Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Atlanta Events: April 2017


Pillow fight in the park
April 1, 2017 (3 to 6 p.m.)
2.5 miles SE
Pillows fly on International Pillow Fight Day. Bring a soft pillow without feathers to Grant Park. Free.
Food trucks at the park
April 1, 2017 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
2.7 miles SE
Food-o-Rama is a food truck extravaganza with 35 trucks selling full portions and small plates, arts and crafts, and live music at Grant Park. Free entry.
April Fool’s Day event
April 1, 2017 (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
7 miles east
A ticket to April Fool’s Comedy Night gets you jokes from six comedians, six beer samples, a brewery tour, and food truck fare for sale at Three Taverns Craft Brewery for age 21+.
Get painted as you run
April 1, 2017
29 miles south
Wear the white shirt provided, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch as you run the Color Run 5K at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Film festival
April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 24)
Atlanta locations
The Atlanta Film Festival shows a wide variety of films, mostly at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages Theatre.
Inman Park Restaurant Week
April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 27)
2 miles east
Get a special deal on a three-course fixed-price meal at a dozen restaurants during Inman Park Restaurant Week in Inman Park. Repeats in Oct.
Festival on Ponce
April 1 - 2, 2017
5 miles NE
Spring Festival on Ponce features fine arts and crafts, folk art, a children’s area, local food, and acoustic music in historic Olmsted Linear Park at N Ponce De Leon Ave NE. Repeats in Oct. Free.
Musical: 9 to 5
April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 3)
7.6 miles NE
OnStage Atlanta performs 9 to 5, based on the hit movie about a bad boss, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton in Decatur. Discount tickets $13.
Colonial life
April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 30)
49 miles NE
See life in 1790s Georgia at the 18th Century Colonial Market Faire, including historical crafts, games, military drills, music, and treats at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder.
Cherry blossom festival - Macon
April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 24)
85 miles SE
International Cherry Blossom Festival includes 80 events, a parade, arts & crafts, concerts, food trucks, a street party, and 300,000 flowering cherry trees.
Macon arts festival
April 1 - 2, 2017
85 miles SE
Browse arts and crafts while the cherry trees bloom in downtown Macon at Mulberry Street Festival. Free.
Psychological thriller
April 1 - 23, 2017
2.6 miles north
A Jewish woman and a Muslim man fall in love in Straight of Gibraltar, and what begins as a typical romantic comedy quickly spirals into a suspenseful thriller about terrorism at Synchronicity Theatre. Discount tickets $15.
April 1 - Aug. 31, 2017
multiple locations
These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.
Vintage sale
April 2, 2017
1.5 miles NE
Salvage features 50 curated vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor, and home goods at Yaarab Shrine. Repeats in Sept.
Comic opera
April 2, 2017 at 3 p.m. (begins March 25)
11 miles NW
Sung in Italian with English subtitles, Don Pasquale is a comedy filled with complicated schemes, shenanigans, multiple lies, a fake wedding, and a rendezvous at the famed Hollywood Bowl at Cobb Energy Performing Arts CentreDiscount tickets $20.
Broadway musical
April 4 - 5, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)
1 mile north
Winner of four Tony AwardsHedwig and the Angry Inch is a brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny rock ‘n’ roll saga about seeking love at Fox Theatre. Discount tickets $46
Writers’ Festival
April 6 - 7, 2017
7 miles east
Hear distinguished authors read at the Writers’ Festival at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. Free.
Belly dance festival
April 6 - 9, 2017
9.8 miles NE
TribalCon offers Friday and Saturday shows with an optional buffet, after parties, vendors, and workshops at Atlanta Marriott Century Center.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
April 7 - 9, 2017
2 miles NE
See fine art, hear live music, and enjoy fair food at the highly regarded Atlanta Dogwood Festival and 5K at Piedmont Park. No pets. Free. Buy tickets in advance for two food events on Saturday:
Sherlock Holmes convention
April 7 - 9, 2017
14 miles north
221B Con is for fans of Sherlock Holmes literature at the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center.
J.C. Superstar
April 7 - 23, 2017
17.3 miles NW
Jesus Christ Superstar is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic rock musical with unforgettable songs at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta. Discount tickets $20.
Dance of Argentina
April 8, 2017 (8 p.m.)
0.2 miles south
The 14 men of Che Malambo demonstrate fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses and the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos at Rialto Center for the Arts. Discount tickets $24.
Run and bar crawl
April 8, 2017
2.2 miles SE
Run Before You Crawl is a 5K run that begins and ends in Grant Park, followed by a six-pub bar crawl.
Easter egg hunt in the museum
April 8, 2017
4 miles NE
Meet baby animals, play games, and collect eggs at activity stations during Spring Egg-stravaganza at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
Music & beer festival
April 8, 2017 (1 to 7 p.m.)
14.5 miles north
Enjoy local bands and local beer at Rhythm & Brews outdoors in Sandy Springs. Get free tickets for your children age 12 and younger, discounts under age 21.
Athens international fair
April 8, 2017 (12 to 5 p.m.)
70 miles NE
International Street Festival offers cultural displays, traditional costumes, music and dance performances, and a children’s corner in Athens. Free.
Acworth art festival
April 8 - 9, 2017
29 miles north
Browse the booths of 100 artisans on historic Main Street and see the kids’ zone at Acworth Art Fest.
Columbus air show
April 8 - 9, 2017
104 miles south
See amazing stunts, historical aircraft, and modern jets at Thunder in the Valley Air Show in Columbus.
Art & hot-air balloon festival
April 8 - 9, 2017
108 miles south
The Perry Dogwood Festival features arts & crafts vendors, dog costume & retrieving contests, and entertainment in downtown Perry; plus a Saturday evening Hot Air Balloon Rally with rides, balloon glow, and music at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.
Easter egg hunt on the farm
April 10, 2017
8 miles north
Kids search for colorful eggs, play games, and create springtime crafts during Magic Mondays: Egg Hunt on the Farmat the Atlanta History Center. Cost.
Easter egg hunt in Roswell
April 14, 2017 (10 a.m.)
20 miles north
Kids bring baskets to fill with candy at the $5 Easter Egg Huntat Archibald Smith Plantation in Roswell.
April 14 - 16, 2017
11 miles NW
Atlanta Ballet performs the Firebird by Yuri Possokhov with a live orchestra, plus two other works at Cobb Energy Performing Arts CentreDiscount tickets $47.
Easter egg hunt in the garden
April 15, 2017
4 miles NE
Buy a ticket online & bring a basket to hunt for candy-filled eggs at Eggstravaganza. Meet the Easter Bunny, shop for baked goods, and enjoy kids’ activities at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Park across the street at Atlanta Metro Cathedral. Rain will cancel.
Art at the river
April 15, 2017
24 miles NE
Art on the Chattahoochee features a fine art market, food court, craft corner, and entertainment at Simpsonwood Park in Peachtree Corners. Free.
Taste of Forsyth
April 15, 2017
39 miles NE
Buy tastes from 25 restaurants for $1 to $4 at Taste of Forsyth, which has a kids’ zone and Easter egg hunts on the lawn at Cumming Fairgrounds. Free. The Warbington Farms EGGstravaganza is 10 miles away.
Easter egg hunts
April 15 - 16, 2017
Confirm date, time, and rain policy.
Sandy Springs Artsapalooza
April 15 - 16, 2017
15 miles north
Sandy Springs Artsapalooza features 150 arts & crafts booths, a children’s play area, food trucks, and local acoustic musicians at 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. NE in Sandy Springs.
Easter at Callaway Gardens
April 15 - 16, 2017
82 miles SE
Easter Weekend events at Callaway Gardens include a brunch, a 5K race, a kids’ race, an Easter Bunny, egg hunts, hot-air balloon rides (tethered), entertainment, and a sunrise service.
Free park day
April 15 - 16 and 22 - 23, 2017
19 miles north
Entry is free at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area during Free Entrance Days in the National Parks.
Renaissance festival
April 15 - June 4, 2017
24 miles SW
See knights and maidens, dine on turkey legs and ale, shop from 150 artisans, visit a medieval amusement park, and be entertained at the Georgia Renaissance Festival weekends and Memorial Day in Fairburn.
Easter restaurants
April 16, 2017
Atlanta locations
OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter.
Elegant Easter brunch
April 16, 2017
9.1 miles north
Easter Brunch features a jazz trio plus professional sitters to entertain young children with crafts and an Easter egg hunt at The St. Regis Atlanta.
Easter Brunch
April 16, 2017
14 miles north
Easter Brunch at Villa Christina includes an Easter egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting, and inflatables for the kids. Reservation required.
Easter service
April 16, 2017
19 miles east
The Easter Sunrise Service is held simultaneously at the top of the mountain and the base of the mountain at Stone Mountain Park.
Dunwoody festival
April 19 - 23, 2017
17.3 miles NE
Lemonade Days features carnival rides, live music, arts & crafts starting Fri., a beer & wine garden Sat., and a petting zoo on the weekend at Brook Run Park. No pets.
Taste of the Nation
April 20, 2017
0 miles
Enjoy gourmet food, fine wine, beer, cocktails, local music, and a silent auction at the $250 Taste of the Nation Atlanta at 200 Peachtree St. NW for age 21+.
Craft beer festival
April 21 - 23, 2017
0.3 miles west
Try more than 20 types of SweetWater beer, hear live music, browse an artists’ market, see comedy, and learn from craft-beer experts at SweetWater 420 Festival and 5K at Centennial Olympic Park. No pets.
Italian Film Festival
April 21 - 23, 2017
2.8 miles NE
Cinema Italy Atlanta screens the best in new Italian films at the Plaza Theatre.
Druid Hills celebration
April 21 - 23, 2017
4 miles NE
The Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens features a ticketed tour of five homes and a garden all three days, plus a free artist market on Saturday.
Fantasy books convention
April 21 - 23, 2017
13 miles north
JordanCon features guest authors, artists, vendors, and a costume contest at the Atlanta Marriott at Perimeter Center.
Green expo
April 22 - 23, 2017
11 miles NW
Alive! Expo offers natural products and organic foods, green-lifestyle lectures, workshops, and health & wellness vendors at Cobb Galleria Centre.
Arab festival
April 22 - 23, 2017
13 miles NE
Enjoy Arabic art, music, dancing, singing, and food at the Atlanta Arab Festival at the Alif Institute.
Kennesaw festival
April 22 - 23, 2017
25 miles NW
Big Shanty Festival features 200 arts and crafts booths, food vendors, two stages of entertainment, and a 9:30 a.m. Saturday parade in Kennesaw. Free.
April 22 - 23, 2017
30 miles south
Atlanta Motorama includes classic vehicles, hot rods, monster trucks, burnouts, car crushing, lawn-mower racing, stage entertainment, and vendor exhibits at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Car-free Southside
April 23, 2017 (2 to 6 p.m.)
Location is 1.7 mile south
Walk, run, or bike down the middle of the road when Atlanta Streets Alive comes to the Southside, with free entertainment and activities. It happens on Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW & Georgia Ave. SE (western end is Lucille Ave. SW and eastern end is Grant Park).
Hamburger week
April 23 - 29, 2017
Atlanta & Decatur
Get $5 hamburgers at 40 places on ATL Burger Week.
Design expo
April 25 - 27, 2017
6 miles NE
Register to see speakers and celebrities unveil new collections and share their design-industry experiences, and view sample design installations at Design ADAC at Atlanta Decorative Arts Center.
Art fair at Peachtree Corners
April 27 - 29, 2017
22 miles NE
Wesleyan Artist Market has 95 artists, entertainment, and a children’s market at Peachtree Corners.
Athens Twilight
April 28 - 29, 2017
70 miles east
Athens Twilight Criterium includes bicycle races, running/walking events, and a food court.
Inman Park festival
April 28 - 30, 2017
2 miles east
Inman Park Spring Festival features a tour of homes (Fri. to Sun.), street parade (2 p.m. Sat.), artists’ market, live music, food vendors, and kids’ activities (Sat. to Sun.) in Inman Park. Free.
Science-fiction convention
April 28 - 30, 2017
16.4 miles NE
Treklanta offers panels, vendors, and celebrity guests for fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and Babylon 5 at the Doubletree Hilton Atlanta Northlake.
Motorcycle race
April 28 - 30, 2017
51.7 miles NE
MotoAmerica Superbike Showdown features world-class racing, freestyle stunt shows, new bike demos, autograph sessions, and a kids’ zone at Road Atlanta in Braselton.
Tasting event
April 29, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)
2 miles NE
Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival includes wine tasting, craft beer, appetizers, and live music at City Winery.
Family hoedown
April 29, 2017
4 miles NE
A ticket to Rock Spring Hoedown includes a dinner buffet, live bluegrass music, dancing, and kids’ activities in Piedmont Heights.
Kitchen tours
April 29, 2017
7 miles NE
See recently renovated kitchens in three homes on the Tour of Kitchens in Decatur.
Chicken festival
April 29, 2017
53 miles NE
Spring Chicken Festival has a cook-off, live entertainment, recycled art market, quilt show, parade, 5K, and kids zone in downtown Gainesville.
Open-air symphony
April 29, 2017
82 miles SE
Symphony on the Sand is a performance by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra under the stars on Robin Lake Beach in Pine Mountain.
Smyrna festival
April 29 - 30, 2017
15 miles NW
Spring Jonquil Festival features 175 hand-made arts & crafts booths, live music, a 5K run/walk, festival food, racing pigs, and puppet shows at the Village Green in Smyrna. Free. Repeats in Oct.
Muddy obstacle course
April 29 - 30, 2017
25 miles SW
To run this 10 to 12 mile obstacle course in mud, you’ve got to be one Tough Mudder. Spectators also require tickets, at Bouckaert Farm in Fairburn.
Taste of Marietta
April 30, 2017
19 miles NW
Taste of Marietta offers food from 70 restaurants, live music, and a kids’ alley in historic Marietta Square.
Pet party
April 2017 (undated)
1.7 miles NE
PAWS Atlanta invites you and your dog to Old Fourth Ward Park for beer, food trucks, artists, pet vendors, entertainment, and a “lantern type” parade. Free.
Southern food & tunes
April 2017 (undated)
1.7 miles NE
Beltline Boil offers low-country cooking and live music on the lawn at Fourth Ward Skate Park.
Fashion show
April 2017 (undated)
8.2 miles north
Hope Fashion Show is a $125 charity event that includes a luncheon, fashion show, and both live and silent auctions at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.
Cajun festival
April 2017 (undated)
15 miles NW
Crawfish Boil is 2 days of food, fun, beer, and bands plus kids’ inflatables in Smyrna.
Easter brunch - Park Tavern
April 2017 (undated)
2.4 miles NE
Enjoy an Easter Brunch overlooking Piedmont Park and the city skyline, with an appearance by the Easter bunny and an egg hunt at noon at Park Tavern.
Easter at governor’s mansion
April 2017 (undated)
7 miles NW
Kids meet the Easter Bunny, decorate eggs, get faces painted, and do an Easter Egg Hunt at the governor’s mansion. Free.
Easter in the dark
April 2017 (undated)
21.8 miles NW
Bring a flashlight to Cobb County Eggstravaganza Under the Stars for glow-in-the-dark egg hunts to age 17, kids’ crafts, entertainment, inflatables, contests, and food vendors at Al Bishop Softball Complex in Marietta. Free.

Jermaine Sain is the host/ creator of a talk show called When We Speak.  After exiting the U.S. Army in 2003, as a Medical Sergeant, Jermaine began pursuing a career in music after he auditioned for American Idol in 2005, in Austin, Texas.
In 2008, Jermaine moved to Atlanta where he has had the opportunity to provide backing vocals for Kem (Grammy nominated R&B Singer) Heart (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), and Barry Manilow, as well as for companies such as Pink Ribbon Story Foundation and Verizon Wireless. He made his first music video appearance in Kem's Glorify The King.
Jermaine's talk show, When We Speak, caters to entertainment with a close focus on indie music professionals.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 Atlanta Jazz Festival Artists Have Been Announced!

2017 Atlanta Jazz Festival Artists Have Been Announced!

It's almost that time of year again and the 2017 Atlanta Jazz Festival Artists have been announced.  We are always super excited at When We Speak TV to see the new line up and for several years, some of or friends have taken the Atlanta Jazz Festival Stage, like Tony Hightower, Julie Dexter, Russell Gunn, and Chandra Currelley
Julie Dexter
Russell Gunn
Tony Hightower
Chandra Currelley

Once again, this year, our friends and When We Speak guests Julie Dexter and Russell Gunn will perform.  

That's not all, there's also Cleveland P Jones, Macy Gray, Freddy Cole, Robert Glasper, Joe Gransden, Moonchild, and many more.

So join When We Speak TV and the City of Atlanta, at the 2017 Atlanta Jazz Festival, on Memorial Day weekend at Piedmont Park.


Jermaine Sain is the host/ creator of a talk show called When We Speak.  After exiting the U.S. Army in 2003, as a Medical Sergeant, Jermaine began pursuing a career in music after he auditioned for American Idol in 2005, in Austin, Texas.
In 2008, Jermaine moved to Atlanta where he has had the opportunity to provide backing vocals for Kem (Grammy nominated R&B Singer) Heart (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), and Barry Manilow, as well as for companies such as Pink Ribbon Story Foundation and Verizon Wireless. He made his first music video appearance in Kem's Glorify The King.
Jermaine's talk show, When We Speak, caters to entertainment with a close focus on indie music professionals.


Jermaine Sain is the host/ creator of a talk show called When We Speak. After exiting the U.S. Army in 2003, as a Medical Sergeant, Jermaine began pursuing a career in music after he auditioned for American Idol in 2005, in Austin, Texas.

In 2008, Jermaine moved to Atlanta where he has had the opportunity to provide backing vocals for Kem (Grammy nominated R&B Singer) Heart (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), and Barry Manilow, as well as for companies such as Pink Ribbon Story Foundation and Verizon Wireless. He made his first music video appearance in Kem's Glorify The King.

Jermaine's talk show, When We Speak, caters to entertainment with a close focus on indie music professionals.

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