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Things To Do In Atlanta

55 Incredible Things To Do This May In Atlanta

By Jack Rattenbury

Summer may be around the corner, but there’s plenty to do in Atlanta this month!

Have a look below at a selection of our top activities for May, to fully embrace everything on offer in Atlanta this month:

1. Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition

Following a successful run across the globe, this incredible exhibition will finally make it’s U.S. debut in Atlanta this month! We hope you’re one of the lucky ones who snagged tickets as May is completely sold out, but don’t worry as it’s sticking around for a while! Artwork from the iconic post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh will come to life in a 360-degree digital spectacle that’ll illuminate and transform the historic Pullman Yards into a fully immersive exhibit.

Make sure you book your tickets, Atlanta!

2. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

An incredible exhibition is currently in Atlanta. A  life-size, up-close, never-before-seen perspective of the genius masterpieces in the Vatican City! Learn all about Michelangelo’s works from the Sistine Chapel, which have been reproduced using state-of-the-art technology for a one-of-a-kind experience. Why don’t you treat mom to this artsy treat for Mother’s Day – she’ll never forget it!

3-5. Candlelight Concerts

Candlelight host several concerts performed by live musicians in some of the most iconic venues in Atlanta. The venues are both indoor and outdoor, but each one will be bathed in enchanting candlelight. With themed nights dedicated to different genres, there’s something for everybody’s music taste. Here’s what’s on offer this month:

6-8. Mother’s Day

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Treat your mum to the perfect Mother’s Day she deserves. There’s plenty going on in Atlanta for the big day, but here’s what we recommend:

  • Eat Out This Mother’s Day: Many restaurants across Atlanta will be hosting Mother’s Day specials. Why don’t you head to Nakato ‘Hibachi’ Japanese Restaurant where Moms will receive complimentary mimosas. 
  • Picnic in the park: There are so many pretty parks in Atlanta, perfect for a Mother’s Day picnic!
  • Day at the zoo: Perfect for families, with ever paid child’s admission at North Georgia Zoo on Mother’s Day, Mom goes free. Learn about mothers in wildlife on their awesome ‘Zoo Moms’ tour.

9. Cinco de Mayo

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It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to get your margarita fix, or looking for a super fun fiesta, Atlanta’s got you covered this Cinco de Mayo! We suggest checking out the party in the plaza on Colony Square. Enjoy takeout from onsite restaurants and head outside to experience a live mariachi band, festive swag, retailer pop-ups, and more!

10-12. Take a hike!

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Atlanta is home to so many gorgeous hiking trails. With trails for every ability and the weather brightening up, there’s no excuse for you to stay indoors with all that Georgian nature on offer. We’ve even found a hike that involves a wine tasting for those who need the extra motivation.

  • Bartram Trail Hike plus Wine TastingExplore Bartram Trail’s rolling elevation through a forest rich with wildflowers, mosses and ferns followed by wine tasting at local Wineries. The views are incredible, and there’s even a picnic included.

  • Doll’s Head Trail: For a walking trail with a creepy but artistic twist, check out Doll’s Head Trail.

  • Silver Comet Trail: Hike all the way to the Alabama border on this totally epic hike that starts right here in Atlanta!
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13-15. Unique Eats in Atlanta!

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Atlanta is home to some pretty unique dining/bar experiences. If you want show-stopping entertainment with an incredible dinner then you don’t have to look far. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Dinner Detective: Dinner Detective is an experience unlike any other! An incredible murder mystery show that’s paired with a four-course plated dinner
  • The Garden RoomSpring is always in full bloom at this one-of-a-kind experience
  • Imperial Fez: An elaborately decorated Moroccan restaurant that’ll probably make you forget that you’re in Georgia! If you’re interested in belly dancing, then this is the place for you!

16. Georgia Aquarium

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For guaranteed fun for all the family, head to Georgia Aquarium! It’s the biggest aquarium in the western hemisphere, and it has exhibits featuring Beluga Whales, penguins, sharks, and more!

17-19. It’s Brunch Season!

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Whether you’re looking for a bottomless brunch, or awesome outdoor dining to enjoy your eggs in that Georgian sun, Atlanta has so many awesome brunch spots. Here’s a few we suggest:

  • Canoe: Brunch with an awesome view, this Georgia gem is nestled next to the Chattahoochee River.
  • Kaleidoscope: Perfect if you’re looking for bottomless mimosas!
  • Char Korean Bar and Grill: One of our favorite brunch spots in the ATL!

20-22. Check out the art on offer in Atlanta!

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Atlanta’s thriving art scene sometimes makes it impossible to keep up with what’s going on. We’ve decided to break down what’s worth visiting this April in Atlanta’s art scene.

  • Women Only: A new exhibition coming showcases more than one hundred photographs from the High Museum’s collection, exclusively shot by women.
  • Street Art: You’re guaranteed to witness some impressive street art in Atlanta, no matter if you search for it or not.
  • Atlanta Film Festival: Catch the final part of Atlanta’s Film Festival, as this year’s festivities come to a close this month.

23. Delve into the world of Coca-Cola

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Check out Coca-Cola’s intimate experience in the birthplace of America’s most iconic beverage. The history, the marketing, everything you’d want to know about the legendary drink.

24-27. Visit an Atlantan brewery!

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There’s no sign of Georgia’s craft brewery scene slowing down. An explosion of new business has brought with it some incredible places to enjoy a delicious beer, crafted right here in Georgia! Here’s some of our suggestions or check out our online guide here:

  • Wild Heaven Beer – West End
  • Hippin Hops – East Atlanta Village
  • Glover Park Brewing Company – Marietta
  • Atlanta Brewing Co. – Underwood Hills

28. Skydive inside!

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Feel the thrill of skydiving without jumping out of an airplane. It’s true! Head to iFLY Atlanta, a premier indoor skydiving facility powered by a state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnel.

29-31: Go back in time to the Prohibition Era

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Considering we’re in the twenties of this century, why don’t you check out some of the best speakeasies in Atlanta? Here are some of our favorites:

  • Red Phone BoothGo and find the British telephone box in Downtown Atlanta for the ultimate throwback experience.
  • The Blind Pig Parlour Bar: This intimate and sophisticated speakeasy features innovative craft cocktails with Victorian era décor and ambiance.
  • Elenor’s: Walk through the incognito chilled wine cellar at Smyrna’s Muss & Turner’s, and find this awesome speakeasy!

32. A Day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

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If you have kids, it’s worth checking out LEGOLAND’s Discovery Center, although it’s perfect for anyone with an imagination. Meet your favorite Lego stars, and ride family-friendly attractions like their mind-blowing 4D cinema. There’s even a replica of Atlanta made entirely of Lego!

33. Check out this awesome Escape Room!

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This unique escape experience in the ATL transports you to a Mars base in 2039. Every two years there is a brief launch window when your space vessel can return to Earth. Will you and your fellow space travelers prepare for launch on time?

34-35. Take some selfies!

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Atlantan are so gorgeous that the city is home to two Selfie Museums. Both have incredible stations to snap up the perfect selfie that’s Instagram ready. However, one is dedicated to doughnuts! Click the links below for more information:

36. Dine-in movie?

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Silverspot Cinema will finally be opening their anticipated location at The Battery Atlanta this month! Its grand opening at the mixed-used development will be on Friday, May 28, 2021. The 50,000 square-foot, two-story theatre will include ten auditoriums featuring 588 fully reclining seats. You can even dine at the cinema, or enjoy a cocktail at the bar!

37. Atlanta’s “Alcohol Park”

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Pullman Yard is currently undergoing a major transformation for the people of Atlanta. The new Historic Rail Park will open an alcohol park to kick off the summer season in style, as it opens this month, coinciding with the awesome Van Gogh exhibition taking over Pullman’s Yard.

38. Meet Kermit The Frog!

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Midtown Atlanta is home to the country’s largest puppetry museum. You can meet beloved puppet favorites like Miss Piggy, Bert, and Ernie. You can even meet the latest star of the Masked Singer, Kermit the Frog!

39-40. Start your unique fitness journey

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Spring is in full swing, which means Summer is just around the corner! It’s the perfect time to start working on our summer bods (if you want to, that is). If you find exercise quite difficult, then these unique and fun fitness programs will definitely get the blood pumping!

  • Llama Yoga: Llama Yoga is held at the Alpaca Treehouse, and is guided by a yoga instructor with either Figgy the Llama or Queen Dali Llama.
  • Thai Chi at the Botanical Gardens: The Garden’s popular Tai Chi class is an immersive experience that leaves you feeling balanced and refreshed.

41-44. Visit Atlanta’s Markets

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Atlanta is home to so many neighborhood markets and local grocery stores. And how could we forget about Ponce City Market? Here’s what we recommend this May:

45-48. Take in the Architecture

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A tour of Atlanta’s finest architecture is the perfect way to take in the vast amount of buildings, styles and designs calling the ATL home. Check out our guide to Atlanta’s most iconic architecture.

  • King and Queen Buildings – These royal twin towers beautifully light up the metro’s night sky. Officially called Concourse Corporate Center V and VI, the 34-story icons can be seen for miles.
  • Bank of America – The tallest building in Atlanta, and it’s a gorgeous one at that.
  • Flat Iron Building – Atlanta has its own take on the New York tourist haven, and ATL’s came first! Although it’s much smaller than NY, it’s definitely worth the visit and a snap.
  • Swan House – If you’re looking for something more classic then check out Swan House! It was even featured in the Hunger Games!

49. Korean Pop-Up!

Seoul Chikin will take over Smith’s Olde Bar every Friday starting May 14. Famous for their tasty Seoul street food, Seoul Chickin host several pop-up events across Atlanta regularly!

50. Georgia’s Unnatural “Natural Wonder”

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The mistakes of the past are on clear display two-and-a-half hours southwest of Atlanta. The Providence Canyon has been declared as one of Georgia’s natural wonders, although its origin story isn’t very natural. Georgia’s ‘Little Grand Canyon’ was accidently created by 1800’s settlers and their poor farming practices.

51-53. Head to an ATL burger joint!

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ATL Burger Week may be over, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking out the incredible burger joints on offer in Atlanta. Here’s a couple of our favorites, one for the meat lovers and one for the vegans.

  • Slutty Vegan – We’re obsessed with Slutty Vegan, and lucky for us they’ve teamed up with Dave’s Cheesesteaks for their new plant-based bar.
  • Farm Burger – A popular option for grabbing a burger in the ATL, make sure you check out Farm Burger!
  • Bocado – A lofty, modern space serving up delicious takes on the American staple.

54-55. Fancy a slice?

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If burgers aren’t your thing, why not check out some of Atlanta’s coolest restaurants serving up some tasty pizza pies! Here’s a few we suggest:

  • Bang Bang Pizza – For a truly unique experience, head to Bang Bang Pizza where you’ll be served by robot waiters!
  • Emmy SquaredA Brooklyn legend has landed in the ATL. Check out Emmy Squared in Glenwood Park. The recently opened pizza joint serves Detroit style pies.

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