Weekend Guide: Run for your Lives, Irish Barkfest, Celebrity Chocolate Buffet and more!

Hello, local readers! Hot off the press is this week’s edition of our weekend guide, filled with the best things to do in and around Atlanta this Thursday through Sunday. As always, be sure to add anything we missed in the comments section. Enjoy your weekend!!

Run for your lives 5K

Run for Your Lives

Durhamtown Plantation Sports Complex. Saturday. $32.

Ever wonder if you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse? Well the undead are swarming in Georgia this weekend and it’s the perfect chance to test your survival skills. Didn’t get your race registration in on time? Grab a spectator ticket and cheer on the survivors… or the zombies.

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The Atlanta Opera - The Golden Ticket


The Atlanta Opera – The Golden Ticket

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Saturday, 8:00 p.m. – March 11. $24 – $139 for adults; $15 for children, limit one child per each adult purchase; Family Four Pack which includes two Adult tickets, 2 Child tickets and a chocolate bar available for a limited time for $150.

The Golden Ticket is a comedic opera based on Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Join Charlie, Willy Wonka, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregard and all the oompa loompas in the Atlanta Opera’s version of the beloved story with music by Peter Ash.

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Orchid Daze

Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Daily – April 15th. Adults $18.95; Children 3-12 $12.95; Kids under 3 free.

Break free from the winter blues and check out Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual orchid festival. This is the 10th anniversary for the exhibition and the Fuqua Orchid Center. Feast your eyes on the largest selection of orchids in one place! You will be amazed at the beauty, variety and color range of this majestic flower.

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival


Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Atlantic Station. Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m for VIP; 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for regular admission. VIP Admission – $75; Regular Admission – $35 in advance/$40 at the door; Designated Driver Admission $25; Kids 12 and under are free.

Join the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival as it tours the country, making a stop at Atlantic Station. Sample pulled pork, ribs, brisket, chicken and sausages and wash it down with unlimited tastes of 60 types of beer and 40 bourbons. In addition to the great food and drink, there will be seminars, music, contest and exhibits.

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Chocolate Buffet
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Celebrity Chocolate Buffet

Park 75 Lounge at the Four Seasons. Friday, 9:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m. $30.

Chocoholics rejoice! The Celebrity Chocolate Buffet is coming to Park 75 at the Four Seasons Hotel. Each Friday night during the month of March, Pastry Chef Charles Barrett will invite a local celebrity to help him host this delicious event. The buffet will offer more than 20 delectable chocolate desserts, including the Chocolate Elvis – a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich on chocolate brioche bread, a double chocolate “Twinkie” and a chocolate “Nutty Buddy” panna cotta.

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Irish Breakfast

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Irish Barkfest for Georgia Homeless Pets Animal Rescue

Meehan’s Public House (Vinings location). Saturday 2:00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. Raffle tickets start at $10.

Come support rescued animals while enjoying a traditional Irish breakfast (or lunch or dinner) at the Irish Barkfest for Georgia Homeless Pets. Enjoy food, drinks and a raffle featuring a Punchline gift card, a Mary Kay gift card, a 10 pack of doggie daycare, Hawks tickets, a Meehan’s gift card, a Les Paul J. Guitar and more! Proceeds go to Georgia Homeless Pets Animal Rescue.

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