Atlanta is one of the most visited cities in the country and for good reason. For your convenience Atlanta Ga Today has put together a comprehensive list of Atlanta’s best attractions. Also including is a month-by-month list of events, concerts, shows, festivals and activities.
Whether you are traveling to Atlanta today as a tourist or a local you can instantly search and find things to do in our city. Other things to do in Atlanta theatre, golf, movies, exhibits, running events, and comedy. For sports enthusiasts there are many sporting events including the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta Hawks.
For those of you visiting our city for the first time don’t forget to check out Atlanta City Pass. With Atlanta CityPass you can visit Atlanta’s Top Attractions including the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola at huge discounts of almost 50% off regular admission prices.
Things To Do In Atlanta (by the month):
January – The New Year brings begins with optimism and a plethora of sports and entertainment. The Atlanta Falcons, and Hawks are all fighting for playoffs positions. For those seeking outdoor activities check out the Atlanta Ice Skating Rinks or Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park. Recreational events include the Great American Motorcycle Show and The Atlanta Boat Show.
February - Family friendly events feature Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Universoul. “The Greatest Show on Earth” can be seen at both Philips Arena and the Gwinnett Arena, UniverSoul Circus is based out of Atlanta and will be performing next to Turner Stadium. Adrenaline junkies can get their fill as WWE RAW, Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam and the Monster Energy AMA Supercross shows roll into town.
March – Spring is always an exciting time of year. Irish Eyes will be smiling as Atlanta starts turns green for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. Speaking of green it’s a great time of year to get outside to the Atlanta Golf Courses. Car enthusiasts will get get their chance to test drive today’s hottest vehicles at the Atlanta International Auto Show. Sport events include Atlanta Hawks basketball and the Georgia Marathon. Concerts feature Lady Gaga, Pink, Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys.
April – Without a doubt, one of the most eye-catching months to be in Atlanta. Dogwoods are blooming everywhere just in time for the annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. A must see event that features an incredible artists market, nine story Ferris Wheel, kids zone, international wine tasting, comedy, and four stages of music. The best part of all is this is a FREE EVENT! The NCAA Final Four Tournament takes place at the Georgia Dome and the Atlanta Braves baseball season gets underway at Turner Field. Don’t forget to bring the children to see the new NatureQuest Exhibit at the Fernbank Museum!
May – Great time of year to get out and about and enjoy the festivals. Our favorites include the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Sweet Auburn Springfest, Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival, and the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. The Atlanta Jazz Festival takes place all month long and culminates with a three-day celebration of free concerts in historic Piedmont Park. Although The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is fairly new it’s already considered by many to be the biggest culinary event in the South. The Sweet Auburn Festival attracts hundreds of thousands and features four days of non-stop entertainment. The NHRA Southern Nationals is another Atlanta Tradition attracting racing fans from all over the south to see some of the baddest cars, motorcycles and dragsters on the planet.
June – The heat arrives along with the official start of the summer season. June has plenty of outdoor activities in Atlanta including two free movie series. Screen on the Green returns to Piedmont Park Thursday evenings throughout the month of June. There’s also the Movies In The Park which runs weekly throughout the summer at Atlantic Station in Midtown. There’s an abundance of theatre shows including The Color Purple, Rock of Ages and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Two of the trendiest neighborhood festivals to make Atlanta Ga Today’s list of things to do are the Virginia Highland Summerfest and the Midsummer Music Festival.
July – starts off with the Independence Day Holiday. Atlanta is fortunate to have some of the best Fourth of July Celebrations and fireworks in the country. Tennis aficionados can watch top tennis players compete at the Atlanta Tennis Championships being held at the Racquet Club of the South. The 1st Annual Buckhead Music Festival includes some of the best up-and-coming musicians from the Atlanta Georgia area. The month is also jam packed with concerts featuring performances by Rihanna, Peter Frampton, Huey Lewis, Rascall Flatts, Bob Dylan and American Idols Live!
August – the Chastain Concert Summer Series seems to hit its peak in the sizzling heat. Musical performers this year include the Allman Brothers, Duran Duran, Foreigner & Night Ranger. It’s also a great time of year to head down to Turner Field to watch Atlanta Braves Baseball. Take a stroll through Centennial Olympic Park or enjoy Friday Night Jazz at the Georgia Aquarium. Other things to do in Atlanta include the inaugural Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival and Festival Peachtree Latino. Thousands of folks from all over Georgia and beyond will journey to these festivals in what many regard as the finest city park in the South, Piedmont Park.
September – Labor Day Weekend kicks off the September things to do in Atlanta list. Racing enthusiasts can get their fill with three days of races and a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The headline race is the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.The NASCAR event is billed as the largest Labor Day Weekend Party in the USA.
Dragon*Con also takes place Labor Day Weekend. Dragon Con is a monster multimedia science fiction and fantasy convention taking place in Downtown Atlanta. The annual event features celebrities, characters, costumes and the outrageous Dragon Con Parade. The football season season kicks off with the Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and Atlanta Falcons. Other popular things to do in September include festivals, concerts and theatre.
October – A wonderful time of year especially here in Atlanta. The leaves are starting to change and the temperatures are near perfect. Things to do includes Oktoberfest, hair-raising Haunted Houses, Atlanta Marathon, Taste Of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Pride Festival. Kids can enjoy annual autumn traditions like Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Scarecrows in the Garden and the Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park.
November – This is absolutely my favorite month of the year. Early November often brings us spectacular foilage and all the bugs are gone. Things to do for the month of November in Atlanta features Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem” at Atlantic Station, Thanksgiving Day Weekend, Fernbank’s Genghis Khan Exhibit, Atlanta Veteran’s Day Parade and the International Motorcycle Show.
December – The Holiday Season is upon us. There are many holiday events to visit including the Holiday of Lights, Winter Wonderland and the Holiday Season Celebration at Atlantic Station. Ice Skating season is in full swing and Atlanta is home to many fine outdoor ice rinks.
Downtown Atlanta has evolved into a tourist destination anchored by Centennial Olympic Park.
The 21 acre park is surrounded by famous Atlanta landmarks including the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, and the Georgia Aquarium. There are many different events, activities and things to do here including concerts, festivals, and playing in the world famous Olympic Ring Fountains.
One of the most popular Atlanta Attractions is the Georgia Aquarium. The aquarium has over 110,000 animals and fish and is the largest in the world.
Across the street from the Georgia Aquarium is the The World of Coca-Cola. This family-friendly attraction has many exhibits including Taste-It! offering over 70 free samples of Coca-Cola products from all over the world.
The CNN Center is home to CNN Headline News and the Global Headquarters of CNN. It also offers the CNN Studio Tour providing an inside behind-the-scenes look into the world’s leader in news.
People come from all over the world to live here. Atlanta is not only the Capital of the Southeast but also an international city and destination. The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked as one of the top four performing arts centers in the country. Located in Midtown Atlanta it is considered the heart and soul of the Atlanta arts community. There you will find the highly acclaimed (no pun intended) High Museum of Art, Alliance Theatre and home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is another fun thing to do located in nearby Piedmont Park. The Garden offers a campus of lush gardens, an award-winning interactive children’s garden, year-round events and a new canopy walk.
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