Neon Skate at Avalon: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

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Neon Skate at Avalon: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

It's chilly out there, Atlanta, but that doesn't mean that you have to sit inside your house all weekend. You'll find both indoor and outdoor events taking place throughout the metro to keep you moving, grooving and happy you didn't waste your time watching television.

Whether you want to attend a bridal show to plan the perfect spring wedding, or brave the cold to race for a good cause, get out there and have a little fun this weekend with a few of these Atlanta-area activities.

Cobb

Edmond Bush, left, hikes with his out of town guest, Bob Crowder, of Emory, Virginia, up Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Saturday, December 1, 2012 in Kennesaw. The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park stands as more than a scenic memorial to one of the Civil War’s battles. It’s also the most-visited battlefield site in the nation, surpassing Gettysburg last year. Visitors to the trails and greenspace offer a surprising window to Cobb County’s economic future. Andrew McMurtrie

Guided Mountaintop Hike at Kennesaw Mountain. 11 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Jan. 6. Free. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive NW, Kennesaw. 770-427-4686. www.nps.gov.

Join a ranger at Kennesaw Mountain for an informative guided hike to the top. You'll learn about important Civil War history along with discovering more about the local ecology throughout the area. 

The Cobb Tradeshow. 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7. Cobb Galleria Centre. 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 800-841-8891. www.cobbtradeshow.com.

Enjoy a fashion showcase like never before at The Cobb Tradeshow at the Galleria this Sunday. This event will include over 600 brands and clothing lines filling a 100,000 square foot space.

Georgia Bridal Show. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7. $15 per person. Cobb Galleria Centre. 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. info@georgiabridalshow.com. www.georgiabridalshow.com.

Plan a beautiful spring wedding at one of the best bridal shows in the South this Sunday as the Georgia Bridal Show fills the Galleria. You'll see a bridal fashion show, taste food and cakes and visit with a wide range of wedding vendors. 

Atlanta Campaign Program. 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7. Free. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive NW, Kennesaw. 770-427-4686. www.nps.gov.

Experience a 30-minute ranger-led educational program this Sunday at Kennesaw Mountain that will focus on the 1864 Atlanta Campaign. 

DeKalb

Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance Retreat Day. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. Free. Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance. 3420 West Hospital Ave., Chamblee. info@fiberartsalliance.org. www.fiberartsalliance.org.

Bring your craft projects to the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance for a special retreat day and potluck taking place on Saturday. You'll spend the day crafting up a storm with fellow makers at the free, all-day event.

Midnight at the Masquerade. 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. $62.95 per person. The Greater Good Barbeque. 4431 Hugh Howell Road, Tucker. 888-643-2583. www.murdermysterydinneratlanta.com.

Take part in a murder mystery this Saturday at a dinner party filled with comedy, intrigue, thrills, chills and delicious food. Myserty Entertainment will hold this public event at The Greater Good Barbeque in Tucker. 

Beginning Glass Beading class. 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. $195 per person. Spruill Center for the Arts. 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-394-4019. www.spruillarts.org.

Discover a talent you never knew you had by taking the beginning Glass Beading class at the Spruill Center for the Arts this Saturday. At this interactive class, you'll learn how to use an oxygen/propane torch to create stunning glass beads. 

Handcrafted "Cold-Process" All Natural Soapmaking. 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7. $80 per person. Spruill Center for the Arts. 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-394-3447. www.spruillarts.org..

Make your own homemade cold-process soap using natural ingredients at the Spruill Center for the Arts. This class utilizes herbs, essential oils and other skin-soothing ingredients.

Gwinnett

Atlanta Gladiators vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits. 7:35 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5. Ticket prices vary. Infinite Energy Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-497-5100. www.atlantagladiators.com.

Come out to the Infinite Energy Center to see the Atlanta Gladiators versus the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Friday. 

North Gwinnett Soccer Sprint 5K. 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. $30 per person. Suwanee Town Center Park. 350 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. www.ngsoccer.com.

Race your heart out at the North Gwinnett Soccer Sprint 5K on Saturday. This Peachtree Road Race Qualifier will start at City Hall and meander around the Suwanee Town Center Park and throughout the town of Suwanee.

Georgia Swarm Star Wars Night. 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. Tickets start at $25 per person. Infinite Energy Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. www.georgiaswarm.com.

Even if you don't usually follow Lacrosse, you won't want to miss the special Georgia Swarm Star Wars Night taking place at the Infinite Energy Center on Saturday. 

Sunday Salsa & Bachata Dance Class. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7. $20 per person. Dancing 4 Fun Dance Studio. 6025 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners. 770-855-4396. www.salsaatl.com.

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to learn salsa and bachata this Sunday at a dance class perfect for every ability level. Whether you're a new or experienced dancer, this class will bring the heat.

North Fulton

Shamanic Women with Vicki Evans. 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5. $15 per person. Phoenix & Dragon Bookstore. 5531 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. 404-255-5207. www.phoenixanddragon.com.

Take part in a shamanic experience while learning about this ancient spiritual practice at a special workshop hosted by Vicki Evans. It all takes place at Phoenix & Dragon Bookstore, and will include drumming and rattling, important teachings and more. 

Ugly Pajama 5K. 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. $30 per racer, free to watch. Newtown Park. 3150 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta. www.fivestarntp.com.

Join others who want to brave the cold for a good cause at the Ugly Pajama 5K in Alpharetta. Wear your tackiest PJ’s to this hilarious event, which will benefit The MS Center of Atlanta. 

Kai Kapadia (left) holds hands with his cousin Szannlee Dickenson as they skate on the ice rink at Avalon in Alpharetta on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. The rink will be open most days through February 2015. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL Jonathan Phillips

Neon Skate at Avalon On Ice. 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. $2 off ticket and skate price. Avalon. 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-1000. www.experienceavalon.com.

If you haven't been ice skating at Avalon this season, make sure to get out for Neon Skate on Saturday. When you wear bright, neon color, you'll get a discount on your skate price. 

STARLAB at Chattahoochee Nature Center. 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7. Included with admission, free for members. Chattahoochee Nature Center. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055. www.visitroswellga.com.

Enjoy viewing the night's sky within the warmth of STARLAB, the inflatable planetarium at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. You'll see the winter constellations and discover how to identify the stars in the night sky.

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