Atlanta’s reputation as a diverse, thriving metropolis makes it a fun place to be any time of year. As is the case with many cities, it’s especially happening during the summer months. Here’s a look at some of the exciting summer activities you can enjoy in Atlanta without even having to reach for your wallet.
Live Music at Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park hosts free events year-round, but its summer concert series, Music at Noon, is particularly inviting for many. Between June and October, local artists serenade park goers from noon to 1 PM. Pop, jazz, R&B, and other popular music styles can be heard here. If you work downtown, you might be able to catch a show on your lunch break. Or if you live at AMLI Ponce Park, AMLI Parkside, or AMLI Old 4th Ward, it’s just 2 miles away.
Historic Castleberry Hill is a neighborhood every resident should spend some time in. Ranked one of the best art districts in the country, vibrant, and aesthetically pleasing, it’s particularly nice to walk around during the summertime. Explore the neighborhood and its diverse range of art galleries on your own, or join the 2nd Friday Art Stroll for free.
One of the most picturesque green spaces in Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place of golf legend Bobby Jones and novelist Margaret Mitchell. Architecturally impressive, the grounds are adorned with beautiful foliage and can be dotted with colorful blooms until the middle of summer. They’re also home to the all-local concert Tunes from the Tombs, which is only free for children three and under but might be worth checking out anyway.
Farmers’ Market Shopping
Atlanta’s selection of farmers markets is top-notch. Freedom Farmers Market at the Carter Center is just a half-mile from AMLI Parkside, AMLI Old 4th Ward, and AMLI Ponce Park, and features a different farm-to-table restaurant each week in a popup tent. The Farmers Market at Sweet Apple Village is stocked with the finest produce from Buckeye Creek Farm and McCrary Farms. Grant Park Farmers Market, a hotspot for fresh-baked bread and pastries as well as produce, is a ten-minute drive from the Poncey Highlands apartments at AMLI Old 4th Ward, AMLI Parkside, and AMLI Ponce Park. Just about 10 minutes from AMLI North Point, the Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market sells ware from dozens of local farmers and food artisans.
A five-minute drive from AMLI Ponce Park, AMLI Old 4th Ward, and AMLI Parkside, Wrecking Bar Brewpub offers free tours on Saturdays at 1:30 PM. Educational and fun, the tours give you a closer look at the brewing process and the chance to sample pale ales, barleywine, and a regularly changing selection of limited release brews.
Thankfully, many of the finer experiences in Atlanta can be enjoyed for free. There’s something for every occasion, including cost-effective family outings and dates.
What do you like to do for free during the summer in Atlanta? Share in the comments.
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