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Kimberly Harbrecht

Operations Manager, Atlanta PlanIt

Kimberly Harbrecht is the arts maven of Atlanta PlanIt, Public Broadcasting Atlanta’s arts and culture site. She spends a lot of time behind-the-scenes, working to keep listeners informed about what’s going on in the Atlanta arts scene, but you can also occasionally hear her on WABE.

She comes to PBA with experience at theatres and opera companies but loves working for public media. So when you ask her about things to do in Atlanta, also be sure to ask about the latest British drama or public radio podcast.

Kimberly studied communication and music at Berry College in Rome, Ga. 

atlanta botanical garden
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Is the best botanical garden in the U.S. located right here in Atlanta? USA TODAY's 10BEST series is choosing readers' favorites, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden is in the running.

Nineteen botanical gardens across the U.S. are competing in the 10BEST. The top 10 will be selected through online polls. Voting is open through March 27 at 12 p.m. Winners will be announced March 31.

Atlanta St. Patrick's Day, Atlanta PlanIt
Cherish the Ladies

Atlanta celebrates St. Patrick's Day this weekend with a number of related events, but there’s also plenty for kids to do. Atlanta PlanIt shares some of its top picks for things to do this weekend.

atlanta st. patrick's day parade
Ian Palmer

Atlanta was dressed in green on Saturday for the city's 135th St. Patrick's Day parade. 

Parade watchers filled Peachtree Street in Midtown as the parade moved south on the city's iconic street from 15th to 5th Streets. 

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Congressman John Lewis of Georgia's 5th Congressional District led the parade as Grand Marshal. 

West End Remembers
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The Atlanta BeltLine is a popular destination for runners, cyclists and those looking for an afternoon stroll through the city.

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In addition to the miles of trails, the BeltLine also features a variety of public art murals and sculptures. New works of art are added every year as part of the Art on the BeltLine program.

In honor of International Women's Day, here are some of the works completed by women artists that you can see on your next visit to the BeltLine.

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Atlanta's Full Radius Dance celebrates 25 years of physically-integrated dance this month.

The professional modern dance company features dancers with and without disabilities. Wheelchairs are incorporated into choreography, and dancers of all abilities perform side-by-side.

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It’s time to start making weekend plans, so Atlanta PlanIt is here to help give you some ideas. Broadway fans have two great options for events this weekend, including a special cabaret performance from Alan Cumming as well as the national tour of “The Phantom of the Opera.” For those looking to try something new, Georgia Tech’s “EarFilms: To Sleep To Dream” blindfolds audiences for an all-immersive aural experience. And there’s a retrospective of American 20th century art at the High Museum of Art.

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There are many things to do in Atlanta this weekend for all ages, and Atlanta PlanIt is here to share some highlights. Folk fans may be interested in a symphony tribute concert to the duo Simon & Garfunkel. New York dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is coming to Atlanta’s iconic Fox Theatre. Families may enjoy Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s final Atlanta performances. And the weekend closes with a free reading from the U.S. Poet Laureate. These are all things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Feb.

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Writer and humorist Garrison Keillor presents a night of storytelling and live music in Atlanta. The former “A Prairie Home Companion” host will be joined by musical guests Rich Dworsky and Heather Masse. Keillor is also the host of the daily radio program “The Writers Almanac,” which airs weekdays at 11:55 a.m. on WABE 90.1. He is also the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, “Good Poems: American Places.” The event is Thursday, March 9 at 8 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

The Atlanta Falcons are headed to Super Bowl 51 this weekend, so it’s time to celebrate. Many people already have their Super Bowl watch plans set, but what’s going on before all the parties? Or what if you’re not interested in the big game? Atlanta PlanIt has picked out four things to do to help kick off your Super Bowl weekend.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
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Atlanta performers, museums and historic locations are paying tribute to Black History Month this February with a host of special events. Atlanta PlanIt has gathered 10 events you shouldn't miss. You can go to a memorable concert experience, visit a museum to see historic murals, or watch a performance by one of the country’s top dance companies. All these and more are happening this February in Atlanta in tribute of Black History Month.

1. Taste the best of Sweet Auburn.

The Nile Project

There are plenty of things to do in Atlanta this weekend to give you a taste of the city’s culture, and Atlanta PlanIt is here to help guide you. There are theater and museum exhibits for those who like a more traditional arts experience. Alternatively, those looking to step out of the box may be interested in a world music concert or a special outdoor event at Georgia’s oldest operating craft brewery. These are all things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Jan. 27 through 29.

Friday, Jan. 27

Alliance Theatre

There are plenty of things to do in Atlanta this weekend, and Atlanta PlanIt is here to guide you through your options. There’s a world premiere musical about the golden age of country music plus a tribute to an Atlanta humorist. You can also get a head start on Atlanta’s festival season, or introduce classical music to a new generation of fans. It’s all happening in metro Atlanta this weekend, Jan. 20 through 22.

Friday, Jan. 20

Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words

The Little Mermaid
Broadway In Atlanta

This weekend brings multiple opportunities to experience events from a national stage as well as directly from Atlanta. Atlanta PlanIt is sharing their top picks for those wanting to experience it all.

chinese lantern festival
Ian Palmer

The holidays and New Year’s Eve are now behind us, but there are still plenty of things to do in Atlanta this weekend. You can see the world premiere of a new comedy, walk alongside a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon, try something new at a Shakespeare play, or listen to a remarkable story from a Holocaust survivor. These are all things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Jan. 6 to 8.

Friday, Jan. 7

"Greetings Friend Your Kind Assistance Is Required"

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New Year’s Eve is one of the most anticipated nights of the year. But it can be hard to usher in a new year if you’re not prepared. Here are few tips from Atlanta PlanIt that will help you have a stress-free, celebratory night.

1. Plan ahead.

The Santaland Diaries
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There are a lot of things to do in Atlanta this weekend, so Atlanta PlanIt is here to guide you through what’s happening.

There’s a real-life Polar Express experience in Kennesaw for those looking for family-friendly holiday events. If adult holiday humor is more your taste, consider seeing the show “The Santaland Diaries.” And history buffs might enjoy an historic tour of Victorian homes or seeing the first official collection of William Shakespeare plays. These are all things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Dec. 9 through 11.

The Fox Theatre

It’s the first weekend of December, and there’s no shortage of events to explore around town. Atlanta PlanIt has compiled a list of weekend events for those looking to explore the city. If you’re not quite ready for a holiday-themed event, there’s the all-ages musical “Big Fish” at Theatrical Outfit or a mandolin concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. But if you’re ready to start celebrating the holidays, there are a number of festive things to do in Atlanta this weekend.

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Atlanta Music Festival

This weekend is an unofficial kick-off for the holidays with many seasonal events happening in Atlanta, but there are also a number of other fun events and cultural experiences. Atlanta PlanIt has compiled a list of their weekend event picks. They range from a music festival with roots dating back more than a century to one of our favorite holiday markets.

Take a look at what’s going on in Atlanta this weekend, Nov. 18 through 20.

Friday, Nov. 18

Atlanta Music Festival

Center for Puppetry Arts
Sara Hanna / Center for Puppetry Arts

There’s a lot of things to do in Atlanta this weekend, so Atlanta PlanIt is guiding you to some of their favorite happenings. Friday is Veterans Day, and the World of Coca-Cola is offering up a treat for veterans and their families. Then over the weekend, there’s a big Broadway reveal at the Center for Puppetry Arts, a storytelling festival, and a look at one of Chicago’s most beloved breakfast queens. Start planning your weekend with these things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Nov. 11 through 13.


There’s no shortage of things to do in Atlanta this weekend, from a popular chili festival to a celebration at Atlanta’s oldest house museum.

Atlanta PlanIt is giving curious Atlantans a look at some of the most popular events and a peak at some of which you may have never heard before today. Start planning your weekend with these things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Nov. 4 through 6.

Friday, Nov. 4

Democracy Achieved

Day of the Dead Festival in Atlanta
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Halloween isn’t until Monday, but most of Atlanta isn’t waiting that long to get in on the celebration. There are many Halloween-themed things to do in Atlanta this weekend, from historic landmarks and museums to parades and concerts. Families can go trick-or-treating at a 12-acre estate, music lovers can relive one of the top-selling albums of all time, and you can celebrate one of Mexico’s popular traditional holidays.

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This weekend there are events to help get you in the Halloween spirit, a special tour where you can explore the unique architecture of a downtown neighborhood, and a food festival that introduces you to some of the city’s best restaurants and chefs.

Atlanta PlanIt has compiled their top picks for events happening this weekend, Oct. 21 through 23.

Friday, Oct. 21

The Ghastly Dreadfuls

Gibbs Gardens
Gibbs Gardens

Most residents and visitors to Atlanta are familiar with the popular Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown and Callaway Gardens located south of the city in Pine Mountain. But what about the hidden gems on the city’s north side?

Here are three North metro Atlanta botanical gardens that deserve a visit this fall when plants like Japanese maples and goldenrod are at the height of their brilliant colors. Take a look at what Gibbs Gardens, Smith-Gilbert Gardens and Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Gainesville location have to offer this season.

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Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade
Karen Burkenpas

There’s no shortage of things to do in Atlanta this weekend, and here at Atlanta PlanIt, we’ve compiled our top picks.

One of the top Halloween parades in the country returns this weekend, along with a variety of other popular events. You can stay in town for a special arts festival from the city of Atlanta, or head outside the Perimeter to Roswell for an afternoon garden party with local restaurants. Take a look at what’s happening around metro Atlanta this weekend, Oct. 14 though. 16.

Friday, Oct. 14


Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art

October is a busy month for events in metro Atlanta, and this weekend is no exception.

Atlanta PlanIt has compiled a list of weekend events to share with those looking to get out and explore Atlanta during this fall season. There’s a free date night option, festivals for all ages and one of Atlanta’s signature events. These are all things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Oct. 7 through 9.

Friday, Oct. 7

Stargazing at Fernbank Observatory

The Cheese Fest
Emily Schultz

Atlanta has a lot of events happening this weekend, so Atlanta PlanIt has pulled together some of their favorites for those looking to explore the city.

You can start at a festival where restaurants are competing for the title of “Best Grilled Cheese,” celebrate the beginning of October with a spooky Halloween play, or don your best Victorian costume at a beloved Atlanta cemetery. These are all things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

Friday, Sept. 30

Center for Puppetry Arts
Sarah Hanna

There are a lot of things to do in Atlanta this weekend, so Atlanta PlanIt has chosen some of their top picks for curious Atlantans. You can start the weekend with a free dance performance at a Midtown art destination, celebrate a beloved American puppeteer, and log some miles on your bike at a popular street festival. It's all happening in Atlanta this weekend, Sept. 23 to 25.

Friday, Sept. 23

Staibdance: "brassmeadow"


There are a lot of things to do in Atlanta this weekend, so Atlanta PlanIt has chosen some of their top picks for curious Atlanans. Experience traditional and contemporary culture of Japan at JapanFest, hear music all day long at Music Midtown in Piedmont Park, or bring the family to see what some of the world’s largest dinosaurs would have looked like. It's all happening in Atlanta this weekend, Sept. 16 to 18.

Friday, Sept. 16


Music Midtown
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Music Midtown returns to Atlanta’s Piedmont Park this weekend, Sept. 17 and 18. More than 35 bands are playing the music festival, including The Killers, Twenty One Pilots and Beck. Attending a large festival like this can be overwhelming for both newbies and seasoned pros, so we’ve put together a brief survival guide with tips to help you get the most out of your Music Midtown experience.

1. Choose Your Transportation Wisely