Things to do Aug. 31-Sept.2: House in the Park, Brian McKnight and tour Oakland Cemetery

Whether you’re visiting Atlanta or live here, you will find a lot of fun things to do on Labor Day Weekend.

From an array of food truck goodies to Brian McKnight in Mableton and House in the Park, you won’t find much time to sit down.

As they say, “party over here.” And there. And there.


Enjoy exotic flavors in a mobile vending setting with amazing cuisine alongside Duluth’s Fridays-N-Duluth.

Food Truck Friday will take place every Friday though Sept. 21.

The night will be filled with food, music and other activities. Bring the family.

Food Truck Friday. free. 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Aug. 31 . Duluth Town Green, 3142 Hill St. N.W. Duluth. 770-476-3434. .


This  weekend is  filled with events during the annual Atlanta Black Pride .

Fill your days and nights with live music, parties, a poetry slam and a marketplace. Special guests include Hennessey, Ray J and Princess and Ms. Sophia.

The Georgian Terrace is the host hotel, but events are all over the city.

For VIP passes, tickets and information go to


Multi platinum-selling R&B performer Brian McKnight brings his hit tour to the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre on Sept. 1

Special guest is Lyfe Jennings.

McKnight’s hits include “Back At One,” “One Last Cry” and “You Should Be Mine (Don’t Waste Your Time). In addition to singing, he’s also a composer and plays multiples instruments including the piano.

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Brian McKnight and Lyfe Jennings. $45 and up. 7 p.m. Sept. 1. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road. S.W. Mableton. 770-819-7765.


Modern Mystic Sunday School series offers free, one hour educational classes every Sunday covering various metaphysical topics.

Artist and energetic healer, Charlie Watts will teach about the uses of flower essences. Students will learn how to work with flower essences to help release destructive patterns and recognize greater states of harmony.

Working with Flower Essences. free. 11 a.m. Sept. 2. RSVP  is necessary. Modern Mystic Shop in Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E. 404-600-2939.


The annual House in the Park Music Fest celebrates its 14th year and returns to Grant Park on Sept. 2.

This year the event will require tickets for entry and be limited to 10,000 people according to the organizers.

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The family-friendly,  one-day event features Atlanta-based house music staples Kai Alce, DJ Kemit, Salah Ananse snf  Rawsoul in back-to-back, free-flowing dj sets of soulful house music with influences of R&B, Afro-Caribbean, hip-hop and world genres.

Parking may be an issue this year because of construction in the area. House in the Park has been relocated closer to the venue’s recreation center at 537 Park Ave..

The event, which has seen its crowds grow to well over 15,000 since its inception in 2005, will now require tickets to attend and be limited to a capacity of 10,000 persons.

House in the Park Music Fest. $10-$15. Children 10 and under are free with a paid adult. noon to 8 p.m.Grant Park.


Women have always played a role in Atlanta’s development into a thriving city.

Whether as wives of railroad workers, cooks, entrepreneurs or educators.

Visitors can learn more about these women during a program at Oakland Cemetery on Sunday.

The advent of the Civil War and the reconstruction of Atlanta into a metropolitan center changed the fortunes of the city and dramatically altered the image and status of women. From the domain of domestic life to the province of public life, this tour challenges the myth of Southern womanhood by uncovering the true social and personal histories of Atlanta’s pioneering women.

Women of Oakland tour. $6 to $12. free for Oakland Foundation members. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave. S.E. 404-688-2107.

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