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This week, Frugal Family scoured our local sources to come up with after-Easter candy deals, free kids’ meals, a great food festival, a circus and a special day with The Atlanta Braves.
Easter Candy is 50 percent off this week at most grocery stores and pharmacies including Kroger, Publix, Aldi’s, Rite Aid, Walgreen’s and CVS. The best deals are at pharmacies (Rite-Aid in particular) as they are often the first ones to slash the prices even more. Aldi’s is the first grocery store to slash Easter candy to 75 percent off—or more.
Yaarab Shrine Circus – Now through Sunday. The Big Top rises at Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd. Don’t miss the biggest Shrine Circus in North America and the opportunity to see all-new top circus acts from around the world with clowns, bears, elephants, horses, motorcycles, acrobats, and a human cannonball. Enjoy the classic favorite foods -pizza, funnel cakes, ice cream, corndogs, cotton candy and much more. There’s also a giant Carnival midway featuring more than 40 rides, attractions and a flea Market. Tickets are $10 and are available at the gate.
For a great deal, consider going on Thursday when the circus offers free admission for all Cobb County personnel (with proper ID) and up to four people with each badge. For other carnival-goers, $20 gives you a pass for all the rides you can ride.
The midway opens at 5 p.m. with a circus parade at 6 p.m. The circus opens at 7:30 p.m. and the flea market opens at 10 a.m.
For more information including promotions, show times, and directions go here.
The 18th Annual Taste of Marietta on the historic Marietta Square will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. This a cash-based food festival (no food tickets) with menu selections or “tastes” ranging between $0.50-$4.00. Beginning with Kicks 101.5 Food Court opening at 11 a.m. and finishing with a Sunset Concert featuring Banks and Shane on the Main Stage in Glover Park from 5 to 7 p.m., the day will be filled with great food, entertainment, games for kids and fun for the entire family. Just a few of the more than 80 restaurants participating include , , ,, Rib Ranch BBQ, Sal Grosso Brazilian Steakhouse, , Maggiano’s Little Italy, Miss Scarlet’s Chocolate Emporium, Joe’s and Glo’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Bo’s Roasted Corn. Take home fresh veggies from Harry’s Farmers Market. The will be free that day and will run from 1 to 7:30 p.m. Go to www.tasteofmarietta.com for pick-up locations, designated free parking areas, event schedule and all participating restaurants.
Atlanta Braves Bark in the Park at 1:35 p.m. Sunday at Turner Field. For this Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals matchup, the day also offers Kid Run the Bases Day, but the highlight of the day is Bark in the Park when you can bring your dogs to the game. Vaccinations required!
Tickets will be available for pick-up at 11 a.m. on game day. To pick up your tickets, go to the special 'Bark in The Park' will-call table located outside of the NW Gate at the corner of Ralph David Abernathy Drive and Pollard Street. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $25 Combo Ticket - One human ticket, one canine ticket, donation to "Atlanta Braves Foundation"$12. Additional human tickets (Up to 6 additional tickets allowed). For information and required vaccinations, go to atlanta.braves.mlb.com. Click on “Next Homestand”, then click on “Promotions”.
Atlanta Bread Company in Marietta – kids 12 & under eat free Monday through Thursday after 4 p.m. One kid’s meal free with every adult meal purchased. 2197 Roswell Road. Call 770-509-8668 to confirm current promotion.