By Janet Rodgers, President and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau
If you are searching for your next outdoor adventure, look no further than Alpharetta, Georgia. This innovative yet charming destination has festivals, concerts, entertainment and outdoor experiences to please everyone in your crowd making it the perfect weekend getaway.
Festivals and concerts are plentiful between the months of April and October in Alpharetta. From eclectic art shows to hoppy beer festivals, flavorful farmers markets to festive 5Ks, every weekend lends itself to extraordinary events filling the historic downtown streets with laughter and lively energy in the beautiful Georgia weather. Accommodating large crowds of thousands to intimate events of 40, three outdoor music venues are home to Alpharetta’s flourishing music scene – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Matilda’s “Under the Pines” and Chukkar Farm showcase anyone from today’s leading artists to local storytelling songwriters. Or, you can delight in an indoor performance at The Velvet Note which is quickly gaining visibility as one of the most unique things to do in Atlanta. Here, you can be entertained in an intimate “private living room” setting. A full listing of these concerts and “Don’t Miss Events” can be found at awesomealpharetta.com.
Is outdoor adventure more your style? Get your “golf” on in more ways than one. Shoot for a hole-in-one, play addictively fun games and savor cuisine and cocktails at Topgolf Alpharetta. Frisbee disc golf is in the air at Wills Park’s tournament-ready course with challenging holes, tee positions and concrete tee pads. Release your inner daredevil and kick up some dirt at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation during one of the internationally recognized rider training classes dedicated to expanding rider education and ATV/motorcycle safety.
Over 13 hiking and biking trails, eight award-winning parks, three local arboretums and one community garden offer the perfect opportunity to unwind and get back in touch with nature. The Big Creek Greenway is Alpharetta’s 12 foot wide paved path for biking, walking, and inline skating along the creek. Big Creek’s popularity with residents has even inspired local brewery, Jekyll Brewing, to name a craft brew after it, Big Creek Kolsch. After strolling the trail, arboretums, and observing local flora and fauna, you can enjoy a picnic in the park while the kids play on Wills Park’s mammoth Wacky World Playground.
Round out your adventurous day with an outdoor dining and shopping excursion at the new luxurious Avalon or in historic downtown Alpharetta. One-of-a kind chef-inspired and locally owned restaurants, quaint sweet tooth shops (some with gluten-free selections) and upscale acclaimed boutiques can be found in these two districts of Alpharetta. Meander the downtown sidewalks to find eclectic shops, fine-art galleries, top-notch home furnishings, patio dining opportunities and live music. Avalon is a walkable luxury community of elite retail shopping, an array of dining including chef-driven concepts, acclaimed chains and lavish entertainment. With Alpharetta’s open-container ordinance for both districts, enjoy a brew or vino while you shop or kick back on The Avalon Plaza’s lush green lawn before retiring to your Alpharetta hotel room for the night. Cheers to your next weekend retreat in Awesome Alpharetta!