With its decidedly hip mashup of urb/alt acts and golden era heavies, the third annual ONE MusicFest is like a double-jointed lover on ginseng. New-cool progressives will get their fill of indie soul kingpin Eric Roberson, R&B vocalist Marsha Ambrosius, bona fide Southern spitter Big K.R.I.T., and electro-pop headliner Santigold. While hip-hop legends Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, and MC Lyte are set to rep for the true school. Throw in an 11-hour DJ stage featuring the likes of Atlanta spinners DiBiase, Speakerfoxxx, Jaycee, Danny M, and more — along with the Shrimp and Crab Fest, Food Truck Village, live art installations, and mechanical bull riding — and it's a nonstop party. $42-$84. Sat., Sept. 1. Masquerade Music Park and O4W Park, 695 North Ave. www.onemusicfest.com. See complete list of performance times.
— Rodney Carmichael
Now in its seventh year, the Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival offers Atlantans the best in Caribbean culture and cuisine, including jerk preparation demonstrations, reggae and calypso music from Half Pint, New Kingston, and others, as well as a vendor market. This event is fit for the entire family, so expect a kid zone with games and prizes for the little ones. But the main draw may be the annual Top Jerk Chef Cook-Off, which pits established and aspiring chefs against each other to compete for cash, trophies, and bragging rights. Free-$15. noon-10 p.m. Sun., Sept. 2. Panthersville Stadium, 2817 Clifton Springs Road, Decatur. 678-760-8543. www.atlantajerkfestival.com.
— Alicia Carter
Kicking off Aug. 30, a series of soul, Afrobeat, and dance-flavored events are set to ignite at venues across town under the banner of the Atlanta Weekender. Spearheaded by local DJ Salah Ananse, TAW promises to serve up a bevy of shindigs, such as LoveSexy (a Prince tribute party), Afrique Electrique, Distinctive, and more. And best of all, pay one price and you gain admission to all of the events. $35-$85. Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Various times and various venues. www.atlantaweekender.com.
— Carlton Hargro
Atlanta's Black Gay Pride is filled with workshops, parties, dinners, music, fashion, and more, all aimed to celebrate and empower the LGBT community. Perhaps the weekend's biggest event, the annual State of Black Gay America Summit takes place on Saturday at the Melia Hotel and focuses on the theme "Embracing Our Collective Power to Influence Change," featuring keynote speaker Je-Shawna Wholley, a Spelman alum who helped organize the university's first LGBT Pride Week in 2009, and a special appearance by Keith Boykin, a BET columnist, New York Times best-selling author, and former White House aide. The summit will also include a panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act as well as a tribute to Rudolph P. Byrd. On Sunday, the Pure Heat Community Festival takes over Piedmont Park beginning at noon and will feature music, a fashion show, celebrity hair battle with Derek J of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," and more. Aug. 30-Sept. 3. Various times and locations. www.inthelifeatl.com.
Powers Festival, the popular county fair and art celebration, was formed in 1972 by local artist Tom Powers on the grounds of the Powers family plantation. For the past 40 years, the fest has continued its tradition of family-friendly fun with arts, crafts, food, and down-home entertainment just south of Atlanta. This year, peruse the antiques, ogle the antebellum outfits, down an obscene amount of fried food, and enjoy country, gospel, blues, and Southern Rock from the likes of Georgia Clay, Line Creek Bluegrass, Albert Simpson, and more. Free-$10. Sept. 1-3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Powers Pavilion, 4766 W. Highway 34, Newnan. 770-253-2011. www.powersfestival.org.
We know what you're thinking: NASCAR, really? Yes, NASCAR. Sure, the hours of racing on a constant loop, figuratively and literally, can be dizzying at times. And the crowd can be, well, intense — a piece of advice for the newbies: Don't joke around about Junior. But if you enter Atlanta Motor Speedway with an open mind and a cooler stocked with ice-cold beer — domestic, obviously — you'd be surprised at how much fun you can have at the Advocare 500. And like any good sport, the pre-race tailgating is not to be missed. Imagine the spread: Show up early and park in the gravel and dirt lot surrounding the track (unless you front the money for infield parking, but that's another story). Crack open a tall boy and walk around taking in the sights: hot dogs on the grill here, an intense game of cornhole there, a young guy passed out in his No. 48 fold-up chair nearby. You smell that? That's all-American pride surrounding you. And like the few first sips of Jim Beam, it's rough at first, but it'll grow on you. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Race: Sun., Sept. 2. 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Place, Hampton. 877-926-7849. www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
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