• Nathan's Hot Dog qualifier, Waldo bar crawl, "The Bachelor" auditions on tap

    By: Nelson Hicks


    ATLANTA - Are you ready for the weekend?

    There's plenty of fun to keep you busy.

    There will be some serious eating going on at Cypress Street Pint and Plate as it hosts Nathan’s Famous July Fourth International Hot Dog-Eating Contest qualifier.

    The event will feature a 10-minute all-you-can-eat Nathan’s hot dog challenge and will pit local eaters against professionals, including Eric “Badlands” Booker, Adrian Morgan and Atlanta’s own Damien Boykin.

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    While attendees witness top performers put down an incredible amount of hot dogs for a chance to compete on July 4 at the Nathan’s Famous flagship in Coney Island, attendees will have a chance to devour specialty Nathan’s hot dogs, including the Bacon Wrapped Dog - served with teriyaki and pineapple salsa; the Sonoran Dog - served with black beans, fresh avocado, pico de gallo and lime crema; and the Muffuletta Dog - with provolone cheese, pepperoncini and olive tapenade.

    Guests are encouraged to show up early to grab a front-row seat and a cold pint of Shmaltz Brewing Company’s Coney Island Albino Python or Mermaid Pilsner on draught before the competitive action begins. Doors open at 11 a.m., the eaters do their thing at 1 p.m.  

    Waldo won't be hard to spot Saturday night.

    The Where's Waldo bar crawl looks to break the world record for the most people dressed as the iconic children's book character.

    Benefiting OneSight, the Where’s Waldo bar crawl will take over the East Andrews Entertainment District in an attempt to beat out the current record of 3,872, set in Dublin, Ireland in 2011. Participants are invited to enjoy a complimentary drink at East Andrews, Stout Irish Pub, Andrews Upstairs, Red Door Tavern, Lost Dog Tavern and Dive Bar as they enjoy live music and DJs, a costume contest, Waldo-style scavenger hunt, prizes, an after party and more.

    Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. The event runs from 4 to 11 p.m.

    The search is on for eligible women who are ready to find true love on the new season of "The Bachelor" on ABC.

    Those who feel they possess the charm, style, class and charisma to become America's next leading lady or leading man are invited to {three} sheets on Sandy Springs Circle to meet with the show's casting producers. The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 20 from 4 to 8 p.m.

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    What else is going on this weekend?


    Festival, music: Boogie down on 60 tons of sand at the Decatur Beach Party 5-11 p.m. June 14 at Old Courthouse Square in Decatur. Enjoy live music, kids games, a food court and drinks.

    Performing arts: Hamlet will be at The New American Shakespeare Tavern through June 23. Tickets range from $15 to $40.

    Performing arts: Stop by Agatha’s: A Taste of Mystery Dinner Theatre in Atlanta for “Murder at the Stonevault Museum.” The show runs until July 31 and tickets start at $65.

    Performing arts:“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”  will be at The New American Shakespeare Tavern through June 22.

    Music: Joan Baez and Indigo Girls perform at 7 p.m. June 14 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta.

    Music, festival: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, the Soul Rebels, Whiskey Gentry and more artists perform at the Red Stripe Midsummer Music & Food Festival June 14-15 in Candler Park in Atlanta.

    Music: Get jazzy at Jazz on the Lawn: Ike Stubblefield & Friends at 7:30 p.m. June 14 at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta.


    Festival, history: Celebrate Black History at the Cobb NAACP's Juneteenth Celebration at 10 a.m. June 15 at Glover Park in Marietta. Enjoy food, live music, games and drinks.

    Festival: Give a nod to all things Mississippi at Mississippi in the Park from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 15 at Chastain Park in Atlanta. Enjoy music, storytelling, food and crafts from the state.

    Festival, run: Get some boating in and then celebrate your accomplishment at the Back to the Chattahhoochee River Race & Festival 9 a.m. June 15. A family-friendly festival follows the morning's boat race.

    Festival, beer: Enjoy local blueberries, beer and music at the BluesBerry Music & Beer Festival at 5 p.m. June 15 in downtown Norcross.

    Music: Hip-hop fans will have a lot to celebrate at the Birthday Bash 18 Block Party from noon-5 p.m. June 15 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, followed by the Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash 18 at 6 p.m. at Philips Arena, featuring performances from 2 Chainz and T.I.

    Music: The Spinners bring their R&B and soul to town at 7 p.m. June 15 at Southern Ground Amphitheatre in Fayetteville.

    Music: Guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke performs at 8:30 p.m. June 15 at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta.


    Family, holiday: Celebrate Dad during Superhero Day at 10 a.m. June 16 at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. Come dressed as your favorite superhero and enjoy games, hands-on activities and costumes characters.

    Family, holiday: Break out the chefs hats for Real Men Cook for Charity, featuring 100 men cooking dishes from appetizers to desserts, cooking demos and live music at 3 p.m. June 16 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

    Music: Celebrate Bob Dylan with local musicians Caroline Herring, Eliot Bronson, the Skiperdees and more at Shelter From the Storm: A Bob Dylan Celebration at 7 p.m. June 16 at Eddie's Attic in Decatur.

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