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12+ Atlanta Birthday Ideas for Adults

By March 26, 2024March 29th, 2024No Comments
Atlanta Birthday Ideas for Adults

Discover our favorite Atlanta birthday ideas for adults in this list. From kayaking and tailgating to backyard campouts and brewery-hopping, you’re sure to find your next birthday adventure in this list.

You don’t need to be a birthday kid to enjoy your special day in Atlanta – we promise!

TLDR: In this article, you’ll find:

  • Atlanta birthday party ideas for adults
  • Birthday ideas for grown-ups in Atlanta
  • Family-friendly birthday party ideas

Host an Outdoor Movie Night

Rent a big screen projector and invite the crew over for a backyard birthday movie night! You can rent a backyard movie night kit with an inflatable screen from East Atlanta Audio Video, a local business.

For extra fun, put together individual popcorn and snack kits for everyone. You can include gourmet popcorn from Miss D’s Popcorn and Pralines (we recommend the Triple) and classic movie candies – think Milk Duds, Junior Mints, and Twizzlers. Atlanta has endless candy stores to choose from, like Collier Candy Company at Ponce City Market or Sweet Inman’s at Krog Street Market. Ask everyone to bring their own blanket or chairs. Then, cozy up under the stars and watch your movie(s) of choice! Pro tip: When the movie is over, turn your party into a campout!

Atlanta Food TourExplore Atlanta on a Walking Food Tour – One of Our Favorite Atlanta Birthday Ideas for Adults!

Unexpected Atlanta offers unique ways to learn about our city’s food, culture, and history. This year, celebrate your birthday with something off-the-beaten-path. The Grant Park Past & Future Food Tour includes 8 delicious modern, Southern food tastings at 3 food stops. You’ll explore one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods on foot with 1.4 easy miles of walking.

An enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide will lead you and your group through the whole experience, sharing fascinating stories about our city’s history along the way.

Rent a Private Movie Theater or Head to the Drive-In

Host a private birthday movie theater rental with your squad! You can rent out a screen at your local AMC theater. There are nearly a dozen AMCs around metro Atlanta. Choose your film from new releases or perennial favorites. You can even order your snacks ahead of time for express pick-up. Some places even have a party room or area where your group can gather.

For an outdoor option, the Starlight Drive-In on Memorial has been a classic since 1949. The drive-in has four screens and a state-of-the-art digital projection system. Plus, an on-site snack bar serves up popcorn, nachos, candy, and other movie-watching treats. Pro tip: check out the snack bar coupons on Starlight’s website to score a free fountain drink.

Two people embracing in front of a mural of two people embracing

Take a Street Art Tour for Insta-worthy Pics –  One of our Favorite Atlanta Birthday Ideas for Adults!

Capturing your celebration day festivities through photos is nothing new, but go beyond the selfie and take Unexpected Atlanta’s *new* Cabbagetown Street Art Tour.

This 2.5 hour guided walking tour will share stories of the history behind Atlanta’s famous street art scene and have you exploring world-famous murals in Cabbagetown. You’ll also be guided in a salon-style discussion and design your own art over happy hour (alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage included).

Plan a Birthday Picnic

Plan a grown-up birthday picnic. Try one of our favorite under-the-radar Atlanta picnic spots. Yellow River Park, just east of Stone Mountain, offers easy parking and plenty of spots for a scenic riverside picnic. Or, host an otherworldly mountaintop picnic at Arabia Mountain. The cratered surface of this scenic spot is the perfect backdrop for a memorable birthday picnic.

You could also enjoy scenic views at Morgan Falls in Sandy Springs.

To make an afternoon out of it, bring some fun outdoor activities like hula hoops and a frisbee. Or, make it a Bridgerton-themed soiree and encourage everyone to dress in their finest picnic dress clothes.

Backyard Camping Atlanta COVID-Safe Birthday Ideas for AdultsGo Camping in Your Yard

Have a bonfire and s’mores night and camp in your yard! Friends can bring their own tent and spend the night together under the stars. If you don’t already own a fire pit, there are plenty of affordable options and ample safety tips online.

You can roast hot dogs and take turns telling spooky stories – or a recap of the latest true crime documentary you watched. Then, set out a s’moresgasbord of treats. You can even make festive birthday party s’mores.

Hit Up a Local Brewery

These days, Atlanta has no shortage of breweries. Try Bold Monk Brewing Co. on the Westside. Their tree-lined outdoor beer garden offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a weekend brunch in addition to their delicious brews. Or, head to Wild Heaven Beer in Avondale Estates or in the West End (on the Westside BeltLine). Both locations offer plenty of outdoor space to relax and celebrate, along with other breweries and restaurants nearby.

New Realm Brewing Company on the Eastside BeltLine trail is another great birthday brewery spot. Their patio and beer garden both offer stunning views of the city in one of Atlanta’s most hip neighborhoods.

Go on a Kayak or Paddleboard Adventure

For an adventurous birthday celebration, rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards with your nearest and dearest. Several Georgia State Parks offer a variety of paddling rental options. Or, spend your birthday learning a new adventure skill. Check out REI’s outdoor classes and group activities around metro Atlanta. Their classes include topics like intro to mountain biking, wildflower tours, rappelling, and wilderness survival – as well as kayaking and paddleboarding.

Or, if you’d rather just bask in the sun and enjoy a low-key afternoon, try a classic warm-weather Atlanta birthday activity: shoot the Hooch! For non-locals or new Atlantans, “shooting the Hooch” is local slang for tubing down the Chattahoochee River.

In addition, if you want to up it to the next level, take a trip on a zip line with Treetop Quest, not far from the Chattahoochee.

Birthday Tailgate COVID-Safe Birthday Ideas for Adults

Get the Group Together for a Birthday Tailgate

Plan a birthday tailgate party – no big game required! If you have access to a big driveway or yard, you can host a fun tailgate event. Ask everyone to bring a cooler stocked with their favorite drinks. If you have a grill or BBQ, you can cook up some food for your guests. If not, ask everyone to bring their own food to enjoy or share! Grab your portable speaker (or boom box, if you’re of a certain age) and play your favorite music. Add sidewalk chalk and bubbles for extra fun.

You can also rent classic tailgate games like cornhole, giant Jenga, and giant Connect Four through CornholeATL. Or, hook up a sprinkler or even a Slip-n-Slide to turn your tailgate into a makeshift pool party and keep everyone cool.

Or, if you want to make it old school, go to a bowling alley and then have your tailgate. You could even rent a few lanes and make it a private party.

Take a Hands-On Biscuit Class and Indoor Food Tour

If you live in Atlanta, you should know how to make the perfect Southern biscuit, and celebrating a birthday is the perfect occasion to become a Southern cook! In a 2-hour indoor Historic Market Food Tour and Biscuit Class, you’ll hear stories of how bread revolutionized different civilizations and how biscuits evolved. Then, enjoy a hands-on biscuit making class.

Book a private tour for a group, or join a public tour if you want to celebrate your birthday by making new friends. This experience combines a hearty lunch, history of Atlanta and bread, AND a cooking class with a take home recipe card so you can recreate those perfect biscuits at home.

Plus, you won’t have to worry about Atlanta weather or potential for rain because this experience is completely indoors!

Get a Food Truck for Everyone

Go all-out and host a food truck for your friends and family! This idea is perfect for a milestone birthday or extra-special occasion. Set up lounge seating in your yard, or let everyone spread out with picnic blankets. Even from a little distance, you can still have dinner with your nearest and dearest.

  • The Good Food Truck offers everything from homemade biscuits to curries served in waffle cones, tacos, sandwiches and sliders, salads, cheese boards, and more. They specialize in easy-to-carry vegetarian street food configurations, influenced by local Southern comfort food as well as Asian, Mexican, and Indian flavors.
  • The Blaxican serves up Mexican Soul food all over Atlanta. Choose their curbside catering option for on-site food truck service. Or, keep things low-key and choose the self-serve taco bar option.
  • S&J’s WoodFired Pizza offers personal pizza chef services, where a chef turns your home oven into a “pizza producing machine” with a specially formulated pizza stone. They bring along meats and veggies from their local farmer suppliers, along with fresh sauce and mozzarella.
  • For a special birthday finale, you can also hire a King of Pops cart to come to your birthday celebration. Or, order 12-packs of pops!
  • For a cake option, check out the gorgeous custom cakes and baked treats from Little Tart.

South Peachtree Creek Trail

Ride through Atlanta with a Bike Tour

Not everyone wants to get outdoors for physical activity on their special day. But if you do, Bicycle Tours of Atlanta has got you covered! They offer safe experiences for riders of any skill level. Options include the Tiny Doors ATL Bicycle Tour, Atlanta’s Journey for Civil Rights Bike Tour, and the “Sustainability in Action” Bike Tour.

You can also rent bikes and meet friends at a local trail. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition keeps an updated list of bike rental options around the city. Some of our favorite spots to ride include the Silver Comet Trail in Smyrna, the South Peachtree Creek Trail in Decatur (pictured), and the Cochran Shoals Trail in Northwest Atlanta.

However you choose to celebrate your Atlanta birthday, we’re wishing you a joy-filled special day!