Looking for the best things to do in Atlanta in 2024? In this list, you’ll find more than 35 amazing activities and events to enjoy in 2024. This includes some of our favorite must-do FREE activities!
These recommendations are directly from our team of tour guides and experts in the city of Atlanta. Let’s dive into a year filled with adventures, creativity, delicious food, and awe-inspiring experiences.
Read on to discover the best things to do in Atlanta; 2024 will be an amazing year ahead!
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Best Things to Do: Atlanta 2024
Read on for more details on these activities and more!
- Explore Atlanta’s street art
- Eat your way through Atlanta with a food experience or festival
- Learn about Black History & Civil Rights
- Explore Atlanta’s historic cemeteries
- Attend a film festival
- Find your new favorite brewery
- Enjoy Atlanta sports experiences and games
In this post, you’ll find:
- Best things to do in Atlanta, Georgia in 2024
- Can’t miss Atlanta attractions
- Family-friendly activities in Atlanta
- Atlanta date night ideas
- COVID-safe things to do in Atlanta
- Birthday ideas, Atlanta style
- Atlanta tourist spots and sightseeing ideas
- And much more!
Take Advantage of Atlanta’s FREE Activities
Exploring the city on a budget? We’ve got you covered. First, before you head out, check out our ideas for free activities below! For example, you could hit the trail for an outdoor adventure, check out a variety of fun festivals, or take a self-guided tour of local artwork. There are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself in the city without spending a penny! Bonus idea: spend a chill afternoon at the library.
On the other hand, you could just “romanticize your life,” as the TikTok videos say – and take your usual snack or meal to a local park for an impromptu picnic! Keep a blanket handy in the trunk of your car and you’ll always be ready at a moment’s notice.
1. Visit the National Parks on a Fee-Free Day
First on our list of the best things to do in Atlanta in 2024, check out America’s National Park System’s fee-free days this year. On these special days, you can visit any of the United States’ 400+ National Parks for free, including places in and around Georgia. This is a perfect time to explore the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park near Macon, GA, or the Kennesaw Moutain National Battlefield Park from the Civil War. Likewise, the Freedom Riders National Monument in Anniston, AL offers an amazing historical experience.
Fee-free days in 2024 include:
- January 16, 2024: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- April 20, 2024: First day of National Park Week
- August 4, 2024: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
- September 23, 2024: National Public Lands Day
- November 11, 2024: Veterans Day
Spend some time in the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. To go along with your experience, we recommend trying our King Historic District Tour, rated by Conde Nast as one of the top ways to experience Atlanta!
This walking tour allows you to see the places that inspired Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. See his Atlanta legacy, visit the King birth home, and more.
2. Attend a German-Style Arts Festival
Explore German culture, food, art, and more at the Goethe Frühlingsfest in Avondale Estates. If tradition holds, you should pull out your leterhosen and beer steins sometime in March for the 2024 event. That is to say, the exact dates will be announced soon.
“Frühlingsfest” is German for “spring festival.” The Goethe Frühlingsfest website shares, “An annual family-friendly celebration of the spring season, Frühlingsfest takes place in cities all over Germany, such as München and Stuttgart. With over 1.2 million participants each year, Frühlingsfest makes its name as the largest spring festival in Europe.”
At this Atlanta festival, you can see work from local artists, hear live musical performances, and learn about German culture and language. Additionally, traditional German dishes, drinks, and beer will be available for purchase. Cheers!
3. Check out Local Street Art
Next on our list of things to do in Atlanta, is street art! Atlanta GA has a vibrant street art scene, and it’s so much fun to immerse yourself in it. Walk down to Krog Street tunnel to check out a vibrant display of Atlanta street art.
After that, check out (however, don’t paint over!) the gorgeous murals from the Forward Warrior project and on the Beltline. Other locations we love that are in the same vein include Downtown Atlanta, Cabbagetown (pictured, by @lelabrunetart for Forward Warrior), and Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward.
Moreover, if you truly want to have an unexpected experience then join our brand new Atlanta Street Art Tour. This 2-hour walking tour will explore the best that the Atlanta street art scene has to offer while learning the deeper history, and stories behind the art. Tours begin Jan. 20, 2024, so book your spot today.
4. Explore Atlanta’s Historic Cemeteries
In Victorian times, cemeteries also functioned as public parks. They were meant to be a place for locals to gather, chat, picnic, and commune with the dead.
Oakland Cemetery (est. 1850, pictured) is the City of Atlanta’s oldest public cemetery and a popular spot for an afternoon stroll. Want to learn more? Purchase tickets for a guided tour of the cemetery – or for our Grant Park Food Walk, including a jaunt through Historic Oakland Cemetery.
Other great cemeteries around the city include the Decatur City Cemetery (est. 1823), Westview Cemetery (est. 1884), and South-View Cemetery (est. 1886).
All four are peaceful and beautiful green spaces with tons of available things to see. For example, they have walking trails, stunning mausoleums, and many important Atlanta leaders and citizens buried within their grounds.
5. Attend the Atlanta Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park
Next, up, the city is home to countless festivals – but the Atlanta Dogwood Festival has been one of the most popular and beloved ones for over 80 years! This spring festival takes place in the popular Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta.
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival, which celebrates the trees of the same name, began in April 1936. The first festival was made possible thanks in large part to Walter Rich, founder of the Rich’s department stores. His goal was to make Atlanta renowned for its beautiful blooming dogwood trees. Before the festival took place, countless dogwood trees had been planted throughout Atlanta with help from local garden clubs and enthusiastic residents. The festival was discontinued in 1941 due to World War II, however, the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta brought it back to life in 1964. Since then, it’s been a beloved spring tradition in the city. Learn more about the Dogwood Festival’s origins here.
In 2024, the Dogwood Festival will be held on April 12- 14. With live music, a nationally renowned artist market, food and drinks for purchase, a kids’ village, 5k runs, and more – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
6. Go for a Walk, Hike, or Ride on Atlanta’s Trails
The Beltline is Atlanta’s most famous walking path, and get gets quite packed. Consequently, you may be pleased to know you have other options. For instance, Tanyard Creek and many other incredible walking locations in the city are sure to be much less crowded.
Try the Atlanta Freedom Trail that connects the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Park with The Carter Center and includes the beautiful Freedom Park.
Or, opt for the beautiful Silver Comet Trail, which spans more than 60 miles and connects the west side of Atlanta to Alabama. For something unique, explore the creepy but beloved Doll’s Head Trail at Constitution Lakes Park. On the other hand, you could head to Decatur’s South Peachtree Creek Trail (pictured above), with easy access from Mason Mill Park.
Savor the ATL Flavor
Whether you’re a foodie who savors each bite – or you’re just looking to get a quick and satisfying meal – there are plenty of options in the capital of the South! Take a walking tour for an intimate look at the city’s best cuisine. Or, explore our local breweries to find your perfect pint. Become a part of Atlanta’s traditions at a historic tavern, and explore global food stalls serving up every cuisine imaginable. Plus, pick fresh fruit straight off the vine. And of course, no visit to Atlanta would be complete without a trip to Waffle House!
7. Eat Your Way through Atlanta with a Walking Food Tour!
Take in some of the city’s most fascinating and unique food experiences.
For example, try our very own Historic Market and Food Tour + Biscuit Class from Unexpected Atlanta.
Experience the tastes of the south on this 2-hour interactive food tour and class at Atlanta’s historic Municipal Market! Throughout the class, sample flavors from five different restaurants. Additionally, participate in a hands-on mini class on classic Southern biscuits. Here, your group will learn the secrets of crafting these perfect flaky treats!
8. Find Your Favorite ATL Brewery Patio
Many of the locals’ favorite breweries offer outdoor patios, food trucks, and even live outdoor music. With a focus on German-inspired lagers, Tucker Brewing Company, pictured, offers a family-friendly and pet-friendly beer garden – the largest in Georgia! They also have an on-site kitchen and live music every Friday and Saturday night.
On the West Side, Reformation Brewery (Smyrna, Woodstock, and Canton) offers outdoor seating and tasty brews. They also occasionally offer food trucks, trivia, social events, and more. Plus, you can also bring your own food to enjoy!
Make 2024 the year you find your favorite brewery patio in Atlanta. With plenty of options to choose from, our city is a great destination for craft beer lovers!
However, if you’re interested in drinking up some history along with your brew, then our soon-to-be-released Unexpected Atlanta Prohibition Walking Tour is for you! Starting in February 2024, you can join us on a historic journey through an unbelievable chapter of the American story, and enjoy food and drinks from 4 of our favorite venues in Atlanta along the way.
9. Get a Taste of History & Homestyle Food at Manuel’s Tavern
Founded in 1956, Manuel’s Tavern has become known as Atlanta’s most famous political bar. Its founder, prominent DeKalb politician Manuel Maloof, created the tavern specifically to focus on conversation. He even went so far as to ban live music or a jukebox. The bar is an almost-required stop for Democratic candidates, and Jimmy Carter announced his 1970 gubernatorial bid at Manuel’s.
The tavern is still the place in the city to talk politics, or just enjoy a beer and delicious food. Get some take-out, or swing by for a distanced bite. To explore Manuel’s virtually, check out the website Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern, which details all of the historical artifacts at the tavern.
10. Shop & Dine in a Historic Building at Ponce City Market
Located in Atlanta’s Old 4th Ward neighborhood, Ponce City Market is a unique destination for shopping and dining. That’s because its historic structure is the former Sears, Roebuck & Co. retail store and warehouse distribution center. Now, it’s home to more than 300,000 square feet of retail and dining space. Additionally, PCM is home to residential units and offices.
Ponce City Market’s beautiful brick exterior, antique floors and windows, original freight elevators, and high ceilings transport visitors into an industrial-chic wonderland of tasty dishes and chic shopping.
On the roof, you’ll find a vintage-style amusement park called Skyline Park. Play mini golf and skee ball, ride a three-story slide, and take in sweeping views of the city’s skyline.
While you’re in the area, check out the Beltline Eastside Trail nearby. This paved intown trail is perfect for walking, biking, skateboarding, and more. But, be warned – it can get crowded on weekends!
11. Enjoy Fresh-Picked Fruit Straight From the Ground
There are so many places where you can pick produce around Atlanta. One of our favorites is Southern Belle Farms, about 45 minutes outside the city. Their picking season generally begins in April with strawberry-picking. During the rest of the year, you can also pick blueberries, blackberries, peaches, muscadines, and pumpkins.
Another great option in the Lawrenceville area is DJ’s UPick Blueberries for picking in June and July.
Alternatively, you can join local nonprofit Concrete Jungle (pictured) year-round on a volunteer fruit-picking day. Spend time outdoors while helping provide food for people in need and meeting new, like-minded friends.
12. Get Your Hash Browns Scattered, Smothered, & Covered at Waffle House
If you’re visiting Atlanta from out of town, be sure to eat at a Waffle House while you’re here! This chain of breakfast food restaurants is popular with late-night club-goers, families, and everyone in between. Since 1955, Waffle House has been serving hungry diners in Atlanta and well beyond.
Waffle House’s most popular dishes include the All-Star Special breakfast combo, hash browns (scattered, “smothered” with grilled onions, and “covered” with American cheese), and of course, waffles.
Additionally, the Waffle House Museum is open on very select days for tours. Tours can also be requested for groups of 10 or more. Be aware – this small museum is typically closed, and it opens only on specially selected days, so be sure to make arrangements before going!
Uncover the Unseen
Explore beyond the usual tourist spots with the ideas below. Embrace your alternative side in ATL’s counterculture neighborhood. Plus, attend a special film festival that celebrates makers of the world’s next great cult classics. See the world’s first hip-hop museum, throw a painting party, and go behind-the-scenes at iconic filming locations. Of course, you can’t visit or live in Atlanta without seeing the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other nearby sites related to his legacy! We’ve also included indoor ideas for how to spend a rainy day around town. Read on to get off the beaten path and start exploring!
13. Learn about Atlanta’s Rich African American History & Culture – One of our Favorite Things to Do in Atlanta in 2024!
Atlanta has been America’s hub for Black movements and culture for more than a century, with significant impact from many African American figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B. DuBois, John Lewis, Coretta Scott King, Andrew Jackson Young, Jr., Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr., and many others.
Delve into Dr. King’s legacy with our King Historic District Tour. This Atlanta experience isn’t just one of our best things to do in Atlanta in 2024. This is one of our favorite activities, ALWAYS!
Other ideas? Check out the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, or explore the museum’s virtual tour. While you’re in Centennial Olympic Park, you can also visit other attractions like The World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium.
In addition, the Sweet Auburn neighborhood has new interpretive and historical markers along Auburn Avenue. Wander and read along on one of Atlanta’s sunny days!
We also recommend the Atlanta History Center’s online exhibition: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow.
14. Celebrate Independent Filmmakers at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival
Far from the stuffy old film of yore, The Atlanta Underground Film Festival is “The home of the next cult classic since 1994” and a non-stop celebration of the best, the weirdest, and the most wonderful short and feature films from around the world. Join the party from Aug 16-18 2024 at the Limelight Theater in a down-to-earth, welcoming setting where filmmakers and fans are encouraged to connect and collaborate.
15. See the Trap House Museum
Proudly claiming the title of the world’s first hip-hop museum, The Trap House Museum is a uniquely ATL destination. National Geographic called it “one of the best musical landmarks in the Deep South.”
The interactive museum is home to a variety of exhibits that explore the rich culture of trap music. Additionally, The Trap House hosts a variety of special events and also has an escape room called Escape the Trap.
16. Embrace Your Alternative Side in Little 5 Points
Nose rings, tattoos, Doc Martens, and a side of attitude – Little 5 Points is Atlanta’s home for counterculture and everything alternative!
From thrift shops to boutiques, restaurants and dive bars, live music, and so much more – Little 5 Points is worth exploring, whether you’re a local or tourist.
Stop into the Junkman’s Daughter for unique clothing and memorabilia items. Then, head to The Vortex (21+ only!) for burgers and brews. Other great L5P restaurants include Thai Five, Wrecking Bar Brewpub, and Savage Pizza. Stock up and refuel at Sevananda Natural Foods Market, and grab a caffeinated drink from local spot Aurora Coffee while you’re in the area!
17. Make the Most of a Rainy Day in Atlanta
Even when it’s raining outside, Atlanta is packed with fun places to explore! See “Atlanta’s home to dinosaurs” at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Or, head to a cozy tea house to curl up with a good book and a pastry.
With no shortage of museums, restaurants, spas, shopping centers, and more, Atlanta is a destination in any type of weather.
Visit our YouTube channel for a short video with our favorite rainy day Atlanta ideas!
18. Unlock your Inner Artist with a Painting Party
The Paint Factory is a local, Black-owned mobile “sip and paint” company that offers private art sessions as well as virtual party options. With a two-hour guided lesson, you and your friends, family, or coworkers will be able to create the canvas of your dreams!
Or, go the DIY route and buy some supplies from your favorite local art store while streaming a YouTube painting tutorial. Either way, you’ll be able to hang your finished piece of artwork with pride.
19. Tour an Atlanta Filming Location
Did you know that Atlanta – and the entire state of Georgia – is a filming hub? The numbers from 2023 are in, and the film and television industry brought $4.1 billion in spending to the state. Furthermore, the GA Dept. of Economic Development reported that between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023, the State of Georgia hosted 390 productions, which includes 31 feature films, 55 independent films, 241 television and episodic productions, 40 commercials, and 23 music videos.
In Atlanta and beyond, you can spot famed locations from some of your favorite movies and TV shows. For instance, Ozark fans can head to the Silver Skillet diner or venture outside the city to Chateau Elan, both pictured in the show’s first season. Additional show scenes take place at Stone Mountain Park, the Starlight Drive-In Theatre, and Westview Cemetery. Browse a full guide of Ozark filming spots in Georgia here!
Stranger Things fans can head to Sleepy Hollow Farms in Powder Springs, GA to see Hopper’s cabin (now operating as an escape room!). Those who love zombie show The Walking Dead can explore downtown Senoia, GA and its local gems like Nic & Norman’s eatery, The Woodbury Shoppe, and more. From The Vampire Diaries to Queer Eye and more, there are plenty of amazing filming spots to explore throughout the state!
20. Make a New Four-Legged Friend
Now that remote work is the new normal, it’s the perfect time to foster a furry friend. It’s a win-win: you’ll enjoy the unconditional love and company of an animal while providing them with some much-needed attention, care, and comfort.
Lifeline Animal Project is the largest sheltering organization in Atlanta, caring for more than 16,000 homeless animals each year. Additional animal rescues include the Atlanta Humane Society, PAWS Atlanta, Furkids Atlanta, Adopt a Golden Atlanta, and more.
Want to make a difference in an animal’s life but don’t want to commit to fostering? Lend a hand by volunteering at a local shelter!
Discover the Natural Wonders of Atlanta
For adventure enthusiasts as well as those who prefer the comforts of home, Georgia’s capital city offers a variety of outdoor and wildlife activities. Take a scenic stroll through the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the heart of Midtown. Or, check out the Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia aquarium to get up-close with animal friends and underwater critters. Plan a romantic park-side picnic in the city, elevated with a gourmet charcuterie box. Or, lace up your boots and get into a serious outdoor adventure with Atlanta area hiking, backpacking, and stargazing options as well as kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, and more!
21. Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Animal Experiences
Next, for people who are visiting Atlanta, our animal-focused attractions are a must-do. Zoo Atlanta is the perfect spot for outdoor exploration. The African Savanna habitat is beautiful with elephants, giraffes, lions, ostriches, and meerkats surrounding several interconnected watering holes.
The Savanna space opened a few years ago and more than tripled the space that the zoo’s elephants have to roam. Zoo Atlanta is also home to giant pandas, monkeys, a goat petting zoo, and more. Be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time. Zoo Atlanta frequently sells out since it’s a popular outdoor-only experience.
For more animal fun, head to the Georgia Aquarium downtown and see their whale sharks. Or, stay at the Decatur Alpaca Cottage for a unforgettable and unique animal experience!
22. Explore Atlanta’s Great Outdoors
Exercising is a great way to boost endorphins, de-stress, and build your confidence. Atlanta is known as the “city in a forest” because we have so many beautiful outdoors spaces and trees. Exploring our great outdoors is one of the best things to do in Atlanta in 2024 , and for years to come!
There are plenty of ways to exercise outdoors, especially when our weather makes outdoor activities possible year-round. Rent a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard with High Country Outfitters and paddle along the Chattahoochee. You can also rent tents and backpacks for all your outdoor adventures in Georgia’s state parks.
Another idea: join REI for an outdoor skills class. This outdoor gear retailer offers classes around metro Atlanta on kayaking, mountain biking, backpacking, stargazing, backcountry navigation, rock climbing, and more. Most offerings are fee-based, and REI occasionally hosts free classes.
23. Stop & Smell the Orchids at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is one of the most creative and unique botanical gardens in the country. With a variety of seasonal events throughout the year, visitors can enjoy the Atlanta Botanical Garden in all seasons. In addition to the original Midtown Atlanta location, the Atlanta Botanical Garden also has a location in Gainesville, Georgia.
Delight in spring flowers, have a picnic in the summer shade, admire the scarecrows in the fall, and be mesmerized by the beautiful garden lights during winter. Regular events at the Midtown Atlanta Botanical Garden include:
- Garden Chef Demonstration – Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen.
- Garden Playtime – Introduce your little one to the joys of nature!
- Storybook Time – Educators read about bees, flowers, butterflies, and other garden friends.
- Bulb Basics – Learn about the best bulbs for each season.
- Fest-of-Ale – Enjoy craft beers, live entertainment, and fall fun.
Another fun outdoor idea: take a quick day trip and head to Lake Lanier Island or Callaway Gardens.
24. Explore Under the Sea at Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium is home to over eleven million gallons of water and all kinds of amazing sea life. This Downtown Atlanta destination is fun for the whole family. Additionally, the aquarium is open 365 days a year! And, best of all, the aquarium has stunning whale sharks!
One of the newest additions to Georgia Aquarium is called Sharks! Predator of the Deep. In one of the largest and most dynamic shark exhibits in North America, guests can gain a deeper appreciation for the important role that sharks play in the ocean. The saltwater gallery features floor-to-ceiling glass windows plus interactive stations and a shark cage dive area.
Additionally, check out the aquarium’s “Dolphin Coast” area, with 1.8+ million gallons of water and playful dolphins! This area features the aquarium’s pod of bottlenose dolphins, as well as a special dolphin theater. See a live training demonstration and learn how the aquarium is working to preserve the species.
25. Pack the Ultimate Picnic & Make the Most of Atlanta’s Beautiful Weather
TikTok has made picnicking an art form. And, the perfect picnic starts with a great picnicking location. Luckily, there are loads of these in the city. You could head to Lullwater Preserve, Grant Park, Piedmont Park, or your favorite grassy neighborhood area.
Above all, you’ll need some delicious snacks and treats for your picnic. One popular option, for instance, is to head to Alon’s and pick up some easy, ready-to-eat options like sandwiches, pasta salad, specialty sodas, and much more.
On the other hand, if you’re feeling fancy, order amazing charcuterie-to-go boxes from Graze Atlanta. Boxes can be customized to your snacking preferences and dietary needs.
Find Your Rhythm in Atlanta’s Vibrant Music Scene
Globally recognized as a music and entertainment hub, Atlanta is a top destination for live entertainment. As a result, we get some of the best touring acts from around the world. From the hottest music acts to the most popular comedians, this is the city to see your favorite performers – in style! With no shortage of concert venues, hotels, and restaurants to enjoy, our city plays host to chart-topping musicians from all genres. From country and pop to hip-hop, R&B, alternative, classic rock, and so much more – if you browse a list of upcoming Atlanta concerts, you’re sure to find familiar names and a few favorites! Plus, don’t miss out on seeing local favorite acts, like the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra!
26. Sway to Classical & Modern Music with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
You might recall the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from our list of Atlanta things to do in 2023, and it’s back because they always put on a fantastic show, and it looks like 2024 will be no exception. The ASO will perform classics like Vivaldi, Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven.
In addition, highlights this year include Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince in Concert, Carlos Simon Curates, where the famed choirs from Morehouse and Spelman Colleges perform for a program featuring Atlanta-based composers, and Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty.
The ASO also has a digital library of past performances, livestreams, and recordings to get the feel of being at the symphony at home. And, while you’re in the area, consider taking a quick trip to visit the High Museum of Art, another Atlanta gem.
27. Tickle Your Funny Bone with a Comedy Show
Did you hear the joke about the peach? It was “pit”-iful! Tickle your funny bone at an Atlanta comedy show in 2024. From improv to stand-up, Atlanta has a variety of comedy options!
For example, Atlanta comedy shows in 2024 include big names like Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, who will perform on Jan 19-20, 2024 at the Fox Theater. Or get some laughs in with Paula Poundstone who you can catch on Jan 27, 2024, at the Buckhead Theater. Additionally, Mike Birbiglia will that the stage at the Tabernacle on June 27, 2024, not to mention all of the up-and-coming local acts you can catch weekly around the city.
28. Find your Groove at a Live Concert
There are plenty of concerts coming up in Atlanta in 2024! Check out one of the major concerts below. Or, hit up a local establishment for live music. For instance, we love the Fox Theatre, or City Winery for larger shows, and venues like The EARL in East Atlanta Village, and Eddie’s Attic, the world-famous Songwriter listening room in Decatur, for a more intimate musical experience.
Atlanta concerts in 2024:
- Indigo Girls: Jan. 10 at Terminal West
- Lucinda Williams: Jan. 27 at Variety Playhouse
- Elvis Costello: Jan 30 at The Coca-Cola Roxy
- Fleetwood Mac: Feb 16 at Terminal West
- Dwight Yokum: Feb. 22 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
- Billy Strings: March 1-2 at State Farm Arena
- Nicki Minaj: March 20 at State Farm Arena
- Jason Isbell: March 28-29 at the Tabernacle
- Primus: April 9 at Ameris Bank Amphitheater
- Bad Bunny: May 14 at State Farm Arena
- The Rolling Stones: June 7 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
- Def Leopard: July 13 at Truist Park
- Earth Wind & Fire: Aug 19 at Ameris Bank Amphitheater
- Green Day with Smashing Pumpkins: Aug 28 at Truist Park
- Hootie & the Blowfish with Collective Soul & Edwin McCain: Sep 20 at Ameris Bank Amphitheater
…AND MANY MORE!
Indulge Your Curiosity with Atlanta’s Educational Adventures
For learners of all ages, the ideas below will spark curiosity and impart new knowledge amongst visitors. For instance, little ones will love the chance to get creative at the hands-on LEGO Discovery Center. Science-minded visitors will enjoy exploring the CDC Museum, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is located right here in our city. Additionally, with Delta Airlines headquartered here, you can visit the Delta Flight Museum to explore the history of this renowned company and its legacy. Fun fact: Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the busiest in the world!
29. Get Creative with the Kiddos at LEGO® Discovery Center
LEGO® Discovery Center is an imaginative haven for creative, curious kiddos and their families, located in Phipps Plaza Shopping Center in Buckhead. Adults must be accompanied by children.
Best of all, a brand-new LEGOLandis open for business! A $5 million renovation has reimagined the space into a “Next-Gen” LEGO® Discovery Center, the First to Arrive in Southeast U.S. The immersive experience will allow children to learn through play.
Build a custom companion at the new Minifigure Creator, see a new digital space where you can build your very own space rocket and launch it into cyberspace, explore a space built just for the youngest guests, and more!
Additionally, the Atlanta Motor Speedway is home to a campground with water, power, and sewer hookups. Make it a weekend experience, or longer!
30. Tap Into Your Science Side at the CDC Museum
After the last few years, many of us have realized the importance of infectious disease experts and the people who are working to eradicate disease around the world. To explore this topic in more depth, check out the CDC Museum at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Headquarters!
Located near Emory University’s campus in the Druid Hills area of Atlanta, the David J. Sencer CDC Museum offers a fascinating look at infectious disease history.
CDC Museum exhibits in 2024:
Breathing Easier: The National Asthma Control Program impacts the health of millions of Americans, and Breathing Easier showcases the NACP’s work across the U.S. on the program’s 25th anniversary. Since its founding, CDC and its partners have launched programs that help Americans of all ages learn how to manage their asthma; initiatives to address structural inequities that impact the prevalence of asthma, and monitoring programs to ensure that asthma rates are accurately tracked throughout the U.S.
- Ghosts of Segregation: Photographs by Richard Frishman. This traveling exhibition looks at the ongoing presence of segregation, slavery, and institutional racism in American architecture. According to the CDC Museum’s website, this exhibit will “cast light on generations of painful inequality and social turmoil.”
- Additional permanent exhibits, programs, activities, and events will also take place throughout 2024
CDC Online Exhibitions in 2024
The CDC offers educational online CDC exhibitions for those who wish to learn from afar. Expand your education on topics like the history of the CDC, past public health efforts, and more through a variety of curated photos, text, virtual tours, and more. Current online exhibitions include:
- The Story of CDC
- Hidden History: Stories from the Collection
- Ebola: People + Public Health + Political Will
- Health Effects of 9/11
- Influenza: Complex Virus/Complex History
31. Take Off with the Delta Flight Museum
Atlanta is home to Delta Air Lines as well as the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
At the Delta Flight Museum, you can explore the history of this globally renowned company – and all things aeronautic! Located just seconds away from the airport, the Delta Flight Museum is newly renovated for an unforgettable experience.
Explore interactive exhibits, see rare artifacts, and learn about the future of aviation. Plus, the museum also sells unique flight-themed souvenirs and keepsakes!
As a special add-on, you can even add a simulator experience to your ticket! This is a high-end, realistic experience. In fact, Delta pilots trained on this $12 million machine for years while flying the B737-200 planes!
Experience the Excitement of Atlanta’s Sports and Entertainment
Prepare to be dazzled! From seeing sports legends to catching your favorite stars on the big screen, Atlanta offers heart-pumping entertainment for all interests. Additionally, all those who are young at heart will love seeing their favorite puppets and Jim Henson Muppet creations at the Center for Puppetry Arts! Cheer on the home teams as you watch the Falcons, Hawks, Braves, Atlanta Dream, Atlanta United, and other popular sports teams take on their rivals. For more adrenaline boosting fun, check out a local world-class NASCAR race track. Or, challenge yourself and sign up for a local 5k or other race!
32. Head to the College Football Hall of Fame
The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame should be at the top of the list of Atlanta things to see for college football fans! At this downtown spot, you can explore more than fifty engaging and interactive exhibits, run through the Touchstone tunnel, and put your skills to the test on an indoor playing field.
Did you know? Only 0.02% of college football players and coaches have had the honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Celebrate the best of the best – as well as the passion and traditions of the game.
33. Catch a Movie at the Starlight Six Drive-In
Drive-in movie theaters have made a big comeback – and for good reason! Catching a flick on the big screen outdoors is a fun, retro way to enjoy a night out, and it’s high of our list of Atlanta things to do in 2024.
The Starlight 6 Drive-In is Atlanta’s quintessential drive-in experience! Opened in 1949, this spot has four screens with an all-new digital projection system.
Here, you can see classic favorite movies along with newer releases. Starlight’s snack bar offers candy, confections, and more. Additionally, you can bring your own food and drinks! Pro tip: visit Starlight’s website for snack bar coupons.
On weekends, the Starlight 6 Flea Market offers 50-cent admission to browse a variety of unique wares.
34. Entertain the Young at Heart with Puppetry Programs
Meanwhile, the Center for Puppetry Arts is a unique Atlanta treasure for all ages. They offer stunning live puppetry performances, with family programming as well as adults-only shows! The Center also has a museum with the world’s largest collection of Jim Henson puppets and artifacts. Plus, they host hands-on educational workshops for all ages.
The Center’s jaw-dropping museum collection and the whimsy, creativity, and fun of its programming make this spot one of the best things to do in 2024 or any time! During this year, the Center will perform and present a variety of puppet shows. For instance, some of our favorite 2024 performances include The Emporor’s New Clothes, Pack Rat, and Stella Luna. For adults, check out their popular Halloween shows or XPT: Xperimental Puppetry Theater.
You can also catch the Center for Puppetry Arts’ virtual programming at home, which includes both live and streaming online puppet shows as well as curriculum-based workshops.
35. Catch an Atlanta Sports Game
Cheer on the Falcons (football), Hawks (basketball), Atlanta United (soccer), Braves (baseball), and more! With a variety of professional and collegiate teams, Atlanta has no shortage of heart-pumping sports games.
Root, Root, Root for the home team, and show your ATL pride! Check out the Sports Guide from Discover Atlanta to find a game you’re interested in.
36. Run a 5k or Beyond with Atlanta Track Club
The Atlanta Track Club has declared Atlanta as “Running City USA” – and for good reason! An active, inclusive running community combined with beautiful weather and plenty of scenic trails make the city a great place to push your performance and have a challenging run.
Consequently, locals will jokingly complain about “heat, hills, and humidity” – but even if you take it slow and simply aim for a fun run, Atlanta can help you have a joyful experience! For instance, the Atlanta Track Club offers a variety of races throughout the year, from short track distances to 5k fun runs and marathons. Challenge yourself in 2024 to complete a race – you can even get a friend to join in with you to make it social!
37. Satisfy Your Need for Speed at the Atlanta Motor Speedway
Located 25 miles south of the city, the Atlanta Motor Speedway is a world-class NASCAR race track and event space made up of over 840 acres.
Here, you can watch incredible racing events – including Monster Jam® in April. This adrenaline-filled family event will show off some of the most famous trucks in the world. You can also book a tour of the race track to learn all about the Atlanta Motor Speedway and the fascinating, fun world of professional car racing.
However you’re spending 2024, we hope you’re staying safe and enjoying life to the fullest! For a memorable Atlanta experience, book one of our unique walking tours. We can’t wait to see you there!