From Black History Month to Valentine’s Day loving, here’s some of the best things to do in the ATL this February.
Not only is it Black History Month, it’s also time to swoon your significant other this Valentine’s Day! February is a month of love, hope and history, with so many things going on in the ATL. The overwhelming list of possibilities made us want to break down some of the top things to do this month. So here’s fifty fabulous things to do in Atlanta.
1. Black History Month in Atlanta
There are so many ways to honor and celebrate Black History Month in Atlanta. From unmissable exhibitions to incredible Black-owned restaurants in the ATL, don’t miss out this February. Keep scrolling for more Black History Month ideas, or click here for the full round-up.
Love is definitely in the air-TL, with so much going on to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Don’t worry if you’re struggling to come up with the perfect date, we’ve got you covered! From a love-themed pop-up bar to the best dining reservations in Atlanta, click here to check out our full Valentine’s Day round-up.
3. Party like you’re lost in Wonderland at the Mad-Hatter’s Gin and Tea party!
Let a little storybook magic into your life at this Alice in Wonderland-inspired Gin and Tea party in Atlanta. At this tipsy tea party extravaganza, you’ll join the Mad Hatter, Dormouse, and The March Hare, in a 90-minute long, cocktail-crafting session. Indulge in Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin cocktails as you enjoy an extravagant tea party in a curious setting! Why not try The Smoking Caterpillar. A sophisticated, smokin’ drink, served up with a Rosemary infused smoke bubble. With limited seats at the Mad Hatter’s table, make sure to book your tickets soon!
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4. This epic, picture perfect bar crawl on Krog Street
If you need a little extra help shaking off the winter blues, then this picture perfect bar crawl is for you! Create enough Instagram content to switch off for months, at this self-guided tour of some of the best cocktail bars on Krog Street. Perfect for the ultimate Galentine’s Day, make sure you reserve your spot on this brand new bar crawl in the ATL.
5-7. The intimate Candlelight Concerts in Atlanta
The Candlelight Concert series has taken over several Atlantan venues, and transformed them into enchanting oases to experience your favorite music tracks like never before, completely bathed in magical Candlelight. There’s a couple of events honoring Black History Month, as well as night’s dedicated to the most romantic love songs for Valentine’s Day. Check out this month’s below, or the full line-up, here.
- Candlelight: Jazz and the Black Experience at St. James Live
- Candlelight: Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and the Birth of Soul
- Candlelight: Valentine’s Day Special – Broadway’s Greatest Love Songs
The historic Pullman Yards in Atlanta will be presenting an exclusive, multimedia art exhibition highlighting Pablo Picasso’s most famous paintings. Whether you’re a fan of Picasso’s Bleu and Rose periods, Cubism, or surrealism movements, you will be able to experience his artwork in an entirely new way at this spectacular exhibit – opening this March.
9. Visit the Chattahoochee Nature Center
It’s your last chance to check out the Enchanted Woodland Trail at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Explore the magical woods and witness the adorable homes of fairies and gnomes. Click here for more information.
10. Visit The Flowering Forest in Freedom Park
This month, The Flowering Forest will bloom for the first time, honoring John Lewis. A field of daffodils will now flower every year around the anniversary of the late Congressman’s birthday. Once complete, there will be three hundred trees, and dozens of vibrant shrubs, and a colorful forest dedicated to the ATL hero. Click here for more information.
12-13. Pay a visit to the High Museum of Art
There’s an unbeatable selection of must-see art at the High Museum of Art. Here’s what exhibitions we recommend this month.
- The Obama Portraits Tour – Iconic portraits of our former president Barack Obama, and former first lady Michelle Obama.
- Picturing The South: 25 Years – Spectacular photography exhibition that’s been 25 years in the making
14-18. Support Black-owned Atlanta
There is no better time to support Black-owned businesses than Black History Month. Find your new favorite eatery to support this month, and beyond. Check out our round-up of incredible Black-owned restaurants, here.
- Nourish & Bloom – New Black-owned, autonomous grocery market in Trilith, a world’s first!
- Busy Bee Café – Authentic southern cuisine on M.L.K. Jr Drive
- Slutty Vegan – Beloved vegan burger joint with several locations
- Anna’s BBQ – Delicious BBQ spot, reopening their dine-in service for Black History Month in Kirkwood
- Atlanta Breakfast Club – Is there anything better than breakfast for dinner?
19. Sip & Trap Thursdays at the Trap Music Museum
Learn about the art behind the music at the Trap Music Museum. Created by superstar rapper T.I., this immersive museum became the first hip-hop museum ever to celebrate the reality of southern-based trap music. It pays homage to other rap legends like 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, and more!
20-23. Make a reservation at one of Atlanta’s most romantic restaurants
It’s time to get those reservations, and start booking the perfect Valentine’s Day. Luckily, there are so many options in Atlanta. From a floral paradise with show-stopping cocktails at The Garden Room, to the the crème de la crème of ATL’s culinary scene. Check out our round-up of the most romantic restaurants in and around the city, or pick one of our favorites below.
- The Garden Room – Floral masterpiece meets fine dining and OTT cocktails
- Canoe – Buckhead gem on the Chattahoochee River
- Atrium – Swanky new sit-down concept at Ponce City Market
- Boccalupa – Nothing beats Italian on Valentine’s Day
24. Go on safari at the BeltLine’s Illuminarium
Roam with lions, elephants, and other exotic animals at this unbeatable immersive attraction on the BeltLine. Illuminarium opened up their breathtaking space last year, providing Atlanta with unforgettable experiences with their ground-breaking technology. Click here for more information and tickets.
Enjoy a lovely picnic spread with this epic date & foodie package experience in Atlanta. Take part in games and conversation starters, and do the recommending walking routes provided. Check out the links below for more information.
Time to get creative at this Sip & Smell candle making experience! You will be guided through the process of making your very own 8-oz or 9-oz candle using a vegan candle wax and an assortment of fragrances such as floral scents, baking goods, or woodsy aromas. Click here to reserve your spot on February’s iteration.
27-31. Unique eats and bars in the ATL
There are some truly unique and fun dining experiences in the ATL. From epic bar arcades to robot waiters, there’s something for everyone. Check out this month’s recommendations below or you can read the full round-up, here.
- The Painted Duck, Home Park
- Dinner Detective, Sandy Springs
- Puttshack, Home Park
- Silverspot Cinema, The Battery
- Imperial Fez, Norcross
32. Arts & culture festival, Roswell Roots
Roswell Roots is a community-wide, month-long festival that honors our diverse community and celebrates Black History Month. Roswell Roots aims to educate, impact, and promote cultural awareness, with some unmissable events throughout this inspiring festival.
33. Fall in love at this Valentine’s Day pop-up bar in Buckhead
If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day date, or a special treat for Galentine’s Day, then look no further! The Blind Pig Parlour are continuing their epic pop-up legacy, with another taking over the Buckhead speakeasy, entirely dedicated to love! Click here for more information.
34-37. Take a hike at one of these winter hiking hotspots!
We recently rounded up our favorite winter hikes. With spring just around the corner in March, make sure you explore as many Georgia gems as possibe. Check out our round-up and dust off those hiking boots! Here’s a few of our favorites:
- Cloudland Canyon, Rising Fawn, NW Georgia
- Westside Reservoir Park, Westside ATL
- Sweetwater Creek, Lithia Springs
- Appalachian Trail, Springer Mountain Georgia
38. Visit the historic Black Wall Street Market
Stonecrest is home to one of the best destination for family fun, entertainment, retail, and dining. The New Black Wall Street Market has a mission to increase the size and number of minority and women-owned businesses throughout the United States, and across the globe. This area has a rich Black history, which is still still celebrated today. For more information on Black Wall Street Market, click here.
39. Get involved in the interactive light exhibition, Heartbeat ATL
There’s a spectacular light installation on display at Centennial Yards until March 4. Entitled Heartbeat_ATL, this interactive light experience is a continuous trippy journey, using the powerful magical powers of color and print.
40-43. Get caffeinated at one of ATL’s incredible coffeehouses!
If you’re going to need a little extra help to get you through the winter blues, don’t fret! Atlanta’s home to so many awesome coffee shops that are just waiting to take your order. Check out this month’s recommendations below:
- Boarding Pass Coffee, Milton
- Finca to Filta, West End
- East Pole Coffee, Armour
- Hodgepodge Coffeehouse, East Atlanta
44. Georgia Aquarium’s Valentine’s Day extravaganza
Georgia Aquarium are hosting an epic Valentine’s Day cocktail party. Enjoy drinks and dance the night away among stellar exhibitions at one of the largest aquariums in the world. There’s even the chance to stay the night for an unforgettable sleepover. Click here for more information.
45-48. Lemon pepper magic in the ATL
We recently asked y’all for your favorite spots for lemon pepper wings in Atlanta. As an institutional part of ATL culture, we had to round them all up and create the ultimate lemon pepper wing bucket list. Check out a couple recommendations below, or click here for the full round-up.
- JR Crickets, Several locations
- Taco Mac, Midtown
- The Local, Ponce
- DBA Barbeque, Virginia-Highland
49-50. Take on an ATL cooking class
With so many options to eat out in the ATL, enjoying a home cooked meal can get overlooked. Luckily, there are a couple of incredible cooking experiences that you can experience both. From an Italian cooking class, to learning how to make Spanish paella. Click the links below for more information.
We’ve curated our own list of Georgia’s Natural Wonders. Although the Peach State has an official list, we thought we’d update it with some of our favorite natural gems in Georgia. Check out a few recommendations below or our full round-up, here.
- Providence Canyon, Stewart County
- Amicalola Falls, Dawsonville
- Tallulah Gorge, Rabun/Habersham
- Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island
Featured Image: Ponce City Market