The Atlanta Guide
We could work 24/7 and still not keep up with the number of events, activities, restaurants, and things to do provided in the area, but we'll do our best with the Atlanta Guide to introduce you to some new opportunities.
Peachtree Street, Peachtree Circle, Peachtree Center Avenue…. As a matter of fact, there are more than 50 streets in the Atlanta area that bear the Peachtree name. So, you need an Atlanta guide straight out of the gate.
With this in mind, you may want to put away the GPS and pull out an actual printed map (yes, they still exist!). Otherwise, you could be in a Peachtree maze.
Atlanta was founded as a transportation hub at the intersection of the Western and Atlantic railroad lines. It was known as Marthasville in its early days, named after the former governor's daughter. But, Atlanta is the female derivation of Atlantic and that just seemed more apropos.
Top 10 in the US
With the 9th largest metropolitan area in the United States, Atlanta has more than its share of suburbanites. Residents of Atlanta's outlying areas like Buckhead, Dunwoody, Decatur, and College Park enjoy the best of all worlds. While they incur slightly lower property costs, a big city in just a small commute.
In fact, only about a half million people reside right in the heart of Atlanta. But, a whopping four million people live in its surrounding areas.
It doesn't matter if you're a newcomer or a lifelong resident, though, there's so much going on in the area. Regardless, our Atlanta guide is designed to help you stay on top of it all.
Atlanta is known for headquartering companies like Coca-Cola, Home Depot, CNN, and UPS.
However, Delta Airlines happens to be the biggest employer. Delta's employee base is housed at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, aka the world’s busiest airport. Over 2,700 arrivals and departures as well as 275,000 come and go out of Hartsfield every day.
Quality of life
Sherman may have burned most of Atlanta to the ground in 1864, but Atlanta rebuilt itself into one of the meccas of the south. Atlantans enjoy the good weather and take advantage of plenty of outdoor activities.
The other options are nearly endless with shopping, museums, entertainment, sports, and 17 colleges and universities. In addition, Atlanta has one of the better US-based public transportation systems.
That's important because you won't have an excuse to not take advantage of everything the city has to offer. You've got parks, family-friendly activities, special events, and more at your disposal. Since there's something for everyone, it’s no wonder that the metro area population has doubled in the last decade.
Bookmark our Atlanta guide to stay current with all of the goings-on in this amazing Southern City!
Atlanta Guide to Arts and Entertainment
Plays, musicals, comedy shows, music, dance, opera, symphony, ballet…
The list of shows on the Atlanta entertainment calendar goes on and includes something for everyone. Therefore, we've designed our Atlanta guide to provide you with current and upcoming events of all shapes and sizes.
Atlanta Comedy Clubs
If you’re in the mood for laughs, the Punchline and Village Theater are just a few of your choices. They host touring comedians and local favorites.
The Basement Theater has an in-house troupe, welcomes guest performers, and can even put the spotlight on an audience member.
While some cities are fortunate to have one or two comedy clubs, Atlantans have plenty of choices. Dad’s Garage, Uptown Comedy Corner, Atlanta Comedy Theater, Relapse, and Highwire Comedy Company still comprise just a partial list.
Atlanta Area Theater
You may be familiar with the famous Fox Theatre, a real Atlanta landmark. Nearly 90 years ago, the Fox opened its doors on Christmas Day. The sold-out show featured Disney’s first Mickey Mouse cartoon, Steamboat Willie.
The Fox Theatre
These days, the Fox presents 250 shows annually and welcomes over a half million visitors. If you’re interested in a "behind the scenes" look, you can take a 60 minute guided tour. Entertainment at the Fox includes the best of Broadway on Tour, concerts, retro acts, lectures, and more.
Venues big and small
While the Fox may be one of the more well-known names, Atlanta is the place to go for musicals and theatrical events of all scopes and sizes. Community theater is prevalent in Hot-lanta and an evening out can be quite affordable, even for the entire family.
Atlanta Area Opera, Ballet, and More
Atlanta happens to be one of the few cities to have a permanent company in all of the major arts and entertainment disciplines. The city hosts the best in entertainment from the Atlanta Ballet to the Atlanta Opera, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
The Atlanta Symphony was established in 1945. Its home venue is the Woodruff Arts Center, but the talented group of musicians performs over 300 concerts annually.
Art and other Museums
The High Art Museum is one of the most visited art museums in the world, and general admission is just $14.50. You can also become a member and enjoy free tickets every time you visit.
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and the Museum of Design Atlanta are just a few of the other formal museums. Street art is also alive and well, though, with some of the best pieces indicated on the Atlanta Street Art Map.
You'll never lack for things to do with all of the events and showings provided by the Atlanta area Arts & Entertainment Community.
Visit our Atlanta Guide and Event Calendars (and visit often) for more ideas, as well as specifics on tickets, pricing, and more.
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Atlanta Area Sports
Five leading professional sports teams and plenty of collegiate action keep Atlanta area sports fans in the game year-round.
Major League Baseball: Atlanta Braves
National Football League: Atlanta Falcons
National Basketball Association: Atlanta Hawks
Women’s National Basketball Association: Atlanta Dream
Major League Soccer: Atlanta United FC
More on the events calendar
Atlanta has also hosted its share of one-off sporting events like NCAA Basketball, the PGA Tour, Wrestlemania, and the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.
In 2017, the Atlanta Braves moved into the brand new SunTrust Park stadium that seats over 40,000 and will double as a concert venue.
Be sure to check out the Atlanta City Guide Event Calendar section for upcoming sporting events, large and small.
Outdoor Atlanta Guide
Camping, hiking, and fishing at Stone Mountain just scratch the surface of outdoor activities in the greater Atlanta area. After all, that beautiful southeastern US weather makes it enticing for residents to enjoy their surroundings.
Parks and Recreation
The City of Atlanta maintains 33 different recreational centers.
Chastain Park and Piedmont Park are just of few of the family-friendly facilities with gazebos and pavilions to accommodate small picnics or large gatherings. With playgrounds, tennis courts, golf courses,and all kinds of outdoor enticements, the Atlanta area has it all so we strive to have our Atlanta guide provide it all.
The Atlanta Guide provides information on outdoor events and activities for every season. Visit the guide's Things to Do section as well as events and sports calendars to find out more.
Without a doubt, you don’t have to look far to find some tasty, satisfying southern cuisine in the Atlanta area.
Pittypat’s Porch, named after Scarlett O’Hara’s aunt in Gone with the Wind has been an Atlanta favorite since the 1960s.
The folks at Pittpat's serve good old-fashioned comfort food like fried chicken, catfish, and shrimp and grits. With all of these yummy options, the only other thing you’ll need is a nice sweet tea to wash it all down.
Exclusive fast food
You don’t have to be enrolled at Georgia Tech to grab a bite at the student’s favorite hangout, The Varsity.
Since 1928, burgers, hotdogs, and fries have been the pre-game meal of choice. The Varsity is the world’s largest drive-in restaurant with some of the best fast food you’ll find anywhere in the United States.
The Buckhead Diner, Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Nikolai’s Roof, The Majestic… the options are endless and timeless.
Our Atlanta guide to dining options includes some delicious food for all budgets and tastes. Check out our restaurant section to see if something sounds good to you today.
The Atlanta Miscellaneous
Busiest airport in the world
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been the world’s busiest airport since 1998. It averages 2,700 flight arrivals and departures and 275,000 travelers a day.
Atlanta is one of the fastest growing cities. As a matter of fact, in the last decade, the metropolitan Atlanta area population has grown immensely from 2.9 million to 5.9 million residents.
Easy to get around
City dwellers can take advantage of convenient public transportation through MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority). The train-bus combination provides 740 bus stops and 48 miles of rail, servicing five counties in the greater Atlanta area.
One employer, 33,000 employees
You may think that Coca-Cola dominates as an Atlanta-based employer but, actually, Delta is number one with its more than 33,000 on payroll compared to Coke’s 8,700.
Fun at Six Flags
Six Flags Over Georgia has been THE seasonal attraction since 1967. It happened to be the second Six Flags location, following up on the success of the original Six Flags park in Arlington, Texas.
More than 16,000 people live in the midtown area of Atlanta, more than anywhere else in the city proper.
Atlanta is becoming a significant player in the TV and film industry. In early 2018, nearly 30 entertainment projects were scheduled for production in the Atlanta area. Some of the most recent include Flip or Flop Atlanta, Dish Nation, Archer, MacGyver, and Being Mary Jane. The Walking Dead, Marvel’s Ant-Man, and Constantine are a few other Atlanta-based movies and shows.