7 Best Things to Do in Atlanta this Spring
7 Best Things to Do in Atlanta this Spring
Atlanta is known as “the city in a forest,” because of its lush emerald canopies that line city streets and weave through its eclectic variety of neighborhoods. Just as the sprouting botanicals don their vibrant colors in the sunshine, the city comes alive with endless options for fun – from the return of professional sporting events to headlining concerts and a plethora of outdoor festivals and road races to enjoy the crisp, cool air – making it, arguably, the best time of year to visit.
Whether you’re exploring a dense botanical garden or cheering for Atlanta’s home team, these are the best things to do in Atlanta this spring.
TASTE ATLANTA'S LOCAL FLAVORS
Atlanta is home to more than 50 local craft breweries and brewpubs that prepare their own twist on IPAs, lagers, pale ales, pilsners, stouts, and porters. Try them all during Saltwood's five-course beverage-inspired tasting dinner with Monday Night Brewing on Thursday, March 30, 2023. Lead restaurant chef, Travis Cox has designed a deliciously playful menu to pair with a selection of Monday Night Brewing’s selections, including pork belly and sweet potato haystack paired with Monday Night's Dr. Robot Berry Lemon Sour. Executive Pastry Chef Allison Poirie gets in on the action with a brew-infused dessert - a chocolate-breton sandwich filled with a milk stout ganache, coffee caramel and cocoa nib streusel paired with Monday Night's Tears of My Enemies. Tickets are $85 per person and are available through Resy.
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CELEBRATE THE SEASON AT ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN
How better to enjoy the splendor of spring than immersing yourself in a vibrant garden of flourishing flowers? Discover beauty in bloom at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Stroll the picturesque canopy walk before exploring 30-acres of lush gardens filled with tulips, daffodils, crocus and more during Atlanta Blooms! While you’re there, explore the natural wonders of Orchid Daze – one of the largest orchid collections at any public garden in the world. February through September, let your imagination run wild as you traverse through Trolls: Save the Humans by Thomas Dambo, where artist Thomas Dambo's enormous Nordic-folklore inspired sculptures – ranging from 16 to 50 feet tall – make their world premiere.
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EXPLORE ATLANTA’S HOTTEST NEIGHBORHOODS
Step into spring and embark on an Atlanta adventure along the Atlanta BeltLine, located on the opposite side of Piedmont Park. This popular redevelopment connects 45 neighborhoods with 33 miles of walking trails and biking paths - a convenient way to explore some of the city’s top neighborhoods without a vehicle.
The Eastside Trail joins the tip of Piedmont Park, connecting the Midtown, Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park Neighborhoods. You will find countless restaurants, bars, parks and art displays along the way. (Tip: Your 2-mile mark is hit when you’ve reached Jake’s Ice Cream and Krog Street Market). If you’re interested in street art and murals, be sure to carry on slightly further to Krog Street and Cabbagetown. You won’t want to miss it!
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Sprinkle some local flavors into your trip and connect with the makers and creators of Atlanta at one of the city’s farmers markets. Located just a block away from the Hotel, join locals at Piedmont Park’s Green Market on Saturdays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. In addition to freshly prepared food items, you will find products from local farmers and bakers, jam makers and artisans. Enjoy live music, chef demonstrations and more. The market even provides kid-friendly activities for those traveling with children.
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There is an instant comradery when sitting in the stands to cheer for the home team, even if you’re visiting from another city. It just happens to be that one of Atlanta's home teams is also regarded as America’s Team – the Atlanta Braves. Located a quick 20-minute drive to Truist Park, this year’s home opener is on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 7:20 p.m. EDT against the San Diego Padres. Pregame at Saltwood Bar before venturing to the ballpark, and don’t forget to get there early to snap a photo with Blooper and watch the Heavy Hitters –“the most electrifying drumline in Braves Country.”
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SEE A CONCERT AND ATTEND A FESTIVAL
There is no denying, Atlantans love their music and festivals – often combined into one extravaganza. We are fortunate to have a multicultural blend of dreamers, developers, cultural enthusiasts, and adventurers. Whether it be music, art, food, or drink that puts a spring in your step, you’re sure to find an event perfect for your interests. A few spring concerts, shows, and festivals in Atlanta include:
- Tour Stops at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena: Some of today’s most iconic musicians are making stops in Atlanta, including John Mayer (March 27), New Edition (March 30), Janet Jackson (April 26-27), Taylor Swift (April 28, 29, 30), Stevie Nicks (May 22) and Ed Sheeran (May 27).
- Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park, April 14-16. Featuring over 250 artist booths, this annual event is one of the largest and most diverse arts festivals in the country.
- Shaky Knees in Central Park, May 5-7. The alt-rock music festival features more than 60 bands, ranging from chart-topping names to rising artists. Headliners in 2023 include acts such as The Killers, Muse, The Lumineers, Greta Van Fleet, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grouplove, Tenacious D, Phantogram, The Front Bottoms, Hozier, The Flaming Lips, and many more.
STAY IN THE HEART OF IT ALL
It’s time to spring into action and start planning your trip to Atlanta today. This season, Loews Atlanta Hotel invites guests to enjoy locally-curated art experiences showcasing Midtown’s one-of-a-kind attractions when you make your hotel reservation through our special offer, Heart of the Arts. This exclusive program includes tickets to beloved cultural enclaves, in addition to other perks. Guests can choose from a day at the Atlanta Botanical Garden or the High Museum of Art, both less than a mile walk from Loews Atlanta. Complimentary valet and craft cocktails at Saltwood Bar are also included as part of this arts and culture stay. With 414 spacious guestrooms, including 44 suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows, guests have the comforts of home at their fingertips. From an ideal location in the heart of Midtown, to locally-inspired dining and award-winning wellness offerings at Exhale Spa, Loews Atlanta is ready to welcome guests for a memorable stay.