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Block Party!

Things to do at the College Park Criterium – Sunday, May 3rd

We’re throwing a Bayou Block Party for USA CRITS Series Speed Week Finals, and the whole neighborhood is invited—that means you! We know it‘s officially Cinco de Mayo, but it’s all about the Bayou in College Park. Bring your neighbors and your kids and your neighbors’ kids and come on outside, y’all! The ATL Airport District is bringing all the crawdads and fixins to the Southside for a big ol’ boil. Take to the streets of Downtown College Park for fresh crawfish, Cajun staples, tacos (it’s still Cinco, we’re not monsters), Arches Mexican Empire and other brews, sangria, music, games for all ages, and of course bikes. Fast ones. The best part? This event is FREE to attend!


DATE: Sunday, May 3, 2020
RACE EVENTS: 8:00AM – 7:00PM (Pro-Women 4:30PM, Pro-Men 5:30)
BLOCK PARTY: 12:00PM – 7:00PM
EVENT ADDRESS: 3720 College St, College Park, GA 30337 (map)
CRAWFISH BOIL ADDRESS: 3720 College St, College Park, GA 30337 (map)

Crawfish Boil Deets:

If you’ve never been to a low country boil, you’re in for an experience! (The rest of you already know how much delicious fun is coming your way.) Commune with old friends and make new ones as you stand elbow to elbow around huge tables heaped with heavenly amounts of crawfish, sausage, potatoes, and corn. Your ticket gets you two sessions at the table and two tasty Arches brews, so don’t gorge yourself the first time around. You’ll choose a pair of time slots from the list below when you pick up your tickets on the day—and the slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis that day, so please plan ahead for when you want to get in on the action.

VIP Experience

  • The VIP Experience includes two crawfish sessions and two drink tickets.. Buy tickets here. Get them early, because they will sell out!
  • We’ll keep serving up the boil from 1 p.m.–7 p.m. VIP session times are as follows:
    • Session 1 – 1:00pm
    • Session 2 – 2:00pm
    • Session 3 – 3:00pm
    • Session 4 – 4:00pm
    • Session 5 – 5:00pm
    • Session 6 – 6:00pm-6:30pm
    • 7:00 Community Dump – You’ll probably be full from digging in during the earlier time slots, but if you still need some of that tasty boil, this is your chance to dive in one last time.
  • Upon check-in, each VIP ticket holder will receive a wristband with tear-offs for their sessions and a choice of seating times. Seating times can only be chosen at least 30 minutes prior to when they start, and as long as space is available.
  • Must arrive at table 15 minutes prior to selected time.
  • Anyone with a wristband on at the end will be allowed to go to the dump at 7pm.

Other VIP options:

Children’s VIP: – Kids 12 and under. While supplies last. 2 settings, plus final dump, no drink tickets

Half VIP: – Limited amount of tickets sold per hour. One setting, plus final dump, and a beer ticket

Buy Tickets Here

Day-of Tickets

  • Limited VIP tickets will be available on the day of the event.
  • While supplies last, we’ll also offer non-VIP day-of tickets for half and full servings. This is separate from the VIP Experience and will NOT include a spot at the communal tables or drink tickets. You grab your grub and go eat where you set up camp.
  • You will receive a ticket and turn that in for your individual selection.
  • Seating times can only be chosen at least 30 minutes prior to when they start, and as long as space is available.
  • Must arrive at table 15 minutes prior to selected time.
  • We’ll keep serving up this option from 1 p.m.–7 p.m., while supplies last.

Other Happenings:

  • Beer and crawfish tickets can be purchased with debit/credit cards only
  • Arches brews will include Southside Lager and Mexican Empire, plus some other foamy treats TBD.
  • Bring your lawn chairs and tents. We’ll have plenty of space—but it is first come, first served, so come down early for the best spots. Everybody get in where you fit in, all over the parking lot or down by the police station. (See the map for details.)
  • We’ll have food trucks available for non-bayou-lovin’ folks, including pizza and tacos (happy Cinco!).
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen!
  • Free outdoor games will include giant Jenga and giant Connect 4, cornhole, and others.
  • Peruse our small Pop-Up Art Market with 10–15 local artists.
  • We’ll have a DJ and live acoustic performances (more details to follow).

Rules of the Day:

  • Have fun, relax, share in the experience, and enjoy the day with friends – new & old.
  • Drinking allowed in designated open container area only.

*Water, soda, and snacks are okay, but remember to visit our local vendors too.

Kids races!

Bring the kiddos out to be part of the action and start their racing career off right. Just before the pro-woman head to the line, we’ll kick off the evening races with two show-stopping events for the next generation of racers: 1) those who have been riding a good bit and 2) those who are just starting out. It’s all for fun, but pride and participation ribbons could get the best of your youngins. 🙂 Schedule: 3:30 Rider (parent) meeting to get things organized 4:00 Rider call ups (or children round up) Race 1: One lap blast: Children who’ve been riding and feel confident to complete one lap of the approximately 1/2 mile course. Race 2: Straightaway Sprint: Tykes with trikes, training wheels, and striders line up for a mad dash from one loving parent on the starting line to the other parent (or loved one) on the finish line. The more the merrier and the faster they tend to go. Don’t forget their helmets!

What you need to know

  • ALL WEEKEND BIKE VALET!!! Ride to the event and check your bike for free. We’ll keep it safe while you explore the festivities.
  • Please, no outside food or alcoholic beverages within the event area.
  • Parking info, road closures, and additional day-of information can be found in our parking section.