BluesBerry Festival, Unplugged in the Park, & Undefeated MMA Action

Hello, local readers. Once again we’re here with your weekend guide, where we share our favorite things to do in and around Atlanta and point out where you can get free stuff along the way. As always, be sure to add anything we missed in the comments.


BluesBerry Festival

Downtown Historic Norcross. Saturday, 5pm – 10pm (blueberry sales end at 7). Free.

Get rid of any post-holiday blues with fun-for-the-whole-family festivities in Downtown Historic Norcross. Enjoy live blues music from “Harpalicious” and “Little Brothers Blues” while snacking on fresh local blueberries straight from the farmer’s truck. Anyone still hungry can check out the chef specials at local shops, pubs and restaurants.

More info and directions.

Photo credit: WriterGal39’s Flickr Photostream

99X Unplugged in the Park

Park Tavern. Sunday, 7pm – 10pm. Free (21 and older).

Now in its eighth consecutive season, Atlanta’s longest running free concert series continues this Sunday and every Sunday through October 24. Wind down your weekend with a free live show against the shadows of the Midtown Atlanta Skyline. Atlanta native, blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Michelle Malone headlines this week.

More info and lineup for the rest of the series.

Annual Reptile Day

Fernbank Museum. Saturday, 10am – 3pm. $13 – $15.

Pack up the kids and head over to Fernbank Museum’s Annual Reptile Day for an afternoon of educational fun. Get up close and personal with hundreds of live lizards, turtles and salamanders, while discussing these animals with experts from the Georgia Herpetological Society and One More Generation. And don’t leave empty handed – be sure to visit the Great Hall to create a Blue Tongued Skink Hat of your very own.

More info and directions.

Photo credit: Peasap’s Flickr Photostream

Atlanta’s Exotic Bird Fair

North Atlanta Trade Center. Saturday, 9am – 5pm; Sunday, 10am – 4pm. $5 (kids 12 and under free).

With birds for sale, birds on display, and a plethora of aviary accessories, feathers are certain to fly at this event. Purchase feed, cages, toys and more and mingle with experts and breeders about your feathered friends. Entry fee covers both days and parking is free of charge. Hint: the link below contains a coupon good for $1 off adult admission.

More info and directions.

Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day

Atlanta-area Chick-fil-A restaurants. Friday, local store hours. Free.

Chick-fil-A knows how to celebrate Cow Appreciation Day. This Friday, customers who dress from head-to-toe in cow clothing will receive a complimentary meal, including an entree, side item and beverage of choice. Don’t have enough time to dig that old Halloween costume out of the attic? You can still earn a free entree by simply donning a cow-themed accessory and heading to the nearest Chick-fil-A.

More info and free cow starter kit.

Photo credit: Ja-nelle’s Flickr Photostream

SportFight X Presents “Undefeated” MMA Action

Georgia World Congress Center. Saturday, 6pm – 11:30pm. $29 – $75.

Extreme cage fighting is returning to Atlanta with some of the country’s best Mixed Martial Arts fighters battling it out at the World Congress Center. Tickets are available by calling 877-MMA-TIXX. Doors open at 6pm, action starts at 7pm. Presented by SportFight X, Project 9-6-1 and REDLINE VPX.

More info and directions.

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