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Aug
26
Fri
Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival @ Adams Park
Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Eliminator Blair Crimmins & The Hookers

It’s time once again for festival fans and music lovers to converge in Kennesaw for two days of smoked and seasoned barbeque bliss!

Check out up-and-coming artists and established talent on three stages of entertainment while chowing down on some of the best festival food in the Southeast. Stroll around and savor the smells. Shop, eat, drink and interact with over 200 vendors and exhibitors. Keep the little ones laughing and playing for hours in the Kid Zone — a family-friendly playground of inflatable jumpers, amusements and attractions.

The festival features a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition, recognized as a Georgia State Championship event, as well as Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert contests. New for 2016 is a Kids’ Que cook-off for budding young pitmasters. Over $16,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners.

Saturday’s activities will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks finale at 9:30pm.

For more information, visit www.pigsandpeaches.com.

Aug
27
Sat
Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival @ Adams Park
Aug 27 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

It’s time once again for festival fans and music lovers to converge in Kennesaw for two days of smoked and seasoned barbeque bliss!

Check out up-and-coming artists and established talent on three stages of entertainment while chowing down on some of the best festival food in the Southeast. Stroll around and savor the smells. Shop, eat, drink and interact with over 200 vendors and exhibitors. Keep the little ones laughing and playing for hours in the Kid Zone — a family-friendly playground of inflatable jumpers, amusements and attractions.

The festival features a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition, recognized as a Georgia State Championship event, as well as Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert contests. New for 2016 is a Kids’ Que cook-off for budding young pitmasters. Over $16,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners.

Saturday’s activities will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks finale at 9:30pm.

For more information, visit www.pigsandpeaches.com.

Sep
24
Sat
Worldwide Day of Play @ Swift-Cantrell Park
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Get off the couch with your children and over to Swift-Cantrell Park for a FREE celebration of all things ACTIVE — an entire morning devoted to play! Walk-up activities will include playground games and old schoolyard favorites. It’s time to turn off the television and join the MOVEment!

Oct
1
Sat
Great Locomotive Chase 5K @ Downtown Kennesaw
Oct 1 @ 7:30 am

Each race in the Kennesaw Grand Prix series is run on a mostly flat and fast asphalt course, professionally timed and USAT&F Certified, through downtown Kennesaw. The course is perfect for competitive runners seeking a qualifying time for the Peachtree Road Race. The festival-like atmosphere and plentiful food and drink also make these races perfect for beginner runners/walkers as well as families.

The six 5K runs are part of the Fit City Kennesaw initiative which encourages residents to become more active and engage in wellness-related activities; each benefits city facilities or projects. Registration can be done online at www.active.com. The entry fee of $25 ($35 on race day) includes a race t-shirt.

This year’s lineup is as follows:

May 7 – Swift-Cantrell Classic
Jun 18 – Dream Dash
Jul 9 –  The Sports Fanatics
Aug 6 – Hero Run
Oct 1 – Great Locomotive Chase
Oct 29 – Garden Gallop

Each race begins at the Kennesaw First Baptist Church on Main Street in downtown Kennesaw. With plentiful parking, restrooms, room to spread out and warm-up, the registration and start area helps to get you ready for your race. Each race program includes a 1-mile fun run at 7:30 am; the 5K at 8 am; and a Tot Trot at 8:55 am. Awards are presented in the plaza adjacent to the Pedestrian Underpass to the top finishers in 14 categories immediately afterwards.

Participants in four of the six 5K series races will receive a specially designed zippered hoodie.

For more information, visit www.kennesawgrandprix.com.

Oct
15
Sat
Fall-O-Ween Fest & Outdoor Movie – Star Wars: The Force Awakens @ Swift-Cantrell Park
Oct 15 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Outdoor MoviesIt doesn’t get much better than FREE, family-friendly movies in the park! Star Wars: The Force Awakens (rated PG-13) will be projected onto a giant inflatable screen after sundown.

Arrive at 5 p.m. for Fall-O-Ween Fest activities, including carnival games, trick or treating, and outdoor fun. For your comfort, bring a blanket or low-back chairs. Pop-up tents, canopies or beach umbrellas that can obstruct the view of others are not permitted. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Cancellations may occur due to weather conditions. Visit www.kennesawparksandrec.com for updates.

Additional movies in the City of Kennesaw’s 2016 Outdoor Movie Series include Inside Out (rated PG) on Saturday, May 7; and Kung Fu Panda 3 (rated PG) on Saturday, June 4.

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