Events Calendar: Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta, GA

NOV/DEC 2018  EVENTS FOR ACWORTH, KENNESAW, MARIETTA, Cobb County, GA. 

The details of the events are available in our Acworth/Kennesaw/Marietta paper published online at www.brightsidenews.com.  Select the paper from the menu on the left, when the page opens, click at the top and download as a pdf.

FRI NOV 16 JOHN BERRY IN CONCERT – For the fourth year, Grammy award winning singer/songwriter John Berry will open his annual Christmas tour at Marietta High School’s Performing Arts Center. This concert, scheduled for Friday, November 16, at 7:30 pm, benefits the Marietta High School College and Career Academy. Visit mpac.marietta-city.org to purchase tickets, including the option of a VIP package that includes early access to the concert, a meet & greet with John and the band, a souvenir and photo opportunity.

SAT NOV 17 ACWORTH TURKEY CHASE 5K – DOWNTOWN ACWORTH. All participants must bring a non-perishable food item on race day to receive their race number and Acworth Turkey Chase t-shirt. All non-perishable food items are to benefit the Tackle Hunger Program. Come enjoy an exhilarating 5K run through Historic Downtown Acworth and along the shores of beautiful Lake Acworth. Walk, jog, or run, participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. For more information, to register and for sponsorship opportunities visit www.acworthturkeychase.com.

SAT NOV 17 Smith Gilbert Garden’s GardenCraft Series: Thanksgiving Centerpiece from 10 a.m. to noon at Smith-Gilbert Gardens, create a beautiful custom centerpiece for your dining table or mantle, using natural materials that reflect the colors and sentiment of the season. Class Fee: $45/$35(Member Rate) OR Bring a friend and both of you get a discounted rate: $40/$30 (Member Rate) Contact Anna Bell King 7709190248

SAT NOV 17 HARRISON HS BAND RECYCLING Harrison High School Marching Band is holding an Electronics and Paint Recycle Day on Saturday, November 17th, 9:00am-5:00pm in the Upper Parking Lot of Harrison High School. Please bring items to be recycled. There is a $10.00 requested donation per car load. 100% of the donation goes to the HHS Bands program.

MON NOV 19 MARIETTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION – The next MBA monthly luncheon will be held Nov. 19that Roswell Street Baptist Church – in the Fellowship Center at 744 Roswell Street, Marietta 30060, with parking in the East Parking Lot at Aviation Road SE and Roswell Street. Morning Mingle will be held in the Crossing at RSBC from 10:30-11:30AM. The buffet opens at 11:30AM, and the program is from 12:00 – 1:00PM. The MBA will be honoring Veterans. The program “YOU. In the Pilot’s Seat” will be presented by former Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot,Elizabeth McCormick. RSVP at Mariettabusiness.biz.

SAT NOV 24 ACWORTH’S MERCHANTS OPEN HOUSE Mayor Tommy Allegood encourages everyone to shop small and take advantage of the sales and sample treats in our downtown stores. There will be incredible deals you won’t want to miss.

SAT NOV 24. MICHAEL K. SHAFFER will host a book signing at Acworth Bookstore & Coffee Shop from 1:00 until 5:00 pm. This is Michael’s latest book “In Memory of Self and Comrades”. Michael is a Civil War historian, instructor, lecturer, newspaper columnist and author. The bookstore is located at 4857 N. Main St, Acworth, GA

TUES NOV 27 KENNESAW TREE LIGHTING Join Mayor Easterling and other city officials at Depot Park in downtown Kennesaw on Tuesday, November 27, for the time-honored tradition of “flipping the switch” to illuminate the official Christmas tree. The free hour-long program begins at 6 pm and will include festive choral music and sing-along, light refreshments, and plenty of holiday cheer.
For more information, visit kennesaw-ga.gov or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

TUES NOV 27- SAT DEC 15 HOLIDAY MARKET AT THE ART STATION – The Holiday Market offers unique, handcrafted items from over forty local artists.Guests can locally shop for a wide variety of items, including jewelry, ornaments, jams, pottery, and more. Monday-Thursday: 10:00AM-7:00PM and Friday-Saturday: 10:00AM-5:00PM

THURS NOV 29 MARIETTA WELCOMES SANTA – The City of Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in conjunction with the arrival of Santa Claus on Thursday, November 29, 2018 in Glover Park on the Marietta Square. The Christmas Cheer begins at 4:00pm on Thursday, November 29th with performances by local school choruses. Santa makes his grand entrance via a City of Marietta firetruck at 5:20pm followed by the lighting of the City’s Christmas Tree at 6pm.

THURS NOV 29-SUN DEC 2 THE NUTCRACKER BY GEORGIA BALLET at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre and includes a sensory friendly performance. The Georgia Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a timeless ballet the whole family can enjoy. To purchase tickets and find more information, visit www.georgiaballet.org/nutcracker or call 770-528-0881.

SAT DEC 1 – HOG HOSTS BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. HOG Hosts their 6th Annual Photos with Santa Breakfast at O’Charley’s in Acworth on December 1st for a Photo-shoot with Santa Claus from 7:30-10:00 AM. Donations for Horizon Special Needs Field at Kenworth Park in Acworth will be honored. O’Charley’s Restaurant & Bar, 3285 Cobb Parkway Northwest, Acworth, GA 30101. Breakfast is complimentary.

SAT DEC 1 – KENNESAW’S SANTA PARADE The City of Kennesaw will usher in the holiday season on Saturday, December 1 with a Main Street parade featuring marching bands, decorated floats, vintage cars, colorfully-costumed characters, and Santa Claus himself. The parade begins at noon at the entrance to Adams Park on Main Street, and will wind through downtown Kennesaw on Main Street. The celebration continues at Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee Street, until 6 pm with A Day with Santa. Activities include a snow playground, inflatables and amusements, kid’s crafts, visits with Santa, stage entertainment, and a holiday market full of gift ideas and unique merchandise. Food vendors will be onsite. For more information, visit adaywithsanta.com or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

SAT DEC 1 ACWORTH ARTS ALLIANCE CHRISTMAS PARTY. The public is invited to attend from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Come create your own Christmas Ornament. 4425 Cherokee Street, Acworth, GA 30101, at the corner of Taylor St.

SUN & MON DEC 2 & 3 CAROL’S BY CANDLELIGHT Presented by the First Baptist Church Marietta, the Worship Arts Ministry (Worship Choir and First Orchestra) has annually helped start the Christmas season with beautiful and inspirational music. This is a free concert and is a gift from First Baptist to our community. First Baptist Church of Marietta is located at 148 Church St., Marietta, 30060.

TUES DEC 4 – MENORAH LIGHTING CEREMONY ACWORTH – The City of Acworth invites everyone to our annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m.  This will be the third night of Hanukkah.  The Menorah is located at the corner of Cowan Road and Main Street in Downtown Acworth. Rabbi Zalman Charytan from the Chabad Jewish Center will officiate the lighting with Mayor Tommy Allegood assisting. For more information visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234

THUR DEC 6 ABA Luncheon 11:30-1:00 pm at NorthStar Church 3414 Blue Springs Rd. Kennesaw, GA 30144 Learn more and RSVP at www.acworthbusiness.org.

FRI DEC 7 ACWORTH’S SANTA ARRIVAL The City of Acworth, along with their partner NorthStar Church is excited to host this year’s Santa’s Arrival! Santa arrives in Historic Downtown Acworth on Senator Russell Avenue on Friday, December 7. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Santa is scheduled to arrive at 6:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa are free each year and begin at 6:45 p.m. There will not be a photographer onsite, so please plan on bringing your camera to capture the special moment. For questions pertaining to this event, please contact Kim Watt at kwatt@acworth.org.

FRI DEC 7 MARIETTA POPS ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT -Friday night, December 7 at 7:30, Marietta Pops Orchestra is presenting their ninth annual holiday-pops concert. Marietta Pops Orchestra, formerly Symphony on the Square, is the new name for an orchestra now almost nine-years old. This year the annual holiday concert will be in the 800-seat sanctuary of First Baptist Church Marietta, 148 Church St., Marietta. To purchase tickets: Adult ($20) – online (www.mariettapops.org) using a credit card, or at the door (cash, check, credit card) Student, K-12 ($10) – at the door (cash, check, credit card).

FRI DEC 7 STRAND OLE OPRYS COUNTRY CHRISTMAS – Enjoy a rocking own-home bluegrass concert of holiday music performed on the banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, and washboard. A band of merry singers and traditional southern storytellers invite patrons onto The Strand’s metaphorical ‘back porch’ to bring a little twang to the tinsel season. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the day of the concert.

FRI & SAT DEC 7 & 8 CHRISTMAS AT PIEDMONT CHURCH = Join us for a festive celebration; Christmas at Piedmont Church Arts & Craft Show will be buzzing with activity on Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th.   Come shop the wide variety of unique arts and crafts exhibitors from all over the southeast. Delicious festival food to warm your insides, local entertainment, FREE rides on the 50-foot Snow Tube ride on Friday and FREE Petting Zoo on Saturday. Bring your camera for a photo op with Santa, FREE children’s activities, roasting marshmallows & smores and much, much more. Hours are Friday, December 7th; 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 8th; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  FREE Admission and FREE Parking. There will also be FREE parking and a free courtesy shuttle from JJ Daniell Middle School and the Old Time Pottery Parking lots.

SAT DEC 8 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Daddy’s Country Kitchen invites our community to Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 8 from 9-12. Kids 10 and under eat breakfast for $5, Adults $9. Daddy’s is located at 3485 Acworth Due West Rd., Acworth. Please call 770-974-2281 for reservations.

SAT DEC 8 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (two seatings at the Ben Robertson Community Center). The Kennesaw Acworth Optimist Club is hosting an “all you care to eat” breakfast complete with pancakes, sausage juice, coffee and table to table visits with the jolly old Elf himself. Grandma Elf will also be doing holiday readings for the big and little alike. Seatings are available from 8:00 am to 9:15 am or 10:am to 11:15 am. Tickets are only $6 per person and can be purchased online at www.kennesawparksandrec.com or at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Tickets are nonrefundable after December 2. Tickets can also be purchased at the door based on availability.

SAT DEC 8 SOUTHERN MUSEUM- The Southern Museum, located in downtown Kennesaw, is assisting Santa this year with his toy production and hosting a special day for families on Saturday, December 8, from 9:30 am to 5 pm. The Museum will also be a toy drop-off location for the Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund, sponsored by the Kennesaw Police Department, from November 1 through December 15. All collected toys will go to community families and children in need. Santa and Mrs. Claus join the fun in the afternoon from 1 pm to 5 pm. Museum regular admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors ages 60 and over, and $5.50 for children ages 4-12. Museum members receive free event admission. The Southern Museum is located at 2829 Cherokee Street in Downtown Kennesaw Please visit SouthernMuseum.org for further information

SAT DEC 8 HOYA MERRY MARKET – Mark your calendar! Harrison High School will hold its third annual HOYA MERRY MARKET on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Crafters will sell their hand-made items in the school’s main dining hall from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Market is open to the public and admission is FREE.

SUN DEC 9 SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON presented by GREAT GIG. The show will feature the talented dancers of Great Gig Dance Ensemble and the premier of The Jazzy Nutcracker, a fresh take on a classic story, and includes Acworth’s Mayor, Tommy Allegood and Kennesaw’s Mayor, Derek Easterling. A reception featuring holiday desserts begins at 5:00pm and includes a holiday-themed silent auction, followed by the show in the theater. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and may be purchased through a link at www.greatgigdance.com. NorthStar Church is located at 3413 Blue Springs Road NW in Acworth. This is a family Christmas event you won’t want to miss!

SAT DEC 15 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA HOSTED BY THE NORTHWEST YMCA 10-12. Bring your children and enjoy the morning bouncing, crafting, playing games and visiting with Santa.  Also enjoy a pancake breakfast and performances by the YMCA Dance and Tumble Academy.This event is Free to members and the community. The YMCA is located at 1700 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw, 30152.

 

FARMER’S MARKETS – LOCAL

SAT/SUN  – MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Year round on Saturdays from 9am-12pm. Sundays: May-October – 12 pm till 3 pm. Takes up residence on N. Park Square. Market customers have a variety of produce to choose from including heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, available from the grocery store. Plus staples such as potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, beans, amazing cut flower arrangements, local honey, herbal soaps, whole grain breads, fudge pies, jelly, jam and preserves. Contact Market Director Johnny Fulmer at 770-499-9393 or Jfulmer@churchstreetmarket.com or visit mariettasquarefarmersmarket.com

ONGOING EVENTS
SECOND TUESDAY EACH MONTH – POP IN FOR POP CULTURE – Join us at the Marietta Museum of History from 4pm-8pm. We will have foot tastings, activities, and vintage commercials. All included in the price of regular admission. For more info visit www.MariettaHistory.org

WED 5-7 & SAT 2-4 : WINE TASTINGS at Marietta Wine Market.  18 Powder Springs St SE, Marietta, GA 30064. (770) 919-1574

THURSDAYS: SOUTHERN MUSEUM MOMMY & ME CLASSES. Join us each Thursday from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm for Mommy & Me! Our program is specifically designed for children aged 3-5 and their caregivers. Discover and explore the world around us through play! Create, experiment, investigate, and learn together. Each week has a different theme, and lots of fun new activities to play with. Cost is included in museum admission and free for museum members.

FRIDAY/SATURDAYS 
“Lumiere Lounge” (6-10pm) on the second floor at the Strand Theatre Come to the Strand and pay homage to the days of old with a silent film inspired piano bar and lounge! As you sink into a plush couch or join a friend at a café table, the modern world seems to drift away as classic silent films quietly flicker in the background while a live pianist plays. The Lumière Lounge will feature specialty cocktails made with local ‘Hometown Honey’ in addition to a full bar. Lumière is held on the second floor lounge on select Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10pm. Check the calendar at www.earlsmithstrand.org for more details or call the box office at 770.293.0080 to get added to the mailing for our evening bar events.

GHOSTS OF MARIETTA WALKING TOUR (7:30pm) Walk the streets of our haunted city by lantern light, guided by one of our talented storytellers. This tour is approximately 90 minutes and the walk is under a mile. Ghost tours are at 7:30pm every Thur, Fri & Sat. Paid reservations required in advance. 770-425-1006. www.ghostsofmarietta.com

 

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