Mini Golf Mania, Christmas in July & Atlanta Restaurant Week.

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.

Putt N’ Party

The Swing Factory Golf Center. Friday, 7pm – 10pm. $9, 1/2 price for 3 – 5 yr. olds.

What could be better than an African safari-themed 18 hole mini-golf course? An African safari-themed 18 hole mini-golf course that also offers free hotdogs, free ice cream while DJ Philip Bigo spins rhymes and keeps the place alive with prizes, trivia and contests. It’s mini golf madness fun for all ages.

More info and directions.

Christmas in July at Atkins Park

Atkins Park, Virginia-Highland and Smyrna locations. Saturday, 9pm – 3am. Free.

Get into the holiday spirit a little earlier than usual with Atkins Park Tavern this Saturday – both locations are hosting their annual Christmas in July celebrations, sponsored by Sam Adams and Jägermeister. Santa Claus and his elves (the Jägerettes) will be at both locations passing out goodies from Santa’s big red sack along with Christmas cookies, drink specials and even Jäger sno-cones.

More info and directions.

Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week

Participating Atlanta Restaurants. Monday – Sunday, August 8. $25 – 35.

Beginning Monday, many of Atlanta’s best restaurants will be participating in the annual Restaurant Week dining event. Visit any participating restaurant during the 2-week affair and enjoy a special, three-course meal for a discounted price of $25 or $35 a meal. Looking for more? Book a VIP hotel package and make a night, or weekend out of it.

More info.

Photo Credit: tandemracer’s flickr photostream

BlackBerry Live Bold. Be Bold. Event

Centennial Olympic Park. Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 6pm. Free.

Free prizes and special offers are up for grabs this weekend as BlackBerry’s promotional tour makes its way to our neck of the woods. Along with a chance to win the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 and test out hot new BlackBerry applications, you can play an “Augmented Reality Game” and enter the Live Bold. Be Bold. Video contest. The contest’s grand prize winner can choose from three adventure trip packages: Costa Rica Rainforest, Classic Kenya Safari or Great Barrier Reef. Also, check out the Tour’s official Facebook page for on-going street team giveaways and contests across the country.

More info and map.

Camp Dream Street Happy Hour at Gordon Biersch

Gordon Biersch Restaurant. Thursday, 6pm – 9pm. $30.

Indulge your charitable side by drinking for a cause. Tickets include unlimited beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres and proceeds support Dream Street, a five day four night camping program for children with disabilities. You can also purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win promotional products and other cool swag from local merchants and restaurants.

More info and directions.

Thursday Thunder

Atlanta Motor Speedway. Thursday, 6pm – 10pm. $1-5.

NASCAR’s stars of tomorrow compete on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s quarter-mile “Thunder Ring” at Thursday Thunder through Aug. 5. Each week features six classes of racing with drivers ranging in age from eight to almost 80, plus grandstand games and entertainment. One of the most affordable family entertainment options around, Thursday Thunder has served as a training ground for current NASCAR stars Joey Logano, David Ragan and Reed Sorenson. Promotional coolers allowed.

More info and directions.

(Thanks to Matthew Simmons, Marketing & Promotion Coordinator at Atlanta Motor Speedway, for the tip.)

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