6 Things To Do In Atlanta For 6 Different States of Mind

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is open daily.
Musicians take part in “Fernbank After Dark.” Photo courtesy of Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

You know the feeling – you want to get out of the house but can’t decide what to do.

In Atlanta it can feel like there are endless things going on but no activities that really suit you.

Instead of zeroing in on one event to attend, try deciding what mood you are in.

Mellow, cheerful, curious, restless, outgoing or pensive, here are some suggestions of things to do in Atlanta to match your state of mind.

If you are looking for a calm, low-key night on the town…

Consider attending a free classical music concert. Students at Georgia State University, Emory University and Kennesaw State University perform free, high-quality concerts throughout the fall and spring semesters. Concerts often feature a certain instrument, such as guitar or piano, or a certain section of of the orchestra, such as brass or strings. Feed your mellow mood with some jazz, be serenaded by some strings, or enjoy an ensemble production of classical music while supporting some students at a university near you.

If you want to laugh and be goofy…

Check out a local improv or stand-up comedy show. Between regular weekly shows and notable comedians on tour, there are several options in Atlanta to hear some jokes and enjoy a light-hearted night out. Sit back and listen to a stand-up comedian on stage or be a part of an improv comedy audience where you can throw suggestions out to the actors. There are lots of people in Atlanta ready to provide you with a good laugh!

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If you are in the mood to learn and challenge your mind…

Explore nature, science and the elements at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. At the museum visitors can see cultural treasures and ancient fossils, enjoy science interactives, and marvel at the largest dinosaurs ever discovered. Learn about local wildlife directly from scientists during occasional forest tours and bird walks. Experience the thrill of a film in the Giant Screen Theater with daily showings of “Tiny Giants 2D” and “Incredible Predators 3D.” In addition, the monthly event “Fernbank After Dark” features a variety of unique after-hours experiences for adults to explore science activities.

If you want to burn off some energy and spend the day outside…

Attend an outdoor festival. Spend an afternoon perusing exhibit booths, enjoy some local fare from food trucks, cheer on a parade or take your kids to enjoy bounce houses and crafts. Depending on the time of year there are different festival opportunities all over town for you to get out of the house and move around. Atlanta PlanIt’s comprehensive festival guide has all the information you need to find a fun outdoor event near you.

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If you want to have a social singles’ night out or a creative date night…

Grab a drink and see the sights at an after hours cocktail event at an iconic Atlanta attraction. These events are after-hours passes to see attractions like Georgia Aquarium, High Museum of Art, Atlanta Botanical Garden and more in an adults-only format. Some occurrences include live music or theme nights that tend to correspond with upcoming holidays or popular seasonal activities. Catch up with friends, fly solo to meet new people or mix up date night with a creative cocktail hour.

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If you would rather spend an evening alone in the dark…

Don’t stay home with a movie – upgrade your entertainment with a local theatre show. Relax as the lights go down and let Atlanta’s theatre community entertain you. Some current and upcoming plays that are ideal for a dark and stormy mood are Alliance Theatre’s  “Hand to God” playing through Nov. 12, Arts at Emory’s “The Annointing of Dracula” though Nov. 5, or Actor’s Express’ “Cardboard Piano” playing Nov. 11 through Dec. 3.

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