Liza DunningBy Liza Dunning


What: The culinary creatives behind Top FLR host their speakeasy style dinner parties all over the city. And this is their biggest yet: 200 diners will come together in Piedmont Park with seven Georgia farms, eight chefs from around the city and Pope High School’s Culinary Team delivering an extraordinary outdoor meal with the Park Conservancy.

When: May 1, 7 p.m.

How: The guest list is filling fast at $95 is the price tag for a unique experience of a five course meal plus wine pairings.

Why: Because a park picnic should always be so fabulous.


What: The annual foodie-fest features tasty morsels from over 25 neighborhood restaurants:  La Tavola, Ecco, El Taco, South City Kitchen, DBA Barbecue, Rosebud, Alon’s Bakery, Murphy’s and more. Terrapin is the exclusive beer sponsor, but other adult beverages will be here from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Belvedere Vodka and Highland Wine. Live music will provide the perfect background.

When: May 15, 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: John Howell Park on Virginia Avenue

How: Buy your tickets and get the scoop at

Why: Your inner food critic is dying to get out and play.


What: Inspired by the ciclovia of Bogotá, Colombia (a phenomenon that then spread all over the world), Atlanta Streets Alive will close down a route of city streets to car traffic. And for the afternoon, pedestrians can enjoy free community-oriented events. Expect all kinds of fun in the streets: tango troops and yoga, hula hooping, marching bands maybe a few breakdancers. Who knows? Group events will be spaced out at various locations along the route.

When: May 23, 1 to 6 p.m.

Where: Downtown, around Peachtree Street on a route subject to change and featured on their website

How: Well, first of all, it’s free. So just grab your nearest bicycle or pair of roller skates and walking shoes and get to it… without your automobile.

Why: You’ve always wanted to do cartwheels in the middle of Peachtree.

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

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.