Things to do in and around Atlanta Sept. 7-9: Average White Band, hot rods and Angie Stone

Average White Band and Angie Stone will perform at different events this weekend in Atlanta.

There’s more to do, though, for every member of the family.

There are hot rods, trucks and police cars, children’s mediation, a fall festival and the buzz on everything you always wanted to know about beekeeping.


 Singer, producer and actress Angie Stone will be the guest performer during the 10th annual Lovejoy Fall Festival on Sept. 8 in Hampton. 

 The festival is a day-long event for families that includes music, food, vendors, games and other activities. 

 Angie Stone will perform at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. 

 Lovejoy Fall Festival. 1-9 p.m. Sept. 8. Performances at 4:30 p.m. Free. Lovejoy Mayors Park, 11596 Hastings Bridge Road, Hampton.


Make plans to bring the family and friends to Truck-a-Palooza on Sept. 8 at Town Center Mall in Kennesaw. 

The event will be held in the lower parking lot by Sears. 

This fun and educational event will give children of all ages the opportunity to explore police cars, SWAT trucks, fire rescue trucks, fire engines, heavy construction vehicles, dump trucks, front end loaders, military vehicles, a police helicopter and a mobile art truck. 

Proceeds benefit the Cobb County Safety Village, where children learn important safety techniques and crime prevention information through hands-on experiences.

Truck-a-Palooza. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 8. $5 per person to $20 for a family. 770-852-3270.


The soul and funk group, Average White Band, will perform at City Winery for two shows on Sept. 8.

Average White Band had such early hits as “Pick Up the Pieces” and albums “Cut the Cake” and “AWB.”

The group became one of the best-selling funk bands in the nation.

The first show is sold out, but fans can add their names to a wait list, according to the City Winery Atlanta web site.

The six piece band took the influences of their R&B heroes  such as  Marvin Gaye, James Brown and Donny Hathaway and developed their own authentic sound .

Average White Band. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 8. $40-$55. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market. 404-946-3791.


The Taj Mahal Trio will perform Sept. 8 in the Byers Theater at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center.

The Grammy-winning Taj Mahal is a blues singer and songwriter and musician who plays harmonica, piano, banjo and guitar.

His signature sound includes an infusion of vibes from the Caribbean, Africa and South Pacific.

He will be accompanied by Kester Smith on drums and Bill Rich on bass guitar.

Jontavious Willis will open.

Taj Mahal Trio. 8 p.m. Sept. 8. $42-$62. Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. 770-206-2022. 


 This is a one-day intensive learning experience on beekeeping. There will be classroom presentations and also hands-on experience in the apiary. Bring your gloves and veils or buy them at the workshop. 

 Topics will include: biology of the honeybee, hive hardware and tools, where to place your hive, nectar and honey management and treatments for pests. 

 Beekeepers Boot Camp. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8. $99 including lunch. Lanier Bee Barn, 742 Lords Mill Road, Commerce. 678-471-7758.

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 The 14th annual “Hot Rod Drag Week 2018” is back to determine the title of “Fastest Street Car in America” at top tracks in four cities, including Commerce. 

 Fans can get a look at the competitors on Sapt. 9, The event clocks the fastest time on the strip and puts competitors to a grueling test over the five days of drag racing, requiring racers to drive their vehicles on a specified route from city to city. During the competition, drivers provide photographic evidence to prove they have adhered to the set route. This year will feature past winners including Jeff Lutz, Larry Larson, Tom Bailey and Dave Schroeder. 

 Spectators at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce can check out the cars during tech inspection and registration day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9  with the first race day on Sept. 10. Competitors return to Commerce on Sept. 14. Other cities include Darlington, South Carolina; Concord, North Carolina; and Bristol, Tennessee. 

 Hot Rod Drag Week. 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sept. 8; 7:30 a.m. Sept. 10. $15-$20. Atlanta Dragway, 500 E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce. 706-335-2301. or


After an exciting weekend of festivals and other activities, it might be time to calm the little ones.

The Dharma Jewel Monastery is holding a children’s meditation classes, beginning on Sept. 9.

Children's class will be on Sundays and includes story-telling, arts and crafts, and fun games. Appropriate for ages around 5 to 12. 

 This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to relax, focusand learn mindfulness.

Other hosts are Atlanta Buddhism and the Georgia Buddhist Summer Camp. 

Children’s Meditation Class. 2:30 p.m. 4 p.m. Sept. 9. Free. Dharma Jewel Monastery, 2550 Henderson Mill Rd. N.E. 770-939-5008. .

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