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    Häagen-Dazs wants to cool down your Tuesday with a creamy scoop of any of its rich flavors for free. Häagen-Dazs Shops is hosting its annual Free Cone Day on Tuesday. From 4-8 p.m., the ice cream chain’s more than 200 shops across the country will hand out one free scoop of ice cream in cup, sugar cone or wafer cone per customer. No purchase necessary. Find your nearest Häagen-Dazs Shops locations using the online shop finder. You can also share your Free Cone Day moments on social media with the hashtag #hdfreeconeday.     Here are all the participating Free Cone Day shops in Atlanta:   Häagen-Dazs Shop Mall of Georgia 3333 Buford Dr. Buford, GA 30519(678) 514-5849   Häagen-DazsShop The Battery 900 Battery Ave. Atlanta, GA 30339(770) 672-0024 Häagen-Dazs Shop TC Cobb  400 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy. Kennesaw, GA 30144 (770) 590-3120Häagen-Dazs Shop Lenox Square Mall 3393 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 233-3396Häagen-Dazs Shop Perimeter Mall  4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road Atlanta, GA 30346 (770) 393-8822Häagen-Dazs® Shop Cumberland Festival Shopping Center 2980 Cobb Pkwy Atlanta, GA 30339 (770) 951-2528Häagen-Dazs Shop Northpoint Mall  1000 North Point Circle Alpharetta, GA 30022 (770) 667-8558Häagen-Dazs Shop Cumberland Mall  1154 Cumberland Mall  Atlanta, GA 30339 (770) 434-8089*Products may vary at all shops. Please contact for availability. Häagen-Dazs’ Free Cone Day will also serve a philanthropic purpose by celebrating the diligent bees that allow people to enjoy ice cream all year long. Through the Häagen-Dazs loves Honey Bees initiative, select Häagen-Dazs flavors are in the process of earning the Bee Better Certification. Developed by longtime partner The Xerces Society, the certification is a standard that requires the elimination of harmful pesticide practices and the creation of large pollinator habitats on farms.  For more on Free Cone Day, visit www.haagendazs.us/free-cone-day.
  • Traffic Team Remembers Captain Herb Emory Captain Herb loved so much. He loved his family, his job, his colleagues and his community. Recently, the Traffic Team remembered Herb on the 5th anniversary of his untimely passing. You can hear Doug Turnbull, Mark Arum, Ashley Frasca and Smilin’ Mark McKay share memories of their mentor on the Traffic Podcast HERE. We invite our Traffic Troopers to WSB for lunch once each year, to thank them for their commitment of giving us great traffic information throughout the year! A good time was had by all! Thank you to Williamson Bros Bar-B-Q for catering. COMING UP! The Traffic Team along with ALL of their WSB Radio colleagues take part in the 19th annual Care-a-thon. This 36 hour fundraiser benefits the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! Broadcast dates are July 25th and 26th. Stay tuned for ways you can help, and thank you for your continued support! Call our traffic center with traffic incident 24/7/365 at 404-897-7358. You can also get through to us using the “Triple Team Traffic Alerts” app, free in your phone’s app store! The app provides real-time, traffic incidents recorded by WSB radio traffic reporters. Powered by BriteBox Electrical.
  • TODAY Lil’ Jon Super Bowl Week Kickoff. 9 tonight. $25. Tongue & Groove, 2420 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404-261-2325, tandgonline.com. THROUGHOUT THE WEEK Super Bowl Experience Driven by Hyundai Super Bowl Experience Driven by Hyundai is the NFL’s interactive theme park celebrating Super Bowl 53 from Jan. 26 through Feb. 2 in the Georgia World Congress Center Building B. Visitors can collect free NFL player and legend autographs, get an up-close look at the collection of all 52 Super Bowl rings and train like an NFL player at Combine Corner with the 3 Cone Drill, 40-Yard Dash and the Broad Jump. MORE: How will the weather affect Super Bowl week? After testing your skills on the field, see what happens off the field with behind-the-scenes access to NFL Network player and celebrity interviews at the Bridgestone Fan Gallery located in Building A of the Georgia World Congress Center. Prices and times may vary based on date and demand. With the purchase of one $20 adult ticket, up to three complimentary tickets for kids 12 and under will be offered at the Super Bowl Experience Box Office only Jan. 28-30. ticketmaster.com.
  • Atlanta may be hosting Super Bowl 53, but the big game is only part of a week overflowing with festivities and fun — especially for kids. From free fan fests to the ultimate Super Bowl interactive experience to special museum exhibits and live concerts, kids of all ages (and even those who are not big fans of the game of football) are in for a special treat. Here’s a look at fabulous events and activities for kids and families around metro Atlanta: MORE: Super Bowl 2019: traffic, concerts, everything you need to know Super Bowl Experience Driven by Hyundai Super Bowl Experience Driven by Hyundai is the NFL’s interactive theme park celebrating Super Bowl 53 now through Feb. 2 in the Georgia World Congress Center Building B. The Super Bowl Experience offers immersive exhibits and interactive games. Visitors can collect free NFL player and legend autographs, get an up-close look at the collection of all 52 Super Bowl rings and train like an NFL player at Combine Corner with the 3 Cone Drill, 40-Yard Dash and the Broad Jump. After testing your skills on the field, see what happens off the field with behind-the-scenes access to NFL Network player and celebrity interviews at the Bridgestone Fan Gallery located in Building A of the Georgia World Congress Center. A Super Bowl Experience ticket is required. Prices and times may vary based on the date. For the first time, the NFL has introduced variable ticket pricing for the Super Bowl Experience. Take advantage of lower weekday prices. With the purchase of one $20 adult ticket, up to three complimentary tickets for kids 12 and under will be offered at the Super Bowl Experience box office only Jan. 28-30. Ticket prices are higher — $40 for adults and between $10 and $25 for children — Jan. 31-Feb. 2. The Super Bowl Experience box office is located at the Georgia World Congress Building B. The box office will close two hours prior to event closing time each day. With thousands of fans expected to visit the Super Bowl Experience and take part in the excitement surrounding Super Bowl LIII, tickets during peak times will sell out quickly, and fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early. For expedited lines, an SBXtra Fast Pass may be purchased for $55 for both adults and kids, while quantities last, at ticketmaster.com. For more information, download the Super Bowl LIII Fan Mobile Pass app or visit SuperBowl.com. MORE: VIDEO: Singing Super Bowl security guard welcomes visitors to Atlanta World of Coca-Cola Big Game celebration The World of Coca-Cola will kick off Super Bowl weekend with a “Champions Chat” featuring “Mean” Joe Greene and Carl Banks, moderated by Desmond Howard. The three NFL champs will share stories of their days on the field as well as comment on this year’s game and answer questions from the audience. 2:15-3 p.m. Feb. 1. $13-$17 (free for toddlers 2 years old and younger). Continue celebrating the Super Bowl all weekend long by viewing the limited-time exhibit of footballs, jerseys, ads and other items from the Coca-Cola archives, including the legendary “Mean” Joe Greene Coca-Cola commercial that debuted 40 years ago. In the Taste It Beverage Lounge, visitors can sample Coca-Cola Game Day Magic and Coca-Cola Zero Game Day Magic for a limited-time on Coca-Cola Freestyle. Also on Feb. 1 and 2, guests can snap a football-themed photo and receive a free print. The Coca-Cola store will also feature a Coca-Cola aluminum bottle commemorating the 2019 Big Game. $13-$17. Free for kids 2 and younger. World of Coca-Cola, 121 Baker St. NW, Atlanta. 404-676-5151, worldofcoca-cola.com. Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade This event is the national kickoff for Super Bowl LIII festivities on Jan. 28. Super Bowl players and coaches address the nation for the first time from State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Super Bowl Opening Night is the first interaction that Super Bowl players and coaches from both teams have with media before the Super Bowl, and it’s the only time the two teams will be in one location before the game. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event starts at 7 p.m. Fans can be a part of Super Bowl LIII by celebrating with cheerleaders and team mascots and collecting free autographs from NFL players and legends. Check in with the Super Bowl LIII Fan Mobile Pass app for the chance to win prizes, including two tickets to Super Bowl LIII. Tickets start at $29. State Farm Arena, 1 State Farm Drive in Atlanta. atlsuperbowl53.com/openingnight/. Free Fan Fest at The Battery If you want to celebrate all things Super Bowl but are looking for another spot away from the busy downtown area, you can head to The Battery Atlanta for a weekend of free fun and games in the Plaza area of The Battery. You can put your talent to the test as a quarterback, receiver and kicker during the skills challenge — or maybe you’d rather test your football knowledge with an interactive trivia game. There will also be a DJ and live entertainment. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 2; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 3. The Battery Atlanta, 800 Battery Ave., Suite 130, Atlanta, 404-494-1150, batteryatl.com. Free ‘Play Football Family Festival’ at Marietta High School A free “Play Football Family Festival” at Marietta High School will include fun football-related activities, special guest speakers, a parents’ forum, youth league signup stations, music, food trucks and giveaways. There will also be clinics with USA Football-certified coaches. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 2. Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta. playfootball.com. College Football Hall of Fame’s ‘Super Bowl Stories’ In partnership with the Atlanta Football Host Committee, the College Football Hall of Fame is presenting a special exhibit called “Super Bowl Stories: The College Connection.” Fans can enjoy stories about NFL stars and see game-worn jerseys from several players, including Desmond Howard, Eli Manning, Cam Newton and Drew Brees. The exhibit connects the vast stories of collegiate and professional athletes and coaches through images, storytelling and artifacts. College fans can also relive (or invent) game day memories on a 45-yard indoor playing field, check out their school colors on a Helmet Wall (featuring 768 helmets, one from every four-year institution that fields a football team) and study virtual stadium viewers, which place visitors on the field or in the stands at iconic stadiums around the country. Open Jan. 28-Feb. 4 during daytime hours but closed Feb. 3. Go to the website for specific hours. $17.99-$21.99. Free for kids younger than 3 and also free for military, active and retired. 250 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta. cfbhall.com. Super Bowl Live Organizers are putting together a multiday “fan village” leading up to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. The free Super Bowl Live series presented by Verizon features several days of outdoor concerts to be held at Centennial Olympic Park, which include Jan. 28 and then Jan. 31-Feb. 2. A late night concert might not be best for kids, but there are plenty of musical acts during the day and early evening hours for them. Grammy-winning producer and Atlanta icon Jermaine Dupri is helping curate and produce the musical acts. The roster of Georgia-based performers includes Goodie Mob and Waka Flocka. Monica and Craig Campbell will also participate in the multiday event. 4-9 p.m. Jan. 28; 4-10 p.m. Jan. 31 (Hero the Band, Craig Campbell and Tyler Tritt); 2-10 p.m. Feb. 1; and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 2 (Dupri’s So So Def All-Stars). Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave W. NW, Atlanta. atlsuperbowl53.com/superbowllive.
  • Jan. 28 Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade Super Bowl players and coaches address the nation from State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Event starts at 7 p.m. Fans can be a part of Super Bowl LIII by celebrating with cheerleaders and team mascots and collecting free autographs from NFL players and legends. Check in with the Super Bowl LIII — Fan Mobile Pass app for the chance to win prizes, including two tickets to the big game. Tickets start at $29. State Farm Arena, 1 State Farm Drive in Atlanta. atlsuperbowl53.com/openingnight/. Jan. 29 Lil’ Jon Kickoff Industry Party. 9 p.m. Jan. 29. $25. Tongue & Groove, 2420 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404-261-2325, tandgonline.com. THROUGHOUT THE WEEK Super Bowl Live Super Bowl Live presented by Verizon is a free-to-the-public fan village, highlighting the city’s cultural and music scene and featuring fireworks. Concerts produced by Grammy winner Jermaine Dupri. Today’s performers: Ayanis, DJ Holiday & Friends, Goodie Mob, Waka Flocka and more. Thursday: Craig Campbell, Hero the Band, Tyler Tritt and Lyn Avenue. Friday: ATLiens, Hearty Har, The Jacks, Seed & Feed Marching Band and more. Saturday: Kelechi, Monica, DJ Smurf & So So Def All-Stars and more. Super Bowl Live will be open Jan. 28 and Jan. 31-Feb. 2. Free. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. NW, Atlanta. atlsuperbowl53.com. Super Bowl Experience Driven by Hyundai Super Bowl Experience Driven by Hyundai is the NFL’s interactive theme park celebrating Super Bowl 53 through Feb. 2 in the Georgia World Congress Center Building B. Visitors can collect free NFL player and legend autographs, get an up-close look at the collection of all 52 Super Bowl rings and train like an NFL player at Combine Corner with the 3 Cone Drill, 40-Yard Dash and the Broad Jump. After testing your skills on the field, see what happens off the field with behind-the-scenes access to NFL Network player and celebrity interviews at the Bridgestone Fan Gallery located in Building A of the Georgia World Congress Center. >> accessAtlanta: Things to Do Podcast Prices and times may vary based on date and demand. With the purchase of one $20 adult ticket, up to three complimentary tickets for kids 12 and under will be offered at the Super Bowl Experience Box Office only Jan. 28-30. ticketmaster.com.
  • As the 90th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. draws near, organizations around metro Atlanta will honor the influence of the homegrown hero.  Observed on the third Monday of January, MLK Day, will be marked by lectures and parades, as well as a prayer and community service that the Baptist minister's commitment to nonviolence rights. King's legacy is the focus of a 10-day celebration at his namesake  King Center for Nonviolent Social Change , 449 Auburn Ave., NE, Atlanta. The celebration will include a workshop and a children's book program. The center's hallmark is the commemorative 10 a.m. service on Jan. 21 at  Ebenezer Baptist Church . The ecumenical program features speakers from different faiths and different state, federal and international governments. It provides provides a reminder for people to work in volunteering as a tribute to King's work.  How to watch: Ebenezer Church live streamAmong large service projects in metro Atlanta: • Hands on Atlanta will mobilize more than 1,500 volunteers at 25 different service projects across Atlanta on Jan. 21. In addition, the group will host its Signature Sunday Supper on Jan. 20 as a kickoff to a national  Civic Dinners campaign to believe meaningful conversation. For volunteer opportunities, call (404) 979-2820.The City of East Point will hold its  Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service from 11 am to 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Jefferson Park Recreation Center, 1431 Norman Berry Drive, East Point. The event features free food, health and wellness checks, nutrition classes and more.   •  The Packaged Good and Homeless at Heart 2,000 care packages for homeless and disadvantaged families in Atlanta. The event runs from 11 am to 4:30 pm Jan. 21 at the Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody.   • Panola Mountain State Park (2620 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge) will host an MLK Day of Service, for volunteers to help spruce up the park from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 21. Projects include trail maintenance and removal of invasive plants.  •  The City of Decatur holds its 17 th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project from Jan. 19-21 at various private homes in the city limits. Volunteers will work for the home citizens. The Atlanta History Center and the Atlanta History Center Midtown will be admitted from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in honor of King. 'An African-American poet' by Paul Laurence Dunbar, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker, and 3:30 p.m. talk by Adam Parker, author of 'Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers Jr. '  • The Georgia Alliance for Social Justice will honor King  Martin Luther King Jr. March and Rally on Jan. 21. The free event is open to any person or organization. Marchers will assemble at 1 p.m. at Peachtree and Baker streets, and at march begins at 1:45 p.m. Regions across the metro region also will host the local parades, ceremonies and other celebrations for the holiday. Among them: • Cobb County and the Cobb branch of the NAACP will present a tribute to King with dance, dramatic readings and musical performances at 10 a.m. Jan. 21 at Turner Chapel AME, 492 North Marietta Parkway NE, Marietta. • The United Ebony Society of  Gwinnett County will host the 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. Celebration and Parade at 11 am Jan. 21 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. •  The  Henry County NAACP will be a prayer for the King's legacy. Advance tickets are $ 20 ($ 10 for students) for the breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 21 at Shiloh Baptist Church, 262 Macon St., McDonough. The parade begins at 11 am Jan. 21 from Henry County Performing Arts Center, 37 Lemon St., McDonough.   • Sandy Springs will hold its free Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 10 a.m. in the Studio Theater of City Hall, 1 Galambos Way. •  The  Rockdale County Think Tank will host its 3rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade at noon Jan. 21, starting at Rockdale High School and ending at Rockdale County Courthouse in Conyers.  • Drummers will complete the  MLK Day 5K Let Freedom Run at 8 a.m. in Piedmont Park. Registration is $ 30 and includes music and dancing, which is a fundraiser for churches, school groups and other organizations that participate.   More on MLK Day:  MLK Day 2019: Where to volunteer, celebrate in Dekalb County East Point hosts its first MLK Day of Service
  • Looking for some fun ways to spend your time during the long Christmas weekend?  Metro Atlanta has plenty going on, including lots of holiday events and even a few rock concerts. Check out the following 25 things to do throughout the Atlanta area this weekend: Intown Atlanta The Nutcracker. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 and 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. $35-$140 plus fees. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-881-2100. https://www.foxtheatre.org/events/detail/atlanta-ballet-the-nutcracker. The Fabulous Fox hosts the Atlanta Ballet's first new Nutcracker in 20 years. Celebrate Christmas: A Cultural Exploration. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. $15.95. Children's Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-659-5437. https://childrensmuseumatlanta.org/. Members of the Callanwolde School of Dance share selections from their popular holiday shows, including The Polar Express. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. 7-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. Free. Grace United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-2678. http://graceonponce.org/. Share cupcakes and cocoa and gather for worship at 6 p.m., and join in carols and candlelight at 7 p.m. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Various times Friday, Dec. 21-24. $7.50 and up for members, $15 and up for non-members. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atlanta. 404-873-3089. http://www.puppet.org/. Based on the popular holiday TV special, this Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer show is designed for guests age 4 and up. More to do this holiday: 9 of the best family-friendly New Year’s celebrations in Georgia 7 of Atlanta’s best places to ice skate 10 ways to spot Santa Claus in metro Atlanta this holiday season 9 of the most delightful holiday light displays in Georgia Live Nativity Scene. 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. Free. Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, 1824 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-875-7483. https://www.rspc.org/. Experience the meaning of Christmas with Rock Spring's 65th and final nativity scene. Cobb  reThink Christmas. 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. GracePointe Marietta Baptist Church, 505 Atlanta St. SE, Marietta. 770-427-5305. http://gracepointemarietta.org/. Come 'reThink Christmas' by singing carols, taking communion and sharing the Christmas story. A Christmas Carol. 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 and 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. $20-$80 plus fees. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800. https://www.cobbenergycentre.com/events. Check out The Alliance Theatre's 29th annual production of A Christmas Carol. PJs, Popcorn and Polar Express. 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Free. Community Center small gym, 200 Village Green Circle SE, Smyrna. https://www.smyrnaga.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/15591/15. Dress in your PJs and bring a blanket to enjoy free popcorn and a free viewing of The Polar Express. Santa House at Aunt Fanny's Cabin. 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21-Sunday, Dec. 23. 2875 Atlanta Road SE, Smyrna. https://www.smyrnaga.gov/. Kids can bring their list and have their picture taken with Santa before the big day. A Christmas Tradition. 8 p.m. Friday Dec. 21, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. $25-$30. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080. https://earlsmithstrand.org/. Get in the Christmas spirit with a high energy song and dance revue. North Fulton Family painting day. 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. $35. Sips n Strokes, 230 Hammond Drive NE #402, CityWalk, Sandy Springs. 678-705-7260. https://www.visitsandysprings.org/event/family-day-your-choice-of-elf-or-santa-painting!/1263/ You and your child (age 6 and up) can paint an elf or Santa together. Camp Creek Jingle Jam. 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Free. Nancy's Pizza, 3360 Shelby Lane Suite 1030, East Point. 470-382-8501. http://www.eastpointcity.org/jingle-jam/. Kids can enjoy a free breakfast with Santa, cookies and hot chocolate. The first 25 kids to visit Santa will get a free toy. Classic Nashville Christmas. 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. $25-$30. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-594-6232. https://www.roswellgov.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/7713/1750. Listen to great country Christmas songs and hear the stories behind them. Boston Brass: Christmas Bells Are Swingin'. 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. $25-$35. Byers Theatre at City Springs, 1 Galambos, Sandy Springs. 770-206-2022. https://citysprings.com/events/. Boston Brass and all-star players from around the world feature big band arrangements of holiday classics. Santa's Fantastical. Schedule a time slot from Friday, Dec. 21-Monday, Dec. 24. $26-$34. Perimeter Pointe, 1155 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs. 1-888-718-4253. https://www.santasfantastical.com/. Live performances and technology help create a family-friendly interactive wonderland. Gwinnett The Grayson Grinch Run. 5K at 8 a.m. and fun run at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 24. $28. Tribble Mill Park, 2125 Tribble Mill Parkway, Lawrenceville. https://www.active.com/lawrenceville-ga/running/distance-running-races/the-grayson-grinch-run-2018. Join in a 5K or fun run and listen to Christmas music and try for a door prize. Supper with Santa. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. $15. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-822-5450. http://events.exploregwinnett.org/event/supper_with_santa_1676#.XBm1YlxKjIU. Take the kids to supper with Santa, make a craft and hear a story. Bring your camera to take pictures. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. $69-$119. Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464. https://www.infiniteenergycenter.com/. Rock along with Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's final tour. Early American Holiday Traditions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 with spotlight tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free. Chesser-Williams House, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. 678-765-5641. Walk the grounds of the historic Chesser-Williams house on a docent-lead tour. You'll explore the origins of many of our holiday traditions. Ice skating. $3-$5. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec 23. The Rink at Mall of Georgia,3333 Buford Drive, Buford. $2-$5. 770-271-9458. https://www.simon.com/mall/mall-of-georgia/stream/the-rink-6014387. Lace up your skates and glide around on The Mall of Georgia's faux ice. Dekalb Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. $24.95 plus tax. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 1-800-401-2407. https://www.stonemountainpark.com/. Wear your ugly Christmas sweater and get a Christmas All-Attractions pass for $24.95 plus tax. Breakfast with Santa in Oakhurst. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Saturday, Dec. 22. Solarium, 321 W. Hill Street, Decatur. http://www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/16213/48. Bring the kids to a free light breakfast and a photo-op with Santa. Let It Snow. Noon-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta. 678-874-7110. http://www.fernbank.edu/. Hear a new twist on classic holiday songs and see a multi-media finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Atlanta Rhythm Section. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. $40 and up. Eddie's Attic, 515-B North McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976. http://eddiesattic.com/. Southern rock favorites Atlanta Rhythm Section perform 'Spooky,' 'Imaginary Lover' and other hits. A Broadway Christmas Carol. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. $20 and up. ART Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Historic Stone Mountain Village. 770-469-1105. http://artstation.org/. This family-friendly production features song parodies and more.
  • Nothing says fall quite like visiting an Atlanta-area pumpkin patch, and most have a lot more to offer than just their pumpkins. Corn mazes, hay rides and other fun activities are also available at many pumpkin patch locations, so load up the family and make an afternoon of it. Check out the following seven Atlanta-area pumpkin patches that are worth a visit: Berry Patch Farms, 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-926-0561. http://www.berrypatchfarms.net/pumpkins.htm. Open weekends Oct. 6-28 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and weekdays Oct. 15-30 from 3:30-7 p.m. Check, credit cards or cash accepted, and parking on weekends costs $3. Make an afternoon of it at Berry Patch Farms, where you can take a hayride to and from the pumpkin patch. You can also pick up some fall décor like gourds, mini pumpkins and Indian corn, as well as some jams and other goodies to take home. The kids will enjoy romping on the playground and meeting the baby farm animals too. Warbington Farms, 5555 Crow Road, Cumming. 770-889-1515. http://www.warbingtonfarms.com. Open Sept. 15-Nov. 3, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for Columbus Day. $12 plus tax includes unlimited access to the fun park and corn maze. In addition to picking out a pumpkin, check out the fun park, which has slides, swings, a jumping pillow and barnyard animals. You can also try to work your way through Warbington Farms' corn maze during the day or at night with a flashlight from home or glow sticks and flashlights you can buy at the farm. Still Family Farm, 5630 Macland Road, Powder Springs. 678-283-6951. https://www.stillfamilyfarm.com. Open Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 22-Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. until sunset (typically around 7 p.m.). Tickets are $15 per person, with children 4 and under free and a $2 military discount with ID, and they include all activities. Choose from pumpkins in all sizes and mums, corn stalks or hay bales to decorate your porch or yard. While you're at the farm, you can also explore the five-acre corn maze, take a hayride or check out an heirloom tractor display. Kids will also like climbing a huge pile of hay bales and zooming down a slide. Sleepy Hollow Farm, 628 Sleepy Hollow Road, Powder Springs. 770-880-8846. https://www.sleepyhollowtrees.com/pumpkins-corn-maze. Open Sept. 22-Nov. 3, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Nighttime activities on select dates from 7-10 p.m. General admission tickets are $12 with kids 2 and under admitted free with an adult ticket. Nighttime events cost $20 per person and must be reserved in advance.  After you've picked out your perfect pumpkin, Sleepy Hollow has activities during the day as well as at night. Daytime fun includes a corn maze, kids' games, tractor rides and farm animals you can visit. At night, check out the 'Stranger Things' filming location tours and a nighttime corn maze on select nights. Stone Mountain Park Annual Pumpkin Festival, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 1-800-401-2407. https://www.stonemountainpark.com/Events/Pumpkin-Festival. Open select dates from Sept. 22-Oct. 28. Activities are included with an All-Attractions Pass or a Mountain Membership. Enjoy all the regular park attractions in addition to pumpkin-themed activities like a dance-a-long party parade with Spookley the Square Pumpkin, meet him at the pumpkin patch or take part in a pie-eating contest. This year, a Glow by Night experience is also added, with thousands of jack-o-lanterns lighting up the night. Huge pumpkin displays and flashlight tours will also extend the nighttime fun. Big Springs Farms, 2100 Sugar Pike Road, Woodstock. http://www.bigspringsfarms.com. Open October weekends on Fridays from noon-6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission and parking, but $3 and $4 charges for other activities. Choose from hundreds of pumpkins ranging from minis to the 'Big Max,' which weighs about 50-60 pounds. Also check out the fresh and dried gourds, corn stalks and concrete pumpkins. Other activities include wagon rides, a corn maze and a bounce house. Scottsdale Farms, 15639 Birmingham Highway, Milton. 770-777-5875. http://www.scottsdalefarms.com. Open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Pumpkins arrive soon at Scottsdale Farms, and while you're visiting the 65-acre location, you can shop for home décor, furniture and gifts from local and international artisans. Also visit the boutique, where you can buy clothes and jewelry. From wreaths to gardening supplies, you'll find items for the outside of your home as well as its inside. 
  • While it's no longer true that everyone who works hard for a living gets Labor Day weekend off, one thing about the end of summer holiday has remained the same: Atlanta can't be outdone for Labor Day entertainment options. »RELATED: How to survive Dragon Con 2018 Of course, they're not 'one size fits all.' So peruse this list carefully to determine which of the end-of-summer bounty you'd enjoy the most come this Labor Day weekend in Atlanta.   For the planners These Labor Day fetes are not just geared to the plan-aheaders because some of these events are drop-in oriented, but they are for those who can use work skills on their day off to plan transpo, tickets and such. These Labor Day festivals and events will be worth the time spent as the group date or family outing personal planner: Dragon Con: Aug. 30-Sept. 3 (Downtown) Get your nerd on all weekend long at the largest sci-fi/fantasy convention. It's full of games, panel discussions, fan events and celebrity meet-and-greets with Hyatt Regency Atlanta as the center. Keep in mind that planning is a definite necessity since parking is limited and zaniness abounds. MARTA, take the wheel. AJC guide to Dragon Con AJC Decatur Book Festival: Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Going on 13 years, the festival in downtown Decatur Square is held every Labor Day weekend and this year will bring more than 300 well-known authors and illustrators and tens of thousands of readers together for three days. Atlanta theater legend Kenny Leon will serve as the keynote speaker during the kickoff ceremonies at 8 p.m. Friday. »RELATED: AJC Decatur Book Festival: 14 fabulous events for kids and teens LudaDay Weekend: Aug. 31-Sept. 3 Since 2005, rapper, actor and humanitarian Christopher 'Ludacris' Bridges has turned Labor Day weekend over to social service and responsibility, bringing together the Atlanta community and Luda's celebrity colleagues in the process. Money raised over the weekend will go towards The Ludacris Foundation and other charities benefiting children. Events within the event include such fun stuff as a Celebrity Bowling Challenge and TopGolf Takeover. Atlanta Black Pride Weekend: Aug. 29-Sept. 4 Show your pride, your allyship and revel in the entertainment at one of the largest Black Gay Pride events in the world. Events take place all over the city, including symposium, seminars and social events. Don't miss Piedmont Park's Pure Heat Community Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 , entertainment and signature events. You say you just want to enjoy Labor Day, and never mind the theme? Atlanta's got plenty going on Labor Day weekend for that crowd, too. Try any of these: Dragon Con parade: Sept. 1 Get in on the fabulous energy of Dragon Con without having to buy tickets or don a costume. Throngs of fans, families and the curious abide along nearly a mile of Peachtree Street for the ultimate in people watching. Just keep in mind that if you want to see lots, you gotta get there early. And MARTA is highly recommended. 2018 National Puppet Slam: Aug. 31-Sept. 2 A fine offering from the Atlanta treasure, the Center for Puppetry Arts, the slam just happens to fall on the Saturday of Labor Day. Catch humorous, stunning and ingenious short-form puppetry from puppet artists across the nation. Note, though, this is an 18-plus performance and the museum's Beer and Wine Bar opens one hour before show time. Taste Of Soul Atlanta Festival Concert Series: Sept. 1-2 Not exactly Labor Day-themed, but one of Atlanta's most enjoyable festivals, TOSA, is free for all the city to enjoy. Part music, part family-friendly celebration of soul and Southern food, this year's festival is headlined by Kelly Price & PJ Morton. Chick-fil-A College Football Kickoff games: Sept. 1 and Sept. 4  College football already? Enjoy being there at the start when the season kicks off with the Auburn Tigers vs. the Washington Huskies at 3:30 on Saturday. Bye bye summer, we hate to see you go. Truth is, by the first weekend in September, some of us are ready to move along to sweater weather and pumpkin spice. But if you want to bid a fond farewell to the summer (even though the heat's gonna linger, let's be honest) or savor the heat and summer traditions that you may not have gotten to this year, try these Labor Day unofficial end-of-summer activities: Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens: Aug. 31-Sept. 3 A nostalgic, even romantic way to bid adieu to summer, the festival goes all out with a Friday Night Balloon Glow, tethered balloon rides, live music and beach activities. Stone Mountain Park Labor Day Weekend: Sept. 1-Sept.3 Live it up for the last bit of summer. Pack up the fam, grab your PBJs or an artisanal picnic basket and don't forget the lawn chairs. Then set off for Stone Mountain for a weekend of rock climbing, hiking and other fun in the sun. Once everyone is worn out, cozy up for the Labor Day version of Stone Mountain's mountainside laser show, followed by a special fireworks display. Should you desire to plunge even further into the wild to say goodbye to summer, check out the many options available Labor Day weekend at Georgia State Parks, which range from rustic camping to historical re-enactment. For those who will be joining us late... Some Atlanta working folk are going to wake up Labor Day Monday and realize they haven't done a single thing to make the three-day weekend Labor Day-ish, not even wear a red, white and blue T-shirt for a few hours. But it's not too late! You can still catch a quick meal that says you grilled out or gathered with friends when you didn't. A few of the places that fit the bill and are open Labor Day Monday include: Pittypat's Porch, at the ready with a peach margarita and a plate of fried chicken. Shake Shack in Buckhead, serving up its inimitable 'Shack-cago Dog,' recommended being consumed with a side of cheese fries since you have until tomorrow to digest. Bantam + Biddy will serve you breakfast any time that day, very Southern, yes, we mean gravy. So it's not traditional Labor Day fare; maybe you start your own tradition.
  • Age is just a state of mind at the AJC Decatur Book Festival. At 13 years old, the annual Labor Day weekend event already is the largest independent book festival in the country. With 430 authors taking part this year, there’s something guaranteed to appeal to every one of the expected 80,000 attendees. Still, youngsters of all ages might want to check out a couple of alleged kids’ events that help bookend Sunday’s closing day lineup. We’ve highlighted some other author appearances on the crowded schedule as well (see decaturbookfestival.com for a complete listing of author appearances). “Calling All Jedis!” Adam Rex leads a parade to the Children’s Stage, followed by a session devoted to his hilarious new picture book (“Are You Scared, Darth Vader?”). Parade starts at 11:45 a.m. at the Community Bandstand. Author session at noon at Children’s Stage at Decatur Recreation Center. “Logical Family: A Conversation With Armistead Maupin.” The best-selling novelist, including the colorfully captivating “Tales of the City” series, has finally written a memoir covering his odyssey from the old South to freewheeling San Francisco and his search for a “logical family” of people to call his own. 1:15 p.m., First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary. “A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America’s Schools.” Historian Rachel Devlin illuminates the brave young black women who were at the vanguard of the struggle to desegregate America’s schools. 2:30 p.m., Historic DeKalb Courthouse. “Atticus Finch — The Biography.” Emory University historian Joseph Crespino examines how Harper Lee’s real-life father provided key inspiration for her books — and their complex presentations of the fictional father/lawyer character in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman.” 3:45 p.m., Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary. “Here Say: Speaking as Performance.” Four top writers and storytellers have a “lively conversation” on the power of words and stories on the page, on stage and beyond. 5 p.m., Decatur Library. Harry and the Potters in concert. The festival closes out with this free performance by the “first Wizard Rock band.” 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), Children’s Stage at Decatur Recreation Center. Charles Frazier will appear at the AJC tent to sign books at noon. EVENT PREVIEW AJC Decatur Book Festival Author presentations begin at noon Sunday (street festival noon-6 p.m.). Free. Various venues, downtown Decatur. See DBF Festival Map for parking locations, take MARTA to the Decatur station or use the free bike valet on North McDonough Street, in front of the DeKalb County Courthouse. decaturbookfestival.com.