Events, Meetings & Announcements


FREE Yoga in Woodruff Park

Wednesdays, May to July - Woodruff Park - 6pm

No explanation needed ... just FREE yoga in Woodruff Park! Every Wednesday, May through July at 6pm. Bring a mat or towel, water and join Central Atlanta Progress / Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. More information on the CAP / ADID website

MLK Jr. Natatorium Community Meeting

May 28 - MLK Jr. Rec Center - 6:30pm

Please join the City of Atlanta in a discussion as they plan for the future of Martin Luther King, Jr. Natatorium. This community meeting will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center (90 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312).

Park Pride's Community Garden Tour

May 30 - Love is Love Farm - 1pm

Be inspired by what’s growing in Atlanta and DeKalb with local garden enthusiasts at Park Pride’s Community Garden Tour! You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to enjoy this event; if you want to learn more about community gardens in Atlanta and DeKalb, this tour will provide plenty of insight and inspiration. This tour will last from 1-5pm, and you can choose to travel by bike or bus! Register today.

History, Mystery & Mayhem

May 30 - Oakland Cemetery - 7pm

With more than 70,000 souls interred in its hallowed grounds, it’s no mystery that Oakland Cemetery has it’s share of the surreal. Hear the stories that defy explanation and eerie events that have passed into local legend, from mysterious burials to deaths occurring under peculiar circumstances. Explore the final resting place of Atlantans both prominent and unknown, but united in Oakland’s rich history. For more information and to get your tickets for this tour, visit the Historic Oakland Cemetery website.

Greenberg Songbird Memorial Walk: At the Dawson Forest

May 30 - Dawson Forest - 8am

Dawson Forest is a great place to hear a wide variety of birds, and Eco-A is dedicating this naturalist and birding walk to the Greenberg family. Join this walk with nationally renowned birders. Sawson Forest was selected for this walk for its wide variety of bird habitats and species, from open fields to deep woods, encompassing one of the few large and undisturbed habitats left for birds in the Georgia Piedmont. Many migratory songbirds next in this forest. Native wildflowers and a visit to a waterfall near the Etowah River will also be experienced. For more information about this walk and to register, visit the Eco-A website.

Park Pride's Walk & Talk Social

May 31 - South Bend Park - 2pm

The Walk & Talk Social at South Bend Park, with naturalists Kathryn Kolb and Jessica Muhammad of Eco-A, is an opportunity to meet other park enthusiast and experience an urban forest with knowledgeable guides. This walk is family friendly and will last from 2-4pm. You do not need to be a member of a Friends of the Park group to participate. Register today.

Georgia Trail Summit

June 4-6 - Athens, GA

The Georgia Trail Summit is taking place June 4-6, 2015 in Athens, GA. The Summit is open to everyone, especially trail builders, users, policy makers, planners, advocates, designers, nonprofits and park managers. For more information about the Summit, call for presentations, or registration, refer to the Georgia Trail Summit website.

Mountain Way Common's Pajama Jog

June 6 - Chastain Square - 11 pm

Launch the summer! Get in on the family-friendly fun at the 2nd Annual Mountain Way Common Midnight Pajama Jog, a 5k run/walk event featuring wild pajamas and crazy light ups at Chastain Square in support of Phase One of Mountain Way Common. This Georgia Grand Prix event is open for registration on Active.com. For more information, visit the Mountain Way Common website.

Protect Wildlife: Clean-up Litter with Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance

June 6 - Arabia Mountain - 9am

The Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance has ambitious goals at the nature preserve and couldn't accomplish it all without the dedication of volunteers! They need YOU to help spruce up the park on National Trails Day! Come on out on June 6 to remove litter from the parking lots and roadways in the Preserve. With your help, dozens of bags of litter will be removed, litter which is an eyesore for hikers and a danger to wildlife. For more information and to register for this volunteer day, visit the Hands On Atlanta website.

The Georgia Native Milkweed Plant & Seed Sale

June 6 - Blue Heron Nature Preserve - 10am

sawrtg Blue Heron Nature Preserve and partner Pine Tree Garden Club host the Georgia Native Milkweed Plant & Seed Sale on June 6th from 10am-12pm at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. All plants are grown from hand collected Georgia native seed from Rock Spring Farm and are pesticide free. Live plants as well as seed packets will be available for sale. All proceeds to benefit Blue Heron Nature Preserve and the Atlanta Audubon Society. For more information, visit the Blue Heron website.

16th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival

June 6 & 7 - Chattahoochee Nature Center

The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival delights everyone all weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center when the air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies. Join the Chattahoochee Nature Center for this very exciting fundraising event! For more information, visit the Chattahoochee Nature Center's website.  

PARC Meeting

June 10 - Historic 4th Ward Park - 7:30am

On the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30am, Park Pride brings together community leaders and park advocates from throughout Atlanta for education, networking and strategy. Representatives from dozens of Friends of the Park Groups, park conservancies and the parks department visit a different park to learn more about the community efforts in that park, discuss current park and greenspace issues and support each other in efforts to improve our parks and our park system. This month, we'll meet at Historic Fourth Ward Park's theater at 7:30am on June 10th. Theater is most accessible from 666 Rankin St, NE.

Performance on the Promenade

June 11 - Piedmont Park - 7:30pm

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will return to Piedmont Park to perform three free concerts this summer as part of the Bank of America and Merrill Lynch present "Performance on the Promenade" concert series on June 11, 18 and 25, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. The performances will take place on The Promenade at Piedmont Park - located in the northwest corner of the park. More information about the performances, and information for securing tickets, are available on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's website.

Tunes from the Tombs

June 13 - Oakland Cemetery - 12pm

Boasting a locals-only lineup, Historic Oakland Cemetery’s summertime music festival Tunes From the Tombs returns for its fifth year on Saturday, June 13. Festival headliner Matthew Sweet will top a day of genre-spanning performances from some of the south’s best bands. For more information and the link to purchase your tickets, visit the Historic Oakland Cemetery website.

Pints for Parks

June 16 - Orpheus Brewing - 6pm

Join park (and beer!) enthusiasts at Pints for Parks at Orpheus Brewing on Tuesday, June 16 from 6-9pm, benefitting Park Pride’s Volunteer Program. Prepare for a fun evening of tasting unique beers at this Midtown brewery, enjoying the views of Piedmont Park from the patio, a silent auction, plus great company and networking with community members who love parks and volunteerism as much as you do. Register today.

Performance on the Promenade

June 18 - Piedmont Park - 7:30pm

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will return to Piedmont Park to perform three free concerts this summer as part of the Bank of America and Merrill Lynch present "Performance on the Promenade" concert series on June 18 and 25, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. The performances will take place on The Promenade at Piedmont Park - located in the northwest corner of the park. More information about the performances, and information for securing tickets, are available on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's website.

Park Visioning: Parks of Summer Hill Preliminary Design Review Public Meeting

June 23 - Georgia Hill Center - 7pm

Park Pride and the Parks of Summerhill Steering Committee invite you to participate, share your thoughts and help develop concepts for both existing and potential parks in the neighborhood. Attend this public meeting at the Georgia Hill Center to review the preliminary park designs that resulted from the earlier design workshop. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, June 123 from 7-9pm as the Park Visioning process continues!

Performance on the Promenade

June 25 - Piedmont Park - 7:30pm

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will return to Piedmont Park to perform three free concerts this summer as part of the Bank of America and Merrill Lynch present "Performance on the Promenade" concert series on June 25, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. The performances will take place on The Promenade at Piedmont Park - located in the northwest corner of the park. More information about the performances, and information for securing tickets, are available on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's website.

Park Pride's Volunteer Workshop

July 15 - Location TBD - 6pm

The Volunteer Workshop will focus on recruiting and hosting volunteers while navigating city or county rules.  He will share tips for common projects like invasive plant removal and tree mulching. You do not need to be a member of a Friends of the Park group to participate in this event. Register now.

Park Pride's Fundraising Workshoop

August 27 - Location TBD - 6pm

The Fundraising Workshop will share tips on engaging your community in creative fundraising campaigns. If you are going after grants, planning a brick sale or asking neighbors for donations this workshop is for you! The workshop will run from 6-8pm, location is TBD. You do not need to be a member of a Friends of the Park group to participate in this event. Register today.

Love Your Block Grant Deadline

Oct. 15 - Online - 12pm

Love Your Block (LYB) is a program to support citizens and neighborhood groups who want to plan and organize efforts to beautify their communities. This year, Love Your Block will be offered as a grantmaking track of the Neighborhood Fund, an initiative of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, with an October 15 application deadline. LYB provides mini-grants up to $1,000 to residential groups in the metro Atlanta area. Submit application materials by 12pm on Thursday, October 15th to meet the deadline. Application materials are available on The Community Foundation website.

Park Pride's Cider & Donut Social

Nov. 14 - Location TBD - 2pm

Join Park Pride for the cider and donuts at this Friend of the Park social. Share stories of success from 2015 and plot plans for 2016. This is an opportunity to connect with fellow park enthusiast and learn more about Park Pride’s Friends of the Park program. This social will run from 2-4pm at a location TBD. You do not need to be a member of a Friends of the Park group to participate in this event. Register today.