Thursday, December 31, 2009

Coming Soon: Wild Ocean At Fernbank Museum

Film in IMAX® - Wild Ocean
January 1 through March 11, 2010

Witness an incredible frenzy in the ocean waters off South Africa as billions of sardines migrate up the KwaZulu-Natal Coast—setting the scene for a spectacular feeding event that draws breaching whales, feeding sharks, diving gannets, herding dolphins and massive bait balls into a colossal convergence of ocean life. Dive into this underwater ecosystem and explore the economic and cultural impact the migration has on coastal communities.

For more info, visit Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Take A Snow Day In Atlanta

Snow Mountain is now open on weekends through March 7 at Stone Mountain Park.

Space is limited so make your reservations now.

For more info, visit Snow Mountain.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Wild Safari Takes You On A Big Screen Adventure

Take your family on the adventure of a lifetime.

Back by popular demand, Fernbank invites you to journey to a land where some of the world’s most fascinating animals roam and come face to face with five of Africa’s most exciting animals in this giant-screen adventure at Fernbank's IMAX Theatre through February 5, 2010.

From the abundant grasslands of Addo/Shamwari to the savannahs of the Kalahari, audiencesmake a 3,000-mile journey on a quest for elephants, Cape buffalo, rhinos, leopards and lions. Known in Africa as the “Big Five,” these animals have long been considered the continent’s most dangerous but also some of its most fascinating.

For more info, visit Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Annual Children's Concert With DeKalb Symphony Orchestra

This annual concert will be held on January 17 and features WSB-TV's Jovita Moore narrating Dukas: Sorcerer's Apprentice.

The performance will include with dancers from the Decatur School of Ballet and former Ringling Brothers clown Rob Hadaway. This one-hour concert is sure to please the child in anyone.

Concert will be held at Georgia Perimeter College’s Clarkston Campus Gymnasium.

For more information, visit DeKalb Symphony Orchestra.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays From DCVB

DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau wishes everyone Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year! There are a lot of great events and activities coming up in 2010 in Atlanta's DeKalb County so check back here often for the latest news.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hotel Special of the Week: Chick-Fil-A Bowl (Peach Bowl)

Each week, we will be highlighting a special package/rate from DeKalb County hotels from our Hot Deals section of our website. To see more deals, visit our website.

The University Inn at Emory is offering a special for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl (Peach Bowl) on 12/31/2009. The game will feature the Tennesee Volunteers vs. the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Room is in the Main Inn with 2 double beds, micorwave, refrigerator, wireless internet, and includes a deluxe continental breakfast and freshly baked cookies.

For more info, visit the University Inn.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Martinis & IMAX Returns To Fernbank Museum In January

Mark your calendars for Friday, January 8 at 6:30 p.m. as Fernbank Museum kicks off the 2010 season of Martinis & IMAX®.

Shake it up with Atlanta’s perfect mix of culture and cocktails! Enjoy cool cocktails, stunning films, live music and creative cuisine beneath the world’s largest dinosaurs every Friday night from January through November.

For more info, visit Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Join Us On Facebook

DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is now on Facebook! We invite you to become a fan to find out how DCVB is promoting tourism in Atlanta's DeKalb County and also keep informed of new events and activities.

This week we have posted a number of Photo Albums containing images of a few of the great annual festivals and events in Atlanta's DeKalb County including the Stone Mountain Highland Games, Indian Festival & Pow Wow, Decatur Arts Festival and Feria Latina.

For fans of the Big Apple Circus, we have just posted some new preview photos of the 2010 show coming in February to Stone Moutain Park.

Click here to visit our Facebook Page.

Transforming Stone Mountain Park Into A Winter Wonderland

Ever wonder how they manage to get so much snow in Stone Mountain Park but nowhere else in Atlanta during this time of the year?

Access Atlanta has a new photo gallery that takes you on a behind-the-scenes look at how Stone Mountain Park transforms their Memorial Lawn into a snow-filled adventure park in preparation for Snow Mountain.

To view the photos and comments, visit Access Atlanta.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Yale University's Premiere A Capella Group Comes To The MJCCA

On Thursday, January 7, 2010, at 7:30 pm, The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) proudly welcomes the Yale a capella group known as The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus (SOBs).

Now the second-longest running collegiate a cappella group in the nation, the Yale SOBs are know for their virtuosic, light hearted shows.

The concert will be held in the Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody.

For more information, visit the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words Coming To ART Station In January

“Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words” by Bill Oberst, Jr.
January 13 – 17, 2010
at the ART Station in
Stone Mountain Village

Bill Oberst, Jr. pays respect and honors Lewis Grizzard with the best of Grizzard’s stand-up comedy and selections from books and columns. A triumph of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Bill Obsert, Jr. has appeared on PBS and toured the US spreading Lewis’ unique writings and love of the South. Still revered nearly twelve years after his passing, Grizzard continues to strike a humorous chord within all true Southerners. "The audience laughed 'till they cried... funny and touching." Scott Harper, The Times

The performances are Thursday – Saturday at 8:00 p.m. & Sunday at 3:00 p.m. An additional performance has been added Wednesday, January 13 @ 10:30 a.m.

For ticket information, visit the ART Station.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Big Apple Circus Returns To Stone Mountain Park Feb 12 - 28, 2010

Bello Is Back! The Big Apple Circus is back in town with Bello Nock, named “America’s Best Clown” by Time magazine, and the world’s most exciting circus artists under the Big Top at Stone Mountain Park from February 12 through 28.

In Bello Is Back! the playfully elegant Bello, with his gravity-defying hair, trademark tuxedo, white gloves and spats, returns to the one–ring intimacy of the Big Apple Circus after an absence of nine seasons. With thrilling feats of derring–do and stylish sense of whimsy, Bello will astound and delight one and all!

On the “Welcome Back Bello” committee: the lovable star clown Grandma, the spirited Big Apple Circus Band, and winning new ringmaster Kevin Venardos, joined by spectacular acrobats from Italy, Russian wizards of the trampoline and the flying trapeze, a graceful flight on the aerial silks, fiery steeds and cavorting canines, playful Chinese contortionists, and Picaso Jr., the sensational Spanish juggler! With no seat under the Big Top more than 50 feet from the ring, even if you’re really small you won’t miss a thing! Welcome back, Bello!

For more info, visit the Big Apple Circus.

Hotel Special Of The Week: Stone Mountain Package At The Doubletree Hotel Atlanta NE/Northlake

Each week, we will be highlighting a special package/rate from DeKalb County hotels from our Hot Deals section of our website. To see more deals, visit our website.

Stone Mountain Package

Climb a mountain of fun with the Doubletree Hotel Atlanta NE/Northlake.

This package includes :
Deluxe accommodations for up to four people
Four tickets for admission to the Stone Mountain

Special Offer Dates: Jun. 01, 2009 - Dec. 31, 2009
Rates: From 171/night USD

Monday, December 14, 2009

Become A Fan On DCVB's Facebook Page

Join our list of fans for up-to-date information about events and activites from DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau. You can also view a number of photo galleries featuring highlights from previous festivals, events and venues.

Check out the photos from the new Big Apple Circus 2010 show that we just posted!

Stop, Ask & Save! Ask For DeKalb Weekend Deals

Travelers on-the-road can find the best Weekend Rates for accommodations in Atlanta's DeKalb County at one of the 11 Georgia Visitor Information Centers. Just stop by the front desk and ask for "DeKalb Weekend Deals" to get the best deal for the weekend.

We look forward to having you as a guest in Atlanta's DeKalb County!

Stone Mountain Christmas Lights Up The Holidays

Stone Mountain Park is the place to be this year to get you and your family in the holiday spirit. Stroll through the rows of gift stores and enjoy a variety holiday activities underneath the glow of two million lights.

For more info, visit Stone Mountain Park.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Salvador Dali Exhibition Coming To The High Museum Of Art In 2010

Dalí: The Late Work - Coming August 7, 2010 through January 9, 2011
at The High Museum of Art

Art lovers and Salvador Dali fans will enjoy a new Dali exhibit coming to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in 2010. The High will be the sole venue for the first exhibition to focus on Dalí's art after 1940. The works will emphasize the transition from the Surrealism movement to works inspired by the old masters and contemporary objects.

The exhibition, featuring more than 40 paintings and a related group of drawings, prints and other Dalí ephemera, will explore the artist's enduring fascination with science, optical effects and illusionism, and his surprising connections to artists of the 1960s and 1970s such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Willem de Kooning.

For more info, visit the High Museum of Art.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Academy Theatre Presents Felice Ramadan: A Holiday Vaudeville

Felice Ramadan: A Holiday Vaudeville is a show that gently skewers holiday traditions from America and around the world. Geoffrey Brown directs acts of magic, comedy, radio theater, mime, & thimblerig which all serve to point up some of our foibles and celebrate what we all like about our holidays!

Entertaining for both adults and younger folks, the show will feature works from the Academy, Dancing Monkey Cabaret, Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, Thimblerig Circus, Gateway Performance Group, and will feature work from Gwen Hughes, Magician Mick Stone, John Stephens and Topher Payne!

Felice Ramadan: A Holiday Vaudeville runs from December 11th through December 20th. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM at the Academy Theatre.

For more info, visit The Academy Theatre.

Dazzling Array Of Celtic And Appalachian Performers at the Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert

Over the past 16 years the Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert has become one of the most popular events of the Holiday Season. Called by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution “a reverent yet rollicking time,” the concert celebrates, through music, dance, poetry, song and story, the high spirits and mystical beauty of the Celtic and Appalachian Christmas traditions.

This year top regional performers join Grammy Award-winning banjo virtuoso Alison Brown, genre-bending bluesy and jazz-inflected Appalachian hipsters Leah and Chloe Smith (R.I.S.E. to their many fans), madcap string player and percussionist Joe Craven and noted Irish classical pianist J. J. Sheridan in a program of non-stop delight. A colorful pause for spiritual refreshment amidst the ho-hum hokum of most holiday celebrations, the concert takes place on Fri., Dec. 11 and Sat., Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 13, at 2:30 p.m. at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

For ticket information call the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404-727-5050.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints - Book Your Hotel In DeKalb County

If you're coming into Atlanta this weekend for Sunday's huge match up between the Atlanta Falcons and the undefeated New Orleans Saints and need a hotel room, consider staying in DeKalb County rather than downtown. Most of our hotels are a short 15-20 minute drive from the stadium, and unless you love huge crowds and congestion, you'll enjoy the peace and tranquility of staying outside of downtown.

Many of our hotels offer special game day rates, and offer shuttles to and from downtown. For a complete listing of all our hotels, please visit, and for hotel packages and specials, please visit the Hot Deals section.

Thanks and enjoy your stay in Atlanta's DeKalb County!

P.S. Go Falcons!

Peter Facinelli To Appear Exclusively In Atlanta At The Mall At Stonecrest

In celebration of the hit book series and enormously successful movie, Twilight, the Mall at Stonecrest will present an exclusive appearance by Peter Facinelli who portrays Dr. Carlisle Cullen on Saturday, December 12th beginning at Noon.

An autograph fee of $25 will be charged to all fans in line. Photos will be included while supplies last. A VIP photo opportunity with Peter Facinelli is available for $40. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

For additional event information, including rules and regulations, please visit The Mall At Stonecrest.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Hot Deal Of The Week - Doubletree Fall Getaway

Each week, we will be highlighting a special package/rate from DeKalb County hotels from our Hot Deals section of our website. To see more deals, visit our website.

Doubletree Fall Getaway:
Enjoy tempting savings with the Fall Weekend Getaway Package. Stay at Doubletree between September 8 and December 27 and you'll receive a $50 food and beverage credit. Book your fall escape today!

Doubletree Hotel Atlanta North Druid Hills/Emory Area
2061 N. Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 30329
Learn more

Special Offer Dates: Sep. 08, 2009 - Dec. 27, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Experience The Magic Of The Season At Stone Mountain Christmas

Families can enjoy all the lights and excitement of Christmas now through December 30 at Stone Mountain Park (December 11-13, 18-22, 26-30).

Within the glow of more than two million twinkling lights, you can watch live entertainment, engage in fun attractions and reconnect with friends and family during this special time of year. Make Stone Mountain Christmas a part of your holiday tradition and discover why Stone Mountain Park is Atlanta’s best bet for a family getaway only minutes from downtown.

For more info, visit Stone Mountain Park.

Dance Performance: Excerpts From The Nutcracker

The holiday season is not complete without attending a performance of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 12. The dance performance features the Callanwolde Ballet Ensemble.

Join the Ballet Ensemble as they present three performances of excerpts from the holiday ballet classic. The performance will be held at St. Pius Catholic School’s Monsignor Terry W. Young Center for the Performing Arts.

For more info, visit Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

27th Annual Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour Of Homes


Friday & Saturday - December 4 & 5 • 5:30-9:30 pm

Take a look inside some of the City of Decatur's most interesting homes and tour two points of interest.

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Decatur Youth Fund and the Decatur Preservation Alliance.

For more info, visit Decatur Tour of Homes.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Arrives Early At Stone Mountain Park


You can enjoy all the lights and excitement of Christmas now through December 30 at Stone Mountain Park (December 4-6, 11-13, 18-22, 26-30).

Don't miss these incredible features:

The Polar Express 4D Experience™— This classic holiday film will warm your heart while engaging your senses.

• Two new family-friendly live shows — Sleigh Ride and Simply Christmas

• Festive Christmas Parade

Snow Angel Fireworks and Snowfall Celebration — watch high in the sky as the Snow Angel flies and brings winter magic to Stone Mountain Park

Snow Angel Meet & Greet — Crossroads won’t be the only thing lit up during your visit as your littlest princesses will be dazzled by a visit with the beautiful Snow Angel

• More than two million Christmas lights adorn the buildings in and around Crossroads

Visit with Santa Claus — Named by USA Today as one of the ten best places in the country to catch Santa Claus

• Sing-a-long Christmas train that also includes a special live show about the true meaning of Christmas

Crossroads Christmas Carol — a comic re-telling of the classic story by Dickens

• Roaming carolers are sure to get your family in the Christmas Spirit

• A very special Christmas Lasershow (thru 12/23) — Stone Mountain Park’s signature event makes a Christmas appearance with colorful lasers choreographed to your favorite holiday music

• Holiday shopping that includes hand blown glass ornaments, homemade fudge, unique toys and seasonal apparel

• Variety of food options, from traditional southern fare at Miss Katie’s Restaurant to fresh salads and sandwiches at Marketplace. Additionally, enjoy Stone Mountain Park’s fun attractions that will be open during the daytime – included in your Christmas admission ticket!

For information, visit Stone Mountain Park.

IMAX Film Brings Van Gogh's Works To Life

See some of the greatest works of art come to life on the biggest screen in town through December 31 at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps, traveling from the Netherlands to Auvers-sur-Oise and passing through Arles, Saint-Rémy and Paris, during the short 9-year period of the artist’s career during which he created more than 900 paintings. From the dazzling yellow of the artist's famous cornfields, to the deep blue of his famous night sky, audiences will discover the source of some of the most important works in art history.

This dazzling giant screen IMAX film allows audiences to re-live Van Gogh's life journey through his letters; visit the landscapes that inspired him; and discover a Van Gogh they never knew before.

For showtimes, visit Fernbank Museum of Natual History.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Take A Wild Sarfari At Fernbank Museum

Take your family on the adventure of a lifetime at Fernbank Museum through February 2, 2009.

Wild Safari puts you in the passenger seat of an open vehicle South African safari, on a quest for the continent’s “Big Five”—the elephant, the Cape buffalo, the rhino, the leopard and the lion.

Stunning IMAX® cinematography immerses you in the action along this 3,000 mile journey from the lush grasslands of the Southern Cape to the arid desert of the Kalahari.

For showtimes visit Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
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