Explore Fun and Free Things To Do In Atlanta

Need to fill some holes in your wallet and your calendar? Check out our list of free things to do in Atlanta.

Arts and Culture

MODERN ART AT THE ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center exhibits consequential contemporary works by local, regional, national and international artists and is free every Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday evenings often feature programming such as lectures, gallery tours and film screenings.

RESIDENT DISCOUNTS AT THE CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS

The Center for Puppetry Arts is free to Fulton County residents on the first Saturday of every month.

ART EXHIBITS AT THE FERST CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Both the Westbrook and the Richards Gallery feature visual art exhibits that usually display original artwork or photography by contemporary and student artists. Admission to the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech is free, but donations are accepted. Open Monday through Friday by appointment only. Please call 404.894.2787 to make an appointment.

RESIDENT DISCOUNTS AT THE HIGH MUSEUM OF ART

Walk-up admission to the High Museum of Art is free for Fulton County residents on the first Saturday of each month. Tickets are subject to availability and must be picked up by 1 p.m. Fulton County residents may view the High Museum’s current exhibitions as well as the permanent collection. Current exhibition admission is subject to availability. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders also receive free admission on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month.

CASTLEBERRY HILL ART STROLL

Stroll through the historic Castleberry Hill neighborhood and take in the trendy art galleries, restaurants and meeting places.

FIRST THURSDAY’S ARTSWALK

Self-guided tours of Downtown galleries occur the first Thursday of every month throughout the year. View the arts, tour historic districts of Downtown and enjoy discounts at Downtown restaurants. Hosted by Central Atlanta Progress.

ATLANTA FESTIVALS

From the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and Atlanta Jazz Festival in the spring to Virginia-Highland Summerfest and the National Black Arts Festival in the summer, Atlanta is alive with outdoor festivals throughout the year. Almost every weekend brings arts and crafts, live music, parades, children’s activities and much more!

Attractions

WORLD OF COCA-COLA

Members of the Armed Forced (active duty, reserves and retirees) receive free admission to the World of Coca-Cola year-round. Simply present your Armed Forced ID card at a World of Coca-Cola ticket window.

History

EXPLORE ATLANTA’S HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Beef up your brain muscles and explore the paths of both known and unknown heroes by learning more about the many colleges and universities that help make Atlanta a smart place. Great places with rich histories include Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, all part of the Atlanta University Center Consortium.

THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK MONEY MUSEUM

Visit the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta and learn that money doesn’t grow on trees. Located in Midtown Atlanta, the Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum will help you gain an appreciation for the life cycle of money

GEORGIA STATE CAPITOL TOUR

Self-guided tours include a history of the building and lawmaking process, the public galleries of the House of Representatives and Senate and the Georgia Capitol Museum.

THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION TOUR

Georgia’s Governor invites you to tour the mansion and learn the true meaning of Southern hospitality.

HISTORIC OAKLAND CEMETERY

Let the spirit (or spirits in this case) move you at Historic Oakland Cemetery. Take part in one of the cemeteries traditions – visitors are known to leave a golf tee at the resting place of Bobby Jones, while others leave a coin at the grave of author Margaret Mitchell.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

The National Historic Site includes year-round tours of Dr. King’s birth home, the church where his father preached –  Ebenezer Baptist Church – his and wife Coretta Scott King’s final resting places, the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame and the Visitor Center exhibiting civil rights memorabilia. Located on the same block, and also with free admission, is the The King Center where you can see the Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize on display.

EXPLORE THE SWEET AUBURN DISTRICT

The Sweet Auburn Historic District reflects the history, heritage and achievements of Atlanta’s African-Americans. Auburn Avenue was once dubbed the richest black street in America by FORTUNE magazine.

Parks and Recreation

MUSIC AT CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK

The 21-acre park is the city’s lasting legacy from the Centennial Olympic Games and hosts some of Atlanta’s most exciting free events:

  • Wednesday Wind Down – In the park, experience Wednesday Wind Down each Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m., May through September, with performances varying from jazz to reggae.
  • Music at Noon – Every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m., May through October, enjoy Music at Noon, which features a variety of live music including R&B, jazz and reggae. Make a lunch date with Music at Noon as relaxing tunes float over the city. Be sure to take a quick dash through the Fountain of Rings!

WALKING, BIKING AND EVEN FISHING AT PIEDMONT PARK

Located just 2 miles from downtown, Piedmont Park is one of the largest green spaces in the city and includes playgrounds for children of varying ages, baseball, soccer and football fields, and public tennis courts.

  • Piedmont Park’s sidewalks are one of many PATH trails for pedestrians, bikers and rollerbladers. Other in-town PATH trails include the Westside Trail and the Chastain Park Trail.
  • Your pup can get in on the free action too, at the Piedmont Park Dog Park, an enclosed area where dogs can play off-leash.
  • Lake Clara Meer is routinely stocked with fish, including large mouth bass, crappie, bream and catfish, and it attracts anglers of all ages. A valid Georgia fishing license is needed to fish in Piedmont Park.

READING ROOM AND CHESS AT WOODRUFF PARK

Woodruff Park is one of downtown Atlanta’s most significant green spaces and a great place to soak up Atlanta.

  • The Woodruff Park Reading Room is an open-air space in the northern portion of Woodruff Park. In partnership with the Fulton County Library, carts are stocked with a selection of books, periodicals and newspapers, with readings and programs at lunchtime. Open Monday through Friday, April through October from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Play a game of pick-up chess.
  • Kids can play at the cool ATL playground

EXPLORE THE JIMMY CARTER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & GARDENS

While there is an admission cost to get into the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, guests are able to explore the gardens for free. Even better –  bring a fishing pole and bait and see if you can catch a fish in the stocked ponds!

Shopping

WINDOW SHOPPING AND FESTIVITIES AT ATLANTIC STATION

There’s so much to do in Atlantic Station that the area has its own ZIP code. Relax without spending a dime! Window shop or check out free movies and the open air market. In warmer weather, bring your yoga mat over for Wellness Wednesdays.

EXPLORE UNDERGROUND ATLANTA

Underground Atlanta is located in the heart of Downtown and features shopping, dining, history, city festivals and entertainment. Whether it’s window shopping or picking up a great Atlanta souvenir, you’ll find just the right thing in Underground Atlanta.