Everything You Can Do in Atlanta This Weekend

Treat yourself to lobster specials and a shopping spree.

Let the grunge wash over you this weekend -- it’s officially spooky season! Chilly nights, scary movies, and Halloween shenanigans await us at the end of the month, but until then, simply get into the vibes of October. Blow the dust off your boots, rescue the flannel that you’ve been eyeing all summer from the back of your closet, and grab a fall-themed drink from your favorite coffee shop because Georgia’s mesmerizing autumn weather and delicious food specials are calling your name. Here is everything you can do in Atlanta this first weekend in October.

Grab some pastries and go for a stroll

Friday, October 2 - Sunday, October 4
Old Fourth Ward
Going on a sweet, cozy day trip is one of the most rewarding moves that you could make this weekend. For an open-air respite from work and/or school, you can visit Ponce City Market and grab some coffee and new fall-themed treats from Saint Germain Bakery (in-store or curbside) before chilling at Historic Fourth Ward Park or taking a walk along the BeltLine.
Cost: $5+

Hit up Lure for Lobster Week

Friday, October 2 - Saturday, October 3
Lobster Week at Lure started on Thursday, September 24, but don’t fret and worry that you missed out -- you have until Saturday to prevent any case of lobster-related FOMO. Slide through to feast on Lure’s special Lobster Week menu featuring bisque, citrus-poached lobster, dumplings, a classic surf & turf, and several other lobster-centric options. There will also be featured beverage pairings such as Muscadet Sevre et Maine Fruitier “Confluent” and Sekt Riesling Theo Minges.
Cost: $12+

Watch the NBA Finals

Friday, October 2
When the NBA returned in a bubble tournament format this summer, the country was in a completely different state, and the steady schedule of basketball games definitely attributed to sports fans’ sanity after months of no in-person sports being held earlier this year. Now, the NBA regular season is over, and the championship tournament is upon us. The first game took place on Wednesday, but to spice up Game 2, head over to Suite Lounge, whose bar is social distancing-friendly and packed with TV screens. Grab a drink, order a plate (or two) of the Suite Wings, and see where this Lakers vs. Heat series takes us.
Cost: Prices vary

Go on a self-guided brewery hop

Friday, October 2 - Sunday, October 4
Multiple locations
Bar hopping is so 2019. Switch things up and explore some of the great craft breweries scattered across Atlanta. After the financial strains that many had to endure earlier this year, they could really use your support now after reopening and adjusting to new COVID-19 safety guidelines. Mike Jordan’s guide to the most essential craft brewers in Atlanta couldn’t be a better resource, so check the list, grab your friends, and plan your brewery tour accordingly.
Cost: Prices vary

Have an open-air shopping spree

Saturday, October 3 - Sunday, October 4
If you’re a shameless shopper, Buckhead Village is the place to be this Saturday (from 11am-6pm) and Sunday (from 12-6pm). With participating retailers like Alice + Olivia, B.M. Franklin & Co, Theory, and Buckhead Art & Co, visitors can shop designer items as well as gorgeous artwork. Also, Hermarket -- a marketplace for woman-owned indie brands and the women who love them -- will pop up on Buckhead Avenue and feature companies such as Suakoko Betty, Candy x Paints, CityRoots ATL, and Tranquilo Teas. To top that all off, there will also be complimentary kombucha and sweet treats, so mask up and enjoy shopping in this amazing fall weather.
Cost: Free to attend

Celebrate National Taco Day

Sunday, October 4
Multiple locations
Although it’s ridiculously fun to yell “TACO TUESDAY” Lebron-style, National Taco Day actually arrives this Sunday, so swap your typical Sunday meal for tortillas folded with savory meat and fresh veggies. Both Yumbii locations (Buckhead and Toco Hills) are celebrating by offering a pocket-friendly three tacos and a drink combo for $12, and Latinx-owned Mexican food spots are likely to be running specials as well.
Cost: Prices vary

Explore an outdoor art market

Sunday, October 4
Lastly, for an Atlanta-ish (and very heavy on the -ish) activity for this weekend, you can take a nice scenic drive to Woodstock for Elm Street’s 7th annual Art on the Green outdoor art market. An opportunity for art enthusiasts to purchase their first pieces, the open-air event will feature work from local North Georgia artists, artisans, and photographers. And just in case you can’t attend the event in-person, Elm Street is also offering a digital market for artists and guests to participate in online.
Cost: Free

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Joshua Robinson is an Atlanta-based contributor. Follow him on Instagram at @roshjobin.