By Liza Dunning

THE GREAT URBAN RACE

What: Teams of two solve twelve clues, go on a wild city adventure and complete the challenges just like they do on the TV. It’s like exploring your city in a whole new way.

When: Saturday, April 17,  starting at 11 a.m.

Why: Because your application to ‘Amazing Race’ always gets rejected. And because it’s a fun chance at $300. And if you don’t win that, don’t worry – you still get a free tee.

How: By signing up at www.greaturbanrace.com. Tickets range from $45-$70.

Where: East Andrews Cafe, 56 East Andrews Ste. #13.

INTERNATIONAL PILLOW FIGHT DAY

What: The title is pretty self-explanatory. Bring your soft pillow and meet in Freedom Park for some good ol’ fashion play fight.

When: Saturday, April 3, 3 p.m.

Why: What do you mean why? This pretty much sounds like the most fun event ever, that’s why.

How: By showing up, armed with a soft pillow, ready to have some fun with others. Of course, there are some light safety rules: soft pillows only, no swinging at the unarmed or those with cameras, glasses off before you play, and you have to wait for the signal to begin. And the fight will be followed by a clean up, so bring your trashbags and vinyl gloves.

Where: Freedom Park, corner of North Avenue and Moreland Avenue.

(404) 875-7284 or www.atlanta.stladventures.com/calendar.

COCHON 555

What: A culinary event featuring five chefs, five pigs, and five wine makers competing for a cause. Chefs are challenged to use a whole pig in a series of dishes in front of a foodie audience and judges.

When: Sunday, April 18, 5 p.m.

Who: Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s Restaurants, Mike Lata of Fig Restaurant (Charleston), Sean Brock of McCrady’s Restaurant (Charleston), Kelly English of Restaurant Iris (Memphis), and Todd Mussman of Muss & Turner’s. Special guest Nick Melvin of Parish and five notable wineries.

Where: W Hotel Downtown, 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.

Why: Because you love pork, pork belly, ribs, bacon… or any kind of food that started as a pig.

How: Fork over $125-$175 for some delicious admission or find out more on www.cochon555.com or by calling (404) 582-5800.

FOOD + SHELTER: EAT WELL, LIVE WELL

What: Local architectural firm Dencity and Chef Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill (and Top Chef fame) gather for an afternoon of sustainable food and shelter. Tour LEED registered residents, learn how to be more energy efficient, and eat Kevin’s delicious (and sustainable) foods. Proceeds go to Atlanta Chapter of Architecture for Humanity.

When: Sunday, April 18, 2 to 5p.m.

Why: Sustainable living is not only good for the environment, it tastes good too.

How: Tickets are $100 or $150 at the door.

Where: The Liotta Residence, 140 Barksdale Drive.

Liza Dunning is a native Atlantan, music-lover, food-eater, and full-time culture-junkie. She scouts the city for local deals with Scoutmob.com. Email her at Liza@scoutmob.com or follow on Twitter: @LizaDunning

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.