur Ghost Tour

Looking for something different to do during Labor Day weekend? Try Decatur's walking ghost tour and travel through historic Decatur while keeping an eye out for ghosts.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 8 p.m.
ADDRESS: (Tours start at) Historic Town Square, Decatur, GA 30030

PHONE: (404)296-7771

Callaway Garden Hot Air Balloon Festival

Not scared of heights? Celebrate the long weekend by taking a ride in a hot air balloon and enjoy other family-friendly activities at Callaway Gardens.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 29 to Sunday, August 31, 2014 – time varies by day
ADDRESS: 17800 U.S. 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822

PHONE: (706) 663-2281

Laser Show Spectacular

Enjoy a display of neon laser lights and fireworks with popular music on the Memorial Lawn.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 29 to Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.
ADDRESS: Stone Mountain Park
Highway 78 East, Stone Mountain, GA 30086

PHONE: 770-498-5690

Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins

Cheer on our very own Atlanta Braves as they play against the Miami Marlins.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 29 to Sunday, August 31, 2014 – time varies by day
ADDRESS: Turner Field
755 Hank Aaron Drive Atlanta, GA 30302

PHONE: 404-522-7630

Dragon Con

Join in on the comic book, video game, anime and sci-fi fun at the 28th Dragon Con event. Come dressed as your favorite character and enjoy discussion panels with famous authors, moviemakers and more.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 29 to Monday, September 1, 2014 – time varies by day
ADDRESS: Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

PHONE: 404-669-0773
E-MAIL: dragoncon@dragoncon.org

Marietta Art in the Park

Do you like fine arts and crafts? If so, attend the 28th Annual Art in the Park Fest including more than 175 artists.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 30, 2014 to Monday, September 1, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
ADDRESS: Glover Park on the Historic Marietta Square
50 N. Park Square Marietta, GA 30060

PHONE: 404-966-8497

Atlanta Journal Constitution Decatur Book Festival

Calling all book-worms! This independent book festival will feature more than 300 authors as well as activities including author appearances, live entertainment and more.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 30 to Monday, September 1, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
ADDRESS: Downtown Decatur, GA 30030

PHONE: 678-304-6279


Labor Day Paddle on the Chattahoochie

Paddle on the Chattahoochie River and then enjoy a cookout at the Nature Center. Deadline to register is Thursday, August 28.

DATE/TIME: Monday, September 1, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
ADDRESS: Chattahoochie Nature Center
9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075

PHONE: (770)992-2055


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