Hello, local readers! We’re here with lots of fun things to do in and around Atlanta this weekend. Don’t forget to add these great events to your Foursquare To-Do list, and feel free to share your own tips in the comments section. Enjoy your weekend, and of course, let us know where you end up!
La Tavola (Virginia-Highland). Daily through Saturday. $35.
Celebrate the world’s favorite fruit at the height of tomato season with Chef Richards of La Tavola through Saturday, August 6! Tomatofeast is available as a prix fixe menu for $35, or dishes like tomato-braised pancetta-wrapped chicken thighs and tomato ricotta ravioli can be purchases a la carte. Foodies and tomato fans alike know that this annual event should not be missed.
Atlanta Culinary Tours presents Sweet Auburn Curb Market
Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Saturday, 2:30 – 5:30pm. $32.
Get an inside look at the city’s only publicly owned market by joining Atlanta Culinary Tours as they take on the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. During the three hour walking tour, you’ll visit 7-8 unique eateries, sample fresh Georgia grown goodies, and chat with produce and meat vendors. Don’t miss this delicious chance to learn about Atlanta’s historic Sweet Auburn district.
StarFest: Goo Goo Dolls with Michelle Branch & Parachute
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. Sunday, 7pm. $29+.
Catch the Goo Goo Dolls in concert this weekend as part of the annual Star 94 StarFest extravaganza. Best known for hit songs including “Iris,” “Slide,” “Black Balloon,” and “Broadway,” the Goo Goo Dolls have played together for over 24 years. Michelle Branch and Paracute will join them in Atlanta for one night only.
Cobb County Animal Control Adopt-a-Thon
Cobb County Animal Control Shelter. Saturday, 10am – 4pm. Free.
Support the Cobb County Animal Control Shelter as it competes for grant money in the ASPCA $100K Challenge. The contest challenges shelters nationwide to save at least 300 more cats and dogs between August and October 2011 than they did during the same period last year. You can help the Cobb County Animal Control Shelter reach this goal by adopting a homeless animal yourself or spreading the word to inform other individuals and/or families interested in pet adoption. This event features food, a raffle, Police K-9 demonstrations, special adoption rates, trainer demonstrations, and more!
Jerry Day ATL
The Family Dog (Virginia-Highland). Sunday, 1pm – 11pm. $10.
To conclude a week-long celebration of the life and music of Jerry Garcia, the 4th annual Jerry Day ATL features over 6 bands and special guests throughout the afternoon and evening. In addition to great tunes, enjoy “hippie vending” and giveaways galore. All ages are welcome!