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8 Atlanta Events That Will Spice Up Your Summer!

It’s officially the middle of summer, so get out and enjoy the city before it ends! What better way to unwind after your commute with Xpress than to have some summer fun?

Fernbank After Dark

7/14/2017

Visit the Fernbank Museum of Natural History this summer! Fernbank After Dark is a fun, 21+ monthly series that offers after-hours museum access, live music, alcoholic beverages and films! General admission is only $15.

www.fernbankmuseum.org/explore/fernbank-after-dark/

9th Annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

7/16/17

For all of the foodies who love tomatoes, this festival is for you! Head out to Park Tavern this Sunday to enjoy food, drinks and live music. This is a benefit for Georgia Organics.

www.killertomatofest.com/

7th Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

7/22/17

Are you an ice cream lover? Cool off with a sweet treat at this family-friendly event in Piedmont Park!

www.atlantaicecreamfestival.com

ARTiculate ATL 2017

7/22/17

Ball-n-Co LLC & Urban Art Expression is hosting an urban art social that will combine visual arts and contemporary music!

www.articulateatl.com/welcome

BB&T Atlanta Open

7/22/2017-07/30/2017

Get your tickets to view the first event in the seven-tournament series leading up the US Open right in Atlantic Station! There will be notable tennis players competing such as Venus Williams, The Bryan Brothers and more.

www.bbtatlantaopen.com/

17th Annual Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival

8/12/2017

What’s a summer without BBQ? Bring the family out for some southern cooking and live blues and bluegrass music in the heart of downtown Oakhurst.

www.decaturbbqfestival.com/

Piedmont Park Arts Festival

8/19/2017 – 8/20/2017

This two-day outdoor event will have a variety of visual arts fun activities presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces! It is FREE to attend and all ages are welcome. www.piedmontparkartsfestival.com

Movies in Central Park

Through 8/3/2017

Plan a date night to watch movies under the stars at Atlantic Station! From now until August, you can enjoy FREE movies such as Twister, 10 Things I Hate About You, Sabrina and more.

www.atlanticstation.com/2017/03/21/2017-movies-in-central-park/

A Taste of ATL: 10 of the Best Restaurants in Atlanta

When you come home from your commute with Xpress after a long day of work, you may want to go out and grab dinner instead of cooking.

Atlanta is known for offering some of the best food in the South. We cooked together a list of some our favorite restaurants in the city that you should indulge in!

Ray’s In the City

If you’re looking for a fancy feast, then Ray’s is the place to go. The restaurant offers seafood, prime cuts and a wine list that is out of this world.

South City Kitchen Midtown

You cannot dine in the South without tasting some of the best southern cuisine. South City Kitchen has just that with a 1920’s bungalow setting.

Alma Cocina

Add a little spice in your life by visiting Alma Cocina, a restaurant that specializes in creating modern Mexican dishes. Be sure to try one of their flavorful, Latin-inspired cocktails.

Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House

Dive into some of the most delicious seafood meals at Six Feet Under while enjoying a view of the city thanks to their rooftop bar. With it’s laid-back vibe, the restaurant is perfect for tourists.

The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View

Ever heard of a spinning restaurant? Travel to the very top of The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel to get a 360-degree view of the Downtown skyline during your upscale dining experience.

Negril Village Atlanta

Did someone say brunch? Negril Village is the perfect spot to do Sunday brunch with their Caribbean selections and full bar.

Flip Burger Boutique

Who can turn down a good burger? Check out Flip Burger Boutique to try a variety of burgers and sip on their famous liquid nitrogen shakes.

The Flying Biscuit Café

Atlanta has you covered with the down-home cooking. Head on over to The Flying Biscuit for even more delicious comfort food and all-day breakfast options.

Steel Restaurant & Lounge

Are you a sushi lover? Steel is the go-to place for an extensive list of sushi options and tasty cocktails.

Front Page News Patio Bar & Grill

The name is fitting because this café and bar is definitely newsworthy. Get a New Orleans feel when you try this spot and enjoy live music as you treat yourself to their hurricane drinks.

Does Atlanta Have the Worst Traffic in the World?

Atlanta has a reputation for being one of the most crowded cities, not only in the U.S. but also in the world. The city may not have the worst traffic in the world, but it has made the top ten list of cities that do. A new report from INRIX’s 2016 Global Traffic Scorecard has been released and states that Atlanta ranked ninth in the world (out of 1,064 cities in 38 countries) for horrible congestion on the roads. This is a jump from being number 11 on the list last year. The report shows that the average time a commuter spends in traffic is 70.8 hours each year. The city is number four on the national list.

INRIX ranks the cities by the time the average commuter spends in traffic at the most hectic time of day. According to the report, the top ten cities are:

  1. Los Angeles, California
  2. Moscow, Russia
  3. New York, New York
  4. San Francisco, California
  5. Bogota, Colombia
  6. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  7. London, England
  8. Paris, France
  9. Atlanta, Georgia
  10. Miami, Florida

The Xpress team knows how much of a hassle it can be to fight with Atlanta traffic on a daily basis. Our goal is to alleviate a lot of the congestion so that commuters can enjoy an easy ride to and from their destination. Let’s work together to lower Atlanta’s ranking on this list. Ride Xpress to help improve the traffic conditions of this busy city!

The New I-75 South Metro Express Lanes Are Now Open!

We are excited to announce that as of Saturday, Jan. 28, the brand NEW I-75 South Metro Express Lanes are up and running! On Thursday, Jan. 26, the lanes were unveiled to the public during a ribbon cutting ceremony, which featured notable figures such as Gov. Nathan Deal, our very own Executive Director Christopher Tomlinson and other state transportation representatives.

Serving as the first reversible toll lane project in Georgia, the lanes run 12 miles along the median of Interstate 75 from State Route 155 (McDonough Road) in Henry County to State Route 138 (Stockbridge Highway) in Clayton County. A series of gates and a concrete barrier separates the dynamically priced lanes from the general purpose lane. Vehicles with a Peach Pass have access to travel northbound during the morning and southbound in the afternoon. Xpress Route 430, which connects McDonough Park-and-Ride to Downtown/Midtown Atlanta, also utilizes these lanes while transporting passengers to their destination.

During the first 14 days of operation, Peach Pass holders had the opportunity to access the lanes FREE! This promotion encouraged travelers to try out the new lanes and allowed them to enjoy two weeks of riding with no charge.

Click here for more information on the new lanes.

 

Date Night on a Budget: 6 Restaurants Offering Free or Cheap Food on Valentine’s Day

Xpress riders love to save money. We want to let you, we understand Valentine’s Day can really break your pockets when you are trying to impress your significant other. If you are on a budget or simply want to save money, take advantage of these dining options in Atlanta that are offering free or cheap food on the day of love!

Hooters

Head on over to Hooters after you afternoon commute with Xpress and get some free wings!

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day then to shred your ex? Go to Shred Your Ex and shred a picture of your ex to receive a coupon for 10 FREE boneless wings (with a purchase of 10 boneless wings)!

Outback Steakhouse

Not a fan of wings? No worries. Outback Steakhouse is running a special from Feb. 9-14 for a Valentine’s Day meal for two. With prices starting at $42 per couple, you can choose two entrees, two sides, two salads and cheesecake for dessert. For even more fun, enjoy their Love Potion Cocktail for only $5!

Fogo de Chão

If you want to score a free meal for a future visit to a restaurant, Fogo de Chão is the place! All you have to do is make a reservation and dine there anytime from Fe. 10-14. You will receive a complimentary lunch or dinner card that you can use during your next visit. Who doesn’t love a free meal?

California Pizza Kitchen

Are you and your significant other pizza lovers? Take a trip to California Pizza Kitchen from Feb.10-14 to enjoy a “Sweet Deal for Two.” The deal includes an appetizer, two entrees and a dessert from their special menu for $35. To make your night even sweeter, tag your Valentine’s Date in the restaurant’s Facebook post with the hashtag #CPKgiveaway and you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card!

Qdoba Mexican Eats

Here’s a great BOGO deal! Qdoba is having a “Qdoba for a Kiss” promotion where you’ll be able to buy one entrée and get one FREE on Feb. 14. Also, if you post a photo to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook of you kissing your date with the hashtag #QdobaForAKiss, the restaurant will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry.

Waffle House

Invite your date to a fan fav in Atlanta, Waffle House! Although it’s not the first restaurant that comes to mind when you’re planning a Valentine’s Day date, Waffle House will provide a romantic atmosphere that you will love. Enjoy dim lighting and champagne (alcohol-free) as you feast on breakfast favorites!

Valentine’s Day in the City

February is finally here. You know what that means … love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so it’s time to get your plans set in stone. After getting home from your Xpress commute, treat yourself and that special someone to a Valentine’s Day celebration. Whether you are spending the holiday with a significant other or your friends, there are a ton of exciting things to do in Atlanta. Check out these amazing V-Day events that are happening around the city!

 

Valentines in the Garden

Sat., Feb. 11

7-11 p.m.   

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens will be hosting an evening of live music, tasty treats and delicious cocktails. The theme for this event is Escape to the Tropics, so enjoy a stroll through the tropical conservatories as you take part in the romantic scenery.

The 11th Annual Valentine’s Weekend Celebration for Lovers and Friends

Sat., Feb. 11

8 p.m.

How does a night of sounds from Kem, Robin Thicke AND Jeffrey Osbourne sound? Take that special someone to a concert they will never forget at the Fox Theatre with music that will fill the air with romance!

Cupid’s Undie Run

Sat., Feb. 11

12 p.m.

Looking for a fun way to celebrate with your friends that involves undies and a huge party? Participate in the Cupid’s Undie Run, which is a party and a one-mile run that will benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Everyone is encouraged to wear undies!

Scream in the Dark

Sat., Feb. 11

Various times beginning at 7 p.m.

If you’re looking for a thrill, look no further than the Netherworld Haunted House. For one night only, Netherland is bringing a much darker experience that you can only journey through with a small LED candle!

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Wed., Feb. 15-Sun., Feb. 19

Various show times

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is returning to Atlanta! Come out to the Fox Theatre to watch the talented group perform several of their latest acts, including Ailey’s Revelations, a piece on uniting in hope.

Balloons Over Georgia 

Ongoing

Visit Balloons Over Georgia to have an adventurous Valentine’s Day! Take a hot air balloon ride over North Georgia and enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Lanier, Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain and more.