Nothing says summer quite like a luau. Wearing bright-colored leis, drinking island-themed drinks and watching hula dancers move like we wish we could is all part of our Hawaiian daydreams. We're so proud that Hawaii is part of our country, but at over 4,000 miles away, it still feels like a very expensive international trip. You're in luck though because you can pretend you're in Maui at this end-of-summer luau party in Alpharetta.
The Avalon is throwing their annual "Say Goodbye to Summer" luau staycation party this weekend starting Friday, Aug. 9 and goes to Sunday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Attending all three days will truly feel like a mini island vacation. And the best part is, It's free!
The Avalon, an 86-acre multi-use community full of incredible shopping and even better dining, opened in 2014 and has expanded their space to create an even more exciting experience. You can now live in the above-shop apartments with a rooftop pool or stay at the four star, Hotel at Avalon.
Throughout this tropical weekend, you can shop major sales from over 20 stores including Sage, Tommy Bahama, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. Each day of the luau offers something fresh and exciting, so we will break it down for you.
You can listen to music from The Classics while getting into the island vibes with face paintings. You'll also be able to get your hands on a refreshing island cocktail and a quick bite from one of the tiki bars. Lastly, The Avalon is bringing Top Golf to their plaza, so you have to fit some rounds in.
Hula dancers from Mahealani’s Polynesian Entertainment will begin their show with an opening dance in the plaza at 3:40 p.m. They will then make their way throughout the Avalon for everyone to see. There will be more live music and several outdoor bars serving more Hawaiian-themed cocktails and food.
For the crafty hula girls, stop by Paper Source to make your own lei or participate in the Summer Arts Prints & Card Class ($40) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the weekend-long retail discounts, you must take advantage of the Blogger Closet Sale at The Hotel At Avalon, where tons of style bloggers and fashion influencers will be selling amazing looks at a discount so you can head into fall with style (for cheap).
Get your map of participating retailers and other happenings at Concierge and receive an Avalon swag item if you join the party for two days or more. It's time to grab your leis, flower crowns and hula skirts and sway over to celebrate the end of your favorite season, Hawaii-style. To keep the island vibes going by visiting this tiki bar and restaurant in downtown Alpharetta.
Say Goodbye To Summer At Avalon
Address: 400 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta, GA 30009
Why you should go: To say farewell to summer the right way by celebrating the season's close hawaii-style with fun costumes, island-themed drinks, yummy food, live music and shopping.