Introducing A Village A Day

One of our big missions with Walkabout is to highlight communities and the people that love them. Connecting small towns through walkable technology drives us to create bigger, better projects. Keeping with this love affair of small towns, we're partnering with A Village A Day to give small towns all over the US their rightful place in the sun (and your RSS Feed). Fittingly, Tres Crow's hometown of Grand Haven, Michigan is first up in our village tour (he's Walkabout's CEO, just in case you didn't know).

We're really excited to show off these places and if you're a fan of travel, close knit communities, and pretty pictures - we encourage you to join us for the ride.

A Call for Submissions

We would love to know about your hometown, or your mother's hometown, or any special place you passed through and couldn't forget. Comment down below or drop us a line on Twitter or Facebook. 

Christine Adams is a copywriter, honorary Atlanta native, lover of ugly animals, introvert dynamo, and Frito pie enthusiast. Her work can be found on the internets without much trouble.

 

Why A Mobile Map Matters (and Please Ditch the Paper)

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With most people having an advanced computer in their pockets (and with the Apple Watch - attached to their wrist at all times) - we're more in sync with our surroundings than ever. But when we go somewhere new - a festival, an event, a new venue - we're suddenly put into a place we want to explore but don't have the first idea on how to do it. Enter: the map.

We've all been there. You get somewhere and you get a big, flimsy, paper map. It has symbols, it has paths, and it's another thing you get to keep track of and, OMG, they folded this thing like an origami swan and once it's opened, it's never the same. It gets wet and rips on one of the seams. When you open it up to find a bathroom, you get to look around like a disoriented wildebeest looking for something - anything - that matches one of these little symbols that's printed right where..oh, where the seam ripped. Great. Look up to find the sun, it's in the West - now I'm going to look for the compass rose on the map to give me a general idea of where the info station is so I can get a new map. Or I'll just pick one of the many thrown on the ground with footprints on them.

Does this sound familiar? Is it just me?

We're in the 21st Century. Why are we still relying on printed event maps when there's a better way to get around already in our pocket (or on our wrist)? And why should I have to download an app just to look at something for a day, maybe two?

After a trip to the zoo, I was reminded about why Walkabout exists and the problem it's solving. Saving paper (guys, enough with the paper already), an easy web interface where I don't have to download an app or go to an app store, and a thing that measure my location in time and space. How novel!

Are you ready to ditch the map? Have any stories on getting lost? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter (or both).

Christine Adams is a copywriter, honorary Atlanta native, lover of ugly animals, introvert dynamo, and Frito pie enthusiast. Her work can be found on the internets without much trouble.

 

 

 

Inman Park Festival This Weekend!

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We hope you've recovered from last weekend's festivities because this weekend will be no less awesome. And to change it up a bit - we're focusing on one of our favorite Atlanta neighborhoods - Inman Park.

The Inman Park Festival will be happening this weekend, April 24-26. Taking place the last full weekend in April, this is widely known as Atlanta's best street festival and showcases the eccentric spirit of Atlanta's oldest neighborhood.

Home to some of Atlanta's best music and theater venues (as well as some really spectacular eats), Inman Park also boasts gorgeous homes and classic, tree-lined streets. As part of the festival, there is a tour of homes that will take place on Friday, April 24. The weekend will have a parade chock full of costumes, floats, and silliness - as well as food from some Atlanta heavy-hitters, an extensive arts and crafts market, and a community corner featuring Atlanta non-profits (and how you can help). 

The parade begins at 2pm on Saturday and will take up most of the Moreland Ave and Euclid intersection - as well as surrounding streets. So instead of driving through (boo), park and walk on over to where the fun is (yay!). And you know we love that. And it's free!

Planning on checking it out? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter! And #dropyourpin and let us know where you're at.

Christine Adams is a copywriter, honorary Atlanta native, lover of ugly animals, introvert dynamo, and Frito pie enthusiast. Her work can be found on the internets without much trouble.

Let's Take Some Stock

It's been a little over 9 weeks since we soft launched Walkabout 1.0 in mid-February, and with so many awesome things happening in the last 9 weeks it seems like a great time to take a moment and take stock of our favorite moments of 2015 so far.

 

This One Time at OneSpark
If our Twitter and Instagram accounts were any indication we had a heck of good time in Jacksonville, FL at the OneSpark conference. Among some of the highlights: getting some drinks on the beach at the Lemon Bar, spending hours on hand blowing up hundreds of balloons, hearing Fort Stories play at  least 4 times, and hanging all week with Sweet Kitty. Shameless Plug: we're still running the crowdfunding campaign for OneSpark until May 7, so head on over to the site and contribute!

 

Walkabouting Out of State
With Nashville Opera, LexArts, National Banana Pudding Festival, and Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, Walkabout has officially gone nationwide! We're so proud to have amazing new partners like these and to start to see more of the country.

 

200k and Counting...
With the West End Atlanta Streets Alive and Dogwood festivals in the books, Walkabout has been used at a bunch of festivals with a total attendance well north of 200,000 people. 200,000! And with even more festivals in the works, we're going to reach even more.

 

And We Have Lift Off!
On April 16th we officially launched Walkabout 1.0 at Foster ATL. It was an intimate affair, but it was a ton of fun to bring together the whole team and our current and future clients for drinking and general revelry. Thanks to Foster ATL and Freshtix for making it possible.


It has been a pretty crazy quarter of a year so far, and with fingers crossed we fully expect it get even crazier. Check out our new Calendar and Our Clients pages for more information on where we've been and we're we'll be.

How Food Trucks Can Improve Your Event

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visa Manahawkin Flea Market

Once I saw "Starting A Food Truck for Dummies" on a bookstore shelf, I knew there was something to the mobile food movement. In the past 10 years, food trucks have gone from late night bites to a nearly billion dollar industry - attracting established restaurateurs and passionate novices alike. It's cutting edge culinary stuff, with many city parks booming with mobile food on weekends or at special events. The growing popularity of food trucks and the sheer amount of variety they can offer means that this trend is a very good thing for event organizers.

So how can you take advantage of the food truck trend to heighten your event?

It's All About the Food

The thing that unites all events, whether it's a wedding, an outdoor festival, or a large scale corporate shindig, is that every successful event has good food. Events also share a sense of community, and food trucks embody both of these ideas perfectly. Because there are so many food trucks in major cities, offering that kind of variety can be a major benefit to your attendees. Regardless of food preferences - carnivore, vegan, paleo, fry fiend, health nut - chances are, there's a truck for that.

Built-in Marketing

Every food truck owner is an entrepreneur. Because of the amount of competition in the mobile food game, every truck relies on word of mouth, marketing, and social media to stand out. What makes this a big win for event organizers is that food truck owners will notify people of their location in real time - which can be a big marketing push. Food truck social media savvy will get the word out on your event - and fast.

Easy In - Easy Out

It's not unusual for food trucks to travel to multiple sites in a day, so the efficiency of the operation has an added benefit of less work for event organizers. There's no need for tents, tables, stations, or any other food needs. The food trucks bring everything, taking the hassle out of setup and cleanup.

 

Depending on your city, there can be some strict guidelines on food trucks and where they are allowed, so it's always encouraged to refer to local rules on the matter. But food trucks can be a very effective way to feed your event, as long as your city permits them.

Have any favorite food trucks? Have you used food trucks for your event and want to give some shout outs? Comment below or hit us up on twitter and Facebook!

Christine Adams is a copywriter, honorary Atlanta native, lover of ugly animals, introvert dynamo, and Frito pie enthusiast. Her work can be found on the internets without much trouble.

 

 

What's Happening This Weekend April 18 & 19

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With Spring in full swing, the weekend roster of events is beginning to get tricky. Can you do multiple festivals in a day? We believe in you.

Georgia Renaissance Festival

It's opening weekend of the renaissance faire, so put on your Middle Ages best and rub elbows with some turkey legs. We've already talked about how family-friendly this place is - so enjoy the revelry with the kids and enjoy a trip back in time (without the pesky complications actual time travel would bring).

Atlanta Streets Alive

We're a little biased here, but this is an Atlanta event that is a ton of fun and supports a great concept. The mission for Atlanta Streets Alive is to create a healthy, sustainable, and vibrant city street experience. This open street festival will be taking place in the West End of Atlanta, so come ready to walk, ride, or skate your way through the neighborhood. There will be music, a "Funkadelic Cyclicious" bike parade, and other surprises along the route.

Sweetwater 420 Festival

Sponsored by Atlanta's own Sweetwater Brewery, this festival will be going down at Centennial Olympic Park (which is on the streetcar line, btw). Music, festival food fare, a comedy tent, and of course, cold Sweetwater brews are on tap for this event.

 

Have we made this difficult enough for you, yet? While we don't support full-blown caffeine addiction, we think due to the sheer amount of things you need to do this weekend, it might be in order.

Which event(s) are you checking out? Let us know on twitter or send us a shout on Facebook! Or use the hashtag #dropyourpin this weekend and let us know where you're hanging out. But we can't promise we won't crash your party.

 

Christine Adams is a copywriter, honorary Atlanta native, lover of ugly animals, introvert dynamo, and Frito pie enthusiast. Her work can be found on the internets without much trouble.

 

 

Atlanta Streets Alive and the Rise of Bicycles

Biking has grown in popularity over the past decade, with many cities seeing it as an effective transportation solution that can ease the traffic sprawl across the country. With the low cost, health benefits, and low impact on the environment - biking can make make a big impact on communities, and the government agrees. From this study in Bicycle Magazine, Federal funding for Bike lanes and other projects has grown by nearly 400% - so it's no wonder that advocacy groups like the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and events like Atlanta Streets Alive are spreading the good word.

Atlanta is one of the cities that has seen the highest increases in bike usage, and with the Beltline and other bike path projects of the past few years, bikes are only going to get more popular for families, the environmentally-conscious, and those looking to live in the city.

Atlanta Streets Alive, taking its cue from other festivals around the world, is making an effort to show how roads can unite communities for a common purpose, not just something for cars to drive on. Every year, some roads are closed off to cars and opened up to other human-powered modes of transport. People can walk, skate, ride, run - you name it - and this sense of community raises awareness for reducing the dependence on cars and supporting healthier ways of getting around.

It's estimated that if American made one 4-mile trip by bike instead of car each week, the country would save almost 6.6 billion dollars annually. Figures like this highlight just how much impact bike transportation can make, and with Atlanta Streets Alive and other groups doing some heavy lifting, Atlanta will have a chance to show just how awesome a bike ride can be.

And for One Spark, we've committed to pledging a dollar for every 5 dollars we raise as a part of our crowdfunding campaign to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. We believe in the work they do and we think you should do. If you'd love to donate, check out our page here.

 

Christine Adams is a copywriter, honorary Atlanta native, lover of ugly animals, introvert dynamo, and Frito pie enthusiast. Her work can be found on the internets without much trouble.

 

Best Events Happening This Weekend

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There's no shortage of magic happening this weekend - especially if you're a sports and festival fan. 

 

Atlanta Braves Home Opener vs. Mets - April 10-12th - Turner Field

The Braves are back. Opening day is an Atlanta holiday, so Braves Country will be in full swing. Traffic will be horrendous. The tailgating will be plentiful. The tomahawk chop - epic as always.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival - April 10-12th - Piedmont Park

We've already gushed about our love for this festival but the time has finally come - Dogwood weekend is here! There will be a lot of events, great food, music, and arts & crafts. 

Assuming the weather holds up - this will be the best weekend to be outside if the pollen doesn't swallow you up first.

 

Christine Adams is a copywriter, honorary Atlanta native, lover of ugly animals, introvert dynamo, and Frito pie enthusiast. Her work can be found on the internets without much trouble.

Atlanta Streets Alive Teaser

On top of our involvement with One Spark, LexArts, and the Nashville Opera - we're happy to announce our partnership with Atlanta Streets Alive on April 19th! This event will take place in West End, an historic neighborhood just west of downtown. 

Atlanta Streets Alive's mission is to create a healthy, sustainable and vibrant city street experience. Roads are temporarily closed to cars so that people can walk, bike, or skate - an idea they adopted from open street projects all over the world.

The event is funded by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition , as well as others, and supports a diverse transportation culture, using the streets as a common thread for all people. Because all of us at Walkabout believe in urban walkability, sharing your place, and celebrating community - Atlanta Streets Alive is right up our alley.

To support this awesome event, we'll be donating 1/5th of our proceeds to Atlanta Streets Alive and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to support our shared goals.

We've created a custom map with the West End route for all attendees to enjoy and we'll have more information next week. April 19th is going to be a great day in the city.

 

Christine Adams is a copywriter, honorary Atlanta native, lover of ugly animals, introvert dynamo, and Frito pie enthusiast. Her work can be found on the internets without much trouble.

Walkabout Goes to the Opera

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Nashville is known as The Music City and is the proud capital of country music, major record labels, and several music-centered museums. But it's not just all Grand Ole Opry (though that's to be expected). There is a thriving arts and culture community - which is why we were thrilled to work with the Nashville Opera on creating a custom mobile app in time for their opening of the Gilbert & Sullivan classic The Pirates of Penzance.

The Nashville Opera understands that patrons want an engaging social experience, so we created an app that shows the area around the Tennessee Performing Arts Center with real-time information on how to buy tickets, places to dine, and areas to explore before and after the show. It's an easy to use interface that allows the Opera to provide meaningful information that patrons can use and get the most out of their experience.

We think that apps like this can be game changers for all sorts of venues, communities and arts organizations, and we're happy to break new ground with the Nashville Opera!

Wanna take a peek? Check out the custom app we created here and explore the opera in a whole new way! Buy tickets, find drinks at a cool bar before the show, or maybe catch dinner with friends. The opera's gone digital!

The Pirates of Penzance will be April 9th through 11th at TPAC. There are also many other exciting productions in the works like Turandot, Puccini's last (and arguably best) opera, and Hydrogen Jukebox - a masterpiece by Philip Glass that sets Allen Ginsberg's beat poetry to music.

Follow the Nashville Opera on Twitter and keep up with the arts in The Music City.

 

Christine Adams is a copywriter, honorary Atlanta native, lover of ugly animals, introvert dynamo, and Frito pie enthusiast. Her work can be found on the internets without much trouble.