Everything You Can Do in Atlanta This Weekend

A reason to visit World of Coke and an outdoor market at PCM.

Halfway through October, there is a lot happening in the coming weeks -- from Halloween to an extremely important presidential election. As a result, you’re likely preparing for the festivities and insanity that’s sure to come at the turn of the month by shopping for costumes or registering to vote. If so, perfect. With all the excitement and anxiety building within you, however, it is still important that you take a few moments to exhale and relax this weekend. Here is everything you can safely do in Atlanta this weekend to do just that.

Cheer on the Braves from Truist Park

Friday, October 16
The Atlanta Braves are currently accomplishing more than any of the city’s major league teams have accomplished this year. They’re currently powering through the MLB National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a win in this series means that our beloved Braves will once again compete as a contender in the World Series. Sure, you could tune into the series at your favorite sports bar, but with Truist Park hosting watch parties in the Braves’ official stadium, why not head to the Battery and cheer them on from there?
Cost: $10-200

Save America’s stages

Friday, October 16 - Sunday, October 18
A bulk of Atlanta’s beloved music venues and concert halls haven’t held an in-person show since Atlanta initially reacted to the threat of COVID-19 earlier this year. Local favorites such as The Music Room and Mammal Gallery already gone this year, Atlanta cannot afford to lose any more of its stages. Tune into the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)’s virtual Save Our Stages Fest—featuring artists like G-Eazy, Finneas, YG, Leon Bridges, Miley Cyrus, and The Roots —and donate whatever you can to the  NIVA Emergency Relief Fund.
Cost: Free, but donations suggested

Go inside-out with Ponce City Market

Saturday, October 17
Old Fourth Ward
Saturdays from 12-4pm belong to Ponce City Market, when the Old Fourth Ward mainstay moves its operations outdoors. From live-streamed football matches and courtyard games to shopping stalls and restaurant kiosks, a visit to one of PCM’s Inside Out days is a safe, outdoor experience that patrons of all ages can enjoy. This weekend, the theme is Fall Apple Market, and visitors can fish for apples, hit up a caramel apple station, and shop fall-themed fruity pastries.
Cost: Free entry

Visit the newest addition to the World of Coca-Cola

Saturday, October 17
If you’re from Atlanta, you’ve undoubtedly visited the World of Coca-Cola more times than you’d care to admit. We totally feel you, but the city’s classic attraction has made a major addition with its first new permanent exhibition since 2011. Take this opportunity to check out the new Scent Discovery exhibit and re-experience everything that we all love about the World of Coca-Cola, from polar bear photo ops to tasting Beverly and immediately regretting doing so.
Cost: $12.50

See a late-night screening of a Halloween classic

Saturday, October 17
As we inch closer and closer to Halloween, the Spooky Season vibes are growing more and more infectious. Drive-ins and traditional theatres alike are bringing back Halloween classics for our viewing pleasure, and Plaza Theatre just added an additional screening of Hocus Pocus. Starting at 9:45pm, pull up to Plaza for a funny, yet spooky movie night with friends.
Cost: $15-50

Explore an artist market on Edgewood

Sunday, October 18
Old Fourth Ward
Wussy Mag and Chaka Khan Hacienda have teamed up to host an open-air artist market this Sunday, located in the parking lot behind Ammazza and Thumbs Up Diner on Edgewood Ave. Although it is an outdoor event, patrons and vendors alike are still required to wear masks to properly uphold social distancing and COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Slide through for an opportunity to meet and support some of Atlanta’s most creative makers, artists, and rising businesses.
Cost: Free entry

Attend the Feed the Fam Festival

Sunday, October 18
Close your weekend out with ATL Family Meal’s one-day virtual food and music event, the Feed the Fam Festival. Starting at 7pm, viewers can tune in for talks and presentations from chefs and television personalities—including Alton Brown, Virginia Willis, Joe Schafer, and more—as well as live musical performances from local artists such as Taylor Alxndr, Lunar Vacation, Rose Hotel, and Mattiel. Participants can enter a raffle to win gifts like a one-year membership to the High Museum of Art or a two-night stay at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. For those looking to make the festival even more interactive, you can also purchase a seven-course TV dinner, which is an elevated version of what you’re thinking.
Cost: Free

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