Find Out What's New in Atlanta in 2018

What's new in Atlanta? Here's what's new and what's coming to Atlanta in 2018.
  • Discover what's new in ATL.
    Discover what's new in ATL.
  • Learning and playing go hand in hand at the Children's Museum of Atlanta. (Heather Prescott Photography)
    Learning and playing go hand in hand at the Children's Museum of Atlanta. (Heather Prescott Photography)
  • Everyone's favorite cat is coming to the Center for Puppetry Arts.
    Everyone's favorite cat is coming to the Center for Puppetry Arts.
  • Digital designs take over the High this year in a Joris Laarman exhibit.
    Digital designs take over the High this year in a Joris Laarman exhibit.
  • "Police Dog Attack," Birmingham, Ala. 1963 is on view at the High Museum. (Bill Hudson)
    "Police Dog Attack," Birmingham, Ala. 1963 is on view at the High Museum. (Bill Hudson)

2018 is off to a great start in Atlanta. Exciting new developments and new things to do are popping up all over the city. Whether you’re looking to dine at the new “it” restaurant, stay at the city’s swankiest new hotel or catch the latest in entertainment, this list will keep you up-to-date and in the know.

New Restaurants in Atlanta
While there is no shortage of great food in Atlanta, each year foodies anxiously await openings of new restaurants by up-and-coming chefs or old favorites. 2018 is starting off on a high note with some exciting eateries.

  • The Painted Duck
    This new sister restaurant and gaming parlor to the trendy and popular Painted Pin features duck pin bowling, horseshoes and other fun gaming accompanied by upscale eats in the form of small plates, meats on sticks, sliders and a cocktail menu filled with old classics and moderns riffs. Westside, 976 Brady Ave., Atlanta

  • New Realm Brewing 
    The Eastside Trail on the Atlanta BeltLine has a new eatery and brewery -- New Realm Brewing. The craft brewery created by Mitch Steele, who spent a decade at California’s Stone Brewing, also features a rooftop bar, BeltLine-adjacent beer garden and full service restaurant. Poncey-Highland, 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, Atlanta

  • Archie’s
    Star restaurateur Hugh Acheson’s new offering at The Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta recently opened its doors “providing world-class, Southern-inspired fare featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that offer a variety of dishes that emphasize quality-sourced ingredients,” according to a press release. 2625 Circle 75 Parkway, Atlanta

Hotels Openings

  • The Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta
    Early January saw the opening of the much-anticipated Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta, the city’s newest mixed-use development and home to SunTrust Park, the Coca-Cola Roxy music venue, shopping, dining and office space. This luxury hotel is the official hotel of the Atlanta Braves and boasts 264 guest rooms, including 28 suites, and flexible meeting space to accommodate any sized gathering.

  • The Hotel at Avalon
    Jan. 16 brought the grand opening of the newest offering from Autograph hotels, a portfolio of 130 independent hotels. The Hotel at Avalon and Alpharetta Convention Center fills a niche by providing a luxury hotel and meeting space. Intimate, stylish and inspired by a gracious Southern home, The Hotel at Avalon is already filling up with conferences, meeting, weddings, bar mitzvahs and other social events.

New Entertainment

  • Fernbank Nature Museum
    The Secret World Inside You – Feb. 10 through May 6. This special exhibit organized by the American Museum of Natural History explores everything inside of you. “Meet your microbiome, the community of microbes that keep your immune system, digestive system and brain working properly. Using larger-than-life models, videos, interactive experiences, unique games and immersive displays, discover what and where these microbes are, how they help us, how we sometimes disrupt them and how we can work with them to make our lives better than ever,” say the folks at Fernbank.
  • Georgia Aquarium
    National Geographic, SHARKS: On Assignment with Brian Skerry – If you haven’t made it to see this temporary exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium, be sure to put it on your calendar for it floats away in August. Award-winning photographer Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours diving with and photographing sharks. Now you can view his photos and videos, which show why sharks need to be protected and appreciated as an integral species within our ecosystem.

  • Atlanta History Center
    History buffs will be excited to visit the opening of the brand new home of the Atlanta Cyclorama. The Cyclorama painting, “The Battle of Atlanta,” will be unveiled in its special, custom building at the Atlanta History Center this fall.

  • High Museum of Art

    • “A Fire That No Water Could Put Out:” Civil Rights Photography – The civil rights movement marked an incredibly important time in our nation’s history. The High Museum is showcasing a series of photographs marking the 50th anniversary of the tumultuous year of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Through April 29.

    • Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age – Feb. 18 through May 13. See how innovative Dutch designer Joris Laarman combines science, technology, curiosity and creativity into his unique designs.

    • Mark Steinmetz: Terminus – March 3 through June 3. Photographer Mark Steinmetz has spent recent years capturing the human dramas that play out in the public spaces at the world's most heavily trafficked airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. This exhibit will showcase more than 60 never-before-exhibited photographs. 

    • Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors – Nov. 18 through Feb. 17, 2019. The High presents the most significant North American exhibition in 20 years of work by Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929), one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, according to the museum.

Children's Museum of Atlanta

  • Healthyville – Jan. 27 through May 28. This interactive exhibit, geared toward children ages 5 through 12, teaches health and wellness lessons through play and educational messages that foster learning in both English and Spanish. Stations provide opportunities for children to explore health topics to understand their bodies, the importance of making healthy choices and how to apply these concepts in everyday situations.

Center for Puppetry Arts

  • Rainforest Adventures – Jan. 23 through March 4. Explorers of all ages can take a wild adventure beneath the Brazilian treetops, while experiencing traditional Brazilian-style music and more than 30 exotic plants and animals from the Amazonian ecosystem.

  • The Cat in the Hat – March 20 through May 13. Everyone’s favorite moments from the classic Dr. Seuss tale will come to life on stage.

  • Indian Puppets: The Great Stories and Dancing Dolls – through July 15. Visit the Worlds of Puppetry Museum to see this  exhibit, which celebrates the cultural range of India by exploring the diversity of puppetry techniques and genres across the subcontinent. Learn how puppetry has been used in India for more than a millennium as an important storytelling tool, while seeing both traditional and contemporary pieces.

Renovations Coming Soon

  • Piedmont Park – The end of 2017 brought an exciting announcement about the future of Atlanta’s beloved Piedmont Park. According to the announcement, Piedmont is growing in size as well as amenities with specifics as yet undetermined.

  • Centennial Olympic Park – Construction begins on three big projects at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park this year. Although it isn't due to be completed until 2019, Atlantans will see progress on the new Special Events Center, the revamped Southern Company Amphitheater and a new Baker Street entrance with plaza, throughout 2018.

Be sure to check out these new things to do in Atlanta in 2018

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta 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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