10 Things To Do This Weekend In Atlanta - Updated 2021

things to do this weekend in atlanta

Atlanta is much more than just the capital city of Georgia. Atlanta has a colorful past, home to a number of significant Civil War sites, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, and the Oakland Cemetery. The city is home to a number of award winning restaurants and other eateries, has some exciting nightlife, and is, quite simply, stunningly beautiful. Pop culture lovers will see their favorite shows come to life, including The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games, and Stranger Things, while touring filming locations. If you’re in the Atlanta area and are looking for something to do to spice up your weekend, look no further than these Atlanta based tours.

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1. Check out The Walking Dead tour (from USD 25.0)

This two-hour tour is available year round and gives fans of The Walking Dead a chance to learn about the show’s production, as well as the opportunity to win prizes for their knowledge. The tour brings fans past many of the show’s iconic backdrops, and as active production for the show is ongoing, guests may even get a glimpse of their favorite actors moving from set to the base camp. The tour is suitable for all ages and is group-friendly.

The Walking Dead TV Show Filming Locations Walking Tour

Duration: 2 hours

10 reviews

2. Walk down memory lane on this tour of Atlanta's history (from USD 135.0)

History buffs and native Georgians alike will enjoy this guided tour following Atlanta’s history, from its significance as a battlefield in the Civil War to its role in the American Civil Rights movement. Stops on the tour include a 19th-century historic cotton mill, the site of the Battle of Atlanta, the Civil War garden cemetery, the Martin Luther King Jr. historic site, and the city’s only public market. The tour is ideal for three people, but can be adjusted to accommodate up to six guests and is customizable based on interest and time. It is available rain or shine, as it is both walking and driving, but can be modified as necessary to fit the weather.

Atlanta Private History Tour: Civil War and Civil Rights Sites

Duration: 3 hours

4 reviews

3. Relive your favorite Walking Dead and Hunger Games scenes (from USD 135.0)

Fans of both the TV series The Walking Dead and the movie series The Hunger Games will enjoy two experiences in one on this private walking tour of filming locations for both series. The walking tour brings guests all around Atlanta, with stops including Rick Grimes’ home, the hospital he woke up in, and Morgan’s house, as well as Katniss Everdeen’s home in District 12, various District locations where bombings and riots occurred, and President Snow’s mansion home. Tours are relatively small, with a minimum of two people and last approximately three hours. They can be scheduled for either the morning or afternoon depending on guest schedules and preferences.

'Walking Dead' Filming Locations in Atlanta via Private Tour

Duration: 3 hours

3 reviews

4. Eat your way through Atlanta's history (from USD 75.0)

Have you ever had the chance to enjoy a classic Southern cooked meal? This tour combines food and history, bringing guests through Grant Park, past historical Victorian houses and the Oakland Cemetery, with stops at five local eateries for various tastings. Guests have the opportunity to try twelve uniquely Southern dishes while learning a little more about the city’s founding and history, including the role played by the traditional Southern foods. The three-hour tour covers two miles (3.2 km), but the walk is light and refreshing as it has frequent stops for snacks. Eateries visited during the tour include Republic Social House, Little Tart Bakeshop, and Augustine’s. This tour is family-friendly and can accommodate up to fourteen guests.

Atlanta History and Food Tour with Tastings

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

6 reviews

5. Experience Atlanta's most beautiful buildings (from USD 135.0)

Anyone with an appreciation for fine architecture will have a wondrous time on this tour of Atlanta’s most beautiful buildings. Guests will be able to visualize the city’s rebirth through rebuilding while walking through many of the districts that helped the city “rise from the ashes” after the Civil War. Some of the areas explored on the tour include Midtown, the Fairlie-Poplar Historic District, Inman Park, and the city’s two famous cemeteries, Oakland Cemetery and Westview Abbey. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the area like a local, as the walking tours are small and intimate. Tours can also be customized depending on group interest and time constraints.

Rising From the Ashes: Private Atlanta Architecture Tour

Duration: 3 hours

6. Try a little bit of everything on this tour of the Ponce City Market (from USD 81.0)

Foodies and foodies at heart alike will experience some of the best of what Ponce City Market has to offer on this two-and-a-half-hour culinary tour. The market is located in a building that previously housed Sears, Roebuck, & Co, and guests will also experience a leisurely walk along Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside trail. Guests will participate in select tastings curated by CNN journalist Cristy Lenz, which include eight tastings at the area’s award winning restaurants. Not only will you sample a variety of delicious local culinary creations, you will also learn about the chefs who created them, their flavor inspirations, and the restaurants themselves. The entire experience adds up to be a hearty and educational lunch, wrapping up around 1:30 pm.

Ponce City Market Food, History and Street Art Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

1 review

7. Check out the filming locations of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things (from USD 135.0)

Any fan of the hit Netflix TV show Stranger Things will feel as if the show is coming alive as they visit a number of iconic Atlanta locations in which filming occurred. Stops on the tour include the Hawkins Laboratory, the Hawkins High School and Middle School, and the Hawkins general hospital, as well as the Hawk Cinema and the Public Library. Your guide, an expert on the show, will keep you entertained throughout the journey with fun facts and behind-the-scenes information as you travel between location in a comfortable climate-controlled vehicle. Tours can be scheduled for mornings or afternoons, depending on guest schedules, and hotel pickup and drop-off is provided.

Private Stranger Things "The Upside Down" Film Locations Tour in Atlanta

Duration: 3 hours

8 reviews

8. Admire the city's art (from USD 25.0)

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For those interested in street and graffiti art, this tour is right up your alley! This tour will take you to see a wide variety of outdoor artworks all around the city, from breathtaking murals to intriguing sculptures. Not only will you be able to get up close and personal to the pieces, your guide will also share stories about the artists’ lives and backgrounds, and you will leave the experience with a newfound knowledge and appreciation for Atlanta’s street art culture. Each tour is unique, as the exhibitions change monthly, and tours can accommodate up to six guests, who will be provided with a comfortable bike, a safety helmet, a bottle of water, and a delicious snack.

Atlanta Street Art Bike Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

9. Enjoy a haunted night out (from USD 25.0)

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Enjoy a pub crawl with a spooky twist by participating in this haunted pub tour. Guests will enjoy drinks at four pubs near the Oakland Cemetery while listening to ghostly tales of the past. This tour gives visitors an opportunity to experience the Grant Park historic district, an area of Atlanta they may not have considered visiting alone, and also teaches them about the city’s spooky history. Try not to get too scared as you walk past the resting place of over 70,000 people while listening to the rumors of the Confederate soldiers who haunt the area to this very day. The tour has access to both food and drinks, meaning that even those staying sober can take part in the spooky adventure.

Haunted Evening Atlanta Pub Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

2 reviews

10. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the water (from USD 151.0)

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Enjoy an afternoon on the water on this tour that includes both kayaking and wine tasting. The tour begins on the Broad River in Northeastern Georgia, approximately 60 miles (96.6 km) away from the hustle and bustle in Atlanta. Guests will relax as they gently float along the free-flowing river, known for its historical importance and peaceful wildlife. The trip takes a break for a homemade picnic lunch featuring fresh and organic ingredients, and wraps up at the end of the day with a wine tasting at Boutier Winery. The vineyards feature 32 beautiful acres (13 hectares) of Vinifera and French American grape varietals, and a number of the wines available have been produced using local ingredients. The trip lasts approximately three hours and is the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon off.

Kayaking on Broad River with Wine Tasting

Duration: 3 hours

Your weekend is looking better already!

Whether you are in Atlanta just for the weekend or are a seasoned local, any one of these tours is a great way to spend a few hours and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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