By Janet Rodgers, President and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau
Looking for a grand Georgia weekend getaway filled with vibrant tunes and stunning galleries? Alpharetta’s flourishing music and art scene is just the ticket!
If music is your heart’s desire, enjoy performances by today’s leading artists at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. This 12,000-capacity state-of-the art venue sits on 45 beautifully-landscaped and wooded acres. It’s the exceptional setting, paired with big acts like the Eagles, Ellie Goulding and Keith Urban, which earned this venue top honors from Insight Magazine as the “Best Concert Venue” every year since 2008.
For a more intimate venue, stop by Chukkar Farm for an incredible night of live music with some of the best performing songwriters in the country at one of the most scenic venues in Georgia on 173 rolling acres. Reserve a table under the pavilion – or bring folding chairs and sit under the stars. Pack a picnic and beverages to enjoy during the show.
Get in touch with Southern roots at Matilda’s Music Under the Pines. This relaxed outdoor concert venue has grown to attract some of the best musicians from around the country. Bring along favorite eats and drinks to savor as bands play bluegrass, country and folk rock tunes in this fabulously funky setting.
For a more exclusive experience, delight in a performance at The Velvet Note. This world-class jazz club brings together top-notch artists in an intimate living room setting. Google rated The Velvet Note as the “Best Jazz Club in all of Georgia.” The venue also earned top nods from Downbeat Magazine and Creative Loafing for “Best Jazz Venue” and “Best Jazz Night in Atlanta.”
What better way to spend a beautiful weekend than exploring Alpharetta’s art scene! Kick off summer over Memorial Day weekend with the 12th Annual Alpharetta Arts Streetfest. This three-day weekend art festival takes place May 28-30, 2016 and will feature over 90 regional and national artisans whose colorful and whimsical artwork will certainly make a splash in Alpharetta’s charming downtown district. Streetfest will also feature live music, kids’ activities and great eats from local restaurants.
Alpharetta is home to a collection of extraordinary fine art galleries. Tour a creatively-driven gallery that showcases emerging talent from around the world at Chic Evolution in Art. View contemporary original and custom pieces designed by locals at Othels Art Gallery. Stroll through the vintage store and gallery at Sis and Moon’s – also home to Treehouse at Sis and Moon’s, a working studio and gallery where art and community meet. The Sedgwick Gallery spotlights the exquisite collectibles of 20th century Masters, original pieces by Southern artists and sought-after celebrity/sports memorabilia. Take a class to make your own pottery at All Fired Up or paint a masterpiece at Out of the Box Studio.
With so much to see and do, why not stay the weekend? Visit awesomealpharetta.com for a full list of hotels and current package offers.
Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau serves as the destination marketing organization for the city, promoting tourism to Alpharetta, Georgia, and attracting visitors to all 23 of Alpharetta’s upscale and modern hotels. Visit www.awesomealpharetta.com for more information.