Don’t be a one night wonder. You had a great time on Valentine’s Day, so let the good times continue to roll with these free and cheap date ideas. None of these dates will cost you more than $40.
Oakland Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
Before moving to Atlanta, I’d never heard of guided walking tours through cemeteries. As it turns out, it’s a popular outing here, especially when it’s free. The Oakland Cemetery, in honor of Black History Month, is hosting the African American guided walking tour on Wednesday, Feb. 24. All tours begin at 1 p.m. at the Bell Tower. Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first black mayor, is one of several well known figures buried there.
The Olympian in you
Do all of the Winter Olympic sports have you wishing you could speed skate, ski or…curl? Well, Atlanta may not be the center of winter sports activities, but you can get in the spirit with some ice time at the Marietta Ice Center. There will be public skate sessions this weekend, Feb. 19-21. It costs $7 per person, plus $3 for skates. So, lace them up and head to local ice skating rink.
For the lover in you
Are oysters really an aphrodisiac? Find out at the Steamhouse Lounge Oysterfest, which continues on Saturday and Sunday at the Midtown restaurant. Grilled oysters and lobster bisque are the highlights. There’s also Goombay Smash. I’m not sure what that is, but I’d go for it anyway. Plus, there will be plenty of live music performances. To get the most for your buck, go on Sunday when tickets are half the price at $10 each. On another note, the beer of choice for the day is Budweiser. Not jazzy enough? Octane Coffee Bar & Lounge has a free beer tasting — Uinta’s Barleywine, Pale Ale and Monkshine — on Wednesday night, Feb. 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Let’s say he’s a runner and you’re not. Or the other way around. You can probably find some common ground to cover in a local 5K walk or event. There are plenty around town, including one coming up in Atlanta on March 14 — The Hunger Walk/Run 5K to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank and five other local charities. There will also be live music. This is a way to do some community service, get the heart pumping and enjoy some tunes all at the same time. That’s three great date ideas in one! The event is free for walkers, but they will accept donations. It’s $25 to enter the running portion of the event. It’s a ways off, but you’ll want to register early.
Free Classical music
Free music doesn’t always have to be outside in a park or a smokey bar or lounge. The acclaimed Enso String Quartet is giving a free concert on Sunday, Feb. 21, at the First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. The event will take place in the church sanctuary, located at the corner of 16th Street and Peachtree Street.
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