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The 21 best things to do in Atlanta
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The 21 best things to do in Atlanta

The city may be known for its sweltering summer weather (prompting tourists to call it “Hotlanta”) and as the home to the world’s busiest airport, but the best things to do in Atlanta go well beyond all that. Georgia’s capital and its largest city boasts historic sites and attractions like Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthplace, vintage performance venues like the Fox Theatre, a vibrant nightlife scene and an eclectic range of activities to tackle with the kids in tow. Don’t forget the killer eats, too: the city carries bragging rights for some of the South’s most delicious restaurants, serving out-of-this-world meat-and-three dishes. Shopaholics, art fiends, culture vultures, history buffs: we’ve got you all covered. Here is your Atlanta bucket list. Only in Atlanta: The largest drive-in fast food restaurant in the world, The Varsity, serves more Coca-Cola by volume than anywhere else globally.

The 14 best events in Atlanta
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The 14 best events in Atlanta

The best events in Atlanta make the city the extraordinary destination that it is today: where else can you find one of the oldest, largest Pride celebrations in the country held within weeks of a neighborhood Halloween festival located just minutes from the setting of one of the most prestigious golf events of the year? Let us answer that for you: you can’t. Here in the capital of Georgia, we are as diverse as they come, and our varied interests are made apparent across the city’s restaurant offerings, museums, parades and more. Sounds like a whole lot of stuff to tackle? We’ve earned the title “city too busy to hate,” after all. And when you’re too busy to hate, what else is there to do but celebrate at these awesome local events? RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Atlanta

The 16 best free things to do in Atlanta
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The 16 best free things to do in Atlanta

Interestingly enough, tackling the best free things to do in Atlanta happens to be the very best way to explore the city’s outdoor offerings. Start at Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 summer Olympics, and then move onto the Atlanta Beltline, a still-unfinished former railway loop turned paved path that boasts 2,000 acres of park and more. The best part? All these double as fun things to do with kids in tow as well. But nature aficionados are not the only folks that will appreciate the city’s gratis offerings. If you’re in town to taste the Atlanta's wondrous food offerings, temporarily step away from the best restaurants and brunch spots to peruse the local food market scene: Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market showcases Georgia’s agricultural diversity every Saturday while the Ponce City Market is a 2.1-million-square-foot space that's home to a variety of food stalls and eateries, including four James Beard award-winning chefs Music fiends, on the other hand, will be delighted by one of the largest free music events in the country when the Atlanta Jazz Festival takes over the city during the warmer months. Like they say, the best things in life really do come for free. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Atlanta

The 14 best festivals in Atlanta
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The 14 best festivals in Atlanta

Although there are a ton of things to do in Atlanta—from a tour of the city’s top attractions to entire days devoted to devouring BBQ and nights spent smoking hookah—the best festivals in Atlanta are the events that bring the community together and remind all of the spark and quirk that defines the capital of Georgia. There is a festival for everyone: from craft beer enthusiasts to art fiends, lovers of comedy to book nerds, all personalities will find something delightful in town. Some of these festivals are free, some are ticketed and some are great for the whole family. But only one features folks dressed as gnomes. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Atlanta

The 10 best markets in Atlanta
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The 10 best markets in Atlanta

Atlanta has an exciting selection of weekly farmers markets and gourmet food halls, and both are popular things to do with friends and family. Farmers markets highlight the best of Georgia’s abundant produce, from peaches to peanuts, while food halls offer an easy way to try some of Atlanta’s hottest local restaurants as well as the city’s culinary up-and-comers. Plus, if you're looking for fun things to do with kids, many of these offer family-friendly activities and plenty of kid-approved treats. Check out these top markets for a taste of Atlanta’s finest foods and produce. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Atlanta