Hosting Out-Of-Town Guests For Thanksgiving? Here’s What To Do And See In Atlanta

There is plenty to do in metro Atlanta if you’re hosting out-of-town guests over Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Get the turkey and green bean casserole ready, folks. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But once the food has been devoured and football games have been played, you may be in need of ways to entertain your out-of-town guests. Look no further.

Whether you’re looking for music, theater or sporting events, there is plenty to do and see over Thanksgiving weekend in Atlanta. 

Check out SOme Atlanta classics

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum
Closed Thursday
9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Noon-4:45 p.m. Sunday

The museum includes photographs and historical memorabilia from the Carter presidency (1976-1981). An exact replica of the Oval Office and gifts received by the Carters are featured as well.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Closed Thursday
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday

The King Center is at the hub of a 23-acre National Historic Site. Free attractions include the birth home, the crypt of Dr. and Mrs. King, exhibits at Freedom Hall, the eternal flame, a gift shop/information facility and the reflecting pool.

World of Coca-Cola
Closed Thursday
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

The World of Coca-Cola includes a multi-sensory 4-D cinematic adventure, a gallery dedicated to Coke and pop culture, the Vault of the Secret Formula, and a World of Coca-Cola favorite — the tasting experience — where guests can sample more than 60 different beverages made by The Coca-Cola Company from around the world.

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Ready for more food? Here’s where to eat

Creole Dinner Party Cooking Class
7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23
The Cooking School at Irwin Street

Come learn all about authentic New Orleans cooking with Chef Eboni.

Weekend Brunch at Henry’s
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25

HENRY’S Midtown

Done with cooking for the weekend? Get out of the house and check out brunch at Henry’s.

Sunday Brunch at Cafe 458
10 a.m.-2 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 25

Cafe 458

Located in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward, Café 458 calls itself a “social enterprise restaurant.” All proceeds from the brunch, which is mostly staffed by volunteers, go to support the programs of Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency.

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Over Thanksgiving weekend in Atlanta: there’s live music, theater, sporting events and more to check out. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Check out some live music

Black Lips/Iceage
8-11:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday

The Earl

Local rock group, Black Lips, will join the Danish punk group, Iceage, for a night of two shows at The Earl.

Turkey Jam with Webster, The Squirrelheads, Mia Green Band
7-11:59 p.m. Saturday

Smith’s Olde Bar

After the big meal, head on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for live zydeco music and dancing.

Who’s Bad
9:30 p.m.-12 a.m.Saturday

City Winery

Pay tribute to pop music’s king with this celebration of Michael Jackson’s catalog.

Check out some live theater

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Theatrical Outfit

Here’s your chance to visit your favorite “Pride and Prejudice” characters at Mr. and Mrs. Darcy’s estate, Pemberley. It’s a comedic sequel to Jane Austen’s beloved tale.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday

Fox Theatre

Created by Cirque Dreams Founder and Broadway Director Neil Goldberg, “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” is billed as a cirque adventure, Broadway musical and family holiday spectacular wrapped in one, according to the show’s website.

The Sound of Music
7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The beloved musical is in town this weekend only. Head to Cobb to hear the award-winning score, including “My Favorite Things” and “Do-Re-Mi.”

Love Actually In Concert
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Symphony Hall

Once Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for the holiday movies to start rolling. See the ultimate romantic comedy, “Love Actually,” live at Symphony Hall.

Laugh it off at these comedy shows

Ten Buck Comedy
9-11 p.m. Friday

Highland Inn & Ballroom Lounge

As the name suggests, see a variety of comedians for just $10. Each show features a different lineup of performers.

The Classic Improv Show
8-10 p.m. Saturday

Whole World Improv Theatre

This 90-minute show first put World World on the map. It includes improv scenes and games conjured up on the spot.

The Bouncers Improv Comedy Show
7:30-10 p.m. Sunday

Village Theatre

Follow everybody’s favorite big guys, The Bouncers, for a peek behind the velvet ropes while on the job at unusual locations that the audience gets to choose.

Need some comedic relief? There are some live comedy shows to check out over Thanksgiving weekend. (Courtesy of Dad’s Garage)

Something for the sports fanatic

Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics
7:30 p.m. Friday

State Farm Arena

Bring the whole family to see some basketball at State Farm Arena.

Tailgate Saturdays Built By The Home Depot
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

College Football Hall of Fame

Every Saturday during the college football season, you can head to the College Football Hall of Fame for games, prizes and more.

Georgia State v. Georgia Southern
2 p.m. Saturday

Georgia State Stadium

See this match-up between two of Georgia’s own schools.

Sneak a workout in

Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K
7:30 a.m.-noon Thursday

Georgia State University Stadium

Kickoff your Thanksgiving with a 5K or Half Marathon, hosted by the Atlanta Track Club.

Friday Fitness Trek
10-11:30 a.m. Friday

The Brasserie and Neighborhood Café at Parish

The 90-minute trek is open to the public. Hosted by Urban Explorers of Atlanta, it boasts the opportunity to make new friends, learn about the city and get some exercise.

Full Moon Yoga: Restorative Edition
6-8 p.m. Saturday
Tough Love Yoga

Designed to be a restorative experience just in time for the chaos of the holiday season. The 90-minute class is open to all levels.

Get Into The Holiday Spirit

The Atlanta Christkindl Market
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday

Atlantic Station

Organized by the German American Cultural Foundation, the market runs for a month and features hand-made gifts, food and more.

Soulful Sounds of Christmas
6:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Soulful Sounds of Christmas featuring Will Downing and special guests will usher in the spirit of the holiday season.

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