Although each group of friends’ interests vary, girls’ night out (GNO) often involves dinner and drinks, dancing, movies, spa treatments, creative activities and music — I bet reading the title of this article was enough to get Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 song stuck in your head! Whether you’re planning an event with friends, family or co-workers, GNO is about having fun, relaxing and enjoying one another’s company. If you’re more interested in decompressing at home or going out before the sun sets, don’t worry! Our wonderful advertisers have got you covered. Here are 20 local organizations to help you plan a night out or in, or even an afternoon out.
Dinner, Drinks or a Show
• MadLife Stage & Studios’ downtown Woodstock restaurant offers a selection of small plates, salads, sandwiches, steaks and seafood. Grab a bite to eat and catch one of the many shows this month, including Country Dance Night on June 6, Comedy for Women on June 8 and Mary Kate Farmer on June 28. For more shows, visit madlifestageandstudios.com.
• If you’re in the mood for sushi, hibachi or beautiful cocktails, make Wasabi in Acworth your first stop of the night. The restaurant boasts a full bar, with daily happy hours 3-6 p.m. View the menu at wasabisushiacworth.kwickmenu.com.
• Music and wine will be flowing June 30 at Woodstock Arts’ Jazz Night, 6-9 p.m. Sit under the stars, and enjoy live music on the back porch at the Reeves House, located downtown along the Noonday Creek Trail. Charcuterie boards and drinks will be available at the outdoor bar, and coffee service and light bites will be available inside at the gallery bar. For more opportunities to get out and take in the arts, visit woodstockarts.org/events.
• Your group won’t want to miss Cherokee Theatre Company’s production of “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” at the Canton Theatre, June 16-18, 23-25. The comedy, directed by Nancy Jensen,
follows an actress writing her autobiography. She invents a mad, homicidal sister, who is kept locked in an upstairs room and occasionally escapes long enough to scare off uninvited visitors. For performance times, visit cherokeetheatre.org.
If you’re looking for a relaxing girls’ outing, check with your gals, and call some of these beauty providers to see if you can schedule small-group facials, or a few back-to-back appointments.
• Lissthetics Clinical Skincare in Woodstock specializes in a variety of treatments, including mini, deluxe and custom facials, as well as back treatments. Call 309-750-0997 to schedule an appointment. Visit lissthetics-skincare.com to learn more about the private-label skin care line used during treatments.
• Governors MedSpa and Concierge Medicine provides aesthetic services, including facials — DiamondGlow, AquaGold and oxygen — microneedling, dermaplaning, peels and more. The Kennesaw-based practice carries SkinMedica and Intraceuticals products, to assist in hydrating and stimulating collagen. Visit governorsmedicine.com for a full list of products and services or to book an appointment.
• Jéa Salon + Spa, with locations in Kennesaw and Woodstock, offers facials, including rejuvenation, instant face-lift treatments, microdermabrasion, deep-cleansing back facials and more. And on July 8, gather your friends and celebrate the Woodstock location’s one-year anniversary, with vendors, food and drinks, music and giveaways. For more details, visit jeasalonandspa.com.
• The Beauty Barn, based in Canton, has a growing repertoire of aesthetic treatments — microneedling collagen induction therapy, DiamondGlow exfoliation, chemical peels, fillers and more. The med spa also offers SkinMedica products, available to be shipped to your home or picked up from The Beauty Barn. Learn more at cantonbeautybarn.com.
• The Workshop, a space for the community to shop, create and attend workshop events in Woodstock, offers private crafting events, perfect for GNO. Event suggestions include jewelry making, candle pouring and prompted journaling. To shop artisan products and view the full calendar of events, visit theworkshop.site.
• Annie Zebrowski of Merci Events works to make sure social events, corporate events and more are inspiring, extraordinary and unforgettable. Share your vision for your next GNO — whether it involves celebrating a special event, such as a birthday or bachelorette party, or even reconnecting with your friends from school — and let Zebrowski help you bring it to life. Visit mercieventplanning.com to learn more.
• The Gifted Ferret, a unique shopping and events boutique in Woodstock, offers private wine-tasting and gourmet chocolate truffle wine-pairing events, as well as a variety of themed events each month. Visit thegiftedferret.com to check out plans and pricing for events during and after store hours.
Girls’ Night In
• Classy Clay’s Catering in Kennesaw offers catering, meal prep and dine-in Southern cooking options. If you’re hosting girls’ night in, let Classy Clay’s take care of the food, so you can focus on setting up a dance floor for karaoke, or mixing creative cocktails with your friends. View featured menu options at classyclayscateringandmore.com.
• If you’re planning a movie night, order homemade pralines and other goodies online from Mama Eva’s Pralines, mamaevaspralines.com. Boasting a variety of flavors, such as cinnamon roll, apple pie, birthday cake and Ghirardelli chocolate, the pralines — or cornflake candies! — will pair perfectly with popcorn. Make sure you have plenty of pillows and blankets, and ask each person to bring her favorite bottle of wine.
Women in Business
• Round up some co-workers or friends, and make it a girls’ night networking! IN WDSTK holds Mingle, an after-hours networking event, monthly at various Woodstock locations. This month’s event is June 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and food and beverages will be served. For the event location and to RSVP, visit inwdstk.org/events.
• Acworth Business Association (ABA) and Kennesaw Business Association (KBA) have monthly Alive After 5 events, 5:30-7:30 p.m., which are free for members and $5 for guests. On June 8, ABA’s event will be at Picnic Market & Mercantile in Acworth. Register at acworthbusiness.org. On June 20, KBA’s event will be at Forks & Flavors in Kennesaw. Register at kennesawbusiness.org.
Out(side) on the Town
• Downtown Canton First Friday is a monthly block party featuring live music on Main Street, 6-9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, enjoy food and drinks, and browse shops with your favorite friends or family members. (I won’t tell your crazy aunt you didn’t invite her!) The Troubadour Project performs on June 2, and The Rupert’s Orchestra performs July 7. Check for updates at facebook.com/CantonGAFirstFriday.
• Reserve a VIP table for you and five others at the Kennesaw First Friday Concert Series, 7-9:30 p.m. downtown. GlowBand performs June 2, and Run Katie Run performs Aug. 4. There will not be a performance in July, but the city’s Salute to America event is set for July 3. For more details, visit kennesaw-ga.gov.
• Sweet Zensations, a dessert food truck found at local events in the metro Atlanta, Cartersville and Marietta areas, also can be booked for catering and more. The menu includes sundaes, soft-serve, waffle cones, milkshakes and floats. Visit sweetzensationsicecreamtruck.com for a list of upcoming events, or to treat yourself and book the truck.
• Georgia Impact Women’s Semi-Professional Soccer home games will be 7-10:30 p.m. at Cherokee High School in Canton. There are three options to cheer on our metro Atlanta team with your ladies this month, while enjoying food trucks, halftime games and more. Georgia Impact will play FC Birmingham June 3, Charlotte Eagles June 17 and Atlanta Fire United June 21. For tickets, visit gaimpactwpsl.com.