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
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
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
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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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
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
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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Check out some live music
8-11:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday
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.
9:30 p.m.-12 a.m.Saturday
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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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
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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