Sometimes it's a treat to pull out our ear buds, turn off our tablets and head to a theater or a concert hall to see a performance live. No matter whether your thing is a play, a musician or a comedian, Atlanta's top venues for live performances are open for business.
Find your seat; the show is about to begin. (📷 Alliance Theatre)
At home in Atlanta's fun and funky Little Five Points neighborhood, 7 Stages focuses on the social, political and spiritual values of modern culture. The theater emphasizes international work and supports development of new plays and playwrights as well as new methods of collaborating.
Residing at King Plow Arts Center, Actor's Express describes its offering as ranging from daringly provocative to audaciously hilarious.
Agatha's A Taste of Mystery
You get dinner and a murder mystery, in which you may play a role. Did you do it?
Located at the Woodruff Arts Center and adjacent to the High Museum of Art, the Alliance is Atlanta's Tony Award-winning regional theater. See original productions here as well as pre-Broadway premiers.
Center for Puppetry Arts
Puppets, puppets, puppets, onstage performing lots of shows for kids and some for adults only. Find it in Midtown.
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Located just north of Atlanta in Cobb County, the Cobb Energy Centre presents Broadway shows, ballet, concerts, opera and family shows.
In Atlanta, we call it the fabulous Fox because with starry skies inside and the feel of an old-time movie palace, it really is quite fab. Check Fox schedules for Broadway shows, top musical acts and plays for the kiddos. During the holidays, come back to see "The Nutcracker" performed by Atlanta Ballet.
Located in Little Five Points, Atlanta's counterculture neighborhood, Horizon brings contemporary plays to life all year long. The 172-seats keep it intimate.
It's America's only Shakespeare Tavern, a pub-like environment where you can grab a meal before the play then sit back and listen to the words of William Shakespeare performed on stage. The plays change monthly.
Southwest Arts Center
This Fulton County facility is home to a performance theater and a black box theater.
A cozy theater in Downtown Atlanta, Theatrical Outfit likes to say it presents stories that stir the soul. There's not a bad seat in the house.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs at Atlanta Symphony Hall, one of many concert halls in Atlanta.
Atlanta Symphony Hall
Situated inside the Woodruff Arts Center, this is the place to hear the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony perform. Atlanta Symphony Hall also hosts various musical acts each year.
As the name implies, this popular spot for all kinds of music and comedy is smack in the middle of Buckhead.
Center Stage Theater
It's three theaters under one roof-Center Stage, The Loft and Vinyl. These intimate environments are located in Midtown.
Catch local and big-name bands in this industrial space at The Battery, just outside SunTrust Park.
Rialto Center for the Arts
Affiliated with Georgia State University, the Rialto, located in Downtown Atlanta, is where to find jazz, world music and dance, and performances by the Georgia State University School of Music.
Formerly a church, the Tabernacle, residing near Centennial Olympic Park, brings to Atlanta some of the hottest and hippest talents around.
This converted movie theater has long been home to a wide variety of musical acts
Atlanta's two big arenas are Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena. (📷 Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
Home field of both the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and MLS' Atlanta United, the Downtown stadium also welcomes major musical acts.
State Farm Arena
Head here for NBA basketball featuring the Atlanta Hawks and also for major musical acts.
Chastain Park, home of Cadence Bank Amphitheatre and State Bank Amphitheatre
Enjoy music (and a picnic you may bring or buy on site) under the stars.
Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Nearly 20,000 fans can squeeze in here to hear popular music acts.
Wolf Creek Amphitheatre
Just south of Atlanta, Wolf Creek is an outdoor summer concert venue with reserved or lawn seating.
Dad's Garage is one of several Atlanta comedy clubs. (📷 Dad's Garage)
Atlanta has several. Check right here to find just the right one.
Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.