Get Out: Your Weekend Planner

Jazz music and restaurant week in Atlanta, and locally there's dancing, a beer tasting and fun at Stone Mountain Park.

It's Memorial Day weekend, so certainly you are going to find something to get into. There's a lot to choose from, and the weather will be perfectly hot, so there's no reason to be cooped up in your house. Many of us also have a long weekend, so you don't even have to stay here. But, if you do we've got some great choices to peel your attention away from watching reruns of your favorite shows. 

1. Soca Medik 2011

When/Where: Friday, May 27, 9 p.m.-4 a.m., , 2671 Centerville Highway, Snellville.

Why Go: Looking for some island jams for Memorial Day weekend? Pak Entertainment and Flames Sports Bar & Grill present a night of soca (calypso and soul), plus hip-hop, reggae and R&B. DJs and music providers for the evening include Red Lotus, DJ Courtney C and Madd Flava.

Pricing: Free and no cover.

2. Memorial Day Weekend at Stone Mountain

When/Where: Saturday-Monday, May 28-30, Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain. 

Why Go: Go big with celebrating Memorial Day weekend at the big rock. It's newest attraction, Yogi Bear 4D Adventure, will be opening for the first time, and other classics such as the Sky Hike, Summit Skyride and minigolf will be available, too. Top off the night with their new Lasershow Spectacular, debuting Saturday in Mountainvision with multi-dimensional effects, greater-than-before heights and a special tribute to the troops.

Pricing: Those 12 years and older  cost $27 for a one-day adventure pass, and kids 3 to 11 cost $21. Free for veterans and active duty military for Memorial Day Weekend, and their family members get special deals, too. For more details, click here.

3. Beer Tasting at Three Blind Mice

When/Where: Sunday, May 29, 6 p.m., Three Blind Mice, 1066 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn.

Why Go: Sunday alcohol sales may not be available yet in the state of Georgia, but they're still legal by the drink. Every Sunday, TBM offers its guests their beer tasting special: six beers for six dollars, and goes perfect with their delectable entrees.

Pricing: $6 per guest.

4. Atlanta Jazz Festival

When/Where: Saturday - Monday, May 28-30, Piedmont Park, at 10th Street and Piedmont Road, Atlanta

Why Go: The 34th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will be in full swing this weekend. It is regarded by some as the largest free jazz concert in the nation. Besides the free concerts -- on two stages in the park, there are also special activities for children, vendors and food that visitors can enjoy. Sorry everyone, Fido is not allowed, so leave pets at home. However, there will be areas where families can set up for grilling. (There are special rules for grilling in the park, so be sure you check out the rules.) For more information on the festival, see the website.

Pricing: Festival is free, but food and merchandise from vendors is not.

5. Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week

When/Where: May 28-June 5, downtown Atlanta

Why Go: Many of your favorite downtown restaurants are part of this special event. There are no passes or coupons, just jot down the restaurant of your choice from the list of those participating, and head on over. Reservations are encouraged, however. Participating restaurants include: Room, STATS, Spoon, Truva, Thrive, Cafe Circa, Ray's in the City, Ruth's Chris Steak House and more.

Pricing: Three-course dinners for $25.00 and $35.00 per person, plus tip and tax.


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