Free NYE party, smoothies in Alpharetta and more in metro Atlanta this week

Kick off the new year with brunch festivities at Dantanna's in Downtown Atlanta.

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Kick off the new year with brunch festivities at Dantanna's in Downtown Atlanta.

<i>Featured food events in metro Atlanta Dec. 31 – Jan. 3, 3019</i>

Party for free tonight. Head to Alpharetta for a cafe opening that includes free smoothies and more. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. And, happy new year, folks!

Monday, Dec. 31: For the fourth year in a row, Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall will host its Do Nuthin' New Year's Eve celebration with no cover or dress code beginning at sunset through 2 a.m. the next day. Guests will toast to 2019 with Miller High Life instead of traditional champagne when the clock strikes midnight, and fire pits will keep folks warm in the Grove all night long.

684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-458-6838, ladybirdatlanta.com.

Monday, Dec. 31: Keep it casual. Guest will receive a complimentary glass of champagne when dining in after 4 p.m. to close at Sweet Auburn BBQ.

656 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 678-515-3550, sweetauburnbbq.com.

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019: It's the first day of the new year and to start, treat yourself to brunch while simultaneously celebrating National Bloody Mary Day. Dantanna's Buckhead will offer a special menu featuring a build your own mimosa bar, mimosa flights and of course, bloody Marys. Food selections will include cured salmon avocado toast; monkey bread, a sweet dough rolled and baked in cinnamon sugar and sugar glaze; and more.

1 CNN Center, Atlanta. 404-522-8873, dantannas.com.

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019: If you're looking to start the year off eating healthy, head to Alpharetta where Atlanta-based fast casual chain Kale Me Crazy will celebrate the grand opening of its newest location with a ribbon cutting, free smoothies and other samples beginning 4 p.m.

50 Canton Street, Alpharetta. 678-878-3188, kalemecrazy.net.

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