Trying to figure out what Atlanta has to offer in 2022? Among these 22 awesome activities and events, there are 6 that are absolutely free!
Embark on an adventure filled with good food, creativity, and breathtaking experiences this year.
Make 2022 the best year yet with these amazing Atlanta things to do!
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1. Take advantage of a free day at a national park!
Check out the free days this year at America’s National Park System to start our list of the best things to do in Atlanta in 2022.
All 400+ United States National Parks are free to visit during National Park Week, including parks in and around Georgia.
Explore Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park and Freedom Riders National Monument during this time in Macon, GA and Anniston, AL.
No fees will be charged in 2022.
There are usually holidays celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on January 18th, as well as those in April, August, September 25 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day).
Although Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park is closed indoors, when it reopens, visitors can park and tour the campus on their own.
We recommend taking Conde Nast’s top Atlanta tour, the King Historic District Tour, along with your experience.
Discover why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was so inspirational with this walking tour. Explore the King birth home, learn about King’s legacy, and more.
2. Take a free tour of Atlanta’s historic cemeteries!
Public parks were also used as cemeteries in Victorian times.
Their purpose was to facilitate local gatherings, chats, picnics, and communion with the dead.
Oakland Cemetery (est. 1850, pictured) is the City of Atlanta’s oldest public cemetery and a popular spot for an afternoon stroll.
They offer guided tours. Or, stroll through Oakland Cemetery during our Grant Park Food Walk.
In Atlanta, there are also great cemeteries including the Decatur City Cemetery (est. 1823), Westview Cemetery (est. 1884), and South-View Cemetery.
In all four of these communities there are beautiful trees, walking trails, mausoleums, and many prominent Atlantans buried within their grounds.
3. Attend the Renegade Film Festival to celebrate marginalized filmmakers
The Renegade Film Festival celebrates women, BIPOCs, and LGBTQIA+ screenwriters and filmmakers who work in horror.
Several events will take place at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center in addition to the screenings at the historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta.
4. Get some free street art done!
It’s very fun to explore Atlanta Ga’s street art scene.
If you have a spray paint can, you can make some amazing art in the tunnel at Krog Street.
Check out the murals at the Forward Warrior project and the Beltline (but don’t paint over them!).
We also like Old Fourth Ward, Cabbagetown, and Downtown Atlanta for street art viewing, in addition to downtown Atlanta and Cabbagetown.
5. Check out a drive-in movie
There are a lot of reasons why drive-ins are making a big comeback.
Enjoy a night out on the town by watching a movie on a big screen outside.
Atlanta’s quintessential drive-in experience, the Starlight 6 Drive-In, is located in the heart of the city.
In Poncey Highlands, you can find drive-in screenings and indoor screenings at the Plaza Theatre.
Each drive-in theater shows a mix of classic and newer movies, and you can bring your own food and drinks!
6. Enjoy a festival or experience while you explore the city
You can experience some of the city’s most intriguing and unique food experiences.
We have an awesome Grant Park Past & Future Food Walk, for instance.
This 2.5-hour small group tour includes 9 tastings of modern and southern fusion foods from 3 independently owned and operated restaurants.
Oakland Cemetery will also be visited during the tour. Ideal for locals and visitors alike!
Taste of Atlanta 2022 is also worth checking out.
The best chefs and restaurants in town serve up tasty bites at this beloved annual event.
7. Discover Atlanta’s history and culture as an African American
Black Panther Party, Andrew Jackson Young Jr., Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr., Coretta Scott King, etc., have contributed to Atlanta’s cultural legacy for more than a century.
Thus, Atlanta has become America’s hub for Black movements and culture over the century.
Discover Dr. King’s legacy by taking a tour of the King Historic District.
We’re not just counting this as one of the top Atlanta things to do in 2022. It’s always one of our favorites!
Any other suggestions? You can also explore the museum’s virtual tour by visiting the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
You can also take advantage of other attractions at Centennial Olympic Park including The World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium.
In addition to the interpretive signs along Auburn Avenue, there are new historical markers in Sweet Auburn. Walk and read along on a sunny Atlanta day!
Also recommended is a digital exhibition at the Atlanta History Center called Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow.
8. Visit the High Museum to see Obama’s portraits
At the High Museum of Art in Midtown Atlanta, you can see portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama from January 14 to March 13, 2022. Photograph courtesy of the High Museum of Art.
In 2018, the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian unveiled these paintings. Their iconic images have become icons of President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Nancy Reagan.
The Obama portrait by Kehinde Wiley and the Michelle Obama portrait by Amy Sherald have both been widely acclaimed.
In addition to Atlanta, the portraits will tour five other cities. Aside from workshops and curatorial presentations, the exhibition will also include other special events.
9. Get your hands on freshly-picked fruit
Atlanta offers so many opportunities to pick produce.
There is a farm outside of the city about 45 minutes away that’s one of our favorites. We go strawberry picking there around April.
Blueberries, blackberries, peaches, muscadines, and pumpkins can also be picked during the rest of the year.
For those interested in picking blueberries in June and July, DJ’s UPick Blueberries is also a great option.
Get outdoors this year by volunteering with Concrete Jungle (pictured), a local nonprofit that provides food to people in need while allowing you to spend time outdoors.