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Visitor's Guide


Creative Loafing is an intensely local guide. We've been publishing a newspaper in the area since 1972 and just about all of the culture has been reported in the newspaper or on this website. Looking for things to do in the area? We can direct you.

Here's our suggestion. Work off this page - start with the 5 Things to Do list below which are our recommendations for today's events - one of these might catch your fancy. We've got a full City Guide of suggestions for locals if you want to go native. We have also included a list of tourist-oriented suggestions below as well as our favorite local attractions. If you are looking for events at the neighborhood level, take a look at our What's Going On to get the best local information available.

Five Things to Do Today

OCTOBER 6, 2022

Making an Impression: The Art and Craft of Ancient Engraved Gemstones

Making an Impression: The Art and Craft of Ancient Engraved Gemstones, draws on the museum’s collection of Greek and Roman gems, the majority of which have never been displayed publicly. Carved from semi-precious stones with miniature images of various subjects, including gods, emperors, animals, and characters from myth, engraved gems in the Greek and Roman worlds were used as signets, amulets, and personal ornaments, typically mounted in rings. They were admired (and problematized) as luxury artworks, treasured as antiques and heirlooms, and worn as statements of status, wealth, sophistication, and learning. The stones themselves were also believed to have magical and medicinal properties.

Southern Rites by Gillian Laub

10/06/2022 12:00 PM
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
CL Critic Okla Jones, III Recommends: Until January of next year, the Atlanta Contemporary Art...

2022 Atlanta Whiskey Festival

10/06/2022 6:00 PM
Guardian Works
At Atlanta Magazine’s Whiskey Festival, guests can enjoy whiskey samplings from a wide array of top-shelf whiskeys to bourbons to tequila.


On Thursd...

Venkman's Comedy Jam

10/06/2022 7:00 PM
Venkman's
Featuring a hilarious lineup of Atlanta's best Stand-up and improv comedians, shaken and stirred into a frothy mix that will crack you up for days!

Wet Hot American Psycho: A Scary Musical Sketch Comedy Show

10/06/2022 8:00 PM
Red Light Cafe
Wet Hot American Psycho: A Scary Musical Sketch Comedy Show "starring" Freddy, Hannibal Lector, Frankenstein, and Elfaba from Wicked!


Curated by com...

Tourist/Visitor Lists

Best Tourist Spots

03/26/2021 10:31 AM
Our list of the best tourist spots in Atlanta. For locals and out of towners.

10 history lessons you'll find in Atlanta

12/26/2020 4:00 AM
Educational landmarks from the museum to the grave

Atlanta's surviving hip-hop haunts

10/21/2019 3:08 PM
Explore these rap-related cultural landmarks in Atlanta

Tourist Spots

Atlanta History Center

Founded in 1926, the center includes the Atlanta History Museum featuring signature and traveling exhibitions, the Smith Family Farm, the 1928 Swan Ho...

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

Presidential Library system and museum with special exhibitions and a permanent collection that features photographs and historic memorabilia from the...

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta's most fragrant attraction blooms with more than 3,000 ornamental plants spread over 30 acres adjacent to Piedmont Park, including a rare 15-a...

Delta Flight Museum

Housed in Delta's two 1940s aircraft hangers. Includes Ship 41, the first Douglas DC-3 to carry Delta passengers in 1940; the Spirit of Delta, Delta's...

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Offers free, self-guided tours of the Monetary Museum and Visitors Center.


The museum features a display on the history of money; interactive, multi...

Georgia Aquarium

The nation's largest aquarium has more aquatic life than any other aquarium, with specimens from more than 500 species, including whale sharks, the la...

SkyView Atlanta

The age of the Ferris wheel in Downtown is upon us, Atlanta. The 20-story attraction known as SkyView Atlanta takes guests on a roughly 15-minute ride...

Stone Mountain Park

The world's largest mass of exposed granite is the centerpiece of this park, which features golf courses, hiking trails, camping, swimming, dining, an...

Waffle House Museum

You heard right, we said, "Waffle House Museum." In 1955, neighbors Joe Roger Sr. and Tom Forkner embarked on a plan to smother and cover the world (o...

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

A 2,965-acre park and museum on the site of the 1864 Civil War Campaign for Atlanta.

Piedmont Park

The 200-plus-acre park with tennis, walking trails, and a pond has been Atlanta's place to go on a Sunday afternoon since it was first purchased by th...

Margaret Mitchell House

The house where much of Gone with the Wind was written beckons to tourists and native Atlantans alike who want to understand more about the author of ...



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