20 Things To Do In Atlanta This Spring For $20 Or Less

Have fun this spring, without breaking the bank.
  • Experience ever-changing Atlanta street art. (BAP Photography; Mural by Greg Mike)
    Experience ever-changing Atlanta street art. (BAP Photography; Mural by Greg Mike)
  • The Dogwood Festival is an Atlanta favorite. (Joleen Pete)
    The Dogwood Festival is an Atlanta favorite. (Joleen Pete)
  • Winnie the Pooh visits Atlanta and delights museum goers of all ages.
    Winnie the Pooh visits Atlanta and delights museum goers of all ages.
  • Climb Stone Mountain for fresh air and an unparalleled view of Atlanta.
    Climb Stone Mountain for fresh air and an unparalleled view of Atlanta.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money in Atlanta to have a lot of fun. Whether you’re looking for cool things to do on the weekend or where to go with the kids during the week, this list has something free or cheap for everyone. Here are 20 things to do this spring in Atlanta for $20 or less.

  1. Self-Guided Atlanta Street Art Walking Tours
    If you've got a pair of walking shoes and want to see what Atlanta street art is all about, check out streetartmap.org. Prior to your outing you can look at maps of the artwork separated by neighborhood, get directions and learn more about the artists. Most street art is spread across the city, but there are three concentrated neighborhoods that are perfect for a self-guided walking tour. These are Cabbagetown/Reynoldstown, East Atlanta and Little 5 Points.

  2. Woodruff Park Reading Room
    If you love reading, this is the perfect way to spend a beautiful day outside enjoying books. The Reading Room at Woodruff Park is an open-air reading “room” located at the north side of the park. In conjunction with the Atlanta Fulton Public Library, the Reading Room is stocked with books, periodicals and newspapers and features movable furniture allowing readers to create intimate spaces to enjoy their chosen reading material. It is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April through October and may be closed for special events or during inclement weather.

  3. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
    The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is an amazing space to view works by contemporary working artists. The ever-changing exhibits make for fresh viewing throughout the year. The center offers numerous programs for working artists, kids and public education. The best part is admission to this amazing space is free. It's open every day but Monday. Verify that is open, on the website, as it closes periodically to set up new exhibitions.

  4. Climb Stone Mountain or bike the Atlanta BeltLine. Here are 50 of the best outdoor things to do in Atlanta when the weather is nice. Several are completely free.

  5. Speaking of the Atlanta BeltLine, if the weather permits, why not visit these 7 best stops along the BeltLine --  from Krog Street Market to Ponce City Market. For 20 bucks you can grab coffee at Krog Street and then reward yourself at PCM with a treat from King of Pops.

  6. Atlanta Dogwood Festival, April 13 through 15
    One of the longest running annual festivals takes place at Piedmont Park each spring. The festival is free to attend and peruse. Listen to live music and shop local fine artist booths. For $20 per day you can have a seat in the Main Stage VIP Tent, which includes a great view of the stage, plated BBQ dinner, half-priced drinks and private bathrooms. Tickets for children, ages 7 through 18, are just $10, and kids 6 and younger are free.

  7. The Georgia Renaissance Festival, April 14 through June 3
    A fun day at the fair can be had for slightly less than $20 if you take advantage of online pricing. Spend the day meandering 32-acres of artisan shoppes, 10 stages of continuous entertainment, taverns, activities, fun and frivolity.

  8. Art on the Chattahoochee, April 21
    This fine art event at Jones Bridge Park brings together artists throughout North Georgia. It's free to attend but you'll want to bring cash for the food court area, and, of course, for any artwork you want to take home.

  9. Lemonade Days, April 18 through 22
    Lemonade Days is a fun-filled fund-raiser for the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. It is a festival filled with booths, rides and entertainment plus contests and a 5K run. While admission the festival is free, wristbands for unlimited rides ring up at $20 if you purchase through the link online. Get outside to Brook Run Park and have some fun.

  10. Duluth Art Week, April 27 through May 5
    Duluth Art Week celebrates nine full days of art fun for the whole family. Each day features various forms of interactive art like colorful tree wraps, dancing, music, “eat like a local” and more. The entire celebration ends up with a performance by the Aurora Theatre on May 5. Check the website for more information.

  11. Inman Park Festival, April 27 through 29
    The Inman Park Festival is made up of many parts ranging from a fun parade and home tour to an arts and crafts show and market. This family favorite is sure to please, with 250 vendors selling antiques, art, clothing, handcrafted wares and more. Buy a ticket to the Parade of Homes ($20 online) for a fun peek inside some of the beautiful historic homes and buildings in the area. Kids love watching the parade with its quirky cast of cast of entries. Check website for schedule of events and other information.

  12. DIY Craft Day, April 28
    This fun-filled day at the Rock Ranch not only includes more than 25 regular ranch activities like zip lines and Tiny Town but a bunch of crafty Pinterest-inspired workshops and DIY stations, all for only $13 per person. Now that’s a creative day of fun we can get behind. Log into the website to make your class reservations before they fill up.

  13. All About Kids Expo, April 28
    This free family event is a great place to learn all about summer camps and other activities for your kiddos. You'll get lots of product information, giveaways, activities, games and more. It's great for all children, from baby to teen.

  14. Family Canoe Day, April 28
    Bring the family to Chattahoochee Nature Center for this introduction to canoeing. Go over paddling techniques and equipment, then participate in races, games and water fun. Ages 5+. Preregistration is required. Cost is $20 per person/$10 CNC members.

  15. Zoo Paws, April 28
    Zoo Atlanta is teaming up with the Atlanta Humane Society for a pet adoption event at Grant Park. Last year more than 50 dogs found forever homes. The free event includes pet wellness vendors, zoo incentives for adoptive families, children's activities and food trucks.

  16. Chastain Park Arts Festival, May 12 and 13
    Rated one of the top 100 Festivals in the nation, the Chastain Parks Arts Festival has something for everyone -- entertainment, 185+ artists and artisans, food trucks, food and beverage concessions and a special area for kids.

  17. Movies in Central Park, May 17 through July 19
    Enjoy free family flicks right into summer. Once again Atlantic Station is presenting Thursday night movies under the stars. This year look forward to your favorite flicks from the “2000s.” Check back for the calendar of movies.

  18. Decatur Arts Festival, May 25 --  27
    This annual art market is known for it’s juried artists and artisans from all over the Southeast and beyond. This popular favorite is a great place to shop, visit, and enjoy food and entertainment.

  19. "Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic," June 3 through Sept. 2
    One of the world's most adored literary characters of all time is coming to Atlanta. The playful Winnie the Pooh exhibition features more than 200 works spanning 90 years of Pooh history. See replicas of the toys that have captured the hearts of generations of readers through stories by A.A. Milne and classic illustrations by E.H. Shepard. General admission is $14.50 per person. 

  20. Atlanta Streets Alive - Westside, June 10
    Nearly four miles of street, from Downtown to Underwood Hills, come alive as people on foot and bike take to the streets. Organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, it is completely free.

Joleen Pete lives in an Atlanta 'burb with her husband and their 5-year-old son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and family blogger behind Love, Joleen. 


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