Press Releases

Get in the Holiday Spirit at Alpharetta’s 40th Annual Tree Lighting Event
November 14, 2017  4:15 p.m.
All of the magic of Christmas glistens at Alpharetta’s 40th Annual Tree Lighting event on December 2nd along Milton Avenue in downtown Alpharetta. The celebration begins at 4 p.m. and will fill the downtown streets with various attractions: musical performances, Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Christmas Farmers Market, food trucks and more! The event is free to attend for all.

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Unwrap the Holidays in Alpharetta, Georgia
November 8, 2017  9:22 a.m.
SANTA SHOPS HERE … and so should you! Spend this holiday season finding all the perfect presents in Alpharetta to fill your sleigh. There’s no way you will leave empty-handed. Your bags will be filled to the brim after strolling through more than 250 shops in five distinguished shopping districts, all within a 5-mile radius! Then, recoup with a little post-holiday retail therapy by entering to win an awesome shopping and dining getaway to Alpharetta in 2018 after the holiday rush, presented by the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Awarded Three MarCom Awards
October 24, 2017  11:45 a.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to announce that it has recently won three MarCom Awards. The bureau received two Gold Awards for its Alpharetta Insider Blog and Experience Awesome in 60 Second video as well as Honorable Mention for its 2017 Official Visitors Guide to Alpharetta, Georgia.

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Alpharetta CVB Wins “Best of the Best in Information Services” for the Fifth Consecutive Year
October 17, 2017  12:30 p.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to have been selected as “Best Information Services of North Atlanta 2017” through the Appen Media Group’s “2017 Best of North Atlanta” awards. Appen Media Group gave its readers a chance to vote on their favorite businesses in the area depending on a variety of categories. The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau was voted“Best of the Best in Information Services” for the fifth consecutive year.

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Experience Awesome Epicurean Cuisine in Alpharetta, Georgia
September 6, 2017  9:15 a.m.
Whether checking out one of the 200+ restaurants, learning how to create mouthwatering dishes at one of Alpharetta’s distinguished cooking schools, picking up some fresh produce at the farmer’s market or checking out a local foodie festival, visitors will see why Alpharetta is a foodie’s paradise. With a smorgasbord of festive foodie events, specialty craft beer and wine stores and authentic culinary experiences, epicureans around the country are quickly putting Alpharetta at the top of their list of places to visit. Visitors are very interested in delighting their palates with tasting experiences found throughout Alpharetta’s culinary landscape.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Offers Free Family Reunion Workshop
September 6, 2017  9:00 a.m.
Join the expert staff at the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for a free Family Reunion Workshop on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta, 5750 Windward Parkway in Alpharetta, Georgia. The Alpharetta CVB’s family reunion specialist will help attendees gain insight into the planning process and show how Alpharetta’s easy access, mild climate, exceptional facilities and world-class shopping, dining and entertainment make it the perfect location for fun-filled special events.

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Music Fills the Streets at Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival: A Two Day Festival Featuring Over 20 Artists on Six Stages!
August 29, 2017 3:30 p.m.
The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival returns to Alpharetta, Georgia for its fifth year on October 6-7, 2017. Music will flow through the streets as talented artists perform with soulful melodies, magnificent vocals and expressive lyrics while interacting with the audience. Listeners will get a unique opportunity to learn the stories behind each song and may recognize some of the tunes that are played by their favorite musicians.

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The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Presents the Tenth Annual Wedding Showcase
August 28, 2017 9:30a.m.
The Alpharetta Wedding Showcase, which is presented by the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be held Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Metropolitan Club at 5895 Windward Parkway. This is a free event to attend and is open to all engaged couples looking to plan their upcoming wedding.

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Experience Old World Artisanal Treasures in Awesome Alpharetta!
August 17, 2017 9:00 a.m.
On September 16th and 17th, Downtown Alpharetta transforms into an intimate epicenter for artisanal merchants throughout the Southeast to converge under one tent. Echoing the lively nteractions among European merchants and shoppers in mesmerizing locations like Paris, London, and Brussels, Alpharetta’s Sixth Annual European Market seeks to bring a bit of the boutique market experience to the Southeast.

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Alpharetta to land NASA’s Mars Rover Concept Vehicle
July 25, 2017  3:30 p.m.
NASA’s Mars Rover concept vehicle, designed for navigating the demanding landscape of Mars, will be making a landing in Alpharetta on Saturday, August 12 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. at North Point Mall. As part of its very limited east coast tour, Alpharetta will be the final stop in the Southeast before it returns to its permanent home at the Rocket Garden, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Previous tour cities include Washington D.C., New York and New Jersey.

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A Magical Princess Encounter at the Alpharetta Welcome Center
July 24, 2017  1:45 p.m.
The Alpharetta Welcome Center is hosting a “Magical Princess Encounter” on Saturday, August 26 from 10 a.m. – Noon. Families are invited to stop by the Welcome Center to get a complimentary photo taken with their favorite princesses. The Alpharetta Welcome Center is located at 178 South Main Street, Suite 200. Reservations are not required.

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Alpharetta CVB Launches a Play & Stay Entertainment Getaway Weekend
July 6, 2017 10:45 a.m.
Everyone scores big when they play and stay in Awesome Alpharetta! With a growing selection of entertainment options, Alpharetta is ONE great
destination filled with over 10 music and entertainment venues. From gathering clues and solving puzzles in escape rooms, to swinging a golf club at point-scoring targets, Alpharetta has it all to fill your weekend’s itinerary.

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Alpharetta’s Old Soldiers Day Parade & Race Honors Veterans for 65 Years
July 6, 2017  8:30 a.m.
Honor and celebrate war veterans at the Old Soldiers Day Parade and Road Race hosted by The City of Alpharetta and American Legion Post 201 on Saturday, August 5. The 8K road race will start off the day at 7:00am in Wills Park behind the pool. Register to participate for a small fee. Then, at 9:15am, parade festivities begin and will take place all throughout downtown Alpharetta.

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Keith Hensley Named 2017-2018 Alpharetta CVB Chairman of the Board
June 8, 2017   1:00 p.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau held its 2016-2017 fiscal year Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at The Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta, Georgia. During the meeting, Keith Hensley, General Manager of Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta was inducted as the 2017-2018 Chairman of the Board for the bureau’s upcoming fiscal year.

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Ensalada de la Casa at The El Felix has been named one of Georgia’s “100 Plates Locals Love”
ALPHARETTA, June 7, 2017— Alpharetta’s The El Felix Tex-Mex restaurant, located in Avalon has been awarded the 2017/2018 “100 Plates Locals Love” distinction by Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division (GDEcD). Georgia Tourism’s third annual list of “100 Plates Locals Love” is featured in the state’s culinary guide, Georgia Eats.

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What’s New and Upcoming in Alpharetta, Ga.
May 10, 2017  3:23 p.m.
Alpharetta, Ga. is excited to welcome several new additions to the community over the coming months, further adding to the city’s already impressive list of top-tier shopping, dining, entertainment and accommodations.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week
April 28, 2017  9:50 a.m.
In celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week, which runs from May 7 – 13, 2017, The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is inviting patrons to stop by the Alpharetta Welcome Center and enjoy refreshments while learning more about Alpharetta and all the local attractions.

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Premier Girls Fastpitch bringing the best of the best to Alpharetta
April 17, 2017  4:00 p.m.
June 2nd, 3rd & 4th, Southern Pride Sports, along with Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) are holding the Georgia National Fastpitch Qualifier at North Park in Alpharetta, Georgia.  The tournament will bring some of the best 14u, 16u and 18u teams from all over the country. The top three teams in each division will qualify to compete at the PGF National Championships this Summer.  These teams will compete against 300 other teams that qualified across the country.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Invites Visitors to be an American Girl with New Campaign
April 3, 2017 12:30 p.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau invites potential visitors to be an American Girl in Alpharetta with its new tourism campaign. The American Girl Boutique and Bistro is more than just a store – it is a place for a girl’s imagination to soar! Once walking into the boutique and bistro, imaginations will spark and unforgettable memories will be made. The Alpharetta location is the only store in the state of Georgia and is packed with American Girl favorites like a bookstore, specialty bistro and a doll hair salon.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Offers Free Family Reunion Workshop
April 3, 2017  9:15 a.m.
Join the expert staff at the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for a free Family Reunion Workshop on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 16785 Old Morris Road. The CVB’s family reunion specialist will help attendees gain insight into the planning process and show how Alpharetta’s easy access, mild climate, exceptional facilities and world-class shopping, dining and entertainment make it the perfect location for fun-filled special events.

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The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Blog Wins “Best in Website” By GACVB
March 28, 2017  12:30 p.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau took home “Best in Website” from the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus at the Annual Winter Meeting. The Alpharetta Insider Blog aims to share the things that visitors love and locals can’t get enough of. It is an extension of the bureau’s website, awesomealpharetta.com, which paints a picture of Alpharetta while bringing its vibrancy to life through easily navigated details.

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Alpharetta Arts StreetFest Returning to Alpharetta for Three Day Festival
February 27, 2017  12:30 p.m.
Nearly 100 artists from around the U.S. will fill the downtown streets of downtown Alpharetta May 27-29, 2017 to present their high-quality artwork at Alpharetta Arts StreetFest. This colorful festival is free to the public and features live jazz and acoustical music, cultural arts performances, children’s activities and festival cuisine.

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The Taste of Alpharetta Celebrates its 27th year
February 27, 2017  12:00 p.m.
Satisfy your taste buds with over 60 restaurants at the 27th annual Taste of Alpharetta on May 4, from 5-10 p.m. in downtown Alpharetta.
Centered on Roswell St. and Milton Ave., the festival has been a native favorite as well as one of the city’s largest tourism assets, attracting attendees from around the Southeast. The event was chosen as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society for 2017.

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Free Photos with the Easter Bunny at the Alpharetta Welcome Center
February 9, 2017 9:40 a.m.
The Easter Bunny is coming back to the Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main Street, for free photos on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Stop in for an individual or family photo with the Easter Bunny any time between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. A photo will be printed onsite for you to take away and emailed instantly so you can share with family and friends.

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Alpharetta Restaurant Week Happening February 19-25, 2017
February 6, 2017  2:40 p.m.
With so many tasty restaurants participating, there is something to please everyone’s inner foodie during Alpharetta Restaurant Week. This weeklong celebration of Alpharetta’s restaurant scene will take place February 19-25, 2017.

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Taste of Alpharetta Selected as a Top 20 Event for 2017

January 25, 2017  11:44 a,m.
The Taste of Alpharetta has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for 2017 by the Southeast Tourism Society.  This year’s festival will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in downtown Alpharetta. It has become an annual tradition for festival goers, families and food connoisseurs and will feature over 60 restaurants, chef demonstrations and family entertainment.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Launches Music Campaign
January 4, 2017  10:56 a.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau launched a new campaign on January 1, 2017 to celebrate the city’s vibrant music scene.

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A Season of Shopping in Alpharetta, Georgia
Find 250+ distinctive shops with exquisite gifts for everyone on your list!
November 14, 2016  12:45 p.m.
Spend the holiday season finding the perfect presents in Alpharetta to fill your sleigh. Bags will be filled after strolling through more than 250 shops in five shopping districts.

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Free Photos with Santa Claus at Alpharetta Welcome Center
November 4, 2016  12:25 p.m.
Get your holiday photo taken for free at the Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main Street, Suite 200, on December 3, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Stop in for an individual or family photo with Santa and have the photo printed and emailed to you to share with friends and family. This is a free event and refreshments will be served. No reservations required. No pets please. The photographer will be using a “green screen” so it is recommended that attendees not wear green.

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Restless in Resthaven Cemetery Tours Bring Alpharetta’s Past to Life
October 5, 2016  2:50 p.m.
Restless in Resthaven Cemetery Tours are bringing Alpharetta’s past to life during hour long tours on October 15 and 16. Tours will last each night from 5-6 p.m., 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. Tickets are $10.50 with advanced registration or $15 for walk-up tours (kids 6 and under are free). Check-in for the tours will be located behind Smokejack BBQ in downtown Alpharetta.

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The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Announces Launch of Alpharetta Insider Blog
September 27, 2016  3:00 p.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is thrilled to announce the launch of its “Alpharetta Insider” blog, which aims to share the things that visitors love and locals can’t get enough of.

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Experience Awesome Cuisine in Alpharetta, Georgia
September 21, 2016 10:45 a.m.
With over 175 dining options, locally owned and chef-driven restaurants, festive foodie events, specialty craft beer and wine stores and authentic culinary experiences, epicureans around the country are quickly putting Alpharetta at the top of their list of places to visit. Visitors are very interested in delighting their palates with tasting experiences found throughout Alpharetta’s culinary landscape.

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The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Presents the 2016 Wedding Showcase
July 29, 2016  9:50 a.m.
The Alpharetta Wedding Showcase, which is presented by the Alpharetta Wedding Alliance, will be held Sunday, September 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Metropolitan Club at 5895 Windward Pkwy. The event is free to attend. Now in its ninth year, the Alpharetta Wedding Showcase will feature over 40 vendors such as photographers, wedding cake bakeries, DJ’s, formal wear shops, invitation specialists and florists. Attendees will have the opportunity to secure hotel accommodations, find event facilities, taste catering specialties and see unique gift selections.

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Free Photos with Super Heroes at the Alpharetta Welcome Center
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau will host a free “Marvelous Adventure” featuring a variety of Super Friends on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main St. Suite 200. Individuals and families are invited to stop in to take a photo with Super Friends between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. A photo will be printed onsite for you to take away and emailed instantly so you can share with family and friends.

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Alpharetta CVB Highlights Music and Entertainment Options with Giveaway
July 7, 2016  10:25 a.m.
There’s never a dull moment in Awesome Alpharetta! Nearly every weekend lends itself to extraordinary events with live entertainment – like the Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival which fills the streets with music each fall.

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Win a Free Registration to IronKids Alpharetta
July 1, 2016  9:00 a.m.
IronKids Alpharetta is returning to Alpharetta on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Wills Park and the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving away 25 free entries to young athletes.

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Short Rib Torchetti at Bite Bistro & Bar has been named one of Georgia’s “100 Plates Locals Love”
June 29, 2016  9:30 a.m.
Bite Bistro & Bar’s Short Rib Torchetti has been awarded the 2016/2017 “100 Plates Locals Love” distinction by Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism division. This second annual list of “100 Plates Locals Love” is featured in the state’s culinary guide, Georgia Eats.

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The Taste of Alpharetta Celebrates its 26th year
May 2, 2016  3:30 p.m.
Satisfy your taste buds with over 60 restaurants at the 26th annual Taste of Alpharetta on May 12, from 5-10 p.m. in downtown Alpharetta.
Centered on Roswell St. and Milton Ave., the festival has been a native favorite as well as one of the city’s largest tourism assets, attracting attendees from around the Southeast. In fact, the event was chosen as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2015.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Invites Visitors to be an American Girl
April 7, 2016  11:30 a.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau invites potential visitors to be an American Girl in Alpharetta with their spring campaign.
Alpharetta is home to the only American Girl Store in Georgia and is one of the city’s top attractions. Alpharetta has three hotels that have American Girl packages, each offering something a little extra special for girls and their families during their hotel stay. Special experiences offered included a special check in, pink rooms, cookies and pink lemonade, doll beds and robes for dolls.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Announces “Only in Alpharetta Campaign”
March 21, 2016  4:45 p.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to unveil its “Only in Alpharetta” campaign which highlights the city’s unique restaurants, shops, attractions and events that are exclusively found in Alpharetta.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Offers Free Family Reunion Workshop
February 16, 2016  3:15 p.m.
Join the expert staff at the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for a free Family Reunion Workshop on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Courtyard Atlanta Alpharetta, 12655 Deerfield Pkwy. in Alpharetta, Georgia.  The CVB’s family reunion specialist will help attendees gain insight into the planning process and show how Alpharetta’s easy access, mild climate, exceptional facilities and world-class shopping, dining and entertainment make it the perfect location for fun-filled special events.

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Party for a Purpose at ShamRockin’ for a Cure
February 16, 2016  2:40 p.m.
ShamRockin’ for a Cure will return to Alpharetta to rock your night with great food and music on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.  ShamRockin’ for a Cure is the brainchild of close friends of Jon and Pam Baker, whose sons were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. An army of friends willing to help the Bakers in their fight against the disease grew into ShamRockin’ for a Cure.

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Free Photos with the Easter Bunny at the Alpharetta Welcome Center
February 8, 2016  12:50 p.m.
The Easter Bunny is coming back to the Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main Street, for free photos on March 5, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Stop in for an individual or family photo with the Easter Bunny any time between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. A photo will be printed onsite for you to take away and emailed instantly so you can share with family and friends.

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Alpharetta Restaurant Week Happening February 21-27
February 8, 2016   10:20 a.m.
With over 10 participating restaurants, there is something to please everyone’s inner foodie during Alpharetta Restaurant Week. This weeklong celebration of Alpharetta’s restaurant scene will take place February 21-27, 2016. Whether you are craving one of your favorite restaurants or are in the mood to try something new, there is a restaurant offering the perfect cuisine to make your taste buds jump for joy.

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Concerts at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and Concert Giveaway
January 7, 2016  9:20 a.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving away two prime seats to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park concerts from April through June 2016 with its “Let’s Rock! Concert Series Giveaway.” The lucky winner won’t miss a minute of the excitement and will receive parking passes, seats and access to the Carl Black Club and will have a blast as some of today’s leading artists rock the city of Alpharetta. Enter now through March 31, 2016 at www.awesomealpharetta.com.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Awarded Three MarCom Awards
December 9, 2015   4:30 p.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to announce that it recently won three MarCom Awards. The bureau received a Gold Award for its Facebook page engagement and Honorable Mentions for its 2015 Visitors Guide and for the redesign of its website, www.awesomealpharetta.com.

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The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Welcomes New Group Sales Manager
November 17, 2015  4:24 p.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce that Anna Mikell has joined the bureau’s team as the new group sales manager.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Offers Free Family Reunion Workshop
November 17, 2015  11:20 a.m.
Join the expert staff at the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for a free Family Reunion Workshop on Saturday, January 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta, located at 5750 Windward Pkwy. The CVB’s family reunion specialist will help attendees gain insight into the planning process and show how Alpharetta’s easy access, mild climate, exceptional facilities and world-class shopping, dining and entertainment make it the perfect location for fun-filled special events.

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Free Photos with Santa Claus at Alpharetta Welcome Center
November 12, 2015   10:10 a.m.
Get your holiday photo taken for free at the Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main Street, Suite 200, on December 5, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Stop in for an individual or family photo with Santa and have the photo printed and emailed to you to share with friends and family. This is a free event and refreshments will be served. No reservations required. No pets please. The photographer will be using a “green screen” so it is recommended that attendees not wear green.

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Unwrap the Holiday Magic in Alpharetta, Georgia (Plus a giveaway worth over $2,000!)
November 5, 2015  1:45 p.m.
The leaves are starting to fall; the air is filled with a chill…that means the most wonderful time of the year is upon us! Unwrap the season’s magic in Alpharetta, Georgia where the city is overflowing with cheer this holiday season at 175 delicious dining options and more than 250 stores in five distinct shopping districts!

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Wire and Wood Named Top 20 Event in the Southeast
October 8, 2015  12:15 p.m.
One of Alpharetta, Georgia’s growing events, Wire and Wood, has been selected as a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) for October 2015. The Southeast Tourism Society developed the STS Top 20 Events program to recognize successful festivals and special events across the southeast. Independent judges evaluate nominations to select 20 top events across the region each month.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Launches Destination Video
October 1, 2015   2:30 p.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau proudly launches its “Experience Awesome” destination video to highlight the city and to attract more visitors to the destination.

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Artists Announced for Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival
September 25, 2015  11:30 a.m.
The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival, which takes place October 15-17, has announced the festival lineup for the weekend. Over 25 nationally recognized singer-songwriters will gather together for three days of concerts on three stages to perform their original songs. The event will take place on Friday, October 16 from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, October 17 from 3-10 p.m. A free kickoff performance featuring Nashville-based award-winning singer songwriter Liz Longley and bluegrass-country-punk band The Whiskey Gentry will take place at Avalon on Thursday, October 15 from 6-8 p.m. Liz is touring in support of her debut self-titled Sugar Hill Records release.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Offers Free Family Reunion Workshop
September 17, 2015  10:30 a.m.
Join the expert staff at the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for a free Family Reunion Workshop on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites Alpharetta located at 16785 Old Morris Rd.  The CVB’s family reunion specialist will help attendees gain insight into the planning process and show how Alpharetta’s easy access, mild climate, exceptional facilities and world-class shopping, dining and entertainment make it the perfect location for fun-filled special events.

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The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Presents the 2015 Bridal Showcase
August 19, 2015  12:30 p.m.
The Wedding Alliance of North Georgia Bridal Showcase, which is a special program by the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be held Sunday, September 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Metropolitan Club at 5895 Windward Pkwy.

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Alpharetta CVB Announces Winners of Free IronKids Registrations
August 19, 2015  12:00 p.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the 25 winners of its IronKids Triathlon registration giveaway. Congratulations to the following young athletes:

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Alpharetta’s Annual Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival Expands to Three Days
August 13, 2015  10:30 a.m.
In its third year, Alpharetta, Georgia’s Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival will expand into a three day event taking place October 15-17, 2015 in downtown Alpharetta, Georgia. Over 30 nationally recognized singer-songwriters will gather together for three days of concerts on three stages to perform their original songs. Music lovers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the stories that inspired country, rock, blues, Americana and bluegrass songs.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Announces Completion of New History Walk Brochure

August 10, 2015  3:15 p.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to announce the completion of its updated Alpharetta History Walk brochure, which is available for free to the public at the Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main St., Suite 200.
The brochure invites readers to step back in time and explore the early days of Alpharetta on a self-guided tour with stops at 22 historic markers located within walking distance of one another.

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Free Photos with Ice Princesses at the Alpharetta Welcome Center

July 30, 2015   10:15 a.m.
The Alpharetta Welcome Center is hosting a “Magical Ice Encounter” on August 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Families are invited to stop by the Welcome Center to get a complimentary photo taken with their favorite ice queen and her friends. The Alpharetta Welcome Center is located at 178 South Main Street, Suite 200. Reservations are not required and refreshments will be served.

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Culinary Experiences Fill Alpharetta, Georgia
July 7, 2015  2:25 p.m.
With over 175 dining options, locally owned and chef-driven restaurants, festive foodie events, specialty craft beer and wine stores and authentic culinary experiences, epicureans around the country are quickly putting Alpharetta at the top of their list of places to visit.

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Alpharetta CVB receives BEC renewal by the Georgia Association of CVBs
July 2, 2015   9:00 a.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau received a gold level “Benchmark of Excellence” certification from the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (GACVB) for the third time. In 2008, the GACVB launched its Benchmark of Excellence Certification Program (BEC) for Georgia Destination Marketing Organizations. The program was designed to provide a road map for continually creating and maintaining a standard of excellence in all areas of operation.

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Win a Free Registration to IronKids Alpharetta
June 29, 2013  2:40 p.m.
IronKids Alpharetta is returning to Alpharetta on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Wills Park and the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving away 25 free entries to young athletes. Parents of young athletes ages 6 to 15 can enter to win a free registration to this year’s race at www.awesomealpharetta.com through July 31, 2015. Lucky winners will be contacted the week of August 3, 2015 with a promotion code. The free registration does not include the $10 one day USA Triathlon fee that is assessed to each participant if they are not an annual USAT member.

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2015 Alpharetta Mayor’s Corporate Challenge 5K Run for Charity
June 22, 2015 10:30 a.m.
Join Mayor David Bell Isle and the lively crowds at City Hall for the annual Mayor’s Challenge 5K Race on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in downtown Alpharetta at City Hall, 2 Park Plaza. In addition to race, it’s a night of great food and entertainment for all. Come join in the fun and experience Alpharetta’s walkable downtown.

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Alpharetta CVB’s Caitlyn Blizzard Honored as one of DMAI’s 30 Under 30
June 22, 2015  10:25 a.m.
Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Communications, Caitlyn Blizzard, has been selected as one of Destination Marketing Association International’s (DMAI) “30 Under 30″ professionals for 2015. DMAI’s “30 Under 30” program focuses on identifying and developing the talent of destination marketing professionals, 30 years of age and under, through increased access and exposure to industry networking and thought leadership.

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Awesome Events in Alpharetta During Fourth of July Weekend
June 15, 2015  12:30 p.m.
The Fourth of July is an exciting time to visit Alpharetta, Georgia. Pack a picnic basket and watch one of the three fireworks displays going on in the city.

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Alpharetta CVB Website Wins Award at GACVB Conference
June 15, 2015  11:30 a.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau took home an award for the “Best Ideas in Website/ Interactive” at the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (GACVB) in February 2015. GACVB is a resource for destination marketing organizations in Georgia to maximize the economic impact of tourism via industry education, professional development, legislative awareness, issues management, and effective communication. “We were excited to win this award, said Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Our staff worked hard to develop the website to make sure it remained an innovative tool to promote our destination.”

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Reel One in at the Youth Fishing Derby

May 27, 2015  1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a day on the Brookside Office Park Lake during the Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday June 6 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The lake will be stocked with catfish and bream and children ages 4-12 are invited to grab their tackle boxes, bait their hooks and compete for the longest fish and the most fish caught!  This is a free event and participants must bring their own fishing gear and bait. Children must be accompanied by an adult and pre-registration is required. Lucky anglers will take home great gifts for a job well done. For more information call 678-297-6130 or email [email protected].

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week
April 30, 2015  3:00 p.m.
In celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week, which runs from May 2 – 10, 2015, The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving away a series of prizes on its Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AwesomeAlpharetta) May 4 – 6.
According to the U.S. Travel Association, travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries. It generated $2.1 trillion in economic impact in 2014, with $927.9 billion spent directly by domestic and international travelers.

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Alpharetta Hosts Inaugural Memorial Day Tribute to Honor Fallen Heroes
April 20, 2015  4:30 p.m.
The city of Alpharetta and Rotary Club of Alpharetta will host the Inaugural Memorial Day Tribute on Monday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m. at Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza. The event is free for the public to attend. “We’re looking forward to paying tribute, as a city, to those who have died while in the service of this Country as a member of our armed forces,” said Mayor David Belle Isle. “It’s one of the reasons we developed the new Brooke Street Park behind City Hall. Come join us as we honor those who first honored us through their service and sacrifice.”

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Concerts at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and VIP Ticket Giveaway
April 10, 2015  10:45 a.m.
Alpharetta, Georgia is one of the Southeast’s premier music destinations featuring unique and intimate venues such as Matilda’s, The Velvet Note and Chukkar Farm which bring in singer-songwriters, jazz artists and well-known bands. For those looking for concerts on a bigger scale, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, the city’s 12,000 seat state-of-the art architectural gem, is the place to be. Whether patrons are sitting in one of the 7,000 covered seats or on the lawn, they will surely have an awesome time rocking out with friends at any of the scheduled concerts.

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Offers Free Family Reunion Workshop
March 16, 2015  8:45 a.m.
Join the expert staff at the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for a free Family Reunion Workshop on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hyatt Place Atlanta/ Alpharetta/ Windward Parkway located at 5595 Windward Pkwy. The CVB’s family reunion specialist will help attendees gain insight into the planning process and show how Alpharetta’s easy access, mild climate, exceptional facilities and world-class shopping, dining and entertainment make it the perfect location for fun-filled special events.

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Taste of Alpharetta Named Top 20 Event in the Southeast
March 2, 2015   3:30 p.m.
One of Alpharetta, Georgia’s most popular events has been selected as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) for May 2015. The Southeast Tourism Society developed the STS Top 20 Events program to recognize successful festivals and special events across the Southeast. Independent judges evaluate nominations to identify 20 events across the region each month. The STS Events publication receives extensive exposure in print media, web, television and radio in the U.S. and Canada. Over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations and AAA’s receive the listings.

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Free Photos with the Easter Bunny at the Alpharetta Welcome Center
February 18, 2015  12:15 p.m.
The Easter Bunny is coming back to the Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main Street, for FREE photos on March 21, 2015 from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Stop in for an individual or family photo with the “bunny of the hour” any time between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. A photo will be printed onsite for you to take away and emailed instantly so you can share with family and friends. Please do not wear the color green. The photographer will be using a “green screen” and wearing the color will interfere with photo quality.

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Arts StreetFest Returning to Alpharetta
February 17, 2015  2:00 p.m.
Nearly 100 artists from around the U.S. will fill the downtown streets of Alpharetta on April 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to present their high-quality artwork at Alpharetta Arts StreetFest. This colorful festival is free to the public and features live jazz and acoustical music, cultural arts performances, children’s activities and festival cuisine.

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Alpharetta Restaurant Week February 21 – 28
February 12, 2015   2:15 p.m.
With over 10 participating restaurants, there is something to please everyone’s inner foodie during Alpharetta Restaurant Week. This week-long celebration of Alpharetta’s restaurant scene will take place February 21 – 28, 2015.  Whether you are craving one of your favorite restaurants or are in the mood to try something new, there is a restaurant offering the perfect cuisine to make your taste buds jump for joy.

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Party for a Purpose at ShamRockin’ for a Cure
February 11, 2015  9:00 a.m.
ShamRockin’ for a Cure will return to Alpharetta to rock your night with great food, amazing bands, and of course dancing on the stage at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park on March 7, 2015 beginning at 7 p.m.  Come eat, drink and help cure Cystic Fibrosis with a night filled with music that will rock the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre stage. Individual tickets are $85 per person and include food, beer, wine, cocktails and giveaways.

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Alpharetta CVB Website Gets a Makeover
January 26, 2015  2:45 p.m.
On January, 19, 2015, the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) launched an updated version of its website, www.awesomealpharetta.com. The site paints a picture of Alpharetta while bringing its vibrancy to life through easily navigated details. The site remains consistent with Alpharetta’s innovative and tech savvy reputation which helps distinguish the city from other Georgia destinations.

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Alpharetta CVB Launches Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Ticket Giveaway
January 9, 2015  10:15 a.m.
Alpharetta, Georgia is one of the Southeast’s premier music destinations featuring four unique venues including the fabulous Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. The venue’s 2015 season begins in the spring and is expected to bring well-known acts to Alpharetta to rock the stage. The 12,000 seat state-of-the-art architectural gem sits in a park-like setting and is the first of its kind north of Atlanta. Whether you sit in one of the 7,000 covered seats, or on the lawn, you will enjoy world-class entertainment surrounded by large heritage trees, plants and flowers that are native to the area.

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The Alpharetta CVB Invites Visitors to Unwrap the Magic with its Holiday Promotion
December 11, 2014  9:30 a.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau invites visitors to Unwrap the Magic with a VIP package filled with shopping, shopping and more shopping! Alpharetta has become the shopping mecca in the Southeast with its five distinct shopping districts, all with different personalities. Shoppers will find an overwhelming variety of unique boutiques and well-known retailers including American Threads, Leather N Pearle, South Harmony, Sis N Moon’s, Queen of Hearts, The Cosmetic Market, Kendra Scott, Fab’rik, Arhaus, American Girl Boutique and Bistro, Dress Up Boutique, Francesca’s, Soft Surroundings and Janie and Jack.

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Free Photos with Santa Claus at Alpharetta Welcome Center
October 14, 2014  3:11 p.m.
Get your holiday photos taken for free at the Alpharetta Welcome Center on November 15 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Stop in for an individual or family photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus and have the photo printed and emailed to you to share with friends and family. This is a free event and refreshments will be served. No reservations required. No pets please.


FREE Family Reunion Workshop hosted by the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau
September 19, 2014 3:55 p.m.
Join the expert staff at the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for a free Family Reunion Workshop on Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta North/Alpharetta, 4025Windward Plaza.


Alpharetta CVB Wins Best of the Best in Information Services
September 16, 2014   10:00 a.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to be voted as the “Best of the Best in Information Services” through the Appen Media Group’s “Best of the Best of North Fulton” awards. Appen Media Group gave its readers a chance to vote on their favorite businesses in the area depending on a variety of categories. The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau was voted “Best of the Best in Information Services”.


The European Market Makes its way Back to Alpharetta
September 16, 2014  8:45 a.m.
The European Market is making a return for its third year in downtown Alpharetta on September 20 and 21 between Main St. and Roswell/Canton St. The market will take place September 20 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on September 21 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Attendees will experience a European-style shopping experience with authentic and cultural selections. Local artists and craftsmen will be showcasing hand-crafted jewelry, stunning works of art, unique fashions for the entire family, and a variety of other treasures and decorations.


Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Announces Wine and Dine Giveaway
September 15, 2014  12:30 p.m.
Alpharetta, Georgia is filled with limitless dining options, exciting food events and authentic culinary experiences. The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to showcase those experiences with its Wine and Dine Getaway Giveaway for 2. The giveaway includes a weekend itinerary packed with culinary experiences and a two night stay at the Hyatt Place Windward Parkway.

 


The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Presents the 2014 Bridal Showcase
August 29, 2014  10:00 a.m.
The Wedding Alliance of North Georgia Bridal Showcase, presented by the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be held Sunday, September 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Metropolitan Club at 5895 Windward Parkway.

 


Largest Youth Triathlon in U.S. to Return to Alpharetta, Georgia
August 22, 2014  9:50 a.m.
For the sixth year, IronKids is returning to Alpharetta on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Wills Park. Over 1,300 new and returning participants from around the U.S. are expected to visit Alpharetta in order to compete in the race, which is the largest youth triathlon in the U.S.

 


International Cycling Event to Roll Through Alpharetta
August 18, 2014 10:15 a.m.
The International cycling event, “Gran Fondo Italia Atlanta-Roswell” will take place October 19, 2014 in Roswell, Georgia with the bike course bringing it through the awesome city of Alpharetta, Georgia. The two day expo is October 18 and 19. As the first cycling event in the South that joins recreational cycling and the Italian lifestyle, the ride will showcase the excellence of Italian food, wine, tourism and culture.

 


Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Announces Topgolf Giveaway
July 1, 2014  4:00 p.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to announce a promotion focused on Alpharetta’s new favorite hangout spot, Topgolf. Topgolf, is a premier golf entertainment complex that offers an upscale and laid-back nightlife experience featuring 100 climate controlled hitting bays on three floors and over 200 HDTVs. Players hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while also awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield.

 


Mayor David Belle Isle Named 2014-2015 Alpharetta CVB Chairman of the Board
June 10, 2014 2:30 p.m.
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau held its 2013-2014 fiscal year Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at The Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta, Georgia. During the meeting, Mayor David Belle Isle was inducted as the 2014-2015 Chairman of the Board for the bureau’s upcoming fiscal year.

 


FREE Concert at Alpharetta Food Truck Alley
May 28, 2014  11:11 a.m.
Feast on the street every Thursday through October 23, 2014 during Alpharetta Food Truck Alley. Every week a variety of 6-8 delicious rotating food trucks and great music will kick off the weekend a bit early. In addition to great food and music each week, the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will be continuing its concert series on June 26 with a performance by the Breeze Kings. The artists have opened for artists such as Leon Russell and Steve Miller and were voted “Atlanta’s Best Blues Band” by the Creative Loafing annual Reader’s Poll.

 

 

Win Tickets to the Craft Beer Festival & 5k Race in Alpharetta
May 15, 2014 8:45 a.m.
The 2014 Craft Beer Festival and 5K Race will take over the downtown streets of Alpharetta on June 21 from 6-11:30 p.m. The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to partner with the event to offer a giveaway that includes two tickets to the festival, two 5K race bibs and an overnight stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta North Point.

 


Enjoy a Free Movie at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre this Summer
May 13, 2014  4:00 p.m.
On Saturday, May 17 at 8:30 p.m. Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ series will be showing Frozen on the big screen at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. Doors and concessions open at 7 p.m. The free movies are rain or shine events and open to all ages. In the event of rain, the venue has plenty of under-cover seating.

 


Discover Downtown Program Brings People into Downtown Alpharetta Merchants
April 30, 2014  10:35 a.m.
Thursday nights just got even more exciting with the Discover Downtown Alpharetta program which encourages Food Truck Alley attendees to visit downtown Alpharetta merchants.The program is sponsored by Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Alpharetta First Committee and the Alpharetta Business Association. It will run from May 1 to October 23, 2014.

 


Alpharetta Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week
April 24, 2014  10:00 a.m.
In celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week, The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau invites residents and visitors to stop by the Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main Street, during business hours between May 3 and 10, 2014 for refreshments and information about Alpharetta.

 


Foodies and Festival Lovers will Flock to the Taste of Alpharetta
April 24, 2014  9:50 a.m.
Prepare your taste buds for the 24th Annual Taste of Alpharetta on Thursday, May 8 in historic downtown Alpharetta, 2 South Main Street, from 5-10 p.m. With 50,000 families, food lovers and festival-goers in attendance, over 60 gourmet food options, live music, and food competitions, the Taste of Alpharetta is the Southeast’s most anticipated dining festival.

 


Try a New Brew at the Alpharetta Craft Beer Festival and 5K Race
April 10, 2014  3:15 p.m.
Run the course and then celebrate with over 100 craft beers from around the U.S. at the Craft Beer Festival and 5K Race in Alpharetta, Ga. on June 21. The festival will take place from 6 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. with beer, live music and entertainment with the race beginning at 8 p.m.



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