20 Things to Do in Atlanta this Winter for Under $20

Check these free and cheap things to do in Atlanta this winter.
  • Adults can enjoy a unique lecture series at Georgia Aquarium.
    Adults can enjoy a unique lecture series at Georgia Aquarium.
  • Celebrate the Year of the Pig at the 2019 Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Years Festival.
    Celebrate the Year of the Pig at the 2019 Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Years Festival.
  • This month features a unique tour that showcases symbols of love and devotion throughout Historic Oakland Cemetery.
    This month features a unique tour that showcases symbols of love and devotion throughout Historic Oakland Cemetery.
  • Home-school students can participate in special programming at the Atlanta History Center.
    Home-school students can participate in special programming at the Atlanta History Center.
  • Get free admission to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights through Feb. 28.
    Get free admission to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights through Feb. 28.

Winter in Atlanta may bring rain one day and blue skies the next. We've compiled this list of cool things to do in Atlanta this winter, no matter the weather. The best thing of all? If you're looking for free or cheap things to do, we've got ya covered. Everything on this budget-friendly list costs just $20 or less. 

  • Home-school Day at Atlanta History Center, Feb. 7
    Special programming is offered for home-schooling families during this daylong program. Explore subjects through engaging hands-on experiences, performances, historic simulations and a variety of activities designed for kids from toddler to teen. February’s theme delves into the civil rights movement.

  • Science on Tap, Feb. 7
    It's a unique and informative lecture series for adults at Georgia Aquarium. Visitors will hear from marine and exotics veterinarian and astronaut Dr. Rick Linnehan, who has been involved in Georgia Aquarium’s Dolphin Health Assessment Program. There's a reception with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 7 p.m. and a lecture at 7 p.m. followed by a Q&A.

  • Black History Month Tours: The Herndon Home Museum, through Feb. 28
    Take advantage of the unique opportunity to visit the Herndon Mansion, home to Atlanta’s first black millionaire, Alonzo Herndon, whose life began as a slave. Tours are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout February.

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, through Feb. 26
    Film lovers will enjoy 21 days of films from around the world. The 70+ films cover a wide variety of genres, including documentaries and narratives not available to be viewed anywhere else.

  • African- American History Tours, Feb. 7 through 23
    Historic Oakland Cemetery offers guided walking tours throughout the cemetery, totally free. Tours visit the final resting spots of many of Atlanta's black pioneers. Visit the website for a complete schedule.

  • Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival, Feb. 9 and 10
    Just $5 gains you entrance into the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival, which includes the Lion & Dragon Dance, an authentic food market, and art and cultural exhibitions. It promises to be fun and interesting for the whole family, and kiddos shorter than 3 feet 6 inches are free.

  • Valentine Pop-Up Art Sale in Inman Park, Feb. 8 through 10
    Shop for unique gifts and fine art at the Valentine’s Pop Up Art Sale, with art works from a number of artists at the Little 5 Points Community Center. Free admission and parking. Just in time for Valentine’s Day gifting.

  • Black History Month Kids Run, Feb. 9
    Head on out and exercise mind and body during the Black History Month Kids Run at Butler Street Community Development Corp. The run, entertainment, food and drink are free but registration is required. Ages 7 and up.

  • Family Night Hike and Campfire, Feb. 9
    Enjoy a fun family adventure exploring Chattahoochee Nature Center by moon and flashlight. The night hike will explore the sounds of nature at night, some peeps at the night sky and finish up with toasting marshmallows by a  bonfire.

  • Midtown Mardi Gras Block Party, Feb. 9
    20+ bars and establishments will participate in this year’s Midtown Mardi Gras Block Party. Head on down for New Orleans-themed food and beverages, beads and fun. Check website for offers and admission information.

  • Oysterfest with Spiral Entertainment, Feb. 9
    Oyster lovers won’t want to miss Park Tavern’s Oysterfest with all things oysters -- steamed, fried and raw along with plenty of beer and live entertainment. Starts at 1 p.m. (no kids or pets, please). Pricing starts at 20 bucks for general admission. Visit the website for pass prices and information. It's a great date night idea.

  • Together! A Show For Kids!, Feb. 9
    Full Radius Dance, the professional modern dance company of dancers with and without disabilities, presents "Together," a sensory-friendly performance for youth ages 4 through 12 and their families, plus a Q&A to follow. Only $5 admission.

  • Puppetry and Stop Motion, Feb. 9
    It's a super fun and interesting compilation of stop motion animation classics featuring live piano accompaniment. Ages 10 and up.

  • Love Stories of Oakland: Valentine’s Edition, Feb. 9 and 10
    This unique tour at Historic Oakland Cemetery explores some of the frequent symbols of love and devotion found throughout the cemetery and reveals poignant epitaphs that speak to enduring love.

  • Movement Love: A Yoga Series, Feb. 10
    Love Yoga? Don’t miss Movement Love, a yoga series presented by Maggie Benoit and collaborating audio and visual artists at Atlanta Contemporary. Visit the website for details.

  • Georgia Arbor Day Guided Tree Walk, Feb. 16
    In celebration of Georgia Arbor Day, make plans to stroll through Oakland Cemetery's amazing arboretum and learn from knowledgeable guides about some favorite trees whose beauty truly shines in winter.

  • Wowee Zowee Hour Dad’s Garage Kids Show, Feb. 16
    This show is especially for kids by Atlanta’s whacky improv group at Dad’s Garage. Don’t miss this fun and funny, family-friendly show. Only $3 per person.

  • Black History Month Parade, Feb. 23
    Beginning at Hurt Park, at 1 p.m., is the Black History Month parade with floats, bands, dancing groups and more. Don’t miss it.

  • Free Entry -- National Center for Civil & Human Rights, through Feb. 28
    Thanks to the Coca-Cola Foundation, the National Center for Civil & Human Rights is offering free admission through Feb. 28. Atlanta visitors and residents can view and engage with many new and permanent exhibits including Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change, a new MLK exhibit and a display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

  • Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show, through March 10
    Offering fun for the whole family, even the littles, Center for Puppetry Arts presents tall tales about Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill and more. Don’t miss the make-a-puppet workshop to create your own Babe the Blue Ox hand puppet.
Joleen Pete lives in an Atlanta 'burb with her husband and their son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen. 

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