Alpharetta, Georgia, is a must-visit destination with a little taste of everything to please the music and entertainment lovers, foodie fanatics, and savvy shoppers in your crowd. Located between the North Georgia Mountains and Atlanta, Alpharetta offers more than 300 things to see and do, 175 dining options, five distinct shopping districts, and an extensive music, entertainment and nightlife scene. And if that isn’t enough, almost every weekend features an energetic family-friendly event or festival in the streets of its historic downtown district!
Sweet tunes and a night on the town
With a variety of music venues accommodating crowds of thousands to intimate events of 40, Alpharetta has the ideal stage for each act and is sure to deliver an unforgettable musical experience. The magnificent 12,000-capacity state-of-the art outdoor Ameris Bank Amphitheatre at Encore Park is the perfect backdrop to catch a show by one of today’s leading artists during its April–October season.
In the mood for a mix of whimsical art and music? Matilda’s “Under the Pines” Concert Series offers live outdoor music on Saturday nights from May–August. Kick back and relax on 3 1/2 acres with your own personal picnic during the show in this fabulously funky setting.
Catch a performance at The Velvet Note, designed by musicians for musicians to provide the purest vocal and instrumental reception available to a live audience. The Velvet Note is lauded as one of the most unique things to do in Atlanta, where you’ll find entertainment in a “private living room” setting.
173 rolling acres under the stars is the setting for acoustical music by the country’s best songwriters at Chukkar Farm. Take part in one of the active listening performances with singer/songwriter James Casto or the TGIF Concert Series with Atlanta Plays It Forward from May to November. Bring your own food and beverage to enjoy during the evening’s entertainment.
After seeing your performance of choice, don’t forget to check out one of the trendy late-night spots in Alpharetta. Engage in friendly competition with multi-level laser tag, thrilling high-ropes course, and boutique bowling at Main Event Entertainment. Shoot for a hole-in-one, play addictively fun games and nosh on cuisine and cocktails at Topgolf Alpharetta.
Dine top-shelf. Experience cooking adventure.
With over 175 dining options, Alpharetta has become a premier culinary destination and has something to please everyone’s palate. Well-known chefs such as Ford Fry (The El Felix), Giovanni Di Palma (Caffè Gio and Antico), Chad Anderson (Oak Steakhouse and Colletta), and Louis Soon (South Main Kitchen) have made their way to the foodie mecca. Local restaurateurs like Chris Sedgwick (Pure Taqueria, Vinny’s on Windward and the new MADE Kitchen and Cocktails), Dave Filipowicz (Smokejack BBQ), and James Liakakos (Sage Woodfire Grill) have made Alpharetta their culinary home for years. This blend of imaginative culinary experts keeps the restaurant scene lively and exciting with an array of different delectable dishes to try each week.
Looking for a culinary adventure outside of the restaurants? Feast on the street every Thursday evening at Alpharetta Food Truck Alley from April through October. This weekly gathering features a variety of six to eight rotating food trucks, live music each week, and frequent appearances by foodie fan favorites such as Happy Belly, WOW! Food Truck and King of Pops.
Make plans to visit Alpharetta on the first Thursday in May for the Taste of Alpharetta, named a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for 2015. This popular event draws a crowd of 50,000 to enjoy local fare from more than 50 restaurants, culinary demonstrations, live music, and kids’ activities.
Feed your need for new cooking quests at one of Alpharetta’s four unique cooking schools, including the only Publix Apron’s Cooking School in Georgia, Salud! Cooking at Whole Foods Market Avalon and Sur la Table at North Point Mall. Enjoy intriguing classes ranging from basic knife skills to celebrity chef demonstrations featuring regional, national, and international cuisine.
Always in style with savvy shopping
From couture fashion to elite home decor, contempo boutiques to upscale resale, explore five distinct shopping districts throughout the city to find one-of-a-kind treasures for the whole family to take home. North Point Mall features more than 75 acclaimed retailers, an innovative LEGO store, and is home to the only American Girl Boutique and Bistro in Georgia. Stroll the charming Historic Downtown Alpharetta sidewalks to find eclectic shops, fine-art galleries, and top-notch home furnishings. Venture to North on Main to uncover vintage and consignment shopping at exceptional prices. Explore Windward Parkway to round out your boutique shopping stops and end your day with a relaxing massage at Massage Envy, one of Alpharetta’s lavish spas.
Alpharetta’s newest shopping addition, Avalon, is a walkable luxury community of fine-retail shopping, an array of dining, including chef-driven concepts and acclaimed chains and lavish entertainment. Wine, dine, and recline in style at the 12-screen Regal Avalon theatre featuring leather recliners in every theater and a full-service bar and kitchen. Want to enjoy the outdoors? Grab a brew from Marlow’s Tavern and enjoy the temperate Georgia weather on The Plaza’s lush green lawn.
With so much to do, you might as well stay for the weekend. While exploring everything this bustling destination has to offer, Alpharetta’s 23 modern and affordable hotels make it easy to rest easy. All 23 hotels offer complimentary parking for overnight guests. Many offer a selection of suites, complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, and shuttle service—all of these essential modern amenities, so visitors spends less time worrying about details and more time focused on which awesome Alpharetta attraction to check out next.