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Atlanta Tours Sure to Wow ASAE Attendees

The 2023 ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo includes tours and community service project opportunities that will find you saying, “Wow.”

Atlanta’s Best Hidden Speakeasies Tour

Light up a cigar and enjoy a cocktail at the Red Phone Booth. (Photo courtesy of the Red Phone Booth)

Step into history at this speakeasy that harkens back to the Prohibition era. Red Phone Booth is an exclusive experience featuring classic craft cocktails and an extensive cigar selection. Dial the magic number and be transported into one of Atlanta’s most top-secret bars. Enjoy an adult beverage, choosing from a wide range of spirits. Be sure to try the Italian-inspired appetizers or Neapolitan pizza. 

Where: 17 Andrew Young International Blvd. NE

When: Aug. 5 from 1 until 4 p.m.

Porsche Experience

Put yourself behind the wheel of a Porsche at Porsche Experience Center Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Porsche Experience Center Atlanta)

Get behind the wheel of fast sports cars. The Porsche Experience Center Atlanta allows you to take the ride of a lifetime on a 1.6-mile driver development course, accompanied by a professional driver. Step into the Porsche of your dreams and strap up. This is a wheel-y unique opportunity you don’t want to miss. 

Where: One Porsche Drive

When: Aug. 5 from 1 until 4 p.m. and Aug. 8 from 2:45 until 5:30 p.m.

Ponce City Market Food, Art and History Experience  

There is so much to discover at Ponce City Market. (Photo courtesy of Ponce City Market)

Nestled in Old Fourth Ward along the Atlanta Beltline, Ponce City Market is one of the city’s favorite “in” spots. The historic building has been converted into a vibrant food hall with local shops and living spaces. After grabbing a bite to eat, head up to The Roof for an outdoor carnival adventure featuring classic cocktails and fun games. Get a hole-in-one at the 18-hole minigolf course, pile in with your friends at the photo booth, try your hand at the boardwalk-style games.  

Where: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE

When: Aug. 5 from 1 until 4 p.m.

Atlanta Craft Beer Tours

Take a private tour through Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods and enjoy a guided tasting at some of the city’s top breweries. Take in the craft beer scene as the Atlanta Beer Bus takes you to Fire Maker Brewing, Round Trip Brewing and Scofflaw Brewing. You’ll find that Atlanta’s breweries are “hopping.”

Where: 1611 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW 

When: Aug, 5 from 1 until 4 p.m.

Georgia Reel Adventures: Exploring the Silver Screen’s Favorite Filming Locations 

Get your film fix at Plaza Theatre.

 Hop on the bus for a captivating tale of Georgia’s 50+ year rise as a top global filming destination. Experience the movie magic of filming locations from iconic hits like Marvel blockbusters Black Panther, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Captain America: Civil War, popular t.v. shows, such as The Walking Dead and Stranger Things, and many, many more! You’ll have a chance to grab some snacks, network, and connect as you discover the historic Plaza Theatre, Atlanta’s longest-running independent cinema, and a popular filming site. Hear industry experts share first-hand experiences working on top films and how the state embraces and inspires the industry. Lights, camera, action – let’s celebrate Georgia’s film legacy! 

Where: 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE

When: Aug. 8 from 2:45 until 5:30 p.m.

Shop the Mart, you can Shop ’Till you Drop! 

With three buildings totaling more than seven million square feet, AmericasMart Atlanta is the largest permanent wholesale trade center in the world. Shop till you drop with access to more than 100 showrooms. Discover the world of a retail buyer without the need of a business license or tax ID, thanks to The Sweeney Zone. Head to the cash and carry section in Building 3 for unbelievably reduced prices on merchandise. Once you’ve filled your bag, enjoy appetizers, cocktails and goodies at the VIP reception. 

Where: 230 John Portman Blvd. NW

When: Aug. 8 from 2:45 until 5:30 p.m.

Land Lot, 77… Taste and experience where Atlanta began and where its future continues

Explore some of South Downtown’s most historic places.

Once known as Land Lot 77, South Downtown is where a chunk of Atlanta history began and the city’s future continues. In 1822, Samuel Mitchell traded his horse for this plot of land before donating it to the Western Atlantic Railroad 20 years later — turning the city into a railway center. Learn more while you create your own cocktail, discover the art of floral design, sip coffee or enjoy a guided cooking class. Afterward, take a stroll through Centennial Yards to sample craft beers at the newest tenant, Wild Leap Atlanta. 

Where: In and around Mitchell Street 

When: Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 2:45 until 5:30 p.m.

Black Girl Magic Luxury Mural Crawl

Embrace Black Girl Magic.

Get a unique glimpse into the city’s rich art culture with Black Girl Magic Tours. This guided crawl gives you the opportunity to celebrate Black women’s brilliance, beauty and contributions to the community. Learn more as you visit Black-owned businesses and discover the resilience of Black women represented through artistic and creative expression. Enjoy bites and local sweet treats with a signature BlackGirllini. 

Where: 335 Wekiva Court

When: Aug. 8 from 2:45 until 5:30 p.m.

Community Service Projects

Atlanta is proud to offer these unique community service opportunities to ASAE attendees in historic Vine City and Rodney J. Cook Peace Park – the community that has served as home base for the families of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Maynard Jackson, Julian Bond and other civil rights icons. This community also happens to be the closest to Georgia World Congress Center’s campus. Please join us to help create two special areas in Cook Park to be enjoyed by the residents of this neighborhood well into the future:

Enhance Cook Park’s Playground!

Rodney Cook Park

Volunteers will have the chance to refresh and install new plantings inspired by the original landscaping team (Trust for Public Land)  who designed Cook Park near the “Big Oak”. We’ll be working around the Park’s colorful playground to beautify a few spots.  There is still time to register for this innovative ASAE legacy project in historic Vine City as Rodney Cook Sr Park celebrates its second birthday this summer!  Join other ASAE colleagues to hear the story and history of Cook Park – AND the significant community that served as home base for the families of civil rights icons Dr. Martin Luther King, jr., Maynard Jackson and Julian Bond.  The GWCC campus is its closest neighbor as well.

Dress comfortably and we’ll have everything ready for you!  

Where: Corner of Joseph E Boone Boulevard and Elm Street

When: Aug. 5 from 1 until 4 p.m.

Art in the Park 

Atlanta muralist, Ashley Dobson

Paint the spaces in the design created by Atlanta muralist Ashley Dobson to showcase  “kids smiling and having fun” in the water at summertime. Our ASAE volunteers will be filling in the background as they would a paint- by -number project and all will be super easy and great fun!  No need to bring your brushes, favorite paints, tools or smocks.  You’ll be tapping into your creative side at Cook Park’s refreshing Splash Pad as your ASAE colleagues garden nearby. Learn the story and history of Cook Park – AND the significant community that has served as home base for the families of civil rights icons and you’ll see Atlanta’s downtown skyline and the GWCC campus just ahead!

Where: Corner of Joseph E Boone Boulevard and Elm Street

When: Aug. 5 from 1 until 4 p.m.

We know, we know — there are so many great choices so how do you decide? We hope you partake in as many opportunities as possible as you experience Atlanta on a different level. We can’t wait to welcome you for #ASAE23.

A recent Atlanta resident, Cassidy is a self proclaimed goofball who loves collecting bumper stickers, hiking with her dogs, and playing rugby. When she’s not out-and-about exploring or making new friends in the city, she’s at a sporting event cheering on one of Atlanta’s many teams.

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