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Our Staff’s Top Picks

Want to explore Atlanta like an insider? Check out what our staff has to say about the best things to do in Atlanta. From Braves games to BBQ, beer, and bourbon, we’ll deliver monthly intel on the best Georgia’s capital city has to offer.

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March 02, 2020

Sips Under the Sea at the Georgia Aquarium

Sips Under the Sea at the Georgia Aquarium happens all year long—however, this is the first time they are hosting a 2000s throwback celebration! Get ready to party like it’s 1999, again. Dress up in your favorite denim jackets, layer up the jewelry and bling, and head to the aquarium on March 20th for a night to remember.

This adult-only cocktail party will feature full-service bars, live DJ music, and dining options throughout the five galleries. Dance to throwback jams with the whale sharks cascading behind you. Nothing is as iconic as visiting the incredible exhibitions of the Georgia Aquarium at night. 

Purchase a general admission ticket for two drink tickets or opt for the VIP experience that includes four drink tickets. Festivities kick off at 7:00 pm and go until 10:00 pm. Learn more here

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February 03, 2020

Atlanta Oysterfest

Oh shucks! Is it time for the Atlanta Oysterfest? There’s always something fun and exciting happening in our Southern city, and on Saturday, February 8th, Park Tavern is hosting a celebration of all things oyster-related. 

With a vast selection of options—friend, steam, or raw—there’s an oyster dish for everyone. There’s even fried chicken, shrimp, and french fries for the non-oyster fans. Sip on signature cocktails and chilled beers from the fully stocked cash bar while dancing to tunes by DJ Qtip. There will be tons of televisions broadcasting the day’s best sporting events, including NCAA basketball too. 

Piedmont Park has one of the most expansive green spaces in Atlanta. Sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views of the midtown skyline while feeling a world away.

There will be a full cash bar, live music, and other mouthwatering food options. This 21 and up event is $15 in advance and $25 the day of the events. Grab your tickets in advance here. 

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January 06, 2020

Discover The World Of Coca-Cola

Need an escape from ordinary? We know just the place to get lost for the day—check out the World of Coca-Cola, located on Baker Street! This unique museum and wonderful interactive experience showcases everything there is to know and love about the famous brand of Coca-Cola.

So, what is there to do in this world? Visitors can sample hundreds of tasty Coke flavors, view artifacts from a bygone era, and learn the real story behind Coke’s secret formula. Once you’ve tried all the flavors, you can even take a tour through the myth and fact of the creation, history, and distribution of the brand. 

No time here is ever long enough, so we highly recommend capturing the moment with the famous Coca-Cola Polar Bear on your way out. Plus, make sure to stop by the Pop Culture Gallery to learn about how Coca-Cola became the powerhouse name that it is today.

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December 02, 2019

Chinese Lantern Festival

There is never a dull moment in Atlanta! This holiday season, try something fun and different. Head to Centennial Olympic Park to experience the dazzling light displays at the Chinese Lantern Festival. This year’s theme, “Into the Wild,” will feature over 25 different types of animals. The handcrafted lanterns will highlight the vital importance of protecting animals. 

Share the experience with the whole family or venture alone. Make sure to take advantage of the Asian food kiosks, authentic live performances, and picture-worthy displays. There will be dancers, acrobats, live theatre, and more. Whether you are visiting for business or leisure, there is something for everyone. The festival runs through January 5th from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm every evening. Start planning your adventures now.

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November 04, 2019

Feeling the Festive Spirit

Experience the magic of The Nutcracker performed in the historic Fox Theatre for the last time. After 25 years, the Atlanta Ballet is moving the Nutcracker to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in 2020. Kick-off the season by snagging tickets for the opening day on Saturday, December 7. Watch in awe as sugar plum fairies pirouette across the stage, flanked by a larger than life set display. 

The recently refreshed production features oversized storybooks, clocks, and constellations. It's an experience like no other and follows E.T.A. Hoffmann's original 1816 tale more closely. Expect to be dazzled and entertained to the highest level while watching the starry night twinkle for its final run. We can't think of a better way to get into the holiday spirit! 

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October 07, 2019

Top Three Halloween Events

October is buzzing with fun Halloween events in Atlanta. We know everyone likes to celebrate a little differently, that’s why we are sharing our top three ghoulishly fun activities for you to check out.

Little Five Points Halloween Parade, October 19th

Experience the artsy side of Atlanta at this fun and energetic parade. Take in all of the over-the-top costumes, whacky floats, and Halloween-themed marching bands in this eclectic neighborhood for a spooky good time. 

Halloween Half-Marathon & 5K, October 27th, Piedmont Park 

Lace-up your sneakers and join like-minded costume-clad runners in this event to remember. You may not achieve your fastest time, but at least you'll have a lot of fun. 

Midtown Halloween Block Party, October 25th 

Venture into Atlanta’s nightlife for the largest Halloween party in the city. There are over 25 participating restaurants, bars, and clubs featuring drink specials and more. Dress up for a chance to win $1,000 at the costume contest. 

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September 02, 2019

Music Midtown is Coming!

You’ve bought the plane ticket, booked the hotel, and have already started imagining your perfect Atlanta trip. However, your itinerary is not complete until you’ve checked out the lineup at Music Midtown. 

Whether you are traveling for business or leisure, carve out some time to catch headliners like Travis Scott, Panic! At the Disco, Billie Eilish, Vampire Weekend, and more. Taking place on September 14th and 15th at Piedmont Park, the weather is perfect for an outdoor concert. The two-day festival, established in 1994, has been rocking the Atlanta music scene ever since. Treat your group to a fun day in Piedmont Park, trying local food and drink vendors while dancing to your favorite pop, indie-rock, and rap performers. Opt for general admission tickets or elevate your time with the VIP and Super VIP experience. Snag your tickets in advance here

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August 05, 2019

Tasting Your Way Around the World

There are many ways to experience the culinary scene in Atlanta. However, what if you could taste your way around the world in just one evening? Piedmont Park is situated in the center of Atlanta, but for four hours on August 24th (from 6 pm to 10 pm), it will become the culinary center of the globe. Join like-minded attendees at the inaugural ATL Wine and Spirits Fest, hosted under the open skies on The Promenade.

Prepare to take your taste buds on a tour of delicious and refreshing drinks. Purchase a general admission ticket for a chance to taste over 100 samples of wine, spirits, and more; or opt for the Designated Driver ticket at a discounted rate. Show your passport brochure proudly as you join The World Tour, which will visit the vendors based on regions. Pass by the Beer Garden to enjoy sips from local breweries such as Sweet Water and Terrapin, while enjoying live music. Ultimately, there is something for everyone. Be one of the first to experience this fun and enriching event. 

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July 01, 2019

Brewing Up Summer Fun

Atlanta may be the birthplace of Coca-Cola, but the city’s local brews—ranging from pale ales to porters to IPAs—have earned equal billing on its buzzing beverage scene. If you’re a beer lover, head to Atlanta’s Historic 4th Ward Park on Saturday, June 15 for the 2019 Atlanta Summer Beer Fest, a late afternoon-into-early evening celebration of local breweries and their lovingly hand-crafted brews. Atlantans consider this one of the city’s best beer festivals so, naturally, tickets sell out early. The $40 advance ticket price includes unlimited samples, live entertainment, and a souvenir cup. 

In addition to more than 150 local and regional beers, there’ll be 25+ wines and a few tasty ciders to try, as well as food for purchase and unlimited free bottled water. The fun starts at 4:00 pm but you’re encouraged to go earlier to explore the Historic 4th Ward Park, a 17-acre urban oasis that dates back to the late 1860s. Its current iteration dates back to 2006 when the city established the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine that encircles downtown. In 2012, the 17-acre Historic Fourth Ward Park City debuted as the BeltLine’s first major city park. Highlights include a splash pad (open May 1 - Oct. 1), playground, skatepark, and outdoor amphitheater.

Parking is limited to the streets surrounding the park so plan to ride-share or take public transportation and don’t forget a picnic blanket or lawn chair so you can relax and unwind in one of Atlanta’s prettiest urban parks.

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