Guide to the 2016 BB&T Atlanta Open Tennis Tournament

BB&T Atlanta Open

Photo courtesy of BB&T Atlanta Open

The BB&T Atlanta Open kicks off July 30, 2016, at Atlantic Station. Before you go to see some of the top tennis players in the world, here’s what you need to know:

Schedule of Events

To see the full daily schedule for the tournament July 30 – Aug. 7, 2016, click here.

Getting There

Location: Atlantic Station is a mixed-use live/work/play development situated squarely between Atlanta‘s Midtown and Westside neighborhood boundaries along 17th Street.

Public Transportation: By bus, the No. 37 DeFoors Ferry line will get you to Atlantic Station. By rail, the Atlantic Station Free Ride Shuttle is available to transport guests to and from the Arts Center MARTA Station from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Also, the Route 491 Xpress bus runs from Woodstock to Atlantic Station each Monday- Friday.

Self-Parking: Atlantic Station offers abundant deck parking with color-coded parking sections for easy vehicle location. The first two hours of parking are free. Click here to see the full fee schedule. You must pay for parking before returning to your vehicle to exit the parking deck.

Valet Parking: For a fee, there is valet parking available just east of the Target parking deck.

EV Charging: If you’re taking your plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle to the BB&T Atlanta Open, you can charge it at one of Atlantic Station’s numerous charging locations.

Lexus Owners: If you drive your Lexus to the tournament, you’re able to receive complimentary parking in the 20th Street parking lot at the north end of Atlantic Station. Care to valet? Lexus drivers are eligible for reduced $5 valet parking.

Who’s Playing

2016 BB&T Atlanta Open Player Field. Photo courtesy BB&T Atlanta Open, Facebook.

2016 BB&T Atlanta Open Player Field. Photo courtesy BB&T Atlanta Open, Facebook.

1996 Olympic gold medalist Andre Agassi will return to the city to take on Sergi Bruguera in an exhibition rematch of the game that won Agassi the gold. Two-time BB&T Atlanta Open champion and UGA alum John Isner returns to the court as does past BB&T Atlanta Open finalist and Olympian Kevin Anderson. Rising star Taylor Fritz, three-time Davis Cup winner Fernando Verdasco, and U.S. Open and French Open finalist Marcel Granollers are also slated to play.

Stop & See

Lexus will have four of their performance vehicles plus the Fuzzy RX on display. Grab a picture with the Fuzzy RX, which is covered in a tennis ball-like wrap, and share it on social media using #FuzzyRX.

Dining

When you’re at Atlantic Station, be sure to take advantage of their numerous restaurant offerings like meat and seafood restaurant The Pig and the Pearl, local favorite Chick-a-Biddy and fast-casual Atlanta-born Tin Drum Asia Cafe. You can also grab coffee at Land of a Thousand Hills across from Regal Cinemas or Starbucks inside Twelve Atlantic Station.

What to Bring

Don’t forget a small seat cushion, sunscreen (lotion only; aerosol cans are not permitted), a water bottle, a hat and sunglasses. Backpacks, hard coolers, bottles or cans, weapons, pets, signs/banners, and larger electronic devices like iPads are not permitted. Be sure to check the full list of prohibited items before you leave to attend the tournament.

Tickets

Ticket prices vary by seat, date and promotion. To see the full ticket cost breakdown, click here. 

eileen-1437426635-thumb-230-230-10-58-1000-783-90Eileen Falkenberg-Hull is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.

4 Places to Get Artsy in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward

Lit at Edgewood Speakeasy

Lit: Books, Booze & Beats. Photo: Edgewood Speakeasy, Facebook

Lit: Books, Booze & Beats. Photo: Edgewood Speakeasy, Facebook

The Lit monthly book club hosts events at Edgewood Speakeasy featuring books, booze and beats. Each month has a theme, and guests are welcome to sign up to reserve a spot to read an excerpt from a book live on stage. Admission is free, but guests are asked to bring a gently used book to donate to a local charity. 

Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival

Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival

Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival will be June 24-25, 2016 at Old Fourth Ward Park.

Grab your family and head up (or down) the BeltLine to get to this two-day neighborhood art festival. Along with the usual festival fare, the event is hosting up to 150 local and regional artists, offering selections for guests to browse from. The 2016 festival will be held June 25-26 at Old Fourth Ward Park.

DIY Living Walls Tour

Artist: Teo Moneyless Pirisi. Location: 483 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta. Photo by Joshua Gwyn. From Living Walls, the City Speaks, Facebook.

Artist: Teo Moneyless Pirisi. Location: 483 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta. Photo by Joshua Gwyn. From Living Walls, the City Speaks, Facebook.

Around a corner, down the street and on the face of some of Atlanta’s buildings, underpasses and bridges, you’ll find some of the city’s best artwork. No, it’s not graffiti like the famed Krog Tunnel, it’s tens of feet of purposeful artwork commissioned as part of Living Walls since 2010. Take a bike, drive your car or take the Atlanta Streetcar to see some of the best unique artwork the Old Fourth Ward offers up.

Jackson Street Bridge

Atlanta Movie Tours often stop for photos at the Jackson Street Bridge.

Atlanta Movie Tours often stop for photos at the Jackson Street Bridge.

Bring your camera, and photograph Atlanta from one of its best-known point-and-shoot locations. Take a group shot on the bridge with Atlanta Movie Tours, and check out #weloveatl to see what others are seeing from their point of view on the bridge.

eileen-1437426635-thumb-230-230-10-58-1000-783-90Eileen Falkenberg-Hull is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.

5 Reasons to Bee in Georgia

Savannah Bee Company

Savannah Bee Company

Savannah Bee Company

The Savannah-based honey and bee-product company has retail locations in Savannah and St. Simons Island as well as stores that sell their products throughout the United States. For a special peek inside the company, visit their Wilmington Island Showroom where there are daily honey tastings and you can tour the bee garden if you make a reservation in advance.

Lemon Bee Music Festival (Conyers)

Lemon Bee Music Festival in Conyers GA. Photo by Woody Ly.

Lemon Bee Music Festival in Conyers GA. Photo by Woody Ly.

Olde Town Conyers is home to this annual event featuring a quirky take on the usual arts and music festival. Bohemian-style apparel is encouraged as is singing, dancing, hoola hooping, playing corn hole and blowing bubbles. The 2016 festival is set for June 4. Admission is $10.

Clinch County Honey Trail

A selection of Georgia honey available on the Clinch County Honey Trail

A selection of Georgia honey available on the Clinch County Honey Trail

Clinch County, Ga., is home to more than 22,500 beehives, producing a variety of honey to suit every taste. Follow the Clinch County Honey Trail from downtown Homerville to eight retail locations throughout the county to find your favorites.

Hahira Honeybee Festival (Hahira)

Featuring the usual festival fun in addition to a parade, Gospel Sing, pageant, bike ride and dog show, this annual community festival celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2016. The festival runs Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 2016, in downtown Hahira. Admission is free.

Honeybee Festival (Buford)

Each autumn the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center hosts its Honeybee Festival, featuring opportunities for learning and play for children and adults. The event date for 2016 has yet to be announced.

eileen-1437426635-thumb-230-230-10-58-1000-783-90Eileen Falkenberg-Hull is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.

5 Festivals That Kickoff Summer in Georgia

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff for summer throughout the United States, and Georgia hosts numerous festivals throughout the weekend. Join the party at these family-friendly festivals across the state!

Hello Summer Festival (St. Marys)

The LandSharks, a Buffet/Beach Boys tribute band, will perform at the Hello Summer Festival in St. Marys.

The LandSharks, a Buffet/Beach Boys tribute band, will perform at the Hello Summer Festival in St. Marys.

Th annual Hello Summer Festival on the Georgia Coast mixes music, fun, food, arts and crafts together to make a full day of family-friendly fun. The 2016 festival will be held May 28. Admission is free.

Decatur Arts Festival (Decatur)

Decatur Arts Festival courtesy of Facebook.

Decatur Arts Festival courtesy of Facebook.

Downtown Decatur comes alive with live music, performance art, a children’s parade and festival, food, drinks and a juried Artist’s Market during the Decatur Arts Festival. The 2016 festival is set for May 28-29. Admission is free.

Spring Arts in the Park (Blue Ridge)

Spring Arts in the Park in Blue Ridge, courtesy of Facebook.

Spring Arts in the Park in Blue Ridge, courtesy of Facebook.

Downtown Blue Ridge transforms into a full-blown art festival each year during the Spring Arts in the Park festival, which benefits the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. In 2016, the festival will be held May 28-29. Admission is $5 for adults, and children receive complimentary admission.

St. Simons Island Antique Show (St. Simons Island)

Postell Park, courtesy of The Golden Isles Facebook.

Postell Park, courtesy of The Golden Isles Facebook.

Postell Park is home to the annual St. Simons Island Antique Show, featuring antique dealers from across the Southeastern United States. The 2016 festival will be held May 28-29. Admission is free.

Alpharetta Arts StreetFest (Alpharetta)

Alpharetta Arts StreetFest

Alpharetta Arts StreetFest

Visit the newly renovated downtown Alpharetta during the annual Alpharetta Arts StreetFest, which features three days of revelry, including a showcase featuring nearly 100 artists, musicians and performers from throughout the U.S. The 2016 festival is set for May 28-30. Admission is free.

eileen-1437426635-thumb-230-230-10-58-1000-783-90Eileen Falkenberg-Hull is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Lavender

Red Oak Lavender Farm in Dahlonega, Ga. Photo courtesy Facebook.

Red Oak Lavender Farm in Dahlonega, Ga. Photo courtesy Facebook.

It’s purple and pretty and plays a big part in Georgia’s economy as a crop, natural remedy and ingredient. Here’s what you didn’t know about lavender:

The scent deters pests. As a natural way to keep mice, mosquitos and flies away, plant it in your garden or harvest the flowers for in-home decorations.

It can help you get a good night’s sleep. Whether you’re at home or staying in one of Georgia’s beautiful historic hotels, bed and breakfasts, or resorts, having the scent of lavender in your room can help you rest more peacefully.

There’s a lavender farm in Georgia. The first and only North Georgia lavender farm is located in the heart of the state’s wine country and features over 850 plants. Red Oak Lavender Farm is open year-round for tours but recommends visitors come in June when the harvest is at its peak.

For added fun, save the date to attend the second annual Lavender Festival at Red Oak Lavender Farm on June 4.

It’s in the same plant family as mint. Though it’s not the same type of mint, it is worth noting that the Dahlonega Mint was a branch of the United States Mint established in north Georgia during the Georgia Gold Rush. Coins made in the Dahlonega Mint were produced from 1838–1861. 

You can cook with it! Use the plant to spice your cookies, pork or custard. In the past, Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah has made its frozen treat featuring lavender, and just down the street, Back in the Day Bakery has featured lavender shortbread cookies.

eileen-1437426635-thumb-230-230-10-58-1000-783-90Eileen Falkenberg-Hull is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.