1. It is only one night: Friday, September 30
If you miss it, you miss it. People tend to talk about this awesome shindig all year long, and it's only getting bigger and better. And it's a fantastic way to familiarize yourself with Atlanta's art offerings on a beautiful evening in early fall. Don't miss it.
2. It is free.
That's right. Free. Gratis. No cost. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Free. Four hours of pure art and what does Flux want from you in return? Your firstborn child? Seven thousand dollars? A basket of puppies? None of these. Flux asks nothing of you. It is free. Accept the gift of Flux.
3. Learn how to get there.
“Castleberry Hill” sounds like it would be in a far-off land, but it isn't. It's right downtown. Centennial Park and the Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola are all within walking distance so if you can get to those, you'll be very close. Here's a pdf map. The event kicks off at 8 with a lantern parade by the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons.
4. It's smarta with MARTA
We wish the city would bring back that advertising campaign with posters that read: “It's smarta with MARTA” because that's true. It is smarta with MARTA. Much smarta. The Flux district is a short walk from the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center MARTA stop on the East-West line. There is also bike valet for those on two wheels. Nearby parking lots and decks will be open for Flux visitors, and there is some limited surface street parking. For more about the nuts and bolts of visiting the event, visit the Flux info page.
6. Try to check out something you wouldn't normally see.
Step outside your comfort zone. One of the great things about Flux is that you can be surprised by a work you weren't expecting to like in a genre you're not normally exposed to. If you're a visual arts buff, take the time to follow some dance. If you're just into movies and music, take a few quiet minutes and contemplate one of the installations. And if you're a fan of fireworks made of molten iron, there's no hope for you to ever develop an interest in anything else, you freak: Your best bet is to simply wait until the very end when the evening caps off with molten iron throw fireworks outside the Elliott Street Pub at midnight.
7. Wear comfortable shoes.
You'll be walking a lot, and many of the events—such as the opening parade and gloATL's migrating dance performance—will involve following the show around. Leave those stiletto heels and platform boots at home and wear something sensible.
8. The pubs and restaurants of Castleberry Hill will be open.
Looking at art can build up a powerful thirst and appetite. Fortunately the bars and restaurants of Castleberry Hill will be open during the event. There will also be a fleet of Atlanta's favorite food trucks parked on Walker Street. And the arts organization Dance Truck will be celebrating their second birthday at the Castleberry Hill art space Sous Whisky Marin during Flux, so if you've enjoyed Dance Truck performances during their first two years, do stop in during the evening, refresh yourself with some sweet treats from Sugar Coated Radical, and wish the Truckers a Happy Birthday.
Free art, beautiful evening, great neighborhood. It's hard to go wrong. So enjoy it.
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