Acworth and Kennesaw News and Events for May, 2018

Published May 9, 2018

Making plans with your family? Take a brief glimpse of what is going on in Acworth and Kennesaw for May.  To read our May Bright Side edition online visit BrightSideNews.

PRESENTED MAY 11-12, 2018

The Barbecue season kicks off the year with one of the first competitions in north Georgia. More than 30 teams will fill Cauble Park in downtown Acworth on Friday May 11, from 5:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday May 12, from 10:00 a.m., to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and free parking can be found downtown with free shuttles running Friday night for the concert and all day Saturday. Cauble Park and Lake Acworth has to be one of the most beautiful venues in our area – what better place to hold a family friendly backyard, BBQ competition. This is the Rotary Club of North Cobb’s 9th Annual Smoke on the Lake in partnership with the City of Acworth.

You can smell the North Cobb Rotary Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival from miles around. This event offers lots of cash and prizes for the BBQ competition, the Lord of the Wings and the People’s Choice. Over 8,000 people are expected to visit! 100% of this event’s net proceeds go directly back into our community.

The Georgia Players Guild, featuring the music of “Alabama” and “The Eagles”, takes the stage on Friday night at 8:00 p.m., for the Concert Under the Stars. All ages will enjoy this show as they will be playing all your favorite songs. General Admission is free on Friday night and tables of six can be purchased for $100, price includes your table and six chairs for the whole crew. Reserve online at

Inflatables will be in place for kids of all ages. Slide down a giant 24-foot inflatable slide, jump on a huge obstacle course, shoot hoops in the bouncy basketball jumpy and others. Face painting will be available as well.

Visit the beer and wine tent as adult beverages will be available for the concert Friday night and Saturday during the BBQ competition.
Lord of the Wings and People’s Choice Pork BBQ Competitions are judged by the Public. These two competitions have the largest direct impact on our community. The funds raised through taster tickets sold to the public are used for multiple Rotary charity efforts. Your support is highly encouraged and needed – and it’s fun!

Admission: Parking downtown, shuttles and event admission are all FREE. Visit for lots more information!thru taster tickets sold to the public are used for multiple Rotary charity efforts. Your support is highly encouraged and needed – and it’s fun!


Kennesaw Parks & Recreation has over 100 unique camps, classes and workshops taking place between May and August. Checkout the complete program lineup here: Registration is open for residents and none residents.

Have an extraordinary camp experience close to home! The City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department takes pride in providing safe, healthy and fun opportunities for kids to keep active all year long, including week-long summer day camps, action-packed sports camps and unique specialty camps.

To ensure the ultimate experience for your child, we recommend you review the following guidelines to help you choose the right camp:
Find a camp that matches your child’s interest, abilities and personality. While the decision will ultimately be based on your own sense of what your son or daughter will enjoy and be challenged by, input should also come from your child.

If you’re considering a sports or specialty camp, remember that your child doesn’t have to be an expert on the subject. General interest is much more important than innate talent or technical ability.

Fees are reasonable and the fun is priceless. For more information or to Register online at or in person at the Ben Robertson Community Center, Watts Drive, Kennesaw.


The Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour is returning this spring to Dallas Landing Park on Saturday, May 19! The main event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will be packed full of water-sports action! However, not all of the action takes place on water. On land, fans will experience tons of great food and music; athlete autograph signings; chances to win free giveaways; and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores for water-sports equipment. This family oriented event will provide a fun filled day of sun, surf and excitement for all who attend.

Immediately following the event, riders and fans will head over to Downtown Acworth for the Wakeboard Block Party from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.! There will be plenty of activities going on including live music, great food, and fun! Pro Wakeboarders will be present signing autographs and participating in all the festivities. This event is made possible by the Acworth Tourism Bureau Authority, the Acworth Downtown Development Authority, and the City of Acworth. For more information on this event please call 770-917-1234 or visit


The  Annual Great Locomotive Chase Golf Tournament, hosted by the Kennesaw Museum Foundation, will take place on May 21, 2018, to raise money for the Southern Museum’s educational programs, artifact acquisition, special events, and exhibits. The event will be held at Pinetree Country Club, located in Kennesaw. Individual players are $250, Team Fees are $1000. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. followed by a welcome at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. on May 21, 2018. For more information or to register call Khadijah Hall at 770-427-21


Memorial Day Ceremony – The ceremony to honor those who have given their lives in service to our country will be held on Saturday, May 26 at 10:00 a.m. at Veterans Memorial at Patriots Point in Cauble Park. Veterans and current servicemen will pay tribute to brave men and women who have fought and died for our nation. Engraved pavers dedicated to those who have served in our armed forces that have been purchased since the previous Veterans Day will be presented at the event. For more information on the event contact Jeff Chase at or call 770-917-1234.