Make your town into a community with fun events and activities


Want some fun ideas to bring fun into your community?  Here’s a month by month suggestions and links to help you.


Snow Slide – For those in the non- snow areas of the country, you can still enjoy wintery activity loved by all.
Glow walk/5k – Have a late evening run with participants decked out in glow sticks.
Do you have a place for an open mic night or Karaoke?  How about a Talent show?
Soup/Salad/Bingo with a movie matinee on MLK day.
Have a Game Show Trivia Night?
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Town Garage Sale – centrally located spot can be “rented” to the community.  This could be a good way of kicking off a weekly/monthly Farmer’s Market (bi-annual?).
Car and Bike Show – another great get together is a local car show.  Have the locals show off their “Hot Rods”, classic cars and motorbikes (bi-annual?).  Have a silent auction to benefit a local charity.
Zombie Walk – Kick of the Walking Dead premiere with a walk of your own.
Arbor Day – work with local nurseries on making seedling for the community.  Have a special planting (a future live Christmas tree?) to honor the event.


Team sports parade – Have a parade celebrating your community’s youth and school sports teams with a parade honoring their dedication to teamwork.
Sports 5K – Have a 5k before the sports parade with proceeds going to the sports clubs.
Farmers Market / Food Truck days – Allow vendors to sell their locally made produce and products on a weekly/monthly basis until it gets cold.


Time to start a monthly “Screen on the Green” by showing G and PG movies (and old cartoons/movie shorts) projected onto a big screen.
Community Concerts – Allow local bands put on a show (monthly?).
Earth Day – Community wide clean-up of the town with a concert afterwards


Art/Photo Festival/Show – Show off the local talent with an Art Show and Festival that people can buy a favorite piece.  End with a silent auction to benefit a local charity.  Allow people to draw in chalk on the sidewalk.
BBQ & Blues Festival – Have a BBQ competition with the locals (sell tickets for bite size portions and end it with a blues concert.


“Touch a Truck” – Tow trucks, Cherry Pickers, or have the Fire department, Police, Medical bring down their vehicle for a unique festival.
Brown Bag Concert – During the week, have different performers give lunch time performances.
Disco Night – Have a DJ play 70’s Disco and Families dance.


4th of July parade –
“Fireworks in the Park” allow individuals fire legal fireworks in a designated area for all to see.
Dog Days of summer – Celebrate National Hot Dog Day, Dog Fest, and National Ice Cream Day with an eating contest.


Ice Slide – Can’t think of a better way to ward off the heat than with an Ice slide heat, then join it with a Beach Party.
Slip ‘n’ slide – Have your own slip’n’slide day for the young ones to play for a while.
Card Board Boat Race or a Bed Race - or


Beer/wine Festival – have an beer and wine tasting Festival for Oktoberfest (yes in Germany, Oktoberfest is in September)


Halloween parade – Have all the local mini ghouls and goblins trace down Main Street asking for candy, ending at a Trunk-n-Treat Fest where locals dress up the back of their car trunks, truck beds, or trailers in Halloween getup.
Ghost tours – If you don’t already have one, why not make up “scary” stories of the towns past and host one for the little ones.


Home Coming Festival – Have a Tailgating party with football on the big screen.
Chili (soup) Cook off – Now that it’s getting cooler, warm things up with samples of chili.


Christmas Parade – Celebrate the season with a parade.  It could end at the spot for a festival or tree lighting ceremony.  Remember to invite any local celebrities (radio, TV, Sports).
Christmas Festival – Bon fires, lighting the Christmas tree, Christmas Cantata, school orchestra, Have a place where people can make (for a small fee) ornaments, candy canes, ginger bread houses, decorate cookies, etc., Letter writing to Santa.  Sing carols.
Ice Skating Rink – Have an ice skating rick set up for the season
“Trees in the Park” – Ask businesses, schools, clubs, Churches, etc. to decorate Christmas trees in an area that will facilitate a festive stroll.
Christmas Jog 5k (shorter 1 miler?) – Have everyone dress up in their holiday outfit and award prizes for the “worst sweater”, “Most festive”, “loudest bells”  -

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Labor Day Weekend Come to Atlanta


Getting involved in some Labor Day celebrations in Atlanta is a fantastic way to round off the summer with a bang. There are all sorts of great activities to enjoy and things to do, all of which will be easily affordable for the whole family. Let's take a look at how your Atlanta Labor Day weekend might pan out.

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Planning A Birthday? Do it Low Cost!


There are dozens of fun things to do with your family and friends at birthday time. Once you gather the gang together, there are more than enough lively activities in the Atlanta area that are inexpensive yet rich with excitement. You can create some truly special memories for the birthday boy or girl with any of the activities below!

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This New Year's Eve Do Something Else Besides The Peachdrop


In Atlanta, there’s no shortage of ways to bring in the bells this New Year’s Eve: From roller skating to snow slides, we’ve discovered a pick-’n-mix of fun things to do in Atlanta this holiday season. Better still, these activities and events are not only child-friendly, they are also either low-cost or free.

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Christmas Lights Around Atlanta


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Happy Birthday GOpher Little!


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Atlanta Area Santa Sightings


If you have young children, no Christmas Season is complete without a visit to see Santa Claus!  Growing up, there was only one place to catch that jolly old elf for a short visit and a priceless photograph- the mall.  But with the growing crowds and headaches that accompany a family trip to the mall, who really believes that is the best way to experience that magical tradition?  If you’ve been nodding in agreement, we’ve got great news for you!  We’ve checked in with Old St. Nick and found out where else he’s making plans to drop by to meet good boys and girls when he’s not stuck at one of the overcrowded malls in and around Atlanta.

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Holiday Parades in and around Atlanta


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Fun Things to Do in Atlanta for Animal Lovers


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Halloween Parades and Ghost Tours in and around Atlanta


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