Kennesaw has many events planned for the next couple of weeks – check them out here.


Local military and veteran families, please join the Think Melissa Team as we celebrate Military Children at our Annual Free Movie Event on Saturday morning, 04/24. All military (active, veterans, National Guard, and Reserves) families are welcome to attend.
Sign in begins at 0900/9:00 am and the movies begin at 0930/9:30 am at NCG Cinemas in Acworth (4421 Cinema Dr, Acworth, GA 30101).
Movie Options are: Tom and Jerry – PG, Raya & The Last Dragon – PG, Godzilla VS Kong – PG13
We are working alongside with the Georgia National Guard Family Program and our trusted business partner, Silverton Mortgage, to host this event. We are so grateful for Amy, Carrie and Lori with the Wilpower Team for helping make this ‘thank you mission’ happen annually. The theater is at a reduced occupancy to allow for social distancing. More details can be found at: To RSVP, please email Please RSVP no later than Thursday, 4/22.


Plan to be here on Tuesday, April 27th 8am-9am
Hosted by Apotheos Roastery located at 2871 Cherokee St., NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144

 BONUS ***Gabriel’s Restaurant & Bakery will be there with breakfast goodies!  PLEASE RSVP at!



Smith-Gilbert Gardens Art Blooms

During the months of April and May, Smith-Gilbert Gardens invites the community to experience selected pieces from the permanent sculpture collection as they’ve never been seen before- surrounded by over 10,000 daffodil blooms planted in unique patterns!
Art Blooms, presented by the Cobb EMC Community Foundation, is a two-month exhibit that includes a series of weekend artists’ demonstrations and workshops. On Saturdays, Art Ambassadors will be on-site to share behind-the-scenes stories of the artists and sculptures.
Smith-Gilbert Gardens’ permanent sculpture collection features 31 outdoor pieces representing international, national and regional artists. In May, the permanent collection will be joined by a temporary outdoor exhibit featuring sculptures created by students in the Master Craftsman Program at KSU.
Smith-Gilbert Gardens is excited to feature Doug Pisik in this year’s Art Blooms exhibit. His piece, Morph, is an interactive wooden sculpture and will be on exhibit for visitors to experience. Doug Pisik is a nationally recognized artist and master woodworker who specializes in creating sculptures, 3D wall pieces and intricate art boxes with complex designs both inside and out.
Art Blooms is included with regular Garden admission. Weekly Timed Tickets for Art Blooms are now available at



Apotheos Roastery announces that their company has recently received approvals from the City of Kennesaw to begin moving forward with the construction of Common Grounds Plaza on the corner of Main Street and J.O. Stephenson. Common Grounds Plaza will include the first Apotheos Cafe in the former Whistlestop building, along with a new building that will house Dry County’s Taproom. Both buildings will be joined together by Common Grounds Plaza itself.
They anticipate breaking ground on the project in early Summer 2021, with a projected completion date of Late 2021/January 2022.
For more information on Common Grounds Plaza you can checkout for updates on the project’s progress, as well as more information about the businesses involved, and for more information on the overarching thesis behind Common Grounds Plaza.

Summer Camp Expo

The City of Kennesaw’s Department of Parks & Recreation will host a Summer Camp Expo from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, at the Ben Robertson Community Center, located at 2753 Watts Drive.

Summer Camp Expo is an open-house style free event for the community to learn about the summer camps available through Kennesaw Parks & Rec. The camp instructors will be on site so attendees can meet them and learn more about the different camps available to the community such as, sports, art, and science camps, as well as the All-Star Camp.

This year, the Summer Camp Expo will be held outside in front of the Community Center to allow for proper social distancing. There will be information posted on the Parks & Recreation social media pages for those who do not wish to attend in person. A coupon code for online registration will also be given out at the event and on social media that will be good for 24 hours. The Ben Robertson Community Center will be open for restrooms and for community members to tour the building, if desired. Masks will be required to enter the building.


Kennesaw Parks & Rec is hosting its annual Book Swap, a free media swapping event, at the Ben Robertson Community Center on May 1, 2021, from 8am-11am.

Area residents are able to drop off gently used books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, etc. in exchange for tickets. Each item dropped off is worth one ticket. At the Swap, only attendees who dropped off items will be able to redeem their tickets for items brought in by others. There will be no exchange of money at the Book Swap so you must have tickets to “purchase” items.
This year, the Book Swap will take place outside in the front parking lot to allow for proper social distancing and masks will be highly encouraged. Any remaining items left at the end of the swap will be donated locally. Coffee and snacks will be available (while supplies last) for all attendees.

Items can be dropped off at the Ben Robertson Community Center Banquet Hall from 12:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, April 29, and Friday, April 30.

Kennesaw Parks & Rec is in need of volunteers to help us run our Book Swap! This event requires a lot of preparation and set up on the days leading up to the event, and requires help to smoothly run the event on the day of.
To sign up, visit: Our Book Swap would not be possible without volunteers, and we greatly appreciate any help with this event!

First Friday Concerts

The Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority and the Kennesaw Downtown Merchants Association are excited to announce the inaugural First Friday Concert Series in Historic Downtown Kennesaw. The Series, which runs from now through October, will hold the next concert on Friday May 7, featuring the Shetlands from Woodstock. Since both were raised on a heavy dose of Folk, Rock, Blues and Country, Bille Seymour and Jane Skillman were a near perfect fit to build a musical alliance when they met and formed the duo The Shetlands. Fusing vocal harmonies and multi instrumentation they are sure to provide an enjoyable and entertaining show for all

Our community is invited to stroll through the Historic Downtown Kennesaw area and enjoy an evening of shopping, dining and live music from 6:00 to 9:00 PM,  The concert will take place at the Pedestrian Underpass off Main Street. Tables are available for reservation for $50. Tables will seat six individuals. To reserve at table visit and scroll down to the May 7 concert.