Alpharetta is an exciting city to live in with amazing, fun and unique events to match! AlpharettaMoms.Org has compiled a list to keep us busy and informed of what is going on in “our neck of the woods!” Be sure to also check out the Alpharetta CVB’s website for more information!
ALPHARETTA FOOD TRUCK ALLEY Thursday’s 5-9 pm
Through Oct 19 Old Roswell Street
Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music and kick off the weekend a little early! No Food Truck Alley on May 4, due to Taste of Alpharetta.
ALPHARETTA FARMERS MARKET Saturday’s 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Through October 28 Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta
At the Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market you will find farmers with fruits, vegetables and natural meats, gardeners with fresh flowers and herbs, and makers of all sorts of edible home goods from yummy desserts and breads to local raw honey and homemade sauces, jellies, soaps.
Most of these signature events will take place in The Plaza, Avalon’s central gathering space located adjacent to Concierge. All events are free and open to the public. More details about each event are below:
· Little Acorns: Every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon, parents and caregivers are invited to bring their pre-school aged tots for free playtime in The Plaza. Weekly surprises will include face painters, storytellers, visits from favorite characters and more. This event lasts through Oct. 24.
· AvalOM: Breathe in. Breathe out. Every Wednesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m., fitness fanatics can enjoy a free wellness class in The Plaza. Classes will be a variety of yoga and barre, and will be led by expert instructors from Flywheel Sports, lululemon, Athleta and more. This event lasts through Oct. 25.
· Avalon Nights Live: Unwind from a long week with live music every Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in The Plaza. Families and friends are invited to sit back, relax and enjoy music performed by local artists. Guests are welcome to grab to-go food and drinks from Avalon’s famed eateries like Oak Steakhouse and Branch & Barrel, and bring their meals for an evening out on the Plaza. This event lasts through Oct. 27.
· The Punchline Comedy Night at Avalon: Throughout spring and summer, join The Punchline for lots of laughs with live comedy acts in Palmer Plaza (located between Oak Steakhouse and Colletta). The performances last about 90 minutes and are recommended for ages 13 and older. Punchline Comedy kicks off on April 3 and repeats each month.
May 20 ALPHARETTA ART IN THE PARK One Saturday each month 9 a.m. – 4pm Downtown Alpharetta
Corner of Main Street & Milton Avenue. This is a rain or shine event
Upcoming dates: May 20, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 23
Creativity hits the park in charming Downtown Alpharetta. This outdoor artists market features handcrafted work by local artists who create masterpieces right before your eyes. Come enjoy the pottery, woodwork, metal work, jewelry creations, handmade children’s clothing, photography, watercolor, oil, soaps and lotions, mosaic art and much more.
Event Contact: Buddy Gash 678-296-2829 firstname.lastname@example.org
May 27-29 ALPHARETTA ARTS STREETFEST Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 5pm, Monday 10 a.m. – 5pm Downtown Alpharetta
Event is rain or shine! Celebrating its 12th year, the Alpharetta Art StreetFest will be held on Milton Avenue between Main Street and Roswell-Canton Street with parking available at City Hall Parking Deck and Milton Center. Festival-lovers and art enthusiasts will have the chance to experience a wide variety of original art, music, amazing food and FREE hands-on art activities for children.
Alpharetta Arts Streetfest will feature more than 95 artists from across the U.S. Festival goers can stroll through the outdoor gallery, meet the artists and acquire a piece of original whimsical art. Artists featured represent a wide variety of mediums including mixed media, photography, pottery, jewelry, textiles, glass, wood, metal and paper art.
June 2-4 Georgia National Fastpitch Qualifer
June 2nd, 3rd & 4th, Southern Pride Sports, along with Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) are holding the Georgia National Fastpitch Qualifier at North Park in Alpharetta, Georgia. The tournament will bring some of the best 14u, 16u and 18u teams from all over the country. The top three teams in each division will qualify to compete at the PGF National Championships this Summer. These teams will compete against 300 other teams that qualified across the country.
PGF began in 2008 as an alternate to other fastpitch associations across the country at the time. Now, almost 10 years later the best of the best teams across the country play PGF. The PGF National Championships are held across two weeks during the summer in Huntington Beach, California each year. PGF has also become the go to association for college coaches looking for top level talent. The PGF National Championships have become the most recruited amateur fastpitch event in the country.
The Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau works with groups like Southern Pride Sports and Premier Girls Fastpitch to provide complimentary planning services to assist in bringing exciting sporting events such as this to Alpharetta.
“We love supporting and working with event organizers to create events that are fun for individuals or the entire family,” said Janet Rodgers, President and CEO of Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We invite residents and visitors to come out to support the teams.”
Southern Pride Sports is a Georgia based company that promotes girls fastpitch tournaments. Southern Pride holds PGF events in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama. You can learn more at www.premiergirlsfastpitch.com or www.southernpridepgf.com. For information on this event or any other Southern Pride PGF event please email Larry Scott email@example.com or Allen Jordan firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 3 Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Milton Avenue Alpharetta
This event is rain or shine. Cost: Table of eight is $130, table of six is $100 and individual tickets are $10.
Gather your friends and celebrate summer with beer, wine and delicious food from some of Alpharetta’s best restaurants. For more information, contact Carol Anderson Wood 404-402-5389
June 3 YOUTH FISHING DERBY 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Brookeside Office Park Lake 3625 Brookside Parkway Alpharetta, GA
Bring your fishing gear, bait and other outdoor supplies and enjoy a fun morning of fishing in the pond near Brookside Office Park. The annual Youth Fishing Derby for children age 4 to 12 years (accompanied by an adult) will be held Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 8am to 11am. This is a free program but space is extremely limited around the lake so preregistration is required. A waiting list will be formed once the program fills. The lake will be stocked with catfish so bring your night crawlers or worms to increase your chance of catching a lot of fish! Prizes will be awarded for the longest fish and the most fish caught. Children must be present at the end of the event to win prizes. For more information, call 678-297-6130 or email email@example.com. This event is subject to cancellation in the event of inclement weather.
The Fourth of July is an exciting time to visit Alpharetta. Spend time with friends and family. Pack a picnic and be prepared to have a blast while listening to some fabulous tunes in Alpharetta. Please note that some events could be delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather, but fireworks will be shot rain or shine.
Celebrate Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park on Monday, July 4! Alpharetta Recreation and Parks will host an evening of entertainment and children’s activities on the lawn and field behind Alpharetta Community Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with our spectacular fireworks display to begin at dusk! Enjoy inflatables, face painting, balloon animals and fun in the children’s area, sponsored by Alpharetta Golden Age Club, with wristbands available for nominal fees. Food vendors located throughout the park will serve festive fare from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., including barbeque, hot dogs, hamburgers, Mediterranean style dishes, wood-fired pizza, tacos, grilled cheese, kettle corn, tapas, old fashioned lemonade, Italian ice, snow balls, ice cream and shaved ice delights!
August 5 Old Soldiers Day Race and Parade
Race: 7:00 a.m.
Parade festivities: 9:15 a.m.
Throughout Downtown Alpharetta
This is a rain or shine event
The Old Soldiers Day Parade began years ago as a tribute to veterans of the war between the states. The parade has become an annual celebration for veterans of all wars. The day will kick off at 7 a.m. with the 8K road race at Wills Park. Free hot dogs and soft drinks will be available at the American Legion at 201 Wills Road at the end of the parade.
August 19 Touch A Truck Alpharetta 10 a.m. – 2pm
Wills Park (behind the city pool)
1825 Old Milton Parkway
For more event information, call 678-297-6130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Every child’s imagination will soar as they explore the parking lot filled with trucks of all shapes and sizes including a fire truck, limo, dump truck, school bus, 18-wheeler and police vehicles! Kids can bounce around in inflatables, participate in all kinds of interactive games, watch animal balloons be made and get their face painted! Touch a Truck t-shirts and concessions will be available for sale. Please bring cash for food vendors. Parking and admission are free.
In case of inclement weather on event day, call 678-297-6133 for an update on plans.
5:00 pm: Festivities & Sponsorship Expo
6:30 pm: Free Kid’s Fun Run
7:00 pm: 5k Race Starts
8:00 pm: Race Awards Ceremony
Alpharetta City Hall 2 Park Plaza
This is a rain or shine event.
This is the 21st annual running of The Mayor’s Corporate Challenge, hosted by the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, LexisNexis and the City of Alpharetta. The race will Start and Finish in front of City Hall in the heart of downtown Alpharetta. The race check-in begins at 5:00 p.m. along with food, libations and sponsor booths. The Kids Fun Run will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the 5K race beginning at 7:00 p.m. Come join in the fun and experience Alpharetta’s walkable downtown and enjoy the very popular Food Truck Alley & Live Music sponsored by the City of Alpharetta.
Parking: Please park at Milton Center, 86 School Drive or Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza
September 16-17 European Market on Milton Avenue
Saturday 10am – 6pm Sunday 11am – 5pm
Milton Avenue between Main St. & Roswell/Canton St.
This is a rain or shine event
Back by popular demand European Market on Milton Ave. returns to Historic downtown Alpharetta on Sept 16 & 17. For 2 days only, all under a large tent the length of Milton Ave between Main St & Roswell/Canton St., you will find some of the best local artisans and gatherers in the area, showcasing an eclectic ensemble of vintage style home decor & furniture, beautiful works of art, handcrafted jewelry, one of a kind finds, fashion (both adult & children’s) clothing & accessories, gifts & unique treasures.
The large tent sets this market apart from other such festivals in the metro area. The excitement, buzz and visual impact under the tent makes one feel like they have entered a market in a foreign land. Sure to provide discerning shoppers with a touch of Europe in this intimate and boutique market setting, you no longer have to cross an ocean to take advantage of such a distinctive and vibrant atmosphere.
For more information, visit www.europeanmarketonmilton.com or email email@example.com.
September 30 Scarecrow Harvest 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Milton Avenue
This event is rain or shine.
Alpharetta’s downtown streets will be lined with over 100 scarecrows to celebrate its fall spirit. Join in on the free family entertainment that includes groovy country music, games of crow-cornhole, hay rides, quirky face painting, historical demos, artsy activities, stimulating story-telling, yummy festival food and engaging inflatables.
September 30 Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
This event is rain or shine
Cost: $10 entry fee, Table of eight is $130, table of six is $100
October 6-7 Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival
Friday: 6 – 10:30 pm Saturday: 5 – 10:30 pm
Music will flow through the streets as talented artists perform their own songs with soulful melodies, magnificent vocals and expressive lyrics while interacting with the audience. Listeners will learn the stories behind each song and may recognize some of the tunes that are played by their favorite musicians. Selected as one of the Top 20 Events in October 2015 by the Southeast Tourism Society!
December 3 ALPHARETTA TREE LIGHTING 5pm – 9 pm
All the magic of the holidays glistens at the annual lighting of the 45’ live spruce tree with 10,000 white lights! The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m.
Holiday Activity Lineup
~Visits and photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus
~Community Stagewith Holiday Performances
~Downtown Restaurants and Food Trucks
~Have fun in the Snow Playground
~Roast Marshmallows around a warm fire
~Performances by North Point Community Church
~Twas the Night Before Christmas read along with Mayor Belle Isle and family
In case of inclement weather, please visit www.alpharetta.ga.us for event updates. Visitors are encouraged to park at Milton Center & Alpharetta City Hall.
Alpharetta, Ga. is excited to welcome several new additions to the community over the coming months, further adding to the city’s already impressive list of top-tier shopping, dining, entertainment and accommodations. “Hospitality is at the center of everything we do. The addition of a conference center and new hotel properties allows us enhance guest experience and continue to share the story of our award-winning community,” said Janet Rodgers, President and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Alpharetta Conference Center
Opening January 2018, the Alpharetta Conference Center will be a top-of-the-line meeting and event space, not only for the Alpharetta community but also meeting planners, event coordinators and even families seeking the perfect destination reunion location. The conference center will feature more than 44,000 square feet of adaptable space, unbeatable proximity to 16 premier dining options and be the first one gigabit community in Atlanta. The conference center will be conveniently connected to the new Hotel at Avalon, giving organizers and meeting attendees easy access to first-class accommodations and entertainment options.
In addition to the 330-room Hotel at Avalon, Alpharetta’s 23 modern, yet affordable accommodation options will expand with the grand opening of five hotel properties, providing visitors with an anticipated 587 additional guest rooms.
New Dining Experiences at Avalon
In preparation for the Alpharetta Conference Center and Hotel at Avalon, Avalon welcomed several new dining experiences with the opening of the Phase II expansion in April 2017. New additions include:
- Barleygarden Kitchen and Craft Bar – A restaurant and beer garden concept by local beer superstore Hop City.
- Brine Seafood Shack – A new seafood concept by award-winning local Chef Marc Taft.
- District 3 – Modern yet authentic Vietnamese cuisine offered in a casual, stylish environment, catering to the lunch and dinner crowds at Avalon.
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – The artisan ice cream shop known for scooping unique flavors such as Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Goat Cheese with Red Cherries and Wildberry Lavender opened its fourth Metro-Atlanta Scoop Shop at Alpharetta’s Avalon.
- MF Bar – Expanding from the popular Inman Park Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, MF Bar recently opened at the Avalon.
- Rumi’s Kitchen – Rumi’s Kitchen serves Persian cuisine inspired by culinary creations from around the world.
Recreation and Entertainment Options
Exciting Alpharetta developments do not stop with new lodging and dining. Alpharetta recreation, entertainment and nightlife continue to expand with the grand opening of Dave & Busters at North Point Mall on May 22, 2017. Earlier this year the city unveiled plans to create over eight miles of multi-use trails connecting Downtown Alpharetta, Avalon and the Big Creek Greenway. This project is known as the Alpha Loop and will act as Alpharetta’s own Beltline.